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  • Jail Log - Jan. 27, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center by area law enforcement between Jan. 16 and Jan. 23:

    Patricio Lucero, 63, commitment
    Gomecindo Gonzales, 49, receiving stolen property, dispersing stolen property, contributing to the delinquency of a minor
    Dorrie Gurule, 53, fraud, embezzlement, tampering with evidence
    Gavino Vigal, disorderly conduct
    John Romero, 35, criminal damage to property
    Carlos Tafoya, 31, driving under the influence

  • Ex-spokesman wants benefits

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A former spokesman for ex-Gov. Bill Richardson is fighting with the state over unemployment benefits. While working for Richardson, Gilbert Gallegos earned more than $115,000.

  • Looking Back - News - Jan. 27, 2012

    In 1935

    Monday, Jan. 28 — An Associated Press dispatch from Washington today stated that the nomination of Frank J. Wesner of Las Vegas for postmaster was sent to congress today. Mr. Wesner has made his home in Las Vegas for about 30 years. For many years he was director and also secretary of the Mutual Building and Loan, from which position he resigned last April. In 1924 and 1925 he was mayor of the city of Las Vegas. Recently he has been engaged in the real estate business.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Jan. 27, 2012

    Film ordinance revision to be presented

    Proposed revisions to the city’s film ordinance will be presented at 4 p.m. this Monday at a Planning and Zoning Commission meeting in the City Council chamber. The commission is seeking public input  on the proposed changes, which have been recommended by the Las Vegas Film Commission.

  • Weather - Jan. 27, 2012

    Friday
    A slight chance of rain showers after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 50. North wind 10-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. A 20 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20. East wind around 10 mph, becoming south.

    Saturday
    A 10 percent chance of snow showers before 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 46. West wind around 10 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 24.

    Sunday

  • FYI — Jan. 27, 2012

    The Las Vegas Community Water Board is sponsoring candidate forums next week focusing solely on water. The mayoral candidates forum will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The forum for all City Council candidates is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday. Both forums are at the Memorial Middle School lecture hall.

  • Obama wants fair shot for all Americans

    By Donna Cassata
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama delivered an election-year broadside to Republicans: Game on.

    The GOP, from Congress to the campaign trail, signaled it’s ready for the fight.

    In his third State of the Union address, Obama issued a populist call for income equality that echoed the Occupy Wall Street movement. He challenged GOP lawmakers to work with him or move aside so he could use the power of the presidency to produce results for an electorate uncertain whether he deserves another term.

  • License debate intensifies

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and her allies face a tough first test in the Legislature over their proposal to stop New Mexico from granting driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants.

    The House Labor and Human Resources Committee is to consider the governor’s proposal Thursday and it’s expected to encounter strong opposition at the first hearing on the issue during this year’s legislative session.

  • Horse theft suspect nabbed

    State livestock authorities have arrested and charged a 41-year-old man with being a horse rustler, alleging that he stole 41 horses from people in the Mineral Hill area over the last year.

    Benny A. Padilla, whose address in court documents is listed as Route 1, in Las Vegas is facing 42 criminal charges. He was booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center on Jan. 13 and ordered released on Jan. 18.

  • Councilman to challenge new charter

    The city campaign season is under way, but questions about the city charter remain unresolved, prompting one city councilor to step forward with a legal challenge.

    Councilman Andrew Feldman sent a letter to Mayor Alfonso Ortiz last week saying he would be willing to serve as a plaintiff in a legal challenge so that the new charter’s legitimacy can be settled in court once and for all.

    “We talked about this over the past year, and nobody ever did anything about it,” Feldman told the Optic Tuesday morning.