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  • Book examines cattle mutilations

    By Leigh Black Irvin
    The Daily Times

    FARMINGTON — For decades, strange lights in the night sky and mysterious cattle mutilations have sparked rumors of a secret underground alien base near the small town of Dulce, which is tribal headquarters of the Jicarilla Apache Nation.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Oct. 28, 2013

    Missing man’s body found

    CHAMA — Search and rescue teams have found the body of a man who had been missing for more than a week after becoming separated from his wife in the mountains of northern New Mexico.
    New Mexico State Police confirm 55-year-old Neda Labjevardi was found Friday. Searchers say Labjevardi was about two and a half miles from his vehicle.

  • Reports possible soon on some mental health fraud

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Attorney General Gary King said Thursday his office may soon finish investigations into fraud allegations against some behavioral health providers shut off from Medicaid payments by Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration.

  • Official accused of tirade

    A San Miguel County Commissioner angrily walked off the job at New Mexico Highlands University, but not before crumbling up his suspension letter and tossing it, along with his keys, in the face of his supervisor.

    A university police report filed in the case also states that Ron Ortega threatened the supervisor, Kent Reid, who at the time was the interim director of the New Mexico Forest and Watershed Restoration Institute at Highlands.

  • Senior profile - Rufina Ortega

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    Born in 1937 to Alberto and Lucianita Trujillo, Rufina was raised in Las Tusas, near Sapello. She is carrying on a family tradition begun by her father, in 1914.

    He served as the contract United States Postal Service mail carrier for the Beulah Route for 50 years. In 1964, Alberto decided to retire, so Rufina bid on the position. She was hired and has been the carrier for the last 49 years.

  • Robertson vandals not scot-free yet

    It has been several months since vandals breached the Robertson High School security system and created a huge mess for staff and students. The vandalism took place a few days before the commencement.

    On Wednesday, Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez said two private investigators hired by the district have identified several suspects in the case, but their names have yet to be released publicly.

  • High court takes up gay marriage

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s highest court stepped into the fray over gay marriage on Wednesday, with the state attorney general and gay rights advocates urging justices to order county clerks statewide to allow the unions.

    The Supreme Court heard from lawyers in a case that could determine whether gay marriage is legal across New Mexico. The five justices will issue a decision later.

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  • Jail Log - Oct. 25, 2013

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Oct. 15 and Oct. 21:
    Rusty Lesperance, 24, contempt of court, failure to attend mediation, failure to appear
    Anthony Palomino, 40, bench warrant,  failure to appear
    Elisha Romero, 30, failure to appear, failure to pay,  failure to appear, failure to appear, failure to pay, bench warrant SM Magistrate/Guadalupe Magistrate/Santa Fe
    Desiree Hass, 23, failure to pay fines or cost imposed by the court  

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Oct. 25, 2013

    The Associated Press

    Cities want food sales tax

    The New Mexico Municipal League wants the state to allow local governments to apply the sales tax to food purchases, but Gov. Susana Martinez is against the idea.
    League Executive Director Bill Fulginiti says local governments want the Legislature to act on the issue next year.
    He says renewed authority to impose a food tax would give municipalities a way to absorb a phase-out of subsidy dollars from the state.