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  • Jail Log - Jan. 10, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Dec. 30 and Jan. 5:
    Daniel Rivera, 20, positive UA
    William Lujan, 21, positive UA (THC)  
    Martin Quintana, 23, failure to appear, bench warrant SM Magistrate
    Mario Trujillo, 33, failure to pay child support bench warrant Mora
    Alfred Waldo, 33, aggravated DWI, driving on suspended revoked license, open container, reckless driving, no registration, no insurance,
    Joey Barela, 53, 22-day commitment Mora

  • Looking Back - Jan. 10, 2014

    In 1964

    Monday, Jan. 13 — “The Rio Grande Adventure,” a history of New Mexico textbook designed for the junior high schools in the state, has recently been released by Lyons and Carnahan, publishers. Author of the attractive and profusely illustrated book is Dr. Lynn I. Perrigo, head of the department of history and social science at Highlands University.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Jan. 10, 2014

    Tri-County Farmers Market
    Fresh produce and crafts are available at the Farmers Market, which is continuing its operation through the winter months. The winter location is the Travelers’ Cafe on the Plaza. Hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

  • Weather - Jan. 10, 2014

    Friday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 44. West wind around 15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 24. West wind around 10 mph.

    Saturday
    Sunny, with a high near 51. West wind 5-10 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 30.

    Sunday
    Sunny, with a high near 50. Windy. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 21.

    Monday
     Sunny, with a high near 47. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 23.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:11 a.m. to 5:06 p.m.

  • Local bank partners with PNM to boost business

    Submitted to the Optic

    Public Service Company of New Mexico, a subsidiary of PNM Resources, announced recently it has completed a unique financing agreement designed to increase business with New Mexico banks.

    The agreement supports economic development in local communities and provides PNM with necessary capital funding to maintain its top quartile reliability and continue to improve its systems. Southwest Capital Bank based out of Las Vegas is one of the banks participating in the agreement.

  • Foster parent information meeting Wednesday

    Submitted to the Optic

    The public is invited to an information meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 15, to learn about foster and adoptive parenting opportunities with New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department. The information meeting will be held at the local CYFD office at 2518 Ridge Runner Road.

    Currently there are 33 children in San Miguel County in the foster care system. There is a need for more foster parents in this community.

  • Registration time
  • State to relocate pronghorn

    The Associated Press

    CIMARRON — State wildlife officials plan to capture and relocate almost 200 pronghorn from a northern New Mexico ranch.

    Game and Fish Department officials say the animals similar to antelopes will be herded, corralled and transported from a private ranch near Cimarron that has been experiencing damage to irrigated cropland.

    The department will relocate most of the pronghorn to national forest land near Fort Stanton and to Bureau of Land Management land northwest of Roswell.

  • Agency troubled by shortages

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A state agency under fire for its handling of an abuse claim made by a child allegedly killed by his mother has a history of staff shortages.

    A recent budget report released by the Legislative Finance Committee shows the vacancy rate for the Children, Youth and Families Department’s Protective Services Division was at 15 percent earlier this month.

    That rate has remained relatively unchanged in recent years despite the hiring of over 300 social workers in just three years.

  • Boom boosts state earnings

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — An oil and gas boom in New Mexico and more than a dozen new renewable energy projects have translated into record earnings of more than $670 million for the State Land Office, boosting the funding available for public schools, universities and other trust beneficiaries.

    In announcing the figures Wednesday, Land Commissioner Ray Powell said 2013 marked the biggest year in the agency’s history. In December alone, earnings reached a record $79 million.