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  • Weather - August 20, 2012

    Monday
    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 81. Southwest wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. Scattered showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 52. West wind 5-10 mph, becoming north after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.

    Tuesday

  • Oil and gas industry touted

    As activists work to keep the oil and gas industry out of San Miguel County, state Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela praised the industry in a rare address to the County Commission.

     “I think the oil and gas industry can help your county,” Barela told the Commission on Tuesday, saying that it could bring hundreds of high-paying jobs to the area. He was invited to address the governing body by Commissioner Ron Ortega.

  • Coach killed in Interstate accident

    Las Vegas Optic Staff

    A Las Vegas Little League coach was killed Wednesday night in an accident on Interstate 25 near Watrous.

    The accident occurred just before 10 p.m. on the northbound on-ramp at Mile Marker 366, according to state police.

    David Archuleta, 39, the only occupant of the vehicle, died at the scene, said Capt. Tommy Hooper.

    Hooper said Archuleta went off the shoulder, and his 1995 Chevy passenger vehicle rolled about two times. The vehicle caught fire. Archuleta was pronounced dead at the scene, Hooper said.

  • Raspberry Ranch is popular draw

    Sisters Beth Duggan and Linda Ferguson spent Wednesday afternoon picking raspberries at Salman Raspberry Ranch in La Cueva, off N.M. 518, near Mora.

    The Texas residents were visiting the area along with their husbands, John Duggan and Clint Ferguson.

    The Duggans are regular raspberry ranch visitors, who own a home  in Angel Fire. It was, however, the Fergusons’  first trip to the roughly five- acre raspberry field.

  • Council approves union raises

    Members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union who work for the city of Las Vegas will see their annual salaries increase by $1,040, under the terms of a contract ratified by the City Council Wednesday night.

    The contract also calls for those same workers to receive a one-time payment of $75 at the end of the year if they complete all of their required safety trainings.

    Negotiations on the new contract began in March and were completed in July.

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  • West Mesa killing investigation aids police on other cases

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Efforts to solve serial killings in West Mesa have led police to evidence in other cold cases

    Authorities said new tips generated in the case led investigators to link a slew of results from rape test kits to a serial rapist who preyed on women in the 1990s. Police do not know his name, but his DNA profile is now in a national database, KRQE-TV reported Thursday.

    In addition, two other men have been linked to cold case rapes, police said.

  • Jail Log - August 17, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Aug. 6 and Aug. 12:

    Charles Higgins, 47, Adult Probation Office bench warrant: Positive UA

    Evelyn Lucero, 60, cruelty to animals

    Linda Porter, 48, aggravated driving while intoxicated, driving on a suspended or revoked driver’s license, careless driving, no insurance, speeding

    Edward Fernandez, 30, aggravated driving while intoxicated

  • Hepatitis C testing urged for Baby Boomers

    By Mike Stobbe
    AP Medical Writer

    ATLANTA — All baby boomers should get a one-time blood test to learn if they have the liver-destroying hepatitis C virus, U.S. health officials said Thursday.

    It can take decades for the blood-borne virus to cause liver damage and symptoms to emerge, so many people don’t know they’re harboring it. Baby boomers account for about two-thirds of the estimated 3.2 million infected Americans.

  • Gov finds new spot to post workers’ salaries

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez has begun posting the names and salaries of classified state employees at a new online location after a judge ruled last month that she remove the names from the online New Mexico Sunshine Portal.

    Martinez added the names of classified workers, their titles and salaries to the Sunshine Portal last year. That added to a previously available list of employees exempt from civil service protection.