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  • Gonzales takes judge post

    The Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE — Ken Gonzales on Friday became New Mexico’s newest federal judge, ending a 14-year career as a federal prosecutor that included the creation of several programs aimed at fighting high rates of crime and violence in Indian Country.

  • Non-profits urged to apply for PNM grants

    Submitted to the Optic
    Up to $250,000 is available to qualifying nonprofits between now and Sept. 9 through PNM’s Reduce Your Use Grants. Nonprofit organizations who are also PNM customers can apply online for a Reduce Your Use Grant of up to $5,000 to bring life to their energy-saving projects.

  • Suit filed over fatal crash

    The mother of one of the girls killed in the April 6 rollover on Interstate 25 near Tecolote has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the alleged drunk driver and against the driver’s mother.

    And the parents of the second girl who died appear to be laying the groundwork for a lawsuit of their own.

  • Blessing of the Waters
  • Man jailed for pulling over real cops

    A man who was allegedly pretending to be a law enforcement officer picked the wrong vehicle to pull over in San Miguel County on Wednesday, and now he’s behind bars and facing a misdemeanor charge of impersonating a law enforcement officer.

    John Shelton, 26, of Logan, was being held at the San Miguel County Detention Center in lieu of a $2,000 cash bond.

    State police are asking anyone who may have been pulled over by Shelton to contact the state police Investigations Bureau in Las Vegas at 425-6771.

  • Moody’s reafirms city’s credit rating

    Four months after Moody’s Investor Service put the city of Las Vegas on notice that its credit rating might be downgraded because of high pension liabilities, the credit rating agency reversed course.

    Moody’s announced Monday that it is affirming the city’s A1 rating for improvement revenue bonds issued last year.

    “The city has a manageable but still above average pension burden, based on unfunded liabilities associated with its share of statewide multi-employer cost-sharing plan,” Moody’s said in its release.

  • County Fair on tap for this weekend

    It is San Miguel/Mora County Fair time. The 40th Annual fair, Quilts and Roses, Tails and Noses, will be full of plenty of events and activities for all ages. The several-day fair began on Wednesday and will run until Saturday. The fair is free and open to the public at the fairgrounds,  located on Hot Springs Boulevard going toward  Montezuma.

    Ted Roybal, president of the County Fair Association, said, “There are a lot of activities and events going on throughout this year’s fair.”

  • Three winning Powerball tickets sold

    The Associated Press
    ORLANDO, Fla. — Three of the tickets sold in Minnesota and New Jersey for the Powerball game Wednesday evening matched all six numbers drawn, which were: 05-25-30-58-59 and Powerball: 32.
    The players matching all five numbers and the Powerball won the $425 million jackpot. The prize goes to an estimated $40 million for Saturday.

  • Regulators propose new medical marijuana rules

    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE— State medical regulators are drawing criticism for proposing new rules with requirements for doctors and other health care providers who certify patients to use medical marijuana.
    The Medical Board plans an Aug. 16 hearing on the new rules, which include requirements that patients be periodically re-diagnosed and that providers notify patients’ other health care providers.

  • In Brief - News - Aug. 9, 2013

    The Associated Press

    Team finishes fire rehab work

    PECOS, N.M. (AP) — Federal officials say they have finished with emergency rehabilitation work on hundreds of acres charred by the Tres Lagunas Fire.
    About 518 tons of straw were dropped by helicopter on part of the burn scar in the Santa Fe National Forest. The work spanned more than four days and took nearly 30 hours of flight time.