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  • Weather - March 7, 2014

    Friday
     20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 61. Southwest wind 10-15 mph. A 50 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26. Northwest wind 10-15 mph, becoming northeast in the evening.

    Saturday
    A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 40. Northeast wind 10-15 mph. A 10 percent chance of snow showers at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 22.

    Sunday
    Sunny, with a high near 59. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 36.

  • Jail Log - March 7, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Feb. 22 and Feb. 27.

    Jerry Martinez, 37, trafficking a controlled substance with crack cocaine, conspiracy to traffic controlled substance to wit Crack Cocaine, bench warrant SM Magistrate
    Paul Trujillo, 31, seven-day commitment
    Amanda Padilla, 30,  failure to appear, bench warrant SM Magistrate
    Benito Mora, 35, failure to pay fines, bench warrant  LV Municipal  
    Lorenzo Gallegos, 51, criminal trespass, public nuisance  

  • DWI checkpoints planned here

    The State Police Department is warning motorists that it will be conducting sobriety checkpoints in San Miguel County during the months of March and April. 

    “Our efforts continue to show a significant reduction in alcohol related fatalities...,” said Sgt. Damyan Brown, in a news release. “These checkpoints are helping to change society’s attitude about drinking and driving. “

  • NMHU Sigma Xi chapter recognized for excellence

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University Sigma Xi Chapter was named one of the top chapters in the world for this honorary research society.

    The university’s chapter was tapped for the Sigma Xi Chapter of Excellence award, an honor earned by only two-to-three percent of the organization’s global network of more than 520 chapters in 100 countries.

  • Chief to release curriculum

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — New proposed state police training material that critics say gives officers more leeway to use deadly force will be released to the public next week, New Mexico Police Chief Pete Kassetas said Wednesday.

    In an interview with The Associated Press, Kassetas said drafts of the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy curriculum will be made available as soon as officials get them ready. The creator of the curriculum originally said he’d rather burn the materials than release them.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - March 7, 2014

    The Associated Press

    State lifts maintenance tax
    SANTA FE — New Mexico will no longer tax parts and labor for maintaining aircraft under a measure that Gov. Susana Martinez has signed into law.
    The governor said Thursday in Santa Teresa that the tax break, which takes effect in July, will help keep aircraft owners from having repairs and maintenance performed by shops in neighboring tax-free states, including Texas, Colorado and Arizona.

  • Trujillo fends off challenge

    Incumbent Eddie Trujillo handily defeated his two challengers to win another term as the city of Las Vegas municipal judge.

    In the Ward 4 City Council race, Councilman David Romero was re-elected to a second term, receiving 22 more votes than challenger Michael Espinoza.

    The Ward 1 race, meanwhile, will be decided by a runoff election within 45 days because none of the three candidates garnered more than 50 percent of the vote. Councilwoman Tonita Gurule-Giron and Oliver L’Esperance were the top two vote-getters in that race.

  • Two Vegas men facing DWI charges

    Las Vegas police arrested two men on drunk driving charges in recent days, one after he allegedly crashed his motorcycle Friday and the other after someone called to report that he was passed out inside a running vehicle at about 2 a.m. Sunday.

    Gabriel Garcia, 24, of Las Vegas, the man arrested early Sunday morning, was charged with driving while under the influence, fourth offense, which is a fourth-degree felony. He was also charged with a misdemeanor count of driving with a revoked license.

  • Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss
  • Drilling ordinance hearing is Friday

    The first of several public hearings on a proposed ordinance that would govern oil and gas extraction in San Miguel County is scheduled for 3 to 7 p.m. this Friday at the County Commission chambers on the second floor of the old courthouse building.

    The hearing is being held by the county’s Planning and Zoning Commission, which has been asked to give recommendations on the proposal to the Commission at its meeting this Tuesday.

    The latest version of the ordinance is available on the San Miguel County website.