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  • New Mexico Game and Fish director resigns

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The director of New Mexico’s Game and Fish Department announced his resignation Wednesday, but the department remained tightlipped about his departure.

    Word that Jim Lane would be stepping down was first made public after a special, closed meeting held by the Game Commission in Albuquerque.

    The meeting agenda did not list any specifics, only that commissioners would be discussing personnel issues involving the hiring, promotion, resignation or investigation of several employees.

  • Jail Log - Nov. 1, 2013

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Oct. 21 and Oct. 30:
    Shawn Montoya, 42, hold for transport
    Carlo Solano, 20, battery on household member, criminal damage to property  
    Freddie Romero, 40, intimidation of a witness, injury to fence, criminal trespass, assault bench warrant SM Magistrate
    Michael Esquibel, 34 hold for court
    Teddy Manzanares, 34 failure to appear
    Mary Jo Gallegos, 51,  failure to appear
    Anjelica Esquibel, 18, mental health hold

  • NM could lose up to $25M in tobacco revenues

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration plans to cut spending on several health and education programs because New Mexico faces the loss of up to $25 million from a nationwide settlement with tobacco companies.

    The state expected to collect about $39 million in tobacco payments in the current budget year. However, the attorney general’s office said Wednesday that amount will be lowered because of an arbitration ruling against New Mexico and five others states in September.

  • Businessman Alan Webber running for governor

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Political newcomer Alan Webber, a wealthy Santa Fe businessman, joined the race for governor of New Mexico on Monday, becoming the fourth Democratic candidate to take on Republican incumbent Susana Martinez.

  • After unity, Dems push back on Obama

    By Jim Kuhnhenn
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Just two weeks after President Barack Obama saw his Democratic Party put up an unyielding front against Republicans, his coalition is showing signs of stress.

    From health care to spying to pending budget deals, many congressional Democrats are challenging the administration and pushing for measures that the White House has not embraced.

  • Fired county workers cry foul

    Two San Miguel County DWI program employees were terminated from their positions earlier this month, and both want to know why, saying they were never written up or even evaluated.

  • 2 boarding home tenants found dead

    Two New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute patients who were released into the care of a local boarding home were found dead last week, and state police are investigating.

    Carbon monoxide poisoning is suspected.

    State police Sgt. Emmanuel Gutierrez confirmed Tuesday that uniform officers were dispatched to Ning Road in Las Vegas at 2:43 a.m. this past Thursday. Ning Road is off of north Seventh Street heading toward Storrie Lake.

    The officers were asked to go to the residence in reference to two deceased males.

  • Cue the Horror - Fun, food, prizes on tap for Halloween

    There will be plenty of excitement for horror seekers this Halloween.

    On Tuesday evening, several local organizations launched their Halloween Carnival and Haunted House at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center.

  • Rivera running for magistrate post

    San Miguel County Clerk Melanie Y. Rivera has decided to run for the Division 2 magistrate position in San Miguel County after learning that the judge currently holding that post doesn’t plan to run for re-election.

    Rivera, a Democrat, announced Monday that she will be seeking the post. Filing day for county offices is March 11, with the primary election taking place in June and the general election in November.

  • Looking Back - Oct. 30, 2013

    In 1963
    Thursday, Oct. 31 — A giant pumpkin, weighing 46 pounds, was raised by Mr. and Mrs. Brigido Archibeque of Upper Town. When the pumpkin was very small, a niece, Mary Ann Maes, who resides in Albuquerque, marked the pumpkin and said that she wanted it when it was grown. So the Archibeques are sending the pumpkin to their niece in the Duke City.