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  • Candidates fan out after fiery debate

    By Julie Pace and Nedra Pickler
    The Associated Press
    HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — Fresh off an intently combative debate, President Barack Obama, Republican Mitt Romney and their running mates are taking their tuned-up fight to the precious few battleground states where the election is still up for grabs with just 20 days to go.

  • City backing county tax

    Setting aside the recommendation of its attorney, the City Council voted 3-2 on Monday to throw its support behind San Miguel County’s proposed sales tax increase, which is one of the measures on the general election ballot.

    The council took the position after hearing from its own staff and from County Manager Les Montoya.

  • Rooted Lands - Anti-fracking film hits big screen

    Fracking has become a burning issue in Mora and San Miguel counties in recent years. Now a documentary film chronicling local efforts to hold fracking at bay is hitting the big screen in Las Vegas.

    The film, “Rooted Lands: Tierras Arraigadas,” will have its premiere in the Meadow City starting at 7 p.m. Saturday at Ilfeld Auditorium.

  • Vegas man sentenced to 18 years

    A Las Vegas man charged with child molestation in three separate cases has pleaded guilty to three of the charges and was sentenced to prison.

    Raymond Paiz, 43, pleaded guilty to three counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor and was sentenced last week to 18 years in prison.

    Under the plea agreement, Paiz was facing between 15 and 18 years in prison. District Attorney Richard Flores’ office argued for the maximum sentence, and District Judge Eugenio Mathis agreed.

  • Jail warden gets 2-year contract

    San Miguel County Warden Patrick Snedeker will continue to oversee the county’s detention center for at least two more years under the terms of an employment contract approved by commissioners.

    The San Miguel County Commission voted unanimously last week approve the two-year contract, which officials say takes effect this Friday.

  • Poll: Heinrich holds 9-point lead over Wilson

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    Republican Heather Wilson and Democrat Martin Heinrich each entered the final stretch of New Mexico’s Senate race with about $1 million in campaign cash, and a new poll shows Heinrich leading the contest.

    According to the latest finance reports, Wilson has raised about $6.2 million since starting her campaign and Heinrich has collected nearly $5.9 million in the race to succeed retiring Democratic Sen. Jeff Bingaman.

  • Looking Back - Oct. 17, 2012

    In 1962
    Thursday, Oct. 18 — The resignation of Dr. Ram S. Gursahani, acting superintendent of the New Mexico State Hospital, was accepted today by the Board of Directors at a specially called meeting. “The reason I’m leaving,” Dr. Gursahani told the directors, “stems from the discharge of a valuable employee [Arthur Tafoya] without sufficient cause. I do not wish to work at an institution which is under the control of the business manager.”

  • Looking Ahead - News - Oct. 17, 2012

    Halloween Monster Bash this Saturday
    The Highlands University Performing Arts Club is having a Halloween Monster Bash at 6 p.m. this Saturday at the Music Building choir room. Advance tickets are $5 for adults, and $3 for children under 12 and for seniors and students with ID. Prices increase $1 at the gate. There will be a costume contest with prizes.

  • Weather - Oct. 17, 2012

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 72. North wind 5-15 mph, becoming southwest in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 37. Southwest wind around 10 mph, becoming north after midnight.

    Thursday
    Sunny, with a high near 64. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. Clear at night, with a low around 38.

    Friday
    Sunny, with a high near 75. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 46.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:09 a.m. to 6:22 p.m.