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  • FYI - Sept. 20, 2013

    San Miguel County Magistrate Court has set new hours for people to see a judge on citations. The new hours are Monday through Thursday, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. On Fridays, a judge will be available from  8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

  • Census: NM poverty rate has increased

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico has backpedaled since 2000 on a problem that’s long plagued the state — poverty.

    More New Mexicans lived in poverty last year than in 2000, according to a report released Thursday by the Census Bureau. Only Mississippi had a poverty rate higher than New Mexico in 2012.

    An economist with a social advocacy group mostly attributes the rise in poverty to the state’s economic slide since 2008.

  • Settlement close on jail suit

    The Associated Press
    LOS LUNAS — State correctional officials and nearly 500 former and current inmates have reached a settlement agreement that would pay out $750,000 to inmates allegedly forced to strip down and sit front to back for long periods.
    Court documents show that the agreement was reached after several months of negotiations and two mediations, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

  • Jail Log - Sept. 20, 2013

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Sept. 6 and Sept. 16:
     
    Conrad Ortiz, 24, failure to pay  
    Steve Gallegos, 41, conditions of released revoked  
    Manuel Lujan,. 34, DWI. failure to appear, bench warrant, SM Magistrate/Sandoval County
    Noberto Maestas, 52, failure to pay, failure to appear, bench warrant SM Magistrate  

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Sept. 20, 2013

    The Associated Press

  • Defense takes aim at witness in murder trial

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE — Defense attorneys took aim Tuesday at a key prosecution witness in the capital murder trial of a former Arizona fugitive accused of killing an Oklahoma couple, saying it was the witness who made the decision to target the victims for their pickup truck and travel trailer.

  • Assessing the Damage - Storrie canal repaired, carrying water to lake

    UPDATE: The repair to the Storrie canal continues to hold as the Storrie Project Water Users Association diverts all the water from the river.

    "We now are taking the entire river," said Robert Quintana, the president of the association. "As of 4 p.m. today we are taking the entire river."

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    Las Vegas and San Miguel County finally got a break from the rain on Monday, and that reprieve helped crews working on a breached canal to complete the repair.

  • Crowded classrooms irk East parents

    Exactly how overcrowded are classrooms in the Las Vegas City Schools district remains unclear, but one thing clear is a group parents unhappy with the class sizes at Los Niños Elementary.

    On Thursday evening, four parents expressed their frustration with the district’s response to class sizes at the east side elementary, particularly the school’s third grade immersion classroom, during a board meeting. The parents encouraged the district to seek another teacher to help ease the large enrollments in both the second and third grade immersion classrooms.

  • Flood-weary New Mexico keeps eye on rivers

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    New Mexicans remained on high alert to possible flash flooding as rain was expected to continue during the next few days, adding more runoff to already swollen rivers and streams.

    The tiny community of Mogollon in southwestern New Mexico was isolated after weekend rains destroyed the paved road leading to it. About 16 residents live permanently in the former mining town nestled in the mountains.

  • Ain’t Got No Frijoles Blues Festival is this weekend

    Andres Garcia has a smile that can light up any room and a talent that leaves many in awe.

    A Memorial Middle School student, Garcia, will once again hit the stage with his guitar for the Fifth Annual Ain’t Got No Frojiles Blues Festival. This year’s festival will begin Friday with a cruise around town starting at 6 p.m. at Plaza Park.