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  • Correction - News Oct. 10, 2011

    Two mistakes were made in the Oct. 5 edition of the Optic. Stella Bakarich is the owner and physical therapist of Buena Vida Physical Therapy and Wellness, and DeAnn Barry is the registered yoga teacher and a certified pilates instructor.

  • Dinner funds mustard seed grants

    Submitted to the Optic
    The annual enchilada dinner that funds Mustard Seed grants will be held this Thursday, Oct. 13, at the Hillcrest Restaurant.
    This marks the 13th anniversary of the Mustard Seed program, which is sponsored by First United Presbyterian Church. It’s a community outreach program funded by all the profits from the dinner and donations by church members.
    More than $110,000 worth of grants have been awarded to a wide variety of proposals over the past 13 years. This year’s Mustard Seed grants will be awarded in March 2012. 

  • East property tax rates down

    Residential property owners on the east side will see their property taxes drop when their tax bill arrives in November but those on the west side will see a modest increase under new tax rates computed by the state.

  • Nearing Completion
  • Rainsville man charged in stabbing

    A 41-year-old Rainsville man remains behind bars at the San Miguel County Detention Center for allegedly stabbing another man multiple times on Saturday.

  • Mayor applies for vacant PRC post

    Mayor Alfonso Ortiz  has thrown his hat into the race to be Jerome Block Jr.’s replacement on the state Public Regulation Commission.

    Ortiz, who is also the elected San Miguel County treasurer, said that even if Gov. Susana Martinez selects him for the $90,000 a year post, he would serve out the roughly five months left in his mayoral term.

    Ortiz said he had been considering applying for the job and that he ended up submitting his resume when he was in Santa Fe earlier this week.

  • Dispute leads to car-cycle collision

    A fight between a boyfriend and girlfriend that played out on city streets Wednesday evening ended with both of them behind bars.

    The incident resulted in a heavy police presence on Mills Avenue, in front of McDonald’s. State and city police responded, along with other emergency personnel.

  • Top state water official resigns

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    Difficult. That’s how many describe the job of managing water resources in a state where lingering drought is shrinking reservoirs and turning landscapes crunchy brown.

    As New Mexico’s top water official, State Engineer John D’Antonio has grown accustomed to the challenges that come from not having enough water to go around. In fact, he said seven of his nine years as state engineer have been dry.

  • Jail Log - Oct. 7, 2011

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center by area law enforcement between Sept. 27 and Oct. 5:
    Jose Gallegos, 62, jail commitment on DUI charge
    Diego Romero, 22, receiving stolen property
    Joseph Garduño, 19, failure to comply
    Jessica Salazar, 43, fraud
    Gavin Rudolph, 25, aggravated battery
    Roman Lucero, 39, equipment violation
    Armando Garcia, 50, criminal trespass

  • Local Briefs - Oct. 7, 2011

    Local tot doesn’t make finalist cut  

    Peyton Richardson of Las Vegas was not selected as a top five finalist for a national cutest babies contest sponsored by NBC's “Today with Kathie Lee and Hoda.”

    Peyton, who is 2, beat out nearly 40,000 other babies to claim one of the top 10 semifinalists spots for the contest. Online voting for the five finalist spots ended Sunday.