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  • Jail Log - June 28, 2013

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between June 17 and June 21:
    Antonio Larrañaga, age unavailable, Positive for Cocaine
    Ben Gallegos, 35, Failure to Comply
    Anthony Baca, 31, Driving on Suspended Revoked License
    Crystal Garcia, age unavailable, New Charges
    Travis Ulibarri, 33, Failure to Pay Fines
    Antoinette Armijo, 39, Murder
    Jude Maes, 38, Failure to Pay Fines
    Mario Romero, age unavailable, Failure to Pay Fines
    Lucy Trujillo, 56, Failure to Appear

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - June 28, 2013

    From The Associated Press

    Low reservoir levels in Santa Fe

    SANTA FE — Municipal reservoirs in Santa Fe are only around one-third full, and officials say they may run dry in three months.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the city this weekend will start tapping stored water to meet summer demand amid the state’s worst drought in decades.

  • Regulator to remain in office

    The Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE — State Insurance Superintendent John Franchini was selected Wednesday to remain as New Mexico’s top insurance regulator when his office becomes an independent governmental agency next month.
    A nine-member committee named Franchini to serve as insurance superintendent for a term that starts July 1 and expires Dec. 31, 2015.

  • Teambuilders part of audit

    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — A list of 15 New Mexico nonprofit groups whose Medicaid payments were ordered stopped this week after a state audit showed massive mismanagement and possible fraud includes well-known names in behavior health, according to a public records request by the Albuquerque Journal.

  • Star Power
  • BREAKING: Gay rights supporters erupt in cheers over ruling

    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Chanting "DOMA is Dead," supporters of same-sex marriage burst into cheers Wednesday at news of the Supreme Court's decision invalidating part of a law denying gay marriage partners the same federal benefits heterosexual couples enjoy.

    Sarah Prager, 26, cried when she heard the news standing outside the court. Prager married her wife in Massachusetts in 2011 and now lives in Maryland.

  • NM lowest in child well-being

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — It wasn’t so long ago that David Hutchinson spent a month sleeping under a bridge while his wife and young daughter spent their nights at a domestic violence shelter.

    But this wasn’t a case of domestic violence. The couple simply had no choice. There were just no shelters in Phoenix with room for another homeless family, and their top priority was finding a safe place for their daughter.

  • Hands-on learning: Workshops to teach creative arts

    It’s not every day that you hear about coffee being used to develop photographs. On Saturday, community members will actually get an opportunity to learn how to develop film using a good old cup of Joe. The local Parachute Factory organization, located on Bridge Street, is hosting several workshops featuring the coffee film developing technique and other creative arts.

  • Late audits cost East emergency funds

    The state Public Education Department says Las Vegas City Schools isn’t eligible for emergency supplemental funding next year because its audits are late.

    PED spokesman Larry Behrens told the Optic Tuesday in an email that state lawmakers passed  legislation earlier this year requiring a school district to be up to date on its audits in order to receive the emergency funding.

  • Luna partners with Santa Rosa school

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    A partnership between Luna Community College and Santa Rosa High will allow Santa Rosa High School students and community members to take building technology courses beginning in the fall.

    Last Wednesday, Luna’s Board of Trustees agreed to pay half the salary of a building technology instructor. Santa Rosa High Principal Richard Perea said that his school plans to have three building technology classes during the day and postsecondary courses in the evening.