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  • BREAKING: San Miguel County Clerk to begin issuing marriage licenses to gay couples

    San Miguel County Clerk Melanie Y. Rivera is joining the ranks of clerks in Doña Ana, Santa Fe and Bernalillo counties in issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

    She said she made the decision after consulting with county attorney Jesus Lopez and the county clerk’s affiliate in New Mexico. Rivera, a Democrat, said she had wanted to issue the license for a long time but waited because of the murky legal issues involved.

  • BREAKING: Bomb team detonates deteriorating dynamite

    New Mexico State Police Bomb Team conducted an emergency detonation of deteriorating dynamite found at the Mora/San Miguel Electric Cooperative lot. The detonation occurred around 2 p.m. at the lot located on Williams Drive.

    According to a NMSP press release, the badly deteriorated dynamite was located during a routine ground cleaning and maintenance of the cooperative’s lot. The dynamite was located in a manhole located in the cooperative's lot.

  • Relief from rainfall limited

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    Despite recent heavy monsoon rains during the month of July, the city was not able to capture and store much of the runoff due to limitations of the water system and regulations governing use of Gallinas river water, city officials say.

    “People keep coming up to me and saying, “We’re in great shape because of all that rain, que no?” said Las Vegas City Manager Tim Dodge. “Well, I’m sorry but that’s just not been the case.”

  • New judge - New judge is HU alumnus

    New Mexico Highlands University

    New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez appointed New Mexico Highlands University alumnus and criminal defense attorney Edward M. Gallegos as San Miguel County magistrate judge.

    Gallegos will be sworn in August 22. He replaces Philip Romero, a longtime magistrate judge who retired in April.

  • More details emerge in Mathis case

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    Recently unsealed state Supreme Court documents offer further insight into the office politics and internal power struggles at the Fourth Judicial District Court in Las Vegas that preceded the departure of longtime District Judge Eugenio Mathis and his wife, Michelle Pino-Mathis.

  • Feldman takes job in Oregon

    Former city councilor Andrew Feldman says he’s leaving his position at Luna Community College in part because of the dysfunction that exists with the board of trustees.

    “It’s bittersweet because I like Vegas,” Feldman said during a recent telephone interview. “Vegas is unique. There’s great people here. It’s a great place to live, but I have to go where my career takes me. I love my home. I love this town. It’s a great place, but it’s time for a new adventure.”

  • Three charged in alleged rapes

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    Three men charged with rape stemming from three separate incidents are being held in the San Miguel County Detention Center, according to jail and court records.

    The three accused are Diego Lucero, 20, of the 500 block of Mountain View Drive or 100 block of Silva Avenue, both in Las Vegas;  Anthony Ray “Spooky” Esquibel, 35, of the 500 block of Chavez Street in Las Vegas; and Alvin Quintana, 49, of the 100 block of Camino Rael or HC 74, Box 843, both in Pecos.

  • Santa Fe issues same-sex licenses

    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — The county clerk in the New Mexico state capital and the heart of this state’s gay rights movement began issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples Friday, a court-ordered move that came just two days after a county clerk on the other end of the state decided on his own to recognize same-sex marriage.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Aug. 26, 2013

    The Associated Press

    Cop allegedly had sex with underage girl

    LAS CRUCES — A New Mexico police detective has been arrested on charges of having an inappropriate relationship with a teenager.
    The Las Cruces Police Department said Michael Garcia was arrested Friday in connection with allegations that he had sex with a teenage girl believed to be 17 at the time.
    The 37-year-old was charged with one count each of criminal sexual penetration of a minor and criminal sexual contact of a minor.