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  • Gov. Martinez raises $2M for re-election

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez has stockpiled nearly $3.3 million for her re-election campaign, giving her a significant fundraising advantage over Democratic challenger Gary King, according to financial reports filed Tuesday.
    King had cash-on-hand of $142,441 in his campaign account as of Oct. 7.

    Martinez raised $2.1 million for her re-election during the last six months while King collected $175,145.

  • Gov: Evidence backs abuse claims at ranch

    By Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Evidence found at a New Mexico youth ranch for troubled kids corroborates allegations by current and former students of abuse, the governor said Monday.

    The comments by Gov. Susana Martinez came as she defended the state’s handling of an investigation into the Tierra Blanca High Country Youth Program near Hillsboro ranch.

    Authorities have declined to release many details about the allegations or what was found at the ranch, citing the ongoing investigation.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Oct. 16, 2013

    The Associated Press

    Default rates up in New Mexico

     Student loan defaults are up at most of New Mexico’s state universities.
    The default rate at New Mexico State University rose to 18. 5 percent for students who enrolled in the 2010 fiscal year, up from 15 percent for students who enrolled one year earlier.
    Corresponding rates for the University of New Mexico are 8.6 percent and 7.4 percent.

  • Jail Log - Oct. 18, 2013

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Oct. 8 and Oct. 15:

    Fred Pino, 46, 10 day sanction admitted to using alcohol
    Freddie Romero, age unavailable, failure to appear bench warrant SM Magistrate
    Jose Ramirez, 65, criminal trespass
    Venessa Garcia, 23,  failure to pay fines,  failure to report, possession, delivery or manufacture of drug paraphernalia,  bench warrant,  SF Magistrate /Adult Probation Office PO/SM Magistrate  

  • For good causes
  • State House speaker raises $171K

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — Fundraising is heating up for New Mexico’s legislative races next year that will determine whether Democrats hold on to their majority in the state House of Representatives.

    A political action committee affiliated with House Speaker W. Ken Martinez, a Grants Democrat, raised $171,499 during the past six months, but a PAC operated by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez collected $313,151 during the same period.

  • County urges patience on roads

    The persistent rain storms that hammered San Miguel County from July through September made a mess of roads throughout the area, a mess that county road crews are still trying to clean up.

    Harold Garcia, the county’s public works supervisor, said last week that his crews have been putting in lots of overtime since July. Until recently, they were also working through the weekend, he said.

    Despite complaints from some to the contrary, Garcia said all county roads are passable right now, although he acknowledges that much more work is needed.

  • Art philanthropist - Highlands’ Bell exhibit opens Friday

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands opening for the Dr. Robert Bell Permanent Art Collection featuring New Mexico painters and printmakers is Friday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Margaret Kennedy Alumni Hall, 905 University Ave.

  • Activist to appeal home rule decision

    The local activist who filed suit against San Miguel County Clerk Melanie Rivera for her refusal to sign off on a home rule petition for the county says he will appeal a judge’s ruling that state law doesn’t allow for San Miguel County to pursue home rule.

  • State steps in to help Guard workers

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration stopped the furlough of several dozen civilian workers for the National Guard on Monday by having the state cover their salaries this week while a federal government shutdown continues.

    The 55 federally funded state employees maintain Guard facilities across the state, and include the staff responsible for computer security and construction management, National Guard spokesman Capt. Brian Raphael said.