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  • Assessor issues warning over letter

    The San Miguel County assessor and clerk are warning the public to beware of a letter being sent out seeking $83 in exchange for the person’s property deed.

    The letter — from Property Transfer Services, out of Sioux Falls, S.D. — looks like an official government bill, though in small print on the envelope the company does disclose that it is not a government agency.

  • Nonprofit suspends Sanchez

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico has suspended one of its employees after the man was arrested last Friday on drug trafficking charges.

    Andrea Maril, the organization’s chief executive officer, confirmed to the Optic that Raymond J. Sanchez, 32, who resides at 1302 Second Street, has been suspended without pay pending the organization’s own investigation.

    “We did do very thorough background checks  on him initially, and they all came back clear, as did his references,” Maril said.

  • Boy faces juvenile charges in school shooting

    By Russell Contreras and Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ROSWELL — Investigators have turned up evidence that the 12-year-old boy who opened fire on a crowd of students in a New Mexico middle school gym had planned the attack and warned some classmates to stay away moments before the gunfire rang out.

  • Looking Back - Jan. 17, 2014

    In 1964

  • Looking Ahead - News - Jan. 17, 2014

    R.H.S. Blood drive

    Robertson High School will host a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, in Mike Marr Gym. To make an appointment or for more information, call Bryanna Duran at 426-6007 or Donna Ortiz at 429-4698.
     

  • Weather - Jan. 17, 2014

    Friday
    Sunny, with a high near 53. Northwest wind around 5 mph, becoming west in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 25. Northwest wind 5-10 mph.

    Saturday
    Sunny, with a high near 52. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming east in the afternoon. Clear at night, with a low around 25.

    Sunday
    Sunny, with a high near 56. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 29.

    Monday
    Sunny, with a high near 53.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:09 a.m. to 5:13 p.m.

  • Jail Log - Jan. 17, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Jan. 5 and Jan. 12:
    Gary Romero, 40, battery
    Roger Romero, 52, 30-day commitment
    Samantha Martinez, 29, failure to comply with conditions of probation
    Ryan Lucero, 22, eight-day sanction
    Miguel Martinez, 64, person under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs, traffic offense, driving on suspended/revoked license
    Greg Martinez, 27, positive UA
    Juan Gutierrez, 28, hold for court, failure to pay fines, failure to appear

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Jan. 17, 2014

    The Associated Press

  • Spending bill goes to Obama

    By Alan Fram
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Drained of much of its vitriol over the budget, Congress is poised to adopt a $1.1 trillion package financing federal agencies this year, a bipartisan compromise that all but banishes the specter of an election-year government shutdown.

    The Democratic-controlled Senate planned to give final congressional approval to the immense spending measure, possibly as early as Thursday.

  • Mentor accused of dealing

    A man who works as a counselor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico was arrested Friday afternoon on drug trafficking charges after a search of his home turned up cocaine and marijuana.

    Raymond J. Sanchez, 32, of the 1300 block of Second Street has been charged with trafficking cocaine, a second-degree felony, conspiracy to traffic cocaine, a third-degree felony, distribution of marijuana, a fourth-degree felony, conspiracy to commit distribution of marijuana, a fourth-degree felony and possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.