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  • Abuse Awareness
  • Cop fight caught on tape

    Incident reports and an audio recording released by state police Tuesday could spell trouble for Mora County Sheriff Thomas Garza, who has been accused of trying to let an acquaintance walk earlier this month after being arrested on suspicion of driving drunk.

    The DWI arrest sparked a heated quarrel between Garza and then-deputy Lee Allingham on the evening of April 7, and part of that exchange, which involved yelling, threats and the sheriff saying, “I can do what I want,” was recorded by another deputy on his iPhone.

  • Senior Profile - Manuel Benavidez Sr.

    Remember what it’s like to be 13? Manuel Benavidez does.

    “I was just looking for something to do, and took a job at Munzumur’s (Bakery and Café),” he recalls.

    That was some 70 years ago, a move that eventually would lead to Manuel’s unquestionable role as Las Vegas’ “Panadero.”

    That reputation has made him somewhat of a legend in town and led to the publication of a book, “El Panadero,” the bread maker, compiled by his son Manuel Benavidez Jr.

  • Co-op dispute may head to court

    The man wanting to challenge the Mora-San Miguel Electric cooperative’s chairman in the May 8 election for the District 2 board of trustees seat says he is being kept off the ballot by dirty politics.

  • Highlands building back on track

    The general contractor hired in late February to take over construction of the New Mexico Highlands University Student Center says the project is finally back on track.

    “We really, truly believe that we can deliver this before the end of the year,” Jim Franken, of Franken Construction, told regents on Monday.

    After weeks of inactivity, crews returned to the job site this week.

    The revamped schedule presented to regents lists the re-start date of the project as Monday and the completion date as Dec. 22.

  • Looking Back - April 27, 2012

    In 1912

    Monday, April 29 — Tagged with express markers from cities and towns in all corners of the globe, an old man arrived in Las Vegas yesterday in a Wells Fargo Express car on Train No. 10 from California. After being tagged with a Meadow City marker, the show was again started on its way. The man recited: I’ve traveled o’er this world a bit/ I’ve been from state to state/ This rambling life I’ll never quit/ Until I find my mate.

  • Looking Ahead - News - April 27, 2012

    Free legal fair on Saturday

    Attorneys will be available this Saturday to give free legal information, answer legal questions and offer resource information to all citizens of Guadalupe, Mora and San Miguel Counties. The legal fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kennedy Hall on the Highlands University campus, located at National and University.

  • Weather - April 27, 2012

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 72. Breezy, with a west wind 20-25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 38. North wind 15-20 mph, decreasing to 5-10 mph.

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 66. North wind 5-15 mph, becoming south. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41.


  • Jail Log - April 27, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between April 17 and April 22:

  • A gala fit for a PRESIDENT

    Saturday evening was all about glitz, glamour, roasting and more for the 2012 President’s Gala-Dollars for Scholars.

    The Wilson Complex was transformed from a basketball court to an elegant ballroom complete with giant screens and massive banners, courtesy of the New Mexico Highlands University’s Media Arts Department. Attendees arrived to a red carpet and were serenaded by the university’s Mariachi Vaqueros de la Sierra as they made their way into the facility.