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  • State faces backlog on toxicology tests

    The Associated Press
    A jump in toxicology tests sent to a New Mexico laboratory has created a backlog delaying some death investigations for months.
    Adding to the delays, the lab says it’s losing highly trained people to burnout.

  • Woman accused of embezzling $70K from church

    The Associated Press
    An Albuquerque woman is accused of siphoning more than $70,000 from her church.
    KOAT-TV reports that 39-year-old Misty White was free on bond Thursday following her arrest on an embezzlement charge.
    According to a criminal complaint, White used her volunteer position at Indian Nation Baptist Church to access church bank accounts.
    White, who has been treasurer since 2011, allegedly used cash withdrawals and checks at grocery stores and restaurants. She also depleted another account reserved for buying the church a new building.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - July 21, 2014

    The Associated Press

    Jobless rate at 6.5 percent
    New Mexico’s unemployment rate stayed at 6.5 percent in June, down from 6.9 percent a year ago.
    The state Workforce Solutions Department said Friday that the state’s economy gained 2,500 jobs over the year.
    Gains in six industries offset losses in seven others, pushing growth into positive territory for the first time in nine months.
    Education and health services led all industries with an increase of 3,500 jobs, partly due to seasonal variability.

  • BREAKING: Salazar resigns from board

    Las Vegas City Schools board member Ernesto Salazar resigned from his position on the board Thursday evening.

    See Monday’s Optic for a full article on Salazar’s resignation.

  • County agrees to pay $70K

    San Miguel County has agreed to pay nearly $70,000 in back pay to eight current and former detention officers to settle a lawsuit alleging that the officers weren’t paid for overtime worked or compensated for being on-call.

    The settlement was reached last week during a nearly four-hour settlement conference in federal court.

    While the county has agreed to a monetary settlement to end the lawsuit, County Manager Les Montoya said the county isn’t admitting to any wrongdoing.

  • His final journey - Cancer victim ‘role model,’ ‘great dad’

    Greg Griego was born into this world on Valentine’s Day, in 1982, and that’s fitting because of how he lived his life.

    He demonstrated his love for his daughter, his family, and his colleagues by being a good listener who inspired many. He was his mother’s best friend, his brothers’ role model, and the best dad he could be to his princess, Jaelynn.

    On Monday, Griego succumbed to brain cancer – just seven months after doctors told him he had the illness.

  • CYFD facing tough questions

    Two Las Vegas children who were the subject of an Amber Alert are back in CYFD custody after they were located with their mother late Tuesday in Alamosa, Colo.

    But now the Children Youth and Families Department is facing some tough questions about how the woman was able to flee the local CYFD office with the children during what was supposed to have been a supervised visit.

    Among those wanting answers is Gov. Susana Martinez.

  • Plane shot down over Ukraine

    By Peter Leonard
    and Mstyslav Chernov
    The Associated Press
    HRABOVO, Ukraine — A Malaysia Airlines passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down over eastern Ukraine on Thursday, Ukrainian officials said, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the aircraft.
    As plumes of black smoke rose up near a rebel-held village of Hrabovo, an Associated Press journalist counted at least 22 bodies at the wreckage site 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Russian border.

  • Medical helicopter crashes near here

    The Associated Press

    NEWKIRK — A medical helicopter flying to pick up a patient crashed Thursday into the side of a New Mexico hilltop, bursting into flames and killing all three crew members on board, authorities said.

    The helicopter was flying from Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe to Tucumcari when it disappeared from radar at 2:48 a.m.

    It went down near Newkirk along Interstate 40 about 135 miles east of Albuquerque and about 30 miles from Tucumcari.

  • Looking Back - July 18, 2014

    In 1964

    Wednesday, July 22 — Junior CDA Troop 2 picnicked at Holy Ghost canyon recently and visited Guadalupe Monastery Grounds in Pecos Canyon. Those attending were Lucille Ortiz, Mrs. Mary Ortiz, counselor; Vickey Ortiz, Dolores Vigil, Isabel Gallegos, Sylvia Ortiz, Carla D. Gallegos, Christine Marquez, Elizabeth Maes, Mrs. Wilfred Salazar, counsellor; and Sandra Martinez.