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  • Two businesses recognized for energy upgrades

    U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman and U.S. Rep. Tom Udall paid a visit on Tuesday to Lifestyle Medicine, an office building owned by Dr. Bradley Kanode, at 1301 Eighth St.

    The occasion was to honor Kanode, who accepted a certificate of congratulations from Terry Brunner, state director of USDA Rural Development. The tour of Kanode’s facility included viewing of energy efficient and alternative energy projects financed by USDA Rural Development in New Mexico.

  • APD fatally shoots suspect

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE  — A police officer shot and killed a suspected burglar moments after the armed, masked man stole a safe from the Albuquerque Catholic Center, police said.

    The shooting was the city’s 21st involving a police officer since January 2010. It occurred late Wednesday after the bandit pulled a gun on a security guard and fired shots at the officer, police said.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Jan. 6, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Casino consultant sues pueblo officials
    SANTA FE — A Nevada casino consultant has filed suit against the leadership of the Pojoaque (poh-WAH'-kay) Pueblo including President George Rivera and other top pueblo officials alleging they violated the law when terminating his firm and revoking its gaming license.

  • jail Log - Jan. 6, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center by area law enforcement between Dec. 22 and Jan. 3:
    Marcos Carrillo, 34, contempt of court
    Tasha Romero, 24, criminal trespass
    Steve Gallegos, 40, bench warrant
    Amber Baca, 18, conspiracy, possession of burglary tools, tampering with evidence
    Eugene Archuleta, 29,  bench warrant: fourth-degree felony, burglary
    Ignacio Herrera, 39, possession with intent to  traffic a controlled substance
    Jose Enriquez, 20, dwelling burglary

  • N.M. Centennial events planned throughout state

    Submitted to the Optic

    New Mexico communities plan to celebrate New Mexico Statehood Day with a variety of activities commemorating the 100 years that have passed since President William H. Taft signed the legislation making us the 47th state in the Union.

    Some highlights planned in New Mexico communities are included below. Visit www.nmcentennial.org or the NM Centennial Facebook page for more.

  • In Brief - News - Jan. 6, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    Victim may have caused crash
    SANTA FE — Santa Fe police say that a Santa Fe surgeon suspected of driving drunk and accused of causing a crash that killed a 4-year-old girl may have hit a car that passed a red light.

  • Candidates run at Obama

    By Beth Fouhy and Philip Elliott
    The Associated Press

    SALEM, N.H. — Each trying to sound every bit the nominee, Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum looked past each other to run down President Barack Obama's economic policies Thursday as they jockeyed for support in New Hampshire and reached out to voters in conservative bellwether South Carolina.

    Newt Gingrich and Jon Huntsman were happy to level their criticism at Romney, casting the front-runner as too timid to take on Obama and bring about needed change.

  • Code Talkers group president dies

    By Felicia Fonseca
    The Associated Press

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.  — Keith Little envisioned a place that would house the stories of the Navajo Code Talkers and where people could learn more about the famed World War II group who used their native language as a weapon.

  • Higher ‘sin tax’ on booze pushed

    When the state Legislature convenes later this month, Ray Collins will be there pushing legislation he hopes will curb the state’s drunk driving epidemic.

    Among the legislation he is pushing this year is a significant increase in the so-called sin tax on alcohol purchases. Both the city of Las Vegas and San Miguel County have voiced their support for the proposed legislation.

  • Public worker retirements spike in N.M.

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The number of retiring New Mexico public-sector employees has spiked in the past two years but officials can’t pinpoint a reason for the increased.

    State officials and union leaders say an aging workforce and budget cuts that have caused workers’ take-home pay to be trimmed, as well as more stringent return-to-work laws could be among the factors at work, the Albuquerque Journal reported.