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  • Dist. 8 Senate race: Seniority vs. fighter

    Whichever way the battle for the District 8 Senate seat shakes out, a current state lawmaker will no longer be representing the area in the Roundhouse come Jan. 1.

    Sen. Pete Campos, D-Las Vegas, is trying to stave off a challenge from Rep. Thomas Garcia, D-Ocaté. With no Republican in that Senate race, the candidate who walks away with the most votes on Tuesday is all but guaranteed the seat. The district encompasses Colfax, Mora and Guadalupe counties and most of San Miguel County, including Las Vegas.

  • Judge involved in quarrel at bar resigns

    The Associated Press
    AZTEC — A judge who faced scrutiny following a heated argument at a Farmington bar has stepped down from the bench.

    Judge Thomas Hynes resigned Wednesday from the 11th Judicial District Court and agreed to never run for any state judicial office.

    Hynes told The Daily Times that he had already been considering retirement.
     

  • Jail Log - June 1, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between May 22 and May 28:

    Gilbert Montoya, 32, battery on a household member
    Richard Romero, 35, failure to report
    Jesus Ruiz, 45, commitment
    Chuck Roybal, 22, resisting, evading or obstructing an officer
    Ashley Palomarez, 26, trafficking controlled substances
    Paul Trujillo, 18, breaking and entering
    Talena Romero, 21, hold for court
    Scotty Drennan, 45, failure to report
    Michael Garcia, 32, mental health hold

  • Looking Back - June 1, 2012

    In 1912

    Saturday, June 1 — The Las Vegas Hospital is doing good work. The annual report shows it dispensed 2,311 doses of quality treatment during the past 12 months. It has lived up to its reputation for efficient service. One hundred nine patients have received treatment.

  • Looking Ahead - News - June 1, 2012

    Free fishing in NM this Saturday

    The Department of Game and Fish says anglers can enjoy a freebie in New Mexico this Saturday. No license or stamps will be required for New Mexicans and out-of-state residents to fish on public waters, according to The Associated Press. However, other fishing rules and bag limits still apply. The free fishing is offered in celebration of National Fishing Day on Saturday.

  • Weather - June 1, 2012

    Friday
    Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 82. West wind between 10 and 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20percent. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 55. North wind between 5 and 15 mph.

    Saturday
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. North wind between 5 and 15 mph. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 57.

  • At odds over dog named Blue

    By Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Blue the dog doesn’t have a home. And he apparently doesn’t want one. But the blue-eyed Australian cattle dog has $1,800 in savings, a Facebook page and an air-conditioned dog house.

    He also has a lawyer, who is working to get him an exemption from local leash laws so he can continue his free-wheeling lifestyle in southern New Mexico’s lakeside community of Elephant Butte, where he was abandoned as a puppy a decade ago.

  • NM offers free fishing on Sat.

    SANTA FE  — The Department of Game and Fish says anglers can enjoy a freebie in New Mexico on Saturday.

    No license or stamps will be required for New Mexicans and out-of-state residents to fish on public waters. However, other fishing rules and bag limits still apply.

    The free fishing is offered in celebration of National Fishing Day on Saturday.

    The department also will conduct free clinics across the state to provide instruction on fishing, such as how to tie knots, bait a hook and correctly release a fish.

  • In Brief - News - June 1, 2012

    The Associated Press
     

    Insurance rate hike approved
    SANTA FE — A proposed raise to monthly premiums for Blue Cross Blue Shield policyholders in New Mexico has become official.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports State Insurance Superintendent John Franchini approved the 6.9 percent increase Tuesday, which will take effect Friday.

    State officials say the change affects more than 30,000 people who are not part of group plans or employer-based programs and have purchased individual health care policies.

  • Gila fire largest in country

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    A giant wildfire in the Gila National Forest that is already New Mexico’s largest ever has grown to nearly 300 square miles.

    Fire officials said Thursday that the erratic blaze grew overnight to more than 190,000 acres and is spreading in all directions, as officials in the western U.S. prepare for what will likely be a busy wildfire season.