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  • Parolees’ late releases draw fire

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The state Corrections Department’s new system of bouncing all inmate release documents to a central office for approval often has resulted in late releases for parolees.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that officials said parolees have been walking out of prison about two weeks past their expected release dates since the system changed in early September.

    Those delays have prompted as many as 100 calls a day from inmates’ upset relatives.

  • Registry change may be sought

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez and Attorney General Gary King may ask the Legislature to clarify registration requirements for out-of-state sex offenders who move to New Mexico.
    Sex offenders are required to register with law enforcement for certain New Mexico crimes or the equivalents of those crimes in other states.

  • Man busted for 12th DWI

    An area man who authorities say has 11 prior DWI convictions was arrested last Monday for allegedly driving under the influence again.

    Jose R. Griego, 65, who resides on Anton Chico Route, was stopped last Monday evening on NM 283 for driving erratically. Court documents state that he shouldn’t have been behind the wheel in the first place. His driver’s license had been revoked because of his prior DWIs.

  • Holiday giving
  • Longtime Highlands staffer retires

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University GEAR UP Program Director Joe C’ de Baca retired Nov. 30 after 21 years of service to the university.

    “Joe’s contributions to the university, our students, and area middle and high school students have been remarkable,” said Highlands University President Jim Fries. “All of us wish him, and his wife Mabel, well as they both retire from the university.”

  • Hanukkah celebrations under way

    By Diana Presser
    For the Optic

    Jews around the world — including the Las Vegas Jewish Community — are celebrating Hanukkah for eight days and eight nights.  

    Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, began Saturday.

  • Charge increased in stabbing case

    The Tijeras man accused of stabbing his uncle in July is now facing a more serious charge.

    Anthony Tapia, 27, had been charged with aggravated battery following the stabbing, which left his uncle in critical condition at University of New Mexico Hospital. But prosecutors in October decided to up the charge to attempted murder, a second-degree felony.

  • In Brief - News - Dec. 10, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Vigil sworn in for high court
    SANTA FE — Barbara Vigil has been sworn in as the newest member of the New Mexico Supreme Court.
    The ceremony was held Friday afternoon at the courthouse in Santa Fe.
    Elected in November, Vigil fills the spot left vacant by the retirement of Justice Patricio Serna.
    Vigil says she hopes to continue Serna’s legacy by serving New Mexicans with integrity and fairness.

  • Looking Back - Dec. 10, 2012

    In 1962

    Monday, Dec. 10 — Gold Bond Stamp Company is relocating its Gift Center in Las Vegas, W.A. Grimes, New Mexico Division Manager of the trading stamp firm, announced today. The center, formerly located at Daphne’s Floral & Gift Shop, 511 Sixth St., is being relocated to Tony’s Dry Goods, 146 Bridge St. “Gold Bond gifts make particularly attractive Christmas presents,” Grimes said.
     

  • Looking Ahead - News - Dec. 10, 2012

    Holiday pecan sale under way

    The Lions Club’s sixth annual holiday pecan sale is under way to fund eye exams and glasses for in-need residents of San Miguel County. New crop pecans are available at Shoes ‘n Boots, 1606 Seventh St. Prices range from $3 for a pecan log to $24 for a seven-variety tin. Call 454-8095 for information or delivery.