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  • Jail Log - Nov. 25, 2011

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center by area law enforcement between Nov. 15 and Nov. 22:
    Richard Romero, 34, failure to pay fines
    Robert Romero, 46,  commitment
    Diane Ritchie, 30, bench warrant
    Eligio Romo, 41, commitment
    Joseph Sena, 47, burglary, theft of credit card by taking or retaining possession of it, tampering with evidence
    Deseri Goke, 34, failure to appear, careless driving
    Adam Yara, 26, possession of controlled substance, trafficking controlled substance

  • Middle ground sought in case

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez along with some Democrats and minority voters are working on a possible compromise on a congressional redistricting proposal to offer to a state district court that will determine district boundaries for the rest of the decade.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Nov. 25, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    Jerome Block out of jail again
    SANTA FE — Former Public Regulation Commissioner Jerome Block Jr. is out of a New Mexico jail again.

    Block was released from the Santa Fe County Jail early Tuesday after spending eight days behind bars for violating Drug Court rules.

  • Agency assesses millions in penalties

    Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — It’s been nearly a year and environmentalists are still uneasy about where Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration stands on protecting air, water and other natural resources.

    Their perception of the administration being cozy with industry persists, but officials with the New Mexico Environment Department have grown tired of critics assuming they’re taking it easy on polluters.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    In the spirit of Thanksgiving — and Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year — we offer up today’s thumbs:

    THUMBS UP! THE ECONOMY. Sluggish though it is, it’s still better than this time last year, and it’s showing signs that today will be a good day for retailers. We certainly hope so.

  • After 30 years, ‘Frito Man’ retires

    Larry Janssen doesn’t miss getting up at 4:30 every morning.

    Better known as the “Frito Man,” Janssen retired this month after 30 years on the job delivering Frito-Lay products in and around Las Vegas.

    “It’s been a wonderful journey,” says Janssen. “I’m ready to move on to another one.”  

    At 63, Janssen has spent almost half his life working for Frito-Lay. And while he doesn’t regret it, he’ll be the first one to tell you that wasn’t his plan.

  • A Thanksgiving Tradition

    El Sombrero Restaurant has opened its doors to everyone in the community for a free Thanksgiving meal every year since 1996, and hundreds of area residents take advantage of the invitation.

    This year won’t be any different.

    But what does it take for the restaurant, owned by Helen Rivera-Gonzales, to pull it off?

    El Sombrero is cooking 14 turkeys and six hams for this year’s traditional Thanksgiving meal.

    That’s just for starters.

  • Police: $16K embezzled from store

    A Playstation 3 and Dell laptop computer for $5.74?

    It sounds impossible, but that’s exactly what Las Vegas police say a customer paid before walking out of the local Walmart with those items in July. On Friday, the former Walmart cashier who, according to court documents, handled that transaction and others like it was arrested on a single count of embezzlement, a third-degree felony.

  • Christmas Tree Time
  • Holocaust survivors donating items

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE  — A steamer trunk. Banquet table cloths. A nearly 160-year-old dollhouse.

    As aging Holocaust survivors living in New Mexico and throughout the country limit their public appearances due to health reasons, they are slowly donating to museums everyday personal items that advocates say shed light on their plight in Nazi Germany.