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  • Ex-daycare owner faces sex charges

    Las Vegas police have arrested a 71-year-old Las Vegas man, who once owned a daycare center, on child sex abuse charges

    Edward “Eddie” Quintana, who lives on the 2500 block of Montezuma Street, has been charged with two counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor and two counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor according to documents filed Tuesday in San Miguel County Magistrate Court.

  • Bridge St. site sandblasted

    A Bridge Street building designated a local, state and national landmark was damaged over the weekend when a crew sandblasted the façade without proper city approvals.

    Now the city is pledging to take action against whoever is responsible for irreparably damaging the building at 164 Bridge St., saying it is looking into whether to file criminal or civil charges over the matter.

  • AG wants prison time for Block

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico Attorney General Gary King says he will seek the maximum prison sentence of 4 1/2 years for former Public Regulation Commissioner Jerome Block Jr.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican  reports King’s comments came one day after the 34-year-old Block was jailed a third time and booted from a Drug Court program.

    King’s office brokered a plea deal in September that called for Block to plead to several felony offenses, resign from his job with the PRC and never run for office again.

  • Looking Back - Dec. 16, 2011

    In 1911

    Saturday, Dec. 16 — Margarito Romero and Max Nordhaus have agreed to furnish the material and the Territorial Good Roads commission has volunteered to donate the labor for making a necessary improvement on the scenic highway. At the highest point on the road, overlooking the furthest ice house, a high fence of heavy material will be erected. This will make the only dangerous part of the road much safer and will be a saving on the nerves of some of the drivers who use the highway.

  • Looking Ahead - Dec. 16, 2011

    Youth theater group performing

    “Reflections of Alice,” an original play created by Clearly Confused Productions will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Robertson High School bandroom. Tickets are $5 for general admission and $3 for seniors, children under 12 and students with a valid ID.

  • Weather - Dec. 16, 2011

    Friday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 39. West wind 5-10 mph, becoming southeast. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 18. North wind around 5 mph
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    Saturday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 47. West wind around 5 mph, becoming south. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 23.

    Sunday
    A slight chance of rain showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 46. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. A 30 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26.

  • Western states edging toward recovery

    By Cristina Silva
    The Associated Press

    A new report says unemployment is down across six Western states and the region’s housing market is no longer in a free fall in the latest signs that the West’s economy is recovering.

  • Jail Log - Dec. 16, 2011

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center by area law enforcement between Dec. 6 and Dec. 13:
    Michael Maestas, 27, positive UA
    Michael Shivers, 50, battery on a household member, interference with communication, larceny
    Carlos Trujillo, 29, failure to appear on a suspended/ revoked driver’s license charge
    Kathy Bigfeather, 38, battery
    Eugene Archuleta, 29, failure to pay fines for littering
    Josephine Tafoya, 35,  larceny

  • In Brief - News - Dec. 16, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    Lawmaker assailed for comment
    SANTA FE — A black Democratic state representative is under fire after she called New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez a “Mexican” during a heated exchange with a Republican state lawmaker.

    Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton made the comment Wednesday during a State Capitol committee meeting break where she accused Rep. Nora Espinoza of “carrying the Mexican’s water on the fourth floor.”

  • Middle class shrinking

    By Hope Yen
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Squeezed by rising living costs, a record number of Americans — nearly 1 in 2 — have fallen into poverty or are scraping by on earnings that classify them as low income.

    The latest census data depict a middle class that’s shrinking as unemployment stays high and the government’s safety net frays. The new numbers follow years of stagnating wages for the middle class that have hurt millions of workers and families.