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Local News

  • Jail Log - Sept. 28, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Sept. 14 and Sept. 24:

  • Feds deny project’s request

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A $350 million transmission project aimed at funneling renewable energy from eastern and central New Mexico to other Western markets could be in jeopardy due to a decision by federal regulators.

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has denied a request by New Mexico’s Renewable Energy Transmission Authority and others that sought a one-time change in the way requests for transmission access are processed so the Power Network Project could be expedited.

  • In Brief

    From The Associated Press

  • Police force has gone to the dog

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    VAUGHN — A drug-sniffing dog now is the only certified member of the police force in the small eastern New Mexico town of Vaughn.

    Police Chief Ernest “Chris” Armijo decided to step down Wednesday after news stories reported that he wasn’t allowed to carry a gun because of his criminal background.

    “He decided the attention was distracting,” said Dave Romero, an attorney for the town.

  • Spaceport is built

    By Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES — New Mexico Tourism Secretary Monique Jacobson says it will be New Mexico’s Sydney Opera House. Virgin Galactic Chairman Richard Branson has hinted it will host the first of his new brand of lifestyle hotels. And the eclectic hot springs town of Truth or Consequences has been anxiously awaiting all the economic development the nearly quarter-of-a-billion-dollar project is supposed to bring to this largely rural part of southern New Mexico.

  • Rep. Vigil arrested on bench warrant

    State Rep. Richard Vigil was arrested Tuesday on a bench warrant out of Raton Magistrate court for allegedly failing to take care of a speeding ticket he got in Colfax County on July 4.

    He owed $176.

    Vigil told the Optic during a brief telephone interview that he is looking into the matter.

    "I'm almost sure we had sent a money order," he said.

  • County workers reject union

    Attempts by some San Miguel County blue and white collar workers to form a union fell short last week, with employees eligible to cast a ballot on the issue voting 21-17 against unionizing.

    Enrique Mejia, an Albuquerque-based union organizer with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, said the big issues prompting San Miguel County employees to explore the possibility of forming a union were favoritism and unfairness.

  • OMI rules June death accidental

    The man found dead inside his mother’s apartment near Eighth Street and Mills Avenue on June 13 overdosed on alcohol and oxycodone, the Office of the Medical Investigator has determined.

    Victor Jaramillo, 50, had fought with his girlfriend the night before his body was discovered, and city police officers dropped him off at his mother's apartment after responding to the call. Because of the contact that city police had with Jaramillo, the death was investigated by state police.

  • East district hit with more troubles

    The state Environment Department, responding to complaints about rodents in Memorial Middle School’s cafeteria, conducted an inspection last week and gave the school district until this Friday to rectify the situation.

    The complaints were sparked by a photo circulated through the social media website Facebook that showed a rodent outside the cafeteria.

    The photo resulted in two calls to the local Environment Department field office.

  • Teaching self-defense - Chief eyes world jiu-jitsu title

    With two daughters and an intense full-time job, Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño has his hands full.

    But that hasn’t kept this city’s top cop from practicing Brazilian jiu-jitsu and maintaining his competitiveness in the martial art, combat sport and self-defense system that focuses on ground fighting.

    Indeed Montaño is heading to Long Beach, Calif., in early October where he will compete in the Brazilian jiu-jitsu world championship.