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  • Jail Log - Sept. 14, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Sept. 4 and Sept. 12:
    Erik Lucero, 52, bench warrant: failure to appear
    Todd Hayes, 49,  receiving stolen property
    Mark Martinez, 40,  five day commitment for driving on a suspended license
    Richard Romero, 35, seven day commitment for drug court violation
    Juan Martinez, 27,  larceny, accessory
    Charmaine Martinez, 26,  all other Larcenies
    Steve Gallegos, 40, bench warrant: Indecent exposure

  • Census: Poverty rate up in NM

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — More New Mexicans are living in poverty and nearly a fifth of the state’s population lacks health insurance, the Census Bureau reported Wednesday.

    The poverty rate in New Mexico was 20.2 percent in 2010-2011 compared with 18.8 percent in 2009-2010. The state’s median household income dropped during the same time.

  • Gov has 69 percent approval rating

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Just days after speaking at the Republican National Convention, Gov. Susana Martinez has earned a strong approval rating among New Mexico voters.

    A poll commissioned by The Albuquerque Journal found that 69 percent of New Mexico voters approve of the Republican governor’s performance 20 months into her first term.

    Meanwhile, 17 percent of voters polled Sept. 3-6 said they disapprove of her job performance, while 14 percent were undecided, the poll found.

  • In Brief - News - Sept. 14, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Library offers free training
    SANTA FE — The New Mexico State Library is offering free computer training this month in Santa Fe.
    Three-hour classes will be offered twice a day on Sept. 26, 27 and 28 at the library. The classes cover use of the Internet and computer security.
    People are required to register in advance for the classes by calling 505-265-0290 or send an email to sequoia(at)nets.com.

  • Purple violin causes uproar

    By Ryan Boetel
    The Daily Times

    FARMINGTON — When it comes to fiddling around, the classic wooden body seems to be preferred in the orchestra class at Farmington’s Tibbetts Middle School.

    Camille Cruz was told that her purple violin was not suitable for the orchestra class and the sixth-grader would have to rent one of the district’s violins that is a more traditional color for $30, Sherry Lopez, the 11-year-old’s mother, said.

  • Nation says goodbye to Armstrong

    By Seth Borenstein
    AP Science Writer

    WASHINGTON — The nation bid farewell Thursday to Neil Armstrong, the first man to take a giant leap on to the moon.

    The powerful of Washington, the pioneers of space, and the everyday public crowded into the Washington National Cathedral for a public interfaith memorial for the very private astronaut.

    Armstrong, who died last month in Ohio at age 82, walked on the moon in July 1969.

  • Rate hike moving forward

    A divided City Council voted Monday to move forward with Councilman Joey Herrera’s proposal to raise water rates by enough to generate $20.2 million in revenue bonds for major capital improvements.

    Mayor Alfonso Ortiz joined with Herrera and Councilman Vince Howell to give the OK to publish the proposed rate hike, a move that sets the stage for a public hearing and final council vote on the increase later this month. Councilors Tonita Gurule-Giron and David Romero voted against the increase, with Gurule-Giron saying it’s still too high.

  • Remembering 9/11
  • Students punished for East-West brawl

    A dispute between high school students from East and West escalated into a brawl involving nearly a dozen of them at the shooting range two weeks ago.

    The brawl left some students, including football players, with minor injuries and some facing disciplinary action. Dozens of other students apparently flocked to the shooting range to see the fight.

    School officials from both districts say the fight was sparked by a social media internet website.

  • Group hoping to unite area entities

    There’s no question that government entities and community organizations in San Miguel County have a reputation for not working well together, but a recently formed group is trying to change all that in an effort to push economic development forward.