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  • Audit: Fair is operationally insolvent

    By Barry Massey
    Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico State Fair is running in the red and doesn't have enough money to finance day-to-day operations, according to a legislative audit released Thursday.

    Auditors for the Legislative Finance Committee said the fair has been losing money for years as revenues and fair attendance dropped, but it has continued to operate because it's not paying some debts. This year's fair ended last month.

  • In Brief - News - Oct. 21, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    Pair tied up in home invasion
    ALBUQUERQUE — Police are investigating an early-morning home invasion in Albuquerque.

    Authorities say a 25-year-old man and 21-year-old woman were asleep in their house about 12:10 a.m. Thursday when they heard someone kicking in their back door.

    The man armed himself with a handgun when up to five armed men dressed in dark clothes and wearing masks entered the home.

  • Jail Log - Oct. 21, 2011

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center by area law enforcement between Oct. 11 and Oct. 18:
    Severo Vargas, 44, absconder
    Todd Hayes, 49, failure to register as a sex offender    
    Emilio Quintana, 30, custody hearing
    Johnny Roybal, 31, possession, delivery or manufacturing of drug paraphernalia, receiving stolen property
    George Padilla, 57, driving under the influence
    Janet Flores, 47, battery on a household member, criminal damage to property

  • In Brief - News - Oct. 21, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    GOP race hits new gear
    WASHINGTON — The Republican presidential candidates tore into each other as never before in their latest debate, mindful that voting starts within 11 weeks and many GOP voters remain up for grabs.

    Mitt Romney emerged from the two-hour forum Tuesday night still the person to beat, but he was considerably scratched up on the issues of illegal immigration, health care and jobs.

  • Listeria found on equipment

    By Mary Clare Jalonick
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Pools of water on the floor and old, hard-to-clean equipment at a Colorado farm’s cantaloupe packing facility were probably to blame for the deadliest outbreak of foodborne illness in 25 years, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday.

    Government investigators found positive samples of listeria bacteria on equipment in the Jensen Farms packing facility and on fruit that had been held there.

  • Social Security benefits to go up

    By Stephen Ohlemacher
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Social Security benefits will go up by 3.6 percent next year, the first increase since 2009 for the one in five Americans who rely on government retirement and disability programs.

    The higher benefits will provide relief to more than 60 million people, many who have seen their retirement accounts dwindle, home values drop and out-of-pocket medical costs rise in the years since their last raise.

  • Business rival feud escalates

    The owner of Rocky Road Gravel contends that a business rival attacked him over a city job, striking him in the face with a two-by-four earlier this month.

    Not so, says Miguel Melendez, owner of Sangre de Cristo Gravel, who contends that it was Oren Mathews who was the aggressor. Melendez contends that Mathews threatened to kill him and that Mathews hit him in the head with a two-by-four several times.

  • Wells crucial to city water system

    Editor’s note: Today, the Optic continues its series on the city’s water problems. The series will run each Wednesday through Nov. 2.

    The year was 1981, and a lack of precipitation over the previous year was forcing PNM to pump four of its wells at Taylor Well Field for about half of the roughly two million gallons of water a day Las Vegas was using at the time.

  • Mom who fled facing new charges

    The bitter custody dispute between a Serafina woman and the father of her two children has taken another turn.

    Rebecca Montoya, who is awaiting trial on two counts of custodial interference, now stands accused of aggravated stalking and four counts of filing a false report.

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