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  • Correction - News - Oct. 12, 2011

    A story in Friday’s Optic about property tax rates should have said that the property tax rate for Tierra y Montes remains the same as last year’s rate and that the tax rate for Luna Community College went down. While taxpayers may see an increase in the amount they pay to those entities, the increase is due to the increase in the valuation of residential properties. 

  • In Brief - News - Oct. 12, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    Minister resigns over deaths

    CAIRO  — Egypt’s finance minister resigned Tuesday to protest the government’s handling of weekend protests that left 26 dead, most of them Coptic Christian demonstrators, an aide to the minister said.

  • Obama, council urge action

    By Darlene Superville
    Associated Press

    PITTSBURGH — President Barack Obama is pressing for passage of his full $447 billion jobs package in the face of certain congressional defeat while embracing more modest administrative remedies to the nation's sluggish economy and unwaveringly high unemployment.

  • Family clings for life 20 hours for life

    By Jennifer Kay
    and Suzette Laboy
    Associated Press

    MARATHON, Fla.  — Eight relatives had set out to fish in less-than-ideal conditions off the Florida Keys. It was raining, seas topped 7 feet and winds were whipping up to 38 mph.

    Before they knew it, two waves hit, capsizing their anchored 22-foot boat and knocking them into the sea about 3-1/2 miles offshore Saturday.

  • County tackles redistricting

    A series of public hearings have been scheduled to gather input on three redistricting proposals that would radically alter the boundaries of commission districts in San Miguel County.

    Hearings are being held for each of the five districts. The first one will be for District 3 beginning this Thursday at 6 p.m. in the San Miguel County Commission Chambers.

    Counties are required to redraw district boundaries every 10 years if there are substantial population shifts within districts.

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  • Charged CYFD worker quits

    The Las Vegas woman arrested in August for allegedly hosting an out-of-control, underage drinking party at her home has resigned from the Children, Youth and Families Department.

    Justina Romero, 29, notified San Miguel County Magistrate Court of her resignation on Sept. 28, according to online court records. Romero was a CYFD caseworker at the time of her August arrest. She is slated to be in court at 9 a.m. on Tuesday for a preliminary hearing where a judge will decide whether there is sufficient evidence to remand her case to district court for trial.

  • Man is arrested for stealing dog

    Thirty-eight-year-old Wayne Castle called up his ex-girlfriend on Sept. 29 and told her he was going to take her dog and slit its throat, according to a court document.

    The woman said Castle then showed up at her Mullins Drive home at 10:15 p.m. that night wanting to talk about getting back together. She wasn’t interested and asked him to leave.

  • Block formally resigns PRC seat

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — Public Regulation Commissioner Jerome Block Jr. stepped down from his $90,000-a-year job on Friday, a little more than a week after he pleaded guilty to felony charges over the misuse of taxpayer money.
    Block’s resignation became effective at 3 p.m. this past Friday, which was pay day for members of the PRC and its commissioners.

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