Local News

  • Mayor applies for vacant PRC post

    Mayor Alfonso Ortiz  has thrown his hat into the race to be Jerome Block Jr.’s replacement on the state Public Regulation Commission.

    Ortiz, who is also the elected San Miguel County treasurer, said that even if Gov. Susana Martinez selects him for the $90,000 a year post, he would serve out the roughly five months left in his mayoral term.

    Ortiz said he had been considering applying for the job and that he ended up submitting his resume when he was in Santa Fe earlier this week.

  • Dispute leads to car-cycle collision

    A fight between a boyfriend and girlfriend that played out on city streets Wednesday evening ended with both of them behind bars.

    The incident resulted in a heavy police presence on Mills Avenue, in front of McDonald’s. State and city police responded, along with other emergency personnel.

  • Top state water official resigns

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    Difficult. That’s how many describe the job of managing water resources in a state where lingering drought is shrinking reservoirs and turning landscapes crunchy brown.

    As New Mexico’s top water official, State Engineer John D’Antonio has grown accustomed to the challenges that come from not having enough water to go around. In fact, he said seven of his nine years as state engineer have been dry.

  • Jail Log - Oct. 7, 2011

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center by area law enforcement between Sept. 27 and Oct. 5:
    Jose Gallegos, 62, jail commitment on DUI charge
    Diego Romero, 22, receiving stolen property
    Joseph Garduño, 19, failure to comply
    Jessica Salazar, 43, fraud
    Gavin Rudolph, 25, aggravated battery
    Roman Lucero, 39, equipment violation
    Armando Garcia, 50, criminal trespass

  • Local Briefs - Oct. 7, 2011

    Local tot doesn’t make finalist cut  

    Peyton Richardson of Las Vegas was not selected as a top five finalist for a national cutest babies contest sponsored by NBC's “Today with Kathie Lee and Hoda.”

    Peyton, who is 2, beat out nearly 40,000 other babies to claim one of the top 10 semifinalists spots for the contest. Online voting for the five finalist spots ended Sunday.

  • Officers shoot, kill armed man

    The Associated Press  

    GLORIETA — New Mexico State Police say two officers are on leave following a shooting in Santa Fe County that left one man dead.

    Police received a call Tuesday night about a road rage incident along Interstate 25. The caller provided a vehicle description and license plate.

    Officers located the vehicle outside a home in Glorieta. People inside yelled that they had guns and three shots were fired.

    The officers returned fire, striking and killing 34-year-old Samuel Pauly, who was armed with a pistol.

  • Plea entered in tainted yogurt case

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A grocery store worker accused of handing out a semen-tainted yogurt sample at an Albuquerque market pleaded guilty Thursday.

    Under terms of his plea agreement, Anthony Garcia admitted he tainted a sample of the yogurt he was handing out at Sunflower Market in January. He also admitted putting some of his semen on a plastic spoon that he placed with the yogurt.

  • Looking Back - Oct. 7, 2011

    In 1911

  • Looking Ahead - Oct. 7, 2011

    Highlands parade is Saturday

    The New Mexico Highlands University homecoming parade will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday near the San Miguel County Courthouse and end at Carnegie Library Park.

  • Weather - Oct. 7, 2011

    Isolated showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 57. Southwest wind 10-20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Scattered showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33. Southwest wind 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.