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  • Looking Ahead - News - August 31, 2012

    Mora County festivals on tap for weekend

    Two festive events will take place over the Labor Day weekend in Mora County. The Cleveland Roller  Mill Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at the mill, on N.M. 518, two miles north of Mora. Bean Day activities include a parade, a rodeo and a barbecue. The parade is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Monday; the barbecue begins shortly after the parade.

  • Weather - August 31, 2012

    Sunny, with a high near 84. Light and variable wind becoming south 5-10 mph in the morning. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 55. South wind 5-10 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 56.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 54.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 86.

  • FYI - News - August 31, 2012

    New Mexico State Police will be conducting a DWI checkpoint in Mora County from 5 to 10 p.m. this Sunday. State police will also be conducting DWI Saturation Patrols, random driver’s license and registration checkpoints as well as speed enforcement and occupant restraint enforcement projects throughout the month. State police will also be conducting underage drinking enforcement operations.


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  • In Brief - News - August 31, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Teacher receives probation
    ALBUQUERQUE — An elementary school teacher caught taking images up girls’ skirts has been sentenced to five years’ probation.
    Christopher Lucero apologized in court Wednesday for using a camera attached to his shoe to videotape girls as young as 10 at an Albuquerque amusement park in 2007. He pleaded guilty to five misdemeanor counts of voyeurism.
    KRQE reports that Lucero had faced up to five years in jail as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.

  • State alters vaccination form

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico heath officials want parents to stop citing philosophical reasons when seeking to exempt their children from immunizations required to attend public school or day care.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the New Mexico Department of Health recently changed the form used to apply for an exemption to prevent “philosophical objections” over health concerns.

  • Court OKs boy’s adoption placement

    By Felicia Fonseca
    The Associated Press

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.  — A Navajo child can remain with his non-American Indian caretakers, despite a federal law that gives preference to placement with tribal members, the state Court of Appeals has ruled.

    The ruling upheld a juvenile court decision that found good cause to deviate from the Indian Child Welfare Act. The child identified as “Z’’ in court documents was a month old when relatives of the man believed to be his father began caring for him.

  • Three new West Nile cases in NM

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Three more New Mexicans have been diagnosed with West Nile virus infection, bringing the total in the state this year to eight human cases.

    No deaths have been reported so far.

    New Mexico Department of Health officials announced Wednesday that the new cases include a 55-year-old man from Bernalillo County, a 76-year-old man from Dona Ana County and a 76-year-old man from Bernalillo County.

  • 30-year sentence for murders

    Nearly five years after Stephanie Dimas and Damian Ortiz were shot to death inside their Dora Celeste home, one of the men charged in their murders has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.

    Michael Vigal, 24, was scheduled to go on trial for the slayings on Monday. Instead, he pleaded guilty to two counts of murder and other charges and was sentenced to a total of 30 years in prison. Because the murder charges are classified as serious violent offenses, Vigal will be required to serve 85 percent of the sentence before he’s eligible for parole.

  • Millfest 2012 - 2 area festivals highlight weekend

    Mora County will be booming this weekend with two annual events, Wagon Mound Bean Day and the Cleveland Rollermill Festival.

    Both festivities are open to the public and provide free events including the Bean Day barbecue.

    Bean Day started in 1909 when Higinio Gonzales, along with his crew, cooked beans in wash boilers for what was known as the Mora County Farmers Harvest Jubilee. It’s been drawing people to the village ever since.