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  • Local court is pilot for new state computer system

    The local District Court is the pilot for a new judicial case management system.

    The Fourth Judicial District Court, comprised of San Miguel, Mora and Guadalupe Counties, was recently designated as the first site for the software.

    Odyssey, which replaces their older, less robust case management system, is produced by Tyler Technologies, a Texas-based software company, and is scheduled for statewide implementation beginning in November, according to a press release.

  • Block must pay state

    SANTA FE — A candidate for Public Regulation Commission is being penalized $21,700 by the secretary of state for lying on a campaign report and misusing public funding.

    The penalties are being levied against Jerome Block Jr., the Democratic nominee for PRC in a northern New Mexico district.

    He’s in a two-way race in the Nov. 4 general election with Rick Lass of the Green Party. There’s no Republican on the ballot.

  • 'An accepting community'

    I haven’t taken a test in quite awhile. But I was required to take one before touring the state hospital earlier this month.

    That’s right. To comply with federal medical privacy laws, the hospital wants to make sure no private patient information gets in the public’s hands.

    As such, hospital employee Manuel Romero went through a couple of dozen pages worth of information about the laws and then asked that I take a test on the information he’d just given me.

    I didn’t count all of my wrong answers, but I had my share.

  • Arizona congressman to speak

    U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., is planning to speak at the Plaza gazebo at 2 p.m. Tuesday to promote the candidacy of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. He will then lead a march to the county courthouse, where early voting is taking place, Democratic officials said.

  • Treasurer: County not losing money

    San Miguel County Treasurer Alfonso Ortiz is assuring the public that the county hasn’t lost any money in recent weeks because of the troubles in the nation’s financial markets.

    “We don’t have any investments where we lost dollars,” Ortiz told the County Commission last week. “If anything, we get good rates of interest, better than the state’s. That’s why we stay local.”

    He also told the commission that the treasurer’s office is doing well with delinquent accounts, considering the declining economy.

  • Candidate questionnaires

    District 68 state rep

    Thomas A. Garcia


    Age: 36

    How long in the district: Life

    Occupation: Education-ranching

    Experience: Deputy district director for U.S. Rep. Tom Udall 2000-07. District 68 State Representative 2006-present.

    Education: Graduated from Wagon Mound High School as valedictorian. Graduated from New Mexico Highlands University with a bachelor of arts in political science, combined science (chemistry and math), secondary education; master of arts in history/Southwest studies.

  • County enacts naming policy

    Just weeks before the Democratic primary election in June, a County Commission candidate’s supporters asked the commission to rename a fire station in his honor.

    The commission declined, saying the volunteer firefighters hadn’t even been consulted.

    Last week, the commission passed a resolution establishing the process for renaming of fire stations.

    In early May, the commission was presented with a petition containing the signatures of 150 residents in the Pecos Canyon who wanted to rename their fire station after Eloy Gonzales, a commissioner candidate.

  • Would-be commissioners talk roads

    County commission candidates focused on roads, solid waste, alternative energy and commissioner’s wages at Thursday’s forum at Memorial Middle School.

    Fred Romeo and Nicolas Leger are running for the District 5 seat, while Mary Bridget Maloney is running against Marcellino Ortiz in District 2. Ortiz was not present.

    Leger said the biggest complaint people in the county have are the conditions of the roads. He said primary problem the county faces is the lack of funding for road projects.

  • Partnership Act, Obama touted

    Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) people, as well as some who are “straight, but not narrow,” gathered at the Old Town Plaza on Thursday evening to rally support for the Family Domestic Partnership Act — and Barack Obama.

  • Issues examined at house forum

    Candidates for state representative in District 68 and District 70 answered audience questions during a forum at Memorial Middle School on Thursday. Republican candidate in District 68 Sylvia Olsen did not attend, but her opponent, incumbent Thomas Garcia, joined the two District 70 candidates, Democratic incumbent Richard Vigil and Republican Mel Root, on the panel.

    Root said his top three issues for the upcoming legislative session would be jobs, education and drug education.