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Today's News

  • Remembering the victims
  • Overdose deaths still high in county

    Drug overdose deaths in New Mexico decreased in 2012, but in San Miguel County the number of people who died from overdoses over the same period remained flat.

    Department of Health statistics released to the Optic this week show that 12 people died from drug overdoses in San Miguel County in 2012. That’s the same number of people who died of overdoses in the county in 2011 and more than double the number of overdose deaths in the county in 2000.

  • Gay marriage stirs little outcry in NM

    By Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Lynn Ellins stunned New Mexico last month when the county clerk decided to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. But even he was shocked by the lack of public outrage or protest to his decision, which set off a chain reaction that has for all practical purposes made gay marriage legal in the state.

  • 16 apply for public defender post

    Submitted to the Optic
    The New Mexico Public Defender Commission announced Wednesday that it has received 16 applications for the chief public defender positions.
    Applicants are:
    • Jorge Alvarado
    • Bennett Baur
    • John Henry Browne
    • Sophie Cooper
    • James Egar
    • Joseph Gandert
    • John Gross
    • Lelie Hood
    • Mary McMahon
    • Barry Porter
    • Marc Reitman
    • Tomas Rodriguez
    • Celia Rumann

  • Jail Log - Sept. 13, 2013

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Aug. 29 and Sept. 6:
    Dominic Branch, 21, probation violation: failure to appear, absconding, Adult Probation Office
    Henry Santillanes, 56, criminal damage to property
    Carmen Salazar, 19, shoplifting larceny
    Anthony Flores, 51, shoplifting, child abuse, bench warrant  LV Municipal/SM Magistrate
    Robert Sena, 51, criminal sexual penetration, dwelling, burglary

  • Wind farms kill 67 eagles in 5 years

    By Dina Cappiello
    The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — Wind energy facilities have killed at least 67 golden and bald eagles in the last five years, but the figure could be much higher, according to a new scientific study by government biologists.
    The research represents one of the first tallies of eagle deaths attributed to the nation’s growing wind energy industry, which has been a pillar of President Barack Obama’s plans to reduce the pollution blamed for global warming. Wind power releases no air pollution.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Sept. 13, 2013

    The Associated Press

    Man gets life sentence

    FARMINGTON — An Arizona man has been sentenced to life in prison in the 2011 beating death of a Farmington man during a break-in.
    The Daily Times reports that District Judge John Dean sentenced 24-year-old Donovan King of Red Valley to life in prison plus 18 years in the death of 40-year-old Kevin Lossiah in Lossiah’s apartment.

  • Ads support Gov in dispute

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — A nonprofit group run by a former official in Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration is airing radio ads in support of the Republican administration’s decision to halt payments to mental health providers under investigation for possible overbillings, mismanagement and fraud.
    Sara Lister, executive director of New Mexico Competes, said Wednesday that the radio ads are running statewide through this week.

  • Man sentenced in election fraud case

    The Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE — A New Mexico man recently convicted of conspiring to steal money intended for voter education efforts was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release.
    U.S. District Judge William Johnson also ordered Joseph Kupfer, of Rio Rancho, to join his co-defendants in paying more than $1 million in restitution to the state and the Internal Revenue Service.

  • Mora County Notebook: Chacon water problems and blessings

    Editor’s note: Ruth Fort’s son, Paul, is president of the Agua Pura Water acquisition board.

    The Agua Pura Water Board has been struggling with water system problems for several weeks. There have been leaks in the lines to the consumers. They would get one place repaired and turn the water on and then another leak would show up. Estevan Sanchez and John Abeyta, certified operators, have worked tirelessly along with the rest of the board members and community people doing what they can to help.