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  • In Brief - Local News - June 15, 2012

    Optic staff

    State police investigating death of 50-year-old man

    The state police Criminal Investigations Bureau was called in Wednesday to probe the death of a man found at an apartment complex on Eighth and Mills.

    State Police Lt. Robert McDonald identified the deceased man as Victor Jaramillo, 50. An autopsy was scheduled for Thursday morning to determine the cause of death.

  • State investment funds up $2B

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s investment funds grew by more than $2 billion during the first three months of the year because of strong investment returns.

    The Legislative Finance Committee reports state permanent funds and the pension funds of the Public Employees Retirement Association and the Educational Retirement Board had combined asset values of nearly $36.6 billion at the end of March. That’s up about $279 million from a year ago.

    The PERA had a quarterly return of 8 percent and assets of $12 billion.

  • Jail Log - June 15, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between June 5 and June 11:
    Steven Montoya, 43, aggravated driving under the influence, driving on a suspended or revoked driver’s license
    Domingo Gonzales Jr., 57, driving on a suspended or revoked license
    Joseph Lussow, 25, bench warrant
    Gary Coca, 39, violation of curfew-Adult Probation Office
    Rick Archuleta, 43, bench warrant: aggravated battery, aggravated assault
    Marcella Martinez, 55, felony warrant: possession of a controlled substance

  • City to allow dog to be leash free

    The Associated Press
    ELEPHANT BUTTE — Supporters of Blue the free-roaming dog have persuaded Elephant Butte officials to allow the animal to continue wandering untethered — within the boundaries of an invisible fence.

    Blue’s attorney, Hilary Noskin, said community members packed City Hall and overflow rooms Wednesday to plead for the dog’s leash-free lifestyle in southern New Mexico’s lakeside community where he was abandoned as a puppy a decade ago.

  • Wildfires fuel urgency for forest restoration

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — As firefighters battle blazes in New Mexico and Colorado that have forced evacuations and destroyed hundreds of structures, the U.S. Forest Service chief is renewing his call to restore forests to a more natural state, where fire was a part of the landscape.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - June 15, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Judge: Cops used excessive force
    ALBUQUERQUE — A federal judge is maintaining his ruling that Albuquerque police used excessive force in the 2009 arrest of a drunken man who was subdued using stun guns, bean bag rounds and a police dog.

    The Albuquerque Journal reported that U.S. District Court Chief Judge Bruce D. Black has rejected the city's argument to alter his judgment against four police officers.

    Black overturned a jury's verdict in favor of the city in April.

  • Eighth Annual LCC Car Show Saturday

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    Luna Community College will be having its Eighth Annual Car Show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, at the college.

    A $20 entry fee is required per vehicle. Entries will be received until the day of the event. The first 100 paid entries will receive a commemorative t-shirt and all entries will qualify for door prize drawings. Entries will be received until the day of the event.

  • Que Pasa - June 15, 2012

    • Fiera Cultura de Musica show, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Part 1 on Friday, June 15 and Part 2 on Saturday, June 16, the events are fundraisers for the Lorenzo Miguel Scholarship. Tickets: General admission: $5. Advance tickets for all events, 454-3238 or visit KEDP radio station, studio 103.
    • A memorial celebration for Tibor K. Remenyik will be held from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. this Friday, June 15 at Methodist Church Fellowship Hall on Eighth Street and National Ave. A reception will follow with directions given at that time.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - June 15, 2012

    THUMBS DOWN! BACKED INTO A CORNER? At first, the four-day-per-week proposal at Las Vegas City Schools had nothing to do with saving money;  we were told the budget would be prepared with no significant savings anticipated by the move. But now that the district is facing a $1.2 million shortfall in next year’s budget, we’re told a four-day schedule is the best way to save money.

  • Editorial Cartoons - June 15, 2012