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  • Corrections agency eyes blood drive in DWI fight

    The Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE — Declaring that New Mexico was locked in a long war to end drunken driving in the state, Department of Corrections Secretary Gregg Marcantel asked state residents Wednesday to “shed their blood” in an effort to reduce the number of drunk drivers on the roads.
    Marcantel announced the department was launching a statewide blood drive to call attention the physical pain DWI is causing New Mexico. He began the program with blood drives aided by various law enforcement agencies.

  • Jail Log - Aug. 1, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between July 18 and July 27:

    Alan Clifton, 25, hold for court
    Marcus Washington, 23, probation violation: three-day sanction
    Peter Lovato, aggravated battery, false imprisonment, resisting, evading or obstruction an officer
    Sarah Montaño, 23, failure to comply with court ordered house arrest, DWI, concealing identity, influence of drugs, bench warrant, LV Municipal/SM Magistrate
    Martin Quintana, 24, failure to appear, bench warrant, SM Magistrate

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  • Ebola outbreak prompts warning

    By Mike Stobbe
    AP Medical Writer
    NEW YORK  — U.S. health officials on Thursday warned Americans not to travel to the three West African countries hit by an outbreak of Ebola.
    The travel advisory applies to nonessential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, where the deadly disease has killed more than 700 people this year.
    “The bottom line is Ebola is worsening in West Africa,” said Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who announced the travel warning.

  • Lawyers volunteer to help detainees

    The Associated Press
    ARTESIA — Attorneys from around the country have been traveling to a temporary detention center in New Mexico to provide pro-bono representation to immigrants there.
    Around a dozen immigration attorneys recently arrived in Artesia from Colorado, Nevada, New York and Minnesota, the Albuquerque Journal reported. Advocates said the lawyers are needed since many of the women and children from Central America were being deported.

  • Council OKs ‘luring’ funds

    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — A sharply divided Santa Fe City Council voted Wednesday to spend up to $100,000 to try to lure “The Bachelor” to the northern New Mexico city.
    By a vote of 5-4, councilors approved a funding request from the convention and visitors bureau to try to get the ABC dating show to film an episode in Santa Fe.
    Supporters say Santa Fe could use a tourism boost and the filming could showcase some of the city’s attractions.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Aug. 1, 2014

    Optic Staff and The Associated Press

    New restaurant halts booze sales  

  • No major incidents during rally

    Las Vegas police were out in force over the weekend as hundreds of motorcyclists flocked to the Meadow City for the annual Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally.

    Aside from bar fights at El Rialto and the Plaza Hotel on Saturday night, the rally itself was relatively quiet, Deputy Chief Eugene Garcia said. Garcia said no serious injuries resulted from those fights. Officers cited those involved.

    Police did make a few arrests, but those cases didn’t appear to be related to rally participants.

  • Over the Edge - Play will keep audience laughing

    Las Vegas’ own parody will hit the stage once again starting tomorrow evening. Over the Edge Part 7 is one that you don’t want to miss, as it is full of comical relief poking fun at local and national events, including the departure of former City Manager Tim Dodge, the oil and gas industry, ObamaCare, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez’s visits to Las Vegas, and the Bradner Dam project.

    Overall, the play pokes fun at the pharmaceutical industry using various fake names for medications.

  • Two killed in apparent DWI crash

    Two people died early Sunday morning in a rollover just outside of Mora, and state police suspect that alcohol was a factor.

    The deceased have been identified as Diego Martinez, 20, of Mora, and Devin Candelaria, 20, of Georgetown, Texas.

    The rollover occurred on NM 518, Mile Post 28, outside of Mora.

    State police say Martinez was driving the vehicle south on NM 518. The vehicle drifted to the right, continued for a short distance and then rolled over.