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  • Map shows where oil, gas spills occur in New Mexico

    The Associated Press

    CARLSBAD — A new website has mapped where oil- and gas-related spills take place in New Mexico, and it shows their numbers have increased in recent years.

    The Center for Western Priorities built the online map using years of data gathered by the state Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department’s Oil Conservation Division, the Carlsbad Current-Argus reported.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - May 19, 2014

    The Associated Press

    April jobless rate was 6.8 percent  
    New Mexico’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.8 percent in April, down from 7 percent in March and 6.9 percent a year ago.
    The state Workforce Solutions Department said Friday that the state’s economy lost 4,400 jobs over the year.

  • Looking Back - May 19, 2014

    In 1964
    Thursday, May 14 — A clean sweep of all the trophies in District 2A tennis was made by members of the Robertson High School squad. Going to the state tournament this weekend are Steve Aragon, singles runnerup; Gene Butterfield; Terry Hill, who with Butterfield, won the district doubles; and Joe Almanzar, district 2A singles champion. The boys are coached by Juan Gallegos.

  • Looking Ahead - News - May 19, 2014

    Story Time
    Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Get Up and Go!” by Nancy Carlson. Free and open to the public.

  • FYI - May 19

    The Abe Montoya Recreation Center is now open for regular business hours, but the swimming pool will remain closed until further notice due to roof damage caused by strong wind gusts earlier this month.

  • Dodge offered Española job

    City Manager Timothy Dodge might soon leave the  meadows of Las Vegas for the “jungle” of Española after being offered the city manager post there.

    “Welcome to the Jungle, Mr. Dodge,” Española’s legendary newspaper, the Rio Grande Sun, declared on its front page on Thursday.

    Not so fast.

  • No gun tribute at Lujan burial - Deceased a ‘superhero’ to family

    Arcenio Lujan will be laid to rest today, and while he is being buried with military honors, there will be no firing of volley shots.   

    Agnes Lujan, Arcenio’s wife of 25 years, can’t bear the thought of hearing gun shots at the funeral, fearing that it will take her back to last Thursday when her husband was shot by two police officers after he reportedly pointed a rifle at them. Arcenio’s life came to an end on the porch of their double-wide mobile home on Castle Drive as Agnes Lujan watched from a distance.

  • Use of food stamps rises in county

    By Emily Guerin and Tim Marema
    For the Optic

    The use of food stamps in San Miguel County increased during the recession, assisting families in stretching their food dollars, contributing to local spending and helping spark a national debate about the future of the federal nutrition program.

    The proportion of San Miguel County residents receiving food stamps hit 27.3 percent in 2011, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Services. That’s an increase of 9.5 percentage points since 2007, the year the recession started.

  • Top fundraiser in AG race is Balderas

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Democrat Hector Balderas holds a more than 20-to-1 campaign cash advantage over Republican Susan Riedel in the race for attorney general, according to the latest financial reports.

    Balderas has stockpiled more money than any other statewide office candidates, except for Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, who has cash-on-hand of $4.2 million in her re-election account.

    Balderas reported a campaign balance of $662,814 as of last week. He collected $47,463 in contributions during the past month.

  • Jail Log - May 16, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between May 5 and May 8:
    Gary Esquibel, 31, revoked conditions of release, bench warrant, SM District
    Levi Varela, 27, aggravated battery with deadly weapon, tampering with evidence, bench warrant, SM District
    Alfred Waldo, 33, battery on healthcare worker, resisting evading or obstructing an officer
    Eric Hester, 37, aggravated DWI, driving on suspended revoked license, no use of signals
    Anthony Urioste, 43, one-day commitment