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Steven Morales runs, but he can't hide

By Roger Lanse

Steven Morales, 36, of Silver City, was booked into Albuquerque's Metropolitan Detention Center on Wednesday, Jan. 28, after being arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service Southwest Investigative Fugitive Team (SWIFT), in connection with the alleged homicide of Esteban Ortega, 22, of Silver City.-- Continue reading

Steven Morales arrested in Albuquerque

By Roger Lanse

Steven Morales, a suspect in the homicide of Estevan Ortega, whose body was found Jan. 14 inside a vehicle near Pinos Altos, was arrested by U.S. Marshals on Wednesday, Jan. 28 at about-- Continue reading

Michael Martin Named to Dallas Fed's Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council

Michael Martin Named to Dallas Fed's Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council

DALLAS—The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas has named Michael Martin of White Signal, N.M., a member of its Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council.

The council is composed of 12 representatives from financial institutions of various sizes in Texas, northern Louisiana and southern New Mexico.

The council provides senior Dallas Fed officials grassroots information on a variety of topics, including economic and banking conditions, regulatory policies and payments issues.

Martin is president and CEO of Western Bank in Lordsburg, N.M. He was elected to the board of directors of Western Bank in 1999 and was formerly employed with Cargill Inc. as general manager of its wire division.-- Continue reading

Winter Storm Warning in effect from Midnight Thursday 012915

Winter Storm Warning in effect from Midnight Thursday 012915

Winter Storm Warning In Effect From Midnight Tonight To
Midnight Mst Saturday Night...

The National Weather Service In El Paso Tx/santa Teresa Has
Issued A Winter Storm Warning For Heavy Snow...which Is In Effect
From Midnight Tonight To Midnight Mst Saturday Night.

* Snow Accumulation: 4 To 8 Inches Above 7000 Feet With 3 To 6
Inches Lower Elevations.

* Timing: Snow Is Expected To Begin Thursday Evening And End As
Late As Overnight Saturday.-- Continue reading

Wednesday was Grant County Day in Santa Fe

Wednesday was Grant County Day in Santa Fe

Rep. Dianne Hamilton serves as Guest Speaker of the House at Grant County Day in Santa Fe. (Photo Courtesy of Drew Hamilton, Dianne's son)

By Mary Alice Murphy

Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, was Grant County Day in Santa Fe at the New Mexico Legislature.

Members of the Prospectors, who advocate for Grant County each year and throughout the year with legislators, were in evidence at the Roundhouse on Wednesday. With meetings set up to talk to various cabinet secretaries, the governor, and other state officials, the Prospectors worked on their primary areas of concern, listed in the brochure they handed out to legislators.-- Continue reading

Steven Morales eludes police on I-25, remains at large

Steven Morales eludes police on I-25, remains at large

Steven Morales

By Roger Lanse

Steven Morales, 36, of Silver City, evaded law enforcement again Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 27. Morales is a suspect in the murder of 22-year-old Esteban Ortega, whose body was found Jan. 14, inside a vehicle near Pinos Altos.

According to a Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department press release, Morales was reportedly driving a Honda CRV on I-25 when he stopped at a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint. When agents asked him to pull over for a secondary inspection, Morales told a passenger, the release said, that because he was a felon in possession of a firearm, he wasn't going to pull over for additional inspection. Instead, Morales accelerated and sped north on I-25, prompting a pursuit, which reached speeds up to 100 mph.-- Continue reading

Winter Weather Message for Thursday through weekend 012815

Winter Weather Message for Thursday through weekend 012815

Urgent - Winter Weather Message
National Weather Service El Paso Tx/santa Teresa Nm
1242 Pm Mst Wed Jan 28 2015

...winter Storm To Bring Heavy Mountain Snow To South Central New
Mexico Later This Week And This Weekend...

.a Powerful And Slow Moving Winter Storm System Will Deliver
Significant Snowfall To Higher Elevations In The Gila Region And
Sacramento Mountains Starting Thursday Evening. 4 To 8 Inches Or
More Of Snowfall Is Expected Across Higher Elevations In The Gila
Region...while The Higher Elevations In The Sacramento Mountains
And Adjacent East Slopes Could See 8 To 12 Inches Or More Through
Early Saturday Evening. Up To 3 To 6 Inches Of Snowfall Is
Expected In Lower Elevations For The Gila Region...and Foothills
Along The Western And Southern Slopes Of The Sacramento Mountains.-- Continue reading

GSFWC discusses action items 012715 part 2

Editor's Note: This article will conclude the business portion of the Jan. 27, Gila/San Francisco Water Commission special meeting.

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the end of public comment, at which several people spoke against what the commission is attempting to accomplish, Gila/San Francisco Water Commission Chairman Anthony Gutierrez said a lot of questions were asked.-- Continue reading

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