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Marijuana grow house raided in Farmington

You arrest a drunk, they scream, "Why don't you arrest meth addicts?" You arrest a meth user, they scream, "Why don't you arrest the potheads?" You arrest a pothead/potgrower, and everyone screams, "What about the (fill in the blank) users?" Sort of funny, in a pathetic sort of way. The poor old cops can't win, can they?  (Jun 26, 2010 | post #28)

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Judge candidate hopes to beat incumbent

Paragraph 1: It is certainly a good thing to get out and meet people. That does not qualify one to be a judge. Judge Charley worked in the legal system before she became a judge. As for no comment, it's an old rule: Never miss an opportunity to shut up. Paragraph 2: It is true that everyone can make a difference. However, I would point out that the purpose of being a JUDGE is to employ JUDGEMENT. What are we to conclude about someone's judgement when they've only been out of high school 5 years? Caution is advised. Paragraph 3: See comment on paragraph 1. Paragraph 4: No reason to doubt the man's courage. No reason to doubt his motivation. As for what I was doing at age 23, I was serving the nation in the armed forces. Thanks for asking. My point is simple: good judgement comes from experience. Experience quite often comes from bad question is how much judgement will a 23 year old have? When you are making decisions that could cost someone a year out of their life, not to mention lots of $$$, I suggest you want someone with sound, proven judgement. This is not the best OJT scenario. Just my thoughts.......... .  (May 10, 2010 | post #11)

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County recognized for reducing DWI-related traffic fatali...

Guess no one else will say it.........THANK YOU, GUYS, FOR GETTING THEM OFF THE STREETS.  (Apr 13, 2010 | post #1)

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San Juan County to increase employee benefit premiums

No step increases plus premium hikes = NET LOSS IN PAY. I guess we can bemoan our fate on the golf course. Anyone figgered out how to get the ball to go through the little windmill yet?  (Apr 7, 2010 | post #6)

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Man facing 24 years in prison receives probation

I don't have a problem with this guy being placed on probation. It was, after all, a non-violent crime. The trouble in NM is that 5 years is the MOST you can be placed on probation for by statute. It would have been appropriate to sentence this guy to prison for part of the sentence and probation for part of the sentence, but that would be 5 years again, limited by statute. What needs to happen is the change the statute. If a person is liable for 24 years prison sentence, then he should be on probation for 24 years. Can this guy really be expected to LEGITIMATELY produce $19,000 a year for restitution when he couldn't LEGITIMATELY pay his debts anyway? NOT! So, he should have the entire 24 years to make it right. That would make more sense.  (Feb 27, 2010 | post #12)

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Sheriff's complex on unstable ground; officials evaluate ...

I can't speak for the internal workings and employee/employer relationships in the jail, but: Section 33-3-28. Jailers; peace officer powers. A. Jailers and any employee of a local jail who has, at the particular time, the principal duty to hold in custody any person accused or convicted of a criminal offense or placed in the legal custody or supervision of a local jail shall have the power of a peace officer with respect to arrests and enforcement of laws when on the premises of a local jail, while transporting a person committed to or under the supervision of a local jail, while supervising any person committed to or under the supervision of a local jail anywhere within the state or when engaged in any effort to pursue or apprehend such a person. The "jailers " are peace officers.  (Feb 17, 2010 | post #52)

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Sheriff's complex on unstable ground; officials evaluate ...

I agree. Even if they spent $2 million on remodeling, they'd still save $9 million. Where's the common sense.  (Feb 13, 2010 | post #8)

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Cell phone-auto debate continues

66-8-114 A. Any person operating a vehicle on the highway shall give his full time and entire attention to the operation of the vehicle. B. Any person who operates a vehicle in a careless, inattentive or imprudent manner, without due regard for the width, grade, curves, corners, traffic, weather and road conditions and all other attendant circumstances is guilty of a misdemeanor. Seems to me we already have the law....what we need is the enforcement. Just a thought.  (Feb 11, 2010 | post #6)

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Senate panel derails DWI penalty bill

What you say is true on the face of it. Here are some statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: •There were 11,773 drunk driving deaths in 2008. •2008 showed a 9.7% decrease from 2007 in alcohol-impaired driving deaths. •Drunk driving deaths (11,773) accounted for 32% of the total amount of United States car accident deaths (37,261) in 2008. •1,347 children ages 14 and younger died as occupants in car accidents in 2008. Of those deaths, 216 (approx 16%) were the direct result of drunk drivers. •Along with the 1,347 child occupant fatalities, another 34 children died as pedestrians or bikers who were hit by drunk drivers. •Nighttime drivers were four times more likely to die in drunk driving crashes in 2008 than those driving during the daytime. •In 2008, weekend drivers were twice as likely to be involved in drinking and driving car crashes than weekday drivers. •The 21-24 age group accounted for 34% of all alcohol-impaired-d rivers who died in accidents in 2008. The 25-34 demographic accounted for 31%, while those from 35-44 years of age accounted for 25%. •Despite being under the legal drinking age, American teens from the ages of 16-20 were more likely to be killed while driving under the influence than adults ages 55-64. Teens accounted for 17% of all drivers who were involved in drunk driving crashes, while those from 55-64 accounted for 12%. •Of the drunk driving crashes where seat belt use was known, nearly 75% of all drunk drivers killed in accidents in 2008 weren't wearing seat belts. •In the United States, a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) level of .08 or higher is considered above the legal limit in nearly every state. The most frequently recorded BAC level among drivers who were killed in alcohol-impaired-d riving accidents in 2008 was .16, or twice the legal limit. So while you are correct is saying that "most" fatal crashes aren't from drunk drivers, almost a third of them are. While "most" of them are attributable to other factors, alcohol impairment certainly affects the distraction and the driver's ability to react. If you know the history of MADD, you will know that it was founded by a woman who lost a child to a drunk driver, so yes, the organization is "anti-alcohol " to a certain extent. Who can blame them? If you take these statistics literally, you would draw the conclusion that no one under the age of 21 should be allowed to drive, no one under the age of 44 should drive on weekends or at night, and that not wearing a seatbelt while driving is 75% accurate in predicting whether a driver is drunk. You might also conclude that a case could be made that anyone driving a vehicle with BAC of .16 should be charged with attempted murder as well as DUI. The bottom line is that any single causal factor attributed to 1/3 of fatalities is SIGNIFICANT.  (Feb 10, 2010 | post #4)

Farmington Daily Times

Former district court judge Caton dies Sunday at 76

Funny story: A man was in Judge Caton's court for DWI (felony level, obviously) and the Judge asked him what his BrAC was when he blew the machine. The man answered it was .21/.21. Judge Caton said, "It's a good thing you were were were too damn drunk to walk!"  (Jan 20, 2010 | post #11)

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Defense attorney takes on meth in Farmington mayoral bid

Me, too. His complaint is that no one can get "treatment " until they are convicted, and he makes lots of money getting these same people off....isn't that at cross-purpose?  (Jan 9, 2010 | post #12)

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Man running from crash falls off cliff

The two guys that fled were in one vehicle. Obviously, one ran off a cliff. The driver was arrested. There was a woman in the car that was struck, sole occupant, who drove the vehicle away. Medics were on scene within minutes, so I think it is safe to assume that the other driver was ok.  (Dec 21, 2009 | post #24)

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Farmington man arrested for 12th DWI

You might be onto something: 1st DUI, 1 year; 2nd DUI 2 years; ad infinitum. Not a bad notion. Vehicle forfeiture wouldn't be a bad idea, either.  (Dec 17, 2009 | post #13)

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Mom caught her in the act

What a neat story!  (Dec 7, 2009 | post #8)

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San Juan County approves golf course acquisition in 4-1 vote

TO THE FOUR: Way to represent US. You spend money we can't afford knowing it is a money losing proposition, which will inevitably require tax-payer subsidization, while other areas in the county budget struggle. Brilliant!  (Dec 2, 2009 | post #5)

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