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  • Weather - April 29, 2015

    Sunny, with a high near 70. Southwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 42. South wind 5-10 mph, becoming northwest after midnight.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 75. Northwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 44.


  • HU regents hike tuition

    If you’re planning to enroll at New Mexico Highlands University as a new freshman in the fall, the university has a deal for you.

    Regents on Friday voted unanimously to offer members of the incoming freshman class an incentive to earn their undergraduate degree in four years. Students who do that will received a $1,000 bonus check from the university after graduating.

    The university’s new board of regents also signaled that the days of double-digit tuition increases at Highlands may be over.

  • Mora board rescinds contract offer

    In February, the Mora school board approved a one-year contract extension for Superintendent Dora Romero, but she may just find herself in the unemployment line anyway when her current contract expires in June.

    During a board meeting on Tuesday newly elected board members Dennis Romero and Tranquilino Hurtado voted to rescind the previous board’s contract extension. They were joined by board Chairman George A. Trujillo.

  • In full bloom
  • Scientists convinced quakes, drilling tied

    By Alicia Chang
    AP Science Writer

    LOS ANGELES — With the evidence coming in from one study after another, scientists are now more certain than ever that oil and gas drilling is causing hundreds upon hundreds of earthquakes across the U.S.

    So far, the quakes have been mostly small and have done little damage beyond cracking plaster, toppling bricks and rattling nerves. But seismologists warn that the shaking can dramatically increase the chances of bigger, more dangerous quakes.

  • West girl heads to national Bee

    West Las Vegas Middle School student Savannah Higgins took home third-place honors during the 22nd Annual New Mexico Association of Bilingual Education’s Spanish Spelling Bee earlier this month.

    Higgins, an eighth grade student, will now head to the USA National Spanish Spelling Bee scheduled for July 18 at the National Hispanic Culture Center in Albuquerque.

    “We are very proud of her,” West Las Vegas Middle School Principal Chris Gutierrez said. “We wish her the best as she prepares for the national competition.”

  • In Brief - News - April 27, 2015

    The Associated Press
    Judge: Records won’t be released
    LAS CRUCES — The defense team for a Santa Fe County sheriff’s deputy accused of shooting another deputy will not be using the victim’s personnel records in their defense after a judge denied their request to have the documents released.
    Tai Chan is accused of killing Santa Fe County Deputy Jeremy Martin in October after they went drinking in Las Cruces where they were staying after transporting a prisoner. Chan has pleaded not guilty to first degree murder.

  • American Indian actors quit Adam Sandler movie over names

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    A group of American Indian actors walked off the set of an Adam Sandler movie this week over complaints about stereotypes, offensive names and scenes they say disrespected Native American religious practices.

    Actor Loren Anthony told The Associated Press on Thursday that he and eight others quit the production of the satirical Western “The Ridiculous Six” after producers ignored their concerns about its portrayal of Apache culture and the inappropriate use of props.

  • Looking Back - April 27, 2015

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  • Looking ahead - News - April 27, 2015

    Volunteers sought
    The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1063, the New Mexico Department of Veteran Services and The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1547 are sponsoring a cemetery clean-up of veteran graves from 8 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, April 29 at Mount Calvary Cemetery.