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  • Weather hinders recovery effort

    By Eileen NG and Robin McDowell
    The Associated Press

    PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia — Chiara Natasha’s entire family was coming to visit for New Year’s.

    The petite, dark-haired 15-year-old had just moved to Singapore in November to study at a Methodist girls’ school on a government scholarship. Her parents and two brothers had promised to join her to celebrate the holiday and help her settle into dormitory life.

  • In Brief - News - Jan. 2, 2015

    The Associated Press

    Man wounded during burglary

    ALBUQUERQUE — Bernalillo County authorities say an Albuquerque-area man was shot and wounded by an intruder during a confrontation at the man’s South Valley home.
    According to the Sheriff’s Office, 35-year-old Eric Anaya was shot after he and his family returned home Tuesday afternoon and found a strange car in his driveway and his front door kicked in.
    Anaya went inside the confronted two burglars. A fight ensued and Anaya was shot in the shoulder.

  • Fires displace three families

    Two separate structure fires erupted over the long holiday weekend, displacing people in three different residences.

    No injuries were reported in either fire and both fires are suspected of being electrical, Las Vegas Fire Chief Phillip Mares said.

    The first fire broke out in a residence on Perez Street on Christmas Day.

    “There was one individual displaced because of that fire, but no one was injured,” Mares said. He said the house sustained enough damage that the electricity had to be disconnected from the structure.

  • On the hardwood - Brothers referee to cheer father

    The holidays are an emotionally hard time for the Vigil family due to the death of Carl’s mother, Alice Vigil, in a car accident on Highway 104 in 2000.

    But for several years the Vigil family’s holidays have a bit of positive to them as Alice Vigil’s grandsons, Carl and Curtis Vigil Jr. take to the floor of the John Wilson Complex to referee several games of the Stu Clark Tournament.

  • PNM honors Hacienda, HU for energy efficiency

    Las Vegas Optic

    New Mexico Highlands University and Hacienda Home Center were recognized this month by the state’s largest power utility as Energy Efficiency Stars, and both have earned thousands of dollars in rebates.

  • Bill would ban required union fees

    The Associated Press

    A bill pre-filed in the New Mexico Legislature for its upcoming session would make it illegal to require labor union membership as a condition for employment.

    The bill sponsored by Sen. Sander Rue, R-Albuquerque, would prohibit making membership in a union a requirement of employment with a private company. It also would prohibit deducting union dues from paychecks without a worker’s permission, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.

    Supporters of the bill say it would spur economic growth and attract businesses to the state.

  • Wreckage, bodies reveal jet’s fate

    By Dewi Nurcahyani and Robin McDowell
    The Associated Press

    PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia — Family members of those aboard AirAsia Flight 8501 collapsed in agony Tuesday as images of debris and a bloated body flashed across Indonesian television screens, proof that the plane crashed into the sea two days earlier with 162 people on board.

  • Feds dock Los Alamos lab in performance review

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    The contractor that runs one of the nation’s premier national laboratories has lost out on tens of millions of dollars from the federal government because of what officials call a serious performance failure.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Dec. 31, 2014

    The Associated Press

    Lakes ramp up for polar plunges  
    LAS VEGAS — Storrie Lake in northern New Mexico is getting ready for its annual polar bear plunge at noon on New Year’s Day.
    So is Sugarite Canyon State Park, where visitors will brave the frigid waters of Lake Maloya to mark the first day of the year.
    But one popular polar plunge has been cancelled. Officials at Eagle Nest State Park say the water is just too low and the ice is too thin to hold the event this year.

  • Looking Back - Dec. 31

    In 1964
    Tuesday, Dec. 29 — For nearly 75 years the Las Vegas Savings Bank has served the community in and around Las Vegas. During that three quarters of a century it has grown with the area, and over the years, has expanded its interests and services. Originally designed as a savings bank, the local financial institution has in recent years outgrown that designation and become a fully commercial bank dealing in services a savings bank generally does not offer. For this reason, as of Jan. 1, the Las Vegas Savings Bank will change its name to The Bank of Las Vegas.