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  • Obama swings huge spending bill

    By Andrew Taylor
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama swung behind a $1.1 trillion governmentwide spending bill Thursday, giving it critical momentum as it headed toward likely passage later in the afternoon.

    The legislation narrowly cleared a procedural hurdle by a 214-212 vote, despite opposition from tea party Republicans over Obama’s immigration moves and Democrats angry over last-minute changes to bank regulations and looser rules on campaign spending.

  • DWI drivers targeted

    Eulalio Bustamante remained locked up in the San Miguel County Detention Center Monday, nearly a week after being arrested on a drunken-driving charge.

    And authorities say it wasn’t his first or even his second, third or fourth DWI charge. It was the fifth time he has been charged with driving while intoxicated, according to documents filed in San Miguel County Magistrate Court last week.

    Las Vegas police say he shouldn’t have even been driving in the first place because his license to drive is suspended or revoked.

  • Sci-fi extravaganza - One-act plays hitting the stage

    Two  young and rising local student playwrights will have their one-act plays on stage. Brandi Aragon’s “Invisible Woman,” and Eric Martin’s “The Disks of China,” will be performed as part of a Clearly Confused Production at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Sala de Madrid on the Highlands University campus as part of a science-fiction double feature. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments available.

  • Report: Harsh CIA tactics didn’t work

    By Bradley Klapper and Ken Dilanian
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Senate investigators delivered a damning indictment of CIA practices Tuesday, accusing the spy agency of inflicting pain and suffering on prisoners beyond legal limits and deceiving the nation with stories of life-saving interrogations unsubstantiated by its own records.

  • School board workshop offered

    On Tuesday, anyone interested in seeking a position on either the Las Vegas City Schools board and the West Las Vegas School board should file their intent to run at the county clerk’s office. But there is more to just being a name on a board, and both local boards want to ensure all candidates are aware of the responsibilities of a board member.

    On Thursday, Joe Guillen, executive director of the New Mexico School Board Association, will offer a free training for anyone interested in seeking a school board seat.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Dec. 10, 2014

    The Associated Press
    State eyes merit pay for teachers
    New Mexico’s Public Education Department is expected to announce plans on merit-pay pilot programs at selected schools districts and charter schools.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports that the $7 million initiative will allow nine school districts and 12 charters to submit their own plans for merit-pay programs.

  • Looking Back - Dec. 10, 2014

    In 1964
    Thursday, Dec. 10 — Luminarias will be lighted around the West Las Vegas Plaza Friday night in honor of the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. According to Luis Olivas, Town Council Christmas chairman, there will be the traditional bonfire type luminarias around the bandstand in the center of the park and the modern paper-bag luminarias around the outside of the park. They will be lighted around 6 p.m.

  • Looking ahead - News - Dec. 10, 2014

    Winter Celebration in Pendaries
    A Winter Celebration in Pendaries from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13 at the Pendaries Community Center. Children ages 5 and younger are free, children 6 to 11 are $10, people older than 12 are $15. Price per person includes a traditional New Mexican holiday meal with tamales, red beef and green chicken enchiladas, posole, pinto beans, tortillas, garnishes, beverages and biscochitos. Live music performed by the Mora High School Mariachi Group and a special visit from Santa. Call 505-231-0882 to make your reservations by Thursday.

  • Weather - Dec. 10, 2014

    Wednesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 60. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 31. South wind around 5 mph, becoming northwest after midnight.

    Thursday
    Sunny, with a high near 61. West wind 5-10 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 33.

    Friday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 65. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 38.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:59 a.m. to 4:48 p.m.

  • Boards filing day Dec. 16

    Several seats on both local school boards are becoming vacant in the near future.  Filing day for the three seats on the West Las Vegas School board and four on the Las Vegas City Schools board is next Tuesday starting at 9 a.m. at the San Miguel County Clerk’s office. Election day will be on Feb. 3.

    On the west side board members Gary Gold, Marvin Martinez and Henry Abeyta are all up for reelection in February.

    Board members not up for election are David Romero and Christine Ludi. Each term is for four years.