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  • In Brief - New Mexico - Feb. 26, 2014

    The Associated Press

    ‘Entry Pass’ waiting list low
    ALBUQUERQUE — Hundreds of airline passengers are stopping in Albuquerque to pick up pre-approved clearance passes aimed at helping international travelers quickly move through customs.
    KOAT-TV reports that travelers are drawing Albuquerque International Sunport Airport because there isn’t a long waiting list to get a “Global Entry Pass” like at other airports.

  • Officials: Leak no threat

    By Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    CARLSBAD — Officials investigating a leak from the federal government’s only underground nuclear waste dump tried to reassure skeptical southeastern New Mexico residents Monday night that their health is safe.

    More than 250 people attended a two-hour meeting to ask questions about back-to-back accidents at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad and the first-known release of radiation from the repository.

  • Police: Man shot during beating

    The Associated Press

    ALAMOGORDO — A New Mexico man is facing charges after Alamogordo police say he fatally shot another man who was beating his girlfriend.

    Albert Witehead, 21, was charged Monday with an open count of murder in the death of Eric Gillock, 36, of Hurst, Texas, the Alamogordo Daily News reports.

    Authorities say Whitehead saw Gillock beating his girlfriend outside an Alamogordo home late Sunday, grabbed a .22 rifle and ordered Gillock to stop hurting the woman.

  • East chief won’t be back

    Sheryl McNellis-Martinez’s tenure as superintendent of Las Vegas City Schools has come to an abrupt, but expected closure.

    During a meeting Thursday evening, the board unanimously approved putting her on paid administrative leave for the remainder of her contract, which expires at the end of this school year.

    The board by a near unanimous vote also switched the title for Lydia Flores, who has been serving as acting superintendent since last month, to interim superintendent.

  • Putting on a show - Grease musical set for Friday

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University HU Singers present a production of the popular musical Grease at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Ilfeld Auditorium.

    Grease is set in 1959 in a fictional working class U.S. high school, following the lives of the students as they navigate both the dramatic and lighthearted complexities of young love.

    The crowd-pleasing musical score relies on the early influences of rock and roll.

  • Uncertainty over teacher pay raises

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Teachers are in line for a possible $2,000 increase in their base salaries under a $6 billion spending plan approved by the Legislature, but there’s some uncertainty over the raise.

    Republican Gov. Susana Martinez could veto a budget provision intended to make sure local districts implement the higher salaries.

    An educational union leader said Friday he hoped Martinez accepts the Legislature’s directive over teacher pay.

  • Lawmakers fail to clarify abuse law

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The state’s embattled child welfare agency said Friday it’s concerned about the Legislature’s failure to clarify a law requiring the reporting of suspected child abuse and neglect to authorities.

    Without a “crystal clear” law, New Mexico’s children are being put at risk, said Henry Varela, a spokesman for the state Children, Youth and Families Department.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Feb. 24, 2014

    The Associated Press
     

  • School shooting victim returns home

    The Associated Press
    ROSWELL — A 12-year-old boy who was seriously injured in a shooting at a Roswell school last month has returned home.
    The Roswell Daily Record reports that hundreds of people lined the city’s streets, cheered and held up signs Friday in support of Nathaniel Tavarez.
    The boy suffered wounds to his head and stomach in the Jan. 14 shooting at Berrendo Middle School.
    A seventh-grader is accused of taking a shotgun to school and opening fireon Tavarez and a 13-year-old girl.

  • Looking Back - Feb. 24, 2014

    In 1964
    Friday, Feb. 21 - Dr. Joseph Liggit, director of testing and guidance at Highlands University, stressed the need for adult education in Las Vegas at the meeting of the Las Vegas Education Association at Robertson High School Library Wednesday. According to figures released by the United States Office of Education in Washington, D.C., there is a national average of 31 percent of students who do not finish high school and who drop out between the ninth and 12th grades.