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  • Weather - March 7, 2012

    Wednesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 58. Windy, with a southwest wind 20-25 mph, increasing to 30-35 mph. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph. A 20 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22. North wind 10-20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

    Thursday
    A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 37. Northeast wind 15-20 mph. A 20 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20.

    Friday

  • Storrie, city negotiating storage options

    The Storrie Project Water Users Association says that at the behest of the area’s congressional delegation, it has initiated conversations with city officials to re-evaluate options for a potential long-term storage arrangement of city water in Storrie Lake.

    The city currently has the capacity to store about 1,000 acre feet of water. An acre foot is the equivalent of 326,000 gallons, enough to service two to three homes for a year.

  • In Brief - News - March 7, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Mom sentenced to 33 years  

    ALBUQUERQUE  — An Albuquerque woman accused of smothering her 3-year-old son, bringing him back to life, and then smothering him to death has been sentenced to 33 years in prison.

    Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg said that Tiffany Toribio was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to a number of charges, including child abuse and second degree murder.

  • Prescribed burn planned for wildlife refuge

    Submitted to the Optic

    Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge plans to implement a prescribed fire project on the east side of the refuge early this month.

    The burn unit is located southeast of the refuge headquarters,  about three miles southeast of Las Vegas.

    This prescribed fire is part of a fuels reduction and grassland maintenance project on the refuge to enhance native habitat for a variety of wildlife species.

  • Boy’s body pulled from hole

    The Associated Press

    CARLSBAD — Members of the Carlsbad community gathered Monday night to remember the little boy who died after falling into a deep hole over the weekend.

    A candle light vigil was held and members of Samuel Jones family thanked the community for their support.

    Meanwhile, investigators are trying to determine how the boy fell into the hole.

    Crews pulled the body of the 4-year-old from a narrow, 30-foot-deep hole early Monday, nearly two days after he disappeared while playing outside his home.

  • Martinez signs state budget, vetoes $2M

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez agreed Friday with most of the budget handiwork of the Democratic-controlled Legislature, signing a $5.6 billion spending blueprint that will boost the take-home pay of educators and state workers.

  • Unemployment fund tax bill approved by governor

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico businesses will save more than $81 million this year on the premiums they pay into the state’s unemployment compensation fund under legislation signed into law Monday by Gov. Susana Martinez.

    The Republican governor said the legislation along with a package of other tax reforms passed during the recent 30-day legislative session are aimed at giving businesses an opportunity to recover from the economic hard times that have swept the nation.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - March 7, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Obama opens third NM office

    LAS CRUCES — The Obama campaign has opened a third office in New Mexico.

    Volunteers, supporters, state lawmakers and Democratic Party officials from southern New Mexico were on hand Sunday to open the office in Las Cruces.

    The campaign says the opening demonstrates its commitment to New Mexico for the 2012 election cycle. The campaign already has offices in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, with more scheduled to open in the coming weeks.

  • Preservation workshop set

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University will present a workshop on preserving historical documents from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 8 in the Margaret Kennedy Alumni Hall, 905 University Ave.

    The university’s Office of Research and Sponsored Projects and the university’s Thomas C. Donnelly Library are sponsoring the public workshop, which was rescheduled from Dec. 8 due to a winter storm.

    Participants will learn the basics of how to care for and store historical records.

  • NM bilingual classes luring students

    By Jenny Kane
    The Daily Times

    FARMINGTON — Emma Cillessen’s parents don’t speak any Spanish, but they thought it might be a good idea to have their children take the bilingual Spanish class at Ladera del Norte Elementary School.

    “My parents wanted me to take Spanish so I could get a better job ... and we really want to go to Mexico,” said Cillessen.