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  • In Brief - News - August 31, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Teacher receives probation
    ALBUQUERQUE — An elementary school teacher caught taking images up girls’ skirts has been sentenced to five years’ probation.
    Christopher Lucero apologized in court Wednesday for using a camera attached to his shoe to videotape girls as young as 10 at an Albuquerque amusement park in 2007. He pleaded guilty to five misdemeanor counts of voyeurism.
    KRQE reports that Lucero had faced up to five years in jail as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.

  • State alters vaccination form

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico heath officials want parents to stop citing philosophical reasons when seeking to exempt their children from immunizations required to attend public school or day care.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the New Mexico Department of Health recently changed the form used to apply for an exemption to prevent “philosophical objections” over health concerns.

  • Court OKs boy’s adoption placement

    By Felicia Fonseca
    The Associated Press

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.  — A Navajo child can remain with his non-American Indian caretakers, despite a federal law that gives preference to placement with tribal members, the state Court of Appeals has ruled.

    The ruling upheld a juvenile court decision that found good cause to deviate from the Indian Child Welfare Act. The child identified as “Z’’ in court documents was a month old when relatives of the man believed to be his father began caring for him.

  • Three new West Nile cases in NM

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Three more New Mexicans have been diagnosed with West Nile virus infection, bringing the total in the state this year to eight human cases.

    No deaths have been reported so far.

    New Mexico Department of Health officials announced Wednesday that the new cases include a 55-year-old man from Bernalillo County, a 76-year-old man from Dona Ana County and a 76-year-old man from Bernalillo County.

  • 30-year sentence for murders

    Nearly five years after Stephanie Dimas and Damian Ortiz were shot to death inside their Dora Celeste home, one of the men charged in their murders has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.

    Michael Vigal, 24, was scheduled to go on trial for the slayings on Monday. Instead, he pleaded guilty to two counts of murder and other charges and was sentenced to a total of 30 years in prison. Because the murder charges are classified as serious violent offenses, Vigal will be required to serve 85 percent of the sentence before he’s eligible for parole.

  • Millfest 2012 - 2 area festivals highlight weekend

    Mora County will be booming this weekend with two annual events, Wagon Mound Bean Day and the Cleveland Rollermill Festival.

    Both festivities are open to the public and provide free events including the Bean Day barbecue.

    Bean Day started in 1909 when Higinio Gonzales, along with his crew, cooked beans in wash boilers for what was known as the Mora County Farmers Harvest Jubilee. It’s been drawing people to the village ever since.

  • West Nile Virus found locally

    State officials are urging the public to take steps to avoid mosquito bites after five cases of West Nile Virus were confirmed in New Mexico earlier this month.

    One of those cases was in San Miguel County. State Veterinarian Paul Ettestad said the San Miguel County case was a 67-year-old man who was a blood donor. When his blood was tested it came back positive for West Nile fever. The San Miguel County man had the less severe form, with symptoms of fever and headache. Ettestad said he has since recovered.

  • NM Medicaid to cover methadone

    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE  — New Mexico is expanding its Medicaid program to cover the costs of using methadone to treat people addicted to heroin and painkillers such as oxycodone and morphine.

    A Human Services Department official says the change in policy should help in fighting a drug addiction epidemic. New Mexico has the nation's highest death rate from drug overdoses.

    The Drug Policy Alliance said Monday that New Mexico joins about 30 other states in reimbursing outpatient methadone treatment.

  • Looking Back - August 29, 2012

    In 1962

  • Looking Ahead - News - August 29, 2012

    Dove hunting to begin at refuge

    The Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge will be open for dove hunting during the month of September. About 740 acres of the refuge will be open to the hunting of mourning doves. Required permits cost $5 and are available at the refuge visitor center from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on weekdays. A state hunting license is also required.