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  • In Brief - Local - Jan. 16, 2013

    Driver likely won’t be charged
    A state police spokesman says the driver of the truck that collided with a four-wheeler in Romeroville, killing a 5-year-old girl will likely not face charges over the accident.
    Lt. Robert McDonald said that the crash was still being investigated, but “the driver of the truck will probably not face charges.”
    Two girls were on the four-wheeler. Killed in the accident was Destiny Encinias, 5. Shania Baca, 11, was injured.

  • Library receives grant to help preserve collections

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University Donnelly Library was awarded a $6,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to help preserve the library’s extensive historical records and fine arts collection.

    It is the first NEH grant in Donnelly Library’s history.

  • East facing $1.3M shortfall

    Las Vegas City Schools is anticipating a $1.37 million shortfall in the current year budget, and officials are requesting emergency supplemental funding from the state in that amount to offset the estimated gap.

    During a board work session on Thursday evening, Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez told the board the district plans to continue its quest for the funding from the state’s Public Education Department.

  • Tug of War - Drilling benefits debated at hearing

    On one side were area ranchers, business owners and even county officials from other parts of the state urging San Miguel County not to slam the door on an industry that could bring much-needed jobs to the area and bolster the economy.

    On the other side were school children, environmentalists and longtime area residents urging the county not to risk the area’s scarce water supply and way of life for short-term economic gain.

  • City director steps down from post

    Elmer Martinez, who served as the city’s community development director for more than 16 years, has stepped down from the post.

    Martinez is now the city’s transportation manager, overseeing Meadow City Express and the railroad depot facility. He requested the transfer in early December, and it became effective at the beginning of this year.

  • Flu cases now spiking across state

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The flu has walloped New Mexico with an early one-two punch and health officials are urging people to get vaccinated against the illness.

    Dr. Joan Baumbach, an epidemiologist in the New Mexico Department of Health, said Friday the flu has hit New Mexico earlier and harder than last year.

    “This is an unusually early flu season,” she said.

  • Looking Back - Jan. 14, 2013

    In 1963
    Monday, Jan. 14 — Lionel Taylor, former Highlands University football and basketball luminary, grabbed three passes in the AFL East-West game. The final pass, heaved by Denver Bronco teammate Frank Tripucka, won the game for the West.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Jan. 14, 2013

    Glimpses of the Past program kicking off
    Fort Union National Monument is kicking off its annual Glimpses of the Past program series. It will begin with the “Glimpses into the Future: 2013” program to be held at 7 p.m. this Thursday at the CCHP/Santa Fe Trail Interpretive Center, 116 Bridge St.

  • Weather - Jan. 14, 2013

    Monday
    A 10 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 21. South wind 5-10 mph. A 10 percent chance of snow showers at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 1.

    Tuesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 32. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 12.

    Wednesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 41. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 21.

    Thursday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 44.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:10 a.m. to 5:10 p.m.

  • Officers prepare for worst

    The Dec. 14 Sandy Hook school shooting in Connecticut has reignited fears locally and throughout the country about how safe students are in their schools.

    The tragedy is a reminder of how quickly an active shooter can wreak havoc on a community and has left many wondering whether law enforcement agencies and schools are prepared to handle a similar situation should it happen here. Killed in the Connecticut school shooting incident were 26 individuals, 20 of them first grade students.