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  • Weather - Dec. 27, 2013

    Friday
    Sunny, with a high near 47. East wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the morning. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 24. West wind around 5 mph.

    Saturday
    Sunny, with a high near 51. West wind around 5 mph, becoming north in the afternoon. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 19.

    Sunday
    A 10 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 30. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 19.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:09 a.m. to 4:55 p.m.

  • Avian spirit
  • NMHU professor publishes ground-breaking research

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University anthropology professor Warren Lail published groundbreaking research that is the first to find evidence of human occupation of the Cimarron Archaeological District of northeastern New Mexico between A.D. 1415 and 1495.

    Lail used cutting-edge luminescent dating technology to analyze soil compacted in an ancient human cranium, providing key information that allows the remains to be repatriated with the Southern Ute Indian tribe.

  • Project may open in 2014

    The Associated Press

    SANTA TERESA — A $400 million Union Pacific railroad facility near a young New Mexico border town could open next year, according to the company.

    Union Pacific spokesman Aaron Hunt said Tuesday that construction near Santa Teresa is ahead of schedule and the facility could be operational in 2014. It had been slated to open in 2015.

  • Former Roswell police chief dies

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Al Solis, Roswell’s former police chief and the state’s former interim secretary of the Department of Corrections, died Monday, Roswell officials confirmed. He was 65 and had been battling cancer.

    Roswell City Manager Larry Fry said officials were informed that Solis died in Las Cruces. “He was certainly a man of integrity and had a long, distinguished career in law enforcement,” Fry said.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Dec. 27, 2013

    The Associated Press

    Hospital ordered to pay $1 million

    SANTA FE — A Santa Fe hospital has been ordered to pay $1 million to a woman who stopped breathing and nearly died while being treated there in May 2010.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that a jury Monday awarded Zelda Jiron $250,000 in compensatory damages and $750,000 in punitive damages in her lawsuit against Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center.

  • Playing Santa - Police deliver gifts, food to needy

    Normally when one encounters a police officer it is during an emergency type of situation, but for some children recent visits from officers brought them much needed Christmas joy. On Sunday, several officers of the Las Vegas Police Department along with volunteers spent roughly 10 hours delivering several thousands worth of toys to children around Las Vegas.

    Along with the toys, they also delivered food baskets to families in need during the holiday time. Las Vegas Police Officers Association vice-president and LVPD Sgt. Michael Lopez coordinated the event.

  • City receives 2 grants

    The city of Las Vegas has obtained a grant that will enable it to hire 23 youths and three supervisors to work on the Riverwalk.

    The $148,791 Fiscal Year 2015 grant was awarded by the state Youth Conservation Corps. The city obtained another $50,000 grant from the New Mexico Finance Authority to conduct a feasibility study on a proposed Family Fun Center in the Las Vegas area.

    The city announced the grants late last week in a news release.

  • Toys for Tots
  • Officer shortage handicapping law enforcement

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Police departments and sheriffs’ offices across New Mexico are battling shortages of officers and deputies amid retirements, low pay and a lack of qualified applicants.