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  • “Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins”
  • NM retiree authority mulls health benefit changes

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Retiree Health Care Authority is considering setting a minimum retirement age before health care subsidies become available, joining the state’s two pension funds in broaching the subject as a way to cut costs.

    The authority now subsidizes monthly insurance premiums for those who retire from state and local government and public school systems. It provides benefits for about 50,000 retirees, their spouses and dependents.

  • In Brief - News - Dec. 21, 2011

    From The Associated Press
     

    Suspected sex offender arrested  
    SANTA TERESA, N.M.  — A suspected child-sex offender has been apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol agents in New Mexico.

    Authorities say 28-year-old Erick Daniel Garcia-Garcia will be extradited to Colorado to face charges in that state.

    Border Patrol officials say Garcia-Garcia was taken into custody early Sunday while agents assigned to the Santa Teresa Station were working in the Sunland Park area.

  • Looking Back - Dec. 21, 2011

    In 1911

  • Looking Ahead - Dec. 21, 2011

    Story time at Carnegie

    Story time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. today, Dec. 21 in the library’s children’s area. Today’s books are “Rudolph Shines Again” by Robert L. May and “All I Want for Christmas/ Lo unico que quiero para Navidad” by Rebecca Gomez.

  • Weather - Dec. 21, 2011

    Wednesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 37. West wind around 10 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 19. West wind 5-15 mph.

    Thursday
    A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 23. North wind 5-15 mph. A 40 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 10.

    Friday
    A 10 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 26. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 5.

  • Mora official suspended

    The Mora Independent School District business manager accused of mishandling school funding has reached a settlement with the state Public Education Department that allows her to keep her administrative license.

    Under the settlement agreement, Agnes Padilla received a two-month suspension, though she actually only had to serve one full week of that suspension. Padilla is also being required to attend eight additional hours of training on school finance at her own expense.

  • Nice, not naughty
  • Highlands broke federal law

    New Mexico Highlands University failed to keep a crime log for about a year, a violation of federal law that could open the school up to a fine of up to $27,500.

    All colleges and universities that take part in the federal student aid program are subject to the law. The Clery Act, signed into law in 1990, is aimed at ensuring that students and others on campus have timely access to information that could impact their safety.

  • Storms help loosen drought’s grip

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    Mother Nature has dumped more than two feet of snow in two weeks at some of New Mexico’s ski resorts. Schoolchildren have rejoiced at news of cancelled classes, and highway workers have had to pull a couple of all-nighters to keep the state’s major roads clear of snow and ice.

    And forecasters say there’s more winter moisture on the way.

    So what happened to that pesky drought that had New Mexico firmly in its grasp for the past year?