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  • Weather - August 10, 2011

    Wednesday
    Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 92. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming south. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. Isolated showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57. North wind 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent.

    Thursday

  • FYI - News

    The New Mexico Environment Department has issued a boil water advisory for the Agua Pura MDWCA water system located near Chacon in Mora County after E.coli was confirmed in water samples.  Agua Pura MDWCA consumers should boil water for five minutes before drinking, cooking, dishwashing and bathing.

  • Former NM official Lou Gallegos dies

    The Associated Press

    RIO RANCHO — Longtime New Mexico governmental official Lou Gallegos has died at the age of 72.

    Gallegos was chief of staff for former Republican Gov. Gary Johnson and former U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici. He also served in the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Interior departments.

    Gallegos died Saturday after a long illness.

    Gallegos served as Johnson's chief of staff from 1995 to 2001. He helped coordinate implementation of a welfare-to-work program and managed care administration of Medicaid.

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  • Highlands institute emphasizes math, science

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University School of Education’s second Middle Level Institute July 31 to Aug. 3 presented best practices for teaching sixth through eighth grade youth, with emphasis this year on teaching science, technology, engineering and math content.

  • Residents seek county help

    Area residents are no doubt grateful for the recent rainfalls, but those rains have made a muddy mess of dirt roads in the Glenwood Estates subdivision off NM 518 near the Drive-In.

    Like many of his neighbors, Rudy Romero is fed up and wants the county to step in and begin maintaining those roads. Many of those residents have signed a petition asking the county to adopt the private roads in the subdivision as county roads and to begin maintaining them. They are also asking the county to pave Harlan Drive, the main road through the subdivision.

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  • Highlands foundation may buy land

    The New Mexico Highlands University Foundation is planning to buy 1.25 acres of prime land in Rio Rancho, and Highlands President Jim Fries is hoping that the land deal results in a windfall for student scholarships.

    Washington Federal and foundation officials have already agreed on an undisclosed purchase price, but the deal is still subject to a due diligence period and final approval from the entire foundation board. The foundation is a separate, non-profit organization that raises money for the university.

  • New District 4 engineer discusses job, dwindling resources

    By Martín Salazar
    Las Vegas Optic

    State Department of Transportation District 4 Engineer Jimmy Camp is used to the complaint: highway crews aren’t doing the amount of maintenance that they used to.

    He doesn’t disagree.

    “We’re just spread thinner,” said Camp, who took over as this area’s district engineer less than three months ago.  He replaces Paul Gray, who held the post for about eight years.

  • Deficit threatens ambulance service

    By Ruth Fort
    For the Optic

    MORA — The agency that provides ambulance service here is asking for Mora County’s help to reduce a $447,000 deficit, saying it can’t continue to operate with the continual losses.

    Mora Valley Community Health Services Director Jay Ruybalid  and the staff of the MVCHS went before county commissioners last week.

    Ruybalid told commissioners they could not continue operating with a continual loss. Agency officials said the deficit has built up over the last nine years.