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  • NMHU Sigma Xi chapter recognized for excellence

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University Sigma Xi Chapter was named one of the top chapters in the world for this honorary research society.

    The university’s chapter was tapped for the Sigma Xi Chapter of Excellence award, an honor earned by only two-to-three percent of the organization’s global network of more than 520 chapters in 100 countries.

  • Chief to release curriculum

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — New proposed state police training material that critics say gives officers more leeway to use deadly force will be released to the public next week, New Mexico Police Chief Pete Kassetas said Wednesday.

    In an interview with The Associated Press, Kassetas said drafts of the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy curriculum will be made available as soon as officials get them ready. The creator of the curriculum originally said he’d rather burn the materials than release them.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - March 7, 2014

    The Associated Press

    State lifts maintenance tax
    SANTA FE — New Mexico will no longer tax parts and labor for maintaining aircraft under a measure that Gov. Susana Martinez has signed into law.
    The governor said Thursday in Santa Teresa that the tax break, which takes effect in July, will help keep aircraft owners from having repairs and maintenance performed by shops in neighboring tax-free states, including Texas, Colorado and Arizona.

  • Trujillo fends off challenge

    Incumbent Eddie Trujillo handily defeated his two challengers to win another term as the city of Las Vegas municipal judge.

    In the Ward 4 City Council race, Councilman David Romero was re-elected to a second term, receiving 22 more votes than challenger Michael Espinoza.

    The Ward 1 race, meanwhile, will be decided by a runoff election within 45 days because none of the three candidates garnered more than 50 percent of the vote. Councilwoman Tonita Gurule-Giron and Oliver L’Esperance were the top two vote-getters in that race.

  • Two Vegas men facing DWI charges

    Las Vegas police arrested two men on drunk driving charges in recent days, one after he allegedly crashed his motorcycle Friday and the other after someone called to report that he was passed out inside a running vehicle at about 2 a.m. Sunday.

    Gabriel Garcia, 24, of Las Vegas, the man arrested early Sunday morning, was charged with driving while under the influence, fourth offense, which is a fourth-degree felony. He was also charged with a misdemeanor count of driving with a revoked license.

  • Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss
  • Drilling ordinance hearing is Friday

    The first of several public hearings on a proposed ordinance that would govern oil and gas extraction in San Miguel County is scheduled for 3 to 7 p.m. this Friday at the County Commission chambers on the second floor of the old courthouse building.

    The hearing is being held by the county’s Planning and Zoning Commission, which has been asked to give recommendations on the proposal to the Commission at its meeting this Tuesday.

    The latest version of the ordinance is available on the San Miguel County website.

  • Lawmakers average $16,000

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico legislators averaged a little more than $16,000 in compensation last year although they received no annual salary.

    House and Senate members collect a daily expense payment, called a per diem, when the Legislature is in session and while attending committee meetings or out-of-state legislative conferences during the rest of the year.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - March 5, 2014

    The Associated Press

    State revenues stronger so far
    SANTA FE — A legislative panel reports New Mexico’s revenue collections are stronger than expected during the first half of the fiscal year.
    The Legislative Finance Committee said the state’s main budget account has experienced 4.6 percent revenue growth from July through December. That’s above the 2.7 percent growth forecast for the year.

  • Looking Back - March 5, 2014

    In 1964
    Thursday, March 5 — Burglars were busy in Las Vegas last night, breaking into Wards Warehouse, the Sugar Shack and Farmway Feed. Ken Kimbrel, a city police officer, said a heavy instrument, possibly an ax, was used in the attempt to break open a safe. The burglars even broke a gum machine, allowing the gum to roll on the floor.