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  • In Brief - New Mexico - Dec. 28, 2012

    The Associated Press
    No charges for SF teacher

    SANTA FE — The top prosecutor in Santa Fe says she’s decided not to charge a special education teacher who dragged a blind student down a hallway.
    District Attorney Angela “Spence” Pacheco said Wednesday that although the video of the incident was “distasteful,” there was no evidence that the teacher harmed or intended to harm the uncooperative child.

  • Student Center still hot topic

    The contractor that took over the Highlands University Student Center building didn’t meet the Dec. 22 target date for substantial completion of the structure, but President Jim Fries says the building is almost done.

    And while the entire building may not be occupied by the time students return to class in  the spring semester, Fries said he’s hopeful that food services will be serving in the building  in January.

    “They’re awfully close,” Fries told regents at a board meeting this past Friday.

  • Top-notch roping - Salazar wins big with team

    Ernesto Salazar is more commonly known in Las Vegas as a banker and school board member. On Dec. 15, however, Salazar proved to many that he is one of the best in team roping.

    Salazar and Dawn L. Higgins of Loving placed second at the World Series of Team Roping held at the South Point Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.

    “Everybody is so surprised, because they didn’t know I roped,” Salazar said in an interview Saturday.

  • Council eyes lodgers tax increase

    Visitors to Las Vegas who stay in hotels and motels could be paying a little more for their rooms in the near future if one city councilor gets his way.

    Councilor Joey Herrera is proposing that the city raise its lodgers tax rate from 4 percent to 5 percent to generate more money for improvements to Rodriguez Park and other baseball facilities. State law allows municipalities to charge the higher tax — which is tacked on to hotel and motel rates — although the city has previously opted not to charge the full amount.

  • Drilling riles West’s energy embrace

    By Kristen Wyatt
    The Associated Press

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — This used to be a land proud of its oil barons. Now the energy industry that has brought wealth and jobs across the interior West is prompting angry protests by citizens sporting gas masks and using bullhorns at public hearings.

  • Boat on the interstate
  • Looking Back - Dec. 26, 2012

    In 1962
    Thursday, Dec. 27 — City Police have two juveniles in custody for a burglary at the Castle Junior High School Dec. 21, in which about $100 in cash and a starting gun were stolen. City Police Investigator Lt. Vincent Armijo said today the juveniles have admitted the burglary. They said they had spent all of the money. The gun was recovered.
     

  • Looking Ahead - News - Dec. 26, 2012

    Safe Ride Home service extended
    The San Miguel County Safe Ride Home service is extending its hours of operation during the holidays. Days of operation will include Dec. 26 through Dec. 31 from 8 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.. Service will still operate Friday and Saturday nights from 8 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.  Services are provided from any liquor establishment to your home in the Las Vegas area.  Call 505-429-0336 for a ride.

  • Weather - Dec. 26, 2012

    Wednesday
    Partly sunny and breezy, with a high near 40. Wednesday night, mostly cloudy with a low around 19.

    Thursday
    Partly sunny and breezy, with a high near 43. Thursday night, mostly cloudy with a low around 20 and a 10 percent chance of snow showers.

    Friday
    Mostly sunny with a high near 39. Friday night, mostly clear with a low around 16.

    Saturday
    Mostly sunny with a high near 46.

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

  • Christmas around the world

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University