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  • State water czar talks about challenges

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    The past month has been a whirlwind for New Mexico’s new water czar. There have been meetings with lawmakers, mayors and federal officials and briefings with staff around the state.

    And at the end of every day, State Engineer Scott Verhines finds time for an hour or more of reading so he can catch up on pending lawsuits over how New Mexico’s water is managed, lessons learned by other drought-stricken states and the latest high-tech tools for measuring and monitoring the dwindling resource.

  • In Brief - News - Feb. 3, 2012

    From The Associated Press


    Counties to get $11M from feds
    Nearly two dozen New Mexico counties will share more than $11 million in federal rural schools payments.

    The funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will help pay for schools, roads, forest restoration projects and other programs in 22 counties.

    U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman says the payments are designed to help rural counties that rely economically on national forest lands.

  • Jail Log - Feb. 3, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center by area law enforcement between Jan. 24 and Jan. 31:

  • Representing West
  • Students set to participate in MESA regional competition

    Several hundred high school and middle school students from the surrounding area were scheduled to compete in New Mexico MESA's Regional Design Competition today, Feb. 4.

    Students from Anton Chico, Mora, Pecos, Peñasco, Santa Rosa, Springer and Las Vegas were to compete in various categories that all relate to natural disasters.

    The categories include an on-site bridge challenge, prepared design with survival boats for middle school students, and high school students were asked to compete in prepared design for a self-powered transport vehicles.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Feb. 3, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Ex-director’s Jeep found
    ALBUQUERQUE — Sheriff’s deputies in northwest Arizona found a Jeep belonging to a woman who once ran the Farmington, N.M., tourism department and is suspected of embezzling thousands of dollars.

    KOB-TV reports the Mohave County, Ariz., Sheriff’s Office found a woman’s body nearby, but they do not know if it is Debbie Dusenbery.

    A relative reported Dusenbery missing last weekend.

  • License dispute on hold

    By Barry Massey
    Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A fight over whether to stop illegal immigrants from getting driver’s licenses in New Mexico is on hold temporarily while Democrats make a last-ditch effort to reach a compromise with Republican Gov. Susana Martinez who wants to scrap the license policy.

    The House Judiciary Committee decided not to take a final vote on the issue late Wednesday night after spending more than four hours debating the politically charged issue.

  • Engineers create ‘self-guided’ bullet

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Figuring out how to pack a processor and other electronics into a machine gun bullet has been a challenge for engineers at Sandia National Laboratories, so weapons experts say the miniature guidance system the lab has developed is a breakthrough.

    Three years in the making, the bullet prototype represents another step toward a next-generation battlefield that scientists and experts expect to be saturated with technology and information.

  • Changes to film rules sought

    Concerns from Las Vegas merchants who were tired of losing business every time film makers showed up here and closed down their streets prompted the City Council to approve amendments to its film ordinance in July 2010.

    Those amendments included things like requiring film makers to apply for a film permit at least 45 days prior to filming and mandating that they gather signatures of support from 61 percent of businesses, homeowners or tenants who would be impacted by the filming.  

  • Preparing for the Worst

    Kimberly Lucero struggled in school until she found the Las Vegas Christian Academy, on East Drive, and began setting goals for herself like becoming a successful business owner.

    These days, her goal of simply obtaining a high school diploma has been muddied with the news that the academy, a local private school, will likely close its doors at the end of this school year because of financial problems.

    If that happens, Lucero will have to enroll somewhere else in order to receive her high school diploma.