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  • Weather - Jan. 7, 2013

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    Mostly sunny, with a high near 51. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 23.

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  • Background checks pitched for private gun sales

    SANTA FE — A Democratic legislator from Albuquerque proposes to require background checks on people who buy firearms from private gun owners, including at gun shows.

    Rep. Miguel Garcia said Friday the checks would prevent sales of guns to people convicted of crimes and those with a history of mental illness. He will introduce the bill when the Legislature convenes next week.

  • Highlands going green

    By Jen Treacy
    For the Optic

    Cisterns have been installed throughout the New Mexico Highlands University campus, giving the school the ability to capture hundreds of thousands of gallons of rain water for watering.

    Hybrids have been introduced into the fleet of vehicles used by the university’s security department, reducing the amount of gas they use.

    And buildings throughout the campus are being constructed and renovated in ways that cut down on the energy needed to maintain them.

  • Taking the plunge - Dozens make icy dip at Storrie

    By Dave Kavanaugh and Mercy Lopez
    Las Vegas Optic

    Apparently not content with just one dip in the frosty waters of Storrie Lake, Peter Linder went back for seconds.

    And thirds.

    The New Mexico Highlands University history professor was one of an estimated five dozen brave souls who marked New Year’s Day by trotting into the lake for the annual Las Vegas Polar Bear Plunge.

  • ‘Fiscal cliff’ deal leaves lots of issues dangling

    The Associated Press

    The “fiscal cliff” compromise on taxes leaves a big part of the nation’s budget crisis still dangling.

    Lawmakers left themselves only two months to settle differences over how much the United States should borrow and spend and where painful budget cuts should land.

    Here’s a look at some of the issues left hanging:

    • Automatic spending cuts: The deal put off dealing with the nearly $110 billion in automatic spending cuts set for this year.

  • Taxes to rise despite cliff deal

    The Associated Press

    President Barack Obama has signed a bill that boosts taxes on the wealthiest Americans, while preserving tax cuts for most American households.

    The bill, which averts a looming fiscal cliff that had threatened to plunge the nation back into recession, also extends expiring jobless benefits, prevents cuts in Medicare reimbursements to doctors and delays for two months billions of dollars in across-the-board spending cuts in defense and domestic programs.

  • Breathalyzer expansion proposed

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Advocates of ignition interlock devices to combat drunken driving want to expand the requirement so that convicted offenders have to install devices in their home to detect whether they’re using alcohol.

    The proposed requirement would apply to offenders who claim they don’t have a vehicle and are not driving, said Richard Roth, director of Impact DWI.

    As a condition of probation, they would be required to have a home Breathalyzer and blow into the device in the morning and the evening.

  • Red states also get health care nod from Obama

    By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    The Associated Press

    Injecting a rare shot of bipartisanship in the nation’s contentious health care overhaul, the Obama administration Thursday cleared four Republican-led states to build their own consumer-friendly insurance markets.

    With open enrollment for millions of uninsured Americans less than 10 months away — Oct. 1, 2013 — the four GOP-led states are part of a larger group totaling 17 states plus Washington, D.C., that have gotten an initial go-ahead to build and run insurance exchanges.

  • Jail Log - Jan. 4, 2013

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Dec. 18 and Dec. 30:
    Leonard Esquibel, 51, District Court warrant, 24 hour sanction
    Jerry Cordova, 51, Municipal Court warrant, Behavioral Health Institute hold
    Jerry Martinez, 56, disorderly conduct
    Loren Burch, 39, Adult Probation Office warrant, alcohol consumption
    Michael Madrid, 35, Magistrate Court warrant, driving while license suspended, speeding

  • Hollywood faces fracking in ‘Promised Land’

    Editor’s note: The author, Michael Rubinkam, covers the fracking industry in Pennsylvania for The Associated Press. With “Promised Land” opening nationwide on Friday, he offers this view from the ground.

    By Michael Rubinkam
    The Associated Press
    ALLENTOWN, Pa.  — The new movie “Promised Land” digs into the fierce national debate over fracking, the technique that’s generated a boom in U.S. natural gas production while also stoking controversy over its possible impact on the environment and human health.