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  • Water projects top wish lists

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico lawmakers are being inundated with requests to help pay for water infrastructure improvements, leaving many frustrated as they try to sort out priorities while the state wrestles with drought.

    From contaminated wells to a lack of storage for drinking water, members of the Senate Finance Committee heard Thursday from state and local water officials and fellow lawmakers about the growing needs around the state.

  • Looking Back - Jan. 27, 2014

    In 1964
    Monday, Jan. 27— The Highlands University Board of Regents gave tentative approval to a proposal from the faculty to set up a selective student admissions program for the university beginning in September 1964. The plan will require, among other things, a student to have an overall C average or better in his high school studies to be considered for admission. It was pointed out that students with less than a C average in high school do not succeed in the university. Final action on the proposal was delayed until the next meeting of the board.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Jan. 27, 2014

    Free 2013 tax return preparation is offered for low- and middle-income persons and seniors by the AARP Tax-Aide Program. The service is available also to non-AARP members. Appointments are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, from Feb. 3 through April 14 at the new student center at Highlands University. Walk-ins are welcome. Please bring all necessary documents.

  • Weather - Jan. 27, 2014

    Monday
    A 20 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 32. South wind around 15 mph. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 10. South wind 10-15 mph.

    Tuesday
    Partly sunny, with a high near 30. Southeast wind 5-10 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 21.

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 56. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 32.

    Thursday
    Sunny, with a high near 64. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 28.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:04 a.m. to 5:23 p.m.

  • Audit: Provider overbilled government

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — An audit commissioned by the state estimated the government overpaid a mental health provider $655,800 because of improper billings, but the organization’s top executive said Friday the auditors were wrong.

    The Counseling Center was among 15 nonprofit providers of mental health services that had their Medicaid payments suspended last summer because of the audit that alleged fraud, mismanagement and billing problems over more than three years.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Jan. 27, 2014

    The Associated Press

    Fugitive back in New Mexico

    CLOVIS — A convicted child killer who escaped from a New Mexico prison and was captured in Mexico more than a year ago has been extradited back to the state.
    The U.S. Marshals Service announced that Edward Salas was taken back Saturday to Curry County to serve his sentence for the murder of a 10-year-old Clovis boy.
    Salas, who was on the agency’s most wanted list, was arrested by Mexican authorities in October 2012.

  • Literacy Fair
  • East chief out on sick leave

    Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez’s chair was filled by another school district administrator during a special board meeting on Tuesday morning. Her absence has some people wondering whether a change in leadership may be on the horizon for the east-side school district.

  • Corrido of the Year - Area man wins music award

    John Fernandez’s weekend was filled with back-to- back wins.

    First on Saturday evening Fernandez took the Corrido of the Year award at the New Mexico Hispano Music Association awards show at the Ohkay Hotel Casino in Española for his song, “El Ojo de Vidrio.”

    Then on Sunday, his beloved Denver Broncos captured the AFC Championship by stomping on the New England Patriots, sending the orange and blue squad led by Peyton Manning to the Super Bowl next month. For Fernandez, it was a weekend of pure happiness, family, suspense and excitement.

  • Campaign launched for dam funds

    Back in November, the stars appeared to be aligning for the city to get the millions it is seeking for a major expansion of Bradner Reservoir.

    At the time, Gov. Martinez had just announced that she would ask state lawmakers to spend $112 million or about 60 percent of the capital outlay funds available for distribution this year on water infrastructure projects.

    In her announcement, Martinez specifically mentioned the city of Las Vegas and other communities that “are dangerously close to (water) shortages.”