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  • National news consumption in 2012 varied

    By Jennifer Agiesta
    Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — When it comes to the top news stories of 2012, the public and the press generally agreed on the year’s most important events, according to nationwide polls conducted by the Pew Research Center and an Associated Press survey of news editors.

    But surveys of the public reveal that what’s news is still fairly subjective, with some stories grabbing the attention of news editors more than news consumers. The surveys also reveal sharp differences in the news based on gender, race and age.

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  • In Brief - New Mexico - Jan. 2, 2013

    From The Associated Press

    Cities announce gun disposals

    ALBUQUERQUE —  Albuquerque and Santa Fe city officials are moving forward with plans for gun disposal and buyback programs.
    Cities across the country have started similar programs in the wake of a deadly school shooting in Connecticut.
    Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry and Police Chief Ray Schultz say anyone from throughout New Mexico wishing to get rid of firearms or ammunition will be able to do so every Saturday in January.

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  • Alta Vista Regional Hospital recognizes staff

    Submitted to the Optic

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital recently recognized 25 employees for their years of service at its annual holiday party and service award banquet. Additionally, the 2012 Employee of the Year, Operational Director of the Year and Clinical Director of the Year were announced.

    Hospital staff who received their five-year service award were: Gloria Lopez, Ronell Montoya, Patricia Gallegos, Linda Salazar, Jerry Padilla, Dawn Chinn, Wilfred Tafoya, Zelda Garcia, Alyssa Wilson, Erica Encinias, Samuel Pekoc and Bruce Holmes.  

  • Obama wants gun violence measures passed in 2013

    By Jim Kuhnhenn

    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Recalling the shooting rampage that killed 20 first graders as the worst day of his presidency, President Barack Obama on Sunday pledged to put his “full weight” behind legislation aimed at preventing gun violence.

    In an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Obama voiced skepticism about the National Rifle Association’s proposal to put armed guards in schools following the Dec. 14 tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

  • The forces of nature hit 2012

    By Jeri Clausing and Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — From dry river beds to dusty pastures and raging wildfires, extreme drought dominated New Mexico headlines in 2012.

    Farmers, ranchers and water managers started 2012 hoping against all predictions that this would be the year the La Nina weather pattern responsible for pushing moisture from the state would finally subside. No luck. Just more hand-wringing as the first 11 months of the year marked the second driest on record, according to the National Weather Service.

  • The Greatest Gift - Coach’s generosity saved lives

    Fabian Trujillo dedicated his life to helping others, and even after death his legacy lives on. Trujillo’s floragraph will ride along a Donate Life float in the 124th annual Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., on New Year’s Day.

    Trujillo’s children and other relatives will also be helping create the float and participate in various events while in California. According to Trujillo’s sister-in-law, Debbie Trujillo, two deceased individuals from New Mexico will have their floragraph displayed along with 72 other such memorials.

  • County cell phone policy approved

    San Miguel County employees are no longer allowed to use cell phones while driving during working hours under an administrative policy approved by the San Miguel County Commission this month.

    Many municipalities, including the city of Las Vegas, already have ordinances making it illegal to use a cell phone while driving for all motorists, unless the driver has a hands-free device. San Miguel County’s new policy, however, takes it a step further, even prohibiting its employees from using cell phones with hands-free devices while driving.

  • Teen dies in crash

    A Wagon Mound High School student lost her life in a car crash Wednesday afternoon, the Mora County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed.

    Brandilyn Vigil, 15, a resident of Mora, died at the scene of the accident near Ocate. Sheriff Thomas Garza said his department is still investigating the crash.