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  • For New Mexico, 2011 was a year of extreme weather

    By Jeri Clausing
    Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — It was a year of extremes for New Mexico, with dramatic weather dominating the headlines from start to finish in 2011.

    The year began with a deep freeze that plunged the state into a subzero tundra for several days, leaving an estimated 32,000 homes and businesses without natural gas. The double whammy of record cold temperatures and the natural gas shortage cost insurance companies more than $55 million in claims.

  • Looking Back - Jan. 1. 2012

    In 2011

  • Looking Ahead - Jan. 1, 2012

    Polar plunge at noon

    The 16th annual Polar Bear Plunge will take place at noon on New Year’s Day at Storrie Lake just north of Las Vegas. The public is invited to attend and, if you are so inclined, make the jump yourself.

  • Weather - Jan. 1, 2012

    New Year’s Day
    Sunny, with a high near 38. South wind 5-10 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 20.

    Monday
    Sunny, with a high near 49. Mostly clear at night with a low around 24.

    Tuesday
    Sunny, with a high near 54. Mostly clear at night with a low around 27.

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 46. Mostly clear at night with a low around 27.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:10 a.m. — 4:58 p.m.

  • FYI - News - Jan. 1, 2012

    The San Miguel County Safe-Ride-Home Service is extending its hours. Additional days of operation will run through Saturday from 8 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. New Year’s Eve hours will be 6 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Services are provided from any liquor establishment to your home. Call 505-429-0336.

  • Bin Laden’s death tops ‘11 list

    By David Crary
    AP National Writer

    NEW YORK — The killing of Osama bin Laden during a raid by Navy SEALs on his hideout in Pakistan was the top news story of 2011, followed by Japan’s earthquake/tsunami disaster, according to The Associated Press’ annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors.

  • Vegas man charged with bigamy

    An 85-year-old Las Vegas man has been charged with bigamy after state police obtained evidence that the man had not legally divorced his first wife, according to reports.

    Joe M. Olivas of 1210 Montezuma Ave. was arrested Tuesday. He was charged with a single count of bigamy, a fourth-degree felony in New Mexico.

    According to the statement of probable cause, Olivas admitted to being aware that he was married to two women, saying he “was lonely” after more than two years apart from his wife.

  • Luna board tables employee raises

    The employees of Luna Community College will have to wait at least a little longer before a decision is made regarding raises.

    On Tuesday, the Board of Trustees tabled a mid-year compensation increase as some of the trustees questioned the fairness of the proposed increase.

    The board is now scheduled to take up the issue again on Jan. 14.

  • Senior Profile - Jane Hyatt

    Jane N. Hyatt calls herself a curmudgeon (a surly or bad-tempered person). Maybe so, but a loveable one, who shoots straight, and that’s often preferred to mealy-mouthing.

    A Las Vegan since her arrival in 1992, she’s also an accomplished writer, but more on that later.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Dec. 30, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    Man accused of shooting dog

    A Roswell man accused of shooting his family’s dog was arrested on an animal cruelty charge.

    KRQE-TV reported that 25-year-old Robert Youngblood shot his family’s 2-year-old pit bull mix in the leg on Saturday. The dog, whose name is Spike, survived the shooting.

    The bullet went through the dog’s leg and missed bones and arteries.