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  • Weather - Dec. 21, 2011

    Wednesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 37. West wind around 10 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 19. West wind 5-15 mph.

    Thursday
    A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 23. North wind 5-15 mph. A 40 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 10.

    Friday
    A 10 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 26. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 5.

  • Mora official suspended

    The Mora Independent School District business manager accused of mishandling school funding has reached a settlement with the state Public Education Department that allows her to keep her administrative license.

    Under the settlement agreement, Agnes Padilla received a two-month suspension, though she actually only had to serve one full week of that suspension. Padilla is also being required to attend eight additional hours of training on school finance at her own expense.

  • Nice, not naughty
  • Highlands broke federal law

    New Mexico Highlands University failed to keep a crime log for about a year, a violation of federal law that could open the school up to a fine of up to $27,500.

    All colleges and universities that take part in the federal student aid program are subject to the law. The Clery Act, signed into law in 1990, is aimed at ensuring that students and others on campus have timely access to information that could impact their safety.

  • Storms help loosen drought’s grip

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    Mother Nature has dumped more than two feet of snow in two weeks at some of New Mexico’s ski resorts. Schoolchildren have rejoiced at news of cancelled classes, and highway workers have had to pull a couple of all-nighters to keep the state’s major roads clear of snow and ice.

    And forecasters say there’s more winter moisture on the way.

    So what happened to that pesky drought that had New Mexico firmly in its grasp for the past year?

  • Supreme Court rules against governor

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    Legislation aimed at shoring up New Mexico’s unemployment compensation fund was reinstated this Wednesday when the state Supreme Court invalidated a partial veto by Gov. Susana Martinez.

    The court said that the governor’s veto was unconstitutional because it removed one of the variables needed to calculate employer contributions beginning in January 2012. The result was “an unworkable piece of legislation,” the court said.

  • Looking Back - Dec. 19, 2011

    In 1911

  • Looking Ahead - Dec. 19, 2011

    Hanukkah play is Thursday

    Hershel and The Hanukkah Goblins, a play by Mary Byers and story by Eric Kimmel will be performed at 7  p.m. this Thursday at the Newman Center, Eighth Street and Columbia Ave. Free and open to the public.

  • Weather - Dec. 19, 2011

    Monday
    Snow. The snow could be heavy at times. High near 32. North wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible. Snow showers likely at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 18. North wind 5-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.

    Tuesday
    Partly sunny, with a high near 34. West wind around 5 mph, becoming south. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 20.

    Wednesday

  • Chamber accused of sabotage

    A local marketing collaborative led by Las Vegas First Independent Business Alliance says its efforts to secure $40,000 in state funding to boost tourism in this area were sabotaged by the Las Vegas/San Miguel Chamber of Commerce and by Matt Martinez, the chairman of the chamber’s board of directors.

    Members of the collaborative say that Martinez and the chamber had pledged in a meeting with county officials and others in October to support the funding request but that the chamber subsequently withdrew its support.