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  • In Brief - News - Dec. 24, 2012

    AP and Staff Reports
     

  • Deal reached for plant

    ALBUQUERQUE  (AP) — A peanut butter plant shuttered by a widespread salmonella outbreak has been given the go ahead to start harvesting a bumper crop of prized eastern New Mexico Valencia peanuts next week under an agreement that ends a tense, monthslong standoff with federal regulators.

    A consent decree filed in federal court Friday says Sunland Inc. can reopen its plant in Portales if it hires an independent expert to develop a sanitation plan, which then must be approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

  • Looking Back - Dec. 24, 2012

    In 1962

  • Looking Ahead - News - Dec. 24, 2012

    Safe Ride extended during holidays

    The San Miguel County Safe Ride Home Service will extend its hours of operation during the holidays. Days of operation will include Dec. 26 through Dec. 31 from 8 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.. Service will still operate Friday and Saturday nights from 8 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.  Services are provided from any liquor establishment to your home in the Las Vegas area.  Call 505-429-0336 for a ride.

  • Weather - Dec. 24, 2012

    Monday
    Partly sunny with a high near 41. West wind 5-15 mph becoming south in the morning. Monday night, mostly cloudy and a 20 percent chance of snow showers, with a low around 20.

    Christmas Day
    A 10 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy with a high near 30. Tuesday night, mostly cloudy with a low around 9.

    Wednesday
    Mostly sunny with a high near 37. Wednesday night, mostly cloudy, with a low around 19.

    Thursday

  • Holiday Spirit
  • City switching gears on dam

    It had been selected as the city’s top water priority.

    For $20 million, the city had planned to raise the capacity of Peterson Dam by 1,200 acre feet, putting an end to the leaks that have plagued the structure for years and eliminating the potential that the dam could fail during a major storm event.

    But the raising of Peterson Dam is now off the table after the engineering firm conducting a geotechnical investigation of the project discovered that the geology of the area would likely increase the cost of the project by millions.

  • Remembering the Victims
  • Luna not seeking re-election

    A longtime member of Las Vegas City School board has decided not to seek another term,  while no incumbents are seeking re-election in Mora.

    Tuesday was filing day across the state for those wanting to run for school board. Election day is Feb. 5.

    East board member Elaine Luna did not file for re-election. Luna has served on the board since 2003 when she was appointed to fill the vacant seat of former board member Jody Stege.

  • House speaker Lujan dead at 77

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — House Speaker Ben Lujan, one of the most powerful and longest serving state legislators in New Mexico history and the father of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, died late Tuesday at age 77 after a long battle with lung cancer, a spokesman for his son said.
    He died at about 10:45 p.m. Tuesday after a brief stay at Christus St. Vincent’s hospital in Santa Fe, Andrew Stoddard, a spokesman for Congressman Lujan, said early Wednesday.