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  • Beating the odds - ‘50 to 1’ hits the big screen

    He defied all the odds and captured the Kentucky Derby in 2009. The story of Mine that Bird, a thoroughbred racehorse, will soon be seen on the silver screen in Oscar-winning director Jim Wilson’s “50 to 1” movie.

  • Assessor’s office closed due to odor

    A musty odor in the San Miguel County Assessor’s Office and complaints of headaches and nausea from employees prompted county officials to shut down that suite of offices Tuesday morning. By early afternoon, all county offices had been shut down as a precautionary measure.

    They were slated to reopen to at 8 a.m. today.

    Employees who work in the Assessor’s Office were asked to go to the emergency room to get checked out, County Manager Les Montoya said. He said they all checked out OK.

  • Two arrested on DUI charges

    A Las Vegas woman was arrested and charged with driving drunk and multiple counts of abuse of a child. In an unrelated case, state police also arrested an Anton Chico man for driving under the influence and for having a pistol while intoxicated.

    Both were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center.

  • Looking Back - March 19, 2014

    In 1964
    Monday, March 23 — Melvin A. Hill of Las Vegas was elected district governor of Rotary for 1965-66 at the district Rotary convention in Ruidoso Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Hill has been a Rotarian since 1942. He was president of the Washington, Iowa, Rotary club in 1951-52 and president of the Las Vegas club in 1961-62 He has served on a number of committees and has given programs for many Rotary Clubs. Hill is also active in Boy Scout work.

  • Looking Ahead - News - March 19, 2014

    “Peanuts”-based play
    The production of “Dog See God: Confessions of a teenage Blockhead,” is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Sala de Madrid on the Highlands University campus. Tickets are $10 general admission, $8 for LVAC members and seniors, and $5 for students with I.D. Not appropriate for children.

  • Weather - March 19, 2014

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 54. Southwest wind 5-15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 26. West wind 5-15 mph.

    Thursday
    Sunny, with a high near 64. West wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 15-20 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 35.

    Friday
    Sunny, with a high near 64. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 27.

    Saturday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 60.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:06 a.m. to 7:12 p.m.

  • Another green building

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University’s new Student Union Building was certified as LEED Gold for its state-of-the-art green building features like ground-source technology to help heat and cool the building and large computerized external shades that maximize natural light while helping regulate building temperature.

    The 67,000-square-foot student union opened in Spring 2013 at the northwest corner of National Avenue and 8th St.

  • Charlie Brown revisited - ‘Peanuts’-based play set here

    For years, Charles M. Schulz’s “Peanuts” comic strip appeared in newspapers throughout the globe. But what would Charlie Brown and company of the comic strip be like as teenagers?

    The answer may possibly be found within the upcoming theater production of “Dog see God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead.” The play is an unauthorized parody based on Peanuts characters, but with different names, written by Bert V. Royal.

  • Mistrial declared in murder trial

    Editor’s note: This article is being reprinted with the permission of The Free Lance-Star.

    By Keith Epps
    The Free Lance-Star

    Almost immediately after a jury was unable to make a decision in the Arthur Gonzales murder case, Stafford’s lead prosecutor said he would put the FBI special agent on trial again.

    Gonzales, 43, is charged with second-degree murder and using a firearm in the commission of a felony.

  • Gov: State DWI deaths at record low

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    Alcohol-related traffic deaths in New Mexico have reached a record low after falling sharply over 10 years, Gov. Susana Martinez announced Thursday.

    Martinez said preliminary numbers show the state saw 133 fatal alcohol-related crashes last year, a nearly 14 percent drop from 2012. That’s the lowest number of annual alcohol-related traffic deaths recorded in the state and marked a 38 percent decline from a decade ago, the governor said.