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  • H.U. community greets provost

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University campus community turned out to meet Teresita Aguilar, the university’s new provost and vice president of academic affairs, at a reception Feb. 6.

    The university’s Women Studies Program sponsored the reception for faculty, staff and students. Sociology professor Erika Derkus and history professor Kristie Ross co-direct the program.

  • State budget fails in House on tie vote

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A $6.2 billion budget proposal failed in the House on a tie vote Friday as Republicans and Democrats clashed over education spending and school-improvement initiatives advocated by GOP Gov. Susana Martinez.

    Republicans were joined by one Democrat — Rep. Sandra Jeff of Crownpoint — in opposing the measure.

  • Alleged DUI driver facing 3 felonies

    Las Vegas Optic

    A 30-year-old Las Vegas woman was arrested and charged last week with driving drunk and three counts of felony child abuse after she crashed her vehicle into the Highlands University golf course last Monday evening, according to court documents.

    Police say Krystle R. Alarcon had her three young children — ranging in age from 2 to 5 — in the vehicle with her at the time of the accident.

    The children were transported to the hospital by ambulance and all were medically cleared and released to a family member.

  • Weather - Feb. 10, 2014

    Monday
    A slight chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 44. South wind 10-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. A 40 percent chance of snow at night. Cloudy, with a low around 16. Southeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming light and variable in the evening.

    Tuesday
    A 10 percent chance of snow. Partly sunny, with a high near 45. Southwest wind 5-15 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 26.

    Wednesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 56. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 34.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Feb. 10, 2014

    The Associated Press

    Ambulance hijacked

    ALBUQUERQUE — Authorities say an Albuquerque ambulance worker catching some sleep in the back of his vehicle woke up to find himself the victim of a carjacking.
    Police have arrested a man and a woman accused of driving off in the ambulance around 3 a.m. Saturday while it was parked outside Lovelace Medical Center in downtown Albuquerque.

  • Bradner: Is it now or never?

    The stars have aligned for the city’s ambitious Bradner Dam expansion, a project that, if completed as planned, will triple the city’s current water storage capacity.

    The city has already completed much of the work required to get the project shovel-ready, thanks, in part, to a $1.8 million appropriation from the state Legislature last year. The governing body had also previously raised water rates, a move that allows the city to secure $12 million in revenue bonds to help finance the project. But that still leaves a $16 million funding gap.

  • Two rooms damaged
  • Education could get $100M boost

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A proposal to provide at least $100 million annually for early childhood education cleared an early hurdle in the Legislature on Wednesday.

    The measure by Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, a Belen Democrat, would change the state constitution to increase how much is allocated each year from the Land Grant Permanent Fund, which has assets worth about $13 billion.

  • Gaulin to run for district judge post

    Some might view not being a native from this area as an obstacle to being elected to public office. The way Suzanne Gaulin sees it, it’s a strength, at least for the office that she’s seeking.

    Gaulin, a Democrat, is the latest attorney to announce that she is running for a judgeship in the 4th Judicial District, which encompasses San Miguel, Mora and Guadalupe counties.

  • Audience enthralled