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Morning Roundup

News from around New Mexico:

  • Police say an Alamogordo woman has been arrested on suspicion of shooting another woman on Christmas Eve.
  • A Secret Santa and Mrs. Claus have given a dozen military families in Albuquerque a very special Christmas gift by paying off layaway lists that included toys for children.
  • Members of the public haven’t been allowed to walk across the historic and massive Elephant Butte Dam for more than a decade.  Now, on Jan. 7 for one day only, the public can again tour the 25-story, nearly century-old dam that backs up the Rio Grande to form New Mexico’s largest water body.
  • A Raton man known as the “Bartlett Mesa Burglar” has been sentenced to 13 1/2 years in prison for crimes related to his break-ins at numerous homes north of Raton last January, stealing items and even sleeping in one home while the residents were on vacation.
  • Wintry weather is being blamed for two separate deadly crashes in eastern New Mexico that killed three children and a young mother over the weekend.
  • A ceremony marking the first day of issue for the first-class New Mexico Statehood Forever® stamp will be held Jan. 6 at the New Mexico History Museum auditorium in Santa Fe.
  • Deming’s 1st Baptist Church distributed $18,000 worth of food boxes to dozens of needy families this holiday season.
  • A steady stream of December storms has given New Mexico ski resorts some of the best early conditions in the country, and tourism officials are scurrying to make sure that translates into a banner season.
  • If you want a “quickie” divorce, you don’t have to go to Reno or Las Vegas. It’s possible to legally untie the knot in just one day in Lincoln County. New Mexico state Rep. Zach Cook, R-Ruidoso, and Angie Schneider Cook, both Ruidoso attorneys, did just that back on Dec. 12.
  • A New Mexico lawmaker says one way to help the state pull itself out of a financial hardship is to tax online purchases.
  • Cibola Fest organizer and former Grants MainStreet board member Peter Yanke, indicted for fraud in September, is claiming he is “not guilty, by reason of insanity or inability to form specific intent.”
  • Laguna Pueblo Gov. Richard Luarkie, whose cousin and another Laguna woman died in a Nov. 20 crash that closed Interstate 40 for hours, says that enough is enough when it comes to drunken driving.
  • More than 100 students from 41 states and six different countries around the world are attending New Mexico State University, enrolled in the only online Spanish master’s degree program in the United States.

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