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  • Accelerate promotes technical training

    Two years ago the Regional Development Corporation joined with six Northern New Mexico colleges and regional businesses to launch a two-year training program called Accelerate: Technical Training and Job Placement.

    The program is designed to “get students out the door work-qualified for the jobs that we know are in demand now and the jobs that we’ve identified that we want to grow into,” according to RDC Executive Director Kathy Keith.

    Keith joined Program Monitor Carla Rachkowski and University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Executive Director Cedric Page to report on the program’s progress at the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities meeting Friday.

    The RDC’S 2010 Regional Economic Development Initiative identified workforce development as a key element for economic growth.

    “Under the human capital area of the strategic plan, our communities identified as their number one priority workforce development,” Keith said. “And specifically what we heard from communities in Northern New Mexico was we want local folks in our communities to have the qualifications to get good paying jobs locally, that we continually see our local businesses hiring from outside our region, and that’s frustrating to us. We want to see more locals employed in positions.”

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  • Raw: Ohio Vehicle Pile-ups Leave One Person Dead

    A multi-vehicle crash on I-270 near Columbus was one of four highway pile-ups that plagued Ohio motorists on Monday. Authorities say a southwest Ohio highway pileup involving as many as 85 vehicles left one person dead.

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  • Harbaugh brothers take 49ers, Ravens to Super Bowl

    This Super Bowl will be filled with firsts — and one significant last.

    The Harbaughs, San Francisco's Jim and Baltimore's John, will be the first pair of brothers to coach against each other in the NFL title game.

    Quarterbacks Colin Kaepernick of the 49ers and Joe Flacco of the Ravens each will be playing in his first Super Bowl — where success is the ultimate measure of elite QBs.

    It'll be Baltimore's first crack at a championship in a dozen years, San Francisco's first in 18. They are a combined 6-0 in Super Bowls (the 49ers own five of those victories), so one club will lose the big game for the first time.

    And middle linebacker Ray Lewis, Baltimore's emotional leader and top tackler, will be playing in the final game of his 17-year career before heading into retirement.

    "This is our time," Lewis pronounced.

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  • Sheriff: NM teen planned to randomly shoot people--Video Extra

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico teenager accused of gunning down five family members over the weekend ambushed his father as he returned home from an overnight shift at a rescue mission, then reloaded his rifles and planned to go to a Wal-Mart and randomly shoot people, authorities said Tuesday.

    Instead, 15-year-old Nehemiah Griego texted a picture of his dead mother to his 12-year-old girlfriend, then spent much of Saturday with the girl and her family, authorities said. That evening, the teen went to the church where his father had been a pastor, and Griego eventually confessed to killing his parents and three younger siblings.

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  • DA seeks witnesses

    The Santa Fe County District Attorney’s office is continuing its investigation into the deadly N.M. 4 crash that took the life of Los Alamos teenager Nik Ventura Arencon and seriously injured his girlfriend Divine Fellers, Nov. 21.

    The DA is also looking for witnesses in the crash that injured both drivers — Jennifer Ventura-Trujillo of White Rock and Dennis Bernal of Santa Fe. Both drivers work for the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    In an email, Ventura-Trujillo talked about a woman who helped her right after the crash. The woman has not been located by the DA’s office.

    “The lady was holding my hand and talking to me while we were waiting for the paramedics. I believe she had brown hair and a blue sweater on,” Ventura-Trujillo said.

    “She must have been two or three cars behind Bernal. All I know about the black car is the color and what various witnesses have said. It was ahead of me on the other side on the curve and swerved to avoid being hit prior to him coming around the curve.”

    The DA’s office had plans to talk to Jose Archuleta, who was driving behind Ventura-Trujillo. Archuleta recounted the accident for an article that published in the Los Alamos Monitor back in December.