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  • Habitat Offers Hope, Help And Houses

    Just down N.M. 30 in Española, a couple of small miracles are taking place.
    A group from Buena Vista Colorado, the Colorado Arkansas River Habitat Volunteers, has come to Espanola to help out the local Española-Los Alamos Habitat for Humanity build two houses.
    Located at 4 and 8 N.M. 30, the group is hard at work putting them up, despite the high winds and bad weather that’s reportedly in the forecast.
    According to Yvonne Maestas, executive director for the local Habitat chapter, the group wouldn’t have it any other way.
    “This is their third year here,” she said. “They’ve been here two years in a row. Last year they went to Santa Fe, but they came back this year because they know we really need their help.”

  • Storm brings reported tornadoes, snow to Colorado

    DENVER (AP) — A storm that toppled trees, whipped up blinding dust storms and may have spawned some tornadoes brought blizzard conditions to parts of Colorado, where up to 20 inches of snow was possible in the mountains through Tuesday.

    The storm has so far proved less potent than originally predicted in Colorado because a cold front has been lingering to the north. Wyoming has been hit harder, with over a foot falling in Lander.

    Up to around 10 inches of snow had fallen in Colorado's mountains by dawn. Another 5 to 10 inches was possible in some locations but final snowfall amounts would vary quite a bit, National Weather Service forecaster Jim Daniels said.

    Up to a foot had been in expected in Denver but forecasters are now calling for around 5 inches.

    The storm has canceled 465 flights at Denver International Airport and deicing was causing departing flights to be delayed by as much as a half hour.

    Blizzard warnings are also in effect from south of Denver to the New Mexico line and in northwestern Colorado. Winds gusting up to 50 mph were expected there.

    As the storm moved in Monday night, spotters reported two tornadoes near Akron in eastern Colorado.

  • UNM suspends frat due to alleged sexual assault

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An alleged sexual assault at a fraternity house has prompted the University of New Mexico to direct the fraternity to suspend most chapter activities pending an inquiry.

    A letter sent by a university Dean of Students Office official accuses the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity of student code of conduct violations due to the alleged April 2 sexual assault.

    The letter says the fraternity must suspend all chapter activities except for chapter meetings and normal house activities while the suspension is in effect.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that a university police report says detectives have conducted interviews concerning the alleged assault and that a suspect has been identified.

    The report says evidence has been sent to the State Crime Lab for examination.

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  • Update: Mesa Vista school bus rolls over; driver dead, kids hurt

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two students remained hospitalized a day after their school bus went off a road and crashed in an embankment in northern New Mexico.

    The bus driver died and nine students were injured Monday when the bus crashed off State Road 111 near La Madera in Carson National Forest, Rio Arriba County sheriff's spokesman Jake Arnold said. The mountainous, isolated area is popular for hunting, hiking and camping.

    Images from a KOB-TV helicopter showed the bus lodged in the embankment, in an area of mesas, sagebrush and rocky terrain. It appeared to have gone off a cliff around 15 miles from the students' schools in Ojo Caliente, a resort town known for its hot springs. The roads are surrounded by mesas, sagebrush and rocky terrain.

    Seventh-grader Xavier Varela told the Albuquerque Journal the accident occurred without warning.

    "I was listening to music, and all of a sudden the bus comes off the road," he said outside a hospital in Espanola, where he was evaluated and released. "I was the only one who stayed in the seat; everyone else was on the floor."

    The driver, Pat Valdez, 69, died at the scene, possibly of a heart attack or other medical condition, authorities said.

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