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  • Fraud allegedly targeted Dell Computers

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Court papers allege that somebody fraudulently obtained more than $1 million in parts from Dell Computers by making hundreds of calls while pretending to place orders for Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories in New Mexico

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that the alleged fraud reportedly started in 2007 and continued until 2010.

    The case was turned over to the Secret Service that year after a security investigator for Round Rock, Texas-based Dell contacted Albuquerque police.

    Two Albuquerque men were indicted last May on 131 state counts each of fraud up to $20,000. Ronald Campus and Allan Friedt have pleaded not guilty.

  • Classes called off for Chamisa K-3 Tuesday

    Due to flooding, Chamisa k-3 classes are cancelled, Monday and Tuesday. District maintenance staff are working on the situation and district officials are uncertain when they will be able to resume classes.

    According to Chamisa Elementary School Principal Debbie Smith, the flooding was caused by a combination of leaf debris, this weekend's thaw and frozen drainage pipes.

    The school is currently working on plans to resume classes Wednesday, accomodating students by closing off one class room at a time for repairs.

    In announcing the class cancellation for Tuesday, a message from Smith said, "Already today, we have toured the school with the district administration and formalized a plan to make repairs to these classrooms. We have also asked our maintenance crew to check the electrical and mechanical systems for possible water damage. We are working with a company named Williamson Restoration for advice for the best way to repair classrooms damaged by water. In addition, we are in contact with our insurance carrier to make sure that the classroom environment will be safe from possible mold contamination due to damaged carpet, sheet rock or ceiling tile. Because of the extent of damage, we are not able to make repairs to these classrooms in time for school tomorrow."

  • Winter Weather Advisory until 6 p.m. today

    A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM MST THIS EVENING.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... 2 TO 5 INCHES WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS OF 4 TO 7 INCHES ABOVE 9000 FEET.

    * TIMING... PERIODS OF SNOW WILL CONTINUE OFF AND ON THROUGH THE DAY.

    * WINDS... INCREASING LATE THIS MORNING FROM THE WEST-NORTHWEST AT 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 40 MPH.

    * SNOW LEVELS... TEMPERATURES WILL BE COLD ENOUGH FOR SNOW AT ALL LEVELS.

    * LOCAL IMPACTS... SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW WILL IMPACT TRAVEL... ESPECIALLY ON HIGH COUNTRY ROADS. ADDITIONALLY... GUSTY WINDS MAY CREATE OCCASIONAL PERIODS OF REDUCED VISIBILITY IN BLOWING SNOW.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

    A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW MEANS THAT VISIBILITIES WILL BE RESTRICTED DUE TO A COMBINATION OF FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW.

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    ... AN UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCE WILL CONTINUE TO BRING ADDITIONAL SNOWFALL TODAY...

  • Today in History for January 28th
  • Teachers flip for 'flipped learning' class model

    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — When Timmy Nguyen comes to his pre-calculus class, he's already learned the day's lesson — he watched it on a short online video prepared by his teacher for homework.

    So without a lecture to listen to, he and his classmates at Segerstrom Fundamental High School spend class time doing practice problems in small groups, taking quizzes, explaining the concept to other students, reciting equation formulas in a loud chorus, and making their own videos while teacher Crystal Kirch buzzes from desk to desk to help pupils who are having trouble.

    It's a technology-driven teaching method known as "flipped learning" because it flips the time-honored model of classroom lecture and exercises for homework — the lecture becomes homework and class time is for practice.

  • Raw: Amateur Video Shows Chaos of Brazil Fire

    A blaze raced through a crowded nightclub in southern Brazil early Sunday, killing 232 people as the air filled with deadly smoke and panicked party-goers stampeded toward the exits, police and witnesses said.

  • State Roundup: Saturday prep basketball scores

     

    Boys Basketball

    Belen 69, Gallup 68, OT

    Capital 50, Espanola Valley 48

    Carlsbad 79, Rio Rancho 64

    Cibola 68, Hobbs 55

    Cliff 70, Lordsburg 64

    Dexter 69, Fort Sumner 57

    Eldorado 68, Clovis 66, OT

    Las Cruces 59, Onate 41

    Logan 63, Clayton 52

    Loving 50, Cloudcroft 49

    Magdalena 66, Jemez Valley 23

    Maxwell 64, Gateway Christian 33

    McCurdy 68, Mesa Vista 33

  • Today in History for January 27th
  • Trying to unlock secrets of dead serial killer

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The suspect, hands and feet shackled, fidgeted in his chair, chuckling at times as he confessed to a brutal killing.

    Israel Keyes showed no remorse as he described in merciless detail how he'd abducted and strangled an 18-year-old woman, then demanded ransom, pretending she was alive. As the two prosecutors questioned him, they were struck by his demeanor: He seemed pumped up, as if he were reliving the crime. His body shook, they said, and he rubbed his muscular arms on the chair rests so vigorously his handcuffs scraped off the wood finish.

    The prosecutors had acceded to Keyes' requests: a cup of Americano coffee, a peanut butter Snickers and a cigar (for later). Then they showed him surveillance photos, looked him in the eye and declared: We know you kidnapped Samantha Koenig. We're going to convict you.

    They aimed to solve a disappearance, and they did. But they soon realized there was much more here: a kind of evil they'd never anticipated.

  • LA can’t hold off Santa Fe rally

    For three quarters, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team played as well or better than the Santa Fe Demons in a big District 2-4A contest.
    In the fourth quarter, however, the Demons’ powerful offense showed up.
    Santa Fe, the No. 1 team in Class 4A and the only undefeated team in all of New Mexico, showed why it held those distinctions. Santa Fe scored 18 points and held the Hilltoppers to just 8 points to come away with a victory and spoil the Hilltoppers’ upset bid Friday at Griffith Gymnasium.
    The Demons’ powerful scoring tandem of Jackie Martinez and Kayla Herrar combined for 16 of those 18 fourth quarter points as they took a 53-47 victory.
    It was a disappointing loss for the Hilltoppers, who led for the bulk of Friday’s contest. A win would’ve given the Hilltoppers sole possession of first place in the early going of the District 2-4A race and a whole heap of momentum for another very tough contest this week against Española Valley.
    “We definitely had ourselves in this game the whole time,” Los Alamos head coach Ann Stewart said. “That was our goal and hopefully, we’d pull it out. At the end, I think fatigued set in. Maybe we were getting tight and nervous. Hopefully, as we play tighter games, we can withstand that.”