PLANE CRASH-LOS ALAMOS
1 person dies in plane crash in Los Alamos
LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) - A plane crashed Sunday morning in a canyon about a mile south of the Los Alamos Airport.
The Los Alamos Monitor reports that at least one person died as result of the single-engine Aviat Husky crashing in rugged terrain on Canyon Rim Trail.
It's unknown whether there were other passengers on the plane or whether the plane was taking off or landing when it crashed.
The cause of the crash is unknown.
The aircraft was completely destroyed.
Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Lynn Lunsford says investigators from the agency were headed to the crash site.
NEW MEXICO WEATHER
Another round of snow expected for New Mexico
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico is bracing for another round of low temperatures and snow on Sunday night after having been hit by a winter blast over the last several days.
The National Weather Service in Albuquerque says overnight snow that began on Saturday night had tapered off by midday Sunday.
Sunday's high temperatures were 10 to 20 degrees lower than usual and contributed to difficult driving conditions across the northern part of the state.
Two to four inches of snow are expected to fall Sunday night and Monday morning in central New Mexico.
Monday's high temperatures are expected to be 29 degrees in Albuquerque, in the upper teens in Santa Fe and 25 degrees in Las Cruces.
The frigid air is expected to continue making it difficult to travel on certain roads.
GRADUATION RATES-NEW MEXICO
New Mexico's high school graduation rate improves
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico's high school graduation rate improved during the last school year, but the state remains near the bottom in national rankings when compared with rates from other states.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that the state's rate rose from 63 percent in 2011 to 70 percent last year.
Only the District of Columbia, Nevada and Oregon have graduation rates lower than New Mexico's. And like New Mexico, Alaska and Georgia also have 70 percent graduation rates.
Leighann Lenti, the New Mexico Public Education Department's deputy secretary for policy and programs, says Hispanic, Native American and students with disabilities showed more improvement than the overall student population.
Based on that, she said she expects even more improvement in the future.
GAMING COMPACT-NAVAJO NATION
Concerns raised over proposed gaming compact
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The Laguna Pueblo is raising concerns about a provision in the Navajo Nation's proposed new gambling compact with the state of New Mexico that would let the Navajos have two additional casinos.
Skip Sayre, who handles sales and marketing for the Laguna Pueblo owned entity that operates two casinos just west of Albuquerque, says the state gambling landscape will completely change if the Navajo compact is passed as currently written.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that the Navajo Nation hopes state lawmakers will approve the compact in the coming legislative session.
Man gets 20 years for beating, imprisoning wife
DENVER (AP) - A 64-year-old man who acknowledged beating his wife as they traveled across four states in a camper has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.
The Denver Post reports Adams County District Judge Thomas Ensor sentenced Tom Grose on Friday, saying his actions constituted "animalistic behavior."
Prosecutors say that over a five-day period, Grose traveled with his common-law wife of 16 years across Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado, beating her and torturing her. He accused her of cheating on him and prostituting herself.
The woman managed to escape the camper while parked at a Thornton Walmart on April 25. She suffered four broken ribs, a lacerated liver and a perforated ear drum.
Grose struck a deal and pleaded guilty to first-degree assault and unlawful sexual contact.
RIO RANCHO-POLICE CHIEF
More than 70 vying for Rio Rancho police chief job
RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) - More than 70 people have applied to be the next police chief of Rio Rancho.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that's the number of applications the city clerk's office by Nov. 30 had received.
Once the initial screening is completed, the next step will be to name a select group of finalists, who will then be asked to provide personal and professional references.
Finalists will appear in person during interviews before the city council. No date has been set for the interviews.
The position is open after Police Chief Robert Boone announced his retirement.
It is one of many police chief spots open in New Mexico. Albuquerque and Farmington are also looking for their next police chief.
NEW MEXICO BOWL
Colorado State accepts invite to New Mexico Bowl
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Colorado State will play Washington State in the New Mexico Bowl on Dec. 21.
The Mountain West Conference's Rams (7-6) also played in the 2008 New Mexico Bowl, which was the team's last trip to the postseason. The Rams defeated Fresno State 40-35.
The Cougars (6-6) are playing in a bowl for the first time since 2003. Washington State finished the regular season with a 27-17 loss to rival Washington in the Apple Cup, but the team doubled its total wins from the year before - showing steady progress under second-year coach Mike Leach.
While the Cougars were bowl eligible, it did not mean they were guaranteed a postseason berth. Nine teams from the Pac-12 were eligible with just seven conference bowl spots.
T25-NEW MEXICO ST-GONZAGA
No. 19 Gonzaga beats New Mexico St. 80-68
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Sam Dower Jr. scored 22 points, Gerard Coleman added 21 and No. 19 Gonzaga overcame a slow start to hold off New Mexico State 80-68 Saturday night.
Kevin Pangos added 15 points for Gonzaga (8-1), which was plagued by poor shooting in the first half and kept 11 points below its scoring average.
Daniel Mullings scored 17 points for New Mexico State (7-4), which lost its third straight game. Tshilidzi Nephawe added 13 points.
Gonzaga leads the nation in field goal shooting at 55.8 percent, but was cold at the start and couldn't put the Aggies away until the final minutes. They shot just 48 percent, but won the rebound battle 45-30. Gonzaga, which led by one point at halftime, shot 64 percent in the decisive second half.
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