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The five facts of Wednesday

[1] Video shows moments suspect opens fire on Farmington police officer A newly released setback video shows the moments leading up to an officer-involved shooting last week in Farmington with an escaped La Plata County Jail accused. Farmington Police Officer Joseph Barreto was responding to reports of a drunk driver Friday night when he came across a man and woman walking. The man is believed to be Elias Buck, 22, and his girlfriend, Victoria Hernandez, 28. Farmington police say Buck pulled a gun from his pocket and shot Officer Barreto in the arm. There’s a $10,000 reward for information leading to Buck’s arrest.

[2] Española endorses Safe Haven’s ‘baby box’ days after baby was dumped in dumpster Just days after a baby was rescued from a dumpster in Hobbs, another New Mexico town is making sure it doesn’t happen in its community. Española gets the state’s first “baby box” allowing infants to be delivered safely and anonymously. Española officials now hope to work with leaders to bring these anonymous shelter options to fire stations across the state.

[3] Warmer and drier until it snows this weekend This morning is cold, with all temperatures below zero. The sky is mostly sunny and dry. Today will be calm, with a breeze up to 20 mph in eastern New Mexico, but otherwise calm conditions and mostly sunny skies. Temperatures will be warmer today, especially in eastern and southern New Mexico. The highs will warm up in the upper 40s, 50s and 60s, thanks to the high pressure.

[4] Local businesses take extra COVID precautions in latest wave As COVID cases continue to rise, some companies are taking safety measures into their own hands. Taos Mesa Brewing owner Jayson Wylie closed his restaurant and brewery over the holidays when employees began showing symptoms of COVID. The brasserie and the restaurant have been closed since January 1st. Despite the loss of some income, Wylie is happy to have made the decision to protect employees and customers.

[5] Westgate Community Center Dedication Ceremony Completed Visitors to the South Albuquerque Valley can now enjoy the new Westgate Community Center. Community leaders held a ribbon cutting outside the lobby on Tuesday. Inside the facility, the 35,000 square foot building features two activity rooms, a fitness room, a game room, and a computer lab. Outside there is a play area for children as well as additional parking for a future Park and Ride site.

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Susan W. Lloyd