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  • Plan would raise taxes to address budget shortfall

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A Senate panel released a plan Thursday to raise $350 million in new taxes and fees to shore up New Mexico state finances in the coming fiscal year, amid a grinding budget crisis linked to energy prices and a sluggish economy.

    After a week of backroom meetings, the Senate Finance Committee announced amendments to a House-approved taxation bill that would more aggressively increase revenue to close a $128 million budget shortfall and rebuild state reserves to protect New Mexico’s credit rating.

  • School lunch bill gets Senate nod

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A bill to ensure that New Mexico children are served school meals even if their parents do not pay on time has been approved by the Senate.

    The Senate voted 30-7 on Thursday in favor of the bill that outlines debt collection procedures for unpaid breakfasts and lunches at public, private and religious schools that accept federal subsidies for student meals.

    The bill also prohibits schools from calling attention to a child who can’t pay or requiring they do chores to help pay for food, to avoid any stigma.

  • USDA selects Randa York as employee of the month

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Natural Resources Conservation Service in New Mexico has selected Randa York as the March 2017 “Employee of the Month.”

    York is a native of Fort Sumner. She is the daughter of Ralph and Rita York of that community.

    She is a Soil Conservationist with the USDA Service Center in Las Vegas. She was selected from the more than the 120 employees of the NRCS New Mexico, which has field offices in 35 locations across the state. NRCS New Mexico offices can be found in every county except for Los Alamos.

  • Special session?

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The focus of New Mexico lawmakers on “meaningless bills” such as establishing the official state dance may force Gov. Susana Martinez to call a special session to deal with larger issues such as the strapped budget, a spokesman for the governor said Tuesday.

  • Ex-city clerk charged in wrong-way crash

    Sheryl Yara, a former Las Vegas city clerk, was arrested on Saturday night as a result of a wrong-way crash, just south of Las Vegas.

    She has been charged with aggravated DWI, causing great bodily harm by vehicle due to DWI, and driving the wrong way.

    This is her first DWI.

  • Gunning for glory - State tourneys lure fans

    The shoe polished windows, hand-crafted signs and bumper stickers are a dead giveaway.

    Throughout the week — and likely through Saturday night — a road trip south on Interstate 25 will serve up telltale signs of Las Vegas, Pecos and Mora’s participation in that most hallowed of late-winter traditions — the state basketball tournaments. Fans of Dons, Cardinals, Panthers and Rangers boys’ and girls’ teams have been making the trek to the center of the state, in some cases daily, to see their favorite teams in action.

  • Alumbra fights on

    Las Vegas Mayor Tonita Gurule-Giron has reached out to local businesses, soliciting donations in an effort to help continue funding  women’s health services in Las Vegas.

    Alumbra Women’s Health Services has been on the brink of closing its doors for several months as the locally owned business has suffered greatly due to the closing of the obstetrics department at Alta Vista Regional Hospital one year ago. The closure has caused Alumbra, owned by Las Vegas native and resident Connie Trujillo, to lose roughly half of its annual income.

  • Jail Log - March 10, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Feb. 28 and March 8:

  • N.M. leaders watchful as health care overhaul nears

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s health care sector and policy makers were warily studying a proposal Tuesday by U.S. House Republicans to replace the Affordable Care Act that has cut the state’s uninsured rate in half since 2013.

    Of particular concern were measures to reduce federal matching funds for newcomers to Medicaid health coverage starting in mid-2019, and link overall federal spending on Medicaid to a limited, per-beneficiary amount.

  • Weather - March 10, 2017

    Friday

    HIGH 70° / LOW 39°
    Sunny, with a high near 70. Northwest wind 5 to 15 mph becoming south in the morning.
    SUNRISE…SUNSET
    6:18 a.m. to 6:04 p.m.

    Saturday

    HIGH 64° / LOW 33°
    Partly sunny, with a high near 64. North wind 10 to 15 mph becoming east in the afternoon.
    SUNRISE…SUNSET
    6:17 a.m. to 6:05 p.m.

    Sunday