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  • Gov proposes 3 percent budget increase

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez on Monday proposed a 3 percent increase in spending on education and state government programs next year, but no across-the-board pay raise for public employees as a legislative budget panel has recommended.

    In releasing her administration’s budget recommendations for the upcoming legislative session, Martinez called for spending nearly $6.1 billion in the fiscal year starting in July — an increase of almost $179 million.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Jan. 8, 2014

    Olympic seniors meeting
    Senior Olympic Meeting, 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9 at the Abelino Montoya Recreation Center. This is a very important meeting, and all members are asked to attend.
     

  • Looking Back - Jan. 8, 2014

    In 1964

  • Weather - Jan. 8, 2014

    Wednesday
    Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 40s to lower 50s. Northwest winds 10-15 mph, shifting to the south in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night. Lows in the 20s. Southwest winds 10-15 mph in the evening.

    Thursday
    Mostly cloudy. Highs in the mid 40s to lower 50s. Southwest winds 10-15 mph, shifting to the west 10-20 mph in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night with a slight chance of snow. Lows in the mid 20s to lower 30s.

    Friday
    Partly cloudy with a slight chance of rain and snow showers. Highs in the 40s.

  • Lawmakers propose pay hikes

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A legislative committee has recommended pay raises for state workers with a budget proposal Friday that would increase New Mexico spending by nearly $254 million next year.

    The plan from the Legislative Finance Committee provides at least a 1.5 percent pay increase for state agency and public school workers and the potential for raises of 3 percent or more for certain employees.

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  • Suspect shot after driving toward cop

    A report of a wrong-way driver on Interstate 25 near Villanueva led to an officer-involved shooting on Saturday night.

    The report about the wrong-way driver came into the state police dispatch center in Las Vegas at 10:40 p.m. Saturday.

    The caller reported that a vehicle was traveling north in the southbound lanes of Interstate 25 near Villanueva, according to a state police news release.

  • Man faces charges after SUV crash

    A Las Vegas man was charged with driving drunk, leaving the scene of an accident and battery upon a peace officer following a New Year’s Day crash.

    Pete Castillo, 25, of the 200 block of Moreno Street, is accused of biting a Las Vegas police officer after becoming agitated. He was booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center, and his bond was set at $25,000 cash.

    According to the probable cause statement filed in San Miguel County Magistrate Court on Thursday:

  • Flu strain growing in New Mexico

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A flu strain that spurred the 2009 influenza pandemic is causing widespread illness again this season in New Mexico, state officials said, prompting calls for residents to get vaccinated.

    New Mexico Department of Health epidemiologist Chad Smelser said Friday that the H1N1 influenza strain was especially hitting children and younger adults, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

    Activity and hospitalizations for flu in Albuquerque began rising in late December, Smelser said.

  • Looking Back - Jan. 6, 2014

    In 1964
    Monday, Jan. 6 — Four hundred and fourteen visitors toured Fort Union National Monument during December as New Mexico once again enjoyed beautiful weather for most of the month. This is an increase of 64 visitors over the previous December and brings the total visitation for 1963 to 12,510. The total for 1963 is an increase of nearly 700 over 1962’s total. The 12,510 visitors represented every state, with the exception of Vermont, and eight foreign countries.