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  • Bradner: Is it now or never?

    The stars have aligned for the city’s ambitious Bradner Dam expansion, a project that, if completed as planned, will triple the city’s current water storage capacity.

    The city has already completed much of the work required to get the project shovel-ready, thanks, in part, to a $1.8 million appropriation from the state Legislature last year. The governing body had also previously raised water rates, a move that allows the city to secure $12 million in revenue bonds to help finance the project. But that still leaves a $16 million funding gap.

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  • Education could get $100M boost

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A proposal to provide at least $100 million annually for early childhood education cleared an early hurdle in the Legislature on Wednesday.

    The measure by Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, a Belen Democrat, would change the state constitution to increase how much is allocated each year from the Land Grant Permanent Fund, which has assets worth about $13 billion.

  • Gaulin to run for district judge post

    Some might view not being a native from this area as an obstacle to being elected to public office. The way Suzanne Gaulin sees it, it’s a strength, at least for the office that she’s seeking.

    Gaulin, a Democrat, is the latest attorney to announce that she is running for a judgeship in the 4th Judicial District, which encompasses San Miguel, Mora and Guadalupe counties.

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  • Jail Log - Feb. 7, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Jan. 28 and Feb. 3:
    Gabriel Wezwick, 20, positive UA (THC)  
    Gary Esquibel, 31, revoked conditions of release Failure to pay fines and fees. LV Municipal/ bench warrant SM District
    Porfirio Salazar, 29, failure to pay child support
    Carlos Diaz-Espinoza, 30, possession of a controlled substance (cocaine), possession of a controlled substance (marijuana), possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Minimal damage from repository fire

    The Associated Press

    CARLSBAD — Crews declared a blaze at an underground nuclear repository in southeastern New Mexico snuffed out and determined that there was minimal damage after a truck hauling salt caught fire and prompted an evacuation.

  • Panel OKs regent proposal

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A proposal is moving ahead in the House for revamping the selection of the governing boards for public universities.

    The House Education Committee on Wednesday approved a proposed constitutional amendment to establish independent nominating commissions to recommend candidates to the governor for appointment as regents.

    The bipartisan commissions would be similar to panels that screen applicants for judgeships and recommend candidates to the governor for possible appointment.

  • Looking Back - Feb. 7, 2014

    In 1964

    Wednesday, Feb. 5 — New Mexico Representative Joseph M. Montoya has designated three young men from the Las Vegas area to take competitive examinations this year for three service academies. Among those taking the U.S. Air Force Academy examination is Rudy J. Martinez Jr. of Wagon mound. Those named to take the U.S. Naval Academy examination included Nat Kearns of Las Vegas. The prospective U.S. Merchant Marine Academy students include Edward J. Blea, Rainsville.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Feb. 7, 2014

    Sweetheart Dance this Saturday

    Rough Rider Blues, Third Annual Sweetheart Dance, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8 at Las Vegas Plaza Hotel Ballroom. Music by the Low Down Daddies. Free and open to the public of all ages. Light food and drinks (non-alcoholic) will be provided.