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  • Weather - March 17, 2014

    Monday
    Sunny, with a high near 69. Windy, with a west wind 10-20 mph, increasing to 20-30 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 32. Windy, with a west wind 25-30 mph, decreasing to 15-20 mph in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.

    Tuesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 55. Northwest wind 10-15 mph. A 10 percent chance of snow showers. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 25.

    Wednesday

  • Correction - March 17, 2014

    An Associated Press brief that ran in Friday’s Optic erroneously reported that Las Vegas native and San Miguel County treasurer Laura Montoya was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of aggravated battery. Montoya was not arrested. She was issued a criminal summons to appear in court.

  • Malaysia asks countries for data

    By Chris Brummitt and Jim Gomez
    The Associated Press

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysian authorities on Sunday examined a flight simulator that was confiscated from the home of one of the missing jetliner’s pilots and asked governments to divulge sensitive radar data, warning that without it locating the plane in what is now a massive search area might be impossible.

  • Drilling law hits hurdle

    San Miguel County’s own Planning and Zoning Commission is urging county commissioners to slow down on the proposed oil and gas ordinance, effectively saying they don’t feel it is ready for prime time.

  • It’s official - Gov signs Bradner funding

    Water storage capabilities have been a long-running issue in Las Vegas for years. On Tuesday, Gov. Susana Martinez signed a bill appropriating $10 million to increase the storage capacity of Bradner Reservoir. The signing was part of a celebration on at Plaza Park. Martinez said that although the amount falls short of the city’s goal of $16 million, she has a plan for the additional $6 million. The signed bill is an $89 million capital outlay bill to improve the dilapidated drinking water infrastructure throughout the state.

  • Candidates file for June primary

    Barring an unlikely challenge from a third-party, independent or write-in candidate, San Miguel County Clerk Melanie Rivera will sail into office as a magistrate judge, facing no opposition in the June primary or November’s general election.

    Rivera, a Democrat, is the only candidate who filed Tuesday to run for San Miguel County’s Division 2 magistrate post.

    That seat is currently held by Chris Najar, who is retiring when his term ends on Dec. 31.

    The primary election is on June 3, with the general election taking place in November.

  • Enrollment reaches 15K

    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — The Obama administration reports about 15,000 New Mexicans have signed up for health insurance plans through a federal online marketplace during its first five months of operation.

    The enrollment figures released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services showed about 3,400 people signed up during February. Open enrollment ends this month.

    New Mexico is using the federally operated website to enroll individuals. Businesses can enroll through a state-run exchange.

  • Gonzales’ fate now in hands of jury

    Editor’s note: This article is being reprinted with the permission of The Free Lance-Star.

    By Keith Epps
    The Free Lance-Star

    A Stafford County, Va., jury deliberated more than eight hours Wednesday without deciding whether FBI Special Agent Arthur Gonzales was justified when he killed his estranged wife last year at their home in North Stafford.

  • Gov. Martinez signs $6B state budget

    By Barry Massey and Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    RIO RANCHO — Gov. Susana Martinez signed a $6 billion state budget on Tuesday, but she eliminated pay raises for judges, district attorneys and appointed government workers.

    Martinez cut spending about $27 million with line-item vetoes, including $2.4 million that lawmakers had provided for 8 percent salary increases for judges and district attorneys and about 3 percent raises for workers in appointed government positions.

  • Lottery scholarship fix now law

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez signed a measure into law Wednesday to help avert possible reductions in a popular college scholarship program.

    The program relies on revenue from the state lottery, and cuts loomed because lottery proceeds haven’t kept pace with increases in college tuition.