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  • LFC budget seeks $250M increase

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A legislative committee proposed a budget Wednesday that will increase spending by $250 million next year and provide higher take-home pay for public employees for the first time since 2008.

    The recommendations by the Legislative Finance Committee will serve as a foundation for budget decisions when the Legislature convenes later this month.

  • Looking Ahead - Jan. 6, 2012

    Filing day for city election is Tuesday

    Anyone planning to run for mayor or either of the two council seats up for grabs during the March 6 municipal election needs to file a declaration of candidacy with the city clerk between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Tuesday. 

  • Weather - Jan. 6, 2012

    Friday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 51. North wind 5 to 10 mph, becoming south. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 31. South wind around 5 mph.   

    Saturday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 46. South wind 5-10 mph. A 10 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27.

    Sunday
    A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 42. A 20 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25.

  • FYI - News - Jan. 6, 2012

    Happy birthday, New Mexico. President William Howard Taft signed New Mexico into statehood at about 11:35 a.m. a century ago today. A variety of events are planned across the state to mark the Centennial, including the release of a Centennial stamp and a birthday party from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, Jan. 6, in the Capitol rotunda thrown by Keep New Mexico Beautiful.

  • Two businesses recognized for energy upgrades

    U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman and U.S. Rep. Tom Udall paid a visit on Tuesday to Lifestyle Medicine, an office building owned by Dr. Bradley Kanode, at 1301 Eighth St.

    The occasion was to honor Kanode, who accepted a certificate of congratulations from Terry Brunner, state director of USDA Rural Development. The tour of Kanode’s facility included viewing of energy efficient and alternative energy projects financed by USDA Rural Development in New Mexico.

  • APD fatally shoots suspect

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE  — A police officer shot and killed a suspected burglar moments after the armed, masked man stole a safe from the Albuquerque Catholic Center, police said.

    The shooting was the city’s 21st involving a police officer since January 2010. It occurred late Wednesday after the bandit pulled a gun on a security guard and fired shots at the officer, police said.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Jan. 6, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Casino consultant sues pueblo officials
    SANTA FE — A Nevada casino consultant has filed suit against the leadership of the Pojoaque (poh-WAH'-kay) Pueblo including President George Rivera and other top pueblo officials alleging they violated the law when terminating his firm and revoking its gaming license.

  • jail Log - Jan. 6, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center by area law enforcement between Dec. 22 and Jan. 3:
    Marcos Carrillo, 34, contempt of court
    Tasha Romero, 24, criminal trespass
    Steve Gallegos, 40, bench warrant
    Amber Baca, 18, conspiracy, possession of burglary tools, tampering with evidence
    Eugene Archuleta, 29,  bench warrant: fourth-degree felony, burglary
    Ignacio Herrera, 39, possession with intent to  traffic a controlled substance
    Jose Enriquez, 20, dwelling burglary

  • N.M. Centennial events planned throughout state

    Submitted to the Optic

    New Mexico communities plan to celebrate New Mexico Statehood Day with a variety of activities commemorating the 100 years that have passed since President William H. Taft signed the legislation making us the 47th state in the Union.

    Some highlights planned in New Mexico communities are included below. Visit www.nmcentennial.org or the NM Centennial Facebook page for more.

  • In Brief - News - Jan. 6, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    Victim may have caused crash
    SANTA FE — Santa Fe police say that a Santa Fe surgeon suspected of driving drunk and accused of causing a crash that killed a 4-year-old girl may have hit a car that passed a red light.