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  • Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss
  • Drilling ordinance hearing is Friday

    The first of several public hearings on a proposed ordinance that would govern oil and gas extraction in San Miguel County is scheduled for 3 to 7 p.m. this Friday at the County Commission chambers on the second floor of the old courthouse building.

    The hearing is being held by the county’s Planning and Zoning Commission, which has been asked to give recommendations on the proposal to the Commission at its meeting this Tuesday.

    The latest version of the ordinance is available on the San Miguel County website.

  • Lawmakers average $16,000

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico legislators averaged a little more than $16,000 in compensation last year although they received no annual salary.

    House and Senate members collect a daily expense payment, called a per diem, when the Legislature is in session and while attending committee meetings or out-of-state legislative conferences during the rest of the year.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - March 5, 2014

    The Associated Press

    State revenues stronger so far
    SANTA FE — A legislative panel reports New Mexico’s revenue collections are stronger than expected during the first half of the fiscal year.
    The Legislative Finance Committee said the state’s main budget account has experienced 4.6 percent revenue growth from July through December. That’s above the 2.7 percent growth forecast for the year.

  • Looking Back - March 5, 2014

    In 1964
    Thursday, March 5 — Burglars were busy in Las Vegas last night, breaking into Wards Warehouse, the Sugar Shack and Farmway Feed. Ken Kimbrel, a city police officer, said a heavy instrument, possibly an ax, was used in the attempt to break open a safe. The burglars even broke a gum machine, allowing the gum to roll on the floor.

  • Looking Ahead - News - March 5, 2014

    Women’s Day celebration
    New Mexico Highlands University hosts an International Women’s Day celebration from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday in the Margaret Kennedy Alumni Hall, 905 University Ave.

  • Weather - March 5, 2014

    Wednesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 55. North wind 5-15 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 27. Southwest wind 5-15 mph.

    Thursday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 67. Southwest wind 10-20 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 34.

    Friday
    A slight chance of rain showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 62. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. A chance of rain and snow showers at night. Cloudy, with a low around 28. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.

  • School overcharged $54,000

    Talk about sticker shock.

    A software conversion error resulted in New Mexico Highlands University being substantially overbilled for natural gas it received from the city’s distribution system. But this wasn’t your typical billing error that can simply be fixed by the city utilities department.

    Highlands University was overbilled to the tune of $54,113, resulting in city Utilities Director Ken Garcia having to go before the City Council to request its permission to adjust the bill.

  • Remaking a classic
  • City election set for Tuesday

    City of Las Vegas voters will head to the polls Tuesday to elect a municipal judge and two city councilors.

    Unlike in past years where city voters had to go to a designated polling site, this year any registered city voter can vote at either of the two polling sites set up by the City Clerk’s office. Those polling places are Robertson High School’s Michel Marr Gymnasium and the West Las Vegas Gillie Lopez Gymnasium. The move is expected to save the city $9,000.

    Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.