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  • House OKs pension plan solvency fix

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Teachers and other educators will pay more into their pension program to help shore up its long-term finances under a proposal approved Wednesday by the House.

    Besides higher payroll contributions by workers earning more than $20,000, the proposal will change pension benefits for educators hired in the future, including imposing a minimum retirement age of 55 and delaying when they could receive cost-of-living adjustments in their retirement checks.

  • Jail Log - March 1, 2013

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Feb. 18 and Feb. 24:

    Jose Archuleta, 68, seven day commitment
    Joebarry Vigal, 22, aggravated battery, bench warrant: Two counts aggravated battery, use of a deadly weapon, probation violation: New charges
    Anthony Silva, 50, four day commitment
    Vincent Sandoval, 22, failure to pay
    Nathan Rascón, 23, violation of restraining order
    John Paul, 25, false information, concealing identity

  • Looking Back - March 1, 2013

    In 1963

    Friday, March 1 — Robert Detterick was elected chairman of the City Board of Education at a special meeting held in the office of the superintendent, Tom Clark. The employment of Nick Di- Domenico for the 1963-64 school year as a teacher with coaching duties to be determined by the superintendent was approved.

     

  • Looking Ahead - News - March 1, 2013

    AAUW book sale today and Saturday
     
    Check out the huge selection of books at the AAUW annual used book sale today (Friday) and Saturday. The book sale is held in the NMHU Student Center lobby from noon to 6 p.m. today, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Funds raised go to support scholarships for NMHU women. 

  • Weather - March 1, 2013

    Friday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 45. Northwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 21. South wind 5-10 mph, becoming north after midnight.

    Saturday
    Sunny, with a high near 52. Northwest wind 10-15 mph, becoming south in the morning. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 25.

    Sunday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 60. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 28.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:30 a.m. to 5:56 p.m.

  • Mishler Scholarship recital Sunday

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Six of New Mexico Highlands University’s top music students will perform in the Thomas Mishler Scholarship Recital at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 3 in the Margaret Kennedy Alumni Hall, 905 University Ave.

    The March 3 recital is free. However, donations are appreciated and proceeds will benefit the Thomas Mishler Scholarship fund.

    The program includes vocal performances of classical and musical favorites, as well as guitar, percussion and euphonium instrumental performances.

  • WWII veteran Tom Griffin dies at 96

    By Dan Sewell
    The Associated Press

    CINCINNATI — A B-25 bomber navigator in the daring Doolittle’s Raid World War II attack on mainland Japan has died. Maj. Thomas C. “Tom” Griffin was 96, and his death leaves four surviving Raiders.

  • LCC board election is Tuesday

    Editor’s note: The following information was obtained from the San Miguel County Clerk’s office.

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    Four of seven seats on the Luna Board of Trustees  are up for election this year. The election is scheduled to take place this Tuesday.

  • Luna board candidate questionnaires

    Editor’s note: With the Luna Board of Trustees election set for Tuesday, it’s time to brush up on where candidates stand on the issues. The Optic submitted questionnaires to all Luna candidates What follows are their responses.

    District No. 1

    Thomas Jerry Maestas
    (incumbent)
    Age: 54  
    Education:    High school diploma, one year college at Eastern New Mexico University.  four years United Brotherhood of Carpenters Trade School.

  • No break for child molester

    The former day-care owner who pleaded guilty to molesting two children who attended his facility was sentenced Monday to three years of probation.

    In imposing her sentence, Judge Abigail Aragon rejected requests from both defendant Edward Quintana and defense attorney Gerald Baca for a deferred sentence, which would have left the door open to the charges being removed from his record once he successfully completed his probation.