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  • Looking Ahead - News - Feb. 27, 2013

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

  • Weather - Feb. 27, 2013

    Wednesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 38. Northwest wind 5-15 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 14. West wind 5-10 mph, becoming light and variable.

    Thursday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 41. Northeast wind 5-15 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 18.

    Friday
    Sunny, with a high near 42. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 21.

    Saturday
    Sunny, with a high near 51.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:33 a.m. to 5:55 p.m.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Feb. 27, 2013

    The Associated Press

    Senate panel rejects bill

    A New Mexico legislator says she’ll try again next year now that a state Senate committee has rejected a bill to end promotion of third-graders whose reading ability isn’t adequate.
    The Senate Education Committee rejected the so-called “social promotion” bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Gay Kernan of Hobbs on a 5-4 party-line vote following a nearly four-hour hearing Saturday.

  • Free phones available to those with hearing loss

    Submitted to the Optic

    The New Mexico Commission for Deaf & Hard of Hearing — the state agency that distributes specialized telecommunications equipment — is now offering New Mexicans with hearing loss a first-of-its-kind amplified phone that allows users to read as well as hear conversations.

    The phone will be provided at no cost to New Mexicans with hearing loss.

  • AG charges Mora sheriff

    Ten months ago, during a heated altercation with one of his deputies, Mora Sheriff Thomas Garza proclaimed that he was the sheriff and as such “I can do what I want.”

    Last week, the state Attorney General’s Office fired back a message of its own, charging the sheriff with two fourth- degree felonies.

    But in another bizarre twist, the charges aren’t related to the April 7 quarrel between Garza and then-deputy Lee Allingham over Garza’s insistence that a DWI suspect be released.

  • Vegas night
  • Deadline looms for beneficiaries

    By Jen Treacy
    Las Vegas Optic

    People who receive monthly checks from the federal government are in for a big change beginning this Friday.

    In an effort to reduce costs, the U.S. Treasury is switching to a direct- deposit system for people who receive government assistance.

  • House approves $5.9 billion budget

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration will receive money to establish a merit pay system for teachers under a proposed state budget approved Thursday by the House despite objections from Democrats.

    The House approved the financial blueprint on a 53-16 vote on Thursday, and sent it to the Senate for consideration. Only Democrats voted against the bill.

  • Looking Back - Feb. 25, 2013

    In 1963

  • Looking Ahead - News - Feb. 25, 2013

    ‘Bully’ documentary to be shown at Ilfeld
    The documentary “Bully” is showing at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Ilfeld Auditorium. It is rated PG, and the event is free and open to the public. It’s sponsored by New Mexico Highlands University’s Office of Campus Life.