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  • 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.

  • Weather - Feb. 25, 2013

    Monday
    A 20 percent chance of snow before 11a.m. Mostly sunny, with a high near 36. North wind 10-15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 17. Northwest wind around 10 mph.

    Tuesday
    A 10 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 41. West wind 10-20 mph. A 10 percent chance of snow showers at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 12.

    Wednesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 34. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 15.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:35 a.m. to 5:53 p.m.

  • Escape prompts policy change

    The DWI and child abuse charges were bad enough. But it’s what authorities say 36-year-old Torrey Ramirez did while locked up in a holding cell at the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Department on Saturday that has him in even hotter water.

  • Montoya: Chairman is bilking taxpayers

    Less than two weeks before Luna Community College’s Board of Trustees election, two incumbents are trading verbal jabs, one accusing the other of unnecessarily padding his pockets at the expense of taxpayers, among other things, and the other saying he did nothing wrong and calling his critic a “liar.”

    The drama played out at Wednesday evening’s Board of Trustees meeting, with Abelino Montoya Jr. making the accusations and calling for Board Chairman Jerry Maestas to resign.

  • Museum goal met - Group raises $100K for museum

    In the fall of 2007, the Friends of the City of Las Vegas Museum and Rough Rider Memorial Collection set a big fundraising goal which they have recently met.

    They wanted to raise $100,000 within five years for the museum’s endowment. They met that goal through raffles and donations. The funds are used for public programs, educational exhibits, scholarly publications, publicity and care of the historical artifacts in the museum’s collections.

  • Ranch supply store open for business

    The wait is over.

    The sprawling farm and ranch supply store built on NM 518 north of Walmart opened for business last week. The grand opening celebration for Tractor Supply Company  kicked off Thursday and will run through Sunday.

    That’s good news for many area ranchers, some of whom were driving all the way to Alamosa, Colo., to pick up such specialty supplies as bailing wire.

  • Domenici had son outside marriage

    By Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    For nearly 40 years, Sen. Pete Domenici’s reputation was that of a well-respected — some might say staid — conservative Republican and honorable family man.

    But the 80-year-old New Mexico political giant’s persona was shaken Wednesday with the revelation that he had an out-of-wedlock child in the 1970s and became embroiled in what might be described as an inside-the-Beltway soap opera.