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  • FYI - Jan. 8, 2014

    As of 11:30 a.m. Tuesday four people had filed to run in the March 4 municipal Election. In Ward 1, Oliver L’Esperance filed. Incumbent City Councilor Tonita Gurule-Giron told the Optic she would seek re-election. In Ward 4, Michael Espinoza filed, as did incumbent Councilman David L. Romero. And Judge Eddie A. Trujillo filed to seek another term as municipal judge. For a complete list of candidates, go to the Optic’s website: lasvegasoptic.com. The list is unofficial until the city clerk certifies candidates on Wednesday.

  • Salazar named Optic publisher

    After serving as the Las Vegas Optic’s interim general manager and editor for the past 10 months, Martin Salazar has been appointed publisher and editor of the newspaper.

    The Optic’s parent company, Landmark Community Newspapers, announced the move on Monday.

    “Martin played a major role in addressing (several) key issues and making sure the Las Vegas Optic is positioned better for the future,” said Dan Sykes, an executive vice president with Landmark, in a statement issued this week.

  • Award-winning craftsman - Sculpture exhibit starts at H.U.

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University presents the Christopher Thomson art exhibit Forged Sculpture — Steel and Bronze from Jan. 7 to Jan. 29 in Burris Hall Gallery, with an artist reception and gallery talk Jan. 24 from 4 to 6 p.m.

    The gallery is at 903 National Ave.

    Christopher Thomson is an iron artist and master craftsman whose award-winning forged pieces have been featured in galleries from New York City to Los Angeles.

  • Gov proposes 3 percent budget increase

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez on Monday proposed a 3 percent increase in spending on education and state government programs next year, but no across-the-board pay raise for public employees as a legislative budget panel has recommended.

    In releasing her administration’s budget recommendations for the upcoming legislative session, Martinez called for spending nearly $6.1 billion in the fiscal year starting in July — an increase of almost $179 million.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Jan. 8, 2014

    Olympic seniors meeting
    Senior Olympic Meeting, 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9 at the Abelino Montoya Recreation Center. This is a very important meeting, and all members are asked to attend.
     

  • Looking Back - Jan. 8, 2014

    In 1964

  • Weather - Jan. 8, 2014

    Wednesday
    Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 40s to lower 50s. Northwest winds 10-15 mph, shifting to the south in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night. Lows in the 20s. Southwest winds 10-15 mph in the evening.

    Thursday
    Mostly cloudy. Highs in the mid 40s to lower 50s. Southwest winds 10-15 mph, shifting to the west 10-20 mph in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night with a slight chance of snow. Lows in the mid 20s to lower 30s.

    Friday
    Partly cloudy with a slight chance of rain and snow showers. Highs in the 40s.

  • Lawmakers propose pay hikes

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A legislative committee has recommended pay raises for state workers with a budget proposal Friday that would increase New Mexico spending by nearly $254 million next year.

    The plan from the Legislative Finance Committee provides at least a 1.5 percent pay increase for state agency and public school workers and the potential for raises of 3 percent or more for certain employees.

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  • Suspect shot after driving toward cop

    A report of a wrong-way driver on Interstate 25 near Villanueva led to an officer-involved shooting on Saturday night.

    The report about the wrong-way driver came into the state police dispatch center in Las Vegas at 10:40 p.m. Saturday.

    The caller reported that a vehicle was traveling north in the southbound lanes of Interstate 25 near Villanueva, according to a state police news release.