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  • Looking Ahead - News - Feb. 3, 2014

    Free tax preparation
    Free 2013 tax return preparation is offered for low- and middle-income persons and seniors by the AARP Tax-Aide Program. The service is available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, from Feb. 3 through April 14 at the new student center at Highlands University. Walk-ins are welcome. Please bring all necessary documents.

  • Weather - Feb. 3, 2014

    Monday
    A 10 percent chance of snow showers after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 42. South wind 10-15 mph. Scattered snow showers at night. Cloudy, with a low around 16. South wind 5-15 mph, becoming west after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

    Tuesday
    A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a high near 35. Northwest wind around 10 mph. A 20 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 8.

    Wednesday

  • NM expecting fewer for health exchange

    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s state-run health insurance exchange has sharply reduced its enrollment expectations for this year by about half.

    Mike Nuñez, interim CEO of the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange, says problems with the federal healthcare.gov website slowed the state’s efforts to promote enrollment.

    The state had expected up to 83,000 people to register this year, according to a study cited in an application for a grant under the Affordable Care Act.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Feb. 3, 2014

    The Associated Press

    Mom with kids is DWI suspect

    MESQUITE, N.M. — Authorities say a Dona Ana County woman was driving under the influence of alcohol with her two children in the backseat.
    Dona Ana County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 23-year-old Blanca Borrego, of Mesquite, just before 2 a.m. Saturday near the intersection of Anthony Drive and Landers Road for a traffic violation.
    Deputies found Borrego’s 5-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter improperly restrained in the car.

  • Plaintiff picked as new regent

    If court filings are any indication, there’s no love lost between Highlands University officials and the man chosen by Gov. Susana Martinez to be the university’s newest regent.

  • Illness claims El Rialto owner

    The doors of El Rialto Restaurant and Lounge remained open on Thursday, but a void was evident.

    Frances Garcia, who owned and operated the restaurant with her husband, Ralph, died early Thursday morning following a lengthy illness. She was 64.

    “My mom cared a lot about others,” said Abe Garcia during a telephone interview Thursday morning. “She was always concerned about you rather than her own wellbeing.”

  • Senior profile - Clyde and Jane Lopez

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    Clyde and Jane (Angel) Lopez have lived a full and multi-faceted life, each in his/her own way, and together as a couple. They enjoy their life at their home in the Vista Bonita Estates at Storrie Project.

  • Gov wants more money for schools

    While holding up a textbook from 1983, Gov. Susana Martinez made her case that more money is needed for classroom educational materials.

    Martinez visited Legion Park Elementary on Wednesday afternoon to promote her proposed education budget.

    “I asked for $30 million in books and the Legislature is only wanting to give me $21 (million),” Martinez said.
    Martinez added that her proposal is part of her education reform plan. She said it is unacceptable for children to be learning from very old books.

  • Jail Log - Jan. 31, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Jan. 21 and Jan. 27:

    Patricia Casados, 55, seven-day commitment
    Gabriel Romero, 57, two-day commitment
    Larry Lujan, 33, failure to comply with conditions  
    Angel Gutierrez, 31, tampering with UA
    Steven Lujan, 23, contempt of court

  • Farm bill includes payments to rural counties

    By Matthew Daly
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — The farm bill moving toward approval in Congress includes a one-year extension of a federal program that compensates rural counties for federal lands they can’t tax. About 1,900 local governments — mostly in the West — received a total of $400 million last year under the program, known as Payment in Lieu of Taxes or PILT.

    More than three-quarters of the money went to 12 Western states, with the largest shares going to California, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona.