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  • Senate panel OKs $5.9 billion budget

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE  — A proposed $5.9 billion budget is heading to the Senate with a more than 4 percent increase in spending next year and money for pay raises for educators and state workers.

    The Finance Committee unanimously endorsed the budget on Friday, sending the measure to the 42-member Senate for consideration.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - March 11, 2013

    The Associated Press

    Senate OKs pension change

    SANTA FE — The Senate has approved a proposal that would allow former and current lawmakers to enroll in a state pension fund if they had failed to meet previous deadlines for joining the retirement system.
    The measure cleared the Senate with almost no debate on Saturday on a 30-3 vote. It goes to the House for consideration.

  • Senators postpone vote on Skandera

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The Senate’s top Republican leader complained Saturday that politics had become a driving force behind a lengthy confirmation hearing for Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera, who is awaiting a vote by lawmakers with no guarantee it will happen before the Legislature ends.

  • Looking Back - March 11, 2013

    In 1963
    Wednesday, March 13 — San Miguel County Representative Fidel “Chief” Gonzales, who served on the House Appropriations and Finance Committee during the 26th session of the state legislature, yesterday reviewed several important economic advances for San Miguel County institutions. One of the most important economic advances was raising salaries of State Hospital and Meadows Home employees to a minimum of $200.00 a month, up from $168.00.
     

  • Looking Ahead - News - March 11, 2013

    Reception for Fort Union superintendent
    The Citizens Committee for Historic Preservation is hosting a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday to formally welcome Charles Strickfaden, the new superintendent of Fort Union National Monument. The reception will be held at the CCHP building, 116 Bridge St.

  • Weather - March 11, 2013

    Monday
    Sunny, with a high near 58. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming southwest 10-15 mph in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 29. Southwest wind 5-15 mph, becoming north after midnight.

    Tuesday
    Sunny, with a high near 58. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 33.

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 62. Clear at night, with a low around 38.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:17 a.m. to 7:05 p.m.

  • Skating event cancelled
  • Luna election results in

    With the fate of two Luna Community College Board of Trustees races hanging in the balance, Thursday’s canvassing meeting took on a tense mood as County Clerk Melanie Rivera explained the process and rebutted claims of irregularities and alleged bias.

    And in the end, the two races up in the air — the District 7 race, which was tied and the District 3 race, which had the top two candidates separated by a single vote — were decided.

  • For love of the game - Reffing tourney honor for brothers

    As state basketball tournaments begin this weekend, all eyes will be on the players who have the honor of duking it out for a trophy and the bragging rights that come with it. But it’s also a big deal for the officials calling the games, including the Vigil brothers, who got their start in Las Vegas.

    Carl Vigil Jr. has been selected to officiate next week’s state basketball championship tournament in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho. His younger brother, Curtis, will be calling basketball games this weekend as well. Curtis has also officiated college level games.

  • Man accused of giving liquor to girl

    Las Vegas police have charged a local man with two fourth-degree felonies for allegedly buying liquor for a Robertson High School student last week.

    Police secured an arrest warrant for 32-year-old Michael Blanchard, whose address is listed as HCR 81 Box 350A in Las Vegas. Blanchard is facing charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and selling or giving alcoholic beverages to a minor.

    Online court and jail records indicate that Blanchard had not yet been arrested as of Thursday morning.