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  • Prescribed burn planned for wildlife refuge

    Submitted to the Optic

    Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge plans to implement a prescribed fire project on the east side of the refuge early this month.

    The burn unit is located southeast of the refuge headquarters,  about three miles southeast of Las Vegas.

    This prescribed fire is part of a fuels reduction and grassland maintenance project on the refuge to enhance native habitat for a variety of wildlife species.

  • Boy’s body pulled from hole

    The Associated Press

    CARLSBAD — Members of the Carlsbad community gathered Monday night to remember the little boy who died after falling into a deep hole over the weekend.

    A candle light vigil was held and members of Samuel Jones family thanked the community for their support.

    Meanwhile, investigators are trying to determine how the boy fell into the hole.

    Crews pulled the body of the 4-year-old from a narrow, 30-foot-deep hole early Monday, nearly two days after he disappeared while playing outside his home.

  • Martinez signs state budget, vetoes $2M

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez agreed Friday with most of the budget handiwork of the Democratic-controlled Legislature, signing a $5.6 billion spending blueprint that will boost the take-home pay of educators and state workers.

  • Unemployment fund tax bill approved by governor

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico businesses will save more than $81 million this year on the premiums they pay into the state’s unemployment compensation fund under legislation signed into law Monday by Gov. Susana Martinez.

    The Republican governor said the legislation along with a package of other tax reforms passed during the recent 30-day legislative session are aimed at giving businesses an opportunity to recover from the economic hard times that have swept the nation.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - March 7, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Obama opens third NM office

    LAS CRUCES — The Obama campaign has opened a third office in New Mexico.

    Volunteers, supporters, state lawmakers and Democratic Party officials from southern New Mexico were on hand Sunday to open the office in Las Cruces.

    The campaign says the opening demonstrates its commitment to New Mexico for the 2012 election cycle. The campaign already has offices in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, with more scheduled to open in the coming weeks.

  • Preservation workshop set

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University will present a workshop on preserving historical documents from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 8 in the Margaret Kennedy Alumni Hall, 905 University Ave.

    The university’s Office of Research and Sponsored Projects and the university’s Thomas C. Donnelly Library are sponsoring the public workshop, which was rescheduled from Dec. 8 due to a winter storm.

    Participants will learn the basics of how to care for and store historical records.

  • NM bilingual classes luring students

    By Jenny Kane
    The Daily Times

    FARMINGTON — Emma Cillessen’s parents don’t speak any Spanish, but they thought it might be a good idea to have their children take the bilingual Spanish class at Ladera del Norte Elementary School.

    “My parents wanted me to take Spanish so I could get a better job ... and we really want to go to Mexico,” said Cillessen.

  • Amphibian conservation topic for upcoming talk

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University biology professor Sarah Corey-Rivas will present a free public talk, “Thinking Evolutionarily: New Tools for Amphibian Conservation” at noon today, March 7, in Burris Hall Room 129, 903 National Ave.

    The university’s chapter of Sigma Xi, a scientific research society, is sponsoring the talk. Light refreshments will be served.

  • In Brief - Nation and World - March 7, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Winner kept ticket in Bible

    CRANSTON, R.I. — An 81-year-old woman from Newport won last month’s $336.4 million Powerball jackpot, sleeping with the winning ticket in her Bible until coming forward to claim the sixth-largest U.S. prize on Tuesday, a family representative said.

    At a news conference at state lottery headquarters in Cranston, Louise White said little, calling herself “very happy” and “very proud.”

  • World powers agree Iran nuclear talks can resume

    By Ali Akbar Dareini
    The Associated Press

    TEHRAN, Iran — The EU said Tuesday that world powers have agreed to a new round of talks with Iran over its nuclear program, and Iran gave permission for inspectors to visit a site suspected of secret atomic work.

    The two developments appeared to counter somewhat the crisis atmosphere over Iran’s nuclear development program, the focus of talks in Washington between President Barack Obama and Israel’s visiting prime minister.