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  • N.M. Reps. OK $5.6B budget

    By Barry Massey
    Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The House on Wednesday gave bipartisan support to a proposed budget that will spend $5.6 billion on public education and other government programs next year, and provide for higher take-home pay for educators and state workers.

    The measure heads to the Senate for consideration after clearing the House with the backing of all 70 Democrats and Republicans.

  • Cartels using rural counties

    From The Associated Press

    ESTANCIA — Officials say smaller, rural New Mexico counties are becoming staging areas for Mexican drug cartels because of their major interstate highways and back roads.

    KRQE-TV reports that New Mexico sheriffs recently heard about the increased cartel activities at a conference near the U.S.-Mexico border.

  • For Santorum, new challenges follow his big wins

    By Brian Bakst and Jack Gillum
    The Associated Press

    ALLEN, Texas — One day after Rick Santorum’s startling breakthrough in the presidential race, his few aides decamped to distant states to start building campaign organizations from scratch. It was evidence of his challenge in converting sudden momentum into victories in the rush of contests ahead.

  • Friends: Crash was avoidable

    Adam Armijo and his mom, Christina, were so close that one of their neighbors often worried about what would happen to Adam if his mother were to die.

    “Now it’s opposite,” said Charlotte Chavez, who lives on Dora Celeste just two doors down from the Armijos’ mobile home. “What’s going to happen to her now?”

    Chavez said Christina is having trouble accepting that her son his dead.

    Despite being told he was killed, Christina insists that he is coming for her, Chavez said.

  • Dodge mulls city charter options

    City Manager Timothy Dodge said he plans to make the decision by next week’s City Council meeting on whether to move forward with the lawsuit on whether the new charter is valid.

  • Faithful to workouts
  • Tickets on sale for Highlands Gala

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University will host a President’s Gala, “Dollars for Scholars,” April 21 as a scholarship fundraiser that will also celebrate President Jim Fries’ five-year anniversary with the university.

    The Gala will start at 6 p.m. in the university’s Wilson Complex.

    Highlights of the evening include a roast and toast of President Fries, a dinner and dance, a silent auction and a raffle.

  • House panel OKs state budget

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A more than $5 billion state budget proposal is back on track in the House and the spending blueprint leaves nearly $42 million available for possible tax cuts advocated by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and legislators.

    The budget was unanimously approved Monday by the House Appropriations and Finance Committee and sent to the 70-member House for debate and a vote, which likely will happen later this week.

  • Looking Back - News - Feb. 8, 2012

    In 1935

    The (Federal Emergency Relief Administration) Gallinas river work project has been halted temporarily by local authorities due to lack of funds in the budget. Nathan Jaffa, San Miguel County FERA head, said that unless word to the contrary is received today, all other work projects will have to be closed at the end of work today. It is not known why funds have not been received from the Santa Fe office to cover expenses, Mr. Jaffa said.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Feb. 8, 2012

    Story Time at Carnegie

     Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., today, Feb. 8, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “A String of Heart”s by Laura Malone Elliott. The theme for the month is “Leap Year Laughter.” Free and open to the public.