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  • Commission fires Mora manager

    By a 2-1 vote, the Mora County Commission fired County Manager Thomas Sanchez last week, just four days after Gov. Susana Martinez signed the state capital outlay bill that earmarks $1.85 million for the stalled county complex.

    Commission Chairman John P. Olivas and Vice Chairman Alfonso J. Griego voted to terminate Sanchez at last Tuesday’s meeting, while Commissioner Paula Garcia voted against the move.

    Olivas has stepped in as acting county manager.

    He issued a statement about the termination Tuesday morning.

  • Cop: DWI driver tried to hide identity

    A Glorieta man with two prior DWI arrests on his record was arrested again on Sunday after someone spotted him passed out in his vehicle near the San Juan exit off Interstate 25 and called police.

    But what the man allegedly did next has him facing six additional fourth-degree felonies.

    A statement of probable cause filed in San Miguel County Magistrate Court on Monday alleges that Marcario Garcia-Lopez, 44, claimed to be Carlos Garcia when he was confronted by a state police officer.

  • Bombing investigation continues

    By Jimmy Golen
    The Associated Press

    BOSTON — Investigators appealed to the public Tuesday for amateur video and photos that might yield clues to the Boston Marathon bombing as the chief FBI agent in Boston vowed “we will go to the ends of the Earth” to find whoever carried out the deadly attack.

  • Looking Back - April 17, 2013

    In 1963

    Tuesday, April 16 — Property owners in the East Las Vegas School district today voted on a $290,000 bond issue. If approved, the issue would provide for the construction of a new Gallinas School, new auto mechanics facility, an elementary school at the Cowboy Park area and equipment for rural schools. The district includes portions of San Miguel and Mora counties.
     

  • Looking Ahead - News - April 17, 2013

    Talent competition set for Friday
    University Celebrity College State Talent Competition is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. this Friday at Sala de Madrid on the NMHU campus. Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for Highlands students.

  • Weather - April 17, 2013

    Wednesday
    Areas of blowing dust after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 60. Breezy, with a southwest wind 20-25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. A 20 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20. Breezy, with a west wind 20-25 mph, becoming northeast after midnight.

    Thursday
    A 10 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 40. Northeast wind 15-20 mph, decreasing to 5-10 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 24.

  • East gets $750K from state

    It has been known for months that Las Vegas City Schools was in the red, and the trend continues.

    This time, however, the deficit isn’t so outrageous as the district received $750,000 in emergency supplemental funding from the state Public Education Department. The district will need to find ways to cut roughly $325,000 from its current fiscal year budget to make up the difference. State statutes prohibit public entities from ending the year with a negative balance, district Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez told the school board in a meeting on Thursday.

  • Multiple mariachi bands
  • Council ups fines for fireworks

    The City Council voted unanimously last week to stiffen penalties for individuals cited for violating the city’s fireworks ordinance.

    The revamped ordinance was approved by a 3-0 vote. Councilman David Romero was absent from last Wednesday’s meeting.

    Despite the severe fire season predicted for this summer, Fire Chief Phillip Mares told the Council that under state law, the city cannot ban fireworks outright. He said that as it relates to the types of fireworks prohibited, the city’s ordinance is already as strict as it can be.

  • Medicare increase dings middle class

    By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Retired city worker Sheila Pugach lives in a modest home on a quiet street in Albuquerque and drives an 18-year-old Subaru.

    Pugach doesn’t see herself as upper-income by any stretch, but President Barack Obama’s budget would raise her Medicare premiums and those of other comfortably retired seniors, adding to a surcharge that already costs some 2 million beneficiaries hundreds of dollars a year each.