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  • State’s revenues improving; $360 million available in 2013

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s financial picture is improving and more than $360 million in new revenues will be available in the upcoming budget year, lawmakers were told Thursday.

    After several years of budget shortfalls and weak revenues, New Mexico faces the prospect of having additional money that could help restore recent cuts in programs, replenish the state’s cash reserves or potentially allow for tax reductions.

  • Gov., lawmakers support fireworks ban measure

    The Associated Press

    Gov. Susana Martinez and a bipartisan group of lawmakers support legislation to allow local governments and the state to ban all fireworks during extreme drought conditions.

    Martinez said Friday she will ask the Legislature to approve the proposal during a special session this fall.

    Currently, cities and counties can ban the sale and use only of certain fireworks: firecrackers and aerial fireworks, such as bottle rockets.

  • Looking Back - July 18, 2011

    In 1911

  • Looking Ahead - News July 18, 2011

    City Council meeting is Thursday

    The Las Vegas City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 21, at the council chambers, 1700 N. Grand Ave.

  • Weather - July 18, 2011

    Monday
    Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. Calm wind becoming south 10-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 58. South wind 10-15 mph, becoming calm.

    Tuesday
    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 90. Calm wind becoming south 5-10 mph. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 58.

  • FYI - News

    Level III fire restrictions remain in place in San Miguel County. Under the restrictions, campfires, white gas stoves, open fires, controlled burning, charcoal grills and fireworks are prohibited. All Terrain vehicles without spark arresters and motorcycles and vehicles with catalytic converters are restricted to maintained roadways. Anyone found violating the restrictions could be fined up to $1,000.

  • NMHU offers electronics recycling day on Saturday

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University has organized an electronics recycling day on Saturday, July 23.

    Community members are invited to drop off their unwanted electronics in the Wilson Complex parking lot at 9th Street and Raynolds Avenue.

  • Fire chief, deputy may be axed

    The chief and deputy chief of the Gallinas Volunteer Fire Department were notified last week that the county is considering removing and terminating them from their positions.

    The notice follows an investigation into allegations that Chief Tobias Lucero and Deputy Chief Lorenzo Montoya physically assaulted another volunteer firefighter at the fire station on May 30.

    Lucero and Montoya, who were suspended after the allegations surfaced, have both asked to meet with county Fire Chief Russell Pacheco to respond to the allegations, and a hearing is set for today.

  • Montoya hopeful she’ll get kids back

    The last time Rebecca Montoya saw her two children she made them a promise and nursed them both to sleep.

    Montoya had been taken into custody at Memphis International Airport for fleeing with her two children after a judge granted physical custody to their father.

    “I sang to them and told them everything was going to be OK,” an emotional Montoya told the Optic during a jail house interview on Wednesday — 22 days after being taken into custody. That’s the last time Montoya saw her daughters, Mary, 2, and Grace 9 months.

  • Mariachi Magic