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  • Looking Ahead - News - Jan. 18, 2013

    ‘Bless Me, Ultima’ showing at Ilfeld

    “Bless Me, Ultima” will be shown at Ilfeld Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. today (Jan. 18) and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. General admission tickets are $5. Students with valid ID’s and children pay $3. Call 454-3238 for advance tickets or additional information. 

  • Weather - Jan. 18, 2013

    Sunny, with a high near 49. West wind around 10 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 21. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north in the evening.

    Sunny, with a high near 55. North wind around 10 mph becoming east in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 22.

    Sunny, with a high near 52. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 16.

    Sunny, with a high near 47.

  • NM poverty figures bleak

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A New Mexico children’s advocacy group on Tuesday presented the latest troubling statistics on child poverty, teen birth rates and math and reading proficiency during the first day of the legislative session, hoping to spur action by lawmakers.
    Officials with New Mexico Voices for Children and others gathered at the state Capitol to release the annual New Mexico Kids Count report.

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  • Fort Union waives entrance fees on Monday

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    Fort Union National Monument will be joining national park sites around the country in celebrating the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday with a fee free day. Entrance fees will be waived for all visitors to Fort Union National Monument on Monday. Visitors arriving in the park will be allowed to enter free of charge.

    “Winter can be a wonderful time to visit Fort Union,” says park Superintendent Charlie Strickfaden. Fee free days are a great opportunity to discover a new season in your favorite national park.”

  • Martin Luther King Jr. holiday closings

    Below are some of the government agencies, banks and schools that will be closed on Monday in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
    • City of Las Vegas offices: Closed
    • Trash pickup: There will be no residential trash pickup on Monday. If your regular trash pickup is Monday, your garbage will be hauled away on Tuesday.
    • Abelino Montoya Recreation Center: Open
    • Carnegie Public Library: Closed
    • San Miguel County offices: Closed
    • Mora County offices: Closed

  • BREAKING - Senate elects Mary Kay Papen as top-ranking leader

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The Senate has elected Democrat Mary Kay Papen of Las Cruces as its top-ranking leader, making her the first woman in more than 70 years to serve as president pro tem.

  • Apartments planned on Mills

    The city of Las Vegas Housing Authority is partnering with a Santa Fe non-profit organization on a project to build 60 affordable housing units across from the Mills Plaza Shopping Center.

    The construction of the Macario Gonzales Apartments hinges on whether Santa Fe Civic Housing Authority can secure low income housing tax credits from the state Mortgage Finance Authority through a competitive process. If Santa Fe Civic secures the tax credits, it would use them to attract an investor to finance the bulk of the project.

  • Plea deal reached in stabbing case

    The 24-year-old Las Vegas man arrested in June for allegedly stabbing three men at a house on the 2500 block of Hot Springs Boulevard has reached a plea agreement in the case.

    Walter Maes, whose address has previously been listed as the 400 block of Bernice Drive, pleaded guilty last week to three counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, third-degree felonies, and to one count of tampering with evidence, a fourth-degree felony.

  • Democrats continue to battle gov

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Nearly a third of New Mexico’s lawmakers were new to their jobs when the Legislature convened on Tuesday, but the hurdles confronting Republican Gov. Susana Martinez remain largely unchanged as she tries to overcome Democratic opposition to high-profile administration proposals such as stopping the state from issuing driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants.