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  • House approves budget bill

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico House of Representatives approved plans Wednesday to increase state revenues by $250 million, hold state spending steady and rebuild a financial cushion despite opposition from Republican lawmakers.

    House Democrats pushed through the budget and a companion revenue bill on 37-32, party-line votes. The financial plan maintains general fund spending at $6.1 billion for the fiscal year starting in July.

  • Salazar leaving Optic post

    Martin Salazar, who has been at the helm of the Las Vegas Optic for the last four years, has resigned his position as editor and publisher to accept a job at the Albuquerque Journal.

    Salazar’s resignation was effective today. Landmark Community Newspapers Inc., the Optic’s parent company, has announced that Optic sports editor Dave Kavanaugh will serve as interim editor until a permanent replacement for Salazar is selected.

    The newspaper’s staff was informed of Salazar’s impending departure in January.

  • Grad student helps implement NM cultural atlas mobile app

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A Highlands University student helped implement an interactive mobile app that puts New Mexico’s cultural and historical sites at the finger tips of travelers and state residents though their smart phones.

    The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs created the Cultural Atlas of New Mexico app with technical support from Matthew Gallegos, a Highlands media arts graduate student.

  • Mora schools chief gets new contract

    Mora Superintendent Ella Arellano has been given a two-year contract extension.

    Arellano said the board approved the additional two-years by a unanimous board vote. She has been at the helm of the district since early September when she was named acting superintendent after the abrupt resignation of LeAnne Salazar-Montoya. Her new contract will run until June 2019.

    “I really want to thank the board for being supportive and for all their hard work,” Arellano said. “I am very grateful to have this opportunity to lead Mora.”

  • Jail Log - Feb. 24, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Feb. 14  and Feb. 16:
    Samantha Urrutia, 28, bench warrant: failure to appear, Adult Probation Office
    Jason Jaramillo, 26, probation hold: being held for investigation, Adult Probation Office
    Ashley Fernandez, 26, bench warrant: fraud - falsely obtaining services or accommodation, San Miguel Magistrate Court

  • Weather - Feb. 24, 2017


    HIGH 43° / LOW 16°
    Sunny, with a high near 43. Windy, with a west wind 20 to 25 mph increasing to 25 to 30 mph in the afternoon.
    6:35 a.m. to 5:52 p.m.


    HIGH 48° / LOW 27°
    Sunny, with a high near 48. West win 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
    6:34 a.m. to 5:53 p.m.


  • Liquor license proposal rejected

    The San Miguel County Commission voted unanimously last week to deny an application for a liquor license transfer that would have allowed the Giant station in Romeroville to begin selling package liquors.

    Among those who argued against the transfer was Ray Collins, who lost his daughter, son-in-law and three granddaughters in an alcohol related crash east of Santa Fe in 2006.

  • Powerful play - Nat Gold offers ‘Grim Paperwork’ in local performance

    Submitted to the Optic

    Nat Gold Players will be performing the original dark comedy “Grim Paperwork” by James Walczy on Saturday, Feb. 25, at Sala de Madrid on the NMHU Campus. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with the show at 7.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - Let’s be outrageous!

    By Beth Urech

    Years ago, newly arrived in Chicago from Zurich, I attended a Storytelling Workshop in a knotty-pine-paneled basement in Evanston.