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  • State budget officials say reserves come first

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Top budget officials for the state of New Mexico announced Wednesday that they intend to rebuild state reserves that have been depleted amid a sustained downturn in the oil and natural gas sectors.

    Finance and Administration Secretary Duffy Rodriguez told a legislative committee that her agency wants to restore state reserves to 5 percent of the state’s annual general fund appropriations by the end of the fiscal year in June.

  • Gov offers assurance on health coverage

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has offered assurances that people won’t be left without health insurance as President-elect Donald Trump and fellow Republicans seek to overhaul the Affordable Care Act.

  • In Brief - News - Nov. 20, 2016

    The Associated Press
    Special master to oversee food aid
    SANTA FE — A federal judge has appointed a court appointed “special master” to help ensure federally funded benefits are administered properly by the New Mexico Human Services Department.

    A U.S. District Court judge appointed Thursday a veteran of the Texas Department of Human Services named Lawrence Parker who has overseen that state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

  • Weather - Nov. 20, 2016

    Sunday

    HIGH 66° / LOW 37°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 66. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.
    SUNRISE…SUNSET
    6:42 a.m. to 4:51 p.m.

    Monday

    HIGH 54° / LOW 36°
    A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 54.
    SUNRISE…SUNSET
    6:43 a.m. to 4:50 p.m.

    Tuesday

  • Looking Back - Nov. 20, 2016

    Wednesday, Nov. 16, 1966 — The  J.J. Newberry store, at the corner of Sixth Street and Douglas Avenue, is performing extensive alterations to almost double the existing floor space by enlarging the basement. An open house is scheduled for this weekend. Donald Killekowski, manager, estimated that the renovation will cost about $100,000.

  • Almost time for the light parade
  • Woman mugged on Bridge Street

    An 86-year-old Las Vegas woman was mugged as she was walking through the breezeway off Bridge Street on Tuesday afternoon.

    Ursel Albers, a retired Highlands University accounting and business professor, had just picked up her daughter’s dry cleaning from a Bridge Street business and was walking back to her car through the breezeway when a young man on a bicycle tried to grab her purse.

  • Deceased man faced abuse charge

    Less than eight hours before he was found dead in his cell, Bryan Martinez was in District Court for a sentencing hearing.

    That hearing didn’t go well for him.

    Martinez, 29, had entered a guilty plea on Aug. 26 to a single count of child abuse, a third-degree felony. The victim in the case was Martinez’ 3-year-old stepson, who sustained a broken arm in May of 2015.

    Martinez was facing a sentence of anything from probation to three years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

  • Changing of the Guard - Montoya new fire chief

    The Las Vegas Fire Department underwent a changing of the guard on Tuesday, when the City Council voted unanimously to confirm Billy Montoya as the department’s new chief.

    Montoya, 35,  replaces longtime Fire Chief Phillip Mares who retired after 35 years of service in the department, at least 13 of those years as the department’s leader.

    City Manager Richard Trujillo thanked Mares for his dedicated service to the department. He told the Council that after Mares retired, Sam Lujan was appointed interim chief.

  • Students collect food for protestors

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Students in the Native American Club at Highlands University stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock protest over the Dakota Access pipeline with a fundraiser of canned food and winter clothes for the protesters.

    Since August, members of the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota and other Native American tribes from across the country have gathered in an effort to stop the section of the oil pipeline that crosses the Standing Rock Reservation.