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  • Martinez signs bill to help veterans

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A new state law will offer a tax break to encourage businesses to hire veterans who recently left the military and New Mexico also will give an advantage to veteran-owned businesses bidding on government contracts.

    Gov. Susana Martinez signed the measures on Wednesday, as she met a deadline for acting on bills that passed the Legislature during its 30-day session.

  • Jail Log - March 9, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center by area law enforcement between Feb. 27 and March 5:
    Lee Aldon, 52, criminal trespass
    Mark Overby, 25, failure to appear
    Eric Laing, 48, child abuse
    Larry Varela, 39, failure to appear
    Jerry Bustamante, 53, battery on a household member
    Jessie Romero, 27, distribution of a controlled substance, abandonment of a child
    Ben Marquez, 57, criminal damage to property, driving under the influence
    Elise Sanchez, 47, criminal trespass

  • Looking Back - News - March 9, 2012

    In 1912

    Sunday, March 3 — In spite of the threatening storm, a goodly number of representatives of precinct 29, East Las Vegas gathered last night in the city hall to participate in a primary. The meeting was called to order by precinct committeeman F.O. Blood. Ralph E. Twitchell was chosen permanent chairman and Herbert W. Clark permanent secretary.

  • Looking Ahead - News - March 9, 2012

    Daylight saving time begins Sunday

    Don’t forget to set your clock forward one hour before going to bed on Saturday.

  • Weather - March 9, 2012

    A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 37. North wind around 10 mph, becoming east. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible. A chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20. South wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.


  • Correction - News - March 9, 2012

    An article on the Fiesta de la Hispanidad published in Monday’s edition contained two errors. Among the performers will be Kenneth Archuleta. The band Macizo will also perform. Archuleta and the band were misidentified in the original story.

  • Counting the Votes
  • Navajos look to invest in project

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A $1.5 billion effort to link the United States’ three major electricity grids has caught the attention of one of the country’s largest American Indian tribes as it looks to enter the energy race.

    Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly has met with developers of the Tres Amigas Superstation and sees the project as an opportunity for electricity generated on the reservation — which spans parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah — to reach other markets.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - March 9, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Prisoners leave Sandoval jail
    ALBUQUERQUE — Nearly 200 federal prisoners are being transferred out of the Sandoval County Detention Center to other jails in New Mexico but federal authorities aren't saying why.

  • Tonita vs. Alfonso

    By Martín Salazar, Dave Kavanaugh and Mercy López
    Las Vegas Optic

    Incumbent Alfonso Ortiz Jr. and rival Tonita Gurule-Giron are headed to a runoff after garnering the top two vote counts in Tuesday’s mayoral election but failing to secure the necessary 50 percent plus one vote needed for an outright win.

    The Ward 3 race, meanwhile, will come down to Joseph “Joey” Herrera and Joseph McCaffrey Jr., who found themselves in a similar position.