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  • $6.2B budget bill boosts education

    By Vik Jolly
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A $6.2 billion budget bill for New Mexico that forms the blueprint for future spending discussions has cleared its first committee vote with near unanimous support.

    The amount of total general fund spending is nearly the same as that outlined by Gov. Susana Martinez and the Legislative Finance Committee before the start of this year’s legislative session.

    Martinez and lawmakers have highlighted education as a priority in a state with some of the lowest performing schools in the nation.

  • Cards bring home state championship
  • Luna unveils new auto collision facility

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    Luna Community College auto collision student Kimberly Padilla was one of more than 100 people who attended Friday’s Auto Collision open house and ribbon cutting ceremony.

    “I’m thankful for everything Luna Community College has done for us,” said Padilla, a native of Mora. “I think this new facility is awesome and it’s going to be nice to have our own work space...”

    Padilla said she wants to specialize in airbrushing and pin striping.

  • Looking ahead - New - Feb. 23, 2015

    Kiwanis Club Pancake Day is Wednesday
    Kiwanis Club of Las Vegas Annual Pancake Day, breakfast from 7 to 9 a.m., lunch from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p/.m. and dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 25 at the Flamingo Room. Adults are $8 each and children 10 and younger eat for $5. All you can eat pancakes, sausage, coffee, tea or milk.

  • Looking Back - Feb. 23, 2015

    In 1965
    Wednesday, Feb. 17 — Complaints are being heard around the City about the billing department of the City gas company. One resident of the north part of Town moved recently into an all-electric home. He received a gas bill and thinking it was for his old house, paid it. He received another gas bill this month, checked with the people in his old house and found they had also received a gas bill. So he called the gas company and told them he had received a bill, but he has no gas. He was told that perhaps something was wrong with his meter.

  • Weather - Feb. 23, 2015

    Snow likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 30. Wind chill values as low as -3. South wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible. A 20 percent chance of snow at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 19. South wind 5-10 mph, becoming north after midnight.

    A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 41. Northeast wind 5-10 mph. A 10 percent chance of snow showers at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 18.


  • Committee OK’s preemption bill

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A House committee has approved legislation that would give New Mexico greater authority than local governments in regulating the oil and gas industry.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the House Energy and Environment Committee passed House Bill 366 on Wednesday on a party-line 6-5 vote.

    Republican Rep. Nate Gentry, of Albuquerque, is sponsoring the legislation that would limit the ability of local governments to set limits for oil and gas producers.

  • Officials to oversee reform of campaign finances

    The Associated Press

    A new task force is being created to overhaul campaign finance practices in New Mexico, state officials said Friday.

    Attorney General Hector Balderas and Secretary of State Dianna Duran announced that the task force will review issues of campaign finance reporting, enforcement and the referral process. The panel will be made up of employees from both their offices.

    “I am focused on putting real teeth into the law and will present these legal solutions to the New Mexico Legislature,” Balderas said in a statement.

  • Saiz promoted to commanding officer post

    Submitted to the Optic

    Lt. Commander J. Jacob Saiz was installed as the new commanding officer of the Navy Operational Support Center in El Paso, Texas, during a change of commander ceremony on Jan. 10.

    Saiz is the grandson of Herman and Lucy Saiz of Las Vegas. His grandfather Herman — a decorated veteran of the Pacific Campaign — placed the command pin on his grandson’s uniform.

    Several family members, including parents John and Maria Saiz of Aztec, N.M., also attended.