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Today's News

  • Senate panel OKs $5.9 billion budget

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE  — A proposed $5.9 billion budget is heading to the Senate with a more than 4 percent increase in spending next year and money for pay raises for educators and state workers.

    The Finance Committee unanimously endorsed the budget on Friday, sending the measure to the 42-member Senate for consideration.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - March 11, 2013

    The Associated Press

    Senate OKs pension change

    SANTA FE — The Senate has approved a proposal that would allow former and current lawmakers to enroll in a state pension fund if they had failed to meet previous deadlines for joining the retirement system.
    The measure cleared the Senate with almost no debate on Saturday on a 30-3 vote. It goes to the House for consideration.

  • Senators postpone vote on Skandera

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The Senate’s top Republican leader complained Saturday that politics had become a driving force behind a lengthy confirmation hearing for Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera, who is awaiting a vote by lawmakers with no guarantee it will happen before the Legislature ends.

  • Looking Back - March 11, 2013

    In 1963
    Wednesday, March 13 — San Miguel County Representative Fidel “Chief” Gonzales, who served on the House Appropriations and Finance Committee during the 26th session of the state legislature, yesterday reviewed several important economic advances for San Miguel County institutions. One of the most important economic advances was raising salaries of State Hospital and Meadows Home employees to a minimum of $200.00 a month, up from $168.00.
     

  • Looking Ahead - News - March 11, 2013

    Reception for Fort Union superintendent
    The Citizens Committee for Historic Preservation is hosting a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday to formally welcome Charles Strickfaden, the new superintendent of Fort Union National Monument. The reception will be held at the CCHP building, 116 Bridge St.

  • Weather - March 11, 2013

    Monday
    Sunny, with a high near 58. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming southwest 10-15 mph in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 29. Southwest wind 5-15 mph, becoming north after midnight.

    Tuesday
    Sunny, with a high near 58. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 33.

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 62. Clear at night, with a low around 38.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:17 a.m. to 7:05 p.m.

  • Skating event cancelled
  • Noticias - March 11, 2013

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  • Que Pasa - March 11, 2013

    TODAY HOY
    • Parent Survey for Robertson High School Accreditation due on Monday, March 11. For more information, call 454-5770.

    WEDNESDAY MIERCOLES
    • Search and Rescue meeting, 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13, at the new State Police Headquarters across from KFUN Hill. The access is at the far end of the overpass (exit 245 on I-25) and turn right just past the exit ramp from I-25.

  • Sad ending, self-inflicted

    The forced resignation of Eugenio S. Mathis as district judge was a sad but necessary ending to an otherwise impressive 20-year career on the bench. On Feb. 28, the New Mexico Supreme Court signed off on an agreement that required he step down from his 4th Judicial District position and never again hold a judicial office in the state.