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Today's News

  • Lawmakers average $16,000

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico legislators averaged a little more than $16,000 in compensation last year although they received no annual salary.

    House and Senate members collect a daily expense payment, called a per diem, when the Legislature is in session and while attending committee meetings or out-of-state legislative conferences during the rest of the year.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - March 5, 2014

    The Associated Press

    State revenues stronger so far
    SANTA FE — A legislative panel reports New Mexico’s revenue collections are stronger than expected during the first half of the fiscal year.
    The Legislative Finance Committee said the state’s main budget account has experienced 4.6 percent revenue growth from July through December. That’s above the 2.7 percent growth forecast for the year.

  • Looking Back - March 5, 2014

    In 1964
    Thursday, March 5 — Burglars were busy in Las Vegas last night, breaking into Wards Warehouse, the Sugar Shack and Farmway Feed. Ken Kimbrel, a city police officer, said a heavy instrument, possibly an ax, was used in the attempt to break open a safe. The burglars even broke a gum machine, allowing the gum to roll on the floor.

  • Looking Ahead - News - March 5, 2014

    Women’s Day celebration
    New Mexico Highlands University hosts an International Women’s Day celebration from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday in the Margaret Kennedy Alumni Hall, 905 University Ave.

  • Weather - March 5, 2014

    Wednesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 55. North wind 5-15 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 27. Southwest wind 5-15 mph.

    Thursday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 67. Southwest wind 10-20 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 34.

    Friday
    A slight chance of rain showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 62. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. A chance of rain and snow showers at night. Cloudy, with a low around 28. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.

  • Thank you, governor

    We may not always agree with Gov. Susana Martinez, but when it comes to water issues and her staunch support for the city of Las Vegas’ water infrastructure needs, we have nothing but praise for her.

    Back in November, Martinez challenged state lawmakers to set aside $112 million of this year’s capital outlay funds for water and waste water projects across the state. Her reason was obvious.

  • Editorial Cartoon - March 5, 2014
  • Work of Art - No bang for our bucks

    There can be no doubt — no doubt whatsoever — that Sandra Bullock ranks second in the pulchritude department. She’s gorgeous, just a step below Katherine Zeta Jones.

    But let me explain:

    I’m not one of those callow teenybopper reviewers who go gaga over anyone who’s relatively attractive. I’ve given up on inviting Marilyn Monroe into my dreams, to make room for KZJ, and in her absence, Sandra Bullock.

    But the more I type these three names, the more I feel like the kind of dizzy fan I criticize.

  • Going to State! Seven area teams begin championship quests this weekend

    Seven area high school teams and their fans are gearing up for one of the most anticipated events on the calendar — the New Mexico Activities Association state basketball championships.

    Or, as they call it ‘round these parts, “State.”

    Teams learned their postseason pairings late Sunday, hours after the last of the district tournaments around the state had concluded. Considering how long the hoops season has been, things will happen now at a relentless pace.

  • Rangel earns trip to nationals

    By Vincent Nolasco
    NMHU Sports Information

    GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Erick Rangel was a man on a mission over the weekend, ensuring that New Mexico Highlands would be represented at the NCAA Division II National Wrestling Championships.

    Rangel placed third in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament, which doubles as the NCAA Super IV Regional, in Grand Junction, Colo. The Cowboys’ 125-pounder will compete for a national title March 14-15 in Cleveland, Ohio.