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  • Calls mount for a special session

    By Vik Jolly
    The Associated Press

    A growing number of cities are urging Gov. Susana Martinez to overcome an impasse and call a special session to consider funding more than $260 million in public improvement projects around the state.

    The capital outlay bill stalled on the final day of the legislative session in March and much finger-pointing has followed.

    Martinez initially resisted the call for a special session, saying she wanted to make sure the outcome would be different.

  • Jail Log - April 24, 2015

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between April 10 and April 21:

    John Alvey, 53, Drug Court violation, three-day commitment, San Miguel District
    Christopher Manzanares, 33, seven-day commitment, Las Vegas Municipal
    Scott Eaves, 42, receiving or transferring stolen vehicles or motor vehicles, careless driving, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving on suspended or revoked license, San Miguel Magistrate

  • Looking Back - April 24, 2015

    In 1965

  • Looking ahead - News - April 24, 2015

    Mora Chamber holding fundraiser
    Mora Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Luau from 6 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, April 25 at the Mora VFW. A dance will follow the dinner with music by “Quemoso.”

  • Weather - April 24, 2015

    Friday
    Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 63. Breezy, with a west wind 15-20 mph, increasing to 20-25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 39. Breezy, with a west wind 15-25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

    Saturday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 67. West wind 15-20 mph. A 10 percent chance of showers at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 39.

    Sunday

  • Correction - April 24

    The Optic erroneously identified Presidential Search Committee Chairman Doyle Daves as the head of the Highlands Foundation. Daves’ term as head of the Highlands Foundation ended in October.

  • In Brief - News - April 24, 2015

    The Associated Press
     

  • Commission closer to decision

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The future of an aging coal-fired power plant that provides electricity to more than 2 million people in New Mexico and other parts of the Southwest rests in the hands of state regulators.

    The Public Regulation Commission on Wednesday received a briefing from a hearing examiner on his recommendations regarding a plan by the state’s largest electric provider to replace part of the San Juan Generating Station with a mix of more coal, natural gas, nuclear and solar power.

  • State to spend $2.75B on public ed.

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Spending on early childhood programs and public schools in New Mexico will top $2.75 billion in the coming budget year.

    That’s the largest amount in state history. It will include funding to implement several new initiatives by the state Public Education Department.

    The majority of the budget, $2.5 billion, goes to the schools based on a formula that takes into account student body size, school size and special education needs.

    The rest of the budget is allocated for specific initiatives.

  • Editorial cartoon - April 24, 2015