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  • Senate budget adds money for gov’s proposals

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A Senate panel approved a $6.2 billion spending package on Sunday with more money for Republican Gov. Susana Martinez’s educational initiatives in hopes of breaking a budget stalemate.

    The measure cleared the Finance Committee unanimously and goes to the Senate for consideration.

    The prospects remained uncertain whether the Senate, House and the governor would agree on a budget before Legislature adjourns on Thursday.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Feb. 19, 2014

    The Associated Press

    House OKs train funds

    A bill approved by the New Mexico House would use oil and gas revenue to pay the state’s share of costs to keep Amtrak’s Southwest Chief on its current route.
    The House’s vote Monday sends the bill to the Senate where its fate is uncertain.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the bill authorizes the issuance of bonds to raise up to $40 million between 2016 and 2025.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Feb. 19, 2014

    Glimpses of the Past
    “The History of the Economic Development of the Southwest,” 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20 at CCHP/Santa Fe Trail Interpretive Center, 116 Bridge St.

  • Looking Back - Feb. 19, 2014

    In 1964

  • Weather - Feb. 19, 2014

    Wednesday
    Partly sunny, with a high near 65. Windy, with a west wind 5-15 mph, increasing to 20-30 mph. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 25. Breezy, with a west wind 20-25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

    Thursday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 49. Northwest wind around 15 mph, becoming west in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 22.

    Friday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 58. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 20.

  • Regent appointee drops suit

    The man appointed to the New Mexico Highlands University Board of Regents has dropped his lawsuit against the university.

    Carl Foster, through his attorney, filed an unopposed motion to dismiss the case last Thursday, and federal Judge James A. Parker granted the motion that same day.

  • Early voting
  • Commission keeps Lopez as attorney

    The San Miguel County Commission voted unanimously last week to continue with Jesus Lopez as the county attorney.
    After going behind closed doors to discuss thee matter last Tuesday, commissioners returned to public session and voted.

    The contract is for up to four years, renewable annually, though the commission has the right to terminate it at will at any time. Lopez will be paid $97,500 a year, the same amount he has been paid for the last four years.

  • Legislature enters final stretch

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The Legislature is running out of time in its 30-day session as the top issues remain unresolved, including a $6 billion budget to finance public schools and government services starting in July.

  • House plan would reduce scholarship

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The House approved a proposal Friday to shore up a lottery-financed scholarship program by trimming the financial aid awards for college students to less than the full cost of tuition.

    The program faces a shortfall because lottery revenue isn’t keeping pace with rising scholarship costs. If nothing is done during this legislative session, it will be left to the Higher Education Department to cut scholarship awards to keep the program solvent.