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  • Lawmaker emails private under rule

    State lawmakers approved a rule last week that its sponsor says is meant to exempt legislators’ email and other documents from disclosure through the state’s open records law.

    House Concurrent Resolution 1, which was sponsored by House Minority Leader Donald Bratton, R-Hobbs, won final approval in the Senate shortly before midnight on Wednesday.

    Pete Campos, of Las Vegas, drew statewide attention for being the only senator to vote against the measure, which was opposed by the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government.

  • Tax bill OK’d before adjournment

    By Barry Massey and Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico lawmakers wrapped up their work Saturday by rushing through a last-minute package of business tax cuts supported by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez to encourage economic development.

    By approving the tax measure, the Democratic-controlled Legislature averted a possible special session later this year. The governor said she would sign the tax cuts as well as a $5.9 billion state budget she previously had threatened to veto.

  • Looking Back - March 18, 2013

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  • Looking Ahead - News - March 18, 2013

    Fiesta de la Hispanidad is this Saturday
    The 19th Annual Fiesta de la Hispanidad will take place this Saturday at Ilfeld Auditorium. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. Event starts at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $5 with ticket availability starting today across the street from Ilfeld from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call Donna Martinez at 454-3238 for ticket information or Sara at 454-0438.

  • Weather - March 18, 2013

    Sunny, with a high near 57. West wind 15-20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 31. Breezy, with a west wind 20-25 mph, decreasing to 10-15 mph after midnight.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 58. West wind 5-15 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 28.

    Partly sunny, with a high near 57. A 10 percent chance of showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:07 a.m. to 7:11 p.m.

  • Bill lists $11.5M for area projects

    Lawmakers have approved a $274 million package to fund brick and mortar projects across the state, and if the bill survives Gov. Susana Martinez’s veto pen, schools, hospitals water systems and other government entities in San Miguel and Mora counties will receive more than $11.5 million for area projects.

    Among the big winners locally are the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute, Highlands University, the city of Las Vegas and Mora County. Each of those entities stands to receive more than $1 million in capital project funding.

  • Final Touches - Student Center opens Monday

    The first floor of the new Highlands University Student Center is set to open on Monday, after  months of delays.

    Max Baca, the university administrator who oversaw the project for Highlands, said the first floor of the massive building will open on Monday, the same day students return from spring break. The first floor includes the cafeteria and bookstore.

    The multi-million-dollar facility is about 15 months behind schedule and cost the university $4.8 million more than expected.

  • Commission rejects gun resolution

    An attempt by San Miguel County Commission Chairman Nicolas Leger to get his colleagues on the board to approve a resolution supporting stricter federal laws on assault weapons and more comprehensive background checks backfired.

    After a spirited discussion, the commission shot down Leger’s proposed resolution in a rare split vote. Leger and Marcellino Ortiz voted for the resolution, both citing mass shootings like the one in December in Newtown, Conn. Commissioners Ron Ortega, Arthur Padilla and Gilbert Sena voted against it.

  • Veto threat looms over state budget

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The Democratic-controlled Legislature and Republican Gov. Susana Martinez are on a collision course over a proposed $5.9 billion state budget after lawmakers decided Wednesday to send her the spending blueprint despite a threatened veto.

    The Legislature ends on Saturday, and the clash over the budget creates the possibility that lawmakers could be forced to return to work later in a special session if the governor follows through on her veto threat.

  • Pope Francis - A humble image, but complex past

    By Brian Murphy and Michael Warren
    The Associated Press

    VATICAN CITY — On the streets in Buenos Aires, the stories about the cardinal who has become the first pope from the Americas often include a very ordinary backdrop: The city bus during rush hour.

    Tales are traded about chatting with Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio as he squeezed in with others for the commute to work. They sometimes talked about church affairs. Other times it could be about what he planned to cook for dinner in the simple downtown apartment he chose over an opulent church estate.