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Today's News

  • State overhauling 10 bridges this year

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The state of New Mexico is overhauling 10 structurally deficient bridges this year and has plans to replace three dozen bridges next year.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that 55 bridges out of almost 3,000 state-owned bridges are due for preventive maintenance, such as replacing deck joints, deck sealing and painting.

    Nearly 300 more bridges around New Mexico were listed as structurally deficient in the 2013 National Bridge Inventory, and it will cost millions of dollars to fix them all.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - May 30, 2014

    The Associated Press

    NM lags in fiscal recovery

    SANTA FE — A national report says New Mexico’s tax collections haven’t fully rebounded from the recession and only three other states have experienced a slower revenue recovery.
    According to an analysis by The Pew Charitable Trusts, New Mexico’s tax revenue in the fourth quarter of 2013 was 17.9 percent below the state’s inflation-adjusted revenue peak of $1.5 billion in the final quarter of 2006.

  • Looking Back - May 30, 2014

    In 1964

    Thursday, May 28 — New Mexico Highlands University combined solid pitching with timely hitting to complete its finest season in the history of the school with a 26-win and six-loss baseball record. Senior outfielder Bill Lomas led the club in four batting departments with a .402 batting average. The Little All-American candidate was ranked fourth in the nation last week in stolen bases and finished his final season with 276 thefts to his credit.
     

  • Looking Ahead - News - May 30, 2014

    Early voting ends Saturday

    If you’re a registered Democrat or Republican in San Miguel County, you have until Saturday to participate in early voting. You can vote early at the San Miguel County Clerk’s Office or at the San Miguel Senior Citizens Center in the Valley.

  • Weather - May 30, 2014

    Friday
    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 77. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 10-15 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 53. Southwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming light west in the evening.

  • Optic picks for Primary

    Democratic Nomination for Governor

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 30, 2014
  • Nuestra Historia - The Americanization of the Old Town Plaza

    Resident scholar and historian Marcus C. Gottschalk has done painstaking and meticulous research into the original layout and early development of the Old Town Plaza. In 2001, he first published Pioneer Merchants of the Las Vegas Plaza, a work that includes the development of the Plaza from its settlement through the territorial period.
    Because of his knowledge and expertise on the current subject in our series, I asked Marcus to author this column and the next, in our continuing chronology of Las Vegas history.

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  • Editorial Roundup - May 30, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The Poughkeepsie Journal on problems within Veterans Affairs. (May 25):
    Today, as we pay homage to those who have fought and died in our nation’s wars, the country can honor veterans in so many ways — but none is as pressing as making sure those returning from battle are getting adequate care to stay healthy.
    The country is falling horribly short, as the most recent scandals at Veterans Affairs facilities show. And that is an awful thing to ponder as we observe Memorial Day.

  • Students of the month - May 30, 2014