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Senate Agrees to House Budget Plan

Santa Fe, NM – Today the Senate adopted all of the budget bills crafted by the House during the past week without significant debate.

“The past three days have been time well spent,” said House Majority L-- Continue reading

House Passes Tax Package

Editor's note: This was sent early this morning, but later developments and adjuournment of the special session follow.

Santa Fe, NM – The House approved a tax package as part of an overall plan to resolve the state’s budget gap. Senate Bill 6, as amended, protects crucial job creation incentives and prevents tax increases on hard-working New Mexicans.

“We kept our promise to fix New Mexico’s budget deficit without raising taxes,” said House Ways and Means Committee Chair Jason Harper. “I’m pleased that a bipartisan majority of the House agreed to share in the sacrifices being made. I urge the Senate to concur on this fair plan to resolve this situation for New Mexico.”-- Continue reading

House Passes Funding Adjustment Bill

Editor's Note: This was sent late last night, but I didn't have a chance to get it posted this morning. Later happenings follow.

The proposal moves to the Senate for concurrence

Santa Fe, NM – The House passed an amended version of Senate Bill 9 tonight to as part of a package of bills to resolve New Mexico’s budget deficit. The measure makes adjustments to state agency funding for FY17. It now moves to the Senate for concurrence.

The House-passed bill blocks a Senate attempt to take $25 million from New Mexico public school districts. It also reverses Senate-proposed cuts to the Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) as well as the Department of Public Safety.-- Continue reading

NM CAP Entity holds regular monthly meeting

Discusses website, auditing service, successor to GSFWC and draft agreement

By Mary Alice Murphy

Two people spoke during public input at the beginning of the regular monthly meeting of the New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity on Oct. 4, 2016.

Kara Naber of Deming thanked the CAP Entity for holding its September meeting in Deming and requested the group consider holding future meetings there.

Ron Troy of the Hondo Valley near Ruidoso said he owns water rights and is in a constant legal battle with the state to get his senior water rights delivered. "My question is how you would explain to downstream users that you will be taking water upstream."

He said he and his wife sold everything to buy the senior water rights, and then built their own house.-- Continue reading

Deming man pleads guilty to federal methamphetamine trafficking charge

ALBUQUERQUE – Andy Garcia, Jr., 43, of Deming, N.M., pled guilty yesterday in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M. to a methamphetamine trafficking charge. Under the terms of his plea agreement, Andy Garcia will be sentenced to ten years in prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.

Andy Garcia was charged together with co-defendants Leslie Frank Williams, 52, and Domingo Rodriguez, 46, both of Deming, Oscar Garcia, 46, of Oklahoma, and Estella Aguilar, 44, of Tucson, Ariz., in a nine-count indictment filed on April 21, 2016. The indictment alleged that the five co-defendants conspired to distribute methamphetamine from July 2015 through April 2016. It also charged Williams with distributing methamphetamine on four occasions between Jan 2015 and Sept. 2015; Williams and Rodriguez with distributing methamphetamine in Nov. 2015; and Rodriguez, Oscar Garcia and Andy Garcia with possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute in Jan. 2016. The indictment charged Rodriguez, Oscar Garcia and Aguilar with conspiring to commit money laundering offenses in Feb. 10, 2016; and Aguilar with money laundering on Feb. 10, 2016. According to the indictment, the crimes took place in Luna County, N.M. The indictment included forfeiture allegations requiring the co-defendants to forfeit $1,000,000 to the United States.

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Deming man sentenced to 13 years for conviction on meth trafficking and witness tampering charges.

ALBUQUERQUE – Ramiro Trevizo-Granillo, 34, of Deming, N.M., was sentenced on Oct. 3, 2016, in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to 156 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for trafficking in methamphetamine and conspiring to tamper with a witness.

Trevizo-Granillo was arrested on July 30, 2015, on a criminal complaint charging him with participating in a methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy and conspiracy to tamper with a witness. According to the complaint, Trevizo-Granillo provided an individual with 30 grams of methamphetamine on July 4, 2014, with the understanding that the purchaser would be selling the drugs to others. While Trevizo-Granillo was detained on the methamphetamine distribution charge, he engaged in a recorded telephone conversation with another person during which he discussed a scheme to prevent a witness from testifying against him.-- Continue reading

Chef Rob Connoley book signing at the Murray Hotel

Photos by Sandra Michaud

Chef Rob Connoley, formerly of the Curious Kumquat, returned to Silver City to sign copies of his new cookbook, “Acorns and Cattails: A Modern Foraging Cookbook of Forest, Farm -- Continue reading

WNMU Homecoming Parade 100116

Photos by George Plant Photography

The 2016 Homecoming Week at Western New Mexico University in Silver City was held September 29 - October 1. One highlight of Saturday, October 1 was the Homecoming P-- Continue reading

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