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Tax increase implemented to aid budget

There's no way to sugar coat the situation. Valencia County commissioners voted to increase gross receipts taxes countywide by a half percent in order to avoid a nearly $1.8 million shortfall at the end of the next fiscal year.

The winning ticket

Photo courtesy of New Mexico Lottery: Holding up a mock New Mexico Lottery Scratcher, local photographer Adrienne Kozacek is one of six New Mexico photographers who have their images featured on New Mexico Lottery’s “I Love New Mexico” Scratcher series that focuses on New Mexico landmarks.

It's a fair assumption that when those looking to hit it big with a New Mexico Lottery Scratcher are scraping away, the image in the background doesn't really register.

Belen Teacher of the Year

Julia M. Dendinger-News-Bulletin photo: Belen Consolidated Schools Teacher of the Year Margie Zamora has high expectations of her students. The Infinity High School teacher said the key is to understand what the students already know and are interested in, and build from there.

When Margie Zamora talks, she uses her hands. They are small, subtle movements, and as the conversation goes on, you realize they aren't just random movements but instead purposeful language. American Sign Language to be specific.

BF employees to get raises next year

Bosque Farms village councilors unanimously approved a preliminary budget for its next fiscal year that included a small raise for employees and called for the village to shoulder more of the health insurance costs.

Democrat candidates debate local, state issues

Two dozen Democratic candidates running for local and state offices turned out for a candidate forum hosted by the Valencia County Federation of Democratic Women last Thursday. The offices range from state representative to county officials to various judgeships.

A survivor's story: Joy Lovato

(The Valencia County News-Bulletin and Valencia Shelter Services are partnering to commemorate the 25 years of service VSS has provided to domestic violence victims and to the community. In the coming months, 25 articles recounting the history, highlighting the services, telling survivors' stories and profiling those who have contributed to VSS's history and continued success will be featured. The series will conclude in October, when VSS will officially recognize its 25th anniversary during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.)