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County talks about setting priorities

Only a handful of residents turned out Monday for the first of six public workshops being held to get the word out about an increase in gross receipts taxes to help the county meet budget priorities. The seven priorities were created in partnership with the public.

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.