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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.

Los Lunas Teacher of the Year

Deborah Fox-News-Bulletin photo: Sonia Allen, of Ann Parish Elementary, was chosen by Los Lunas Schools’ Teacher of the Year. Allen taught kindergarten for five years and fourth grade for three years. She is now the academic coach, assisting other teachers enhance their skills and promote student engagement and learning.

The brilliant smile of Sonia Allen shines as she greets visitors and extends her hand to them. Her bright office is busy with frequent traffic from students and teachers coming for her assistance.

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.

Hub City expects small GRT bump

Anticipating a modest increase in revenues, the Belen City Council unanimously approved a preliminary 2014-15 fiscal year budget last week that would represent a 6.18 percent increase to the general fund.

RGE teacher hopes to see injured son walk again

Every parent's nightmare is an injury to their child. For single mother, Veronica Baca, a teacher at Raymond Gabaldon Elementary School, that nightmare came true. Her son, Marc Baca, 22, was rushed to the hospital on March 11 after taking a fall from the roof of his grandparent's house in Albuquerque.

Veguita medical clinic on hold

The proposed medical clinic in Veguita is temporarily on hold, at least until the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration's Local Government Division approves the funding.