The past 100 years, February 15, 2017

February 15, 2017 GMT

Feb. 15, 1917: HACHITA — Jose Inez Salazar threatened soon to raid an American city or town and kill all the American men, according to “Bunk” Spencer, the American negro, who, with his Mexican wife, are being held for ransom by Salazar’s forces at Ojitos.

Spencer reached the border yesterday to obtain a ransom of $15,000 for the release of himself and his wife, returning to Ojitos. Salazar sent a message “to the American people,” telling them of his plans for a raid, Spencer said, but promising to do everything to protect American women and children.

Feb. 15, 1967: Santa Fe members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars planned a protest march on the Capitol today to protest proposed legislation to wipe out a tax break for veterans.

The bills by Rep. Robert Jordan, R-Bernalillo, would remove the property tax exemption for veterans and so-called heads of households.

Jordan said the state would receive an additional $450,000 annually if the exemptions were removed.

Feb. 15, 1992: Cupid loosed his arrows Friday at the Santa Fe County Judicial Complex as couples with love in their hearts and marriage on their minds showed up on Valentine’s Day.

Blushing brides and nervous grooms filled the halls, and proud parents and happy friends and relatives stood by to offer support and maybe toss a handful of rice or two when it was all over.

Five judges performed a total of eight marriage ceremonies Friday, turning the normally staid complex with its crowds of pin-striped lawyers into what could have been a Las Vegas (Nevada) wedding parlor.