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  • Angst over new test roiling NM

    By Vik Jolly
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Several dozen students protested at the State Capitol on Friday and more plan to walk out of their schools this week as frustration brews over new standardized tests in New Mexico.

    Students from Santa Fe schools rallied outside before heading to Gov. Susana Martinez’s office to share their concerns about taking new, more rigorous exams aligned with Common Core standards. They were told to write their concerns on a pad of paper.

  • Homeland Security remains open, for now

     By David Espo and Erica Werner
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Bordering on dysfunction, Congress passed a one-week bill late Friday night to avert a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department, as leaders in both political parties quelled a revolt by House conservatives furious that the measure left President Barack Obama’s immigration policy intact.

    The final vote of a long day and night was a bipartisan 357-60 in the House, a little more than an hour after the Senate cleared the measure without so much as a roll call.

  • Looking Back - March 2, 2015

    In 1965
    Monday, March 1 — Confirmation services were held at Our Lady of Sorrows Church i West Las Vegas yesterday with 1,034 persons confirmed. The confirmation was administered by Archbishop James P. Davis. At the 11 a.m.  mass 95 adults and older children were confirmed. At the 1 p.m. mass, 443 small and infant boys were confirmed and 496 infant girls were confirmed at the 3:30 p.m. mass. It was the biggest single confirmation day in the memory of church officials in New Mexico.

  • Looking Ahead - News - March 2, 2015

    Today is deadline for Fiesta performers
    The 21st Annual Fiesta de la Hispanidad is looking for talented individuals who are willing to share their talents at Ilfeld Auditorium on Friday, March 27. Space is limited with a March 2 deadline for signing up. For more information, call Sara Harris at 454-0438.
     

  • Weather - March 2, 2015

    Monday
    A chance of snow before 11 a.m., then a chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 43. South wind 15-20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. A chance of rain before 11 p.m., then a chance of snow. Cloudy at night, with a low around 30. Windy, with a southwest wind 25-30 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent.

    Tuesday

  • Acequias ask city to negotiate

    Acequia users appeared before the City Council last week to ask that the city come to the table to negotiate an agreement that would end the decades-long litigation over the Gallinas River.

    “We have been in litigation for many, many years. I’ve been involved for 57 years...,” said Gabe Estrada, one of the acequia users. “What have we accomplished? Zero. Enough is enough. Ya basta. People, we need to stop that litigation immediately and start negotiating.”

  • Senior profile - George and Joanne Sprenger

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    Like the Energizer Bunny of commercial fame, George and Joanne Sprenger keep going and going. This local couple is involved in many activities.

    Born in 1939, George was raised on a small dairy farm in Plainview, Minn., where his father taught him carpentry, electricity, and other key skills that he continues to practice and share. He graduated from high school in 1957, enrolled at Winona State and proceeded to the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, where he earned his master of science degree in 1968.

  • NMBHI receives accreditation

    Submitted to the Optic

    The New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute has gone through its triennial voluntary accreditation and certification survey and received the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Hospital, Nursing Care, Behavioral Health and Laboratory Accreditation.

    The New Mexico Department of Health runs the Behavioral Health Institute, often referred to as the state hospital. It is the only state psychiatric hospital in New Mexico.

  • Wage hike, right-to-work bill clears House

    By Vik Jolly
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Following a debate that took combative turns, the Republican-controlled New Mexico House of Representatives has approved a right-to-work bill which also includes a 50-cent-per-hour minimum wage hike.

    The legislation, which passed 37-30 Wednesday, prohibits requiring workers to join a union or to pay dues as a condition of employment. It would apply to both public and private sectors.

  • Snow Day