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  • City councilor charged with DWI, 2nd offense

    A Las Vegas city councilor, who is seeking to retain his seat in a March 6 election, is facing charges on driving under the influence, second offense. 

    David A. Ulibarri Jr., 65, was initially scheduled to be in San Miguel Magistrate Court on Thursday, but his attorney, Luis B. Juarez of Albuquerque, filed to have his client's arraignement waived. No need court dates have been scheduled.

  • Victim identified in homicide

    The victim of a homicide that occurred Sunday morning was identified publicly  by Las Vegas Police on Thursday.

    Las Vegas Police Deputy Chief Ken Jenkins said Jeremy Vasquez, of Las Vegas, died of an apparent gunshot wound Sunday. Police were called to a home in the 2600 block of New Mexico Avenue, where a shooting had been reported, at about 10:43 a.m. Sunday.

    He didn’t have Vasquez’s exact age, but the victim is believed to be in his 30s. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

  • Senate bill would allow spaceport to shield companies' records

    By Andrew Oxford, The New Mexican

    Lawmakers are proposing to create a carve-out in the state's open records law for Spaceport America that would allow it to keep secret any information about companies or government agencies blasting rockets from the Southern New Mexico site.

  • Someone who knows the challenges

    Disabled with cerebral palsy since birth, Bernal resident JudyAnn Sena has purposely taken advantage of opportunities and activities that have taken her and her wheelchair on various journeys.

    For her attention to issues impacting the disabled, Sena was appointed to the Governor’s Commission on Disability this past December.

  • Legislative Roundup, Jan. 24, 2018

    Optic and Santa Fe New Mexican reports

    Dems don’t want wall built

  • Dems push for early-childhood education funding

    By Andrew Oxford, The Santa Fe New Mexican

    A ballot measure that calls for using more money from the state’s $17 billion Land Grant Permanent Fund for early childhood education is a small step closer to going to voters this year.

    The House Education Committee on Monday voted 7-6 — along party lines — to approve the constitutional amendment that backers say could expand access to education programs for young children across New Mexico, the state with the highest rate of child poverty.

  • Dems push to end cap on film industry rebates

    By Andrew Oxford, The Santa Fe New Mexican

    Gov. Susana Martinez stood on a sound stage in Albuquerque last summer crediting the film and television industry with injecting a record $505 million into the New Mexico economy over the previous fiscal year.

    But will the governor who sought to cut tax rebates for filmmakers when she first took office go along with a bill to lift the current cap on incentives — a measure that some say would provide an additional boost as the industry continues to prove a particularly busy part the state’s economy?

  • Does everyone need a lobbyist?

    By Andrew Oxford, The Santa Fe New Mexican

  • Conference to feature international slate of presenters

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    MONTEZUMA — Feminist, author, and social and political activist Courtney Martin, who speaks at universities around the nation, will be among the guest presenters at the Annual Conference at the United World College-USA.

  • City, county, AVRH, ambulance co. all named in wrongful death suit

    Superior Ambulance, Alta Vista Regional Hospital, San Miguel County and the City of Las Vegas are named in a suit filed recently in a district court in Santa Fe.