Local News

  • 2018 Legislature: Hispanic caucus takes shape

    The Santa Fe New Mexican

    Thursday, a bipartisan group of lawmakers created the Legislative Hispanic Caucus, which will, as they put it in a letter, advocate on behalf of Hispanics and under-represented communities across New Mexico.

    The group comes the same week as Senate Democrats elected Mimi Stewart of Albuquerque to serve as their new whip ­— meaning not a single Hispanic member would be part of the party’s leadership in that chamber.

  • ‘We need more money’

    By Andrew Oxford, The Santa Fe New Mexican

    SANTA FE — Lines of young children filed into the Roundhouse on Thursday wearing cowboy hats, bandanas and sheriff’s badges for another showdown of sorts over funding for early childhood education.

    The kids are likely to be outgunned politically as long as fiscally conservative Democrats hold sway in the state Senate.

  • Nursing compact signed

    By Andrew Oxford, The Santa Fe New Mexican

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez signed a new nurse licensing compact on Thursday, averting what one lawmaker warned would be a health care crisis by ensuring nurses with licenses from more than two dozen other states can continue practicing in New Mexico without getting a separate certificate.

  • What’s after governorship for Martinez?

    By Andrew Oxford, The Santa Fe New Mexican

    SANTA FE — Guessing what Gov. Susana Martinez might do next after she leaves the state’s top elected office at the end of 2018 has become something of a parlor game in New Mexico politics.

    Just a few years ago, observers occasionally mentioned the two-term Republican as a potential vice-presidential nominee in 2016.

    Too late for that but might she run for U.S. Senate?

    “Why would I want to be one of 100?” she said Thursday.

  • Tony Serna Jr. Elementary — November 2017 Students of the Month

    Tony Serna Jr. Elementary School has announced its students of the month for November 2017. 

    They are Ezekiel Sanchez, Kristopher Brito, Peyton Richardson, Aaliyah Manzanares and Thomas White.

  • Don Cecilio Martinez Elementary December 2017 Students of the Month

    Here are the Don Cecilio Martinez  Elementary students of the month for December 2017.

    They are Jocelyn Torres, Ty Harmon, Eric Herrera, Heavenly Flores, Andrina Jiron, Jonah Angel, Anastacia Ortiz, Carlo Lucero and Isaiah Lujan.

  • Overcoming Obstacles

    He’s faced myriad obstacles — illness, the death of loved ones, countless challenges, but — like the Energizer Bunny — he keeps going and going.
    Few things seem to slow him down. Of course, the person with that kind of energy is Las Vegas’ Chris Martinez, whose works have benefitted many.

  • Council approves refugee support measure

    After an off-and-on discussion that began more than six months ago, the Las Vegas City Council approved a resolution at Wednesday’s regular monthly meeting in support of the state’s cities that can support refugees.

    By a unanimous 4-0 vote, the Council passed Resolution 18-04 by voting in favor of a consent agenda. A copy of the lengthy resolution, which calls for the city to symbolically support New Mexico cities that are better equipped to house refugees.

  • Tenth annual literacy fair is one week away

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    The Literacy Council of Northeastern New Mexico, a division of the Las Vegas Arts Council, will be hosting its 10th annual literacy fair on Saturday, Jan. 27 at Sala de Madrid on the Highlands Univeristy campus, Eighth Street and University Avenue, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    The theme for this year’s event is a Dr. Seuss Celebration, and the tag line is  “Read Here and Read There—Read Everywhere!”

  • Governor wants tax reform

    By Andrew Oxford, The Santa Fe New Mexican

    Gov. Susana Martinez signaled Tuesday she is not going quietly into her last year in office, opening a 30-day session of the Legislature with a State of the State address that touted issues she has pushed throughout her administration and steeling herself for one last showdown with Democratic lawmakers.