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  • East, West discuss consolidation

    Board members of the West Las Vegas School District and Las Vegas City Schools held a joint special meeting in Albuquerque this past Saturday to explore ways the two districts can work toward consolidating the districts.

    The meeting was held at the Hotel Albuquerque of Old Town. The board members were already in Albuquerque for a statewide, two-day school law conference.

    Consolidation of the East and West school districts has been talked about for years.

  • Court overturns judicial pay veto

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s highest court overturned a veto by Gov. Susana Martinez on Wednesday and ordered a 5 percent pay raise for judges across the state.

    The state Supreme Court made the ruling after hearing arguments from lawyers in a dispute focusing on the governor’s power to veto spending items approved by the Legislature and the authority of lawmakers to establish the salaries of judges.

  • Jail Log - June 13, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between June 1 and June 6:

    Marcos Carrillo, 38, aggravated battery  
    Joseph Ortiz, 38, battery on household member, resisting evading, obstructing an officer, probation violation; new charges
    Manuelito Arguello, 33, driving on suspended revoked license, probation violation
    Ivan Vasquez, 38, seven-day commitment
    Jose Gallegos, 52, 30-day commitment
    Ben Gallegos, 36, failure to appear, bench warrant, SM Magistrate  

  • In Brief - New Mexico - June 13, 2014

    The Associated Press

    Teacher ranking program begins

    LAS CRUCES — New Mexico will start rating teacher preparation programs under a plan announced by Gov. Susana Martinez and leaders of colleges and universities with programs that train educators.
    Martinez said Tuesday the first rankings should be released later this year. Schools of education will be scored based on several factors, including whether their teacher graduates helped increase student achievement.

  • In U.S., political split outgrows the voting booth

    By Jennifer Agiesta
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Political polarization in America has broken out of the voting booth.

    A new survey from the Pew Research Center finds Americans are divided by ideology and partisanship not only when they cast ballots, but also in choosing where to live, where to get their news and with whom to associate.

    And peaceful coexistence is increasingly difficult.

  • Ancient skull located

    The Associated Press

    ELEPHANT BUTTE — Authorities say campers in New Mexico have discovered what appears to be a prehistoric elephant skull at Elephant Butte Lake State Park.

    State Parks and other agencies are investigating the find of what appears a tusk and skull of a prehistoric elephant.

    State Parks Director Tommy Mutz says that until paleontologists can carefully excavate and analyze the find, they won’t have conclusive information.

  • Priests attacked in church

    The Associated Press

    PHOENIX — One priest was shot and killed and another was wounded in an attack at a Catholic church in downtown Phoenix, police said.

    Sgt. Steve Martos said police received a call about a burglary at the Mother of Mercy Mission near the state Capitol shortly after 9 p.m. Wednesday. Responding officers found two priests severely injured.

  • Obama: Iraq will need more help

    By Julie Pace
    AP White House Correspondent

    WASHINGTON  — President Barack Obama said Thursday Iraq will need more help from the United States as it seeks to push back a violent Islamic insurgency that has captured two key cities and is vowing to press toward Bagdad.

    Obama did not specify what type of assistance the U.S. would be willing to provide, but said he had not ruled out any options.

  • George Bush Sr. takes birthday jump

    By David Sharp
    The Associated Press

    KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine — Former President George H.W. Bush celebrated his 90th birthday on Thursday by making a tandem parachute jump near his summer home in coastal Maine, delivering on a vow he made five years ago even though he can no longer use his legs.

    The nation’s 41st president jumped from a helicopter at about 6,000 feet harnessed to Sgt. 1st Class Mike Elliott, a retired member of the Golden Knights, the Army’s parachute team. Elliott guided Bush to a gentle landing five years ago.

  • Education collaborative holds meeting at HU

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The Engaging Latino Communities for Education Statewide Collaborative held its annual meeting late last week at New Mexico Highlands University for a strategic planning and budget summit.

    Teresita Aguilar, Highlands vice president for academic affairs, spoke at the meeting.