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  • UWC talents on display

    Theresa Wesner/ For the Optic

    International musicians and other performers put their talents on display Saturday in Montezuma as part of the United World College-USA’s annual conference.

    Some of the performers were Benjamin Varah, Peka Mueller, Bella Lasrsen and Kalin Kirilov.

  • Legislature: Regent reform proposal stalls

    By Andrew Oxford, Santa Fe New Mexican

    SANTA FE — A state Senate committee on Monday blocked a proposed constitutional amendment that backers argued would have helped depoliticize the often partisan process of selecting regents for the boards of New Mexico’s public universities.

  • Campaign season going

    Democratic candidate for governor Jeff Apodaca, wearing a vest, stopped in both Mora and San Miguel counties Sunday to meet with delegates and others as part of his campaign.

    Apodaca took questions on a number of topics while at Hatcha’s in Mora, ranging from education, where he hopes to raise the minimum starting New Mexico teacher’s salary to well above $40,000 per year, to small business regulations, where he feels there is not enough state-level investment.

    Tuesday was the final day for 2018 statewide office candidates to turn in petitions. 

  • Legislature In Brief from Monday, Feb. 5, 2018

    Here's the Santa Fe New Mexican's Legislature notes from Monday, Feb. 5, 2018:

    PAC man: The political action committee for the House Democrats is walking back a fundraising email sent over the weekend, smack dab in the middle of what is known as the “prohibited period” -- the time around each session when legislators are barred from soliciting campaign donations.

    The email from the New Mexico House Democratic Campaign Committee touted the caucus’ work at the 30-day session’s halfway point.

  • New Mexico in Brief, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018

    The Associated Press

    Lawmakers: No  new money for APD

    ALBUQUERQUE  — Two key New Mexico Democratic lawmakers are pouring cold water on Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller’s plea for state help to hire 400 officers.
    KOB-TV reports Sen. John Arthur Smith and Rep. Patty Lundstrom say the new mayor shouldn’t expect any new appropriations to fulfill a campaign promise to increase police staffing.

  • Trujillo case recusal motion to get hearing

    A Fourth District Court hearing was held Monday in the case of former Mora and Pecos school administrator Charles Trujillo on Tuesday — though Charles Trujillo wasn't really the subject of the hearing at all.

  • Bill introduced to wrap Luna under NMHU's domain

    Lots of Americans have seen the term "SB 52" somewhere within the past few weeks — a reference to the Super Bowl game played Sunday. 

    However, it's a bill with a similar name that has the attention of anyone involved in higher education in northeastern New Mexico.

    SB 252 is a bill introduced last Wednesday in the State Senate as part of the New Mexico legislature's 30-day 2018 legislative session. Its formal title tells us all we need to know about its intent: "Transfer of Luna College to N.M. Highlands."

  • In Grand Style

    Now that projects have improved the northern part of Grand Avenue, the New Mexico Department of Transportation is nearly ready to send out requests for bids for a project along the southern stretch of that same strip of pavement.

  • A slimmed-down department

    Keeping athletes in top shape has become a year-round task. Planning a reduced budget and staying within it is not only a year-round task, it’s also a multi-year task — and a day-by-day task.

  • HUD demands action from L.V. Housing Authority

    National housing authorities recently issued a complex report detailing 18 violations the City of Las Vegas has committed or is committing in its attempts to comply with a federal program.

    At stake is, depending on what one reads into a letter that accompanied the review and the city’s strained history with federal housing authorities, the city possibly losing all funding, staffing and other items that go with federally subsidized housing in the area.