Local News

  • Senate attempts to slow down bills

    The Associated Press

    Republican-backed bills that sailed through New Mexico’s GOP-led House are facing a bumpier ride in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

    Last week, Senate Democrats announced they have assigned bills related to REAL ID, strengthening three strike laws and closing child pornography loopholes to three committees, meaning they will have to survive three separate votes before making it to the chamber’s floor with less than three weeks left in the 30-day Legislative session.

  • Editorial: Vindication for Planned Parenthood

    Editor’s note: The following Houston Chronicle editorial was originally published on Jan. 27:

  • Senior Profile: Answering Denver’s call

    By Beth Urech
    For the Optic

    Grace Betty Detterick sits tall in a high-backed chair in her Dalbey Drive home, smiling, poised, gracious. The daughter of a Methodist minister who was himself the son and grandson of Methodist ministers, Grace Betty was born in Rochester, N.Y.

    In kindergarten, she remembers, “I drew a beautiful horse. But my teacher said, ‘What a pretty rabbit!’ She should have asked me what I’d painted.”

    So much for a career as an artist.

  • BREAKING: Highlands employee arrested

    A Highlands University employee on a recruiting trip to Albuquerque was arrested and charged with two felonies on Thursday after he allegedly stole a woman’s purse and was later found with cocaine, marijuana and prescription pills, according to a criminal complaint filed in Metro Court in Albuquerque on Thursday.

    Martin Lucero, 42, of the 2500 block of Eighth Street, was on a student recruiting trip and was driving a Highlands Ford Escape at the time of his arrest.

  • Highlands hires new VP

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Theresa Law is the new vice president for advancement at Highlands University.

    Law has more than 20 years of successful college, health care and nonprofit fundraising experience ranging from managing a $200,000 annual campaign to directing a $60-million multiyear capital campaign.

  • East board hires search consultant

    One week after Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Ruben Cordova submitted his resignation, the school board voted to hire a consultant to help it find Cordova’s replacement.

    The board held a special meeting on Thursday to approve Cordova’s resignation and to discuss and possibly take action on how to proceed with a search for his replacement. In the end the board voted 4-1 to hire Dan Patterson, chief consultant for the New Mexico School Boards Association Superintendent Search Service.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself: ‘Put another nickel in...’

    When I told my husband, Mark, I planned to write about music, he burst into song, “Put another nickel in, in the nickelodeon, all I want is loving you and music, music, music!”

    How many of us recognize that song? Can you sing along?  We may not remember what a nickelodeon is or even a nickel, but music stays with us. 

    We need music from the moment we’re born until the moment we die. And not just listening to it, although that’s wonderful. We need to be singing, playing the clarinet or the castanets. We need to be dancing to it.

  • Suit seeks to stop food stamp work requirement

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty is asking a federal judge to temporarily stop the state from implementing rules that tie food assistance to employment.

    The filing is part of a decades-old federal case in which the state agreed to improve communication with low-income residents about public health benefits — including food assistance.

  • REAL ID debate moves to Senate

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    Democrats say a GOP plan to get the state in compliance with the federal REAL ID Act will force residents to turn over personal information to a federal database.

    Republicans say that’s false and counter that a Democratic proposal to create a two-tier system still won’t put New Mexico in compliance. Democrats deny that charge.

  • Another Perspective: House Republicans to address New Mexico’s challenges

    As a member of the State Legislature and Speaker of the House, I carry a great responsibility entrusted to me by the people of New Mexico to work on laws that will improve our state. I am honored to have this opportunity to listen to New Mexicans and work hard on their behalf.