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  • In Brief - New Mexico News - July 9, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Economist in court: N.M. shorts the poor
    SANTA FE  — An economist is testifying that the state of New Mexico provides only a tiny financial boost to school districts with high percentages of children who live in poverty or are learning English as a second language.

    Public-finance economist Stephen Barro testified in state district court Thursday that the New Mexico’s per-student funding formula provides districts in impoverished areas with funding that is 2 percent or 3 percent above average.

  • Jail Log - July 9, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between June 30 and July 6:
    Angel Gutierrez, 34, failure to appear, San Miguel Magistrate Court.
    Alejandro Mollineda, 20, Failure to comply with conditions of probation, San Miguel District Court.
    Christina Herrera, 34, failure to appear.
    William Higgins, 54, probation violation; association; admitted to using drugs, Adult Probation. Ashley Aragon, 30, Possession of a controlled substance, Possession of marijuana, San Miguel Magistrate Court.

  • Woman arrested after drugs found

    A request granted by an officer during a recent traffic stop led to an arrest and a charge for possession of methamphetamine.

    During a July 1 traffic stop on Seventh Street, Las Vegas Police discovered a car was neither registered nor insured.

    After making arrangements to have the vehicle towed to an impound site, the contents of the vehicle were inventoried, leading to a discovery.

  • Weather - July 9, 2017


    HIGH 87°/ LOW 57°
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. West wind around 5 mph becoming southwest in the morning.
    5:53 a.m. to 8:19 p.m.


    HIGH 87° / LOW 57°
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 87.
    Monday night — a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.
    5:54 a.m. to 8:18 p.m.

  • Former Superintendent files suit

    The former superintendent of Wagon Mound schools has filed a lawsuit against the district asking an Albuquerque district court judge to deliver a verdict that a three-year contract given to her in January is valid and to issue a temporary restraining order to ensure the board cannot cancel the contract.

  • Special host family program aids World College students

    By Gwen Albers
    Special to the Las Vegas Optic

    When Emil Munksgaard Grosen left Denmark nearly a year ago to attend an international high school in New Mexico, he found himself 5,000 miles away from his family.

    A first-year student at the United World College in Montezuma, Grosen soon discovered a new “family” in Las Vegas’ Mary Shipper and her husband, Tom Trigg, one of 94 getaway families for the 235 UWC students from more than 70 countries.

  • Martinez: More than 1 million increase in annual N.M. visitors

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE  — About a million more trips were made to New Mexico in 2016 than the previous year, breaking another tourism record for the state, Gov. Susana Martinez announced Wednesday.

    Speaking to tourism officials in Albuquerque, the Republican governor said 34.4 million trips were taken in New Mexico last year and that surpassed the previous record set in 2015.

  • Hail to Mother Nature
  • Trump chides Russia, but doesn’t condemn election meddling

    By Darlene Superville and Ken Thomas
    The Associated Press

    WARSAW, Poland  — On the eve of his first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump vowed Thursday to confront “new forms of aggression” targeting the West and called for Moscow to stop fomenting unrest around the world. Yet he pointedly stopped short of condemning Russia for meddling in the U.S. election.

  • Las Cruces lawmaker throws hat into ring

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Sen. Joseph Cervantes, a southern New Mexico Democrat in the state’s swing region, is jumping into the race for governor.

    The architect and Las Cruces attorney told The Associated Press that he will formally enter the race to seek the Democratic nomination for governor in a direct challenge to Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham and other Democrats wanting to succeed Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.