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  • Report: Many New Mexico families fail to access child care aid

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    Only about a third of families eligible for child care assistance take advantage of the program in New Mexico — one of the nation’s poorest states, a new report released Wednesday found.

    More families could be signing up for the program, but the state is doing better than others, New Mexico Children, Youth, and Families Department Secretary Monique Jacobson said about the report looking into child care.

  • Jail Log - Feb. 10, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Feb. 2 and   Feb. 8:
    Kyle Bunch, 47, hold for court, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Dino Martinez, 34, resisting, evading or obstructing an officer, bench warrant: abuse of a child, battery on a household member, interference with communications, criminal damage to property, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Melvin Pacheco, 50, driving on a suspended or revoked license, bench warrant: failure to appear, San Miguel Magistrate Court/Mora

  • Trump slams judiciary, and his court nominee hits back

    By Vivian Salama and Ken Thomas
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s criticism of the judiciary prompted a rebuke from his nominee for the Supreme Court, who told a senator the president’s comments were “demoralizing and disheartening.”

    Judge Neil Gorsuch, who was nominated by Trump to the nation’s high court last week, made the comments Wednesday after Trump accused an appellate court considering his immigration and refugee executive order of being “so political.”

  • Trump playing catch-up to fill top posts

    By Ken Thomas
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — With Senate confirmation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, President Donald Trump filled another important post in his new government. Only 685 to go.

  • Weather - Feb. 10, 2017

    Friday

    HIGH 70° / LOW 46°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 70. West wind 10 to 20 mph.
    SUNRISE…SUNSET
    6:52 a.m. to 5:38 p.m.

    Saturday

    HIGH 66° / LOW 34°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 66. West wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
    SUNRISE…SUNSET
    6:51 a.m. to 5:39 p.m.

    Sunday

  • Looking Back - Feb. 10, 2017

    Wednesday, Feb. 15, 1967 — WAGON MOUND — Wayne Johnson has been named Wagon Mound High School winner of Time’s 321st annual current affairs contest. Other high scoring students were James Spence, third; and Larry D. Spence, third. Time’s Current Affairs Test, given this year to more than 3 million college and high school students in the U.S. and Canada, consists of 100 questions on national and foreign affairs. Also included are such categories as business, sports, entertainment, science, religion, literature and the arts.

  • Castellano, Ludi, Martinez win

    West Las Vegas School Board incumbent Robert Witters was soundly defeated by political newcomer Ambrosio E. Castellano while Christine Ludi, who has served on the West board since 2005, managed to secure enough votes to be elected to her fourth term during Tuesday’s school board election.

    And in the race for the Position 5 board seat, Linda M. Martinez (Montoya) defeated rival Carla D. Benavidez.

    Ludi and Martinez were elected to four-year terms and Castellano was elected to a two-year term.

  • High-stepping: Irish dance group performing at HU

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University presents Rhythm of the Dance, the National Dance Company of Ireland, in concert at 7 p.m. Feb. 15 at Ilfeld Auditorium.

    Rhythm of the Dance showcases the journey of Irish Celts throughout history, combining dance and music to unite the contemporary and the ancient.

  • State high court rejects attempt to open primaries

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Supreme Court on Monday dismissed an attempt to open major party primary elections to independent voters but left the door open to legislative reforms on the issue.

    Only people registered as Republicans or Democrats can vote in their party primaries in New Mexico.

    In an opinion without dissent, the state Supreme Court found that the system has reasonably modest burdens that ensure the purity and efficiency of primaries.

  • Optic moving to new location

    For more than a century, the Las Vegas Optic has operated out of its sprawling building on the northeast corner of Seventh and Lincoln, but that will change beginning next week.

    The Optic is moving to leased offices at the northeast corner of Eighth and University this weekend and will open at the new location at 720 University Avenue on Monday.