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  • 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.

  • East students to visit Shakespeare exhibit

    By Mercy López
    Las Vegas Optic

    Shakespeare is one of the authors most people will read in their lifetime. A lucky 50 Memorial Middle School students will soon have the opportunity to see Shakespeare’s First Folio as it tours the nation.

    After considerable discussion, the East Las Vegas School Board recently approved a request to cover expenses for MMS students to visit the New Mexico Museum in Santa Fe.

  • A Heap of Snow Hits Mora
  • Accusations fly in mayor’s race

    A candidate for mayor is accusing one of her opponents of threatening to have her arrested if she doesn’t withdraw from the race.

    Mayoral candidate Lavinia Flores-Fenzi makes the allegations against opponent Chris Lopez in a letter she sent this week to City Clerk Casandra Fresquez, Police Chief Juan Montaño, Attorney General Hector Balderas, District Attorney Richard Flores and Amy Bailey, legal counsel for the Secretary of State’s Office.

  • Highlands staff vote to form union

    New Mexico Highlands University staff voted overwhelmingly last week to follow in the faculty’s footsteps and form a union.

    “This vote sends a strong message to the administrators of the university,” said Rick Griego, a Highlands staff member, in a news release announcing the result of last Friday’s vote.

    “We all came together to have this important vote, and my co-workers and I feel there will be more respect for the work we do because we now can discuss work-issues as equals,” he added.

  • Sabinoso wilderness will soon be accessible to public

    It’s been nearly seven years since the breathtaking 16,030 acre property between Roy and Trujillo officially became a wilderness area, but the Sabinoso Wilderness has nevertheless been off limits to the public because it’s surrounded by private land.

    But that’s about to change thanks to a partnership between the Wyss Foundation and the Wilderness Land Trust.

  • State revenues plunge on low energy prices

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico slashed estimates for revenue growth during the coming year by $200 million based on sustained low oil and natural gas prices, upending spending plans as New Mexico’s Legislature meets to craft a new budget.

    Expectations for new revenues were revised downward to just $30 million for the fiscal year starting in July, the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration announced Wednesday. Economists from three executive agencies and the Legislature agreed to the new estimate.

  • GOP-controlled House passes REAL ID bill

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE  — A Republican-sponsored bill aimed at putting New Mexico in compliance with the federal REAL ID Act passed in the House on Wednesday despite objections from immigrant advocates and an uncertain future in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

    The proposal was approved by a largely 39-30 party vote after moving through two committees in the first week of the 30-day legislative session, highlighting anxieties lawmakers have about the future of the state’s driver’s licenses.