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  • Could N.M. become two-plate state?

    By Andrew Oxford, The Santa Fe New Mexican

    SANTA FE — What do you have on the front of your car?

    New Mexico is one of 19 states that does not require a front license plate, leaving room for plenty of custom plates bearing the names of automotive dealers, the brands of car makers, the logos of sports teams and of universities and all manner of slogans.

    Plenty of New Mexicans do not have anything at all affixed to their front bumper.

  • Lottery reform tabled

    By Andrew Oxford, The Santa Fe New Mexican

    SANTA FE — The state lottery’s luck may have run out at the Legislature.
    A House committee on Wednesday tabled a bill that would end a requirement that the New Mexico Lottery turn over 30 percent of the gross revenue of ticket sales for the state’s college scholarship program.

  • Museum supporters to host Valentine’s dance Saturday

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Friends of the City of Las Vegas Museum and Rough Rider Memorial Collection, in partnership with the Las Vegas City Museum, are hosting their seventh annual Sweetheart Dance and meeting at the historic Plaza Hotel Ballroom on Saturday.

  • You better recognize

    Whether he’s playing with a band or going solo, Daniel Lee Gallegos has made his mark with music.

    Though the Las Vegas resident began releasing music in 1988, and has continued performing at weddings, fiestas, bailles and social gatherings, his reputation seems to have reached another level, evidenced by a recent award.

    It came by way of the 27th Annual Hispano Music Awards, which named his instrumental solo, “Polka de Vino,” Instrumental Song of the Year. The ceremony took place Jan. 13 at Ohkay Casino in Ohkay Owingeh.

  • 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 heldp 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.