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  • County terminates new lawyer

    Just eight months after hiring a new law firm to replace longtime county attorney Jesus Lopez, the San Miguel County Commission is once again in the market for a lawyer.

    Without much discussion, San Miguel County commissioners voted last week to sever ties with Albuquerque-based Stetson Law Offices, P.C., and with attorney Joe Diaz.

  • Lawmakers convene to forge budget

    By Morgan Lee and Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s Legislature convened Tuesday to forge a budget aimed at keeping pace with soaring health care costs for low-income residents, stimulating a sluggish state economy, and possibly increasing pay to teachers and police.

    The 30-day budgetary session leaves little time to spare, and legislators were already clamoring to push through major policy initiatives involving violent crime and public corruption.

  • Items collected for the homeless

    Martin Luther King Jr.’s memory is celebrated every third Monday is January. This day is also known as a day of service for many as people gather to give back to their communities in various forms from volunteering to donating time and items as a way of giving back to their communities.

    The service is done in remembrance of King’s service to the nation and his effort to curb racism as a leader of the civil rights movement.

  • NM still has highest child poverty rate in U.S.

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Advocates are pushing state lawmakers to address the state’s dismal ranking when it comes to child wellbeing and the number who live in poverty.

    New Mexico Voices for Children released the annual Kids Count Data Book on Tuesday as the Legislature gears up for a 30-day session focused on the budget, education and public safety.

    The report says the number of children living in poverty decreased slightly to 30 percent from 2013 to 2014. However, New Mexico still has the highest child poverty rate in the nation.

  • Plans unveiled for Vegas Day at the Legislature

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Las Vegas Partners for Progress will arrive at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe Jan. 28 to showcase the best of Las Vegas and San Miguel County.

    Displays will be featured in the East Halls of History at the Capitol Roundhouse located at the corner of Paseo de Peralta and Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. A reception will follow from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Eldorado Hotel, 309 W. San Francisco, Santa Fe.

  • Looking Ahead-Sports Jan. 20, 2016

    WEDNESDAY
    Basketball
    •Pecos boys (A,B) at Dulce, 5 p.m., Dulce
    •Memorial Middle School boys vs. Valley, 4 p.m., MMS gym
    Wrestling
    •Pecos hosts Pecos Duals (includes Pecos, West Las Vegas, others), 3 p.m., Sanchez Gym

  • Why I want to be mayor

    During the next six weeks, candidates running for mayor will be busy making their case for why they should be Las Vegas’ next leader.

    The race has drawn six candidates: current city councilors Tonita Gurule-Giron and Joseph Joey Herrera; former city councilor Macario Gonzales; former executive director of the Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce and the Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development Corporation Lavinia Flores Fenzi; retired businessman Bruce McAllister; and blogger and self-professed businessman Chris Lopez. Two council seats are also up for grabs.

  • Balderas joins in supporting new drug guidelines

    The Associated Press

    New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and the top prosecutors for more than two dozen other states have sent a letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, asking the agency to quickly adopt new guidelines for prescribing opioids.

    Balderas cited a prescription drug and heroin addiction epidemic in New Mexico as a reason joining in supporting the CDC to speedily adopt guidelines that indicate patients, in some cases, can be treated for pain with lower doses or alternative methods.

  • ‘New Mexico Truth’ campaign launched on child poverty

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    A Catholic community health organization wants to draw attention to child poverty in New Mexico and is using a parody of the state’s successful tourism ad campaign to do it — prompting an angry response from state officials.

  • Short session, long to-do list

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico lawmakers are confronting heightened concerns about violent crime, a weak economy and lackluster schools as they convene for a 30-day budget legislative session.

    The session begins Tuesday against a potentially acrimonious political backdrop, with the Republican-controlled House and Democratic Senate both up for election in November.