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  • Luna raises tabled

    Despite expressing support for the administration’s latest proposal to implement a cost of living increase for all employees and to give its lowest paid employees an even bigger boost in pay, the Luna Community College Board of Trustees voted Wednesday night to table the matter.

  • Jail Log - Jan. 20, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center by area law enforcement between Jan. 9 and Jan. 16:

  • Appeals aim to overturn redistricting map

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Republicans tried unsuccessfully Wednesday to derail a legislative appeal of a court-ordered plan for drawing new district boundaries for the state House of Representatives.

    The outcome of the redistricting fight could influence policy decisions in New Mexico for the rest of the decade by determining whether Democrats or Republicans gain an advantage in future elections that determine the makeup of the 70-member House.

  • House Speaker has cancer

    By Barry Massey and
    Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — House Speaker Ben Lujan has lung cancer and will not seek re-election this year, the 76-year-old announced Tuesday in a dramatic opening of a 30-day legislative session.

    The Santa Fe Democrat, who has been speaker since 2001, made his announcement as shocked lawmakers wept and his wife, Carmen, son Democratic Congressman Ben Ray Lujan and other family members looked on.

  • Gov. Perry drops out of race

    By Beth Fouhy
    and David Espo
    The Associated Press

    NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday dropped out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination and endorsed Newt Gingrich, adding a fresh layer of unpredictability to the campaign two days before the South Carolina primary.

    “Newt’s not perfect, but who among us is?” Perry said. He called the former House speaker a “conservative visionary” best suited to replace Barack Obama in the White House.

  • In Brief - News - Jan. 20, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    More N.M. kids falling into poverty

    SANTA FE  — More New Mexico children have fallen into poverty as a result of the recession. That’s according to the newest report from New Mexico Voices for Children.

  • West discusses consolidation

    West Las Vegas School board chairman Gary Gold brought up the issue that has divided Las Vegas for many years — school district consolidation.

    During a school board meeting on Thursday, Gold told the board he believes the consolidation issue needs to be sent to voters.

    “Every time we get faced with an election, a question … we have people that are extremely strong for discussion of consolidation,” Gold said. “We also have people that are against it.”

  • Luna raises a step closer to reality

    Administrators at Luna Community College have finally come up with a plan for employee raises that trustees appear ready to support.

    Under the new proposal, all employees at Luna would get the equivalent of a permanent 4 percent increase in their base salary.

    In order to balance the state budget, lawmakers last year increased the contributions state employees must make into the retirement fund during the current fiscal year. Most state entities passed that cost on to employees, but Luna agreed to absorb it for the current fiscal year.

  • A new semester
  • Lawmakers kick off 30-day session

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez adopted a new strategy as she prepared for the start of the Legislature’s 30-day session.

    Lawmakers returned to work at noon Tuesday and the governor outlined her agenda in a “state of the state” speech to a joint session of the House and Senate shortly after the Legislature convened.