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  • Spaceport secrecy bill clears Senate panel

    By Andrew Oxford, The Santa Fe New Mexican

    SANTA FE — A Senate committee voted Tuesday to advance a bill that would grant more secrecy to Spaceport America, the $220 million state facility near Truth or Consequences originally pitched as a hub for space tourism but which critics argue is a boondoggle.

    Spaceport America has pushed in recent years for a carve-out in the state’s open records law, arguing it is crucial to compete for business in a high-tech industry that prizes privacy.

  • Legislature In Brief, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018

    The Santa Fe New Mexica

    Permanent fund: The Senate Rules Committee voted 5-3 on Wednesday to advance a constitutional amendment by Sen. Michael Padilla, D-Albuquerque, that calls for using 1.5 percent of the state’s Land Grand Permanent Fund to expand early childhood education programs.

    That is a bigger share than proposed in a constitutional amendment expected to get a vote in the House of Representatives during the coming days. House Joint Resolution 1 would use 1 percent of the fund.

  • Truck crashes into building

    Two women were struck by a pickup truck and later hospitalized Thursday afternoon near a busy Las Vegas restaurant.

    At about 12:30 p.m. Thursday, a driver apparently lost control of a GMC pickup that leaped a curb along Douglas Avenue, in front of a building adjacent to Charlie’s Spic & Span restaurant. The truck struck two women pedestrians and then went through a plate-glass storefront and into the building.

    First responders were quickly on scene. The two women were taken to Alta Vista Regional Hospital.

  • City announces settlement terms with former chief

    The City of Las Vegas has made public the amount paid out to its former police chief, Juan F. Montaño, after a tort claim was settled out of court.

    The city paid out more than a combined $54,000 as a result of the tort claim made by Montaño, who recently resigned from the police department.  

    Las Vegas Public Information Officer Lee Einer said the city paid $33,500 to the Public Employees Retirement Association of New Mexico and Montaño for the purchase of 10 months of "air time.”

  • State Legislature: Lobbyist spending on meals, receptions drives lawmakers

    By Steve Terrell, Santa Fe New Mexican

    SANTA FE — Energy companies, state-funded schools, car dealers, health care companies and others have kept New Mexico legislators well fed during the first half of the 2018 Legislature, while the state’s ski industry made its annual distribution of free ski passes to any lawmaker who’d take one.

  • Bipartisan plan would alter university regent selection

    By Andrew Oxford, The Santa Fe New Mexican

    SANTA FE — The governor of New Mexico gets to appoint members to all manner of government boards and committees but among her most influential picks are her nominees to lead the state’s public universities -- major institutions that are big employers and big health care providers.

  • Clarification

    The cutline under the photo on Page 2 of the Jan. 28 Optic should read that Las Vegas Fire Department arrived on scene at a moblile home fire and had containment within nine minutes of a 911 call.

  • Focus shifts on burns in Gallinas watershed

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Unseasonably dry conditions shift the focus for the Gallinas Watershed Prescribed Fire in an area located about 20 miles northwest of Las Vegas in the Santa Fe National Forest.

  • Serna: Bill to take over Luna possible during session

    By Tom McDonald, Guadalupe County Communicator

    SANTA ROSA — Be on the lookout for an effort to place Luna Community College under another school’s authority.

    That’s essentially the message Interim President Ricky Serna espoused earlier this month in an interview. Luna has been under the threat of a loss of accreditation since November, when the state Higher Learning Commission board issued a show-cause order after concerns were raised regarding possible nepotism, conflicts of interest and resource management.

  • WLV shuts down elementary schools for sanitization

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    In response to the flu impacting the Las Vegas area, some West Las Vegas school campuses have been closed temporarily and more are planned for closures in order to sanitize buildings.

    According to Veronica Ulibarri, Human Resources Coordinator for West Las Vegas Schools, the following elementary schools in the district are undergoing sanitization.

    • Union Street was closed Tuesday and is scheduled for closure Wednesday.

    • Don Cecilio Martinez is scheduled to close Thursday and Friday, Feb. 1 and 2.