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Local News

  • Board OKs $26M in education dispute

    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — The State Board of Finance has approved $26 million as a safety net if New Mexico loses a dispute with the federal government over special education funding.
    The board on Tuesday agreed to a transfer of the money from this year’s budget accounts.
    The Legislature provided the money as part of a contingency plan for an ongoing fight over whether New Mexico met requirements for federal aid since 2010.

  • 10th Circuit: States can’t ban gay marriage

    By Nicholas Riccardi
    and Brady McCombs
    The Associated Press
    DENVER — A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that states must allow gay couples to marry, finding the Constitution protects same-sex relationships and putting a remarkable legal winning streak across the country one step closer to the U.S. Supreme Court.
    The three-judge panel in Denver ruled 2-1 that states cannot deprive people of the fundamental right to marry simply because they want to be wedded to someone of the same sex.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - June 27, 2014

    The Associated Press
    Man pleads guilty to arson
    ALBUQUERQUE — A New Mexico man accused of retaliating against his wife by setting fire to their home has pleaded guilty to arson.
    The U.S. Attorney’s Office for New Mexico says 28-year-old Gregory Bitsilly, of Nenahnezad, entered the plea Wednesday as part of an agreement.
    According to court documents, Bitsilly started a fire March 24 in the home he shares with his wife and children.

  • Sister Segale on path for sainthood

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE — The Archdiocese of Santa Fe announced Wednesday it is exploring sainthood for an Italian-born nun who challenged Billy the Kid, calmed angry mobs and helped open New Mexico territory hospitals and schools.
    Archbishop Michael Sheehan said he has received permission from the Vatican to open the “Sainthood Cause” for Sister Blandina Segale, an educator and social worker who worked in Ohio, Colorado and New Mexico.

  • KNMX wins station of the year for the seventh time

    Submitted to the Optic
    Las Vegas based radio stations KNMX, KMDZ and KBQL continue to raise the bar in broadcasting, leaving the New Mexico Broadcasters Association’s 2014 awards gala with seven Golden Mike Broadcasting Awards.
    One of the honors names KNMX-AM as Station of the Year for the seventh time, an unprecedented accomplishment in local broadcasting. Each of the seven winning pieces was produced by Jacob Garcia.

  • 10th Annual Synergy Fest today and Saturday

    Submitted to the Optic
    The 10th Anniversary Synergy Fest will be held today (Friday) and Saturday at the Gene Torres Golf Course. This two-day collaboration features family-friendly fun activities, sustainable energy and ecology education, plus a rich variety of live entertainment, including more than 10 bands. The music lineup showcases both New Mexico favorites and national acts. Choice local vendors will be serving gourmet food and craft brews, and admission is free.  

  • Golf course restaurant reopens

    Las Vegas Optic

    The restaurant on the New Mexico Highlands University’s Gene Torres Golf Course reopened last week under a new name and with a new operator.

    The restaurant, previously called the 5th Quarter Grill, had been owned and operated by New Mexico Highlands University. It shut down for the season on Oct. 7 and remained closed as university officials solicited proposals from vendors who could lease the space and run the restaurant independently from the university.

  • Body found on West side ID’d

    Las Vegas Optic
    Las Vegas police cordoned off a large area around Sabino, South Pacific and Chavez streets late Sunday afternoon after a body was discovered in a vehicle in the area.

    Chief Christian Montaño said Monday that the deceased man was identified as Juan Luis Gallegos, 33, of Chacon in Mora County.

    The body was taken to the Office of the Medical Investigator in Albuquerque for an autopsy, though Montaño said foul play isn’t suspected at this point.

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  • Court strikes down ‘no criticism’ rule

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A federal judge has come down hard on New Mexico village officials who tried to ban residents from saying anything negative at council meetings.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that U.S. District Judge James O. Browning issued an injunction Monday finding that the village of Ruidoso’s rule or policy barring speakers from being critical is “an unconstitutional burden on free speech.”