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  • 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.

  • Former S.F. mayor involved in Real ID suit

    By Milan Simonich, The Santa Fe New Mexican

    SANTA FE — Former Sant Fe Mayor David Coss, a Democrat, placed his name first on a suit against the Republican Martinez’s administration over the Real ID Act.

    Six other individuals, the New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness and the immigrant advocacy group Somos Un Pueblo Unido also are plaintiffs in the suit, filed in state District Court in Santa Fe.

  • Legislature In Brief, Monday, Jan. 29, 2018

    From the Santa Fe New Mexican

    Soda tax study fizzles out: Senators do not like the taste of a proposal to study the effects of taxing soda.
    A memorial by Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino that would have tasked the Legislative Finance Committee with studying the potential benefits to health and the state’s revenue of imposing a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages met bipartisan opposition in the Senate Rules Committee on Monday.

  • Exercising the mind and body

    A large crowd filled Sala de Madrid on Saturday as several groups comprised the Dr. Seuss Literacy Celebration

    In addition to giveaways of books, book markers, pencils and notebooks, there was entertainment.

    The program, sponsored by the Literacy Council of Northeastern New Mexico, included an exercise regimen (above), in which participants perform a dance by imitating the movements of a dancer on a TV screen.

    The dancers are sponsored by Barbara Venturi, NE District Chairwoman of the Elks Club.

  • Honored musicians

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Gabriel Serna Jr. of Las Vegas, age 7, recently competed in The New Mexico Hispano Music Association Children and Youth Competition, where he was nominated for Child Artist of the Year and Song of the year for “La Del Mono Colorado.”

    The winners for the competition were announced at the 27th annual New Mexico Hispano Awards on Jan. 13 at Ohkay Casino.

  • Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018.

  • County fire chief resigns

    Elauterio "Mike" Montaño recently resigned as San Miguel County's fire chief and has been replaced quickly — though neither he nor county officials are saying much about the transition.

  • House Dems block expansion of 3-strikes crime law

    By Andrew Oxford, The Santa Fe New Mexican

    SANTA FE — The rift over how to stem New Mexico’s rising crime rates burst into the open Thursday, with Democrats blocking a proposal to expand the state’s three-strikes law.

    The bill would have allowed prosecutors to seek life sentences for criminals convicted of three violent felonies. Republicans argue this would keep repeat offenders off the streets.