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  • Effort to blast right-to-work bill to Senate floor fails

    By Vik Jolly
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A contentious right-to-work bill was assigned to three committees Thursday over the objection of Republicans, who were unsuccessful in forcing a hearing before the full Senate.

    A routine referral vote to committees turned into an early showdown on the bill between Republicans and Democrats after Senate Minority Leader Stuart Ingle offered a motion to bypass the panels and take the matter straight to the upper chamber.

    The Portales Republican’s motion failed 25-17 on a party-line vote.

  • In Brief - News - March 9, 2015

    The Associated Press
    Vaccine stats released
    SANTA FE — New Mexico health officials have released the number of vaccine exemptions per school district for 2014, and Quemado tops the list.
    The sparsely-populated district in western New Mexico has the highest rate of exemptions per 1,000 students at 40.3. The Santa Fe district has a rate of nearly 21, while the state’s largest district in Albuquerque stands at 7.2.

  • Looking Back - March 9, 2015

    In 1965
    Thursday, March 4 — Twenty-eight big-game animals a month constituted the average accidental road kill in New Mexico during 1964. Totaled, this means 337 potential tragedies to humans, 337 cases of car damage, and 337 fewer opportunities for sportsmen to take their game. By far the greatest number of fatalities among the species involved deer, which is the most abundant of the big animals in the state. The kill comprised 311 mule deer, 23 antelope and one each of bear, elk and big-horn sheep.

  • Looking Ahead - News - March 9, 2015

    Vegas Business Community Day is Thursday
    Las Vegas Business Community Day; a collaboration between the City and the Las Vegas San Miguel Economic Development Corp. will run from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 12 at the City Council Chambers. This will be an Open House for the community to meet City Community Development Department staff and Las Vegas San Miguel EDC staff. There will be a number of presentations, a business registration table (4 to 5 p.m.) and refreshments.

  • Weather - March 9, 2015

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 53. North wind around 5 mph becoming south in the afternoon. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming northwest after midnight.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 58. Northwest wind around 5 mph, becoming southwest in the afternoon. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 30.


  • Cowboys Reunion to return

    By Ron Querry

    For the Optic

    While it was a relatively quiet time for America and its 47th state, the global war in Europe had begun in July of 1914. The U.S. was following a policy of non-intervention and attempting to broker peace when, in May of 1915, the British Liner Lusitania was sunk by a German U-Boat. There were 128 Americans among the dead, and the threat of America’s entry into the Great War loomed.

  • Helping the hungry - Food drive ongoing in March

    The Food Depot has been joined by City Councilor Vince Howell and other entities for a community wide food drive this month. In late February, several Robertson High School wrestling and football athletes hit the streets to distribute containers for the month-long food drive.

    According to Food Depot statistics, roughly 8,100 people live in poverty in San Miguel County alone, with roughly 2,150 of them children — meaning plenty of people are having to make the choice between having food or paying a bill, including many seniors.

  • Woman struck by vehicle

    A Las Vegas woman was injured Tuesday morning when a vehicle struck her in the Community 1st Bank Legion branch parking lot.

    Margie R. Garcia was transported to Alta Vista Regional Hospital by ambulance. Police said her injuries were not life threatening.

    Garcia told police she had just walked out of the bank and was walking through the parking lot to her vehicle when all of a sudden she was on the ground, according to a police report. Garcia never saw the vehicle that struck her.

  • Adams, Sisneros prevail in Luna races

    Michael Adams easily defeated incumbent Tony A. Valdez and Richard D. Jaramillo Tuesday to win a six-year term on the Luna Community College Board of Trustees.

    Voter turnout for the election was low with only 216 people casting ballots in the West Las Vegas-based District 2 race.

    Adams walked away with 68 percent of the vote in that race, drawing 147 votes. Jaramillo came in second with about 21.7 percent of the vote, or 47 votes. Valdez, who has served on the Luna board for more than seven years, received 22 votes, or 10.2 percent.

  • Justice Department criticizes Ferguson police practices

    By Eric Tucker
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — The Justice Department on Wednesday cleared a white former Ferguson, Missouri, police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old, but also issued a scathing report calling for sweeping changes in city law enforcement practices it called discriminatory and unconstitutional.