Local News

  • Last-minute shuffles cement state budget deal

    By Andrew Oxford, Santa Fe New Mexican

    SANTA FE — It took moving a few million dollars here and putting a few million dollars there, but New Mexico had a budget by the end of Wednesday.

    A $6.3 billion spending plan is on its way to Gov. Susana Martinez after the Senate and House of Representatives brokered a compromise on slightly different budgets approved by both chambers.

  • Early education proposal dies without hearing

    By Milan Simonich, Santa Fe New Mexican

    SANTA FE — The proposal to expand early childhood education across New Mexico died quietly Tuesday at the state Capitol, scotched because a vote on the initiative will not be taken in the state Senate Finance Committee.

    Sen. John Arthur Smith, the Democrat from Deming who chairs the committee, said in an interview that he had decided not to give a hearing to the proposed constitutional amendment before the legislative session ends at noon Thursday.

  • Lawmakers send omnibus crime bill to governor’s desk

    By Milan Simonich, Santa Fe New Mexican

    SANTA FE — New Mexico legislators rolled five different crime bills into one, then sent the measure to the governor Wednesday in what they called a bipartisan move to make communities and prisons safer.
    State senators approved the plan, House Bill 19, on a vote of 32-2. The measure already had cleared the House of Representatives on a 66-1 vote.

  • Legislature In Brief from Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018

    The Santa Fe New Mexican

    House rules: Think of the rules of the state House of Representatives as the traffic code for part of New Mexico’s democratic process. The rules lay out how the chamber passes bills, conducts debates and even how members should dress on the floor (bolo ties are expressly permitted).

    The House made a few tweaks to those rules on Wednesday.

  • SMC Commission adopts own code of ethics

    Does the San Miguel County Commission need its very own code of ethics?

    Apparently, it does.

  • Luna Trustees hear inventory report

    Luna Community College's Board of Trustees are hearing about many different issues this year as the college tries to catch up on items that have been allowed to slide for years and years.

  • State Police arrest man with stolen truck

    A 22 year-old Ribera man’s targeting of trucks that didn’t belong to him has landed him in the San Miguel Detention Center last month for the fourth time in less than three years.

    According to New Mexico State Police records, the latest incident occurred on Jan. 31 at about 8:39 a.m., when an NMSP officer, travelling south on State Road 3 near mile marker 67, observed a white Dodge truck speeding north at 44 miles per hour in a 25-mph posted zone.

  • Wood shop opens at LCC’s Santa Rosa campus

    The Guadalupe County Communicator

    It took 10 years to get it up and running, but, late last month, the opening for community inspection Luna Community College’s latest addition to Santa Rosa finally took place.

    About 60 people turned out to see and hear about Luna’s across-the-street addition to its downtown satellite facility at South Fourth Street and Corona Avenue. The shop is the first phase of a two-phase plan to renovate the building on the northwest corner, where the Square Deal Food Market once stood.

  • Can cannabis treat opioid addiction? Lawmakers think not

    By Daniel J. Chacon, Santa Fe New Mexican

  • Legislative roundup from Monday, Feb. 12, 2018

    The Santa Fe New Mexican

    White flag: Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto, D-Albuquerque, conceded Monday that his proposed constitutional amendment for automatic voter registration is dead.

    The Senate Rules Committee was ready to hear Ivey-Soto's proposal when he admitted defeat, telling the committee chairwoman to skip it.