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Today's News

  • Gov: Put merger on ballot

    Consolidation of both local school districts has been the talk of the town for a number of years.

    Last Wednesday, Gov. Susana Martinez chimed in on the issue after two Las Vegas City Schools board members brought it up during her visit to Legion Park Elementary, where she promoted her proposed education budget for this year’s legislative session.

    Board member Luis Ortiz suggested an executive order from the governor, but it was no dice from the governor for his suggestion.

  • Cirque zuma zuma - Unique troupe to perform here

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University presents Cirque Zuma Zuma from Africa Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Ilfeld Auditorium.

    Cirque Zuma Zuma is the only performance troupe of its kind in the world and has toured for sell-out crowds in Europe, Australia and the United States. The performance at Highlands is in celebration of Black History Month

  • Panel OKs plan to ax ed. secretary

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Democratic lawmakers pushed ahead Friday with a proposal to overhaul New Mexico’s oversight of education by reversing a decision by voters a decade ago that gave the governor more influence over public school policy.

    The Senate Rules Committee approved a proposed constitutional amendment on a party-line vote that would remove the Public Education Department from the direct control of the governor.

  • State graduation rates unchanged

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico education officials say the state’s graduation rate was unchanged at 70 percent last year.

    The New Mexico Public Education Department says the 2013 rate maintains the seven percentage point increase achieved by the Class of 2012.

    The department also notes that since 2011, graduation rates have significantly improved for the state’s Hispanic, Native American, African American, Economically Disadvantaged, and disabled students. Some groups had gains as large as 13 percentage points.

  • Looking Back - Feb. 3, 2014

    In 1964
    Monday, Feb. 3 — Winter was evident in Las Vegas this morning with drifts of snow piled up around bushes, as wind had swept part of the sidewalks downtown. The high yesterday was 38 and the low last night 15. At 11 a.m. today the temperature was 18. The four inches of snow at the Las Vegas Airport yielded .05 inch of precipitation.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Feb. 3, 2014

    Free tax preparation
    Free 2013 tax return preparation is offered for low- and middle-income persons and seniors by the AARP Tax-Aide Program. The service is available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, from Feb. 3 through April 14 at the new student center at Highlands University. Walk-ins are welcome. Please bring all necessary documents.

  • Weather - Feb. 3, 2014

    Monday
    A 10 percent chance of snow showers after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 42. South wind 10-15 mph. Scattered snow showers at night. Cloudy, with a low around 16. South wind 5-15 mph, becoming west after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

    Tuesday
    A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a high near 35. Northwest wind around 10 mph. A 20 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 8.

    Wednesday

  • NM expecting fewer for health exchange

    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s state-run health insurance exchange has sharply reduced its enrollment expectations for this year by about half.

    Mike Nuñez, interim CEO of the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange, says problems with the federal healthcare.gov website slowed the state’s efforts to promote enrollment.

    The state had expected up to 83,000 people to register this year, according to a study cited in an application for a grant under the Affordable Care Act.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Feb. 3, 2014

    The Associated Press

    Mom with kids is DWI suspect

    MESQUITE, N.M. — Authorities say a Dona Ana County woman was driving under the influence of alcohol with her two children in the backseat.
    Dona Ana County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 23-year-old Blanca Borrego, of Mesquite, just before 2 a.m. Saturday near the intersection of Anthony Drive and Landers Road for a traffic violation.
    Deputies found Borrego’s 5-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter improperly restrained in the car.

  • Que Pasa - Feb. 3, 2014

    TODAY HOY
    • Free 2013 tax return preparation is offered for low- and middle-income persons and seniors by the AARP Tax-Aide Program. You do not have to be a senior or a member of AARP to receive the help. Appointments are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, beginning on Feb. 3 and through April 14, at the (New) Highlands Student Union, third floor, National and Eighth. Call 505-652-4106 for an appointment. Walk-ins also welcome. Bring all your documents.