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Today's News

  • UPDATED: Chairwoman opposes nomination

    By The Associated Press and Optic staff

    SANTA FE — A Senate committee leader is opposing Republican Gov. Susana Martinez’s appointee to the governing board of New Mexico Highlands University.

    Rules Committee chairwoman Linda Lopez, an Albuquerque Democrat, said Monday she’ll recommend the panel reject Carl Foster’s nomination to the university’s board of regents.

    Lopez said Foster has a conflict of interest because of a pending lawsuit against the school for breach of contract.

  • Gov could derail Amtrak partnership

    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — A proposal to bring Amtrak’s Southwest Chief train through New Mexico and two other states could get stopped in its tracks by Gov. Susana Martinez.

    The New Mexican reports that proponents fear the plan to run Southwest Chief on tracks owned by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway will hinge on the Republican governor’s support.

    While her office did not respond to questions Friday seeking comment.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Feb. 5, 2014

    Optic Staff and Wire

    Campos rejects contract extension

    Luna Community College President Pete Campos told a campus publication that he doesn’t plan to accept the one-year extension to his contract that was approved by a divided board late last month.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Feb. 5, 2014

    African Connections
    Images & Art exhibit featured at Las Vegas Arts Council Gallery 140, 140 Bridge St., until Thursday, Feb 27. The gallery is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
     

  • Looking Back - Feb. 5, 2014

    In 1964

  • Weather - Feb. 5, 2014

    Wednesday
    A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 21. Wind chill values as low as -8. Southeast wind 15-20 mph. A 40 percent chance of snow showers at night. Cloudy, with a low around 5. Wind chill values as low as -10. Southeast wind 10-15 mph.

    Thursday
    A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 25. South wind 10-15 mph. A 20 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 14.

    Friday

  • Correction - Feb. 5, 2014

    A Jan. 24 article reported that Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez is out on sick leave and that Lydia Flores had been named interim superintendent. In fact, Flores was named acting superintendent.

  • Que Pasa - Feb. 5, 2014

    TODAY HOY
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5 in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Cowboy José” by Susan Middleton Elya. Free and open to the public.

    THURSDAY JUEVES

  • Editorial Cartoon - Feb. 5, 2014
  • Gov’s action outrageous

    We are baffled by Gov. Susana Martinez’s decision to appoint someone to the Highlands University Board of Regents who has an active lawsuit against the university.

    Before we delve into that topic, here’s a disclosure. Among the people who applied for the position was Optic editorial board member Joseph McCaffrey. We have no issue with the governor passing McCaffrey over for the position. Because McCaffrey applied for the regent post, we excluded him from the editorial board’s discussion on this matter.