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Today's News

  • BREAKING: Highlands employee arrested

    A Highlands University employee on a recruiting trip to Albuquerque was arrested and charged with two felonies on Thursday after he allegedly stole a woman’s purse and was later found with cocaine, marijuana and prescription pills, according to a criminal complaint filed in Metro Court in Albuquerque on Thursday.

    Martin Lucero, 42, of the 2500 block of Eighth Street, was on a student recruiting trip and was driving a Highlands Ford Escape at the time of his arrest.

  • Highlands hires new VP

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Theresa Law is the new vice president for advancement at Highlands University.

    Law has more than 20 years of successful college, health care and nonprofit fundraising experience ranging from managing a $200,000 annual campaign to directing a $60-million multiyear capital campaign.

  • East board hires search consultant

    One week after Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Ruben Cordova submitted his resignation, the school board voted to hire a consultant to help it find Cordova’s replacement.

    The board held a special meeting on Thursday to approve Cordova’s resignation and to discuss and possibly take action on how to proceed with a search for his replacement. In the end the board voted 4-1 to hire Dan Patterson, chief consultant for the New Mexico School Boards Association Superintendent Search Service.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself: ‘Put another nickel in...’

    When I told my husband, Mark, I planned to write about music, he burst into song, “Put another nickel in, in the nickelodeon, all I want is loving you and music, music, music!”

    How many of us recognize that song? Can you sing along?  We may not remember what a nickelodeon is or even a nickel, but music stays with us. 

    We need music from the moment we’re born until the moment we die. And not just listening to it, although that’s wonderful. We need to be singing, playing the clarinet or the castanets. We need to be dancing to it.

  • Suit seeks to stop food stamp work requirement

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty is asking a federal judge to temporarily stop the state from implementing rules that tie food assistance to employment.

    The filing is part of a decades-old federal case in which the state agreed to improve communication with low-income residents about public health benefits — including food assistance.

  • REAL ID debate moves to Senate

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    Democrats say a GOP plan to get the state in compliance with the federal REAL ID Act will force residents to turn over personal information to a federal database.

    Republicans say that’s false and counter that a Democratic proposal to create a two-tier system still won’t put New Mexico in compliance. Democrats deny that charge.

  • Editorial cartoon - Jan. 31, 2016
  • Editorial: Drug deaths in America

    Editor’s note: The following editorial was published by The New York Times on Jan. 25.

    Congress has historically treated drug abuse as a malady afflicting mostly poor, minority communities, best dealt with by locking people up for long periods of time. The epidemic of drug overdose deaths currently ravaging white populations in cities and towns across the country has altered this line of thinking, and forced lawmakers to acknowledge that addiction is a problem that knows no racial barriers and can be best addressed with treatment.

  • Another Perspective: Leave driver’s licenses alone

    Lost amid the confusion, frustration and posturing regarding the federal government’s mandates for state driver’s licenses is an obvious solution: create a REAL ID card for those New Mexicans who want it and who qualify for it and keep the debate over driver’s licenses for immigrants separate.

  • Just a Thought - Why I am where I am today?

    I appreciate the University of Southern California not accepting Gary Elliot as a graduate student in 1976. It has made all the difference in my life. Gary has no idea of his impact on me and I have no idea where Gary is today. What? Let me dive into today’s column and see where it leads.