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Today's News

  • N.M. House passes $6.3B budget

    By Andrew Oxford, The Santa Fe New Mexican

    A budget that would raise salaries for public school teachers and state employees while expanding funding for early childhood education sailed through the state

    House of Representatives on Wednesday by a vote of 65-3.

    The budget is a contrast to those in recent years, when financial shortfalls prompted spending cuts and partisan sparring.

  • House panel OKs bipartisan crime legislation

    By Andrew Oxford, The Santa Fe New Mexican

    SANTA FE — Democrats and Republicans rallied behind a package of crime and public safety legislation on Wednesday, lending a bipartisan stamp of approval to five very different bills that may not end long-running disputes over criminal sentencing or bail reform but which backers say represent a coordinated approach to one of the most pressing issues at the Roundhouse this year.

  • Spaceport secrecy bill clears Senate panel

    By Andrew Oxford, The Santa Fe New Mexican

    SANTA FE — A Senate committee voted Tuesday to advance a bill that would grant more secrecy to Spaceport America, the $220 million state facility near Truth or Consequences originally pitched as a hub for space tourism but which critics argue is a boondoggle.

    Spaceport America has pushed in recent years for a carve-out in the state’s open records law, arguing it is crucial to compete for business in a high-tech industry that prizes privacy.

  • Legislature In Brief, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018

    The Santa Fe New Mexica

    Permanent fund: The Senate Rules Committee voted 5-3 on Wednesday to advance a constitutional amendment by Sen. Michael Padilla, D-Albuquerque, that calls for using 1.5 percent of the state’s Land Grand Permanent Fund to expand early childhood education programs.

    That is a bigger share than proposed in a constitutional amendment expected to get a vote in the House of Representatives during the coming days. House Joint Resolution 1 would use 1 percent of the fund.

  • Qué Pasa, Friday, Feb. 2, 2018

    Saturday, Feb. 3
    The United World College-USA will host a Balkan music and dance night on the Montezuma campus. Open to the public, the free event will begin at 6 p.m. with a Balkan dance workshop in the dance studio of the Edith Lansing Field House. A performance by the Santa Fe Balkan Band EVET and dance party will follow at 7 p.m. in Kluge Auditorium. Children are welcome. For information, contact UWC Music Director Melinda Russial at melinda.russial@uwc-usa.org.

    Thursday, Feb. 8

  • Food-tax proposal is outrageously regressive

    The bearded wonder is at it again.

    I’m talking about Cliff Pirtle, the state senator from Roswell who, in 2012, defeated Tim Jennings, the Senate’s pro tem, who had enjoyed more than three decades in office before Gov. Susana Martinez threw some heavy hitting support behind Pirtle.

    He’s been serving in District 32 ever since, winning notoriety for his efforts to rid the state of daylight saving time.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news, Feb. 2, 2018

    BRINGING THE RANCH TO YOU

    Not everyone’s excited about the menu or discussed changes that go along with The Range Café moving into the Plaza Hotel dining room and bar. Folks have grown accustomed to the setup of the Plaza and have already seen the historic hotel go through many recent changes.

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, Feb. 2, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Friday, Feb. 2, 2018.

  • Truck crashes into building

    Two women were struck by a pickup truck and later hospitalized Thursday afternoon near a busy Las Vegas restaurant.

    At about 12:30 p.m. Thursday, a driver apparently lost control of a GMC pickup that leaped a curb along Douglas Avenue, in front of a building adjacent to Charlie’s Spic & Span restaurant. The truck struck two women pedestrians and then went through a plate-glass storefront and into the building.

    First responders were quickly on scene. The two women were taken to Alta Vista Regional Hospital.

  • RHS girls all alone atop 2-4A

    Alianza Darley got into a little early foul trouble, but not before the Robertson standout could impose her will on the Pojoaque Elkettes on Wednesday night at Ben Lujan Gymnasium in Jacona.

    Darley and the Lady Cardinals grabbed sole possession of first place in the District 2-4A standings by beating Pojoaque 56-39. Both teams went into Wednesday’s game 3-0 in district play; now it’s RHS alone at the top at 4-0 in district and 19-3 overall.