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Today's News

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, Feb. 4-7

    SUNDAY (Feb. 4)
    Baseball

    • NMHU vs. University of the Southwest (DH), 1 p.m., Albuquerque Sports Complex
    Softball
    • NMHU vs. Western New Mexico, 12:30 p.m., Cleveland High, Rio Rancho

    MONDAY
    Basketball

    • Las Vegas youth league girls’ games, 5:30 p.m., Rec

    TUESDAY
    Basketball

    • NMHU women and men vs. Colorado State-Pueblo, 5 and 7 p.m., Wilson Complex

  • Las Vegas community battles flu symptoms

    While the flu grips much of the nation in sickness, New Mexico and the Las Vegas community are also laboring under its impact.

    As reported in Wednesday’s Optic, some West Las Vegas elementary schools were closed this week for sanitization. They included Union Street, closed Tuesday and Wednesday; and Don Cecilio Martinez, with Tony Serna Jr., both scheduled for closure on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 1 and 2.

  • Mayor, department heads host town hall meeting

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    A wide variety of topics, ranging from sidewalks along New Mexico Avenue to water storage plans, were covered when City of Las Vegas hosted a town hall meeting Tuesday at the Las Vegas Senior Center Sabino Street.

  • 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.