Today's News

  • PED: Teacher attendance up due to evaluations

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    Overall teacher attendance has jumped in New Mexico schools, an improvement state officials say is largely due to the new evaluation system, the Public Education Department announced this week.

    Nearly 32 percent of teachers who had an “exemplary” attendance record missed less than two days of work, according to state data. Students saw 18,000 additional instructional hours from a licensed teacher instead of a substitute, statistics also showed.

  • In Brief - News - May 11, 2015

    The Associated Press
    Remains found in mountains
    SANTA FE — Investigators are trying to determine if human remains found in the mountains above Santa Fe belong to a man missing since December.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican reported Friday the state Office of the Medical Investigator is trying to positively identify the badly decomposed body.
    A hiker near the Santa Fe Baldy summit discovered the body Sunday, a day after someone else found a campsite and car keys that match the vehicle belonging to Laurence Longwell.

  • Preserving O’Keeffe’s home, studio

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    Georgia O’Keeffe’s home and studio is just the way she left it, from the record player in the living room to the spices in the kitchen and the pebbles the painter collected while on her walks through the high desert.

    Preservation of the historic adobe property has been the charge of Agapita Judy Lopez and her family for three generations. Her grandfather was O’Keeffe’s gardener, her mother cooked and kept house and she and her brother also worked for the artist.

  • Roybal and Bentson to attend workshop

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    Luna Community College general science student Auritha Roybal and Lisa Bentson, a general biology instructor, will both be attending a Genomic Education Partnership Workshop at Washington University in St. Louis in June.

  • Que Pasa - May 11, 2015

    • An anti-bullying committee meeting will take place at 5:15 on Tuesday, May 12 at Travelers Cafe on the Plaza. This meeting is open to the public and for anyone interested in serving on the committee.


  • Editorial cartoon - May 11, 2015
  • Our criminal justice system

    If you’re charged with a crime in this country, and you can’t afford to hire an attorney to represent you, the state is required to hire one for you.

    It’s so fundamental to the proper functioning of our criminal justice system that the right to an attorney is guaranteed in the constitution.

    Spending taxpayer dollars on criminal defense lawyers for people who are accused of breaking the law isn’t the most popular thing for elected officials to do. But it is the right thing to do.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - The continuing saga of oil and gas regulation

    Well, it’s settled. But only for a moment.

    Mora County officials recently settled with some high-powered plaintiffs in a couple of lawsuits that effectively put an end to the county’s attempt to place a permanent ban on oil and gas drilling inside its county lines.

  • Dons: On to quarters

    For the first time since 1983, West Las Vegas baseball is in the state tournament quarterfinals.

    No. 11 seed West rallied to defeat No. 6 Robertson in a best-of-three series to open the Class 4A state baseball tournament over the weekend at Whorton Field.

    The Dons won game one 9-5 Friday after trailing early. Robertson rebounded to win game two on Saturday by a 10-4 count. But West prevailed 12-2 in the decisive game three.

  • Lady Cards roll to next round

    For the fourth time this spring, Robertson softball put Taos away via the mercy rule.

    This time, it meant moving on to the second round of the Class 4A state tournament.

    The Lady Cardinals (19-4) scored the game’s first 16 runs Friday and won 18-3 after just three innings of play, eliminating their fellow District 2-4A denizens in the opening round of state. It was Robertson’s last home game of the year.