Today's News

  • Senate OKs state budget

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The Senate has approved a budget proposal for a 4 percent increase in state spending next year and the financial blueprint leaves room for possible tax cuts.

    The measure allocates $5.6 billion for public education and general government programs, in the fiscal year that starts July 1. That represents a $220 million increase over the current state budget.

    The budget doesn’t spend all of next year’s expected revenues, leaving about $36 million available for possible tax cuts.

  • NM ranchers showing clout

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Once shunned and largely ignored, Hispanic ranchers and other descendants of people who received Spanish land grants are flexing their political muscles in New Mexico.

    In recent years, the activists have persuaded state lawmakers to approve the creation of new towns based on the boundaries of the 200-year-old grants. They have held forums around the state and raised money for a major lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service over long-standing land-use disputes.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Feb. 15, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Officials eye gay marriage attempts
    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico officials say they are preparing for gay couples across the state who may try to obtain marriage licenses on Valentine's Day.

    Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver says her office has been notified by advocates of gay marriage that demonstrations are planned for Valentine’s Day wedding ceremonies.

  • King play part of Black History events

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University presents “The Meeting,” a play about Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16 at Ilfeld Auditorium in celebration of Black History Month.

    The play by Jeff Stetson is free to the public.

    Set in February, 1965, The Meeting portrays a fictional meeting between the two legendary leaders of the American Civil Rights Movement.

  • Que Pasa - Feb. 15, 2012

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 15, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Bear’s Loose Tooth” by Karma Wilson Elliott. The theme for the month is “Leap Year Laughter.” All programs are free and open to the public.

  • From under state’s thumb

    It’s great news that, after nearly six years, the West Las Vegas School District is finally in charge of its finances again. It’s something that Superintendent Ruben Cordova and the school board can be proud of.

    Paul Aguilar, deputy secretary of finance and operations for the the state Public Education Department, delivered the news to the school board last week, calling it “an important milestone”  for the district.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Feb. 15, 2012
  • Work of Art - Is ‘Chula’ a centurian?

    The response to last week’s Work of Art, in which I planned and planted misuses of the English language, was great. The reaction ranged from the concern that your resident Language Cop somehow had “lost it” to a let’s-do-it-again attitude.

    A half dozen readers either e-mailed or dropped off their responses, and one person went even farther, finding a stray question mark in my column and catching me on my capitalizing a word that shouldn’t have been.

  • Rangers shooting for district title

    With just one game remaining in the regular season, the Mora Rangers (21-3 overall and ranked fourth in Class 2A boys’ basketball) are riding high, looking to clinch the District 2-2A championship and hosting rights for the district tourney next week.

    Head coach James Branch dedicated this past Friday’s 53-51 win over Santa Fe Prep to the late Fabian Trujillo, Branch’s friend and teammate when both attended New Mexico Highlands University in the early ‘80s.

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