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Today's News

  • Tenth annual literacy fair is one week away

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    The Literacy Council of Northeastern New Mexico, a division of the Las Vegas Arts Council, will be hosting its 10th annual literacy fair on Saturday, Jan. 27 at Sala de Madrid on the Highlands Univeristy campus, Eighth Street and University Avenue, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    The theme for this year’s event is a Dr. Seuss Celebration, and the tag line is  “Read Here and Read There—Read Everywhere!”

  • Governor wants tax reform

    By Andrew Oxford, The Santa Fe New Mexican

    Gov. Susana Martinez signaled Tuesday she is not going quietly into her last year in office, opening a 30-day session of the Legislature with a State of the State address that touted issues she has pushed throughout her administration and steeling herself for one last showdown with Democratic lawmakers.

  • Senate Dems respond to Martinez’s address

    By Daniel J. Chacon, The Santa Fe New Mexican

    Senate Democrats said Tuesday that New Mexico’s future looks bright -- partly because it doesn’t include outgoing Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, who also struck a combative tone at the start of the 30-day legislative session.

    “There’s a new day on the horizon for the state of New Mexico,” said Sen. Howie Morales, D-Silver City, who delivered the response from his caucus to Martinez’s final State of the State address.

  • Nursing license compact zips through Senate

    By Andrew Oxford, The Santa Fe New Mexican

    The New Mexico Senate, moving to meet a tight deadline, on Wednesday approved a new nurse licensing compact to avoid what one lawmaker described as a health care crisis.

    But several senators raised concerns as the bill sped through the Legislature that the compact might diminish nurses’ rights by ceding too much power to an out-of-state board about licensing in the profession.

  • Oil companies’ revenue, contributions pour in

    By Steve Terrell, The Santa Fe New Mexican

    Oil and gas industry revenues pay a huge share of the money that goes into the state budget. And lobbyists for big oil companies pay a huge amount of campaign contributions to New Mexico politicians.

    An analysis of lobbyist expense reports filed in recent days with the New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office shows oil companies dominate the list of the largest donors to campaigns and political committees since last October.

  • Five killed in Raton-area copter crash

    The Associated Press

    RATON  — A group of prominent friends, including a key Zimbabwean opposition leader and a Texas-based investor and philanthropist, was heading to a ranch in the U.S. state of New Mexico when their helicopter crashed and burned in a remote area, killing five people aboard.

  • ‘Darkness cannot drive out darkness’

    Gwen Albers/Optic photos

    "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that."

    Monday, United World College students completed some community service work in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King and the day his courageous words and actions represent.

    More than 200 UWC students participated in 17 projects on and off campus.

    Their tasks included work at the Samaritan House, Rio Mora Wildlife Refuge, El Valley Women’s Coop, and arroyo preservation and erosion control in Ribera.

  • Las Vegas native earns USAF award

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    The U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General recent named a Las Vegas native as recipient of an annual award.

    Staff Sgt. Martin Dominguez, a 35th Fighter Wing JA international and operations law paralegal, was recently named the Outstanding NCO Paralegal of the Year award for the work he did in the calendar year of 2016 and will be honored with the Swigonski Award.

  • Backward N.M. might someday move forward

    It’s easy to talk about how backward New Mexico is. I’m not sure if out-of-staters do it, but we New Mexicans sure like to talk our state down. You know you do. I do too.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news, Jan. 19, 2018

    THUMBS DOWN: TIME TO FOCUS
    Gov. Susana Martinez used part of her final address to the full legislature to say the new Democratic Senate whip had “demeaned” K-12 students by saying the students don’t have academic skills. Sen. Howie Morales criticized the Republican governor for apparently changing her stance on a voter-approved bail reform measure, and talked of a state that he described as better off once Martinez leaves office.
    Come on, guys. Enough about the failed policies of others. Get to the specifics of the solutions.