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Today's News

  • Senate bill would allow spaceport to shield companies' records

    By Andrew Oxford, The New Mexican

    Lawmakers are proposing to create a carve-out in the state's open records law for Spaceport America that would allow it to keep secret any information about companies or government agencies blasting rockets from the Southern New Mexico site.

  • Someone who knows the challenges

    Disabled with cerebral palsy since birth, Bernal resident JudyAnn Sena has purposely taken advantage of opportunities and activities that have taken her and her wheelchair on various journeys.

    For her attention to issues impacting the disabled, Sena was appointed to the Governor’s Commission on Disability this past December.

  • Legislative Roundup, Jan. 24, 2018

    Optic and Santa Fe New Mexican reports

    Dems don’t want wall built

  • Dems push for early-childhood education funding

    By Andrew Oxford, The Santa Fe New Mexican

    A ballot measure that calls for using more money from the state’s $17 billion Land Grant Permanent Fund for early childhood education is a small step closer to going to voters this year.

    The House Education Committee on Monday voted 7-6 — along party lines — to approve the constitutional amendment that backers say could expand access to education programs for young children across New Mexico, the state with the highest rate of child poverty.

  • Dems push to end cap on film industry rebates

    By Andrew Oxford, The Santa Fe New Mexican

    Gov. Susana Martinez stood on a sound stage in Albuquerque last summer crediting the film and television industry with injecting a record $505 million into the New Mexico economy over the previous fiscal year.

    But will the governor who sought to cut tax rebates for filmmakers when she first took office go along with a bill to lift the current cap on incentives — a measure that some say would provide an additional boost as the industry continues to prove a particularly busy part the state’s economy?

  • Does everyone need a lobbyist?

    By Andrew Oxford, The Santa Fe New Mexican

  • Qué Pasa, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018

    Saturday, Jan. 27
    The “Saturdays at the Museum” series at the City of Las Vegas Museum and Rough Rider Memorial Collection presents “Outlaws of New Mexico” with presenter Tim Hagaman at 11 a.m. All events at the museum, located at 727 Grand Ave., Las Vegas, are free and open to the public. Call 505-426-3205 for information.

    Saturday, Jan. 27

  • Conference to feature international slate of presenters

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    MONTEZUMA — Feminist, author, and social and political activist Courtney Martin, who speaks at universities around the nation, will be among the guest presenters at the Annual Conference at the United World College-USA.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news, Jan. 26, 2018

    THUMBS DOWN: VOTE, OR DON’T COMPLAIN
    Optic staff receive as much feedback about the Las Vegas City Council as any other government entity in the county.
    Two council positions are up for election March 6. Are you registered to vote?

    THUMBS UP: A HARD DAY’S NIGHT

  • The demise of human customer service

    Older people, such as myself, like to think we’ve acquired the wisdom of the ages, but when it comes to the modern world, the young’uns have a leg up on us.

    That occurred to me when I had some questions about my cell phone account, and I didn’t want to sit on the phone all day trying to get the answers I was seeking. So I decided to go to the office in Las Vegas and talk, face to face, with a customer service representative.