Today's News

  • REAL ID debate moves to Senate

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    Democrats say a GOP plan to get the state in compliance with the federal REAL ID Act will force residents to turn over personal information to a federal database.

    Republicans say that’s false and counter that a Democratic proposal to create a two-tier system still won’t put New Mexico in compliance. Democrats deny that charge.

  • Editorial cartoon - Jan. 31, 2016
  • Editorial: Drug deaths in America

    Editor’s note: The following editorial was published by The New York Times on Jan. 25.

    Congress has historically treated drug abuse as a malady afflicting mostly poor, minority communities, best dealt with by locking people up for long periods of time. The epidemic of drug overdose deaths currently ravaging white populations in cities and towns across the country has altered this line of thinking, and forced lawmakers to acknowledge that addiction is a problem that knows no racial barriers and can be best addressed with treatment.

  • Another Perspective: Leave driver’s licenses alone

    Lost amid the confusion, frustration and posturing regarding the federal government’s mandates for state driver’s licenses is an obvious solution: create a REAL ID card for those New Mexicans who want it and who qualify for it and keep the debate over driver’s licenses for immigrants separate.

  • Just a Thought - Why I am where I am today?

    I appreciate the University of Southern California not accepting Gary Elliot as a graduate student in 1976. It has made all the difference in my life. Gary has no idea of his impact on me and I have no idea where Gary is today. What? Let me dive into today’s column and see where it leads.

  • Another Perspective: House Republicans to address New Mexico’s challenges

    As a member of the State Legislature and Speaker of the House, I carry a great responsibility entrusted to me by the people of New Mexico to work on laws that will improve our state. I am honored to have this opportunity to listen to New Mexicans and work hard on their behalf.

  • Another Perspective: State needs to reform antiquated bail provisions

    On recommendation of the New Mexico Supreme Court, a bipartisan group of legislators has introduced Senate Joint Resolution 1, which would allow voters to decide whether to reform antiquated bail provisions in our state constitution.

    urrently, the constitution guarantees the right to get out of jail before trial for virtually all defendants, no matter how dangerous, if they can get their hands on enough money to post bond or if they can make payment arrangements with a bail bondsman.

  • Dear Teacher - Jan. 31, 2016

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler

    Question: My children in grades three and five never write anything but school assignments. Is there any way to entice them to write more? — Concerned

    Answer: You are lucky that your children still pick up a pencil or pen to do their homework. In many schools that have gone totally paperless, children only use their computers for any form of written communication. When you talk about writing, you are talking about fine motor skills that are harder to learn and require more practice to develop than other motor skills.

  • East students to visit Shakespeare exhibit

    By Mercy López
    Las Vegas Optic

    Shakespeare is one of the authors most people will read in their lifetime. A lucky 50 Memorial Middle School students will soon have the opportunity to see Shakespeare’s First Folio as it tours the nation.

    After considerable discussion, the East Las Vegas School Board recently approved a request to cover expenses for MMS students to visit the New Mexico Museum in Santa Fe.

  • Mississippi teacher honored for 40-years in education field

    By Alex Swatson
    The Vicksburg Post

    VICKSBURG, Miss.  — For more than 40 years, Gwendolyn Yates affected lives in a positive manner as an educator.

    Her saying “great teachers beget great teachers” is her way of giving back to former instructors who set her down a path of educational service.

    Yates was awarded with the 2015 NAACP Community Service Award on Dec. 27. She was nominated by Walter Sheriff and John Shorter, president of the local chapter presented her with the award at Standfield New Life Christian Church.