Today's News

  • Luna hands out pink slips

    When he left the presidency at Luna Community College, Pete Campos noted that one of the things he was proudest of was getting the school through major budget cuts without any layoffs.

    His successor won’t be able to say the same thing.

    Leroy “Huero” Sanchez, who took over as Luna’s president last year, issued letters to at least five employees on Thursday and Friday, notifying them that they won’t have jobs come July 1.

  • Stopping the summer slide

    With summer vacation on the horizon students are already counting down to freedom from teachers and homework.

    While educators are also looking forward to the much-needed hiatus, many of them are also worried about the “summer slide,” the learning loss that students experience over the summer break.

  • Still no decision on Parson

    West Las Vegas Superintendent Gene Parson’s future with the school district remains uncertain after the board once again failed to reach a decision Thursday evening on whether to launch a search for a superintendent or keep him on for the upcoming school year.

    Parson, meanwhile, hinted that he may pursue legal action against the district if he is not kept on beyond June 30.

    “I feel I have an impled contract,” he told the board. “If you feel differently, well, then we’ll go there, I guess.”

  • Dems fear Sanders is undermining efforts to beat Trump

    By Lisa Lerer and Ken Thomas
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Democratic Party leaders are upping the pressure on Bernie Sanders to drop his presidential campaign, alarmed that his continued presence is undermining efforts to beat the presumptive Republican nominee, Donald Trump, and again win the White House.

  • NM sees increase in registered voters

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The number of registered voters in New Mexico has increased nearly 3 percent since the start of the year as election officials process a final flurry of registration forms.

    Tuesday was the cutoff date for voters to register ahead of New Mexico’s June 7 primaries featuring presidential, statewide and local candidates.

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 15, 2016
  • Editorial: Drug problem intensifies

    It’s no secret that our area has long struggled with drug abuse.

    We got a glimpse of the severity of the problem nearly four years ago when federal and state law enforcement officers swooped in on helicopters and black SUVs and began executing a series of arrest and search warrants in Las Vegas in August of 2012.

  • Another Perspective: HU’s reverse Robin Hood budget

    Highlands’ new budgetary policies rob from the poor and give to the rich. This is morally wrong and economically indefensible.  These budgetary priorities are also taking a toll on the academic programs and departments that more directly serve the students in college and beyond. This is why our faculty and staff union is growing.

     The public deserves to know:

     1) New Mexico is again cutting money to public education.  This year alone there will be approximately $800K of public funding cut to Highlands.

  • Just a Thought: A lifetime return from a proper upbringing

    The hotel you choose to stay at has more to do with the way your parents raised you than it does with your economic means. What? Are these really correlated? Sure they are.

    Each one of us has a history and each one is unique. We were all born. Then we experienced what is was like to be a 2- year-old, a 5-year-old, and a 10-year-old. Each of us spent the same number of days at 16. We have gone through the same stages, but in different homes.

  • Editorial Roundup - May 15, 2016

    Compiled by The Associated Press
    The Sante Fe New Mexican on Donald Trump (May 10):

    Pity the poor Republican leaders. They must choose whether to back a candidate whose rhetoric is hateful, whose policy positions often make no sense and who isn’t even a true conservative. Or, they must choose to turn their backs on their party’s presidential nominee in 2016.

    Some prominent Republicans — political consultant Mary Matalin, for example — have switched their party registration.