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  • Senate, House reach deal on $7 billion state budget

    By Andrew Oxford, The Santa Fe New Mexican

  • Bill raising film tax rebate cap goes to governor

    Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said she was going to take the "shackles" off the state's film industry by removing an annual $50 million cap on tax rebate payouts to eligible production companies that film in the state.

  • Valley Middle Student Council places first in state conference

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Established in 1950, the New Mexico Association of Student Councils was founded by educators to create an organization for student leaders.

    The aim was to encourage them to practice the democratic process, citizenship and service while fostering an exchange of ideas and problem-solving strategies in New Mexico’s schools.

    Their vision statement is to create the leaders of tomorrow, today ­— all in the spirit of serving, guiding, and leading. Each year, a different school hosts the state conference.

  • From Bosque Farms to the Roundhouse

    Dax Sullivan, visiting the Capitol from Bosque Farms, prepares to throw a wooden glider from the balcony down to his mother on the Rotunda floor while they wait for the start of the New Mexico Agriculture Roundhouse Feed on Thursday. The 2019 New Mexico Legislative Session ends Saturday at noon.

  • Jail Log Sunday's Optic, March 17, 2019

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between March 6 and March 13, 2019:

    Mario Pena, Bench Warrant Failure To Appear / Failure To Pay.

    Olegario Quinonez, Battery (Household Member).

    Spencer Nyarady, Driving Under The Influence, 1st.

    Cody T Henson, Hold For Other Agency.

    Lisa M Pino, Bench Warrant Fta/Ftp.

    Sonia Ulibarri, Bench Warrant Fta/Ftp, Three Counts.

  • Lawmaker: Sending marijuana-related bill to the governor highly unlikely

    Santa Fe New Mexican

    Recreational marijuana unlikely: The likelihood that New Mexicans will be able to access legal recreational cannabis is fading away.

     Friday, Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas, D-Albuquerque, said he thought the bill “probably will not get heard” in the Senate Finance Committee, where it’s been sitting since the House of Representatives voted 36-34 to approve the proposal.

  • María Villarreal Haase: New Bilingual Education and Spanish faculty member

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    María Villarreal Haase said it’s a dream come true to be teaching bilingual education and Spanish at New Mexico Highlands University.

    Villarreal Haase, a veteran college bilingual education professor who started her career as an educator teaching kindergarten through high school Spanish and bilingual education, joined the Highlands faculty spring semester 2019.

  • From Our State Senator: A starring role in our economy

    In New Mexico, we are blessed with beautiful weather, incredible natural and historical wonders and a welcoming and diverse culture.

    Over time, New Mexico has worked to utilize these strengths to develop New Mexico’s recognition by the film industry, both nationally and internationally. The time has come for us to triple our commitment to attracting new opportunities and investment in New Mexico.

  • East Mora County residents say they struggle with roads

    Thursday, the Mora County Commission held its monthly board meeting in the Village of Wagon Mound, attracting residents from the east side of the county who came to voice their concerns.

    Many of the public comments revolved around county roads, which residents said were worn down or inaccessible. The residents said emergency services often struggle to find a location because of a lack of signage. Some of the roads mentioned during public comment were county roads 32,33 and 35.

  • Late-night deal reached on minimum wage

    By Robert Nott, The Santa Fe New Mexican

    The state's lowest-paid workers are likely to get a raise of $1.50 an hour effective Jan. 1, and their wages will rise each year until 2023.