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  • Luna Recap: Chacon throws a shutout in win

    Freshman pitcher Sabrynn Chacon (Las Cruces, N.M.) unfurled a shutout in Luna Community College’s 6-0 triumph over visiting Texas-Rio Grande Valley on Saturday, March 2, part of a sweep for the Rough Rider softball team.

    Luna beat Air Force Academy’s junior varsity 9-4 in the second game of the day.

    Due to extreme cold conditions — with a wind chill that dipped to near zero — Sunday’s softball games were cancelled.

  • Luna Recap: Chacon throws a shutout in win

    Freshman pitcher Sabrynn Chacon (Las Cruces, N.M.) unfurled a shutout in Luna Community College’s 6-0 triumph over visiting Texas-Rio Grande Valley on Saturday, March 2, part of a sweep for the Rough Rider softball team.

    Luna beat Air Force Academy’s junior varsity 9-4 in the second game of the day.

    Due to extreme cold conditions — with a wind chill that dipped to near zero — Sunday’s softball games were cancelled.

  • West Schools to sell rural property

    Thursday, the West Las Vegas Board of Education approved the start of a process to sell a property it owns in the San Geronimo area.

    Associate Superintendent for Instruction Darice Balizan said the process could stretch out to up to a year. The property must be reappraised; it was last appraised in 1994, when it was valued at $12,000.

    Superintendent Chris Gutierrez said two parties have shown interest in the property.

  • House vs Senate: basketball game a no-go

    Zeke Pirtle, 7, helps his father, state Sen. Cliff Pirtle, R-Roswell, warm up before Wednesday’s game against the House Aggies in the Hoops 4 Hope contest Santa Fe Indian School. The game, which was cancelled after the Senate was called back to the capitol, benefits the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center.

  • Police, sheriffs address concerns

    ALBUQUERQUE — A bill to expand background checks on private gun sales in New Mexico that’s awaiting the governor’s promised signature is presenting a key question for law enforcement as it heads for her desk: How do they expect to enforce it?

    Debate over the bill exposed a rift in the state over gun rights before it won final approval in the Legislature this week and was sent to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who has described it as common-sense reform.

  • Despite early ed funding setback, governor pushes enabling law

    Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham took the unusual step Wednesday of pressing for enabling legislation on a constitutional amendment that hasn’t been sent to the voters, much less been approved by them.

    With her 3-year-old granddaughter, Avery Stewart, on her lap, Lujan Grisham served as an expert witness for Senate Bill 671. This proposal is contingent on voters someday approving the expenditure of half a percent of the $18 billion Land Grant Permanent Fund to expand early childhood education.

  • Are N.M. voters ready for salaried legislators?

    New Mexico legislators don’t get paid much.

    Some might argue that’s just as well.

    But the Legislature’s low pay is a bit closer to changing.

    The state House of Representatives elected on Wednesday to send voters a constitutional amendment that would repeal a prohibition on the Legislature paying its members a salary. It would also create a commission that would set the salaries for statewide elected officials, such as the governor, as well as legislators.

  • Sweeping education bills get funding boost for adult learners

    By Andrew Oxford and Robert Nott, Santa Fe New Mexican 

    State lawmakers, facing an outcry over legislation defining “school-aged” students as those under the age of 22, voted Tuesday to provide a year of funding for programs that help adults get a high school education.

  • Legislative roundup, March 7

    Legislative roundup, March 7

    Days remaining in session, as of Thursday morning: 9

    Cabinet size: The Senate just voted to create a Cabinet department for early childhood education. But some lawmakers are still wondering whether the state already has too many Cabinet departments.

    Sen. Bill Tallman, D-Albuquerque, proposed creating a Cabinet reduction task force. The Senate Rules Committee on Wednesday agreed instead to task committees that meet after the session to weigh the issue.

  • How Highlands' black students experience Las Vegas

    At Highlands’ African American Culture Fair, held March 2 at the Sala de Madrid, guests were treated to a soul food potluck, including sweet potato peanut stew, turkey ribs in collard greens and cornbread, a drumming circle and African head wrapping.