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  • Luna meetings this week covered a variety of topics

    Three long Luna Community College Board of Trustees special meetings held this week — on consecutive nights — culminated in the selection of the school's Allied Health director, Rolando Rael, as the candidate the board will negotiate with on a president contract. 

  • Honoring a fighter

    Dolores Huerta, 88, was honored by New Mexico legislators on the House floor on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 27, which was officially declared “Dolores Huerta Day.”

  • Senate approves ban on coyote-killing contests

    In a clash between urban and rural lawmakers, the New Mexico Senate voted 22-17 on Wednesday to outlaw coyote-killing contests that are staged for prizes or entertainment.

    The proposal, Senate Bill 76, now advances to the House of Representatives. Similar bills have twice cleared the Senate in the last four years but died in the House.

  • Pay hikes considered for agency heads

    Members of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s Cabinet could get a raise.

    A proposed state budget approved by the House of Representatives last week provides $250,000, the governor’s office confirmed Tuesday. The raises would be used to increase pay for the heads of state government departments.

  • Legislative roundup, Feb. 28

    Legislative roundup, Feb. 28:

    Days remaining in session, as of Thursday morning: 16

    Lottery bill: Ask Sen. Pete Campos, D-Las Vegas, to explain one of his bills and he’ll often get out a piece of paper and a marker, then start drawing an answer for you to follow -- or not.

  • House bill seeks transparency for ethics probes

    If New Mexico’s proposed ethics commission decides to pursue misconduct allegations by a public official or a lobbyist, the public would have a right to know about it under a bill approved Wednesday by a legislative committee.

    The House Appropriations and Finance Committee voted to enshrine transparency provisions in the rules for a new panel that would serve as the state’s government ethics watchdog.

  • Senate panel corrals open-primaries bill

    Don’t worry, political parties. New Mexico is not going to cut you off. Not yet, anyway.

    The Senate Rules Committee reined in legislation on Wednesday that would have required political parties pay for their own primary elections if independent voters are not allowed to participate.

    Backers saw Senate Bill 418 as a sort of compromise in New Mexico’s ongoing debate over whether to open up its closed party nominating elections.

  • The road ahead: Conversations with the state’s new cabinet secretaries

    Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has made her commitment to children a mainstay of her next four years in office. By every metric, New Mexico is considered the worst state in the nation to be a child, and the governor has pledged that her administration will change that awful statistic.

     

    David Scrase, New Mexico Human Services Department: ‘The more people with health insurance, the healthier the population’

  • United World College: Visit from descendant of a legend

    Ndaba Mandela signs a R100 South African Mandela bank note during last weekend’s re-dedication of the Nelson Mandela Garden at the United World College-USA.

    Mandela, who is the grandson of Nelson Mandela, gave the note to UWC-USA President Dr. Victoria Mora, left.

  • Forestry officials have concerns re: Las Vegas trees

    Las Vegas is well-stocked with Siberian Elms. According to presenters at an event held Tuesday here in Las Vegas, those trees are ticking time bombs.

    About 40 members of the community gathered at the New Mexico Forestry Las Vegas District office at Storrie Lake State Park to hear a presentation on the history of how New Mexico established trees across the state and the challenges the state and Las Vegas now face.