Today's News

  • High hopes, uphill climb for marijuana bill

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    Proponents of legalizing marijuana have long pointed to a prospective windfall they say state and local governments could enjoy by taxing products that now circulate on the black market.

    But the sponsors of a bill to legalize marijuana in New Mexico have an unlikely goal.

    They don’t want to tax it too much. And there’s a reason why.

  • Gov. names 5 UNM Regents

    Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Saturday that she has named five people to the University of New Mexico Board of Regents.

    Their appointments are subject to confirmation by the state Senate.

    The announcement left many at Highlands University in Las Vegas — along with other state institutions — wondering if appointments for about 14 other vacant Regent positions are coming in the days or weeks ahead.

  • GOP leaders back border deal, despite protests on the right

    WASHINGTON — GOP congressional leaders on Tuesday swung behind a hard-won agreement to prevent a new government shutdown and finance construction of more barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border, selling it as a necessary compromise even as some Republicans on the right voice opposition.

    It’s not clear whether President Donald Trump will support the deal, although GOP negotiators said they were hopeful.

  • ‘Tesla bill’ would allow electric car makers to sell in N.M.

    One by one, Tesla has convinced 23 states and Washington, D.C., to allow the maverick electric carmaker the ability to sell directly to the public as a licensed dealer.

    So far, New Mexico is not one of them.

    About 600 New Mexicans own Teslas. But there are no Tesla showrooms or service centers here, and owners either have to leave the state to buy or service their vehicles -- or have the company deliver them to the door by truck.

  • Early ed funding measure splits school advocates

    The executive director of the New Mexico Coalition of Educational Leaders, Stan Rounds, was one of only two people in a Saturday legislative hearing to voice opposition to House Joint Resolution 1. The other was a business representative from Albuquerque.

    He said the state trust land endowment is designed to support K-12 public education programs — and any other draw from the fund, now valued at about $17.5 billion, could hurt schools down the line.

  • Legislative roundup, Feb. 13

    Legislative roundup, Feb. 12:

    Days remaining in session, as of Tuesday morning: 32.

    Jury duty: Courts get all kinds of excuses for skipping jury duty. But some New Mexicans might be able to save those excuses.

    The Senate voted Friday to make it easier for residents over the age of 75 to get out of jury service.

  • Black dance troupe to play at Ilfeld Auditorium this Friday

    As part of Black History Month, the Arts @HU initiative at Highlands University is sponsoring the Lula Washington Dance Theatre on Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. in the university’s Ilfeld Auditorium, 900 University Ave.

    The Lula Washington Dance Theatre is one of the world’s premier African-American dance companies.

    Founder and artistic director Washington established the dance company in 1980 in Los Angeles.

  • Work of Art: Was he an ‘escape-goat’?

    Precious few readers will dig what I’m now mentioning, but that’s not intended as a criticism of them. Rather, I write this because of my ripe old “forget-age.” Here goes:

  • Editorial Cartoon Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019

     Editorial Cartoon Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019

  • Prep Basketball: Second quarter helps spur Rangers

    The Mora Rangers (15–7 overall, 6–0 District 5-2A) defeated the Peñasco Panthers (5–15, 2–4) on Saturday’s Homecoming game, 77–37.