Category: Politics

Article: Sold for Sex: Sex trafficking plagues New Mexico women, but no one’s sure how many

Article: Sold for Sex: Sex trafficking plagues New Mexico women, but no one’s sure how many

From the Santa Fe Reporter In 2015, Dallas Grassbaugh was 23, homeless and supporting a debilitating drug habit by selling her body for sex. Then she met Shane Roach. She’d already escaped two sex traffickers by then, and Roach, an aspiring hip-hop artist from Albuquerque, promised he could help and protect her. Roach bought her…

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Article: Espinoza wins Mora sheriff seat; Sanchez cruises to take House District 40 seat

Article: Espinoza wins Mora sheriff seat; Sanchez cruises to take House District 40 seat

From the Las Vegas Optic In the race for Mora County Sheriff, Democrat Amos J. Espinoza defeated Republican Manuel J. Martinez. Espinoza captured 1,302 votes, or 56 percent, to Martinez’s 1,005 votes, or about 44 percent. “I’d like to thank my opponent for running a nice, clean race. He worked really hard at it,” Espinoza…

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Article: City: More revenue needed before curbside recycling can begin

Article: City: More revenue needed before curbside recycling can begin

From the Las Vegas Optic Las Vegas residents who wish to recycle materials like plastic bottles or newspapers must continue to haul these items to a recycling center for the foreseeable future. While larger cities like Santa Fe and Albuquerque offer collection of recyclable material as part of regular solid waste pickup, it seems for…

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Article: Mora fracking film screened in Santa Fe

Article: Mora fracking film screened in Santa Fe

From the Las Vegas Optic Mora County’s attempts to ban fracking are detailed in a new documentary titled “Drilling Mora County,” which was screened Wednesday evening at the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe. The nearly hour-long film was written and directed by filmmaker David Luis Leal Cortez, a graduate of the College of Santa…

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Article: WLV principals present plans to raise school grades

Article: WLV principals present plans to raise school grades

From the Las Vegas Optic Three principals faced the West Las Vegas Schools Board of Education to present plans to improve letter grades at their schools. Other WLV principals in the district were in Albuquerque during Thursday’s regular board meeting, where they were receiving certifications and doing teacher evaluations. Those teachers are scheduled to present…

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Article: Five WLV schools receive ‘F’ grades

Article: Five WLV schools receive ‘F’ grades

From the Las Vegas Optic For the past six years, the Public Education Department has been grading schools’ performance using an A-through-F letter grade system. For the 2017-18 school year, two schools in the West Las Vegas School District received an A, three others received a C, and five were given an F. Union Elementary…

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Article: City Schools: Memorial MS gets ‘F’ grade

Article: City Schools: Memorial MS gets ‘F’ grade

From the Las Vegas Optic Just in time for students to return to class, Las Vegas-area school districts and the rest of the state received report cards from the New Mexico Public Education Department. Using the PED’s A-F letter grade system — determined by measuring categories such as graduation rates, attendance and performance on standardized…

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