Category: Politics

Legal cannabis helped the Colorado tourism economy. It probably won’t do the same for ABQ.

Legal cannabis helped the Colorado tourism economy. It probably won’t do the same for ABQ.

Nearly a decade after voters in Colorado legalized recreational cannabis, this much seems clear: It was a major victory for tourism. Those tourists came from all over, and cannabis entrepreneurs launched new businesses to cater to them. Some of these businesses provide cannabis-friendly transportation from the airport to area lodging, others offer high-end dining options…

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Mayor orders capacity restrictions at city buildings, asks businesses to reduce capacity

Mayor orders capacity restrictions at city buildings, asks businesses to reduce capacity

From the Las Vegas Optic Mayor Louie Trujillo on Friday signed an executive order limiting public access to all City of Las Vegas buildings to 50 percent of each building’s maximum capacity. The order does not apply to area school buildings. Trujillo said he signed the order in response to an increase of positive COVID-19…

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County commission reverses course, bans fireworks

County commission reverses course, bans fireworks

From the Las Vegas Optic The San Miguel County Board of Commissioners voted to ban certain types of fireworks at a special meeting Monday, reversing a decision made by the commission earlier this month. Citing concerns about fire danger and prolonged drought conditions, the commission voted unanimously to restrict the sale and use of “missile-type…

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School district resists sharing documents with public, press

School district resists sharing documents with public, press

From the Las Vegas Optic In January 2020, Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Larryssa Archuleta addressed the Board of Education with concerns about the number of requests for public records citizens and journalists had filed with the district. During that school year, according to Archuleta, the district had received 10 such requests. Archuleta’s concern, she…

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Luna board extends interim president’s contract

Luna board extends interim president’s contract

From the Las Vegas Optic The search for a new president continues for Luna Community College, and in the meantime, Dr. Kenneth Patterson will continue to serve as the college’s interim president. The Luna Board of Trustees voted unanimously Friday afternoon to extend Patterson’s contract through June 30, or until “the presidential search is terminated.”…

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Luján wins Senate seat

Luján wins Senate seat

From the Las Vegas Optic Democrat Ben Ray Luján defeated Republican Mark Ronchetti and Libertarian Bob Walsh Tuesday to win New Mexico’s open seat in the U.S. Senate. Luján took an early lead Tuesday as ballots began being counted, and held a narrow lead throughout the evening. The Associated Press declared Luján the winner just…

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City manager tests positive for COVID-19; San Miguel County sees rise in positive cases

City manager tests positive for COVID-19; San Miguel County sees rise in positive cases

From the Las Vegas Optic San Miguel County has seen a steady rise in positive coronavirus cases throughout October, with 17 new cases Friday through Sunday alone. By contrast, the county reported just 19 cases for the entire month of September. At least one of the county’s recent COVID-19 cases has come from inside Las…

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City leaders raise concerns over LVPD involvement in political parade

City leaders raise concerns over LVPD involvement in political parade

From the Las Vegas Optic Las Vegas police officers escorted a parade supporting President Donald Trump through the streets of Las Vegas Saturday. The escort was authorized by top members of the Las Vegas Police Department, but some city leaders are voicing concerns about that decision. City Councilor David Romero told the Optic his main…

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LVCS, former volleyball coach battle over public records law

LVCS, former volleyball coach battle over public records law

From the Las Vegas Optic Las Vegas City Schools has again violated the state’s public records law, according to the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government, a nonprofit dedicated to government transparency. The district was chided by the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General in late January for charging illegal fees for access to…

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