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Parents, students have opportunity to help choose graduation requirements

With the governor’s signing of a new law updating the state’s high school curriculum, New Mexico families now have a prime opportunity to shape local high school course requirements in a …

Imagine being hired by a city to serve as a business liaison, someone charged with providing information to business owners about regulations, laws, programs and services available to them, city …
New Mexico State University provides a wide range of opportunities for students to enhance their disciplinary knowledge and transferable skills in graduate education through graduate certificates, …
Opinions
During the Las Cruces International Film Festival, I missed out on shaking Ron Perlman’s hand because I was carried away in conversation. It is rare to encounter a capable …
Everybody wants to start at the top.  And so, of course the deep-pocketed investors behind the attempt to build a centrist third party under the No Labels banner started with a presidential …
The capital outlay bill passed by the Legislature this year provides just under $290 million for 136 projects throughout the state, including $20 million for steam tunnel and electrical …
I was five years old when I cast my first vote -- and learned a few hard truths about democratic participation. It was the 2000 presidential election. George W. Bush was challenging Vice …
Recently Merriam-Webster declared that English sentences may end with prepositions – a bit redundant since, there was never an actual rule against ending sentences with prepositions but, much …
A film festival is a little bit like a film itself, in that the first thing to get our attention is usually the stars. Ron Perlman, who I remember for his role as the crusty but wily leader of …
My wife and I were cleaning our oakwood floors downstairs. Wood floors need a good, old fashioned cleaning and waxing several times a year to keep it rich looking, and all that cleaning and …
I helped a friend write an obituary this week. It was one of those acts of kindness that come after you tell your friend that you are there for them and will do anything, not knowing what anything …
Columns
It's funny about the restaurant I used to buy my mother’s gourmet enchiladas from. What am I talking about? I'm talking about back when my beloved mother was still alive, I'd go over …
Whenever you think of your grandparents, you think of the things they had but are now long gone. Things that you wish you still had but for some reason don’t. Only grandparents have those kinds …
For those who remember the Muppet Show on television, one of the joys was seeing celebrity guest stars surrounded by muppet characters, usually in a typhoon of comic mayhem. Today, the Muppet Show is …
When kids ride in the backseat of a car with friends, they forget a parent is usually sitting behind the wheel listening to everything they say. Years ago, I was driving my …

AG affirms public’s right to know

The Open Meetings Act is an easy law to break, which means promoting its importance and calling out violations is a responsibility of citizens, journalists, organizations like the New Mexico …

How the founders linked happiness to virtue

If Benjamin Franklin was right when he said virtue and a trade are a child’s best portion, succeeding generations of Americans have neglected at least part of that birthright. Mass …

A life seen through offices

In my first career, my only “office” was a dressing room, usually shared with several other actors. At other occupations, I’ve worked on factory floors, in warehouses, cubicles, …

Celebrating a tax win for New Mexico’s kids and families

As mamas, we know that having kids changes how you see the world. Figuring out how to keep your little ones safe and healthy, so they can grow up to thrive, is a worry that doesn’t go away.

A whiff of a rolling quorum

Las Cruces has periodically learned expensive lessons about New Mexico’s Open Meetings Act. Except for certain carefully designed exceptions, governing bodies are required to meet and …
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