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CYFD cabinet secretary makes stop in Las Vegas Las Vegas Optic
CYFD Cabinet Secretary Monique Jacobson

Monique Jacobson, cabinet secretary for the Children Youth and Families Department, plans to emphasize one fact as she visits staff around the state: CYFD serves the children.

She stopped in Las Vegas Wednesday morning, and had scheduled appearances in Raton, Eagle Nest, Taos, and Española for Thursday.  
Jacobson formerly worked in the state’s tourism department for four years. She became CYFD cabinet secretary in 2015. She spoke of her challenges.

Film industry officials hope next governor boosts... Las Vegas Optic

The Associated Press

SANTA FE  — Officials in New Mexico’s film and television industry say a new governor may help boost business for film production in the state.

Gubernatorial hopefuls seeking to succeed term-limited Gov. Susana Martinez say some potentially consequential tweaks to the state’s film and television tax incentive program could round out this increasingly prominent piece of the state economy, the Santa Fe New Mexican reports.

Noticias, Friday, April 20, 2018 Las Vegas Optic

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• San Miguel County Magistrate Court hours: Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The office will be open from 8 a.m. to noon on Fridays.

Luna student has eyes on more credentials Las Vegas Optic
Kimberley Padilla, a native of Mora, measures metal on a metal shrinker- stretcher machine in a recent class. The Luna Community College listed four degrees or certificates she’d like to pursue.

Luna Community College

Kimberley Padilla is on track to earn a certificate from Luna Community College soon. That would be the first of not one, not two, not three, but four certificates or degrees she wants to pursue.

A native of Mora, Padilla is expected to graduate in fall 2018 with a certificate in Automotive Collision Repair Technology. She is also interested in earning a business management, culinary arts and cosmetology certificate.

Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news, Apr... Las Vegas Optic

Three wonderful, important, family-oriented cultural opportunities are all scheduled to happen between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 22.  They all deserve a thumb UP, but the fact that they are scheduled at the same time — more or less — on the same day, drives some folks crazy.

Enveloped by drought and short-sightedness Las Vegas Optic

Oh, what a difference a year makes.

Last year, the U.S. Drought Monitor map showed about half of New Mexico was in an “abnormally dry” condition, with only a tiny portion in the northeastern corner of the state actuall suffering from “moderate drought.”

Now, that little corner of the state is suffering from “extreme” or “exceptional” drought conditions while most of the rest of the state is now in “severe” or “extreme” drought.

Editorial cartoon, Friday, April 20, 2018 Las Vegas Optic

Editorial cartoon, Friday, April 20, 2018.


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