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Amanda AskinAmanda Askin BULLETIN REPORT By a 3-2 vote along party lines, the Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners chose Amanda Lopez Askin as the next Doña Ana County clerk. Askin will resign her position with the New Mexico Department of Health to assume the duties of county clerk, and her swearing-in ceremony will be scheduled soon. Askin pledged to work toward a seamless transition. She is a native of Las Cruces, having graduated from Oñate High ...

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Pride on the Plaza The LGBTQ Equality March for Unity and Pride leaves Plaza de Las Cruces June 11 following a rally. The event coincided with others nationwide, and is evolved from the gay liberation movement that took to the streets in June 1969 in New York City and a year later in Chicago and Los Angeles. BULLETIN PHOTO BY STEVE MACINTYRE

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Bulletin Report The sixth-annual Economic Outlook Conference will take place 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University Ave. New Mexico State University Regents Professor of Economics Jim Peach and senior economist with Wells Fargo Bank Eugenio Alemán will look at state and national economic trends and how they play a part in New Mexico’s future. The free conference kicks off with a reception at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 16, followed by the economists’ presentations from 10 a.m. ...

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Bear in the Air Smokey Bear gets in a few hops across the dunes despite some wind challenges Sunday, Sept. 18, at the White Sands National Monument. More than 2,000 people showed up to see a variety of different balloonists take to the air in the 25th annual White Sands International Balloon Invitational. In addition to New Mexico, there were pilots and balloons from Arizona, Texas, Florida and Missouri. BULLETIN PHOTO BY ELVA K. ÖSTERREICH ...

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Bulletin Report On Tuesday, Feb. 21, the state House of Representatives passed two bills that aim to ensure New Mexico attracts and retains good teachers. The bills–HB 124 and 163–seek to do this by improving teacher evaluations and recognizing teacher skill and competency. Rep. Debra Sariñana (D-Albuquerque) sponsored HB 163, to make teacher evaluations more fair by ensuring a teacher’s evaluation is not disproportionately affected by students who have too many absences. The second bill, introduced by Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton (D-Albuquerque), provides a ...

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