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  • City schedules meeting for termination of City Clerk

    A special of City of Las Vegas meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, with "removal of City Clerk" Cassandra Fresquez as one of two business items on the agenda.  

    Appointment of Danielle Sena as the interim City Clerk is the other business item for the meeting, set for 4 p.m. at City Hall on North Grand. An executive session is also on the agenda.

  • Senate approves bill requiring background checks on all gun sales

    The New Mexico state Senate narrowly approved a bill Thursday that would require just about anyone buying a firearm to undergo a background check.

    This legislation has been a priority for gun control advocates, but all 16 Republicans and four Democrats in the Senate said it would not prevent the sort of mass shootings that have spurred calls for such laws.

  • Jail Log - Sunday's Optic, Feb. 1, 2019

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Feb. 6 and Feb. 13, 2019: 

    Timothy Bachicha, Transport Order For Court. 

    Steven R. Cordova, Burglary (Dwelling House).

    Ambers Urioste-Faye, Apo Arrest Order.

  • Reading group explores links: humans and forests

    An upcoming reading group at New Mexico Highlands will explore the interaction between and among forest and human communities.

    Kyle Rose, a Highlands University forestry professor, will lead the Forest Communities reading group.

    “We live in New Mexico surrounded by forests and we both recreate in them and depend upon them,” Rose said. “The continued function of forests is important for both the ecology and economy of Northern New Mexico.”

  • A tribute to Parkland, Fla. from the Roundhouse

    In a tribute to Parkland (Fla.) students and other young victims of gun violence, and in support of stronger gun background-check regulations, students lay down on the Roundhouse floor in Santa Fe this week. Gun control wasn’t the only subject of debate, as minimum wage proposals also led to intense discussions.

  • Looming redistricting task prompts legislation

    Everybody around the state Capitol seems to have a favorite example.
    There’s the state House district in Northern New Mexico that is split in two by a mountain range and wilderness. You couldn’t drive across it if you tried.

    Then there’s the state Senate district that stretches some 180 miles from Santa Fe to Ruidoso.
    When it comes to political districts that have been precisely if nonsensically contorted, the New Mexico Legislature has got some real doozies.

  • UNM, Albuquerque partner on homelessness

    ALBUQUERQUE  — The University of New Mexico, the UNM Health Sciences Center and the city of Albuquerque are acknowledging issues around homelessness in New Mexico’s most populated area and are pledging to take further action.
    Officials with the three entities signed a letter of intent Wednesday and announced plans to establish a steering committee that will identify areas where they can collaborate.

  • Wage hike passes House; Phased-in raise for tipped workers

    The New Mexico House of Representatives voted Wednesday night to raise the statewide minimum wage to $10 an hour in July and increase it annually starting next year. But amid heavy opposition from the restaurant industry, lawmakers backed off immediately abolishing the lower minimum wage for tipped workers and instead elected to phase it out over the next few years.
    Democrats made boosting the minimum wage a central promise of last year’s campaign and argue House Bill 31 will amount to a raise for about 150,000 workers across the state.

  • Salazar sponsors three bills to encourage decision compliance

    The Legislative Finance Committee has proposed spending an additional $416 million for public education in the coming year. Of that total, $113 million would be directed toward at-risk students who headlined the lawsuit.
    House Speaker Brian Egolf, D-Santa Fe, countered that the Legislature’s funding plan “absolutely” will fulfill the court’s directive.
    Three bills have been introduced by Rep. Tomás Salazar, D-Las Vegas. Salazar says they address requirements of the ruling by state District Court Judge Sarah Singleton.

  • Legislative roundup, Feb. 14

    Legislative roundup, Feb. 14:
    Days remaining in session, as of Thursday morning: 32
    Round 3 for coyotes: Hunters, trappers and landowners in New Mexico can kill as many coyotes as they want, anytime they want. Like skunks, coyotes are an unprotected fur-bearer.
    A bipartisan group of state legislators wants to alter this system by outlawing contests in which coyotes are killed for prizes or entertainment.
    The Senate Conservation Committee voted 6-3 on Tuesday to advance the proposal, Senate Bill 76.