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  • House sends marijuana legalization bill to Senate

    After a three-hour debate Thursday night, the state House of Representatives by a narrow margin -- 36-34 -- approved a measure that would legalize recreational use of marijuana in New Mexico.

    Any resident 21 years or older would be allowed to buy, possess and use cannabis under the proposal, which also would create a state oversight commission.

  • Jail Log - Sunday's Optic, March 10, 2019

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Feb. 27 and March 6, 2019: 

    Jerome D. Jaramillo, Transport Order For Court.

    Joel W. Shipman, Transport Order For Court.

    Michael Dalton, Bench Warrant Failure To Appear/Failure To Pay. 

  • House GOP aims to override gun bill

    The House of Representatives earlier this week voted almost totally along party lines to approve Senate Bill 8, moving the legislation to the desk of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. She has said she will support such gun-control measures.

    House Republican leaders on Thursday sent a letter to Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver, asking her to use the constitutional referendum provision to place the question on the 2020 ballot.

  • Luna Recap: Chacon throws a shutout in win

    Freshman pitcher Sabrynn Chacon (Las Cruces, N.M.) unfurled a shutout in Luna Community College’s 6-0 triumph over visiting Texas-Rio Grande Valley on Saturday, March 2, part of a sweep for the Rough Rider softball team.

    Luna beat Air Force Academy’s junior varsity 9-4 in the second game of the day.

    Due to extreme cold conditions — with a wind chill that dipped to near zero — Sunday’s softball games were cancelled.

  • Luna Recap: Chacon throws a shutout in win

    Freshman pitcher Sabrynn Chacon (Las Cruces, N.M.) unfurled a shutout in Luna Community College’s 6-0 triumph over visiting Texas-Rio Grande Valley on Saturday, March 2, part of a sweep for the Rough Rider softball team.

    Luna beat Air Force Academy’s junior varsity 9-4 in the second game of the day.

    Due to extreme cold conditions — with a wind chill that dipped to near zero — Sunday’s softball games were cancelled.

  • West Schools to sell rural property

    Thursday, the West Las Vegas Board of Education approved the start of a process to sell a property it owns in the San Geronimo area.

    Associate Superintendent for Instruction Darice Balizan said the process could stretch out to up to a year. The property must be reappraised; it was last appraised in 1994, when it was valued at $12,000.

    Superintendent Chris Gutierrez said two parties have shown interest in the property.

  • House vs Senate: basketball game a no-go

    Zeke Pirtle, 7, helps his father, state Sen. Cliff Pirtle, R-Roswell, warm up before Wednesday’s game against the House Aggies in the Hoops 4 Hope contest Santa Fe Indian School. The game, which was cancelled after the Senate was called back to the capitol, benefits the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center.

  • Police, sheriffs address concerns

    ALBUQUERQUE — A bill to expand background checks on private gun sales in New Mexico that’s awaiting the governor’s promised signature is presenting a key question for law enforcement as it heads for her desk: How do they expect to enforce it?

    Debate over the bill exposed a rift in the state over gun rights before it won final approval in the Legislature this week and was sent to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who has described it as common-sense reform.

  • Despite early ed funding setback, governor pushes enabling law

    Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham took the unusual step Wednesday of pressing for enabling legislation on a constitutional amendment that hasn’t been sent to the voters, much less been approved by them.

    With her 3-year-old granddaughter, Avery Stewart, on her lap, Lujan Grisham served as an expert witness for Senate Bill 671. This proposal is contingent on voters someday approving the expenditure of half a percent of the $18 billion Land Grant Permanent Fund to expand early childhood education.

  • Are N.M. voters ready for salaried legislators?

    New Mexico legislators don’t get paid much.

    Some might argue that’s just as well.

    But the Legislature’s low pay is a bit closer to changing.

    The state House of Representatives elected on Wednesday to send voters a constitutional amendment that would repeal a prohibition on the Legislature paying its members a salary. It would also create a commission that would set the salaries for statewide elected officials, such as the governor, as well as legislators.