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  • Bill to limit property tax break advances

    By Thom Cole, The Santa Fe New Mexican

    A state House committee on Thursday approved legislation to eliminate a property tax break enjoyed by some owners of residential rental properties and second homes in New Mexico.

    The Local Government, Land Grants and Cultural Affairs Committee OK’d the bill on a party-line vote, with Democrats backing the measure and Republicans opposing.

  • Jail Log - Sunday's Optic, March 3, 2019

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Feb. 20 and Feb. 27, 2019: 

    Tomas Gutierrez, Criminal Trespass.

    Cindy Hurtado, Transport Order For Court.

    Vidal Vigil, Aggravated Burglary (Armed After Entering).

  • Devotional art exhibition at Ray Drew Gallery

    Highlands University presents its annual Northern New Mexico Devotional Art exhibition, open through March 29 in the Ray Drew Gallery in Donnelly Library at 802 National Ave.

    The closing artists’ reception is March 22 from 4 to 6 p.m.

  • Luna meetings this week covered a variety of topics

    Three long Luna Community College Board of Trustees special meetings held this week — on consecutive nights — culminated in the selection of the school's Allied Health director, Rolando Rael, as the candidate the board will negotiate with on a president contract. 

  • Honoring a fighter

    Dolores Huerta, 88, was honored by New Mexico legislators on the House floor on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 27, which was officially declared “Dolores Huerta Day.”

  • Senate approves ban on coyote-killing contests

    In a clash between urban and rural lawmakers, the New Mexico Senate voted 22-17 on Wednesday to outlaw coyote-killing contests that are staged for prizes or entertainment.

    The proposal, Senate Bill 76, now advances to the House of Representatives. Similar bills have twice cleared the Senate in the last four years but died in the House.

  • Pay hikes considered for agency heads

    Members of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s Cabinet could get a raise.

    A proposed state budget approved by the House of Representatives last week provides $250,000, the governor’s office confirmed Tuesday. The raises would be used to increase pay for the heads of state government departments.

  • Legislative roundup, Feb. 28

    Legislative roundup, Feb. 28:

    Days remaining in session, as of Thursday morning: 16

    Lottery bill: Ask Sen. Pete Campos, D-Las Vegas, to explain one of his bills and he’ll often get out a piece of paper and a marker, then start drawing an answer for you to follow -- or not.

  • House bill seeks transparency for ethics probes

    If New Mexico’s proposed ethics commission decides to pursue misconduct allegations by a public official or a lobbyist, the public would have a right to know about it under a bill approved Wednesday by a legislative committee.

    The House Appropriations and Finance Committee voted to enshrine transparency provisions in the rules for a new panel that would serve as the state’s government ethics watchdog.

  • Senate panel corrals open-primaries bill

    Don’t worry, political parties. New Mexico is not going to cut you off. Not yet, anyway.

    The Senate Rules Committee reined in legislation on Wednesday that would have required political parties pay for their own primary elections if independent voters are not allowed to participate.

    Backers saw Senate Bill 418 as a sort of compromise in New Mexico’s ongoing debate over whether to open up its closed party nominating elections.