A Day Without an Immigrant
Santa Fe showed up strong to the more-or-less impromptu protest. Dozens of locally owned businesses around town closed their doors in solidarity with immigrant employees. Others stayed open, saying it was a way to make their own voice heard or that they planned to donate a portion of the day's proceeds.
Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham says Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officials aren't sharing enough about their guidance, strategy or who agents are apprehending. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus requested the meeting, though some of their members were not allowed to enter because they weren't on the guest list.
Tough Timing for Border Patrol
After Tuesday's raids in Las Cruces, the immigrant community was on edge. When the US Border Patrol showed up at a local school, many worried it signaled the start of a new enforcement effort in places previously considered off-limits. It wasn't. The school said the law enforcement vehicle was there for a partners-in-education event.
House Panel Passes Ethics Reform
A proposed constitutional amendment that would create an independent ethics commission with the power to investigate legislators and elected officials unanimously passed through a House committee. The measure is one of several that purport to be a way to hold public officials accountable. With the session in its second half, the resolution moves on to another committee.
A bill that would make it a felony for a public water system to lie to the state Environment Department was blocked in committee yesterday, as Republicans rallied around Rep. James Strickler, who represents the district where the Animas Valley Water system operates. The state says the system gave it false water quality data to cover up serious problems.
Dam! Could It Happen Here?
That old standby story was in full effect as KOAT-TV looked at whether the government officials who monitor dam safety were worried about New Mexico's earthfill dams—which mirror the design of the compromised Oroville Dam in California. The short answer: No.
The annual James Beard Award nominations are out, and New Mexico has a handful of names on the list, including Santa Feans Martin Rios and Colin Shane of Arroyo Vino. In Albuquerque, Jonathan Perno of Los Poblanos made the list, too.
Rooms for Rent, Not for Lease
AirBnB, the online business that lets homeowners rent their rooms, apartments or houses by the night, says it has 60 percent more active hosts in New Mexico than just one year ago. And 120,000 people spent a night somewhere in the state. Santa Fe, where locals have decried the impact of nightly rentals on affordable long-term rental housing, saw $6.8 million in bookings last year.
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