It flew under the radar, but Valencia County attempted to ban late-term abortions in the county. That failed when the county commission voted 3-2 against it. Of course, even if it had passed it wouldn't have meant much. The only facilities that do such abortions are in Albuquerque -- not in unincorporated areas of Valencia County.
“I think the Legislature’s budget spends too much and prioritizes too little. It sprinkles money in lots of places but doesn’t have a great impact. The Legislature’s budget actually cuts education reform,” Martinez said in a 47-minute speech to the Economic Forum of Albuquerque at the Hotel Albuquerque in Old Town.
Shepherd, who represents Arizona's Cornfields, Ganado, Jeddito, Kin Dah Lichíí and Steamboat chapters, submitted the legislation after Naize was charged with 10 counts of bribery and one count of conspiracy by the tribe's special prosecutors in criminal complaints filed Dec. 3 in Window Rock District Court in Window Rock, Ariz.
The complaints allege that Naize misused the discretionary fund program, which was established by the council to provide financial relief to needy constituents.
According to the Farmington Daily-Times, Naize can be removed with 2/3 vote from Navajo Nation Council members.
The commission did vote for a motion made by Commissioner Wayne Johnson for preliminary approval, or to commit the $1 million, pending further staff analysis including clawback provisions, said county spokesman Andy Lenderman. The commission will hear from both the county’s Economic Development Department and the Finance Department when it meets again on Jan. 28.
“We’ll surely increase our traffic enforcement and drug interdiction,” Colfax County Sheriff Patrick Casias said.
Based in Raton, his deputies patrol Interstate 25 on New Mexico’s border with Colorado, the logical return route for pot tourists from Las Cruces, Albuquerque or Santa Fe who have imbibed in Denver or Pueblo.
He said he has briefed his staff on the new law, is running extra traffic patrols and asked deputies to be alert.
The city of Santa Fe's plastic bag ban is having troubles even before it goes into effect. The latest is that a paper bag fee designed to encourage customers to use reusable bags may be a tax rather than a fee. And so it could be dropped from the law.
The study, however, recommends demolishing the building and erecting a new one that includes two levels of parking. That would cost $26 million, result in 13 surplus parking spaces and possibly generate some $10,000 annually in revenues for the county’s coffers.
The construction costs could be offset by the sale of some county properties, private parking revenues and money budgeted for the old judicial complex, bringing the cost down to $18 million, the study says.