Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
Yesterday in Santa Fe, House Representatives passed a bill that was created with the intent to increase voter participation by allowing eligible voters to register to vote and cast their ballots on the same day. House Bill 86, Election Day & Early Voting Registration, would provide voter registration at polling places on Election Day and at early voting sites for primary and general elections. According to a release, “The Election Day & Early Voting Registration act would require that the qualified elector register at the polling place for the precinct in which the qualified elector resides. The bill also requires that the qualified elector complete a certificate of registration, make an oath in a form prescribed by the Secretary of State, and provide proof of residence. For registration at an early voting site, the early voting site must be in the county where the qualified elector resides and the qualified elector must provide proof of residence.” By a vote of 44 to 22, House Bill 86 was passed on a party line vote with all House Republicans voting against the measure. House Bill 86 now heads to the Senate for further consideration.
The Gila National Forest Glenwood Ranger District is reporting that the Catwalk Recreation Area is temporarily closed. Due to rain there is debris and the road crossings are flooded. New Mexico Department of Transportation has been notified and are scheduled to clean up the debris during the week of February 25th. Individuals are warned to not cross flooded roads, the water can be deceptively swift and easily take vehicles down the wash. It takes just 12 inches of rushing water to carry away most cars and just 2 feet of rushing water to carry away SUVs and trucks. Individuals are reminded that it is never safe to drive or walk into flood waters and to remember the saying, “Turn Around Don’t Drown.”
Luna County Detention Center’s Pete Loya, retired from the LCDC where he has served for the past 25 years. Sergeant Loya, was presented with a unique shadow box commemorating his 25 years of service during the Luna County Board of Commissioners meeting. Congratulations Sergeant Pete Loya, for 25 years of dedicated service to Luna County.
The location of the Grant County Commissioners’ meeting has been changed from the County Administration Building to the Grant County Veterans Memorial Business and Conference Center. The Conference Center is located at 3031 Highway 180 East in Silver City. The County Commissioners meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. The agenda will include several items including a presentation by Tom Shelley, Manager of Reclamation from Freeport-McMoRan. The County Commissioners will consider two pro-mining resolutions that are against the anti-mining bills recently passed by the New Mexico House of Representatives. Sheriff Frank Gomez is presenting a 2nd Amendment Sanctuary County Resolution that deals with firearm legislation. There will be agendas and sign-in sheets at both entrances to the Grant County Conference Center.