Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
School Board Elections were held yesterday for the local School Boards, and the unofficial results are in. For Silver School Board District 1, Patrick Cohn won in an unopposed race, and Ashley Montenegro won unopposed in District 2. Justin Wecks won the District 4 seat 221 to 185 over Daniel Arrey. The General Obligation Bond was voted in favor, and the Silver School tax was approved. In the Cobre District, Frank Gomez won unopposed for Board Position 1, Gabriel Holguin won unopposed in Position 3, and Gilbert Guadiana won with 99 votes over Eloy Medina, who earned 97 votes. In Deming, William Ruiz will fill the vacancy for District 2, which was vacated by John Sweetser following his win for Luna County Commissioner.
Two Silver City men were arrested in the early morning hours of February 3rd after a witness called in a burglary in progress. The first officer arrived just after 1 am and approached Armando Marquez, 20, and directed him to lie on the ground. The officer was then told of a second suspect inside the building. Two others officers arrived and were able to place Bruce Granillo, 18, in handcuffs. The pair are being charged with one count each of burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, attempted burglary, criminal damage to property, possession of burglary tools, and larceny.
U.S. Senator Tom Udall invites New Mexico college students interested in gaining legislative or press relations experience to apply for summer internships in his Washington, D.C., office. For more information and to apply for an internship, please visit http://www.tomudall.senate.gov/internships. During the upcoming summer internship program, Udall’s office in Washington, D.C., will host two summer sessions: May 30 to June 30, and July 3 to August 4. Applications and letters of recommendation for either summer internship session must be submitted by March 15, 2017.
On February 3rd, Border Patrol Agents near Sunland Park using night-vision technology witnessed five illegal immigrants climb the fence and get into a silver pickup truck. The truck was stopped with aid from Sunland Park Police, Dona Ana County Sheriff’s officers, and aerial surveillance. The driver, a U.S. citizen, had an extraditable warrant out of Colorado. The five subjects were determined to be Honduran Nationals.
In legislative action, a bill that would collect state gross receipts taxes on goods bought online has received approval from the House Business and Industry Committee and now moves on to the chamber’s Taxation and Revenue Panel.
Today, the Senate overwhelmingly passed Senate Bill 6, the Industrial Hemp Research Act. The legislation, which has strong bipartisan support, lays the foundation for the production of industrial hemp which would stimulate both the agricultural and manufacturing industries.