Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
Yesterday, US Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement in response to the president’s annual State of the Union Address. “the president laid out a strategy that would help New Mexicans – and all Americans – address challenges like access to fair housing and education that we must meet in order to ensure everyone has a fair shot at the American dream.” “We in Congress may disagree about the solutions, but I hope we can agree about the need to debate proposals like those the president proposed tonight: to guarantee all workers paid sick leave and a fair family leave policy, make college more affordable, and help establish the foundation to create more well-paying jobs — including by investing in infrastructure and guaranteeing access to broadband Internet no matter where you live.”
Silver City Police were dispatched to the 500 block of Cooper Street last Friday in response to a dog bite complaint. The jogger reported that the female pitbull had bitten him, latching onto his thigh, as he and his wife were passing the dog’s yard. He struck the dog to get it to let go and attempted to reach out to someone in the house with no luck. Police were also unable to contact anyone at the residence, and no one at animal control was available. When police attempted to use a catch pole to capture the snarling dog, she charged at an officer and was shot three times, killing her.
On Saturday night, Silver City Police arrested a 25 year old man after a call was made to dispatch in reference to shots being fired and a possible domestic violence issue in progress. The suspect, Ricardo Mendoza, had allegedly fired shots in the house and pointed the gun at his father. No one was hurt in the incident. Police questioned the suspect and, after he denied being in possession of a firearm, obtained a warrant and allegedly found a revolver hidden in the kitchen. Mendoza was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a firearm by a felon, tampering with evidence, and negligent use of a deadly weapon.
The New Mexico Legislative session convened in Santa Fe yesterday at noon. Governor Susana Martinez had an opportunity to present her ideas on what should be accomplished during the session: more investment ins small business and business recruitment, education reform, public safety and child welfare initiatives. Other issues may include right to work, social promotion, and repeal of drivers licenses for the undocumented. Democratic lawmakers have already introduced three separate bills calling for an increase in minimum wage.