Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
At Tuseday’s January 12th town meeting, Town Manager Alex Brown informed council members that the opening of the Highway 90 Bridge would be delayed until around early February. The reason for the holdup is that paving can’t commence until the temperature averages 40 degrees. Also at the meeting, a resident suggested that stores charge a five-cent fee for bags the store supplies to a customer; District 3 Councilor Jose Ray Jr. asked state legislators to come up with a bill that would help the elderly of the state more than at present; and District 3 Councilor Cynthia Bettison encouraged residents to call Central Dispatch to report loose dogs, and not the mayor or councilors.
Bianca Padilla, Juvenile Probation Office program coordinator in Silver City, recently was honored at the Children’s Law Institute conference. She received notice: “On behalf of the Children’s Law Institute and the Supreme Court of New Mexico we would like to inform you that you have been selected as the winner of The Juvenile Justice Excellence Award.”
The City of Bayard hereby gives public notice of the intent to adopt amendments to Chapter 6 – Animals of the Municipal Code of Ordinances. AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING AMENDMENTS TO CHAPTER 6 – ANIMALS OF THE MUNICIPAL CODE OF ORDINANCES AND RENUMERATION OF THE CHAPTER. Any public comment must be submitted to the City Clerk between January 18, 2016 and February 3, 2016 at City of Bayard, 800 Central Avenue, Bayard, NM 88023. Consideration is currently scheduled for and will not take place prior to February 8, 2016 for final adoption.
PNM, a subsidiary of PNM Resources and New Mexico’s largest electric utility, issued a request for proposals for renewable energy resources totaling up to 50 megawatts of generation. PNM is looking for renewable energy resources that will be cost-effective additions to PNM’s integrated system portfolio, which includes traditional generation, demand-side management and renewable sources. Acquisition of RECs will enable PNM to continue to comply with New Mexico’s Renewable Portfolio Standard.
Rep. Jim Dines pre-filed House Joint Resolution 5 that would give New Mexico voters the option on the next ballot to create an independent ethics commission in an effort to crack down on unethical public officials and employees of the legislative and executive branches of government. The joint resolution would call for an amendment to the New Mexico Constitution which would have to be voted on and passed by New Mexicans.
Rep. Conrad James pre-filed legislation, HB 120, which would ensure visitation rights of adult children if their loved ones are under the care of another person. This bill creates a civil proceeding for an adult child to petition a court for visitation with an elderly parent who does not live with the adult child and who does not have a legal guardian, balancing the interests of the adult child and of the elderly parent. The bill also adds a requirement that guardians notify family members about the hospitalization, hospice care, death, the funeral arrangements for, and final resting place of a person who is under a guardianship. In addition, the bill amends existing law to address the duties of a guardian with respect to visitation of the person who is under guardianship.