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Gallup Council denies Maloney Avenue restaurant a liquor license

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Kozeliski: State is final decision-maker

For several months, it’s been like a second job for Gallup City Councilor Linda Garcia and dozens of folks from the city’s north side.

A liquor license is requested for an establishment situated in Garcia’s District 1 – in the most recent north side case a proposed...

Wanted: Two men involved in Shell c-store robbery

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Ryan Livingston of Smith Lake remains behind bars at McKinley County Adult Detention Center this morning for his involvement in the robbery of the Shell gas station convenience store at 3306 East Highway 66 Feb. 9.

Livingston, 24, is being held on a $10,000 cash only bond.

But he's not the only one that police hope to catch up with as a trio of men were allegedly involved with this robbery. Mark Williams, 21, of Sundance, NM and Jerome Sandoval, 22, of Window Rock, AZ both have warrants for their arrests.

According to a police interview with Livingston, he said that Sandoval and Williams picked him up at the Pronto Fina north side gas station at about 8 pm that evening. It started...

Senate Finance Chairman lays out fiscal challenges facing legislature

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SANTA FE – Senate Finance Chairman John Arthur Smith spoke on the Senate floor Feb. 13 about the serious fiscal challenges facing the Legislature as it begins to tackle the FY18 Budget. Budget forecasts estimate that nearly 300 million new dollars will be needed in order to address the next fiscal year’s shortfall and establish a responsible level of reserves.

 

Senator Smith’s remarks, as transcribed, are below:

 

We believe that there will be a new revenue forecast on Wednesday, and hopefully, we will receive House Bill 2 (Budget) by the middle of next week.

 

I want to remind people that under the present revenues that we have, and if they do not change, we will...

Senate passes two bills to expand job opportunities; increase internet speed

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SANTA FE – Today, the Senate overwhelmingly approved two measures aimed at creating jobs and opportunities through increased broadband access and increased internet speed across the state.



Currently, New Mexico internet connection speed ranks 48th in the nation and is similar to the average connection speed of Iraq and Molodova. According to  Federal Communication Commission study, even a 7 percent increase in broadband adoption could create an estimated 15,000 jobs to New Mexico.



Senate Bill 24 sponsored by Senator Michael Padilla, which passed the Senate by a vote of 37-2, would streamline current statute to facilitate local government investment in broadband...

Senate passes bipartisan medical pot reform bill

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SANTA FE – With solid bipartisan support, the Senate today passed by a vote of 29 – 11 legislation that strongly reforms New Mexico’s medical cannabis laws for the first time in ten years.  The bill was sponsored by Senator Cisco McSorley (D-16-Bernalillo), who also was the sponsor of the original medical cannabis law in New Mexico.  Last-minute changes to SB 177 were made on the Senate floor including requiring that veterans be diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition to enroll in the program, like any other patient or applicant, and mandating that patient renewals occur annually, albeit in a streamlined fashion thereafter.



“I am proud of my colleagues from...

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