A proposed overhaul of Santa Fe County's pet licensing rules would require cat owners to license their pets and people who feed feral cats to get permits.
The draft proposal approved by the county commission on Tuesday also would significantly increase almost all fees and fines associated with owning pets.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the cost of licensing spayed or neutered dogs and cats would increase to $8 from $3 per year, while the cost of licensing an unaltered dog or cat would increase from $10 to $100.
Washington’s “fiscal cliff” has been the topic of much discussion. After more than a decade of out-of-control spending, politicians are finally coming to grips with the need to cut back.
The problem for us in the Land of Enchantment is that our economy has long relied on Washington as a source of income and investment. With the government running trillion dollar-plus annual deficits and having piled up an astonishing $16 trillion in debt, simple math, not ideology, makes cutbacks inevitable.
This could mean tough times ahead for New Mexico’s economy.
An independent special audit shows McKinley County made about $240,000 in questionable payments to a business owned by the county commission chairman.
State Auditor Hector Balderas released the finding of the audit Monday. His office says the county violated the state procurement code and its own purchasing policies.
Balderas' office also says there are potential violations of the Governmental Conduct Act related to the county's contracts for plumbing, heating, air conditioning and other services with Dallago Corp. The company is owned by Chairman David Dallago.
The Food and Drug Administration is cracking down on a New Mexico peanut butter plant that had repeated food safety violations over several years, using a new authority to halt operations at facilities that may be producing unsafe food.
The Albuquerque Zoo has announced the name of its new baby rhino -- Chopper.
Zoo officials say the name was the overwhelming favorite of Facebook fans. The name was suggested in remembrance of Jimmy "Chopper" Abalos, a softball and little league leader in the community who died in 2010. Abalos sponsored multiple little league teams called the "Rhinos." He was inducted in the United States Specialty Sports Association Hall of Fame in 2003, and his adult softball team, also the Rhinos, was inducted in 2009.
Mon. Nov. 26, 7p: Frank Leto will join us to talk about Pandemonium and their celebration of "CARNAVAL" through musical styles of Cuba, Trinidad, Brazil and New Orleans. This Thursday, November 29th, the band will present an evening of original music at the Outpost Performance Space with rhythms, such as the samba, frevo, batucada, calypso, comparsa and more of this pan-Caribbean all-star ensemble.
County officials are asking the Legislature to require the disclosure of more property sales prices to help with tax assessments in New Mexico.
Currently, assessors are provided prices of residential property that's sold. They want to expand the disclosure requirement to vacant land as well as commercial property and agricultural land. The information would go to assessors but not be publicly disclosed.
Five members of the Los Alamos National Laboratory security force have been fired for an improper use of a live fire shooting range.
Los Alamos Monitor reports (http://bit.ly/UPMx7N) that the five employees of the lab security force, known as Securing Our Country, were fired last week for "inappropriate behavior" at Technical Area 72.
The lab said in a statement that the firings came after a preliminary inquiry.
However, lab officials declined to discuss the nature of the behavior that resulted in the firings.
Fri. 11/23 10a: Spencer Beckwith speaks with Matthew Greer, Artistic Director of Quintessence: Choral Artists of the Southwest. The Albuquerque chorus invites the community to a Messiah Sing, complete with chamber orchestra, November 24 at Immanuel Presbyterian Church. The following weekend, December 1 and 2, Quintessence presents its holiday concert, "A Winter's Journey," at St. Paul Lutheran Church and St. John's United Methodist Church.
A new study finds rustic home sites in the mountains east of Albuquerque and in rural Santa Fe County are adding to the number of people infected with plague.
The study co-authored by state public health veterinarian Paul Ettestad blames a trend that has seen affluent families building homes in areas rodents once had to themselves for changing the distribution of plague in New Mexico since the 1980s. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/Tfka3I) the disease was previously most common in low-income communities in the northwestern part of the state.
Thurs. 11/22 10a: The New Mexico Philharmonic provides live musical accompaniment to the New Mexico Ballet's annual performances of Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker," November 24 though December 2 at Popejoy Hall in Albuquerque. The Company will be joined by guest artists from American Ballet Theater and the New York City Ballet. Spencer Beckwith talks with Jolie Sutton-Simballa, Artistic Director of New Mexico Ballet.
Police are launching an aggressive campaign aimed at preventing theft at Albuquerque stores and shopping malls.
Albuquerque police announced Wednesday that uniformed and undercover police officers will be placed around malls this week to deter property crimes. In addition, bait vehicle and items will be placed to nab would-be thieves and shoplifters lurking around stores.
Police Chief Ray Schultz told reporters the massive operation will begin Friday and run through Christmas.
An abundance of food is a common theme on a day like Thanksgiving. But in New Mexico, many families are experiencing the opposite problem. About 1 in 6 households here don't know where their next meal will come from, holiday or not. KUNM's Carrie Jung brings us a closer look at who's hungry in New Mexico, with a visit to New Mexico’s largest food bank.
Last Friday the Roadrunner Food Bank was bustling as volunteers and staff members were busy prepping for one of their busiest weeks of the year...Thanksgiving.