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A renewed effort to ban trapping on public land in New Mexico moved through the House of Representatives by a close vote of 35-34 and is now on its way to the governor's desk for a signature.
In addition to outlawing the use of traps, Senate Bill 32 prohibits the use of snares and wildlife poison on public land.
In a world where protests and counterprotests are becoming more common, a pair of House lawmakers want to keep demonstrators from getting too close for comfort.
House Bill 276, introduced by Rep. Daymon Ely, D-Albuquerque, and Rep. Jason Harper, R-Rio Rancho, would make it a misdemeanor for anyone participating in "targeted residential picketing" — carrying signs, making noise, organizing protests — within 100 feet of someone's home.
Citing a lack of prior violent charges, Judge Jeff Shannon denied the state's request for no bond in William "Buck" Johnston's new case on Tuesday (Sept. 29). Instead, all firearms will be removed from Johnston's home before he is fitted with a GPS ankle monitor and released to house arrest.
In a special town council meeting Tuesday (June 29), councilors unanimously passed an amendment to the existing emergency order surrounding the coronavirus pandemic requiring all those in the town limits on public property to wear a mask in public or face a petty misdemeanor charge and a fine of up to $500. The order took effect immediately.
Corrections appended. A former Española police chief indicted in 2017 for allegedly striking his 13-year-old daughter in the face with a pair of shoes and taking away her cellphone at Big 5 …