5 Facts You Need to Know
- Today will be mostly sunny in the morning then becoming partly cloudy with highs in the mid 50s to lower 60s and west winds 10 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Tonight will be partly cloudy and breezy with a slight chance of rain in the evening.
- There are new developments in the eviction of homeless people from Tent City in downtown Albuquerque. They may be forced out of a new site this week. More than 100 people packed a community meeting held by the Barelas Community Coalitions. The BCC and the Barelas Neighborhood Association helped tent city move to Second Street and Santa Fe last Wednesday, but the group never got the lot owner’s permission, nor did it ask the neighbors how they felt about it. The city says it’s now working to evict the new Tent City. Activists think that will happen in the next three days.
- New Mexico Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera may finally get an official confirmation hearing four years since taking on the job. A nomination hearing is set for Monday at 8:30 a.m. before the senate rules committee. The panel considered Skandera’s nomination last year, but ended up in a tie vote shortly before the end of the legislative session. Gov. Susana Martinez’s nomination of Skandera in 2011 drew criticism because of her having never been a teacher or administrator.
- A proposal to close the loophole in New Mexico’s child porn law, gets its first hearing at the state capitol this week. According to the state supreme court, someone caught with those illegal images can only be charged with only one count, no matter how many pictures they have. Judges asked lawmakers to fix the law and a bill is now being considered.
- Albuquerque police will start running monthly background checks, for possible warrant suspensions or expirations on its sworn employees. This comes after the arrest of Officer Skyler McClaskey over the weekend. He’s accused of child abuse. Police also discovered an unrelated 2014 warrant against McClaskey for writing bad checks.
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The FAA is taking steps toward the future, proposing new rules for the use of small, commercial drones. Federal officials have finally released its proposal for remote-controlled aircraft to share the skies with passenger planes. The new rules would require drones to be less than 55 pounds. They can fly up to 100 miles per hour but no more than 500 feet off the ground. The proposal includes safety restrictions such as keeping drones within sight of operators at all times and no nighttime flights. It will take at least a year before the final rules are established. the public will be allowed to weigh in.
The City of Albuquerque has begun construction on a new multi-use trail in the Bosque, but one group and a city councilor want it stopped. City Councilor Isaac Benton is sponsoring a resolution to halt construction immediately. The resolution says the city did not publish a final report on the environmental impact of the trail. Benton says if the resolution passes, the money set aside to work on the trail would be put into an open space land account The Sierra Club and community members visited the trail Sunday to see the work, which they say is damaging the Bosque. The city says they did hold public meetings and that the proper environmental studies were conducted.