News Briefs: Santa Fe gender neutral bathroom plan moves forward

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Santa Fe gender neutral bathroom plan moves forward

SANTA FE (KRQE) – A plan to create gender neutral bathrooms in Santa Fe has cleared its first hurdle. In his State of the City Address, Mayor Javier Gonzales announced he wanted every single stall restroom in the city to be open to anyone. On Monday, the proposal made it out of the public works committee on a vote of three to two, but it still has to go through another committee and the entire city council before the public can weigh in.

Suspect pleads not guilty in triple murder case

SANTA FE (KRQE) – The suspect in a triple murder nearly four years ago has pleaded not guilty. Dixie, Lloyd and Steven Ortiz were killed with a pick axe in their El Rancho home in June 2011. Nicholas Ortiz, 20, was arrested this past February. Police say he did it to steal cash out of their safe as well as marijuana. Ortiz is charged with three counts of murder, burglary and tampering with evidence. During his arraignment the judge denied Ortiz’s release on bond saying community tension surrounding the murders poses a risk for further criminal activity.

Rio Rancho roadwork underway

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) – People in Rio Rancho can sound off on improving a busy street. The city is looking to fix a stretch of Southern Boulevard between Highway 5-28 and Rainbow. The project would include widening lanes, adding traffic signals and lighting. They also plan on making it pedestrian friendly. The goal is to begin road work in 2018. A public meeting to discuss the changes will be held Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. at Rio Rancho City Hall.

Police activity locks down East San Jose Elementary

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Officials have lifted the lockdown at East San Jose Elementary School without incident. The school was placed under lockdown for a short time due to police activity in the area. Albuquerque police now have one person in custody.

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