1. Removing embattled elected officials could soon be in the hands of voters. A joint resolution to do that is in committee, but that would also be up to voters. To get rid of an elected official, petitioners would have to cite acts or failures and get 25 percent of voters signatures in 90 days that would trigger a full recall election. Right now, the only way to remove an elected official is impeachment, which requires a panel of legislators to investigate and act.
2. A KRQE News 13 special assignment is showing the number of teachers and coaches is starting to decline in schools. The education department revoked 29 teachers licenses in 2018 for teachers who got in trouble. In 2016 and 2017 combined there were only 5 revoked licenses. Before 2018, many of the case files were incomplete. Officials say it’s now looking to upgraded technology to keep track of licensure investigations.
3. Increasing cloud cover will be the trend over northern and central New Mexico with a few showers beginning to develop in the San Juans of southern Colorado.
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4. The public could soon learn the future for a new solid waste facility as early as this month. Solid Waste is waiting for the green light from the city’s development review board for the $30-$35-million project. If they get the go ahead–it would be built off Edith and Comanche. Solid Waste says they want to renovate and expand its existing operations there and make the recycling drop-off more convenient.
5. It’s a big weekend for spicy food lovers as the 31st annual Fiery Foods and Barbecue Show kicks off Friday thSundaysunday. The food fair is taking place at Sandia Resort and Casino. Hundreds are already preparing the best fiery foods, sauces and spices. The event will feature at least a thousand different products. The fiery foods show is the largest in the country for fiery food products and barbecue sauces.