The past 100 years, Feb. 3, 2019

February 4, 2019

From the Santa Fe New Mexican:

Feb. 3, 1919: Gregorio [Martinez], the son of Mrs. Josefa M. Martinez and the late Vincente Martinez of East Las Vegas, was killed in action in France, on October 22, 1918. He was one of New Mexico’s volunteers who enlisted on October 8, 1917, and was only 19 years of age when he died the hero’s death.

Feb. 3, 1969: Election officials expect a heavy voter turnout for Tuesday’s School Board election in Santa Fe.

Lou Baca, of the Santa Fe School Administration, said the last two board elections had a voter turnout of about 4,000. However, this time, because of the intense interest and past controversy, he expects turnout to run as high as 7,000.

The seven candidates for the two positions open on the board have been campaigning strongly.

Feb. 3, 1994: At its first legislative hearing Wednesday, the so-called “three strikes and you’re out” bill couldn’t get out of the batter’s box.

The bill, which would impose a life sentence to anyone convicted of three violent felonies, was tabled by the Senate Judiciary Committee after some strong debate about the plight of the poor in the criminal justice system and racial politics.

The committee did agree to consider the “three strikes and you’re out” proposal — introduced as part of Gov. Bruce King’s crime package — if Sen. Phillip Maloof, D-Albuquerque, the bill’s sponsor, can come up with answers to legal and financial questions raised during Wednesday’s discussion.

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