Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
The Cobre School Board members at the regular meeting held on Monday opened the public meeting at 7:30 pm after an hour and a half in closed session. During the open meeting, the board heard about three Budget Adjustment Requests, and spent some time discussing next year’s calendar. Two of the presented calendars were based on a five-day week, while the third was based on a four-day week. No decision will be made until time has been allowed to review the options.
Western New Mexico University will be celebrating the annual Great Race competition 50th anniversary during the last weekend of April. WNMU Alumni are invited to attend events which will include an Welcome and Social, Breakfast of Champions, and a special VIP race for former Great Race team members following the student race.
In sports news, the Mustang men’s golf team finished 15th after the final round of the Visit Stockton Cactus Thaw at the par 72 Brookside Country Club, despite an even-par 288 on Tuesday.Senior Jaime Waltmire had a one-over 73 for a 145 and tie for 46th. WNMU will compete in the St. Mary’s Invitational this coming Monday and Tuesday in San Antonio, Texas.
The Final Round of the Lady Rattler Invitational was cancelled on Tuesday due to unplayable conditions at the Domion Country Club. The Lady Mustangs finished 16th and will play again Monday and Tuesday in Corona, California.
Unfavorable forecast weather has also forced a schedule change for the WNMU softball team this weekend against Eastern New Mexico. Play will now include a doubleheader on Friday instead of Saturday, then a single game on Saturday to complete the series.
In legislative action, Revisions to New Mexico’s medical marijuana program are advancing in the New Mexico Legislature that would make room for larger crops to satisfy demand and broaden the use of cannabis as a treatment for dependence on other drugs. The New Mexico state Senate approved revisions to the state’s 2007 medical cannabis law, that would add to the current law 14 medical conditions that qualify for a cannabis treatment add increase the maximum number of plants for each grower. Earlier bill provisions that would have allowed military veterans to qualify without a diagnosis were dropped. The bill now moves to the House of Representatives.
A bipartisan bill going before legislators in Santa Fe would require that each state agency contract out a third of its business to local companies. Senate Bill 18, or the Resident Business Set Aside Act, is currently in a Senate Judiciary Committee. Legislators believe that it will keep more money in the state and also create 5,000 to 7,000 jobs.
On Monday, the House Judiciary Committee unanimously passed a bill to shield child protective service employees from harm. The legislation, House Bill 44, would increase protections for employees of the Children, Youth and Families Department by making it a crime to commit assault or battery on a CYFD employee while they are performing their job duties. The bill will now be sent to the House Appropriations and Finance Committee for consideration.
The House Education Committee approved House Bill 241, known as the “Teachers are Human Too” bill, which would allow teachers to use up to ten days of sick leave and all personal days without it negatively affecting their annual performance evaluations. The committee passed the bill on a bipartisan 9 to 2 vote, and it will be considered by the full House of Representatives next.
The reports from the legislature included in today’s headlines are highlights of news releases received by Silver City Radio, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the station.