Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
The Silver City Town Council held a meeting on Tuesday, February 14th and approved a notice of intent ordinance by which Hidalgo Medical Services, under a five-year lease, would manage and provide services to the Silver City Senior Center. During the meeting, Mayor Ken Ladner commented that Laurinda Wright of Silver City, USSSA Summer League President, Silver City Director, was recently inducted into the United States Specialty Sports Association Hall of Fame at the Las Cruces Convention Center for her work in T–Ball, baseball, fast-pitch, and slow-pitch, and also with youth, seniors and veterans.
Gila Regional Medical Center recently announced the launch of a nationwide search for their next Chief Executive Officer. The GRMC Board of Trustees if forming a 14-member Selection Committee to be announced on Monday, February 20th. The new CEO will fill a permanent role currently held by interim CEO Alfredo Ontiveros.
The Deming Intermediate School Student Council brough home two second-place awards at the annual state conference held in Las Cruces February 9th through the 11th. Seventeen sixth graders helped bring home second place awards in the Scrapbook Division and the Roll Call Devision.
In legislative action, Senate Bill 259 passed the Senate Public Affairs Committee. The Bill is intended to prohibit domestic violence offenders under certain protective orders from possessing or purchasing a firearm while under the order. Statistics from the American Journal of Public Health state a woman is shot and killed every 16 hours by her intimate partner, and New Mexico has the sixth-highest rate in the country.
House Joint Resolution 1 cleared the House Local Government, Elections, Land Grants and Cultural Affairs Committee today. HJR1 proposes to amend the New Mexico Constitution to increase funding for early childhood education. It now moves to the House Judiciary Committee for consideration.
The House Business and Industry Committee yesterday voted along a partisan 5-5 vote to stall House Bill 193. House Bill 193 would have increased the solar tax credit from 10% to 15% of the cost of purchase and installation for families making less than $43,871 per year. The new “solar market development corporate income tax credit” would’ve allowed businesses to claim 10% of the purchase and installation cost of a solar energy system.
The House Health and Human Services Committee passed HB 284, Health Coverage for Contraception, on Wednesday. The bill would require health insurance providers in the state to make available to consumers at least one type of all FDA-approved contraception methods and to provide the birth control at no cost.
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.