Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
This past weekend, Lena and Carolyn Holguin were involved in a very serious car accident out-of-state. Carolyn suffered severe injuries, and Lena moderate injuries. Carolyn is hospitalized in Oklahoma City undergoing many surgeries. John Sterle and Frank Donahue, representing veterans in the area, have set up a GoFundMe account called the “Lena & Carolyn Holguin Accident Fund” to help with the extensive medical expenses that will be occurring. An account has also been set up at Wells Fargo under the name “Lena and Carolyn Holguin Donation,” if you would like to make a donation to help this family in time of great need. Here is the link to the GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/395yv7s.
Candidates for the Silver Consolidated Schools Board of Education attended a forum on Monday at the Silver Schools Administration Building. All four candidates were present, though Patrick Cohn Jr. is unopposed in District 1 and Ashley Montenegro is running unopposed in District 2. District 4 has two candidates who applied for the position: Justin Wecks and Daniel Arrey.
The annual New Mexico KIDS COUNT data book—a project of New Mexico Voices for Children—has some bright spots for child well-being as well as some trouble spots. Measures of children’s health saw the most gains, with declines in the rates of babies born at a low birthweight, children without health insurance, and teens abusing alcohol and drugs. The teen birth rate has also declined, following a similar national trend.
In legislative action, New Mexico Lawmakers began their 60-day legislative session yesterday. Among the topics of discussion were closing the state’s large budget gap, and the hopes of working across partisan lines to provide greater economic security for local families and businesses.