Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
All 2017 Hidalgo or Grant County high school graduates who are enrolled to attend college during the Fall 2017 semester are invited to apply for a $500 college scholarship by Friday, April 14th. Eligibility requirements include evidence of 2017 Hidalgo or Grant County High School Graduation, three letters of reference, verification of Fall 2017 semester enrollment in a college/university degree program, and a brief personal statement including educational and career goals and objectives. Review this information in a separate post.
The High Desert Gun Show was held this past Saturday and Sunday in the newly renovated Grant County Veterans Memorial Business and Conference Center. The event drew a crowd to see guns, knives, jewelry and various other vendor and information booths.
The US Department of Labor released a new report on Monday showing New Mexico with a 6.7 percent unemployment rate for January, surpassing Alaska and Alabama and once again becoming the state with the highest unemployment rate in the nation. The rate is the same as in January, but up from 6.5 percent from January 2016. The national unemployment rate is 4.8 percent.
In sports news, the Lady Mustangs lost a pair of tough games to West Texas A&M on Saturday as Texas tallied scores of 11-2 and 16-2 in Lone Star Conference play. WNMU plays at Embry Riddle this coming Saturday.
In legislative action, the House passed a bill to protect consumer rights and public health by imposing penalties for lying to inspectors or falsifying data related to the quality of drinking water.
The House of Representatives passed a bill to prevent hazing in New Mexico’s schools. The bill would require every New Mexico educational institution to adopt, post, and enforce a hazing prevention policy, and defines what actions are considered hazing.
The Senate approved House Bill 75, a bill to limit the use of restraint and seclusion techniques in schools. The legislation will now be sent to Governor Susana Martinez for action.
As a reminder, Fort Bayard Medical Center is having a rapid hire recruitment event tomorrow from 7 am to 7 pm. They are seeking registered nurses, staff and administrative, LPN, CMA and Nursing Aide positions. Please bring your resume, driver’s license or photo ID, social security card and any diplomas, certificates or transcripts you have earned. No experience necessary for Nurse Aid positions. Interviews will be conducted at the event, and offers will be made contingent on background and drug screening results.