Here’s a look at some today’s headlines:
U.S Border Patrol agents apprehended 180 illegal border crossers this past Tuesday during the early morning hours in Sunland Park, located in southern Dona Ana County. The group was comprised of mostly Central American families and unaccompanied children. Border Patrol EMT’s conducted medical screenings and some of the subjects required further medical treatment and were transported to a local hospital. This is the second group of over 100 people crossing the border illegally in the Sunland Park area since the beginning of the fiscal year.
New Mexico Govornor, Michelle Lujan Grisham, has selected Silver City Attorney, James B. Foy, to serve as the Sixth Judicial District Court Judge. The seat was vacated by Judge J.C. Robinson who retired earlier this year. Foy has already served as judge of the Sixth District from 2003-2004 and is a longtime resident of Grant County. The Governor chose Foy over another candidate, William Perkins, that briefly held another court seat until being defeated in the November primary election by Tom Stewart.
In state legislative news, the Senate Finance Committee unanimously voted in favor of SB 1, submitted to increase teacher salaries and support at-risk students. According to a release, “SB 1 contains an increase in salaries for teachers, making the base salary for Tier One teachers $40,000, Tier Two $50,000 and Tier Three $60,000. Overall, SB1 invests $330 million in new money into the state’s education system and also invests in rural schools and districts”. The Education Bill is headed to the Senate floor for a vote.
Annette Toney, Membership Manager for Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest, received a proclamation from Silver City Mayor Ken Ladner, declaring March 6-10, 2019 “Girl Scout Week.” Girl Scout Week is celebrated each March, starting with Girl Scout Sunday and ending with Girl Scout Sabbath on a Saturday. Girl Scouts Week always includes the organization’s birthday that is celebrated on March 12th. Girl Scouts’ birthday commemorates the day in 1912 when Juliette Gordon Low officially registered the organization’s first 18 girl members in Savannah, Georgia.