Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
The unofficial results of the Regular Municipal Election for the Town of Silver City held yesterday are in. 1.6% of registered voters turned out to retain District 1 Councilor Cynthia Ann Bettison and District 3 Councilor Jose Ray, Jr.
The Gila Regional Medical Center CEO Selection Committee met on Monday to receive training. Committee members learned that they would go through and score the highly qualified and qualified applicants on a digital scorecard, then the committee as a whole would interview the top pool of seven to ten candidates by phone or Skype. The top two or three will be referred to the Board of Trustees to select who they will interview in person.
In sports news, the Silver High School boys’ basketball team will advance to the semi-finals in 4A play after defeating Moriarty 58-42 this morning. The semi-final game will be played Friday at 4:45 pm against the winner of the St. Michaels/Portales game scheduled to begin at 4:45 today.
In legislative action, the House of Representatives passed legislation to allow New Mexico students the opportunity to graduate early by allowing them to test out of high school if they score in the top twenty percentile of students taking the ACT, SAT or other assessment approved by the New Mexico Public Education Department. HB 498 now moves to the Senate for consideration.
The House of Representatives also passed HB 460, a bill to establish a Bioscience Authority in New Mexico to promote collaboration between state universities, government research institutions, and private sector entities to help encourage New Mexico to become an “active player in this industry.”
SB 134, a bill that allows computer science courses to fulfill science requirements for high school graduation in New Mexico, moved to the Governor’s Desk after passing the House by a vote of 67-0.
The House of Representatives approved HB 45, a bill to expand Baby Brianna’s Law to all individuals convicted of intentional child abuse resulting in death, regardless of the age of their child victims. The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.
The Senate has approved a bill that would raise taxes on all tobacco products. The measure now moves on to the House for consideration.