Here’s some of today’s local news:

The governor signed 42 bills into law on Monday in a public event at the Cabinet Room. Each of the bills included in the “Rocket Docket” received five or fewer votes in opposition in either chamber during the 2017 or 2018 legislative sessions. Some of the bills signed into law included the following. SB 179 for Disabilities Students Lottery Scholarships; SB 28 regarding Placement of Children in Protective Custody; SB 118 for Protecting Confidentiality of Crime Victims; HB 250 regarding Native American Student Needs Assessments; HB 227 regarding Use of Teacher Attendance for Evaluations; and HB 237 for Extending University Police Officer Authority.

This week Deming High School counselors are scheduling appointments with students and parents for the purpose of completing pre-registration and “Next Step Plans.” According to the New Mexico Public Education Department, “Next Step Plans” or NSP, is a personally written plan that is developed by each student at the end of grades 8–11 and during their senior year. The purpose of the plan is to target the student’s postsecondary interests, and set forth the studies he or she will complete during high school in order to be on track for graduation. Each student reviews and updates his or her NSP annually, and each year’s plan must explain any differences from the previous year’s NSP.

District and Magistrate Courts in Silver City, Bayard, Lordsburg and Deming will be closed on Friday, February 15th 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.m. to enable staff and judges to attend mandatory training. According to a release, “in event of an emergency for new or reopened domestic violence petitions, civil or domestic, restraining orders, search warrants, arrest warrants, and other court emergencies, the court will answer calls from 8:00 A.M. to 12 noon and 1:15 to 3:00 P.M. at 575-654-0213. All non-emergency court related business will be addressed on Monday, February 18th.

The Small Business Development Center hosted by WNMU has chosen Mitchel’s Auto Service and Repair, LCC in Deming as their “2018 Star Client.” Owner, Mitchel Boomgaarn, despite being seriously burned a few weeks after opening his shop, utilized advisory services provided by the SBDC that area available to entrepreneurs in Grant, Luna, Hidalgo, and Catron counties. The tools provided by the SBDC helped enable Mitchel to expand his business to include towing services in addition to plans in opening a second location. Today, Mitchel took part in the legislative session by being introduced on the House floor by Representative, Candie Sweetser. Congratulations to Mitchel’s Auto Service and Repair in Deming!