Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
The New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department recently awarded the Little Lambs Daycare a $500,000 Grant that will allow the program to accept a class of 3 year olds for an early pre-K program, as well as a class of 4 year olds for a pre-K Program. The program will be able to accept about 70 students this fall.
More than 1,900 youth, antlerless elk licenses went on sale at the Department of Game and Fish online License System at 10 o’clock this morning. The sale is designed to encourage youth hunting and allows for a number of legal weapons including muzzleloader or bow.
As part of its ongoing commitment to improving the health and management of wild horses and burros on federal lands in the West, the Bureau of Land Management today said it will initiate 21 research projects aimed at developing new tools for managing healthy horses and burros on healthy rangelands, including safe and effective ways to slow the population growth rate of the animals and reduce the need to remove animals from the public lands.
Elephant Butte Lake State Park recorded over 125,000 visitors during the recent holiday weekend. With a final total of 125,325 visitors, Elephant Butte Lake State Park saw more guests than ever recorded. The 2015 Independence Day guest total is a significant increase from 98,000 in 2014 and 47,000 in 2013. Historically, the Independence Day weekend leads Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends, which also bring large crowds, as the busiest time of the year for the park. Elephant Butte Lake State Park has seen significantly higher water levels this year. Currently, the lake’s water level is nearly 14 feet higher than it was in 2014, which equals more than 122,000-acre feet of additional water.
U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich and Jim Risch, members of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, yesterday introduced the Energy Efficient Government Technology Act in an effort to reduce the federal government’s energy consumption and save taxpayer dollars. The bipartisan legislation would require the federal government to develop plans to reduce energy consumption at federal data centers.
New Mexico is embarking on the final phase of an effort to modernize the state’s election management and voter registration system, but officials say some changes won’t be fully implemented until after the 2016 general election.