County Planner David Cristiani presented at this season’s first Lush and Lean workshop, Thursday, Feb. 23, encouraging residents to make landscaping choices using plants that will thrive in southern New Mexico's arid climate. Courtesy photos.County Planner David Cristiani presented at this season’s first Lush and Lean workshop, Thursday, Feb. 23, encouraging residents to make landscaping choices using plants that will thrive in southern New Mexico’s arid climate. Courtesy photo. Editor’s note: This is the ...

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Bulletin Report The New Mexico State Senate voted 30 -10 to require that one of the five New Mexico State University (NMSU) regents have a degree or at least experience in agriculture. The bill requires that one of the five regents have a bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate in the fields of agriculture, agriculture systems management, animal science or a comparable discipline or at least four years of agricultural experience. It is sponsored by Sens. Cliff Pirtle (R-Roswell) and Pat Woods (R-Broadview). “Ag industry is a ...

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Bulletin Report On Feb. 22, the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) endorsed Senate Bill 315, which, if passed, will make sharing emergency medical services (EMS) easier in New Mexico and other states. Sponsored by Sen. Sander Rue (R-Bernalillo), the bill was introduced in the New Mexico Legislature earlier this month. It would allow New Mexico to join the Recognition of EMS Personnel Licensure Interstate CompAct (REPLICA) to create common licensing standards and qualifications for EMS personnel and allow them to practice across ...

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New Cabinet Secretary of NMDOH Lynn Gallagher. Courtesy photo.New Cabinet Secretary of NMDOH Lynn Gallagher. Courtesy photo. Bulletin Report On Feb. 22, the New Mexico State Senate voted unanimously to confirm Lynn Gallagher as Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH). Gallagher was appointed as secretary designate by Gov. Susana Martinez following the passing of Secretary Retta Ward in March 2016. Prior to her appointment, Gallagher served as deputy secretary of NMDOH since ...

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Bulletin Report One state senator on Wednesday is proposing a tax overhaul bill whose provisions, he says, could be the cure-all for the state’s budget crisis. Sen. William Sharer (R-Farmington) would cut out most taxes state and local taxes and replace them with a flat two-percent tax on things people buy. Sharer says studies show such a flat tax would generate enough revenue to pay for all state and local government functions and “it could raise even more revenue than the current tax ...

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Las Crucen who supports not constructing a wall along the border speaks before the city council at Tuesday's meeting. Photo by Mike Cook.Las Crucen who supports not constructing a wall along the border speaks before the city council at Tuesday’s meeting. Photo by Mike Cook.   By MIKE COOK Las Cruces Bulletin After nearly 90 minutes of discussion and public input, the Las Cruces City Council voted six to one in favor of a resolution that opposes the ...

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Bulletin Report On Tuesday, Feb. 12, the House of Representatives approved a Senate-amended proposal to provide emergency funding to New Mexico’s judiciary branch. House Bill 261, as amended by the Senate, makes supplemental appropriations for the New Mexico Supreme Court and the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC). It will provide $80,000 to the Supreme Court to help meet a projected $82,600 shortfall in its current year budget, and it gives $1.6 million to the AOC to pay for jury and witness ...

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Bulletin Report On Tuesday, Feb. 21, the state House of Representatives passed two bills that aim to ensure New Mexico attracts and retains good teachers. The bills–HB 124 and 163–seek to do this by improving teacher evaluations and recognizing teacher skill and competency. Rep. Debra Sariñana (D-Albuquerque) sponsored HB 163, to make teacher evaluations more fair by ensuring a teacher’s evaluation is not disproportionately affected by students who have too many absences. The second bill, introduced by Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton (D-Albuquerque), provides a ...

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