March 10, 2015

Senate panel kills measure to extend elementary students' school yearLas Cruces Sun News

Senate Bill 563 that would have added 25 days to the school year for younger students died Monday in the Senate Rules Committee. Members defeated the proposed state constitutional amendment on a 4-2 vote. Two Democrats and two Republicans joined together to stop the bill. The sponsor, Sen. Joseph Cervantes, D-Las Cruces, for years has been a critic of long summer breaks because he says they hurt student achievement. -- 3/10/2015


Cougar bill dies in House committee after outcry- Las Cruces Sun News

In a swift reversal, state Rep. Zach Cook decided Monday to kill his own bill to make cougars an unprotected species. Cook, R-Ruidoso, did not appear before the House Regulatory and Public Affairs Committee to present House Bill 586. Instead, he asked a colleague, Republican Rep. Jim Smith of Sandia Park, to move that the measure be tabled. Smith described the bill as one of the worst pieces of legislation he had seen. Committee members voted 5-0 to defeat Cook's bill, which had drawn opposition from sportsmen and conservation groups. -- 3/10/2015


Officials To Publicly Discuss Kirtland Jet Fuel Spill - KUNM News Roundup/The Associated Press

Federal officials will host a public meeting to discuss the latest on the Kirtland Air Force Base fuel leak clean-up efforts.The meeting will be held at the African American Performing Arts Center, 310 San Pedro NE, Albuquerque at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 12.

The Air Force has missed a deadline to design and implement an interim system for cleaning up contamination. Authorities believe anywhere between nearly 6 million and 24 million gallons of fuel were leaked, although Air Force officials say it's likely at the lower end of those figures. -- 3/10/2015