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St. Pius 57, Albuquerque Academy 53
Hope Christian 41, St. Michael's 29
Laguna-Acoma 51, Dexter 39
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Highlights of the outcome of major proposals in the 51st New Mexico Legislature that adjourned Saturday.
BILLS PASSED AND SENT TO GOVERNOR
Budget and Finance
—A $5.9 billion budget for education and general government programs in fiscal year starting July 1; nearly $274 million in capital improvements, including in the home areas of legislators, mostly paid for with bonds backed by severance taxes; increase tax incentives for certain television and film projects; require report to assess effectiveness of tax deductions and incentives.
—A $274 million capital outlay bill to fund project that range from state-owned building upgrades and school equipment to improving local athletic fields.
—Require the Senate to confirm the appointment of the state investment officer, who manages state permanent funds.
Clovis 69, Eldorado 66, OT
St. Pius 66, Los Lunas 60
Dexter 32, Mesilla Valley Christian 30
Clovis 60, Manzano 57, OT
Hobbs 66, Sandia 65
Las Cruces 64, La Cueva 58
Albuquerque Academy 77, Bernalillo 71
Roswell 66, Espanola Valley 49
St. Pius 51, Santa Teresa 43
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — In Plain Sight is gone. And Breaking Bad is wrapping up its final season in Albuquerque. But a new television series says it is returning to film a second season in New Mexico.
The New Mexico Film Office says A&E Network's television series Longmire will be filming from the end of March through mid-August in Santa Fe, Las Vegas, Los Alamos and throughout northern New Mexico. The series, produced by Warner Horizon Television, stars Robert Taylor, Lou Diamond Phillips and Katee Sackhoff.
Producer Chris Donahue says the "dynamic landscape, responsive communities and strong crews make it easy to return to New Mexico."
By the end of season two, he says, the production will have spent 14 out of the last 26 months living and filming in and around Santa Fe.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico was almost an afterthought when play began in the Mountain West Conference.
The Mountain West, which ended up with the country's top ranking in terms of RPI, begins its conference tournament Tuesday in Las Vegas with the Lobos coming in as regular-season champions and looking to add some more hardware.
"We're a lot more confident since we're regular-season champions," said junior forward Tony Snell, who is among the team's scoring leaders with 12.1 points per game. "We feel really confident that we can be tournament champions again and make it far in the NCAA."
Although an NCAA bid is virtually guaranteed for the No. 15 Lobos, they are not overlooking the importance of the conference tournament.
The New Mexico Senate voted unanimously to confirm Retta Ward, MPH, as Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Health Monday afternoon.
“I’m committed to improving the overall health status of New Mexicans. I expect the Department of Health to promote and imbed prevention efforts into all of the work we do, and I expect Department of Health employees to be role models for healthy living,” said Cabinet Secretary Ward. “I am passionate about all levels of prevention, from primary to quaternary, because the return on investment is high, both in reducing health care costs and improving health outcomes.”
Ward served as the Cabinet Secretary of the Aging and Long Term Services Department since February of 2011. Gov. Susana Martinez nominated her as Secretary of Health in January. During her time at Aging and Long Term Services Department, Ward implemented a successful employee wellness program and statewide healthy aging initiative called “Know Your Numbers, Change Your Numbers, Change Your Life.”
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal to increase New Mexico's minimum wage by $1 an hour is moving ahead in the Legislature.
A Senate-passed bill to raise the hourly wage rate to $8.50 is pending in the House.
The measure cleared the House Labor and Human Resources Committee on a 5-3 vote Saturday, which sent it to the 70-member House for consideration.
The minimum wage has been $7.50 an hour since 2009.
The House panel revised the proposal to exempt businesses from the higher wage if they have fewer than three workers. The Senate-passed measure wouldn't apply to businesses with fewer than 11 workers.
The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. Employers must pay the higher rate when there is a difference between the federal wage and state or local requirements.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Senate's top Republican leader complained Saturday that politics had become a driving force behind a lengthy confirmation hearing for Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera, who is awaiting a vote by lawmakers with no guarantee it will happen before the Legislature ends.
The Senate Rules Committee spent three hours questioning Skandera on Saturday and listened to seven hours of public testimony a week ago. But there was no vote by the committee and chairwoman Linda Lopez said it was uncertain when the panel would again consider Republican Gov. Susana Martinez's choice to run the Public Education Department. The Legislature adjourns in a week.
Cibola 46, Albuquerque High 45
Clovis 75, West Mesa 56
Eldorado 79, Rio Rancho 67
Hobbs 75, Volcano Vista 49
La Cueva 68, Atrisco Heritage 59
Las Cruces 85, Carlsbad 65
Manzano 68, Valley 65, OT
Sandia 61, Alamogordo 42
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — Removing radioactive waste from underground tanks at the nation's most contaminated nuclear site has proven to be technologically vexing for years, and recent word that six tanks are leaking has only added pressure to the efforts to empty them.
A proposal to ship some of that waste to New Mexico to ultimately stem the leaks earned approval from Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who called it the right step for south-central Washington's Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the state and the nation.
The proposal still requires approval from the two states, and Congress still must approve funding, but Inslee said he will push lawmakers to fully pay for the proposal, saying "every single dollar of it is justified."
Federal officials announced Wednesday a proposal to ship some 3 million gallons of radioactive waste from Hanford for disposal in a massive repository — called the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant — near Carlsbad, N.M., where radioactive materials are buried in rooms excavated in vast salt beds nearly a half-mile underground.
Cibola 60, Volcano Vista 38
Las Cruces 61, Gadsden 31
Farmington 68, Piedra Vista 65, 2OT
Sandia 65, La Cueva 56
Albuquerque High 69, West Mesa 61, OT
Bernalillo 61, Capital 56
St. Pius 55, Moriarty 43
ALQUBUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A winter storm churning its way through New Mexico on Monday is causing highway closures and prompted some urban schools and government offices to open late.
Parts of the state are getting several inches of snow and seeing blizzard-like conditions, with sections of Interstate 40 in eastern New Mexico temporarily being shut down Monday morning.
The state Department of Transportation also says parts of US 54 and US 84 near Santa Rosa are closed early Monday.
Difficult driving conditions are reported on I-40 near Tucumcari and on Interstate 25 near Colmor.
School openings are delayed by two hours in Santa Fe and in Albuquerque Public Schools' East Mountain schools.