2-12-08 Local Briefs

N.M. First announces town hall
New Mexico First, a nonpartisan organization formed by U.S. Sens. Pete Domenici and Jeff Bingaman in 1986 announced that its 2008 statewide town hall will address rural economies and rural-urban partnerships. The town hall, entitled “Business as UNusual: A Town Hall on Rural-Urban Economic Development” will be held in Ruidoso March 27-29 at the Inn of the Mountain Gods.

The town hall, which will be limited to 120 participants, is open to anyone. Cost is $150 for members and $200 for non-members. It will provide policymakers with consensus driven recommendations. Individuals interested in attending the town hall should register by visiting:

www.nmfirst.org/

Information: 241-4813.

Udall staff to visit Portales
Christopher Neubauer, a staff member for U.S. Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M. will hold constituent office hours from 8-9 a.m. Thursday at Portales City Hall.

Neubauer will also be at the Clovis-Carver Public Library from 3-5 p.m. on Wednesday.

Anyone wishing to discuss issues related to Congress or the federal government are welcome to stop by, according to a press release.

Information or appointment: 763-7616.

Admission to museum free
Residents of Roosevelt, Curry and Lea counties will receive free admission to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque during the month of February. The free admission policy is a part of the museum’s county recognition month to welcome visitors from around the state.

The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Information: 841-2800

Hunter safety class set
A complete course in hunter education is scheduled for to run from 6-9 p.m. on Feb. 29 and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 1 and 2 at the Memorial Building, according to volunteer hunter education instructor Mike Standefer.

Among the instruction the course teaches is firearm and bow hunting safety, hunter responsibilities, wildlife identification and management and field survival. The course is required by state law for anyone under 18 who hunts with a firearm.

Cost is $5 per student. Students can pre-register by phone by calling Standefer at 478-2432 or Darren Elrod at 760-2089 or on the day of the class.