December 17, 2015

Three things to look for on December 17

This feature was scheduled to not publish starting next Monday, but will be starting an its early Christmas break tomorrow; so this is the last Three things to look for of the year.

NM Political Report, however, will continue to be publishing new stories throughout the holidays. Our month-by-month recap of stories will finish up early next week. Then we will start counting down the top ten stories of the year.

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Here are three things to look for on Thursday, Dec. 17 (and the next few days).

1. LESC meeting continues

Day two of the meeting will take place today in Santa Fe (and day three tomorrow).

The committee will hear about the outcomes form K-3 Plus and Reads to Lead, about the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and in the afternoon an update on the licensure bureau.

2. Legislative listening session in Socorro

Legislators, including Speaker of the House Don Tripp, R-Socorro, are scheduled to appear in Socorro this morning to hear about legislative priorities for the upcoming session.

The listening session is hosted by the Socorro Chamber of Commerce. Senators Clemente Sanchez and Howie Morales—Democrats from Grants and Silver City, respectively—have also been invited. Former Speaker of the House Ken Martinez, D-Grants, also was invited.

More details here.

3. Zoo animals get presents

I’m sure this is annually a popular thing for the public: The animals at the Albuquerque Zoo will get presents this Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 11.:30 a.m.

From the city’s website:

“Our holiday enrichment event is a great way for visitors to celebrate the holiday season along with our animals and to see first-hand how our zookeepers help encourage the animals’ natural behaviors,” said Tammy Schmidt, ABQ BioPark curator of mammals.

During the event, many of the zoo’s animals will receive special holiday treats. Zoo staff will give holiday enrichment to the primates, cats and elephants. Typical enrichment items include paper chains, decorated tubes, edible goodies and boxes wrapped in holiday style.

Did you miss something yesterday?

December has turned out to be quite the busy news month. Here are some stories from Tuesday that you may have missed.