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Six pieces of legislation make progress

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With less than two weeks to go in the legislative session, bills are moving at a quickened pace, passing from one chamber to another and between committees.

Below are six pieces of legislation that made forward progress on Feb. 1 and 2 in Santa Fe:

FEB. 1

The full Senate passed Senate Bill 137 by a vote of 30-9. SB 137...

What do you call that bug under the big rock?

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I’m going to confess to a murder, acknowledging there probably aren’t any statutes of limitations on this kind of thing. Growing up, my sister and I sprinkled salt on our fair share of slugs. While I’m not proud of my salty slug serial killing spree, exploring under big rocks in the backyard was a great way to learn about the creepy-crawly world around me.

Let’s turn over the next big rock. It’s the one next to the shed. Once you get enough leverage to hoist the rock from its resting place, you see several things scurry around — some squirming worms, a truly terrifying millipede and a host of bugs that roll into little balls.

What are those balled-up bugs called? If...

Six reasons why you should take your mental health seriously

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Many people underestimate the impact that mental illness can have on an individual or family. It can be difficult to admit that you have a mental health problem in your life. Secondly, it can be just as difficult in getting the people you know to understand your situation without making any kinds of judgments.

But here are six reasons why you should make your mental health a priority this year:

Your situation will improve if you get help: Your anxieties and fears can be challenging to manage and more than likely you will need some help. Just as you talk to your doctor about your regular health, you should not be hesitant in seeking help for your mental health. If left untreated...

Salome’s Stars

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ARIES: (March 21 to April 19) Is that Arian self-esteem in need of shoring up? Best advice: Do something that will make someone feel good about themselves. It will make you feel proud that you did it.

TAURUS: (April 20 to May 20) It’s time to prove to your detractors that you’re way ahead of them when it comes to getting things done. So, be sure to avoid surprise distractions and complete that project as soon as possible.

GEIMINI: (May 21 to June 20) Be careful not to waste your precious energy on frivolous matters that don’t advance your goals. Stay focused. There’ll be enough time for fun and games after you reach your objective.

CANCER: (June 21 to July 22) You’ve done...

Salome’s Stars

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Taking some time out of your usually busy social life could be just what you need. You can focus on putting some finishing touches on those plans for a possible career change.

TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) A misunderstanding about a colleague’s suggestions could create a delay in moving on with your proposal. But by week’s end, all the confusing points should finally be cleared up.

GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) You might feel overwhelmed by all the tasks you suddenly have to take care of. But just say the magic word — “help!” — and you’ll soon find others rushing to offer much-needed assistance.

CANCER: (June 21 to July 22) Finishing a current...

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