12/21 Notable notes

Tipsy tow at it again
During the Christmas and New Year’s holiday, AAA New Mexico’s Tipsy Tow program will again be available for a free tow and ride home for the intoxicated driver, according to a release from AAA.
The release said service will run from 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Jan. 1, and can be reached at (800) AAA-HELP.

Stuttering kids get video
Kids who stutter have a lot to say, according to the Stuttering Foundation, an organization that put together a video now available at the Tucumcari Public Library.
In this new video, the foundation said children get a chance to see others who struggle with the same disability, and how they handle teasing, speaking out in class, teaching others about stuttering and other challenges.

Violence against women act voted for extension
The Violence against Women Act, which expired Sept. 30, has been voted on by Congress to be extended through 2011, according to a release from the office of U.S. Sen. Pete Dominici.
First enacted in 1994, the VAWA provides the backbone for federal programs and services to aid states in the battle against domestic violence, the release said, adding the bill can now be sent to President George Bush to become law.

Real estate license deadline extended
The New Mexico Real estate Commission is extending the Dec. 30 deadline to Feb. 28 for anyone interested in applying for a real estate license and qualifying under current licensing requirements, according to a release from state’s Real Estate Commission.
The release said the deadline is extended due to a large backlog of licensing exam applications.

New Mexico loses Y2K debt
New Mexico spent nearly $900,000 to get the state’s computer network set for the year 2000 – and now the U.S. Dept. of Labor is wiping that federal debt off the books, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Pete Dominici’s office.
The release said in May 2004 Dominici asked Labor Secretary Elaine Chao to personally review the New Mexico case because her agency had already issued waivers to California, New York and Montana for costs associated with Y2K conversion work.

State gets emergency money
More than $2.02 million was awarded to New Mexico from the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security to help the state respond and allocate funds in the event of an emergency, according to a release from the office of U.S. Sen. Pete Dominici.
As part of the DHS Emergency Management Performance Grant program, the fund scan be used for state and local emergency management, as well as for mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery capabilities for all hazards, the release said.

-Compiled by QCS Managing Editor Ryn Gargulinski