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Mental health legislation backed

Treatment for mental illness in New Mexico got another boost when U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., backed legislation that would help those with serious mental illnesses receive the care they need before their illness drives them to commit a crime, according to a release from the legislator’s office.
Domenici backed the legislation introduced by state Rep. Joni Guiterrez, which helps to establish a judicial process for district courts to require outpatient treatment for those suffering from severe mental illness, the release said, adding New Mexico is one of eight states that does not have such a policy already in place.

Duck artists in demand

Any student who knows how to draw a duck — or a swan or a goose or any other North American waterfowl — is invited to submit their design to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s annual Junior Duck Stamp art contest, according to a release from the organization.
With a deadline of March 15, entries will be judged at the state level in four grade groups with three first-place winners for each group each receiving a $100 savings bond, the release said.
Entries should be sent to Kim King-Wrenn at the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge, P.O. Box 1248, Socorro, NM 87801.

Land commissioner earns billions

According to a release from the office of Public Land Commissioner Patrick Lyons, more than $1 billion has been raised from oil and gas production, agricultural leasing and development activity on state trust lands.
Lyons took office in January 2003 and the monies reflect earnings through December 2005, the release said, adding revenues help finance public schools, universities, hospitals and charitable purposes, the penitentiary, public buildings and water projects.

Navy log invites service members

Sea service members and veterans are invited to register with the Navy Log, a permanent public registry in the middle of U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C., where individuals are honored, according to a release from Navy Log Director David Michael Jr.
To input information for those in the Sea Service, which includes the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine, visit www.lonesailor.org, the release said, adding enrollment is free through the end of July. For information call (800) NAVY-LOG.

Art association seeking artists

The Rio Grande Art Association is seeking Southwest artists for a juried show going on May 5-29 at the State Fair EXPO grounds, according to a release from the organization.
The deadline for digital or slides is March 8, the release said. For a prospectus, send a SASE to Freida Thorsen at the Rio Grande Art Association, P.O. Box 53307, Albuquerque, NM 87153. For information call 293-3811 or e-mail:

— Compiled by QCS Managing Editor Ryn Gargulinski