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First News: New committee assignments in Wash., D.C. for NM's congressional delegation. (listen)
(2012-12-13)
(KSFR) - Democratic U.S. Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico has been appointed to serve on the Senate Committee on Appropriations beginning in the New Year. That new assignment comes atop Udall's continuing service on other committees such as Foreign Relations, Environment and Public Works, Indian Affairs and Rules and Administration. Meanwhile, newly elected Senator Martin Heinrich will serve on the senate energy committee. Retiring Sen. Jeff Bingaman has been chair of that committee for the past four years. And in the House, Congressman Ben Ray Lujan has been named as a member of the energy and commerce committee.

The two pit bulls who killed a Santa Fe woman's pet dog last month and then attacked her remain in shelter custody awaiting a ruling on euthanization. The pit bulls owner, 23-year-old Gerard Matthews was in Municipal Court Wednesday for the first time on charges of keeping vicious animals and letting them roam free. Discussion centered on whether Matthews is financially responsible for the shelter's custody of the dogs. The amount is currently over $1200. The judge ordered him to post a $500 bond for each until further court action at the end of this month.

The newly announced plan by the forest service to manage off-road vehicles on government land is being challenged by a lawsuit. A group that favors off-road vehicles says the plan is too restrictive. They say it closes nearly three-quarters of existing roads and trails, making camping and other recreational options more difficult. The forest service plan has gone through a number of hearings before being adopted in October.

In Rio Rancho, city councilors have made major changes to their city's animal ordinance. KOB-TV reports that they'll rescind the impending ban on pet stores selling dogs and cats. As for spaying and neutering rules, dogs will be exempt and instead applied only to cats.

Weather for Santa Fe - mostly sunny today with highs in the mid 40s before the next round of wintry weather moves in after midnight. There's a 40% chance for overnight snow showers. Early tomorrow, a warmer-than-the-last storm brings an 80% chance for precipitation says Clay Anderson with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque .****
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