Smokey a Signature Away From Getting his Plate

In its final vote of the 2024 session, the Senate “blazed” through House Bill 251 as substituted, sending the governor legislation to grant Smokey Bear a personalized license plate on his 80th birthday.

The story behind the plate: The Library of Congress Blogs say that while the bear began as a fictional character, “in 1950, his name was bestowed on a bear cub who was rescued from a forest fire in New Mexico. There were two back-to-back forest fires in early May 1950 in the Capitan Mountains, which are part of the Lincoln National Forest.”

HB 251 co-sponsor Sen. William F. Burt (R-Chaves, Lincoln and Otero) thanked colleagues on behalf of Lincoln County and Smokey.

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