Charter School Meetings This Month
(Deming) – The state Public Education Commission will be in Deming later this month to hear public comments on proposals for two new charter schools proposed for Luna County.
The commission’s meeting for the Academic Opportunities Academy is set to begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 20th.
And the commission’s meeting for the Columbus Community School is set for 8:30 a.m. the following day, Friday, August 21st.
Both public input meetings will be held in the board room of the Emmett Shockley Administration Building, 400 Cody Road.
In between, the committee will travel to Silver City for an afternoon meeting there.
The Academic Opportunities Academy, based in El Paso, Texas, is proposing what they call “an innovative and creative” charter school to serve up to 400 Deming students.
Columbus organizers are trying to get the state to approve a charter school in Columbus to serve 6th through 12th grade students living in southern Luna County, to include American citizen students living in Palomas, Mexico.
St. Clair Winery Wins Awards
(Deming) – The Beverage Testing Institute in Chicago recently released its ratings from the World Wine Championships, “U.S. Summertime Whites,” and St. Clair Winery in Deming was recognized with several awards.
The contest judges awarded five medals, along with point ratings, to the Deming winery, including a gold medal and 90-point rating for their Malvasia Bianca.
St. Clair’s Florent Lescombes said 90 points is considered an exceptional wine, and they are proud to be able to craft such high quality wines locally here in New Mexico.
St. Clair winemaker Matt Kahl there’s something special about growing wine grapes in the desert, the way the temperature, sunshine and soil help to build their flavor.
Along with the gold medal for the Malvasia Bianca, St. Clair also brought home silver medals for its Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Grigio and their D.H. Lescombes Sauvignon Blanc.
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