(DEMING) -- Beloved local radio personality Scotty McKinnon died early Monday morning at the V-A hospital in Albuquerque. He was 81.
McKinnon's wife, Rose, said he was being treated for a heart attack, congestive heart failure and pheumonia. McKinnon was a Thursday morning favorite on KOTS for 5 years with his "Spinnin' with McKinnon Show," billed as, "Radio the way it used to be." He played a variety of songs - many from artists whom he had personally met during his decades in radio in many Canadian and US markets. His show also focused on personality - something critics say has been lost in this area of satellite delivered radio.
McKinnon stopped being able to do his show in March due to his declining health.
McKinnon's son, Nick, said his father, a Korean war veterran, will be buried in the veteran's cemetery in Santa Fe with military honors. He will be missed.
(Deming) -- (Tomorrow) Saturday in Deming is for those who fought the good fight and for those who continue to support the fight against cancer in our lifetime.
The seventh annual Celebration of Life Cancer Walk is set to hear the starting gun at 9 a.m., on Saturday at Voiers' Park on North Country Club Road, across the street from the Starmax Family Entertainment Center.
Registration starts at 8 a.m.
During a recent live radio interview with John Krehbiel, Joanna Costilla said, "As of now we have 25 teams in place, but expect 50-plus teams to sign up," She is the patient advocate.
Each group or business that enters a team will walk the Voiers' Park scenic course to Help raise money and awareness for cancer support in Deming and Luna County. Last year, the COL raised over $64,000 that was used locally. This year they are
hoping for $70,000.
In each of the previous COLs, the group has chosen "Cancer Warriors," those who carry on the fight in hopes of seeing the disease eradicated in our lifetime. This year, the COL will ask all survivors who have surpassed 10 years, or more,
to continue to live life to its fullest.
Cancer support is located at 2300 E. Pine St; inside Mimbres Valley Learning Center.
For more information call (575) 546-4780.
Legislative Finance Committee Here:
(Deming) -- The NM Legislative Finance Committee, which is chaired by Deming Senator John Arthur Smith, will be meeting in Deming and Columbus next week.
Committee members are scheduled to meet Wednesday in Columbus at the Columbus Community Center... and Thursday and Friday in Deming at the Mimbres Valley Learning and Special Events Center.
Included on the agenda Wednesday is a welcome and community input from Columbus Mayor Nicole Lawson and Luna County officials.
The committee members will have a border development update and an agriculture and trade update... and will tour the Luna County stockyards, Sapphire Energy and Preferred Produce.
The members will cross the border for lunch at the Pink Store in Palomas.
Thursday's agenda begins with a welcome from Deming Mayor Andres Silva and School Superintendent Harvielee Moore.
The committee members will hear a labor market overview and barriers to employment... a review of workforce programs... an update on the Arizona Water Settlements Act... and
southwest border security threats.
Friday morning's agenda will focus on effective teacher and leadership preparation programs and
(Deming) -- Here's the area crime report:
Randy Gonzales, age 28, was arrested for aggravated D-W-I and on a driving violation... Jose Grado, age 34, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for robbery and felon in possession of a firearm... Mark Walker, age 44, was arrested on an Adult Probation and Parole Office warrant for a probation violation... and a 17-year-old boy was cited for possession of synthetic narcotics.
Also... tools, painting equipment and roofing materials valued at over 500-dollars were taken from a residence off South Tin.
(Deming) -- Here's the area crime report:
Eric Carter, age 28, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, and was cited for driving while license was suspended or revoked... Anthony Torres, age 47, was arrested for disturbing the peace and interfering with officers... Ricardo Rivera, age 18, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for contributing to the delinquency of a minor and minor in possession of alcohol... Martina Salgado, age 39, was arrested on an Adult Probation and Parole office warrant for a probation violation... Rogelio Garza, age 24, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for failure to pay fines... the District Attorney's office filed a petition on a 14-year-old boy from Palomas, Mexico, for distribution of a controlled substance... and criminal damage estimated at 250-dollars occurred when two windows were broken on a van parked off Santa Monica.
Transmission Line Meeting Here 4/26/12 11:20a
(Deming) -- Deming and Luna County residents will have a chance to chime in on a proposed high-voltage power line that would run through New Mexico and Arizona.
The Bureau of Land Management has scheduled a series of open house meetings in both states on an electrical transmission line that could provide up to 25-hundred megawatts of electricity.
The first meeting is scheduled for May 8th in Las Cruces... and the second meeting will be the
following day here in Deming.
Southline Transmission is proposing building the line in two segments. The first segment would stretch 225 miles from a substation in Afton, New Mexico -- south of Las Cruces, to one in
Apache, Arizona -- south of Willcox.
The second would be an upgrade of 130 miles of an existing line between Apache and a substation
outside of Tucson.
The line would cross federal, state and private lands.
The Deming meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 9th, from 5:30 to 8 p-m in the Mimbres Valley Learning and Special Events Center, 2300 East Pine Street.
The format will be an open house with project specialists available for questions. A presentation on the project begins at 6 p-m.
The meeting is open to anyone interested.
TAKE BACK INITIATIVE SATURDAY
(Deming) -- Local law enforcement and other service providers are participating Saturday in a nationwide Drug Enforcement Administration initiative to get outdated
prescription drugs out of homes.
Officials say unused prescription drugs often become part of the illegal substance abuse problem in a community.
Many people are concerned about the best way to dispose of unused and outdated prescription drugs... and since most abused prescription drugs come from family and friends, people are urged to dispose of their unwanted medications before they unwittingly become a drug provider.
The location for this Saturday's D-E-A "take back" initiative will be Wal-Mart, and drop-off boxes
will be set up from 10 a-m to 2 p-m.
Residents are asked to drop off their unused, unwanted and expired prescription drugs -- no questions asked. They are asking you to place any liquid medications in a sealed container and not to bring needles or syringes.
THE AREA CRIME REPORT
(Deming) -- Here's the area crime report:
A 27-year-old Silver City man told police he was robbed of 400-dollars cash at gunpoint in Deming Tuesday night. The man told officers an acquaintance brandished a handgun and demanded his cash while the two were at a local truck stop. Deming Police Chief Michael Carillo said they have a "person of interest" in the armed robbery and the investigation is continuing.
In other news... Tonya Paetz, age 27, was arrested on two counts of abandonment or abuse of a child... Anthony Matos, age 29, was arrested for battery against a household member... and Grisel Flores, age 28, of Silver City, was arrested on a Grant County warrant for failure to appear and was cited for shoplifting at Walmart.
(Deming) -- The Luna County Sheriff's Department is increasing its annual donation to
Class Act, the drug-free and alcohol-free after-graduation party in Deming.
Sheriff Raymond Cobos said this year's donation, which comes from Community D-W-I
funds, will be over 900-dollars.
The Sheriff's Department usually budgets a 500-dollar donation from its C-D-W-I
funding, but had remaining money in the account after camera/radar units and
breathalyzers were purchased with the state funds.
Lieutenant Jon Mooridian said they asked state Traffic Safety Bureau officials if the
remaining 419-dollars and 32-cents could be added to the 500-dollar donation and the total given to Class Act... and state officials approved the donation. Mooridian said there is a provision in the grant for prevention measures... and one goal of the funding is to reduce teen alcohol-related crashes in the state.
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(Deming) -- "What Luna County is Eating Today" is the focus of a Town Hall set for
Thursday evening. The Town Hall is being organized by Nancy Sherman with Healthy Kids Luna County to begin the dialogue on food choices in the area. Sherman said that while Luna is considered an agricultural county, many residents have lost their skills, techniques and tools for raising fruits and vegetables in a home garden. In addition, Sherman said our farmers and ranchers ship 95% of what is produced here away, and then residents buy back 97-percent of this food after it has been heavily processed, packaged and less nutritious.
Sherman points to Annie Casey Foundation's "Kids Voice" statistics that show Luna County has more child poverty than any other county in the United States.
Other statistics, she says, show an alarming increase in childhood obesity, diabetes and other chronic diseases.
Sherman has lined up guest speakers for the town hall that include Matt Stong of Preferred Produce and ranchers Jon and Susie Eickhoff, as well as representatives from Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall's offices to discuss the Federal Farm Bill to be voted on this year.
The Town Hall meeting is open to anyone interested and will take place this Thursday at 5 p-m at the La Fonda Restaurant.