(Deming) – Several Deming High School musical groups have been gathering statewide honors recently.
Deming High School Principal Janean Garney said the Deming High Wildcat Band took first place at state this past weekend.
The Deming High guitar ensemble garnered straight Superior ratings at its guitar large group competition this past weekend.
And, the Deming High Advanced Choir took second place at the NMAA State Choir Competition last Saturday – falling just one point away from first place and 1.67 points short of a perfect score.
Garney congratulated the Wildcat and Lady Cat musicians and vocalists on their outstanding accomplishments on the state level.
(Deming) – Ten teachers were honored Saturday evening by the community Academic Booster Club.
The outstanding teachers were nominated by high school seniors and juniors who were asked to identify elementary and middle school teachers who had made a difference in their academic careers and experience in Deming schools.
The teachers selected for the recognition were, alphabetically, Dana Bunting with Red Mountain Middle School… Keri Coker with Chaparral Elementary… Mona Crossland with Torres Elementary… David Gallegos with Red Mountain Middle School… Esmeralda Hernandez with Columbus Elementary… Melissa Jasso with Columbus Elementary… Kathy Lopez with Memorial Elementary… Victor Manzano with Chaparral Elementary… Gina Simms with Bataan Elementary… and Isabel Self with Memorial Elementary.
Portions of the student letters nominating the teachers were read as the awards were presented to each teacher.
The by-invitation-only event was sponsored, in part, by First New Mexico Bank and held at Luna Rossa Winery.
Deming– State Police needs assistance in locating family members or acquaintances of Randy K. Dolven (62) of Deming.
The known addresses of Mr. Dolven are 713 W SPRUCE PMB 892, and 1795 Okelley Road SE, Deming NM. Mr. Dolven owns a 2008 yellow Suzuki motorcycle with NM plate P47990.
State Police has an active investigation regarding Mr. Dolven.
The public’s help is needed. If you have information regarding this case, please contact New Mexico State Police Sergeant David Neal at 575-835-0741.
(Las Cruces) -- Sen. Martin Heinrich is to tour New Mexico State University algal biofuels test bed facility.
Heinrich will tour NMSU Algal Biofuels Production Testing Facility Wednesday, May 1st.
NMSU algal biofuels test bed facility is located at the Fabian Garcia Science Center,
West University Drive, Las Cruces, N.M.
Sen. Heinrich and staff will watch a demonstration of photobioreactor and
water-efficient algae raceways at the biofuels testbed. For more information about the algal biofuel research at NMSU, or for an aerial map of the facility, please visit http://research.nmsu.edu/erl/algalbiofuels/testbed/.
(Deming) – Here’s the area crime report:
Mark McCray, age 34, was arrested for DUI, driving while license was suspended or revoked, reckless driving, causing criminal damage to property, no driver’s license, on a Socorro County warrant for DUI, and on a Municipal warrant for failure to appear… Luis Guerrero, age 23, was arrested for shooting at or from a motor vehicle and negligent use of a firearm… Hector Perez, age 19, was arrested for aggravated assault against a household member… Xavier Verdugo, age 20, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for two counts of larceny and two counts of disposing of stolen property.
Andrea Venzor, age 20, was arrested for accessory to a crime and conspiracy… Javier Perez, age 44, was arrested for trespassing at a convenience store… Reyna Garcia, age 43, was arrested on an Adult Probation and Parole Office warrant for a probation violation… Cruz Orozco, age 21, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for failure to pay fines… Patsy Hernandez, age 26, who was already incarcerated at the Luna County Detention Center, was served with a warrant… and David Grado, age 32, was cited for having an open container and unlawful use of a license.
And in juvenile news… a 15-year-old boy was charged with two counts of burglary, two counts of larceny, conspiracy and trespassing… a 17-year-old boy was charged with two counts of burglary and conspiracy… and a 16-year-old girl was charged with a probation violation.
Also… the carcass of a dairy calf that appeared to have been butchered was found in a dumpster off East Maple… a handgun valued at nearly $350 was taken from a residence off Country Club Road… a window valued at $100 was broken on a residence off South Silver… and a shed was broken into off South Bryant.
(Deming) – Deming MainStreet is planning to sponsor a Farmers’ Market starting June 1st.
Organizers are inviting anyone interested in a local Farmers’ Market to attend the next planning meeting, set for this Tuesday from 4-6 p.m. in the Deming Conference Center, located at 119 East Pine.
Reportedly, the planning committee members are looking for input and suggestions as to what produce and fruit vendors believe would make the market successful.
Initial plans call for a Saturday Farmers’ Market, with the possibility of adding a second market day during the week. One location under consideration is the parking area off Spruce and Copper streets between the post office and the Mahoney building.
Again, the next planning meeting will be this Tuesday from 4-6 p.m. in the Deming Conference Center, located at 119 East Pine. The meeting following this one will be next Tuesday, May 7th, at the same time and location.
Anyone interested is encouraged to attend.
(Deming) – A Deming man said three Hispanic males forced their way into his home Friday night and robbed him at gunpoint.
The armed robbery occurred at a home off North Iron at about 8:30 p.m. Friday.
The victim said he heard a knock on the door, and opened it to find three men in their early-to-mid-20s standing outside.
The victim told Deming Police officers that the men forced their way into his home, and he fell after a brief struggle with the invaders.
He said one of the men held a gun to his head while another took the wallet from his pocket, removed about $80 cash, and gave the wallet back to him.
The victim said the men then left.
Deming Police Chief Brandon Gigante said officers tracked footprints to where it appeared the men got in a vehicle and drove off.
One of the armed robbers was described as 5’9” and wearing a striped shirt.
Columbus Teen Killed in Rollover Accident 4/29/13 11:29a
(Deming) – A 17-year-old Columbus boy was killed in a one-vehicle rollover accident early Sunday morning.
State Police Lt. Robert McDonald said the teen, identified as Luis Chavez-Flores, was a passenger in a 1998 blue Ford Expedition travelling south on the Columbus Highway at about 5:30 a.m. Sunday when the accident occurred.
Chavez-Flores, the driver, 20-year-old Jose Madrid, and another passenger, 17-year-old Cynthia Rodriguez, were all ejected from the vehicle during the rollover. Chavez-Flores was pronounced dead at the scene; Madrid and Rodriguez were treated and released.
McDonald said the accident occurred near mile marker 12 – or 12 miles north of Columbus.
A Border Patrol agent who witnessed the accident said the Expedition drifted out of its lane and off the pavement before rolling.
McDonald said alcohol is believed to have been a factor. The accident is still under investigation.
The community and staff of Deming Public Schools and Ruben S. Torres Elementary worked together on Friday, April 19, to make the second annual Safe Routes To School (SRTS) Bike Rodeo at Ruben S. Torres a hugh success. Seventy-one students completed the bicycle course. In addition, all third, fourth and fifth graders participated in a bike safety seminar. The staff from Deming Public Schools included Local Champion Albert Montez, Benny Jasso, Ginger Jones, Anne Marie Mora, Ray Trejo, Leticia Montez, Suzy Au, and Kim Hernandez. Staff participating from Ruben S. Torres Elementary included Mark Edens. Connie Maag, Janet Espino and Blanca Duran. Deming Police Sgt. Alex Valdespino and Officer Lee Cook shared their expert bicycle knowledge with the participating students. Others helping to make the bike rodeo a success were Ben Archer representatives Maria Pacheco, Krystle Taylor, Anna Prieto, Roberto Diaz and Blanca Soto. Molina Healthcare’s mascot Dr. Cleo and representatives Alex Andrews and Aaron Arnold provided incentives and a smoothie machine run by students pedaling a stationary bike. NMSU County Extension Barbara Brokaw, Luna County Healthy Kids Nancy Sherman, and DHS Youth Council representatives Connie Groves, Alondra Lozano, Davie Marrufo and Emili Jones also provided support to the event. Safe Routes to School is provided through a grant from the New Mexico Department of Transportation in partnership with Deming Public Schools and the City of Deming. The support of the community and SRTS partners in making the Bike Rodeo a success is greatly appreciated.
(Deming) – Here’s the area crime report:
June Lanham, age 39, was arrested on a Marion County, Florida, warrant for grand theft, identity theft and forgery… Salvador Trejo, age 46, was arrested on a Dona Ana County warrant for aggravated burglary…
Anna Lopez, age 23, was arrested on three warrants – one from District Court, one from Magistrate Court and one from Municipal Court – all for failure to appear… David Amaya, age 42, was arrested on a District Court warrant for a probation violation and on two Municipal warrants – one for failure to pay fines and one for failure to appear… Ramon Miranda, age 34, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant and a Municipal warrant – both for failure to pay fines… Rudy Uzueta, age 45, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for failure to pay fines… Jorge Martinez, age 19, was cited for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana… and three men – 55-year-old Osbaldo Arras of El Paso, 43-year-old Manuel Lozano of El Paso and 54-year-old Val Maynes of Mesilla – were cited for excessive noise.
Also… over $300 cash was embezzled from a business off South Silver… and a video game player valued at $300 was taken from a residence off Sagebrush Road Southeast.