(Deming) – The State Transportation Commission will meet Thursday in Deming.
The State Transportation Commission determines all matters of policy for the New Mexico Department of Transportation.
Officials said the purpose of holding monthly meetings at different locations around the state is to update the commission on NMDOT activities and to determine how New Mexico’s transportation system can be enhanced.
Items on the agenda include considering a $50 million rolling taxable revolving line of credit and/or letter of credit relating to the escrow agreement, as amended, between BNSF Railway Company the state DOT… to review Local Government Road Fund submittals… and to consider the 2014 fiscal year operating budget.
The meeting is set to run from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday in the Deming Conference Center, 119 East Pine. There will be time for public comment.
Holiday Inn - Exit 85 Deming, NM
(Deming) -- A bomb threat was called into the Deming Holiday Inn located at Exit 85 at about 2:15 pm Monday afternoon.
The caller advised the desk clerk that an explosive device was at the motel, and was set to detonate if anyone tried to leave the motel.
Deming Police Captain Glenn Chadborn said that they received a call from the Motel a short time later, and responded. Officers evacuated the motel, and nearby RV park.
Chadborn said about 50-60 people were taken from the area and transported to Starmax by Corre Camino bus services.
NM DOT closed exit 85 from the interstate into Deming and law enforcement established a perimeter.
Chadborn said that the NMSP Bomb squad came and cleared the motel using bomb sniffing dogs. Nothing was found.
The male caller repeatedly called the motel speaking with a negotiator from the Police Department. His conversations lasted only a few minutes each and appeared to come from different numbers each time.
Chadborn said that demands were made that left the department believing the subject was not a local resident. Large amounts of money was demanded along with several general threats also being made.
Chadborn said the case has been given to the FBI for further investigation. About 12 Deming officers were on scene until the all clear was given about 6pm.
Assisting the Deming Police in this incident was officers from the New Mexico Motor Transportation Department… New Mexico State Police… New Mexico State Police Bomb Squad… Deming Fire Department… Luna County Emergency Management … and Corre Caminos.
Chadborn said the department was pleased with the handling of the situation, and that all departments worked well together.
Patsy Rodriguez, age 45, of Las Cruces, and Michael Avila, age 49, of Las Cruces, were both arrested on two counts of possession of a controlled substance and four counts of possession of drug paraphernalia… Roberto Montoya, age 19, of Columbus, was arrested for aggravated assault against a household member with intent to commit a violent felony, aggravated battery against a household member and interference with communications.
Eric Meraz, age 27, was arrested for battery… Jose Grado, age 35, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for receiving or transferring a stolen motor vehicle… Justin Torres, age 25, of Las Cruces, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for larceny… Matthew Wilderman, age 26, was arrested on two counts of resisting or evading an officer… Alfred Ventura, age 50, was arrested for interfering with officers, shoplifting at Wal-Mart and on a Municipal warrant for failure to pay fines… Jose Munoz, age 30, of Las Cruces, was arrested on a District Court warrant for non-payment of child support.
Brenda Hernandez, age 24 and LeeAnn Pena, age 42 – both of Silver City, and Adrian Miranda, age 18, of Deming, were all arrested for shoplifting at Wal-Mart…
Pablo Gajon, age 28, was arrested on two Magistrate warrants for failure to pay fines… Alfredo Calderon, age 20, was arrested on a Magistrate and a Municipal warrant – both for failure to pay fines… Mario Medina-Lopez, age 51, of Phoenix, Arizona, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for failure to appear… Trisha Mathis, age 20, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for failure to appear… Benny Lerma, age 25, was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia… and a 15-year-old boy was picked up on a District Court warrant.
Also… a mobile home fire was reported Sunday at about 7:30 p.m. off New Orleans Street in Columbus… three DVD players and a stereo were taken from a motor vehicle parked off Monte Vista Road Southwest; value of items taken and damage to two windows and a tire totaled nearly $4,200… a generator valued at $600 was taken from a location off Pelayo Road Southwest… a security camera valued at $400 was taken from a business off North Gold… a purse containing $150 cash and other items was taken from Wal-Mart… and a Chihuahua valued at $100 was missing from off Acoma Road.
Shown Left to Right: Deming High FFA Advisor Larry Von Tress Brannick Sweetser Tel Pickett Graham Borden CPA Tamara Hurt Not shown: Keri Hays
(Deming) – The Deming High FFA Farm Business Management team won its state competition last week in Las Cruces and qualified to go the national Career Development Event competition in Louisville, Kentucky, in October.
Brannick Sweetser was the 2nd-high individual in the competition, and Tel Pickett was the 5th-high individual. Also on the state-winning team were Graham Borden and Keri Hays.
The team was coached by Deming CPA Tamara Hurt.
The Deming FFA Landscape Design team placed 2nd in the state competition,
with Mattie Wiseman and Taylor Scepka tying for 6th-high individual.
The local Floriculture team finished 3rd with Mikaela Morris as 8th-high individual.
The Deming FFA Crops team finished 4th with Tel Pickett as 6th-high individual and Shelbie Peterson as 8th-high individual.
The local Pasture and Range team finished 5th with Jason Lewis as 5th-high individual.
And the Deming Homesite team finished 5th with Sealy Kuenstler as 9th-high individual.
Advisors for the Deming FFA program are Larry Von Tress and Susan Swope.
(Deming) – Here’s the area crime report:
Anthony Kienitz, age 30, was arrested for battery and on a District Court warrant for a probation violation… June Lanham, age 39, was arrested for encouraging violation of probation, parole or bail… Randy Bennett, age 25, was arrested on a District Court warrant for non-payment of child support… James Goldman, age 20, was arrested on a District Court warrant for a probation violation… Patsy Hernandez, age 26, was arrested on a District Court warrant for a probation violation… Joel Ochoa, age 37, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant and a Municipal warrant – both for failure to pay fines… Christopher Aguirre, age 32, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for failure to appear… Francesca Gallosa, age 30, was picked up on a Municipal warrant… Jeremy Fry, age 33, who was already incarcerated in the Luna County Detention Center, was served with a Municipal warrant… and a laptop computer and surveillance monitor were taken from a location off South Pearl.
Citywide Alley Clean-up Starts Monday 4/12/13 11:27a
(Deming) – The annual free alley pick-up service offered by the city of Deming starts Monday.
Again the city has been divided into four areas, and each area will have a free pick-up week in April or May.
That means all trash placed in the alleys will be picked up at no charge to residents that week. Please make sure items are placed on the sides of the alley to allow the collection trucks access.
The first pickup area – for residents living north of Ash and east of Gold – is set for Monday through Friday, April 15th-19th.
The second pick up area – set for the week of April 22nd – is for residents south of Ash and east of Gold or the Columbus Highway.
The week of April 29th-May 3rd will be free alley trash pickup for residents living south of Ash and west of Gold or the Columbus Highway.
And the final week – May 6th-10th – will be for residents living north of Ash and west of Gold.
The advantage to participating in the free pick-up service is that you get your spring cleaning done without having to pay the city to haul off your debris.
Normally, trash left in alleys is charged to the property owner as a special pickup fee with a minimum charge of $29.72.
Contact city hall officials at 546-8848 for more information or to let them know if you will be taking advantage of the free alley pick-up service so the Solid Waste Department can schedule pickup routes effectively.
Also, there is no charge year-round for residents hauling trash to the transfer station located at 5470 Highway 549.
If you're a military veteran wanting to start or expand your own business... then come to a FREE breakfast and workshop on April 24, 2013 from 7:30 AM to 9 AM... at the Deming Holiday Inn, located at 4600 East Pine St.
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(Deming) – A Stars-N-Parks astronomy program will take place this Saturday at City of Rocks State Park.
City of Rocks is located between Deming and Silver City.
Attendees will observe highlights of the April sky, with the winter sky setting in the west, while the three-day-old Moon and Jupiter will be visible in the southwest. The planet Saturn will be above the eastern horizon at program start, and the spring sky will have Leo, Virgo, Ursa Major and the Hydra void well-presented.
The event begins with a night sky tour, followed by views of deep sky objects through a high-powered telescope. Matt Wilson will be the presenter.
The program is viewed in a dark sky setting beginning at 8:45 p.m., and attendees should arrive at the park at sunset, which is at about 7:35 p.m., so they can become familiar with their surroundings before nightfall.
The program will end at about 10:15 p.m.
Stars-N-Parks is sponsored by the National Public Observatory, a non-profit membership organization that sponsors astronomy programs for all. More information is available at www.Astro-NPO.org.
Benjamin Cano, age 18, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for two counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor… Gerardo Jaramillo, age 18, was arrested on six failure-to-pay warrants – five from Magistrate Court and one from Municipal Court… Kenneth Richards, age 27, of Bayard, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for failure to pay fines… Jordan Almanza, age 19, was arrested on a Municipal warrant for failure to pay fines… and Jonathan Sigman, age 34, was cited for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Also… a ring valued at $7,500 and change valued at $150 were taken from a residence off Alma Road… and a wheel barrow and grill with a combined value of $100 were taken from a location off West First Street.
(Deming) – Congratulations to the Deming Dust Devils All-Star Cheer squad which has been judged one of the top in the nation.
The 15 Deming girls between the ages of 7 and 12 placed 5th in the American Showcase National Competition in Anaheim, California, over the weekend.
The girls competed against teams from around the country, including many from much larger communities with a great deal more resources.
The local team is coached by Elsa Rodriguez and Ofelia Hensley.