(Deming) – The Luna County Sheriff’s Department and other area law enforcement agencies will be conducting saturation patrols and checkpoints throughout Luna County this Memorial Day holiday weekend in an effort to crack down on drunken drivers and motorists not wearing seat belts.
The weekend, which starts the summer travel season, is the official launch of a statewide summer campaign to improve the safety of New Mexico roads.
Police plan increased patrols to look for drivers and passengers without seatbelts. There will be checkpoints to catch drunken drivers.
Transportation Department figures show 81 people have died in road accidents across the state in the first four months of this year, with 36 of those deaths involving alcohol.
There were 374 people killed in traffic crashes in New Mexico last year, an increase of more than 6 percent from 2011. About two-fifths of the crash victims weren't wearing seat belts.
Alcohol was involved in 41 percent of the state's highway fatalities last year.
(Deming) -- The Deming High School Graduating Class of 2013 has been awarded the potential of nearly $3.1 million dollars in scholarships and awards.
That was the total announced Wednesday by Deming High School staff following Monday night's Deming High School Awards and Scholarship Recognition Program in the Deming Public Schools auditorium.
Deming High School Principal Janean Garney said she phrases the announcement emphasizing “potential” because some students are offered opportunities at more than one college or university, and so will have to decline some of the scholarships.
Local scholarships totaled over $68,000, offers from out-of-state schools totaled nearly $360,000, and other scholarships, including the prestigious Daniels Fund awarded to Salutatorian Velia Moran, totaled over $155,000.
Also, six students looking at military careers received over $490,000 in awards from four separate military branches: Air Force, Army, Marines and Navy.
The Deming High Class of 2013 will graduate Friday evening at Memorial Stadium.
(Deming) – Deming’s Memorial Day Ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at Mountain View Cemetery.
Scheduled guest speakers for the program include Deming Mayor Andres Silva, Deming Police Lt. Kathleen Schindler and Luna County Sheriff Raymond Cobos. The key note address will be presented by veteran Dick Hamilton.
Rick Henry will lay a wreath in honor of Gold Star Mothers – or mothers whose children have been killed in the line of duty, and Cheryl Kae Dodson, escorted by Allan Ballinas, will lay a wreath in honor of Blue Star Mothers, or mothers whose children have been injured in the line of duty.
The national anthem and God Bless America will be performed by Sarah Williams, taps will be performed by Bernie Chavez, Fr. Don Heacox from St. Luke’s Episcopal Church will give the invocation and Pastor Ernie Vineyard from First United Methodist Church will give the Benediction.
Colors will be presented by members of the Deming High School Junior ROTC.
Veronika Barnes and Leanna Rossi will read the roll call of fallen military members.
The ceremony is set to begin at 10 a.m. Monday at Mountain View Cemetery. Everyone is invited.
Lunch will be served to veterans and their families at the American Legion Bataan Post #4 immediately after the ceremony.
(Deming) – Here’s the area crime report: (Updated 3:00pm)
Jamie Hernandez, age 20, was arrested on an Adult Probation and Parole Office warrant for a probation violation… Nieves Castillo, age 49, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for failure to appear… Joshua Hand, age 29, was arrested on a Grant County warrant for failure to pay fines… and Veronica Muro, age 31, was picked up on a Municipal warrant for failure to appear.
Rigoberto Ruelas, age 45, was arrested for DUI, unlawful use of a license, careless driving with liquor and interference with officers… Tina Mathis, age 37, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for failure to appear… and Alice Shannon, age 48, was cited for dogs at large, vicious dogs and no proof of rabies vaccines.
Also… a mobile home off Tigua Rd. SW caught fire; faulty electrical wiring was suspected as the cause and the structure was described as a total loss… a car stereo, CDs and speakers with a combined value of nearly $3,100 were taken from two vehicles parked off 10th Street; damage estimated at $200… a rear window valued at $400 was damaged on a vehicle parked off 8th Street… $300 in criminal damage was reported to a vehicle parked off S. Santa Fe after it was scratched… over $100 cash, prescription narcotics and other items were taken from a residence off 14th Street… and a police scanner valued at $100 was taken from a vehicle parked off East Locust.
DHS class valedictorian Diego Quintana
DHS class salutatorian is Velia Moran
(Deming) -- Deming High School will graduate 279 seniors Friday in commencement ceremonies at Memorial Football Stadium.
The class valedictorian is Diego Quintana, and the class salutatorian is Velia Moran.
The student-selected commencement speaker is popular sculpture, print and
graphics teacher Jesse Kriegel.
This year's class flower is the Almond Blossom. The colors are Deming High’s colors of cardinal red and navy blue. The class motto is from Dr. Seuss: “You’re off to great places, today is your day. Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way.”
Commencement begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday with the traditional senior processional around the track.
Seating is first-come, first-seated, with no reserved seating. The public access gates for the commencement ceremony will open at 6 p.m.
Parking is available around the campus, and Deming Police Department officers will be directing traffic. Handicap parking will be the portion of Nickel behind Memorial Stadium, with overflow handicap parking in the half-circle in front of the high school.
No alcoholic beverages or weapons will be allowed into the football stadium. Also, prohibited will be musical instruments including air horns, along with coolers and ice chests, picnic baskets, umbrellas, beach balls, balloons and other inflatable items, backpacks, glass containers, cans and thermoses.
All guests are subject to search.
(Deming) – The Deming School Board will meet in special session Wednesday morning.
According to the legal notice, the purpose of the meeting will be to allow board members to attend the Public School Capital Outlay Council meeting, to be held 9 a.m. Wednesday in the board room of the Emmett Shockley Administration Building, 400 Cody Road.
The meeting is open to the public. No official action will be taken.
(Deming) – Deming High School students are invited to register for the 2013 GEAR Up enrichment camp or summer programs which offer both college and high school credit upon successful completion.
DHS Principal Janean Garney said they are offering a summer program in collaboration with Western New Mexico University through which students can take drawing, computer programing, photo editing, introduction to social work or a student success seminar for dual credit.
In addition to the dual-credit offerings, GEAR Up is offering a performing arts enrichment camp that includes performance, audio engineering, recording and songwriting courses.
Students currently in grades 9-11 who are interested in either the dual-credit courses or the performing arts enrichment camp should register with Bryan Simpson in the DHS Alternative School as soon as possible.
Becky Gallosa, George Torres, Dylan Graves
(Deming) – A slogan and design created by a Deming High School senior will be featured on the New Mexico Elks Association drug awareness program t-shirts.
DHS senior Dylan Graves’ design incorporates the slogan, “Let Your Imagination be Free of Drugs,” with a design featuring a profiled silhouette of a head with brightly colored arrows emerging from the top of the head, and the words, “The Choice 4 Me is Drug Free,” encircling the head.
The competition was open to all 22 Elks lodges in New Mexico.
Deming also had the second-place winner. A design created by DHS junior Becky Gallosa was the runner-up choice in the statewide contest.
Both Graves and Gallosa received iPad minis and t-shirts as prizes.
Drug awareness is one of the programs promoted by the New Mexico Elks Association and the local lodge.
(Deming) -- Luna County's unemployment rate in April dropped below 20% for the first time this year.
Preliminary figures from the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions show Luna County with an April unemployment rate of 19.7%, down from the revised March unemployment rate of 20.4%, and down from the April 2012 rate of 20.1%.
Following Luna County in the list of New Mexico counties with the worst unemployment is Mora County with 13.4%. Luna and Mora were the only two New Mexico counties with double-digit unemployment.
Rounding out the top five counties with the highest unemployment rates in the state in April are Taos at 9.1%, Guadalupe at 8.8%, and McKinley with 8.1% unemployment.
In our area, Grant County had 6.3% unemployment in April, Hidalgo County had 6.6% and the Las Cruces area had 7.1%.
The county with the least unemployment remains Los Alamos with 3.3%.
The state unemployment rate for March – at 6.7% – was down slightly from the March revised rate of 6.9%, and the April 2012 rate of 7%.
The New Mexico labor force estimates show Luna County with a labor force of 12,017 – with 9,651 employed and 2,366 unemployed.
Deming PD Officers to Carry Torch 5/21/13 11:37a
(Deming) – Deming Police Department officers are participating in the Special Olympics Torch Run Tuesday.
Deming Police Chief Brandon Gigante said Lt. Kathleen Schindler is organizing the PD’s bike patrol officers to link officers from Hidalgo County to those in Dona Ana County.
Gigante said Deming officers will receive the torch at mile marker 81 on Interstate 10 at approximately 7 p.m. Tuesday, and will relay the torch until they meet up with Dona Ana County officers between Deming and Las Cruces.
Gigante said at last six Deming PD officers will be riding as part of the torch run.
The New Mexico Special Olympics website describes the mission of the Law Enforcement Torch Run as promoting community awareness of sports training, athletic competitions and other initiatives offered by New Mexico Special Olympics.
Organizers say the torch run also provides encouragement and hope to the athletes and families of Special Olympians.