(Deming) – Here’s the area crime report:
Anthony Rodriguez, age 20, was arrested for DUI, careless driving, having an open container, minor allowing self to be served alcohol, driving while license was suspended or revoked, no insurance and on an Adult Probation and Parole Office warrant for a probation violation… Rodney Vigil, age 34, was charged with aggravated battery on a household member… Aquilino Johnny Flores, age 44, was charged with battery on a household member… Ramiro Palomarez, age 31, was charged with battery… Leroy Almanza, age 36, was arrested for trespassing at a residence…
Alida Alvillar, age 34, was arrested on an Adult Probation and Parole Office warrant for a probation violation… Robert Regalado, age 35, was arrested on a District Court warrant for contempt of court… and Makayla Rincon, age 19, was arrested on a Dona Ana County warrant for failure to appear.
(Deming) – Luna County will be receiving just under $1.8 million dollars in compensation for non-taxable federal lands next fiscal year.
The amount is a slight reduction from this year’s compensation, which was just over $1.8 million.
The money comes from the Payment in Lieu of Taxes program administered through the Department of the Interior which compensates local governments for lost tax revenue from federal lands so the governments can continue to provide public services such as police and fire protection, road maintenance and school assistance.
The payments are calculated based on the number of acres of federal entitlement land within each county and the population of the county.
Luna County has nearly 747,000 acres of federal Bureau of Land Management – or BLM – property within its boundaries.
The 2012 budget year was the last year PILT was funded under the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008.
Officials say the federal fiscal year 2014 budget proposes to extend mandatory full funding for the PILT program for another year, as it was in 2013, while a sustainable long-term funding solution is developed.
Elizabeth Swarbrick, (28)
Alejandro Ramirez, (26)
(Deming) – Here’s the area crime report:
Elizabeth Swarbrick, age 28, of Tucson, Arizona, and Alejandro Ramirez, age 26, of Benson, Arizona, were arrested on four counts each of possession of controlled substances after being caught with cocaine and unlawful possession of morphine sulfate, hydrocodone and oxycodone…
a criminal summons was filed on Greg Granado, age 34, for battery on a household member and causing criminal damage to property… a criminal summons was filed on Antonio Holguin, age 35, for burglary of an automobile and trespassing… Jessica Martinez, age 25, was arrested on a District Court warrant for failure to appear… and Melinda Paez, age 24, was arrested on a District Court warrant for a probation violation.
Also… a 2003 Nissan which was being towed caught fire off Highway 9 near mile marker 74; the loss was estimated at $2,500… a shed off Bonito Rd. SE caught fire; the extent of loss was not immediately known… a windshield valued at $500 was broken on a vehicle off E. Maple… a windshield valued at $300 was broken on a church van parked off S. Tangerine… and a breaking-and-entering was reported at a residence off E. Maple.
(Deming) – The Deming Borderbelles want Luna County residents to serve beef for Father’s Day.
The local Cowbelle organization is working with Peppers Supermarket in Deming to promote beef for dad with an event this Saturday.
Organizers say representatives from Borderbelles will be at Peppers Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. distributing recipes and nutritional flyers, and giving out door prizes of beef certificates and beef promotional items.
They also will be serving samples of a national “Beef – It’s What’s for Dinner” recipe called Margarita Beef, which utilizes a relatively inexpensive cut of beef – a top round steak – that has been marinated in fruit juices and tequila before being cooked.
The New Mexico Hereford Association will be participating Saturday as well, helping Peppers employees grill beef sandwiches which they will be selling.
Borderbelles is the Luna County affiliate of New Mexico Cowbelles. The mission of the Cowbelles organization is to promote beef, a locally raised commodity that is part of a healthy lifestyle.
(Deming) – Wednesday was the fourth-straight day of record breaking heat in Deming.
Officials with the National Weather Service confirm that record high temperatures have been recorded at the Deming Municipal airport every day since Sunday – and Saturday tied the previous high.
Frank Kielnecker, Observing Program Leader with the National Weather Service, said Wednesday’s high temperature of 107 makes it the hottest day so far, shattering the previous record of 102 set in in 2002.
Tuesday’s record-breaking high was 106, again shattering the previous high of 102 set in 1981.
Monday’s record was 104, two-degrees hotter than the previous record of 102 set in 2008, 2001 and 1981.
Sunday we reached 103, passing the previous record of 101 set in 2009 and 1981.
And Saturday we also reached 103, which tied the previous record set in 1981.
Is there an end in sight?
The record for today – June 13th – is 105 set in 2006, and forecasters are predicting that record should hold.
(Deming) – Here’s the area crime report:
Ismael Chacon, age 22, was arrested on an Adult Probation and Parole Office warrant for a probation violation… Carlos Veleta, age 62, was arrested on a District Court arrest warrant… Craig Jackson, age 32, was arrested on two Magistrate warrants for failure to appear… and Luis Aguilar, age 19, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for failure to appear.
Also… a semi-truck trailer was on fire about 10 miles west of Deming off Interstate-10 just after midnight Wednesday morning; the Cook’s Peak Volunteer Fire Department assisted in the incident… tools valued at over $600 were taken from a location off O’Kelly Road SE… two semi-truck wheels and tires with a combined value of $500 were taken from a location off E. Motel Drive… and a wooden table and water hose with a combined value of nearly $400 were taken from a residence off N. Diamond.
(Deming) – The Luna County Commissioners will hold a public hearing Thursday on the sale and use of fireworks.
The meeting notice indicates the commissioners are considering a proclamation declaring extreme or severe drought conditions within the unincorporated portions of Luna County that would restrict the sale and use of fireworks within those portions.
The hearing will be held during the commissioner’s regular monthly meeting, set to begin at 9 a.m. Thursday.
The commissioners also will consider adopting a burn ordinance, and will call for an ordinance for notice of intent to adopt a gross receipts tax revenue bond.
Also on the agenda are multi-services agreements with the city of Deming and Village of Columbus… a ground lease agreement with Walgreens… a lease agreement with Western New Mexico University… an addendum to the agreement with Sunnyside Farms, Inc.… a resolution supporting the Southwest NM Energy and Green Jobs Task Force’s regional strategic plan… a professional services agreement with Presbyterian Medical Services for the primary care clinic… a work and financial plan with USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Wildlife Services… and a DWI grant agreement with the NM Department of Finance and Administration.
White Sands Missile Range Chief of Staff Dan Hicks will give a presentation, and service awards will be given to Estela Chavez for 10 years with the Assessor’s office and to Trini Garcia and Albert Mora for five years each with the Sheriff’s Department.
Again, the commission meeting is set to begin at 9 a.m. Thursday in the commission chambers, located on the third floor of the Luna County Courthouse.
The meeting is open to the public.
School Board Meets/Revised 6/12/13 11:11a
(Deming) – The Deming School Board will meet in regular session Thursday at 5 p.m.
The meeting is a week earlier than the regularly scheduled meeting of the third Thursday of the month.
According to the legal notice, the board also will meet in executive session Thursday at 4 p.m. to discuss limited personnel, pending litigation and the acquisition or disposal of real property.
The executive session is closed to the public.
The regular monthly meeting will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday in the board room of the Emmett Shockley Administration Building, 400 Cody Road.
That meeting is open to the public.
(Deming) – Deming Public Schools Superintendent Harvielee Moore has announced her retirement.
Moore posted a letter dated Monday on the DPS website saying she will be retiring at the conclusion of her current contract, which ends June 30th, 2014.
She said she was touched when recognized at the end of the school year with a standing ovation from teachers and staff for her 45 years of service to Deming Public Schools, and said it was with mixed emotions that she announced her retirement.
School Board President Bayne Anderson said Moore’s announcement means no board action will take place at Thursday’s meeting regarding a contract extension.
A revised legal notice for Thursday’s meeting was posted last week, removing Moore’s contract from the agenda.
Anderson said Moore will have worked for Deming Public Schools 46 years at the conclusion of her contract, first as a classroom instructor, then district administrator, and ultimately as superintendent for the past nine years.
Anderson said the board appreciates Moore’s dedication to Deming schools, will continue to work closely with Moore during the upcoming year, and then wishes her the best when her retirement begins.
Again, Deming Public Schools Superintendent Harvielee Moore has announced that she will retire at the end of her current contract on June 30th of next year.
Senior Public Hearing Wednesday 6/11/13 8:17a
(Deming) – The Deming-Luna County Commission on Aging will hold a public hearing this Wednesday on issues of importance to area senior citizens.
The hearing is being held to give Luna County seniors an opportunity to participate in the planning of services and programs for the community.
Organizers say it is a forum for senior citizens to voice their concerns, problems and comments on what is needed to help provide seniors a quality life as well as protect them against abuse, neglect and exploitation.
The public hearing, set for this Wednesday, June 12th, at 10:30 a.m. at the Deming Senior Center, 800 S. Granite, will be conducted in both English and Spanish.
All senior citizens and interested persons are invited to attend.