(Deming) – A 16-year-old Deming boy was transported to the hospital after a possible alcohol overdose early Saturday morning.
The boy and seven other underage drinkers were busted at about 3:30 a.m. Saturday at an apartment complex in the 600 block of S. Santa Monica.
Deming Police Capt. Glenn Chadborn said they received a call about a fight in the area, and found the teen in an extreme state of intoxication.
The teen and three other 16-year-olds were cited for minors allowing themselves to be served alcohol.
Adults cited were 20-year-old Joshua Pena, and Hernan Lerma, Antony Perez and Benjamin Reyna, all age 18.
Chadborn said officers were investigating how the underage drinkers acquired the alcohol.
Pear St Closed between 8th Street and Hermanas Grade
(Deming) – Deming City officials report that the recent rains have caused problems with some local roads.
Officials have closed a section of Pear Street West of 8th Street to Hermanas Grade.
The recent heavy rains have caused major damage to the street and city officials say the street will be out of service for about a week. MoPeatorists are encouraged to seek alternative routes.
DPS Press Release in response to the State's Grades for the District
- Submitted by DPS
You have probably seen the state’s grades for local schools and might be disappointed with what you have seen. Since the state calculates the school grades using an extremely complex formula that even predicts students’ three year performance with statewide averages that it does not disclose, Deming Public Schools thought it would be useful to present raw test score data to the public so parents can make up their own minds on student progress.
The school grades released last Thursday by the state presents a dismal picture of most local schools, particularly elementary schools, but looking at 2012-2013 New Mexico Standards Based Assessment test scores provides a better picture of progress made by students and areas where work is still needed. Looking at the data gives a picture of where growth or lack of growth took place this past year. The school grades reflect an average of three years of student test results. So if there is one year out of the three that is very low, then the average is lower than the current year’s results. If you want to know if there was an improvement in student achievement this past year, then the raw test data will pinpoint the areas of interest. “Deming Public Schools was disappointed to see the number of our schools receiving an F grade drop from two to four, but we feel looking at raw test data can provide a better idea of our strengths and weaknesses,” Harvielee Moore, DPS Superintendent, said. “For example, Bell Elementary, which has a poverty rate of about 95 percent for its students, fell from a D to a F. But reading scores increased in third, fourth and fifth grades from 2011-2012 to 2012-2013. Math scores also increased for fourth and fifth grades.”
Bell started the 2012-2013 school year with five new teachers, but students were still able to make increases in reading and Math. For example, approximately 26 percent of fifth grade students tested to proficiency in reading in fifth grade, which was a seven percent increase over the previous fifth grade class. Those same students increased proficiency about six percent over their test scores from fourth grade in reading.
For math, the same group of fifth graders tested to proficiency about 10 percent higher than the previous school year’s (20112012) fifth grade students.
At Deming High School, which jumped from a D to a B, the recent senior junior class saw an increase of about 15 percentage points in reading proficiency from their junior sophomore year. In Math, the same class nearly doubled in proficiency to 30 percent. School administrators credit a variety of programs for the increase in test scores, especially the extra hours logged by teachers and counselors to help students catch up or get ahead.
But the district is not trying to sugar coat the results from across the district. There are several areas, mostly in elementary schools — similar to the statewide trend — where students are not making progress. The recent fifth grade class at Chaparral Elementary, for example, dropped about seven percentage points in Math proficiency from when they attended fourth grade. But the same class saw about a four percent increase in reading scores.
The NMSBA test scores over the last three years present a mixed bag of results for the district, and administrators and the Deming Public Schools Board are currently reviewing the data and assessing shown strengths and weaknesses. The district is evaluating what programs have worked over the past several school years, and which programs have not created the progress desired by parents, administrators, teachers and students. The district is seeing success in programs such as:
● K3 Plus Program is available at all elementary schools. Students in grades kindergarten
through third grade have the opportunity to attend an additional twentyfive days of school each year.
● PreKindergarten has been available at My Little School for a targeted students for many years. In addition PreK is available at Bell Elementary and Columbus Elementary, the District’s two highest economically disadvantaged schools.
● Classroom intervention is targeted to meet individual student needs based upon assessment data. Additional intervention is available through interventionists at some schools to help students who are behind in reading or math.
● Dual Language Program in the district’s Bilingual Program aligns with research that demonstrates that students who are proficient in their home language will acquire a second language to a more complex level.
● All schools are focusing on the importance of relationships between teachers, parents, and students. Once teachers understand their students then they can make information relevant and raise the rigor of the learning.
The district values accountability and measuring student progress, but it feels labeling schools with grade scores without fully explaining the process behind calculating the grades can be counterproductive. Deming Public Schools will continue assessing student needs and proficiency data to work toward high achievement across the board.
If you have comments, concerns or questions, please contact the district at (575) 546-8841.
Thursday morning Harvielee Moore, DPS Superintendent spoke with John Krehbiel on KOTS/KDEM radio.
Mobile Home tossed over by Microburst in Columbus, NM July 23, 2013 (Photo Submitted)
(Deming) - Tuesday evening at about 10pm, a severe storm ripped through the Village of Columbus.
Luna County Sheriff’s Department Chief Arturo Baeza told KOTS/KDEM News that a microburst hit the Village of Columbus at around 10pm Tuesday causing mobile homes to overturn, ripping roofs off buildings, and causing power outages in the Village.
is described as a very localized column of sinking air, producing damaging straight-line winds
at the surface that are similar to tornadoes
. A microburst often has high winds that can knock over fully grown trees. They usually last for a duration of a couple of seconds to several minutes.
No serious injuries were reported but local property damage was extensive. Columbus Electric Co-op had power restored to most Columbus customers within hours of the storm. Emergency service organizations provided shelter at the Columbus Civic Center and the Red Cross gave vouchers for motel rooms in Deming.
Deming – Here’s the area crime report.
Dale Dorrance, age 52, of Colorado Springs Colorado was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for Failure to Appear… Raul Montes, age 30, arrested on a Magistrate Warrant on local charges… Marcos Quinones-Figureoa, age 53, from Columbus was arrested on a Dona Ana County warrant for Failure to Appear.
Julie Munoz, age 33, was arrested on Burglary, shoplifting, resisting evading or obstructing an officer and criminal trespass… Audrey Gomez, age 27, of Las Cruces, was arrested for shoplifting, resisting evading or obstructing an officer and on a Dona Ana warrant for Failure to Appear… and Richard Borkowicz, age 61 arrested for assault against a household member and battery against a household member.
Ryan Carl, age 23, of Silver City, NM arrested on a Magistrate warrant for Failure to appear… Teresa Pacheco, age 43, of Bayard, NM arrested on a Magistrate warrant for Failure to Pay Fines… Daniel Vargas, age 35, arrested on a warrant for violation probation and parole… Randy Morales, age 22, arrested on a warrant for violation probation and parole… Jason Runion, age 38, arrested for larceny and receiving stolen property… David Grado, age 33, arrested for aggravated burglary.
(Deming) – The Deming School Board will meet in special session Wednesday July 24th at 9 a.m..
Included on the agenda is consideration of approval of transfer of the old Columbus School building and grounds, approval of 7-Period Day Graduation Requirements change, and approval of updated Bullying Policy. The meeting will be held in the board room of the Emmett Shockley Administration Building, 400 Cody Road.
Action will be taken and the meeting is open to the public.
(Deming) -- New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service is sponsoring a Plant Clinic in Deming Wednesday July 24th from 8-10am at the Cooper Street Farmers Market.
The public is invited to come meet plant science experts from New Mexico State University. They specialize in cultural practices, pest identification, and pest management.
Participants are encouraged to bring samples of your problem plants or pests with you to the clinic.
To bring bugs… place the bug in a small sealed container like a pill bottle.
(Deming) – The Luna County Commissioners will meet in Special session Thursday.
Included on the agenda are three New Business items… Approving the 2013-1014 Final Budget… Amend the name of the Wolf Advisory Committee to the Endangered Species Advisory Committee… and the Joint Powers Agreement between Luna County and the City of Deming for the ETZ and Subdivisions.
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.
(Deming) – Public Service Company of NM and the River of Life Church in Deming have joined forces to help PNM customers who need assistance in paying electric bills.
A free energy fair will be held in Deming at the River of Life Church Wednesday July 24th from 9 until 11:30.
Free energy saving light bulbs and information about how to save money on your electric bills will be given to those who attend.
To apply for assistance, bring your utility bill, proof of income, financial hardship, and identification for everyone living in the home
People needing more information may call the church at 546-7479.
(Deming)—The Great American Duck Race Committee has announced the Grand Marshals for this year’s 34th Annual PNM Tournament of Ducks Parade in Deming. In keeping with the "Racing" theme, Ed and Mary Green the former owners of E & M Truck Repair and Auto Service in Deming.
Ed Green attended his first sprint car race in 1948 which led to a lifelong interest in racing. He built race car engines. In 1969 Ed decided he needed to say closer to home and chose to open an auto repair shop with his cousin. In 1973, he opened his own business known as E & M Garage in South Plainfield, NJ.
Ed and Mary moved to Deming in January 1985 and opened E & M Truck Repair on East Pine in June, 1985. The business was sold in October, 2003.
This interest in auto racing, especially sprint cars, has never waned and will always be an important port of Ed Green’s life.
The PNM Tournament of Ducks Parade will be on Saturday, August 24th. Entry forms for the parade, pageant, vendors and sponsors are available at www.demingduckrace.com