Deming – Here’s the area crime report.
Alberto Torres, age 29, of Columbus was arrested on a District Court Warrant for violating an order of protection, three Magistrate warrants for Failure to Appear and two Magistrate warrants for local charges… Jessie Peralta, age 26, of Socorro, NM was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia… Anthony Porter, age 19, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for Failure to Pay Fines.
Hilario Baeza, age 53, arrested on a Municipal warrant for Failure to pay fines and driving violations… Malcolm Scott, age 45, of Arenas Valley arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and no insurance… Cody Tatom, age 33, of Hurley, NM was arrested for burglary, receiving stolen property and possession of drug paraphernalia… Priscilla Anoai, age 25, was arrested for DWI… Dolores Chavez, age 36, arrested for Aggravated Battery on a Household member and a magistrate warrant for local charges.
Michael Mendoza, age 37, arrested on Battery charges… Priscilla Torres, age 23, arrested for Battery on a Peace Officer and Resisting evading or Obstructing an Officer… Angel Munoz, age 27, was arrested for Interference with Officers… Martin Wetstein, age 28, of Bagley, AZ arrested for abandonment or abuse of a child…DWI, reckless driving and negligent use of a firearm… Sergio Loya, age 25, was arrested for reckless driving and Archie Moore, age 59, was arrested for Possession of a controlled substance, indecent exposure and harassment charges.
(Deming) -- Incoming Deming High School ninth graders are scheduled for freshman orientation Monday, July 29th, and Tuesday, July 30th.
Deming High School Principal Janean Garney said the orientation is designed to provide students with information concerning graduation credits and requirements, general procedures, and expectations.
Garney said freshman orientation is just another way faculty and staff are looking to increase their efficiency and effectiveness to meet the needs of Deming High students.
Orientation both evenings will be from 6-7:30 p.m.
Monday, July 29th, is for students with last names starting with A through M, and Tuesday, July 30th, is for students with last names starting with N through Z.
Deming High students entering 10th through 12th grades may pick up their schedules anytime from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 30th, through Thursday, August 1st, in the main campus front lobby.
Classes begin on Tuesday, August 13th.
(Deming) – One of the nation's leading researchers in the field of maternal drug use during pregnancy has concluded his seven-year study of Deming and Luna County.
Ira Chasnoff, MD, recently presented his findings on substance use during pregnancy by Luna County women from September 2008 through June 2013.
Chasnoff reported that Luna County is the only place, in the over 40 states in which he has worked, that alcohol use goes up after women find out they are pregnant.
The majority of alcohol use by pregnant women is less than one drink a week, but 20% report consuming one to two drinks of alcoholic beverages a week while pregnant.
Most OB/GYN doctors feel no amount of alcohol consumed during pregnancy is safe.
Chasnoff also reported that Luna County’s pregnant women have a high rate of depression, charting at 16%.
Chasnoff is president of the Children's Research Triangle and a professor of pediatrics at the University Of Illinois College Of Medicine in Chicago.
His research projects include a study of the long-term cognitive, behavioral and educational developmental effects of prenatal exposure to alcohol, cocaine and other drugs.
He also studies the effects of prenatal treatment and counseling – as well as the effectiveness of both outpatient and residential treatment programs – for pregnant drug abusers.
Chasnoff’s research was funded through the federal Health Resources and Services Administration, but that funding has ceased.
Community Health Promotion Specialist Elizabeth Burr with the New Mexico Department of Health said the project will continue through the Luna County CHANCES program.
(Deming) – There will be a youth expo here Saturday, sponsored by the Luna County DWI Program, to help raise awareness of a variety of issues of importance to young people.
The day-long event, called ‘Down in Deming,’ will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Deming High School with a free breakfast for local youth ages 12 to 17. Following breakfast, the youth will break into groups to attend presentations on domestic and teen dating violence, drug and alcohol abuse, bullying, and pharmaceutical drug abuse.
DWI Program Preventionist Teresa Ortberg said they hope ‘Down in Deming’ will provide a fun, informative atmosphere.
Local students previously surveyed said domestic and teen dating violence was their highest concern, followed by drug and alcohol abuse, then bullying, and drug trafficking and sales.
DWI program staff reportedly saw the survey results and felt the expo would be a good way to educate youth on the issues that concern them.
Prizes, food and music will be offered during the expo, which is scheduled to conclude at 7 p.m.
Six agencies have signed up for vendor booths in the entrance of DHS and there is still space available.
Contact the Luna County DWI Office at 544-7377 for more information.
(Deming) – Here’s the area crime report:
Rene Saenz, age 18, was arrested for possession of unlawful prescription medication and less than an ounce of marijuana… Alejandra Arias, age 29, was arrested on a District Court warrant for a probation violation… Carlos Magallanes, age 33, was arrested on two Magistrate warrants for failure to pay fines… Christopher Rios, age 28, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for failure to pay fines… and Fernando Hernandez, age 28, was arrested on a Municipal warrant for failure to appear.
Also… a 2005 van valued at $5,000 was reported stolen from near a convenience store off East Pine Street… a generator and 18 car batteries with a combined value of nearly $800 were taken from a location off East Second Street… and 12 mailboxes located near Honduras and Rockhound roads were damaged.
(Deming) – Luna County residents are encouraged to take advantage of recycling opportunities now available.
County Community Projects Director Jessica Etcheverry said the county now has two recycling centers: the Cookes Peak Collection Center at 80 Highway 26 NE, and the Sunshine Collection Center at 895 Sunshine Road Southwest.
Etcheverry said both centers are accepting cardboard, office paper, newspapers, junk mail, catalogs and magazines, tin, and #1 and #2 plastic.
All recyclables collected at the county stations are hauled to the city of Deming transfer station for processing, and are combined with recyclables from the City of Deming’s drop-off centers at Wal-Mart, Peppers and the corner of 8th and Spruce streets to be baled together for sale to end-markets.
Etcheverry said Deming received federal grant monies from the New Mexico Recycling Coalition last year to develop a recycling hub. The county also received funds to place recycling collection equipment throughout the county.
Etcheverry added that aluminum cans may be traded for either swimming or bowling passes. Twenty-four rinsed and crushed aluminum cans will equal one pass. The cans should be taken to the Luna County Cooperative Extension Service office at 210-B Poplar Street.
(Deming) – Deming Police officials are investigating what appears to be a murder/suicide that occurred Wednesday afternoon at 1820 S. Saddler.
Det. Sgt. Clint Hogan said Robert Kratz, age 64, was found sitting in the living room with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was found with a .38-caliber handgun in his lap.
His wife of 43 years, Jean Kratz, age 62, was found dead in bed with at least one gunshot wound to the side of her head.
Captain Bobby Orosco said officers were sent to the residence at about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday after dispatchers received a 911 call about an unattended death.
It appears the 911 call was made by Robert Kratz, reporting that his wife was dead.
Kratz must have immediately turned the gun on himself, because Hogan, Officer Richard Gallosa and emergency medical responders who arrived within minutes of the 911 call found him alive but suffering from a gunshot wound.
Orosco said Robert Kratz was transported to the hospital by ambulance but died in the emergency room.
Hogan said no note was found.
Both bodies have been sent to Albuquerque for autopsies.
(Deming) – The Deming School Board will meet in regular session Thursday at 5 p.m.
Included on the agenda is consideration of a number of action items for the upcoming school year. Of note are changes in graduation requirements as Deming High School transitions to a seven-period day beginning next month.
Also, Superintendent Harvielee Moore and her staff will update the board on the elementary integrated health program and the high school four-year planbook, and will present the first readings of this school year’s athletic and activity handbook and intermediate school handbook.
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) – Luna County’s average weekly wage for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $634 with 7,052 people employed.
That wage is down $2 from the fourth quarter of 2011.
The Southwest Information Office of the U-S Bureau of Labor Statistics Wednesday released the County Employment and Wages information for New Mexico.
The state average weekly wage was $802 for the fourth quarter of 2012, and the national average weekly wage was $1,000 for the same period.
Statewide, employment in New Mexico rose 1.5% and average weekly wages rose 0.4% compared to the fourth quarter of 2011.
Luna County was among 11 counties in the state with average weekly wages from $600 to $699.
Thirteen of the state’s counties had wages averaging $599 per week or less, three reported wages from $700 to $799 per week, three from $800 to $899, and three had wages exceeding $900 per week. Those three counties were Los Alamos at $1,519, Lea at $998 and Eddy at $973.
The county with the lowest weekly wage in the state was Guadalupe at $504.
Again, Luna County’s average weekly wage for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $634.
(Deming) – More changes have been announced within Deming Public Schools’ administration.
Nancy Patterson, DPS Associate Superintendent of Human Resources, said the newly created position of director of services for migrant and homeless students has been filled by Hector Madrid. Madrid served for the past eight years as Columbus principal, and previously retired as Deming superintendent of schools after serving for years as the high school principal.
Marlene Padron, former Bell Elementary principal who most recently served as academic dean at Columbus Elementary, is the new Bataan Elementary principal.
And Connie Maag, the instructional leader at Torres Elementary, has been promoted to Torres principal.
Patterson said they are advertising for another new position – district analyst – to work with Ray Trejo in his role as director of student services, a newly created administrative position designed to work with students, parents and principals to analyze and overcome student achievement gaps.
Patterson said they also created a new secretarial position in food services.
She added that they are interviewing for a high school assistant principal, the position vacated when Herb Borden was promoted to director of transportation and construction.
And they will need to fill the instructional leader’s position at Torres Elementary, vacated with the promotion of Maag to principal.