(Deming) – Deming Public Schools had a higher percentage of honors programs and advanced-placement students last year than the state and nation, according to new data released in a Superintendent Report by My College Options.
The report, compiled by the free college planning service, details that nearly half of Deming High School students in the 2012-2013 school year took honors program courses, with 41% having taken advanced-placement courses.
About 30% of the student body took college-credit courses.
The data further breaks down student interests after high school.
Science, technology, engineering and math “career clusters” topped the list of planned study for students, with about 24% choosing one of those academic areas.
About 15% of the students surveyed last school year said they planned on studying to enter nursing or health care; another 11 percent chose law enforcement.
The report also indicated that over 60% of the students surveyed would be the first generation in their family to attend college.
More information is available at www.mycollegeoptions.org
(Deming) – Luna is one five counties to share over $3.1 million in Homeland Security grants.
The grant program, called Operation Stonegarden, provides funding to enhance coordination among local, tribal, territorial, state and federal law enforcement agencies to secure the United States’ international borders.
Luna County is receiving the largest piece of New Mexico’s funding pie – over $950,000.
Dona Ana County is receiving nearly $937,000… Hidalgo County’s award is nearly $814,000… Grant County is receiving nearly $246,000… and Otero County will get $200,000.
U.S. Senator Tom Udall said the funding will allow law enforcement agencies to build on the progress they’ve made to improve border security.
In addition to Operation Stonegarden funds… the U. S. Department of Homeland Security is allocating nearly $3.5 million to the State Homeland Security Program to address terrorism and other catastrophic events, and an additional $3.8 million through the Emergency Management Performance Grants program for emergency preparedness.
(Deming) – Here’s the area crime report:
Diego Diaz-Tapia, age 19, of Hatch, was arrested for aggravated DUI… Victor Amaro, age 29, was arrested for DUI, driving while license was suspended or revoked, speeding and on a Magistrate warrant for failure to appear… Stephanie Begay, age 21, of Yahtahey, New Mexico, was arrested for aggravated battery against a household member… Daniel Otero, age 31, was arrested for battery against a household member… Martin Jacquez, age 19, was arrested for battery… Jonathan Medrano, age 23, was arrested for larceny and tampering with evidence…
Ricky Blanco, age 52, was arrested on a District Court warrant for failure to appear… Victor Carrazco, age 40, was arrested on a District Court warrant for failure to pay fines… Anthony Lucero, age 23, was arrested on a District Court warrant for failure to pay fines… James Matson, age 40, was arrested on a District Court warrant for failure to pay fines… Arthur Villa, age 44, was arrested on a District Court warrant for failure to pay fines…
Michelle Ramos, age 30, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for failure to pay fines and failure to appear… Victor Gomez, age 18, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for failure to appear… Steven Arechiga, age 18, was arrested on a Dona Ana County warrant for failure to appear… Gary Torres, age 32, of Phoenix, Arizona, was arrested on two Municipal warrants for failure to pay fines… Lourdes Quarrell, age 46, was arrested on a Municipal warrant for failure to appear… and a 14-year-old girl was cited for battery.
And in other news… household items totaling $2,500 were taken from a residence off West Third… nearly $300 in criminal damage was reported at a motel off West Pine after someone damaged a door and attempted to take a DVD player and television… office equipment valued at $100 was taken from a business off North Gold… and a counterfeit $20 was discovered at a local gas station.
(Deming) – The case against two Santa Fe residents caught at the Columbus port of entry in November allegedly trying to smuggle nearly $125,000 worth of marijuana into New Mexico from Mexico has been dismissed without prejudice.
Kathy Porter Rodriguez, and her passenger, Vernon Martinez, who were both age 49 at the time of their arrests, were facing federal drug smuggling charges in connection with the 156 pounds of marijuana seized from the 1996 Dodge Ram truck they were driving.
Rodriguez said they had just purchased the truck in Palomas, Mexico, and were driving it back to Santa Fe through the port when they were stopped.
The marijuana was detected by a “Buster” density meter which showed high readings consistent with hidden contraband. An x-ray of the truck spotted anomalies in several locations, and the 139 marijuana-filled bundles were removed from hidden compartments in the quarter panels and rear wall of the pickup.
Rodriguez and Martinez both said they had no idea the marijuana was hidden in the vehicle.
The order dismissing the indictment was signed by U.S. District Judge Joe McDade and filed in U.S. District Court last week.
(Deming) – Three Deming men have been charged with attacking another man – possibly for the victim’s prescription pain killers.
24-year-old Jared Libby, 29-year-old Jake Gaston and 20-year-old Jordan Almanza were each charged with aggravated battery, aggravated burglary and conspiracy in the attack last Wednesday of a 56-year-old Deming man.
Luna County Undersheriff Arturo Baeza said the three were seen driving up to the victim’s residence off Apache Hills Road north of Deming at about 6 p.m., kicking in the front door, and then beating the resident with baseball bats.
The witness, who had been driving by when the attack began, yelled at the men to leave the victim alone, which prompted the three to get back into their grey-colored Hyundai Elantra and drive off.
The witness followed the car and dialed 911. The witness eventually lost the car but was able to give sheriff’s deputies a description of the car, down to its Texas temporary license plate.
Baeza said Libby was caught a short while later driving the Elantra. Two bats were found in the vehicle.
The investigation revealed that Gaston and Almanza were the other two involved.
The victim said the only thing missing was the Oxycodone for which he had a prescription.
The victim refused medical treatment for his injuries.
(Deming) Saturday's Moose Lodge Tortilla Toss winners have been announced.
Tosserittos (0-6 coed)
1st Place: Elijah Cabrera, Deming 2nd Place: Lloyd Valentine, Deming.
Tossititos (7-12 coed)
1st Place: Nayeli Trujillo, Deming 2nd Place: Jace Moreno, Deming.
Tossitos (13-16 coed)
1st Place: Daniel Galvan, Deing 2nd Place: Ronnie Simmons, Deming.
Tosser (Male 17-54)
1st Place: Martin Salgado, El Paso, TX 2nd Place: Derek Almanza, Deming.
Tossera (Female 17-54)
1st Place: Sylvia Baeza, Deming 2nd Place: Christina Morales, Deming.
Tosseros (55 and older coed)
1st Place: Gilbert Cestrada, California 2nd Place: Robert Zingaro, Texas.
(Deming) – After two days of racing ducks on both wet and dry tracks the 34th annual Great American Duck Race concluded with two local youth taking home the top prize and money.
The wet track winner was 9 year old Marisol Denogean of Deming. Denogean attends Chaparral Elementary school and says she plans on using the $1415 prize money on a softball tournament in Ruidoso.
The dry track winner was 11 year old Tristen McBurney of Deming. McBurney attends Deming Intermediate School and said his $1415 prize money will go towards his college fund.
Duck Race officials said that the crowds were good this year and will have official numbers in the next few days.
(Deming) - It was all winners from out of town during the Great American Duck Race Horseshoe Tournament held Saturday at the Luna County Courthouse Park.
The event organizer Tommy Esquivel said that participation in the event was "outstanding".
Winning the top spot and $315 dollars were 1st Place winners Sam Hill & Bob Swain from Silver City. 2nd Place winners were Eloy Valdez and Andy Apodaca from T or C winning $215. And 3rd Place winners were Jaime Lopez and Esidro Lopez from Las Cruces winning $105.
(Deming) - If was a beautiful day Saturday morning during the 34th annual Great American Duck Races for the PNM Tournament of Ducks Parade through downtown Deming.
This year’s winners were:
1st Place: Deming Elks Lodge #2750
2nd Place: Luna County
And 3rd Place: Solitaire Homes
Honorable Mention: Compass Manufacturing
This year’s Judges were:
Jim Dye and
1st Judicial District Court Judge Sarah Singleton
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The county clerk in the New Mexico state capital and the heart of this state's gay rights movement began issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples Friday, a court-ordered move that came just two days after a county clerk on the other end of the state decided on his own to recognize same-sex marriage.
The first couple to get a license in the state's third-largest county was Santa Fe County Commissioner Liz Stefanics and Linda Siegle, a lobbyist for Equality New Mexico, a gay rights group. Stefanics is a former Democratic state senator.
The couple walked into County Clerk Geraldine Salazar's office shortly after 1:30 p.m., and asked if they were still denying licenses to same-sex couples.
"Not today," Salazar said.
Second in line were the two men who filed the lawsuit that resulted in the court order directing the clerk to issue the licenses – Alexander Hanna and Yon Hudson.
"It's exhilarating and also humbling," Hudson said.
Salazar also sent a staffer to the chemotherapy suite at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, so Jen Roper of Pojoaque, who is dying of brain cancer, could marry Angelique Neuman.
By mid-afternoon, more than half a dozen couples had trickled into the county courthouse, including Carolyn Dechaine and Kristina McKeown of Santa Fe, who heard the news on Facebook.
"You could feel the momentum building that this was coming," Dechaine said. "But we didn't know it would be today. When we woke up this morning, we were not thinking it was going to be such an eventful day."
The order late Thursday from District Judge Sarah Singleton represents the first time a New Mexico judge has ruled that gay and lesbian couples can be married, said state Rep. Brian Egolf, a lawyer representing Hanna and Hudson in the lawsuit.
Siegle called Friday's events a "culmination of years of effort for gay and lesbian rights." She has been lobbying on the issue for more than two decades.
Stefanics and Siegle were married later Friday afternoon in the Santa Fe County Courthouse. Hanna and Hudson said they were going to wait until they could arrange a ceremony involving family and friends.
Singleton's ruling ordered Salazar to grant the marriage licenses or appear in court Sept. 26 to tell her why that shouldn't happen.
Salazar said she had long wanted to give licenses to gay couples but felt her hands were tied legally.
In March, Santa Fe Mayor David Coss encouraged county clerks to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. A month later, the Santa Fe City Council passed a resolution recognizing gay marriage as legal in New Mexico.
But Salazar works for the county, not the city.
"I am a fervent supporter of same-sex marriage," she said. "... I have been frustrated recently wanting to issue licenses but being confronted with longstanding statutes that do not permit it."
Egolf said Friday the ruling could help speed a resolution of the gay marriage issue in the state.
"This will be the first time a court anywhere in New Mexico ... has ordered same-sex couples to be married," said Egolf, a Santa Fe Democrat who unsuccessfully pushed in the Legislature for a constitutional amendment to legalize gay marriage.
He and other activists are trying to get a lawsuit before the New Mexico Supreme Court to decide whether same-sex couples legally can be married in the state.
New Mexico law doesn't explicitly prohibit or authorize same-sex couples to be married. The attorney general's office has interpreted the law to prohibit gay marriage, but Attorney General Gary King also contends that the law violates constitutional guarantees of equal protection under the law.
More than a dozen other states do allow same-sex marriage.
Singleton, in her order, said that "reading a sex or sexual orientation requirement into the laws of New Mexico violates the state constitution, which mandates that `equality of rights under law shall not be denied on account of the sex of any person.'"
The order comes as about 90 same-sex couples have received marriage licenses in southern New Mexico since Wednesday, when the Dona Ana County clerk in Las Cruces decided to start granting them.
A group of Republican legislators is planning to file a lawsuit to stop the clerk in that county, the second largest in the state.
Dona Ana Chief Deputy Clerk Mario Jimenez said some Texas couples are traveling to the border region to get married.
He said Jerrett Morris and Jeffrey Tingley were in town from Dallas visiting family when they decided to get their marriage license Friday at the Las Cruces courthouse.
Jimenez said another same-sex couple from Dallas is flying into the region later Friday to get married, and a couple from San Antonio is expected next week.
"They are traveling to change their lives," Jimenez said. "And more are coming."