(Deming) – The two very large Mimbres pots placed in Deming last week are phase one of a three-phase program sponsored by Deming MainStreet to make Deming – quote – “not just a place, but a destination.”
The pots, which are replicas of authentic Mimbres pots and weigh over 900 pounds each, have been placed at Leyendecker Park at the corner of Spruce and Gold streets, and at the Deming-Luna-Mimbres Museum, 301 South Silver Avenue.
The two pots, created by Benny Duran of Desert Bloom, Incorporated, in Albuquerque, are the first two installments of a way-finder program designed to boost tourism and commerce in Deming.
The pots will eventually contain plaques providing information on the pots which will direct people to a historic location nearby, encouraging pedestrians in the downtown business district.
More pots and plaques are planned.
The way-finder project is being funded by a grant awarded to the Deming MainStreet program.
Designs for the pots reportedly were chosen from the many pieces of Mimbreno pottery on display at the museum.
(Deming) -- Luna County's unemployment rate was flat in July after three straight months of decline. Preliminary figures from the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions show Luna County with a July unemployment rate of 16.4%, the same as the June revised rate, and down from the July 2012 rate of 17.1%.
Following Luna County in the list of New Mexico counties with the worst unemployment was Mora with 13.7% and McKinley at 10.5%. Those were the only three New Mexico counties with double-digit unemployment. Rounding out the top five counties with the highest unemployment rates in the state in July were Taos at 9.7% and Guadalupe at 9.4%.
In our area, Grant County had 7.6% unemployment in July, Hidalgo County had 6.5% and the Las Cruces area had 8.3%.
The county with the least unemployment remained Los Alamos with 4.3%.
The state unemployment rate for July – at 6.9% – was up slightly from the June revised rate of 6.8%, but down from the July 2012 rate of 7%.
The New Mexico labor force estimates show Luna County with a labor force of 13,248 – with 11,081 employed and 2,167 unemployed.
(Deming) – The Deming Aerostat balloon is now under the control of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Bill Brooks said Homeland Security assumed control of the Aerostat system from the Air Force earlier this summer and will manage and maintain it for the foreseeable future.
The Aerostat system has been in use since the 1980s. It uses giant tethered balloons to scan the border area with radar to detect low-flying aircraft carrying drugs or other contraband into the United States. There are Aerostat sites southwest of Deming as well as in Yuma and Fort Huachuca, Arizona… Marfa, Eagle Pass and Rio Grande City, Texas… Cudjoe Key, Florida… and Lajas, Puerto Rico.
Speculation had been swirling around the internet and social media after the first of the year that the government would be shutting down the TARS – or Tethered Aerostat Radar System – program by the end of the fiscal year. Reportedly, employees were notified in February that the aerostat system would cease as of March 15th. Budget cuts were blamed for the shutdown. But after the March 15th deadline passed and the tethered balloon continued to float above southern Luna County, residents were unsure of its future.
(Deming) -- Here’s the area crime report:
Maclen Hernandez-Villescas, age 28, was arrested for DUI, scattering trash or rubbish and on a District Court warrant for failure to appear… Frank Gonzalez, age 47, was arrested for battery against a household member… Jasmine Marrufo, age 18, of Las Cruces, was arrested for receiving or transferring a stolen motor vehicle… Edward Donovan, age 57, was arrested for negligent use of a firearm… Andrew Calanchi, age 27, was charged with prowling and drunkenness…
Ruth Rice, age 33, was arrested on a Municipal warrant for failure to pay fines and was charged with shoplifting at Wal-Mart… Karina Hernandez, age 36, of El Paso, Texas, was arrested on a Hidalgo County warrant and an Otero County warrant – both for failure to appear… Pedro Almaraz, age 20, of Columbus, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for failure to pay fines… Estela Saucedo-Flores, age 36, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for failure to appear… Elizabeth Diaz, age 38, was arrested on a Municipal warrant for failure to pay fines… and Jessica McMahon, age 22, was cited for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
In juvenile news… a 16-year-old boy was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia.
And in other news… a 1992 Acura valued at $2,500 was taken from near apartments off West Spruce… $500 cash was taken from an apartment off East Spruce… a bicycle valued at $200 was taken from outside a residence off South Santa Fe… and graffiti was discovered on the outside wall of a business off East Pine Street.
(Deming) – Gov. Susana Martinez visited Chaparral Elementary Monday to distribute books to school children.
The book initiative is part of the governor's "Reads to Lead" child literacy push.
Martinez’s administration released data on the most recent student achievement results which show third-grade reading levels in Deming increased 2.5 percentage points last year.
While there, the governor read Three Little Javelinas to Chaparral first-graders in the school library.
Three Little Javelinas, written by Susan Lowell, is a retelling of the classic Three Little Pigs that is set in the southwest, with the main characters three hairy, swine-like javelinas, also known as peccaries, who come across a coyote who wants to eat them. The story features elements of Native American, Mexican and Old West culture.
Also in attendance for the governor’s visit were school board members Bayne Anderson, John Sweetser and Ron Wolfe, along with several top administrators.
The governor planned to visit two elementaries in Lordsburg Monday as well.
(Deming) -- Here’s the area crime report:
Jesus Rico, age 26, was arrested for unlawful use of a license with liquor and on a District Court warrant for failure to appear… Jemima Rodriguez, age 19, was arrested for shoplifting at Wal-Mart and on a Municipal warrant for failure to pay fines… Krystal Zaragoza, age 19, was arrested for shoplifting at Wal-Mart… and David Covarrubia Medrano, age 22, was arrested on two Municipal warrants for failure to appear.
Also… two well motors were taken from property near Columbus… and a DVD player, DVDs and other items totaling nearly $250 were taken from a residence off South Gold.
(Deming) – McKinley Duck Downs will be designated a “no animal area” next weekend during the Great American Duck Race. Only ducks will be allowed.
Organizers say ducks and dogs simply don’t mix and dogs are an annual problem at the races.
In fact, committee members report several close calls where dogs have started to terrorize the ducks before being controlled and removed.
The committee has requested for years that people leave their pets at home, allowing only service animals in the park.
But this year they are taking it a step further.
Duck race organizers plan to divide the event into two separate areas, and are allowing service animals in about two-thirds of the park, specifically the gazebo, pavilion and paved areas.
But no dogs, including service animals, will be allowed at McKinley Duck Downs – or the portion of the park where the actual racing takes place.
The no-animal rule applies to everyone – racers, spectators, vendors and workers.
The Great American Duck Race is August 22nd-25th, with live duck racing both Saturday and Sunday.
(Deming) – If you have questions about New Mexico’s new healthcare coverage called Centennial Care, mark your calendars: informational meetings are planned for September and October here.
Officials with New Mexico’s Medicaid program have planned meetings to unveil what they are calling “improved healthcare coverage for New Mexicans” in an effort to answer questions residents may have in determining whether Centennial Care is the right choice for them.
Informational meetings in Deming will be Friday, September 13th, at 4 p.m., and then again on Saturday, October 5th, at 10 a.m. Both meetings will be held at the Deming Conference Center, 119 East Pine.
The informational meeting planned for Columbus will be Friday, October 4th, at 4 p.m. at the Andrew Sanchez Memorial Center.
For details and a complete listing of events, log onto www.centennialcare.net or call 1-888-997-2583.
(Deming) – U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce will hold a town hall in Deming Wednesday.
The town hall will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the historic train depot at 217 North Country Club Road.
At the town hall, Pearce will take questions from constituents and discuss any topics of concern to New Mexicans. Staff also will be available to answer questions and assist constituents with casework or any issues related to federal agencies.
Again, the town hall with Congressman Steve Pearce is set for Wednesday, August 21st, at 6 p.m. at the Deming historic train depot, 217 North Country Club Road.
(Deming) -- Here’s the area crime report:
Tara Bishop, age 41, of Tucson, Arizona, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for forgery… Oscar Duarte, age 23, was arrested for driving while license was suspended or revoked… Hector Quintana-Murrieta, age 26, was arrested for driving while license was suspended or revoked… Raynaldo Barrio, age 48, was arrested on three Magistrate warrants – two for failure to pay fines and one for failure to appear… Manuel Flores, age 60, was arrested on a Municipal warrant for failure to pay fines.
Sarah Cordova, age 29, was cited for shoplifting at Wal-Mart… Adan Baca, age 39, was cited for trespassing at a business… and Javier Perez, age 44, was cited for trespassing at a business.
Also… a computer and household items valued at over $500 were taken from a residence off Chartley Way… and a cellular phone valued at $350 dollars was taken from a location off East Pine Street.