(Deming) – The local “Shop with a Cop” program raised over
$18,000 this year to help provide Christmas gifts for children in Luna
Organization president Richard Cowles said they were able to provide 350 deserving Deming Public School students with a $35 Kmart gift card, and still provided 30 families with a $100 food voucher to Peppers Supermarket along with a Kmart gift card.
The $35 gift card was an increase of $10 from last year.
Cowles and his committee members thanked Peppers for matching the contribution for each food voucher, so twice as many families could benefit.
The annual “Shop with a Cop” shopping day took place December 1st, and the food vouchers were
distributed last week. The group also delivered toys to preschool students this month.
Cowles said the organization receives donations from individuals, businesses and organizations each year.
“Shop with a Cop” volunteers also held several fundraising events this year, including a yard sale, trash pickup, bowling tournament, softball tournament, a 50/50 raffle and an ongoing Valentine’s Day raffle.
Anyone interested in learning more about the
Valentine’s Scentsy Gift Basket raffle can contact Glory Johnson at 494-2750
after 5 p.m.
(Deming) -- Luna County's unemployment rate in November
jumped from October’s rate, but was lower than last November’s rate.
Preliminary figures from the New Mexico Department of
Workforce Solutions show Luna County with a November unemployment rate of 6.1%.
That figure is higher than October’s revised rate of 11.9%, but down from last November’s rate of 16.5%.
Following Luna County in the list of New Mexico counties with the worst unemployment is Mora County with 12.6%.
Those were the only two counties in the state with unemployment greater than 10%.
Rounding out the top five are Guadalupe and Taos at 8.2%, and McKinley at 7.7%.
In our area: Grant County had 6.4% unemployment in November, Hidalgo County had 4.2%, and the Las Cruces area had 6.1%.
The county with the least unemployment remains Los Alamos with 3.2%.
The state unemployment rate for November – at 6.2% – was down slightly from the October revised rate of 6.3%.
The New Mexico labor force estimates show Luna County with a labor force of 12,240 – with 10,275 employed and 1,965 unemployed.
(Deming) — State officials have awarded a contract to begin safeguarding more than two dozen abandoned mines near Deming.
The Mining and Minerals Division says the $475,000 contract with Duran Bokich Enterprises represents the first of a multiple-phase project involving old mines in the Florida and Little Florida Mountains. The mines are on private property and land managed by the federal
Before 1918, the ores recovered from mines in the area were mostly lead, zinc, silver, copper and some gold. After that, manganese and fluorite were produced in large quantities.
An incentive program started by the federal government boosted production of manganese ore. The program ended in 1959 and every manganese mine in Luna County had closed within two years.
Officials say most of the mines were abandoned, with little or no safeguarding of the openings.
The Deming Wildcats beat the Alamogordo Tigers Friday night in a nail biter.
It was a cardiac finish for the Wildcat fans… Final Cats 62 - Tigers 61.
The last chance the Tigers had to pull off a win was a shot with a three pointer layup but missed.
Individual Scoring for the Wildcats:
Eric Saenz 4
Phillip Longoria 21
Dominic Saenz 11
Richard Regalado 8
Alex Parra 3
Ernesto Salcedo 11
Jerome Sandoval 4
Deming shot 11 out of 18 free throws and scored 3 three pointers.
The Cats had 11 turnovers and outrebounded the Tigers 31-28.
Now Deming go to 8 wins 2 losses.
The Deming Wildcat JV boys basketball team also defeated the Alamogordo Tigers 66-58.
Next for the Cats is the Los Lunas Tournament Wednesday – Friday Dec 27-29.
Game times to be announced.
(Deming) – Here’s the area crime report:
Roberto Padilla, age 40, was arrested for concealing identity, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia… Ramon Morales, age 51, was arrested on three Magistrate warrants for failure to appear… Erick Hernandez, age 37, of Mexico, was arrested on a Santa Fe County warrant for failure to appear… Jose Lopez, age 38, was arrested on a Municipal warrant for failure to pay fines… and Alex
Rodriguez, age 19, was arrested on a Municipal warrant for failure to pay fines.
Also… an automatic pistol, a sword walking cane and tools with a combined value of over $1,000 were taken from a residence off Hermanas Road Southwest… and three aluminum rims valued at $100 each were taken from a location off the Silver City Highway.
(Deming) – On a programming note:
Monday, Christmas Eve, we will begin our special Christmas programming by airing Handel's Messiah from 1-2 p.m. on both KDEM-FM and KOTS-AM.
Handel's Messiah, sponsored by Mimbres Memorial Hospital and Nursing Home, features a performance by the
Independence Messiah Choir of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from their world headquarters in Independence, Missouri.
Then we will air Charles Dickens' classic, "A Christmas Carol," on both stations from 7-8 p.m. Monday night -- Christmas Eve.
The program is a complete uninterrupted rebroadcast of the 1939 Campbell's Playhouse Production produced and narrated by Orsen Wells and starring Lionel Barrymore as
Scrooge. "A Christmas Carol" is sponsored by First New Mexico Bank.
Also, we will bring you sounds of the season -- Christmas music accented by Christmas greetings and community "thank you's" sponsored by area merchants -- on Christmas Eve and Christmas
And from all of us at Luna County Broadcasting... we wish you a very Merry Christmas. And
please, make it a safe holiday.
(Deming) – A local radio personality has been honored by the
Academy of Western Artists.
Totsie Slover, who hosts the program “Real West from the Old West” Wednesday mornings on KOTS-AM, was nominated for Disc Jockey
of the Year by the national organization.
Slover, who works full-time as a realtor with Deming Realty Company, is one of five radio personalities nominated for the honor – and the only one from New Mexico.
She joins announcers from Texas, Oregon, Colorado and California in achieving the honor of being nominated.
The Academy of Western Artists will select the Disc Jockey of the Year in February.
“Real West from the Old West” with Slover can be heard Wednesday mornings from 10-noon on AM-1230 KOTS.
(Deming) – A local winery is benefiting from funds provided through the New Mexico Economic Development Department’s Job Training Incentive Program.
New Mexico Wineries, Incorporated, of Deming – a family-owned business founded in 1984 – was awarded over $52,000 to create 10 jobs at its business.
New Mexico Wineries produces and bottles over 70 different wines under many labels, including St. Clair and Blue Teal, with over 150,000 cases sold last year.
The corporation operates the St. Clair tasting room and gift shop east of Deming, and the St. Clair Bistros in Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Farmington.
The Job Training Incentive Program reimburses qualified economic-based companies for a portion of training costs associated with job creation.
The program provides for classroom or on-the-job training, reimbursing an expanding or
relocatingbusiness for up to 75% of a trainee’s wages for as long as six months.
The amount of the award depends on the number and complexity of jobs, the wages paid and the business location.
New Mexico Wineries was one of three applications approved during the December meeting of the governing board.The other two businesses are in Albuquerque.
(Deming) – Here’s the area crime report:
Nadine Hout, age 43, will be summoned on a charge of embezzlement… and Norma Gomez, age 45, of Columbus, was arrested on an Adult Probation and Parole Office warrant for a probation violation.
Also… a television and sword with a combined value of $450 were taken from a residence off Trocadero Road Southeast… and a 33-year-old Deming woman reported a case of identity theft after applying for satellite television service and learning that her information was being used by someone in Carthage, Mississippi.
(Deming) – Enjoy your holiday celebrations, but never drink
The Luna County Sheriff’s Department and other law enforcement agencies are already conducting DWI Checkpoint and saturation patrols, and will continue the increased patrols through New Year’s Day.
Lt. Joy Mullins urged drivers to watch their speed, wear their seatbelt, and never drive impaired or while under the
influence of drugs or alcohol.