(Deming) – The Deming School Board met in regular session Thursday.
Included on the agenda was a resolution determining the necessity for lease/purchase agreements for education technology equipment… a proposal for psychological services… a proposal for internal connections… the revised 2012-2013 fleet service contracts… details on a surplus sale… and a quitclaim deed for Sunshine School which corrects the legal description of the property on the quitclaim deed with Luna County dated June 23rd, 2009.
The board also recognized the first Graduate New Mexico Student and the Christmas Card Contest winners.
The Deming Public School Administration offices will have abbreviated holiday hours over the next two weeks.
The school administration offices will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and New
Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
The offices will be open from 9 a.m.-noon and 1-3:30 p.m. on December 26th, 27th and
28th, as well as January 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Regular business hours will return on Monday, January 7th. Also, this Friday is the last day of school for the calendar year in the Deming Public Schools. Students will go to school for a half-day Friday, and staff for the entire school day.
Then teachers and staff return to school on Monday, January 7th, and students report back on Tuesday, January 8th. Wednesday, January 9th, will not be an early release day, but the early-release Wednesday schedule begins the following Wednesday, January 16th.
Deming Police Chief Michael Carillo
(Deming) – The Deming Police Department is now an Accredited Law Enforcement Agency.
Deming Police Chief Michael Carillo said the department achieved that status through the state Accreditation Program of the New Mexico Law Enforcement Professional Standards Council.
Albuquerque Police Chief Ray Schultz, who notified Carillo of the accreditation, said achieving the goal takes a great deal of commitment and focused effort.
The process involves a comprehensive application, review and assessment.
Carillo credited his officers and staff for their willingness to put forth the effort required for the
accreditation. He said fewer than 20 departments in the state are accredited.
The program is a joint initiative by the New Mexico Association of Chiefs of Police, the New Mexico Municipal League, the New Mexico Self Insurers’ Fund and the New Mexico Association of
The accredited status is in effect for three years.
(Deming) – Here’s the area crime report:
Deming Police officials recovered a car sought
by Dona Ana County law enforcement officials in their investigation of an arson after Thanksgiving.
Chief Michael Carillo said his officers were asked to assist after Dona Ana County authorities determined that their “person of interest” may have been hiding out in Deming since the arson.
Carillo said investigators found motel and other charges from Deming appearing on the man’s debit card.
The car, a 2012 Honda Accord, was found abandoned near a convenience store off Cedar Street, after the driver apparently bought a bus ticket out of Deming. Carillo said they towed the car and sealed it as evidence.
In other news… Stephen O’Neil, age 51, of Tucson, Arizona, was arrested for DUI, careless driving and on a motor transportation violation… Gerardo Barraza, age 23, was arrested on a Sierra County warrant for failure to appear… Lucia Carrasco, age 22, was cited for shoplifting at Wal-Mart… and over $200 worth of diesel fuel was taken from a tractor-trailer rig parked at a
Deming) – The Deming Elks Lodge recently distributed 600 dictionaries to third graders in Deming and Truth or Consequences, and donated
teddy bears to the Deming Police Department.
The dictionaries were distributed last week as part of the Elks National Dictionary Project– a project funded, in part, through money raised by the lodge’s weekly bingo on Monday nights.
And the 20 teddy bears were donated to be used on police calls involving young children.
Reportedly, the bears have a calming effect when given to children involved in traumatic situations.
Exalted Ruler George Torres said charitable activities are what the Elks are all about.The Elks also participate in Coats for Kids, Shop with a Cop, and various other youth and veterans events.
(Deming) – Officials with the Deming-Luna County Chamber of
Commerce have announced the winners of their annual Christmas lighting competition.
Executive Director Mary Galbraith said first place was awarded to the home at 2175 Daisy Drive… second to 7925 Hermanas Road… third to 902 East Olive… and tied for fourth place were the homes at 1515
Bryant and 311 Klondike.
Galbraith said the chamber received 20 entries and had 13 sponsors.
The judging committee decided to award five prizes instead of only three after evaluating the entries.
A list of all 20 of the homes entered in the competition can be found by clicking here.
(Deming) – Five people will be vying for an open seat on the
Deming Public School Board, while an incumbent faces one opponent in the other seat up for election.
Declarations of candidacy for the Deming Public School Board had to have been filed by 5 p.m. Tuesday.
In District One, incumbent David McSherry, who is running for a third term on the board, is being challenged by Ronald Wolfe.
And five candidates have thrown their hats in the ring for the District Two seat currently held by Anne Keeler, who is not seeking reelection.
Those five are, alphabetically, Mickey Hamilton, Jr., Frederick Metcalf, Kenneth Perea, Phillip Skinner and John Sweetser.
The election will be held Tuesday, February 5th, 2013.
County Clerk Karen Smyer said it will be a countywide election, because there is a question before all Luna County voters on the continuation of a 2-mill levy for capital improvements in
The election of the two school board seats will appear only on the respective districts’ ballots.
Voter registration for the School Board and mill levy election closes January 8th.
(Deming) – Here’s the area crime report:
Jason Torrez, age 28, of Santa Clara, was charged with aggravated stalking and violating an order of protection… Francisco Hernandez, age 55, was arrested for identity theft.
Ricardo Flores, age 49, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for failure to pay fines… Caleston Sanders, age 30, of Claremont, California, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for failure to pay fines… Erick Miranda, age 19, was
arrested on a Municipal warrant for failure to pay fines… and Leroy Almanza, age 35, was cited for trespassing at a residence.
And in juvenile news… two 14-year-old boys were cited for battery following a fight outside Deming High School… and the District Attorney’s office filed a petition on a 16-year-old boy for battery on a household member.
Also… a car battery charger valued at $150 was taken from outside a residence off Santa Cruz.
(Deming) – A Deming High School student has qualified to
shoot in a national Junior ROTC competition in February.
Deming Instructor Anthony Ramirez said Cadet Sergeant Zach Wiese has advanced to the national three-position air rifle competition following a postal match administered by the Civilian Marksmanship Program this fall.
Wiese will shoot in the Service Championships in Salt Lake City, Utah, in February.
From there, teams and individuals qualify to shoot in the National JROTC Air Rifle Championship in March.
Ramirez said last year nearly 7,800 cadets from
all over the nation participated in the JROTC shooting
(Deming) – Officials from the State Regulation and Licensing Department will hold two meetings in Deming this Thursday to discuss the status of customer accounts and the claims-handling process involving the now-closed Mimbres Valley Escrow Services.
The department has contracted with Mountain States Escrow in Las Cruces to manage the transfer of customer files from Mimbres Valley Escrow to different escrow companies.
Former customers of Mimbres Valley Escrow – especially those who have not received correspondence from Mountain States Escrow – are encouraged to attend one of Thursday’s meetings.
The department reportedly has numerous bad addresses for customers, and needs information in order to transfer the accounts.
For a complete list of the 107 individuals and businesses who do not have a valid address on file at Mimbres Valley Escrow but who had been doing business with the company, click this link. Individuals & Businesses
Thursday’s meetings are set for 1:30-3:30 p.m. and 5:30-7:30 p.m. Both meetings will be held in the Commission Chambers, located on the third floor of the Luna County Courthouse.
Two meetings are being held because seating is limited to 100 persons at each meeting. People with questions or concerns are advised to get there early to ensure they have a seat.