(Deming) – Here’s the area crime report:
Matthew Pena, age 28, was arrested on a U.S. District Court indictment for two counts of distribution of methamphetamine, on three District Court warrants for failure to comply with conditions of probation and for concealing his identity… Robin Borde, age 47, was arrested for shoplifting at K-mart… Angel Munoz, age 28, was arrested on a warrant… Carisa Gray, age 38, was cited for dogs at large… and a 15-year-old girl was charged with a probation violation.
Also… $1,200 worth of tools were taken from a residence off East Maple.
(Deming) – The Deming School Board may meet in special executive – or closed – session Friday.
According to the legal notice, the purpose of the meeting is to discuss the superintendent’s position search and the acquisition or disposal of real property.
The meeting is set to begin at 1:30 p.m. Friday in the Emmett Shockley Administration Building, 400 Cody Road.
The meeting is closed to the public.
(Deming) – The Deming City Council Monday voted to rename the Deming Conference Center in honor of Mayor Andres Silva.
According to a media release, the center, located at 119 East Pine, will now be the Andres Z. Silva Conference Center.
The proclamation renaming the center mentioned Silva’s loyal service and dedication to the community as mayor since 2006. Silva has announced he is not running for a third term next year.
Silva also was recognized for his vision of community development and his prudent stewardship during the recent economic downturn.
The conference center most recently served as a youth center, after housing the Safeway for years.
The center, which has a serving kitchen, tables and chairs, and can hold up to 184 people, can be rented out for events and meetings.
And in other city news, the IHOP – or International House of Pancakes – being built near Pine and Cedar, is set to open by the end of the month.
A media release said the business’ goal is to open near Christmas.
(Deming) – The Deming School Board has been recognized as the School Board of the Year for large districts in New Mexico.
School board members from across the state met in Albuquerque last week to participate in the 2013 annual convention of the New Mexico School Boards Association.
During the convention, the association honored school boards and their members for outstanding accomplishments, and Deming was awarded the Large District Board of Education of the Year honor.
The current Deming School Board includes President Bayne Anderson, Vice-President Andy Hernandez, Secretary Ruben Torres and members John Sweetser and Ron Wolfe.
It was noted in the nomination letter that the Deming school board has been complimented by the Legislative Finance Committee for its "internal financial efficiency."
In addition, Deming received the highest score possible and outstanding recognition during the AdvancedEd accreditation process.
All board members routinely attend continuing education training events statewide and nationally, including the two newly elected members: Sweetser and Wolfe.
In addition, Anderson has achieved the Master Board Member distinction.
(Deming) – Red Mountain Middle School and Bataan Elementary had a three-hour delayed start to their school day Thursday following a power outage.
PNM Line Department Supervisor Dale Stevens said rain water got into a bad insulator, causing the area substation to trip off and power to be interrupted to about 425 customers – including the two schools – at about 6:20 a.m. Thursday.
School officials began notifying parents and the media about the delayed start at about 7:30 a.m. when power had not yet been restored and the schools were without light and heat.
Power was fully restored by 9 a.m.
(Deming) – Here’s the area crime report:
Justin Vogann, age 22, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for false imprisonment and causing criminal damage to property… Travis Rickman, age 31, who was already incarcerated in the Luna County Detention Center on unrelated charges, was served two Municipal warrants for failure to appear… two boys – one age 14 and one age 15 – were cited for battery at Red Mountain Middle School… and nearly $1,600 worth of tools and camping gear were taken from a location off South Ninth Street.
Richard Cowles, shop-with-a-cop
(Deming) – The Luna County Commissioners will meet in regular session Thursday. The rare night meeting is set to begin at 6.
County Manager Kelly Kuenstler is expected to give an update on the Luna County Skate Park, Glory Johnson will give a presentation on the county’s website and Richard Cowles will give a wrap-up of last Saturday’s Shop-With-A-Cop event.
Also, the commissioners will hold a public hearing for the repeal of Bond Ordinance Number 85, which authorizes the issuance and sale of Luna County Gross Receipts Tax Revenue Bonds Series 2013.
Other agenda items include a discussion of O’Kelly Road and other county roads to include the road between 549 and 377… a resolution setting forth a statement of policy regarding the release of wilderness study areas… a memo withdrawing county participation in the extraterritorial zone… the appointment of a county Lodgers’ Tax Advisory Committee… an amended joint powers agreement for the regional transit district served by Corre Caminos… and the Mimbres Valley Special Events Center fee schedule.
In addition, the commissioners will present a 20-year service award to Marty Miller with the Road Department, and a 10-year service award to Yvonne Baca with the Detention Center.
The commission meeting is set to begin at 6 p.m. Thursday in the commission chambers, located on the third floor of the Luna County Courthouse.
The meeting is open to the public.
(Deming) – Business owners, public officials, residents and students are encouraged to attend and provide input during a public meeting Thursday on economic development.
The meeting is being hosted by officials with the Southwest New Mexico Council of Governments, who are working on five-year comprehensive economic development strategies.
The come-and-go meeting will be held from 4-6 p.m. this Thursday in the commission chambers, located on the third floor of the Luna County Courthouse.
(Deming) – Three boys and three girls have been identified as Deming champions in the annual Elks "Hoop Shoot" competition.
The winner of the eight-to-nine year old boys’ competition was Isaac Baeza, with Kevin Loredo taking second.
The winner of the eight-to-nine year old girls’ competition was Santana Valentine, with second place going to Madison Fox.
The winner of the 10-to-11 year old boys’ competition was Creighton Apodaca, with Vaugner Pacheco taking second.
The winner in the 10-to-11 year old girls’ competition was Harmonie Dominguez, who was a repeat winner from last year, with second place going to McKenzie Skousch.
The winner of the 12-to-13 year old boys’ competition was Angel Gamboa, with Jose Jimenez taking second.
And the winner of the 12-to-13 year old girls’ competition was Adryana Jaquez, with Nicole Lopez taking second.
The free-throw contest was held this past Saturday at Red Mountain Middle School.
The six champions now advance to the district competition against winners from Alamogordo, Las Cruces, Lordsburg and Silver City. The district contest will be held January 18th here in Deming.
(Deming) -- Three people, a business and a local organization were recognized as "Friends of 4-H" during the Luna County 4-H Awards Banquet Monday night.
Appreciation plaques were given to volunteers Jennifer Shafer and Teri Pickett, and posthumously to Barbara Brokaw, who served for years as the Luna County Home Economist and who died of cancer earlier this year. Also recognized were Deming Coca-Cola and the Southwestern New Mexico State Fair board.
All five "Friends of 4-H" were selected by the 4-H members to be honored for their various contributions to area youth and the local 4-H program.
During the awards ceremony, local 4-H members were recognized for their project record books, and the 4-H members who are high school seniors were highlighted in a slide presentation for their years with the program.
Also, 4-H families donated items for a silent auction which raised money for scholarships and other activities.
The incoming Luna County 4-H Council officers were inducted as well. The 2013-2014 President is Shelbie Peterson… Vice-President is Raul Perea… Secretary is Annie Kuenstler… Treasurer is Tee Pickett… Reporter is Stacy Swope… and Song and Recreation Leader is Calleigh Sweetser.