(Deming) – Here’s the area crime report:
Adam Delano, age 38, was arrested for battery against a household member and on a Sixth Judicial District Court warrant for a probation violation… Antonio Grado, age 34, was arrested for causing criminal damage to property…
Cecilia Garcia, age 33, was arrested on an Adult Probation and Parole Office warrant for a probation violation… Carlos Vigil, age 33, was arrested on a Sixth Judicial District Court warrant for a probation violation… Gilbert Valencia, age 22, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for failure to appear and on a Municipal warrant for failure to pay fines… Jimmy Torres, age 41, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for failure to appear… and Michael Hawley, age 48, was arrested on a Municipal warrant for failure to pay fines.
Also… two women who were already incarcerated in the Luna County Detention Center – 33-year-old Julie Munoz and 28-year-old Audrey Gomez – were each charged with battery following a jail fight.
And in other news… a CD player, pool stick and clothing with a combined value of $1,450 were taken from a location off South Lead… $500 in criminal damage occurred to a vehicle parked off East Birch after it appeared someone tried to pry open the trunk… two televisions with a combined value of nearly $500 were taken from a location off South Gold… three propane bottles with a combined value of $150 were taken from a business off South Columbus Road… and a surveillance camera valued at $100 was taken from a business off West Pine.
Ms. Chasity Montes' 3rd Grade class at Bell School.
(Deming) – The Deming Elks Lodge recently distributed more than 500 dictionaries to third graders in Deming and Truth or Consequences.
The dictionaries were distributed last week as part of the Elks’ National Dictionary Project – a project with the stated goal of getting dictionaries in the hands of every third grader in the nation.
Since its implementation in 1995, over 18 million children have received dictionaries because thousands of people saw the need in communities all over the United States.
The Deming Elks began the annual distribution here in 2005. Three years ago, after merging with the T-or-C Elks Lodge, the local Elks also began distributing dictionaries to third-graders there.
This year the Elks distributed dictionaries which included historic information about U.S. Presidents, information on the U.S. Constitution and facts on countries around the world.
(Deming) – Well, it’s official: Deming will be the smallest high school competing in Class 6-A in New Mexico next school year.
Deming Athletics and Activities Director Mike Ellis was in Albuquerque Thursday to appeal the classification and alignment change before the New Mexico Activities Association directors, but the appeal was denied.
In fact, Ellis said, 17 schools across the state appealed the new district alignments, and 16 of them were denied. Only the new alignment for Pecos High School is being reviewed.
That means beginning in August, Deming High School will be competing in Class 6-A against four Dona Ana County schools in the district: Gadsden, Las Cruces High, Mayfield and Onate.
Ellis used student-athlete numbers as part of his appeal.
Schools have to complete federal Title Nine reports each year to confirm how many student-athletes are participating within the school, and Ellis said the last report showed Onate with 225 more student-athletes than Deming – and the other three schools have even more than Onate.
The new classification will affect athletics and activities across the board that are aligned using NMAA districts.
(Deming) – Here’s the area crime report:
Lisa Begay, age 32, of Fort Wingate, New Mexico, was arrested for aggravated DUI, resisting or evading an officer, having an open container, on an improper-lane driving violation and on a failure-to-obey-signal driving violation… Nereyda Marrufo, age 27, of Albuquerque, was arrested on a Sixth Judicial District Court arrest warrant… and Matthew Cordova, age 21, was arrested on a Dona Ana County warrant for failure to appear.
(Deming) – Luna County officials have placed three more automated external defibrillators into county buildings for added life-saving measures. The units, and four others purchased last summer, were paid for through a federal grant from the Emergency Management Office. The lifesaving tools are used in conjunction with CPR to help a person having a heart attack. The new defibrillators have been installed in the Mimbres Valley Learning and Special Events Center, the Sixth Judicial District Courthouse and the Luna County Sheriff’s Department substation in Columbus. Units had previously been installed in the commission chambers on the third floor of the Luna County Courthouse, at the Starmax Entertainment Complex, at the Deming Senior Center, and a fourth unit was given to the Luna County Sheriff’s Department patrol division to relay from shift to shift. The grant to purchase the defibrillators was awarded to the Luna County Emergency Services Division. The units were purchased from Cardiac Science and information about the units is available at www.cardiacscience.com.
(Deming) – Luna County recently received over $2,000 from PNM for its participation in PNM’s Power Saver Program.
County Manager Kelly Kuenstler said the county is participating in the program in an effort to save county taxpayers’ money and to assist in the conservation of energy by more efficiently using energy during the higher demand summer months.
According to a media release, PNM’s Power Saver Program helps optimize the regional power grid by reducing the demand for electricity and at the same time protecting the environment by reducing greenhouse emissions during the hottest summer weekday afternoons.
It works when participants allow PNM to turn off their refrigerated air conditioner unit’s compressor for a few minutes per half-hour from 1-8 p.m. during selected summer months. The time delay feature is designed to help protect the refrigerated air conditioner unit’s compressor from short-cycling as a result of a power outage.
The program earned the county $2,093 in rebate funds for the 2013 peak season.
(Deming) -- Deming's annual Shop-With-A-Cop event is set for this Saturday.
Organization president Richard Cowles said they set a goal to raise at least $14,000 for this year's shopping event, which will provide approximately 400 Luna County school children with a $35 Kmart gift card.
The children get to shop, accompanied by a law enforcement or public safety professional.
Santa is expected to arrive at Kmart by helicopter about 8 a.m. Saturday to spend time with the children.
Shop-With-A-Cop was started 20+ years ago by K-Mart employee Carmen Baca, who teamed up with Deming school staffer Jenny Cowles to give children in need within the school system a chance at having Christmas gifts. At the same time, Baca and Cowles both believed it was important for children and police officers to get to know one another and to build a relationship. And so the event was born.
The children will arrive at K-Mart early Saturday morning and be treated to hot chocolate and cookies. Then, when it’s their turn to shop, they get to go in with an officer who guides them through the store.
In past years, children use their gift card not only to buy something for themselves, but also to treat a sibling.
(Deming) – Here’s the area crime report:
Kelli Barnard, age 27, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and on a Municipal warrant for receiving stolen property… Marcos Ramos, age 33, was arrested for burglary and on a District Court warrant for failure to appear… Vicente Villela, age 32, of Albuquerque, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for failure to appear and on three out-of-county warrants… Alyssa Castillo, age 25, of Silver City, was arrested on a District Court warrant for failure to appear… and Jeffrey Benningfield, age 25, was cited for negligent use of a weapon.
(Deming) – Representatives from the Deming Elks Lodge will host the 40th Annual Elks' Hoop Shoot Competition this Saturday. The basketball shooting competition is open to children ages 8 through 13, and will be held at Red Mountain Middle School Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. Registration begins at 9. Boys and girls compete in separate categories by age. The age divisions are eight to nine, 10 to 11, and 12 to 13. Age is determined as of April 1st, and participants must present a birth certificate. The boy and girl in each age group with the best scores advance through four tiers of competition to qualify for the national finals in Springfield, Massachusetts. Local winners will compete against other contestants in the Southwest New Mexico district event January 18th in Deming. For details on the hoop shoot, or to learn about the Elks, visit www.elks.org/hoopshoot.
U.S. Port of Entry in Columbus, NM
(Deming) – The U.S. port of entry in Columbus may be reconfigured to make it safer for children crossing the international border to attend school in the United States.
A $350,000 proposal by the New Mexico Border Authority for the Columbus port will be presented Friday during a meeting at the Sandia Resort and Casino in Albuquerque of representatives from New Mexico and the neighboring Mexican state of Chihuahua, as well as other border states.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that recent flood damage means approximately 450 U.S. children who live in Palomas, Mexico, now have to walk through mud to get to school bus stops.
The director of the New Mexico Border Authority, William Mattiace, said the proposed work on the U.S. side of the border needs to be mirrored on the Mexican side.
He said, for example, if you build a four-lane road on the Mexican side, you have to have a matching four-lane road on the U.S. side or it’s not going to work.
A Washington Post article published in September said there is a longstanding state and federal policy allowing women in Palomas to give birth at the nearest hospital, which is in Deming.
Since the babies are born in New Mexico, they are automatically U.S. citizens, and this enables them to attend schools in Columbus and Deming.