(Deming) -- An event designed to assure that high school
seniors interested in going to college have FAFSA pin numbers will take place this Friday, January 11th, during the home
boys’ basketball games.
FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
Students who plan to attend college or a trade school in the 2013-2014 school year will need to start working on their FAFSA paperwork.The preferred deadline for FAFSA
completion is March 1st. This Friday, computers will be available in the lobby of the main campus gym from 4:30-6:30 p.m. during the freshman and jayvee Deming/Silver High boys basketball
games for parents to obtain their FAFSA pin numbers.
Deming high school seniors must get a pin number before starting on the financial aid application.
Again, you can get a number and more information this Friday, January 11th, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the lobby of the main Deming High School gymnasium during the freshman and jayvee Wildcat basketball games.
If parents have questions regarding the FAFSA application, they may visit with an academic advisor during that time or anytime during school hours.Phone 546-2678 ext. 2780 for more information.
(Deming) – Voting for the February 5th school election begins this Friday with paper ballot, and next Wednesday with electronic voting.
County Clerk Andrea Rodriguez said it is a county-wide election with a question before all Luna County voters on the
continuation of a two-mill levy for capital improvements in the
Also, five people are vying for an open seat on the Deming Public School Board, while an incumbent is facing an opponent in the other seat up for election.
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.
(Deming) – The Deming-Luna County Chamber of Commerce has announced the nominees for this year’s community achievement awards.
Nominees for the 2012 Outstanding Citizen of the Year are Javier Diaz, Gertrude and Geraldine Kretek, and Cleo
Nominees for the Agribusiness Person or Family of the Year are Hartman Farms and Wade Worrell.
Nominees for 2012 Business Person of the Year are Edward Khanbabian with Grand Motor Inn, Robert Lampert with Border Foods, Lois Tharp with Tharp’s Flowers and Steve Westenhofer with
Mimbres Memorial Hospital.
Nominees for Education Person of the Year are Virginia Holguin and Larry Von Tress.
And nominees for the 2012 New Business of the Year are Benji’s Restaurant, Graceland Portable Buildings and Mimbres Food Mart.
Winners will be honored at the Deming-Luna County Chamber of Commerce Gala to be held Saturday, January 19th.
The theme for this year’s banquet is “Rock ‘n’ Deming.”
Kathy Porter Rodriguez
156 lbs of marijuana seized from a 96 Dodge Ram
(Deming) – Two Santa Fe residents were caught at the Columbus port of entry trying to smuggle nearly $125,000 worth of marijuana into New Mexico from Mexico.
The driver, 49-year-old Kathy Porter Rodriguez, and her passenger, 49-year-old Vernon Martinez, are facing federal drug smuggling charges in connection with the 156 pounds of marijuana seized from their 1996 Dodge Ram truck.
The marijuana was detected by a “Buster” density meter which showed high readings consistent with hidden contraband. The density meter was used after officers selected the vehicle for a secondary search because of a number of issues that arose during an initial conversation with the occupants.
An x-ray of the truck spotted anomalies in several locations, and the 139 marijuana-filled bundles were removed from hidden compartments in the quarter panels and rear wall of the
Acting Columbus port director Jose Robles said the arrests resulted from hard-working Customs and Border Protection officers and advanced technology.
John Strand Municipal Building Deming, NM
(Deming) – The Deming City Council will meet in regular session Tuesday – postponed a day from its regular meeting date due to the city’s observance of Veterans Day.
The councilors will hold public hearings for the 2013 Community Development Block Grant and Planning applications to include selection of a project for fiscal year 2013… to amend the city’s Personnel Policy and Procedures Manual… to amend the Municipal Code pertaining to water and sewer tap fees, and water, sewer and gas connection fees… and to consider extending a special use permit for the operation of the ASARCO Mill located on Peru Mill Road.
The councilors also will conduct quasi-judicial public hearings for a special use permit for a used car dealership to be located at 1617 South Eighth Street… and for a parking variance for a Tractor
Supply Company store to be located on East Pine Street between South Diamond Avenue and South Ruby Street.
Also on the agenda is a progress report on the Tulip Landfill and a resolution authorizing an ownership transfer of the Tulip
Landfill property to Luna County. The meeting is set to begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the council chambers of the John Strand Municipal Building on South Gold.The meeting is open to the public.
A closed session to discuss real estate and possible litigation will follow the open meeting.
And a workshop to discuss agenda items will precede the open meeting at 4 Tuesday afternoon.
(Deming) – Officials from Luna County, the city of Deming and Deming Public Schools will meet jointly Friday morning.
According to the legal notice, the purpose of the meeting is to discuss Deming Public Schools’ continuous school improvement efforts.
No action will be taken.
The joint meeting is set to begin at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the board room of the Emmett Shockley Administration Building, 400 Cody Road.
The work session is open to the public.
(Deming) – Residents are invited to offer input to the city of Deming’s downtown master plan this Friday and Saturday.
Averil Darlington with Deming MainStreet said the City of Deming and MainStreet are presenting a two-day community workshop this Friday evening and Saturday to formalize the Downtown Master Plan.
The workshop, called “What’s Your Vision for Downtown?,” will begin Friday at 6 p.m. with a community discussion on downtown conditions and issues, and will run Saturday from 9:30 to 4 with participants focusing on a vision for downtown Deming.
Darlington said Saturday’s session will include a working lunch with entertainment.
The draft Downtown Deming Community Profile and Plan Goals document is available online at
Darlington said the final Master Plan will guide downtown revitalization and direct future land use.
The workshops will take place at the Deming Downtown Conference Center, 119 East Pine, just east of Morgan Hall.
Anyone interested is encouraged to participate.Contact Deming MainStreet Executive Director Bill Duncan at 494-1294 for more information.
(Deming) – A shed located in Deming Estates near Dona Ana and Eighth Streets was a complete loss following a fire Wednesday afternoon.
Deming Fire Department Chief Edgar Davalos said the owner reported using some type of burner equipment for approximately six hours in the shed for his rock hobby Wednesday, but remembered turning the burner off before leaving the shed.
Davalos said the burner is suspected as the cause of the blaze, which erupted at about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday and quickly engulfed the shed.
PNM officials were contacted to cut off power to the live wires which were popping as the fire roared.
Davalos said the fire was able to be contained to the shed, with only scorching damage to the outside of the nearby mobile home.
The Deming Fire Department responded with two engines and seven firefighters to the blaze, which was just outside the Deming city limits.Sunshine Volunteer Fire Department personnel also
(L to R)Deming Mayor Andres Silva, Fire Chief Edgar Davalos, Sgt. Derrick Lovelace, Fernando Arenibas, Lt. Kevin Hensley, Mullen, Antoinette Calderon, Chris Mullen, Lt. Kathleen Schindler and Police Chief Michael Carillo.
(Deming) – Six people who helped save the life of Department of Public Safety Sgt. Lee Mullen were honored Wednesday in Deming.
Sgt. Mullen, a Deming resident, suffered a heart attack on the night of September 28th, and his
son, Chris, was the first to administer CPR to him.
Soon afterward, Deming Police Lt. Kathleen Schindler and Sgt. Derrick Lovelace arrived on scene to assist, followed by Deming Fire Department EMTs Lt. Kevin Hensley, Fernando Arenibas and Antionette Calderon.
Mullen was stabilized, and then airlifted to Las Cruces.
State Department of Public Safety Special Investigations Division Director Bill Hubbard said a near tragedy turned into a celebration, thanks to the six individuals responsible for the initial
Hubbard presented all six with certificates and challenge coins Wednesday.
Hubbard added that Sgt. Mullen was recovering and looking forward to returning to work.
(Deming) – As you’re planning for Halloween, remember that
Deming Dental Services will be hosting its second-annual Halloween candy “buy back” on Thursday, November 1st.
The folks at Deming Dental Services will pay children $1 per pound of candy, and will then donate the candy to Operation Gratitude to be distributed to military personnel.
Organizers of Operation Gratitude also encourage kids to write notes to our service men and women to include with the candy.
The candy “buy back” will take place Thursday, November 1st, after school from 3:30-5 p.m. at
Deming Dental Services, 400 South Gold.
Again, all candy will be donated to Operation Gratitude to be distributed to military personnel, along with any letters or notes to soldiers that children include.