(Deming) – Houses in Luna and Dona Ana counties will be repaired thanks to funds awarded through the USDA
Rural Development’s Housing Preservation Grant program.
Tierra del Sol Housing Corporation received over $22,000 from the program, which officials say will be used to rehabilitate and repair three homes located in Luna County and neighboring Dona Ana County.
A Rural Development official said this program supports basic repairs to improve living conditions for rural residents with extremely limited incomes.
The grants may be used to make general repairs, such as installing or improving plumbing or providing or enhancing access to people with disabilities. Funds also may be used to weatherize and make homes more energy efficient.
Officials said many of the USDA grants are being leveraged with funding from additional sources.
The funds awarded to Tierra del Sol Housing Corporation are part of $4.4 million awarded to recipients in 49 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The other New Mexico entity to receive over $22,000 was a Habitat for Humanity project in Taos.
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(Deming) – Luna County small business owners are eligible to
apply for money through a revolving loan fund supported by USDA Rural Development.
New Mexico’s Community Development Loan Fund just received an obligation of $400,000 to be used to expand small, rural businesses in rural New Mexico.
“The Loan Fund,” as it’s known, is a national Intermediary Relending Program which provides financial support in rural areas of 25,000 people or less.
The revolving loan program is designed to provide financial assistance for various types of projects including community development projects, and the opening of new businesses or
the expansion of existing businesses, with the goal of saving or creating new jobs in rural areas.
“The Loan Fund” will use the $400,000 Intermediary Relending Program loan to target the financing of renewable energy systems owned by ag-producers and small businesses, and to
provide other financial support to rural small businesses.
(Deming) – Officials with the Southwestern Regional Housing and Community Development Corporation of Deming have announced a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday to begin construction of the Sierra Vista Apartment Complex.
The complex is being built in the 800 block of North Iron Street by The Parkside Manor Limited Partnership, which consists of the local housing corporation and J.L. Gray and Associates from Las Cruces.
Funding for construction of the 24-unit complex was made possible through a $1,000,000 loan by USDA Rural Development’s
Multi-Family Housing Program and tax credit proceeds in the amount of nearly $4,430,000 through the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority.
Also included in the construction will be a manager’s unit, a common area for use by tenants, and two centrally located
playgrounds. USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner is expected to attend the ceremony, set for 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the apartment complex location, 878 North Iron Street.
(Deming) – The Deming City Council will meet in regular session Monday
at 6pm. Included on the agenda is a proclamation declaring the month of October as Disability Awareness Month. And, declaring the week of October 7th – 13th as Public Natural Gas Week.
The councilors will also acknowledge and approve the final budget for fiscal year 2012 – 2013 for the City of Deming that were furnished to the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration in Santa Fe.
The councilors also will consider a resolution approving the city participating
in the Municipal Arterial Program that is administered by the New Mexico
Department of Transportation… and a Job Description of Solid Waste Lead, Range 17… and bids for trash dumpsters.
A City Council Workshop will be held at 4pm to discuss the regular meeting items.
And immediately prior to tonight’s regular meeting, the Council will be meeting as the Community Development and Planning board. The councilors will hear a progress report and accept input from the public.
The meeting is set to begin at 6 pm Monday 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 potential litigation will follow the open meeting.
(Deming) – The Deming-Luna County Economic Development Council has been awarded $33,000 from the state over a three-year period.
The local funding was one of 23 approved applications for the current three-year program cycle of the Certified Community Initiative program of the New Mexico Economic Development Department.
The assistance provided by the Certified Community Initiative program is intended to create new jobs as well as increase
community pride, help improve communities and help boost the overall state of New Mexico’s economic condition.
New standards for receiving funding also were incorporated into the program by the state Economic Development Department.
The Deming-Luna County EDC met 13 mandatory requirements for certification which focused on job creation and economic
development.The $11,000 per-year award included $10,000 for maximum funding of a single entity – such as Luna County, and another $1,000 for an additional entity – such as the City of Deming. The EDC will have to recertify every three years.
The funding is to be used toward special projects such as workforce studies, grant writers, training expenses and economic development impact studies.
(Deming) – The Deming Fire Department has lowered its Insurance Services Office rating.
Chief Edgar Davalos said the rating system ranges from one to 10 – ten being the worst – and Deming’s rating has dropped from a five to a four.
Davalos said the recent purchase of a three-million gallon water tank and accompanying water distribution equipment helped lower the rate. A new ladder truck helped with the rating drop as well.
Also, he said, the department continues to improve service… including dispatch and firefighter training. The lower rate means homeowners within the Deming city limits may see lower insurance rates.
Davalos encouraged residents to mention the lower ISO rating to their insurance provider during annual renewal
negotiations. Also, Davalos mentioned acquiring a Stryker ambulance load assist device as another advance in the department.
Deming is the first department in the state to acquire the lift, which raises the patient to ambulance level instead of requiring
emergency responders to lift the patient into the ambulance. The cost of the device was 32-thousand dollars, and it was
purchased with a Trauma Fund grant.
Example of Border Crossing Card
(Deming) – Deming is now included in an expanded border zone accessible to Mexican nationals holding Border Crossing Cards.
The Department of Homeland Security Wednesday issued a rule expanding the zone in which certain pre-cleared Mexican nationals can travel into New Mexico to shop, conduct business and/or visit family.
Previously… persons holding Border Crossing Cards were permitted to travel 25 miles into the United States for a period of 30 days without obtaining additional permits. Now… the border zone has been expanded to 55 miles, which includes Deming, Las Cruces and Lordsburg.
Senator Jeff Bingaman said Border Crossing Cards make it possible for frequent, low risk travelers to visit border
communities and engage in economic activity. Bingaman said the expanded zone should provide a much-needed economic boost to southern New Mexico communities without negatively impacting border security.
Biometric Border Crossing Cards are issued only to those individuals who have undergone background, fingerprint and security
checks. Deming and Luna County officials had written federal decision makers in support of expanding the zone.
(Las Cruces-Deming) The verdict is in for a Deming family accused of selling guns to a Mexican Drug Cartel member.
KOB-TV is reporting that the parents and two sons, owners of local Deming business New Deal Shooting Sports, have been found not guilty of gun smuggling charges.
Rick Reese, his wife Terri Reese and their two sons Ryin and Remington Reese were charged for selling weapons and ammunition from the family gun store in Deming. One of the sons, Remington Reese has been acquitted on all charges.
However, Rick, Terri and Ryin Reese were found guilty on much lesser charges including making false statements. But again the family has been found NOT guilty on the most serious gun smuggling charges. Additional information will follow.
*photos from Luna County Detention Center - Las Cruces Sun News
(Deming) – A Deming manufacturing company has been awarded funds from the New Mexico Economic Development Department’s Job Training Incentive Program to help create more jobs in Deming.
Compass Components, a privately held manufacturing services and distribution corporation located in the Deming Industrial Park, received over 76-thousand dollars from the state program to create eight jobs.
Compass Manufacturing Services opened in April of 2007, in its 40-thousand square-foot harness manufacturing facility.
The company specializes in cable, harness and electro-mechanical assembly and system integration. Official say Compass Components supports a variety of industry leaders in the transportation, semiconductor, capital equipment and medical markets… as well as network and telecom, test and measurement, and metal fabricator industries.
State Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela said the Job Training Incentive Program provides job creators – like Compass Components – the assistance they may need to take the next step and grow their company.
He added that having a steady stream of dollars available to help businesses hire and train workers has been a great benefit to the state.
Other businesses awarded job training funds were located in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Clovis and Las Vegas, New Mexico.
Mimbres Valley Escrow 507 S. Gold Deming.
(Deming) – The state is taking over Mimbres Valley Escrow.
Orders for declaratory judgment and permanent injunctive relief were filed Friday against Mimbres Valley Escrow Services and owners Anna and Jesus Delgado.
The orders, filed in the First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe, state that Mimbres Valley Escrow has been conducting its business in an unsafe and injurious manner… has been conducting its business in violation of the Escrow Company Act and accompanying regulations… that the assets or capital of the business are impaired… and that irreparable harm has occurred within the business.
The permanent injunction means the Delgados and their family members or agents are prohibited from entering Mimbres Valley
Escrow at 507 South Gold, removing documents from the business, or conducting business transactions as Mimbres Valley Escrow.
The order also states that the New Mexico Financial Institutions Division will oversee business management, auditing and
day-to-day business transactions for Mimbres Valley Escrow. The state was granted immediate access.
Mimbres Valley Escrow Services customers with questions about their accounts should call the state Financial Institutions
Division at 505-476-4692 or visit the website rld.state.nm.us/financialinstitutions.