(Deming) – Deming Public Schools had a higher percentage of honors programs and advanced-placement students last year than the state and nation, according to new data released in a Superintendent Report by My College Options.
The report, compiled by the free college planning service, details that nearly half of Deming High School students in the 2012-2013 school year took honors program courses, with 41% having taken advanced-placement courses.
About 30% of the student body took college-credit courses.
The data further breaks down student interests after high school.
Science, technology, engineering and math “career clusters” topped the list of planned study for students, with about 24% choosing one of those academic areas.
About 15% of the students surveyed last school year said they planned on studying to enter nursing or health care; another 11 percent chose law enforcement.
The report also indicated that over 60% of the students surveyed would be the first generation in their family to attend college.
More information is available at www.mycollegeoptions.org
Ryan Gonzales, GADR 2013 King
(Deming) - Ryan Gonzales, performing as Quack Gordon was the winner in the Great American Duck Royalty Pageant Thursday night sponsored by Mimbres Memorial Hospital and Nursing Home.
Gonzales, from Deming, bettered five other competitors in winning the competition and took home $750 from the duck race, and another $100 from First New Mexico Bank, as well as a trip to the Inn of the Mountain Gods near Ruidoso.
Runner-up was Julisa Aldaco, also of Deming, as Thunder Strut Quack. For her effort, she took home $500.
In the Just Hatched Category, for ages 0-1, there were eight contestants. The winner was Isabella Chacon, Danica Patrick Duck. Runner-up was Ana Marie and Emma Ruiz as The Lucky Duckies.
In the Little Waddlers category, for ages 2-4, top honors went to Anastasia Harper as Little Miss Quick Quack, and runner-up in the field of five, was Niko Rodriguez as Mohawk Duckling.
In the Downey Duckling competition, for ages 5-8, there were three competitors. The winner was Jace and Jayden Moreno, as the Racing Rascals. Runner-up was Victoria Lynn Turner, as Sandy the Starter Duck.
There was only one entry in the Darling Duckling competition for ages 9-12. The winner by default was Josiah Mauldin as Cadillac Quack.
A near capacity crowd filled the Deming Public Schools Auditorium for the contest, with a new Master of Ceremonies, Noel Nunez, a local Deming teacher.
The pageant was organized by Amanda Mauldin.
All contest winners were from Deming.
(Deming) – McKinley Duck Downs will be designated a “no animal area” next weekend during the Great American Duck Race. Only ducks will be allowed.
Organizers say ducks and dogs simply don’t mix and dogs are an annual problem at the races.
In fact, committee members report several close calls where dogs have started to terrorize the ducks before being controlled and removed.
The committee has requested for years that people leave their pets at home, allowing only service animals in the park.
But this year they are taking it a step further.
Duck race organizers plan to divide the event into two separate areas, and are allowing service animals in about two-thirds of the park, specifically the gazebo, pavilion and paved areas.
But no dogs, including service animals, will be allowed at McKinley Duck Downs – or the portion of the park where the actual racing takes place.
The no-animal rule applies to everyone – racers, spectators, vendors and workers.
The Great American Duck Race is August 22nd-25th, with live duck racing both Saturday and Sunday.
(Deming) – The Deming City Councilors Monday authorized City Administrator Rick McInturff to negotiate the purchase of county-owned property in the 100 block of North Gold.
The authorization came after a closed session.
McInturff said the county owns 51% of the cleared property between Gold and Copper, and Pine and Cedar, while the city owns 49%.
But, he said, since the city and county operate under separate state statutes and regulations, it has become cumbersome to have both governmental entities involved in offering the land for lease.
It has been reported that Walgreens is interested in leasing the property.
County Manager Kelly Kuenstler said the county has approximately $700,000 invested in the property, which housed Western Furniture for years and was later converted to county offices while the courthouse was remodeled.
McInturff said he has instructed city attorney Jim Foy to draft a purchase sales agreement which he hopes to present to county officials next week.
If approved by the county commissioners, the purchase will still have to be approved by the State Board of Finance.
McInturff hopes to have the purchase on the Board of Finance’s September 17th agenda.
The money to buy the property, he said, would come from the city’s general fund reserves.
McInturff added that the first two phases of the environmental process on the land have been completed.
He said there was a small amount of soil contamination from leakage of the underground gas storage tanks located beneath the former Downtown Exxon business. The state paid $30,000 to complete the clean-up.
(Deming) – Deming school officials have confirmed that there will be three new elementary school principals, at least two new instructional leaders, and several central office changes when school resumes next month.
Nancy Patterson, Deming Public Schools’ Associate Superintendent of Human Resources, said Bataan Principal Debbie Robertson and Columbus Principal Hector Madrid retired, and Ruben S. Torres Principal Mark Edens resigned, at the conclusion of the school year.
Patterson said they have promoted Columbus Instructional Leader Armando Chavez to the position of Columbus Elementary principal. The other two principal positions remain open.
Deming High Assistant Principal Herb Borden has been promoted to become the director of transportation and construction, combining positions previously held by Ray Trejo, Jr., and Brian Dunnihoo.
Patterson said Trejo, Jr., the former director of transportation, is now director of student services, a newly created administrative position designed to work with students, parents and principals to analyze and overcome student achievement gaps.
Dunnihoo, who was arrested last October on felony child sex abuse charges, did not have his contract as the district’s director of facilities and construction renewed.
Patterson added that Ann Marie Mora has been hired as the instructional leader at Memorial Elementary, replacing Kathryn Dietz who moved out-of-state. Mora will continue to be the district-wide student assistant coordinator as well.
Patterson said they will be advertising and interviewing for the principal positions at Bataan and Ruben S. Torres, as well as the high school assistant principal and Columbus instructional leader’s positions, and will fill the positions as soon as possible.
(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.”
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.