(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.
(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.