(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.
(Deming) -- Deming Public Schools held its first-ever Elementary Career Day Monday at the Mimbres Valley Learning and Special Events Center.
School Superintendent Harvielee Moore said the event was the idea of a fourth-grader last year who wrote to Moore suggesting it would be a good idea for fifth graders to participate in a career day to begin learning about career options and what skills and education levels were needed for each.
The student, Andres Reyes, chaired a steering committee convened by Moore which was comprised of a fifth-grade boy and girl from each elementary school. The students represented the 484 fifth graders in the district.
Moore said the students planned the event, named the careers they were interested in learning more about, and agreed that each school would prepare career collages as part of their studies in the classroom.
The committee members also designed a tee-shirt which each of the fifth-graders in the district wore to the event. The shirt slogan said: "Fifth Grade, the Future" on the front... and "The future is near..." with a Charlie Wildcat wearing a graduation cap and leaning on the words "Wildcats 2019" on the back.
Career presenters included the Southern Area Health Education Center... DeLaney and Hernandez, Attorneys at Law... High Desert Veterinary Clinic... Deming Police Department... McReynolds Family Chiropractic... Deming Fire Department... Rick Holdridge with the New Mexico Space Port Authority... Mark Vasconcellos, Move Production... and Mary Anderson and the Skills U-S-A students.
The first defendant in the gun smuggling case that involved the Columbus mayor, police chief and village trustee has been sentenced by a federal judge in Las Cruces.
Judge Robert Brack sentenced 27-year-old Vicente Carreon to 46 months in prison during a hearing Wednesday. Brack also ordered that Carreon be placed under supervised release for a period of three years after completing his prison term.
Brack reportedly rejected a prosecutor's request that Carreon be given a stiffer sentence.
Carreon pleaded guilty to one count of smuggling firearms from the United States and one count of conspiracy -- admitting that he assisted in the smuggling into Mexico of at least 30 nine-millimeter pistols purchased from Chaparral Guns in Chaparral New Mexico.
Carreon assisted by removing serial numbers as well as U-P-C codes from firearms boxes, purchasing a backpack used in transporting the firearms and transporting the firearms to a stash house in El Paso.
Last summer, 14 people were charged in federal indictments involving arms smuggling to Mexican cartels. Columbus Police Chief Angelo Vega, Mayor Eddie Espinoza, and a trustee, Blas "Woody" Gutierrez, were among the defendants charged.
Federal prosecutors say the defendants were part of a conspiracy in which straw buyers bought about 200 firearms from a dealer in Chaparral and sent them to Mexican drug gang members.