<![CDATA[Deming Radio - NEWS]]>Sat, 06 Feb 2016 21:57:54 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Local Crime Report for Friday February 5, 2016]]>Sat, 06 Feb 2016 01:07:57 GMThttp://www.demingradio.com/news/local-crime-report-for-friday-february-5-2016Picture
(Deming) – Here’s the area crime report:
     Daniel Hammonds, age 41, of El Paso, Texas, was arrested for DUI, having an open container and no driver’s license… a criminal summons was issued for Adison Paddie, age 17, for unlawful carrying of a deadly weapon… a criminal summons was issued for Jerome Dominguez, age 37, of Mimbres, for battery on a sports official… and Joe Aguilera, age 34, was arrested on a District Court warrant for a probation violation.

<![CDATA[Laynee Kuenstler Hired as Home Economist]]>Sat, 06 Feb 2016 00:57:56 GMThttp://www.demingradio.com/news/laynee-kuenstler-hired-as-home-economistPictureLaynee Kuenstler
(Deming) – The Luna County Extension Service has a new home economist.
     County Extension Director Jack Blandford announced that Laynee Kuenstler began working February 1st as the new home economist agent for Luna County.
     Kuenstler graduated from New Mexico State University with a degree in Public Health in May of 2015.
     Originally from Sierra County, Kuenstler was an active 4-H member and served as a New Mexico 4-H Ambassador, traveling to Washington D.C., putting on workshops around New Mexico, and helping with State 4-H Conference.
     Kuenstler said she was looking forward to working with local youth and adults.
     Luna County has been without an Extension home economist since the death of Barbara Brokaw in September 2013.

<![CDATA[Galbraith Retires as Chamber Executive Director ]]>Sat, 06 Feb 2016 00:52:00 GMThttp://www.demingradio.com/news/galbraith-retires-as-chamber-executive-directorPictureMary Galbraith
(Deming) – The Deming-Luna County Chamber of Commerce is looking for a new executive director.
     Mary Galbraith announced her retirement Thursday, effective immediately.  She has served as executive director of the local chamber since May 2010.
     Galbraith said it had been a pleasure to serve as head of the Chamber, adding that she was most proud of the membership growth, monthly newsletter and community event calendar created under her leadership, as well as relationships she developed with businesses, individuals and government entities in the community.
     Chamber Board President Tyler Benting said the board was appreciative of Galbraith’s years of service, noting that she kept them organized and was a dedicated go-getter.
     Benting said members have expressed support and a willingness to assist while the Chamber is transitioning.
     He added that they are currently seeking applications for a new executive director, and applications may be sent toexecutivedirector@demingchamber.com.
     Benting said that email address is the best point of contact for continued Chamber business, too, adding that the board and members will be monitoring the Chamber phone and returning calls.

<![CDATA[Jackson is Offered Job as Texas City Manager ]]>Sat, 06 Feb 2016 00:37:56 GMThttp://www.demingradio.com/news/jackson-is-offered-job-as-texas-city-managerPictureCharles "Tink" Jackson
(Deming) – Luna County Manager Charles “Tink” Jackson has been offered the job as the Pearsall, Texas, city manager.
     A front-page article in Thursday’s Frio-Nueces Current said Jackson was the unanimous choice of the Pearsall city councilors during a February 1st city council meeting, contingent upon contract negotiations.
     Jackson told KOTS-KDEM news that this was not the first, second or even third job he had been offered since becoming the Luna County manager.
     He said the Pearsall city councilors have asked him to go to work for them, but as of Friday morning he had not seen a contract offer nor accepted the position.
     Jackson also said he was amazed that his job offer was newsworthy in light of so many local issues.
     He specifically cited House Bill 233, which he said could have a devastating impact on Luna County.
     House Bill 233 would reduce the amount of hold-harmless payments that cities and counties could receive during the phase-out period if those cities or counties approved new taxes to make up for the loss of revenue from hold-harmless payments.
   Last February, the Luna County Commissioners passed a three-eighths-of-one-percent gross receipts tax increase to compensate for the hold-harmless phase-out.  That tax went into effect July 1st, 2015.
     The Deming City Councilors opted not to pass the same tax increase.

<![CDATA[Local Crime Report for Thursday February 4, 2016]]>Fri, 05 Feb 2016 00:59:31 GMThttp://www.demingradio.com/news/local-crime-report-for-thursday-february-4-2016Picture
(Deming) – Here’s the area crime report:
     Lori Lee, age 33, was arrested on three District Court warrants for probation violations… Gerardo Pacheco, Jr., age 22, was arrested on a District Court warrant for a probation violation… Mary Perez, age 40, was arrested on a District Court warrant for a probation violation… Ignacio Olivera, age 41, of El Paso, Texas, was arrested on a Hidalgo County warrant for failure to appear… and Carlos Martinez, age 26, was arrested on a Municipal warrant for failure to pay fines.
     Also, a pit bull puppy valued at $200 was reported stolen from a residence off East Olive… and a counterfeit $20-bill was discovered at a convenience store off West Pine.

<![CDATA[Luna County Completes Risk Awareness Program ]]>Fri, 05 Feb 2016 00:56:13 GMThttp://www.demingradio.com/news/luna-county-completes-risk-awareness-programPictureLeft: Luna County Manager Charles “Tink” Jackson Right: Mark Jasso
(Deming) – Luna County staff and the New Mexico Association of Counties are celebrating decreases in insurance claims that have saved taxpayer funds through a yearlong training program.
     In late January, county staff finished a 50-week Risk Awareness Program that covered a variety of topics designed to help protect county employees and citizens on courthouse property and to reduce the frequency and severity of claims.
     The lessons covered topics including avoiding falls, staying healthy and driving safely.
     All county employees were required to participate in the program.
     During 2015, Luna County decreased multi-line claims by 86 percent and auto claims by 16 percent.
     At the New Mexico Association of Counties winter conference, Luna County was recognized for achieving a positive claim trend and for five years of successfully completing the Risk Awareness Program.
     Also, Luna County Emergency Services Director Mark Jasso was recognized as a certified Professional Risk Manager – one of only six in New Mexico. The certification is sponsored by New Mexico State University’s Education Designed to Generate Excellence Program.

<![CDATA[SunZia Construction Approved in Arizona]]>Fri, 05 Feb 2016 00:53:19 GMThttp://www.demingradio.com/news/sunzia-construction-approved-in-arizonaPicture
(Deming) – Arizona utility regulators have authorized construction of a controversial planned $2 billion transmission line between Arizona and New Mexico.
     The Arizona Corporation Commission voted 3-2 Wednesday to approve the 515-mile-long SunZia Southwest Transmission Project. The certificate is one of the last major permits the project needs.
     The SunZia project aims to tap into wind resources in New Mexico as well as solar and geothermal potential in New Mexico and Arizona. The line will export electricity to markets in the West.
     Commissioner Doug Little, who voted against authorizing the construction, said it was a mistake to build the line through southeastern Arizona's environmentally sensitive San Pedro River valley.
     Other commissioners said the project was needed to help upgrade the electric grid.
     The SunZia line will cross Luna County, and plans show that a mid-point substation will be built about 10 miles north of Deming, just off the Hatch Highway.

<![CDATA[Local Crime Report for Wednesday February 3, 2016]]>Thu, 04 Feb 2016 00:53:55 GMThttp://www.demingradio.com/news/local-crime-report-for-wednesday-february-3-2016Picture
(Deming) – Here’s the area crime report:
     Nathan Morfin, age 25, of Espanola, was arrested for trespassing and shoplifting at Walmart, and on an Adult Probation and Parole Office order for a probation violation… a criminal summons was issued for Steven Telles, age 48, for filing a false report on a stolen vehicle… David Gutierrez, age 32, was arrested on an Adult Probation and Parole Office order for a probation violation… Luis Bolanos, age 23, was arrested on a Municipal warrant for failure to appear… and Nick Dalia, age 41, was arrested on a Municipal warrant for failure to appear.
     Also… numerous items were taken during a burglary at a church off South 11th Street… several watches with a combined value of $350 were taken from a residence off South Tenth Street; $100 in criminal damage to a window occurred during the break-in… and a vehicle parked off East Pine was broken into.

<![CDATA[Southwestern New Mexico State Fair Association to Meet]]>Thu, 04 Feb 2016 00:47:07 GMThttp://www.demingradio.com/news/southwestern-new-mexico-state-fair-association-swnmsf-to-meetPicture
(Deming) – The Southwestern New Mexico State Fair Association will hold its annual meeting Thursday evening.
     The main action at the meeting will be the election of four board members.
     Only one of the four current board members whose terms are expiring is seeking re-election.  Marty Miller agreed to run for an additional term.
     The three board members not seeking re-election are Berenda McWright, Susie Swope and Cal Wenzel.
     In addition, Marcus Dominguez, Ed Edwards and Sandi Gunter are seeking election to the board.
     Nominations from the floor will be accepted.
     Also, two proposals pertaining to the livestock show and sale are before the membership.
     The annual meeting will be held at La Fonda Restaurant.  A dutch-treat dinner is set to begin at 6 p.m., followed by the meeting at 7 p.m.

<![CDATA[“Calling Washington Home” Meeting Set ]]>Thu, 04 Feb 2016 00:42:24 GMThttp://www.demingradio.com/news/calling-washington-home-meeting-setPicture
(Deming) – Luna County residents are invited to a meeting in Animas next month addressing safety and security concerns of the U.S./Mexico border.
     The meeting, referred to as “Calling Washington Home to the Border,” is being sponsored by the New Mexico and Arizona cattle growers’ associations.
     Organizers say there will be presentations from local land owners, business owners, agricultural producers and concerned citizens.
     Mark your calendars:  the meeting is set for Thursday, March 10th, at 6 p.m. at the Animas Community Center.
     For more information, contact Erica Valdez at 575-202-9547.