(Deming) – The Deming School Board will meet in three sessions Thursday.
According to the legal notices, the first meeting will be at 2 p.m. when the board meets in a special work session for an update on district construction projects. No action will be taken.
Again, that special work session is set to begin at 2 p.m. Thursday in the board room of the Emmett Shockley Administration Building. The meeting is open to the public.
Then the board will meet in executive – or closed session – at 4 p.m. Thursday to discuss limited personnel, pending litigation and the acquisition or disposal of real property.
And the regular monthly meeting will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday in the board room of the Emmett Shockley Administration Building, 400 Cody Road. The regular monthly meeting is open to the public.
(Deming) – PNM officials are warning Luna County customers about a phone scam in which a caller claims to be from PNM and threatens customers with disconnection or meter removal because their account is past-due.
Reportedly, both residential and business customers have been targeted.
A PNM customer email said residents are being told to purchase a prepaid gift card through PayPal or at a retailer, and to call back with the card number, which the scammer then redeems. Officials say they have reports that scammers may even be able to manipulate the number that appears on the caller ID to fool the customer.
PNM officials said they do occasionally make live, outgoing calls to customers to collect a past-due payment, but never ask for a prepaid gift card or PayPal money card.
Residents are advised never to provide PNM account information to someone who has contacted them since a legitimate PNM customer service representative will have their PNM account information available.
And customers should call PNM at 1-888-DIAL-PNM or 1-888-342-5766 if they suspect they have been targeted by a phone scammer.
(Deming) – Here’s the area crime report:
Ronald Milo, age 36, was arrested for driving while license was suspended or revoked… Alfredo Flores, age 32, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for failure to appear… Rodney Owens, age 36, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for failure to pay fines… John Gatlin, age 34, of Las Cruces, was arrested on a Dona Ana County warrant for failure to appear… and Ashley Legarda, age 18, was cited for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.
Also… criminal damage estimated at $200 occurred at Bell Elementary after windows on two exterior doors were damaged.
(Deming) – A photo of Red Mountain Middle School students celebrating Veterans’ Day is a finalist in a school spirit contest sponsored by an Albuquerque television station.
The photo, showing students in the RMMS gymnasium holding red, white and blue papers to create the United States flag, was selected as one of the top 25 photos in New Mexico for the KOAT.com statewide school spirit contest.
KOAT-TV Creative Services Director Doug Donahoo said supporters can log onto KOAT.com through Friday of this week to view the finalist photos and vote on their favorite.
You must be a fan of the KOAT Facebook page to vote, and you may vote once per day.
Donahoo said there is a link bar at the top of the KOAT.com homepage that says “School Spirit,” and a click on that link will take you to the contest page.
Again, voting is open through this Friday, May 17th. Log onto KOAT.com, click on the “School Spirit” bar at the top of the homepage to see the 25 selected photos – including the one of Deming students at Red Mountain Middle School – and become a fan of the KOAT Facebook page to vote.
(Deming) – It looks like two individuals will displace the Deming-Luna County Chamber of Commerce as operators of the visitor center.
The Deming city councilors voted Monday night to follow the city staff’s recommendation of awarding the visitor center operation services to current chamber office manager Julie Mendez and former Deming Arts Center director Kathryn Hodson.
Deming City Administrator Rick McInturff said the councilors authorized the staff to begin negotiations with Mendez and Hodson as recommended by the city review committee. That committee consisted of four city employees and was chaired by Assistant City Administrator Aaron Sera.
McInturff said the negotiations will involve use of space at the tourist center, located at 800 E. Pine, as well as budget and compensation issues.
He added that if an agreement cannot be reached with Mendez and Hodson, the councilors approved entering into negotiations with Deming MainStreet to operate the visitor’s center. Deming MainStreet’s proposal was ranked second by the committee.
The proposal by the current operators, the Deming-Luna County Chamber of Commerce, was ranked third.
McInturff stressed that procurement is not a political process, and the contract would be a one-year term beginning July 1st with three one-year extensions – which makes it essentially a four-year contract.
The chamber was awarded the operation contract four years ago following a similar process.
(Deming) – Here’s the area crime report:
Neira Cazares, age 19, was arrested for aggravated DUI, abandonment or abuse of a child and minor allowing self to be served alcohol… Aaron Sarabia, age 25, of Lordsburg, was arrested for aggravated DUI and on an improper lane driving violation… Raymond Trujillo, age 31, was arrested for aggravated DUI…
Ariana Avila, age 21, was arrested for possession of marijuana and six counts of possession of drug paraphernalia… Gloria Orozco, age 30, was arrested on two counts of battery on a peace officer, assault and resisting or evading officers… Sarah Kucera, age 42, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for battery…
Jonathan Gonzales, age 20, was arrested for unlawful use of a license and was charged with minor allowing self to be served alcohol and having an open container… Johnathan Ferraro, age 22, was arrested for unlawful use of a license… Jose Jaramillo, age 26, was arrested for concealing identity and interference with officers…
Arturo Gutierrez, age 41, was arrested on a District Court warrant for failure to appear and on a Municipal warrant for failure to pay fines… Valerie Grajeda, age 18, was arrested on a District Court warrant for a probation violation… Terrance Hicks, age 18, was arrested on a District Court warrant for a probation violation… Gustavo Perez, age 19, of Las Cruces, was arrested on a Dona Ana County District Court warrant for failure to appear…
Noe Acosta, age 29, of Columbus, was arrested on two Magistrate warrants for failure to pay fines… Jose Jimenez, age 32, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for failure to pay fines… Teresa Pacheco, age 43, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for failure to appear… George Irwin, age 50, was arrested on a Dona Ana County warrant for failure to pay fines… Lorenzo Grondin, age 22, of Columbus, was arrested on a Columbus Municipal warrant for failure to appear… and Javier Perez, age 22, was cited for having an open container.
In juvenile news… a 13-year-old boy was charged with criminal sexual contact of a minor.
And in other news… 16-foot metal gates and metal panels valued at $2,500 were taken from a location off Spearhead Road… a vehicle parked off East Florida was scratched… an mp3 player valued at $200 was taken from a location off East Maple… a bicycle valued at nearly $200 was taken from off Eighth Street… and a dog repellent valued at $100 was taken from a residence off East Plum.
(Deming) – The Deming School Board will meet in special session Tuesday.
According to the legal notice, the purpose of the meeting is for public input on the 2013-2014 budget.
No official action will be taken.
The special session is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the board room of the Emmett Shockley Administration Building, 400 Cody Road.
The meeting is open to the public.
(Deming) – Here’s the area crime report:
Pedro Herrera, age 25, of Columbus, was arrested for DUI and no driver’s license… John Chavez, age 28, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for failure to pay fines… Jason Montoya, age 35, of Bayard, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for failure to appear… and Eddie Barnwell, age 36, of Hanover, was arrested on a Dona Ana County warrant for failure to pay fines.
Also… a power washer valued at $250 was taken from a location off Franklin Road.
(Deming) -- The City of Deming and Deming Public Schools' Summer Recreation Program will begin registering participants in two weeks – on Friday, May 24th.
Coach Jerome Sandoval said the program will be open to all youth ages 6-13.
Activities include basketball... flag football... volleyball... mush ball... tennis... soccer... cheer and dance... dodge ball... kick ball... ultimate frisbee... horseshoes... and double-dutch jump rope.
Sandoval said the program will run Mondays through Thursdays from 7 a.m.-noon, beginning Tuesday, May 28th and continuing through Thursday, July 4th. The activities will take place at Deming High facilities.
Program participants will be fed a snack and lunch, provided through the Deming Public Schools' Seamless Summer Lunch Program.
Sandoval said there will be a $15 registration fee per child. Registration will take place at the Deming High School auxiliary gym on Friday, May 24th from noon-6 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., and Monday, Memorial Day, from 8-6.
There will be an additional fee for late registration.
Contact Sandoval at 546-2678 ext. 2686 for more information.
(Deming) – The Deming City Council will meet in regular session Monday night.
Included on the agenda are votes to ratify two proclamations for events already passed – May 2nd as the National Day of Prayer and the first week of May as Youth Week.
Also, the councilors will consider a job description for a Planner II position for the city… will consider an update to the city’s administrative regulation pertaining to its drug and alcohol policy… will consider an out-of-state travel request for Lloyd Valentine to attend the Government Finance Officer Association Conference in San Francisco, California… and will vote on three bids – including one for visitor center operation and tourism development services.
The meeting is set to begin at 6 p.m. Monday night in the council chambers of the John Strand Municipal Building on South Gold. The meeting is open to the public.
A workshop to discuss agenda items will precede the open meeting at 4 Monday afternoon.
And a closed session to discuss the sale of agricultural and rural properties and appointed employee performance reviews will follow the open meeting.