(Deming) – A Deming motorcyclist was injured Monday afternoon after colliding with a car whose driver never saw him.
State Police Officer Mike Thomas said 57-year-old Guillermo Ochoa was airlifted to El Paso with injuries he sustained in the accident at just before 3 p.m. Monday at the intersection of Country Club and Rockhound roads.
Thomas said 59-year-old Janet Zahn of Deming was driving a 1999 Subaru station wagon north on Country Club, stopped at the intersection of Rockhound Road, and then proceeded through the intersection.
That’s when Ochoa, driving a 2004 Kawasaki motorcycle west on Rockhound, struck the passenger-side tire of Zahn’s car, propelled over the car and landed on the pavement on the other side. Ochoa was not wearing a helmet.
Zahn told officers she never saw the motorcyclist. She was cited for failing to yield.
(Deming) – Here’s the area crime report:
Reymundo Vera, age 33, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine… Miguel Mendevil-Gonzales, age 31, was arrested on a Municipal warrant for possession of marijuana, interference with officers and drunkenness.
Bobby Crawford, age 34, was arrested for child abuse and battery… Luis Rodriguez, age 34, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for battery against a household member… Ruben Aguirre, 49, was arrested for resisting or obstructing an officer, driving while license was suspended or revoked, on a left-of-center driving violation and on a Municipal warrant for failure to appear… Dustin Ellis, age 18, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for forgery and identity theft… Rose Porter, age 42, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for forgery… Nichole Martinez, age 25, of Mimbres, was arrested for larceny and on two Magistrate warrants – one for failure to appear and one failure to pay fines… Jason Peeler, age 44, was arrested for trespassing at a residence.
Ricardo Lopez, age 34, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and on a Magistrate warrant for failure to pay fines… Alejandro de Jesus, age 42, was charged with drunkenness… Lee Anne Johnson, age 51, was arrested on three Magistrate warrants for failure to appear, on a Municipal warrant for failure to pay fines, and on two Gila County, Arizona, warrants – one for a probation violation and one for failure to appear… Cynthia Rodriguez, age 33, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for failure to pay fines… Danny House, age 46, was arrested on a Municipal warrant for failure to pay fines… and Sandy Martinez, age 32, of San Lorenzo, was cited for larceny.
In other news… a 2012 Ford four-door valued at $18,000 was reported stolen from a parking lot off Pine Street… $1,000 in criminal damage to a fence was reported at a residence off North Grant Street in Columbus… $300 in $2 bills and unusual coins were taken from a residence off Pear Street in Columbus… an air compressor and engine hoist with a combined value of nearly $250 were taken from a location off South 11th Street… over $200 in miscellaneous household items were taken from a residence off East Spruce Street… and nearly $200 in cash was taken from a wallet inadvertently left at a business off South Columbus Road.
(Deming) – Luna County District Two Commissioner Jay Spivey will hold a community forum Tuesday.
Also appearing at the forum will be County Manager Kelly Kuenstler and selected other staff members. The forum will take place Tuesday beginning at 6 p.m. at the Luna County Historic Train Depot, 217 N. Country Club Rd.
Constituents of all districts are welcome.
(Deming) – PNM officials have unveiled an expansion of 60,000 solar panels to PNM’s Deming Solar Energy Center.
The solar energy center, located off the Columbus Highway and Coyote Road Southwest, first came online in 2011 with 78,000 panels.
The addition of 60,000 panels means an $8.3 million investment in the facility – which PNM officials say is part of the company’s $180 million commitment to solar energy.
Officials emphasized that the project also has created 75 construction jobs this year and will create $59,000 in tax revenue for Luna County next year.
PNM’s Deming Solar Energy Center will now produce the amount of energy used for 4,800 average homes.
Officials had other regional news to report as well: PNM customers will get their first geothermal energy next year from a plant being developed south of Lordsburg.
(Deming) – Here’s the area crime report:
Javier Perez, age 22, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and for giving alcohol to a minor… Samuel Perez, age 32 was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia… and Fernando Madrid, age 19, was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia.
Also… two tires were punctured on a vehicle parked in the 100 block of North Platinum; damage estimated at $300.
(Deming) – Deming will be the host site Tuesday for the 2013 New Mexico Sustainable Agriculture Conference, sponsored by New Mexico State University and Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, a USDA program.
The conference is designed to provide agricultural professionals with information and training in research-based, area specific, sustainable agriculture practices.
The theme for this year’s conference is Healthy Soil: Managing Soils for Long-Term Productivity.
Presentations will cover topics like, “Growing the Community from the Roots Up,” “Organic Benefits and Challenges in the Face of Climate Change” and “Principles and Observations of Cover Crops in Southwest New Mexico.”
Luna County Extension Agent Jack Blandford, who is one of the moderators for the event, said close to 100 people from across the region will be attending the professional development conference, to be held Tuesday at the Mimbres Valley Learning and Special Events Center, 2300 East Pine.
(Deming) – Mimbres Memorial Hospital’s application counselors are offering to help residents navigate the Health Insurance Marketplace.
CEO Steve Westenhofer said many people in the community lack access to a computer or are having difficulty enrolling on the government’s insurance website. And he said, that’s where Mimbres Memorial Hospital can help.
Westenhofer said the hospital’s application counselors can assist individuals and their families evaluate the available health plan options and determine if they are eligible for Medicaid or other financial assistance.
Most U.S. citizens are required to enroll for health insurance by March 31st, 2014. People enrolled by December 23rd will have health insurance effective January 1st.
Depending on household income and number of dependents, residents may be eligible for health insurance coverage at no cost through Medicaid, or may be eligible for financial help toward the cost of premiums on the insurance options available on the online Health Insurance Marketplace.
Westenhofer said anyone needing help with the Health Insurance Marketplace or Medicaid should make an appointment by calling 546-5890.
(Deming) – Here’s the area crime report:
Jesus Rivera, age 40, was arrested on an Adult Probation and Parole Office warrant for a probation violation… a criminal summons was issued for Julie Duran, age 39, on a charge of false reporting… and vehicle parts valued at $700 were stolen from a location off East Jarvis Road.
Also, Luna County Sheriff’s officials and a New Mexico Livestock Inspector are looking for the owner of a horse found running loose near Monte Vista and the Columbus Highway.
Undersheriff Arturo Baeza said the sorrel-colored gelding is approximately three years old with a white blaze and two white stockings on its hind feet.
Anyone missing a horse matching that description should contact Livestock Inspector Janice Blandford at 544-7062 or the Luna County Sheriff’s Office at 546-2655.
(Deming) -- Luna County's unemployment rate was down in October. Preliminary figures from the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions show Luna County with an October unemployment rate of 11.2%, down slightly from the revised September rate of 11.3%, and down significantly from the October 2012 rate of 12.7%.
Luna County had the second-highest unemployment percentage in the state in October, following Mora with 12.1%. Those were the only two New Mexico counties with double-digit unemployment.
Rounding out the top five counties with the highest unemployment rates in the state in October were McKinley with 8.8%, Taos at 8.3% and Guadalupe at 8% even.
In our area, Grant County had 6.6% unemployment in October, Hidalgo County had 5.3% and the Las Cruces area had 6.8%.
The county with the least unemployment is Harding with 3.6%.
The state unemployment rate for October – at 6.6% – was down slightly from the September revised rate of 6.7%, and down from the October 2012 rate of 6.8%.
The New Mexico labor force estimates show Luna County with a labor force of 12,978 – with 11,526 employed and 1,452 unemployed.
Deming High School junior Carmen Seltzer
(Deming) – This year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has special significance for Deming High School band members.
That’s because one of their own will be performing.
Deming High School junior Carmen Seltzer was selected to be New Mexico’s representative to the Great American Marching Band, and will be performing with 245 students representing every state. Seltzer plays clarinet.
The musicians will be under the direction of Dr. Richard Good, the director of bands at Auburn University, who will be assisted by Barry Houser, Director of the Marching Illini from the University of Illinois.
The band will step off from Central Park in New York City Thursday, performing before 2.5 million live spectators and more than 50 million television viewers.
The parade will be televised on NBC and “Today’s” Matt Lauer, Al Roker and Savannah Guthrie will anchor the broadcast from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday across each time zone.
The high temperature in New York City Thanksgiving Day is forecast to be 33 degrees.
Seltzer was selected as a New Mexico All-State musician in 2012 and 2013… for the American Southwest Honor Band in 2012 and 2013… as an Honor Soloist at the Southwest NM Music Educators Association Solo and Ensemble competition in 2011 and 2012… and for many other local band honors.