(Deming) – A Federal Emergency Management Agency team is in Luna County assessing damage caused by the July storms. The majority of the damage occurred in Columbus.
County Manager Kelly Kuenstler said the team has been in Luna County since November 5th and is scheduled to remain through December 7th, working out of the Luna County Emergency Services office visiting with eligible applicants.
Luna County was included in an October Presidential Disaster Declaration which made funding available to help repair infrastructure damaged by the storms. The grants are obligated to the state in order to reimburse eligible applicants for expenses incurred with taking emergency measures to protect lives and property, clear downed trees, power poles and other debris, and repair public infrastructure including roads, bridges and public utilities.
Under a cost-sharing formula, FEMA reimburses the state for 75% of the total costs, while the state and/or the applicant must pay the remaining 25%.
(Deming) – Deming High School will be competing in Class 6-A against Gadsden, Las Cruces High, Mayfield and Onate if the new school classifications and alignments approved Wednesday by the New Mexico Activities Association directors are upheld.
Deming Activities Director Mike Ellis was in Albuquerque for Wednesday’s meeting and immediately filed an appeal to the classification and alignment change.
The appeal hearing is set for December 5th.
Ellis said Deming will be the smallest school in the state in Class 6-A, with our three-year average enrollment of 1,400 students. He said that compares to a 6-A school like Rio Rancho with 2,400 students.
The classification and alignment documentation said the criteria for the change to six classifications was to allow schools of all sizes to have a realistic opportunity to compete for championships, but critics say the opposite will happen if Deming is moved to 6-A.
Ellis said the NMAA tried to move Deming up to Class 5-A approximately five years ago, and the administration was successful in appealing that time to remain in Class 4-A.
(Deming) – Here’s the area crime report:
Marcos Ramos, age 33, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and on a Municipal warrant for failure to pay fines… Jorge Munoz, age 32, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for failure to pay fines and on a Municipal warrant for failure to appear… Joseph Myers, age 36, of Las Cruces, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant and a Municipal warrant – both for failure to appear… David Uzueta, age 41, was arrested on a Municipal warrant for failure to pay fines… a 17-year-old boy from Columbus was cited for assault and trespassing… and a 17-year-old boy was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia.
Also… furniture, a pump control box and a 30-gallon tank with a combined value of over $5,300 were taken from a location off Kiva Road Southwest… and nine rolls of rolled roofing and seven rolls of fiberglass felt with a combined value of nearly $500 were taken from a business off North Pearl.
(Deming) – A Deming woman will be spending her Thanksgiving on a mission trip to India, and she is thankful for the local support that has helped her on her way.
Viviane Leck, co-owner of Amazonas Nursery and Leck Landscaping, will be volunteering at an orphanage in India for 10 days.
Leck is one of 11 Luna County residents making the trip. The mission trip is being organized through Living Word Family Church in Deming. Leck said she has appreciated the support of her family and friends who have encouraged her to take part in the mission.
She also appreciates the business support she has received, specifically from Gabe’s Fitness… Hers Boutique… Tacos Mirasol Restaurant… BHC Photography… 2 Bee Unique Fashion… Tinley Tee Tire Company… Leck Landscape… and Eloy’s Landscape.
(Deming) – The Deming Animal Shelter is getting creative.
Organizers have instituted “Tuxedo Friday” when you save 50% off the cost of adopting all black, or mostly black, pets.
For example, dogs are $27.50 and cats are $17.50 on “Tuxedo Friday.”
And the latest promotion is “Nine Lives for $9” – held on the 9th day of the month – when cat adoptions are only $9. And animal shelter officials say each cat is still spayed or neutered and receives a rabies shot for that fee.
And finally, during the month of December, anyone who wears an ugly holiday sweater to the shelter will receive 50% off adoption fees.
The Deming Animal Shelter, located at 2135 Onate in the Deming Industrial Park, is managed by the Deming-Luna County Humane Society.
The society’s mission is the prevention of cruelty to animals, the education of the public as to the observance of city and county ordinances, the encouragement of responsible animal ownership, and the humane care of lost, strayed and unwanted animals.
(Deming) – There’s still time to sign up for the 2nd Annual “Shop with a Cop” Benefit Bowling Tournament this Saturday morning at Starmax.
Deming Police Corporal Robert Ornelas said the tournament could extend to the afternoon depending on the number of entries.
Ornelas stressed that you don’t have to be good at bowling to participate because the tournament is designed to be fun and raise money for children in the community.
Registration forms can be obtained at Starmax and must be turned in by this Friday. There will be five players per team at a cost of $12 per player. Fees are due with the registration forms.
The tournament begins with warm-ups at 9 a.m. Saturday. Teams can consist of all women, all men, or co-ed, and youth are welcome to participate. For more information, contact Starmax at 546-7469.
Last year’s “Shop with a Cop” program raised over $18,000 through donations and events like the bowling tournament to help provide Christmas gifts for children in Luna County.
Organization president Richard Cowles said they were able to provide 350 deserving Deming Public School students with a $35 Kmart gift card, and still provided 30 families with a $100 food voucher to Peppers Supermarket along with a Kmart gift card.
The $35 gift card was an increase of $10 from 2011.
(Deming) – The Deming School Board will meet in regular session Thursday in Columbus.
Included on the agenda is action on the Deming High School campus master plan, as well as a resolution and proclamation of a special school bond election in February.
The election would put before voters a $27 million general obligation bond question for the purpose of erecting or remodeling school buildings; purchasing or improving school grounds; purchasing computer software and hardware for student use; and providing matching funds for capital outlay projects funded by the state.
Reportedly, the money would be used to build a new high school in phases where the current high school exists, and to build a new intermediate school in a separate location.
The election is tentatively set for February 4th.
Thursday’s meeting is set to begin at 5 p.m. at Columbus Elementary and is open to the public.
(Deming) – Here’s the area crime report:
Russel Dale, age 69, of Bay City, Texas, was arrested for aggravated DUI… Jason Alspaugh, age 33, was arrested for battery, assault against a household member, causing criminal damage to property and on a Magistrate warrant for failure to pay fines…
Pablo Gajon, age 28, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for failure to appear… Dmitri Estrada, age 21, was arrested on a Municipal warrant for failure to pay fines… Jacob Lopez, age 20, was cited for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana… and Irma Munoz, age 18, was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia.
Also… a red velvet couch valued at $2,000 was taken from a residence off the Silver City Highway… and an unoccupied mobile home located off Overhill Drive was broken into.
School Board Meets Wednesday
(Deming) – The Deming School Board may meet in special executive – or closed – session Wednesday.
According to the legal notice, the purpose of the meeting is to discuss the high school campus plan with Greer Stafford Planning.
The meeting – if it occurs – will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Emmett Shockley Administration Building, 400 Cody Road, and will not be open to the public.
City Council Meets Wednesday
(Deming) – The Deming City Council will meet in special executive – or closed – session Wednesday.
The only item on the agenda is pending litigation.
The special meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and will not be open to the public.
(Deming) – Funding that has been allocated in the past to Bell Elementary School for reduced class sizes, curriculum interventionists, field trips and a parent liaison – among other items – will not continue.
Bell has received $600,000 in federal funds through the New Mexico Public Education Department in a “School Improvement Grant” over the past two years to support reduced class sizes, hire math and reading interventionists, provide special education support and extend the school year for all students.
The funding began in the summer of 2011 in an effort to build Bell Elementary into a turnaround model of school improvement.
The grant stipulated that only 50% of the staff from the previous year return. 2012’s grant was delayed, which caused a second year of 50% staff turnover.
Associate Superintendent Dana Irby said the staff turnover has hindered school improvement efforts.
IN 2012, Bell received a “D” for its school report card. In 2013, it received an “F” despite the increase in the number of students testing proficient. Officials said the state has refused to fully explain the complex grading system, but know grades are calculated using a three-year average of testing data.
Superintendent Harvielee Moore said the total impact of an educational change can take three to five years to positively impact student outcomes.
Bell Principal Frank Milo, who was transferred from Memorial in 2011 as part of the “School Improvement Grant” changes, said the funding will be missed, but that they will continue the turnaround process to improve student success.