(Deming) – The Deming School Board will meet in special session Wednesday morning.
According to the legal notice, the purpose of the meeting will be to allow board members to attend the Public School Capital Outlay Council meeting, to be held 9 a.m. Wednesday in the board room of the Emmett Shockley Administration Building, 400 Cody Road.
The meeting is open to the public. No official action will be taken.
(Deming) – Deming High School students are invited to register for the 2013 GEAR Up enrichment camp or summer programs which offer both college and high school credit upon successful completion.
DHS Principal Janean Garney said they are offering a summer program in collaboration with Western New Mexico University through which students can take drawing, computer programing, photo editing, introduction to social work or a student success seminar for dual credit.
In addition to the dual-credit offerings, GEAR Up is offering a performing arts enrichment camp that includes performance, audio engineering, recording and songwriting courses.
Students currently in grades 9-11 who are interested in either the dual-credit courses or the performing arts enrichment camp should register with Bryan Simpson in the DHS Alternative School as soon as possible.
Becky Gallosa, George Torres, Dylan Graves
(Deming) – A slogan and design created by a Deming High School senior will be featured on the New Mexico Elks Association drug awareness program t-shirts.
DHS senior Dylan Graves’ design incorporates the slogan, “Let Your Imagination be Free of Drugs,” with a design featuring a profiled silhouette of a head with brightly colored arrows emerging from the top of the head, and the words, “The Choice 4 Me is Drug Free,” encircling the head.
The competition was open to all 22 Elks lodges in New Mexico.
Deming also had the second-place winner. A design created by DHS junior Becky Gallosa was the runner-up choice in the statewide contest.
Both Graves and Gallosa received iPad minis and t-shirts as prizes.
Drug awareness is one of the programs promoted by the New Mexico Elks Association and the local lodge.
(Deming) -- Luna County's unemployment rate in April dropped below 20% for the first time this year.
Preliminary figures from the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions show Luna County with an April unemployment rate of 19.7%, down from the revised March unemployment rate of 20.4%, and down from the April 2012 rate of 20.1%.
Following Luna County in the list of New Mexico counties with the worst unemployment is Mora County with 13.4%. Luna and Mora 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 April are Taos at 9.1%, Guadalupe at 8.8%, and McKinley with 8.1% unemployment.
In our area, Grant County had 6.3% unemployment in April, Hidalgo County had 6.6% and the Las Cruces area had 7.1%.
The county with the least unemployment remains Los Alamos with 3.3%.
The state unemployment rate for March – at 6.7% – was down slightly from the March revised rate of 6.9%, and the April 2012 rate of 7%.
The New Mexico labor force estimates show Luna County with a labor force of 12,017 – with 9,651 employed and 2,366 unemployed.
Deming PD Officers to Carry Torch 5/21/13 11:37a
(Deming) – Deming Police Department officers are participating in the Special Olympics Torch Run Tuesday.
Deming Police Chief Brandon Gigante said Lt. Kathleen Schindler is organizing the PD’s bike patrol officers to link officers from Hidalgo County to those in Dona Ana County.
Gigante said Deming officers will receive the torch at mile marker 81 on Interstate 10 at approximately 7 p.m. Tuesday, and will relay the torch until they meet up with Dona Ana County officers between Deming and Las Cruces.
Gigante said at last six Deming PD officers will be riding as part of the torch run.
The New Mexico Special Olympics website describes the mission of the Law Enforcement Torch Run as promoting community awareness of sports training, athletic competitions and other initiatives offered by New Mexico Special Olympics.
Organizers say the torch run also provides encouragement and hope to the athletes and families of Special Olympians.
(Deming) – Here’s the area crime report:
Luis Zavala-Juarez, age 23, was arrested for DUI, concealing identity, speeding, no driver’s license and no insurance… Paul Moreno, age 28, was arrested for DUI, no insurance, having an expired registration and on an improper turn driving violation.
Juan Otero, age 18, was arrested on three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia… Luz Chavez, age 21, was arrested for battery on a peace officer, assault on a peace officer and resisting or evading an officer… Lorenzo Hernandez, age 18, was arrested on three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and resisting or evading an officer… William Godoy, age 38, of Lavine, Arizona, was arrested for resisting or evading an officer.
Brice Diel, age 18, was arrested for reckless driving, racing, no driver’s license and on an improper lane driving violation… Hector Lopez, age 19, of Hatch, was arrested for driving while license was suspended or revoked, no insurance and on a safety belt violation… Daniel Grandits, age 24, was arrested for resisting or evading officers, speeding and no driver’s license… Samuel Perez, age 31, was arrested for burglary and shoplifting at Wal-Mart… James Reyes, age 35, was arrested for unlawful use of a license.
Carlos Vigil, age 32, was arrested on a District Court warrant for contempt of court and on a Magistrate warrant for failure to appear… Bobby Marquez, age 33, of Bayard, was arrested on a District Court warrant for a probation violation… Jesus Rivera, age 40, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for failure to pay fines and on a Grant County warrant for failure to appear… Grisel Flores, age 29, of Silver City, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for failure to appear… Cesareo Gallegos, age 35, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for failure to appear… Rosendo Jurado, age 31, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for failure to appear… Pamela Long, age 47, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for failure to appear… James Polluck, age 28, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for failure to appear… Peter Paulos, age 49, of Las Cruces, was arrested on an Eddy County warrant for failure to appear.
Cynthia Rodriguez, age 32, was arrested on a Municipal warrant for failure to appear… Frankie Torres, age 20, was cited for trespassing and accessory to a crime… and a 17-year-old boy and a 15-year-old boy were charged with two counts of shoplifting – one as The Shoe Department and one at Wal-Mart – and resisting or evading officers.
Farmers’ Market Meeting Tuesday 5/20/13 11:37a
(Deming) – Deming MainStreet is sponsoring a Farmers’ Market beginning next month.
Organizers are inviting anyone interested in a local Farmers’ Market to attend the next planning meeting, set for this Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the Deming Conference Center, located at 119 East Pine.
Reportedly, the planning committee members are looking for input on vendor needs for a profitable venture, including fees and space sizes.
Initial plans call for the markets to be held on Saturday mornings and Wednesday evenings, beginning June 15th and continuing through the end of the growing season.
Again, the next planning meeting will be this Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the Deming Conference Center, located at 119 East Pine. Anyone interested is encouraged to attend.
Deming Police Department
(Deming) – A Deming police detective has been promoted to captain.
Detective Sergeant Bobby Orosco was promoted to patrol captain effective Monday.
Orosco fills the position vacated by Brandon Gigante, who was promoted to police chief in March.
Orosco has 15 years of law enforcement experience, including eight years with the Deming Police Department. He also worked for the Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Department.
Gigante said Orosco’s promotion opens a detective sergeant’s position, which will be advertised internally.
GLENWOOD, N.M. (AP) — Gila National Forest officials say another portion of the popular Catwalk National Recreation Trail is expected to open soon.
Forest employees are replacing an additional quarter mile of the trail and hope to have the work done by Memorial Day.
Glenwood District Ranger Pat Morrison says the U.S. Forest Service recognizes the importance of the trail to local residents and tourists.
Last May, the Catwalk and Whitewater Picnic Area were closed due to public safety concerns that stemmed from the massive Whitewater-Baldy Fire, which grew to be the largest fire in New Mexico's recorded history.
It wasn't until October that a portion of the Catwalk was opened.
Officials say that during rain events, it will be necessary to temporarily close the opened portions of the trail due to potential flash flooding.
(Deming) – Here’s the area crime report:
Jesus Rivera, age 40, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for failure to pay fines and on a Grant County warrant for failure to appear… Matthew Wilderman, age 26, was arrested on a District Court warrant for failure to appear… and Jessica Aguirre, age 21, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for failure to pay fines.
Also… a 1994 Chevrolet pickup valued at $4,000 was taken from a location off Talkalai Road… numerous rifles, shotguns and handguns, along with several boxes of ammunition and reloading equipment, with a combined value of $3,400, were taken from a residence off Bond Road Southwest… a handgun valued at over $600 was taken from a residence off East Birch… a medicine cabinet was taken from a residence off Calle Ricardo… and a brick wall located off West Mesquite was damaged.