Here’s a look at today’s local news:
Area students from Silver and Cobre schools, in addition to girls from Deming, Lordsburg and Columbus, traveled to Western New Mexico University to participate in the annual “Expanding Your Horizons Program”. Over 180 girls were presented with 16 different activities based in the STEM learning curriculum that is science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Currently, there are more than 80 conferences with up to 25,000 girls attending each year. The EYH Network began in 1974 as the Math/Science Network, an informal group of women scientists and educators in the San Francisco Bay Area who were concerned about low female participation in math courses. On a volunteer basis, members of the group began planning coordinated efforts to strengthen their individual programs and to offer mutual support. According to the EYH Network, there are conferences in 31 states in the U.S. and in Europe and Asia.
Christopher Madrid, of Silver City, a suspect in a gas station robbery and an in alleged fatal shooting in February, appeared before District Court Judge Jarod Hofacket, and pleaded not guilty to all charges. The judge denied a motion for Madrid’s release and he will remain the Grant County Detention Center. Madrid was charged in the robbery of the Chevron gas station on Hudson Street in addition to a fatal shooting of a woman at the Lintero Apartments in Silver City. He has been charged with first-degree murder, armed robbery, and evading/obstructing an officer.
Fifth graders at Bataan Elementary School welcomed survivors and families of survivors of the Bataan Death March. The tribute is the fourth annual event at the school that carries the namesake of this historical event during World War II. Over 60,000 to 80,000 U.S. soldiers and Filipino freedom fighters were captured by the Japanese Imperial Army and forced to march over 60 miles. Later classified as a Japanese war crime, many soldiers from Deming and Luna County were involved in the march. The Bataan fifth graders prepared an assembly, recited poems, gave a brief history of the of the march and gave a roll call of local soldiers that were affected. In addition, the Deming High Jr. ROTC performed a drill routine, and the Gaffney Oglesby Marine Corps League of Silver City, presented colors and played Taps.
According to the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish there will be a youth hunter safety camp Friday through Sunday, April 26th through 28th at Camp Thunderbird in the Gila National Forest. Lodging and meals will be provided along with needed equipment. The camp is open to youth 10 years and older who are accompanied by an adult. Registration is open until April 12th on a first come first serve basis. Participants can complete the registration process by visiting wildlife.state.nm.us/education.