Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
A record number of students from Deming High School have applied for the New Mexico Seal of Biliteracy this year. New Mexico House Bill 330 was passed in 2014 to award a diploma seal to seniors that demonstrate high levels of proficiency in English and Spanish. Students are required to meet certain criteria to receive the seal on their diploma that include numerous language credits, dual college courses, participation in extra-curricular activities, and test scores. Thirty-five students from Deming High School have applied this year for the seal that may appear on their diplomas upon graduation.
A Deming family has opened an endowed scholarship in memory of Alma Barr Feil, who was a passionate nurse and an involved community member for over 61 years in Luna County. The Alma Feil, RN, Scholarship, was established with the Western New Mexico University Foundation in mid-April and will benefit Deming High School graduates enrolled at WNMU with plans to enter the medical field. Alma worked as a Deming Public Schools nurse for 15 years and was recognized as the Deming Education Association’s Educator of the Year after her retirement. In addition, she established hospice services in Deming, never tiring of the work and earning the nickname “Mother Hospice.” In the early 1990s, she organized the American Cancer Society Reach for Recovery and Low-Cost Mammogram Program in Deming. She was proud recipient of the Thanks Badge, Girl Scout’s highest level of recognition for a volunteer, and in addition, led two Cub Scout Dens with three scouts later making the rank of Eagle. Alma was inducted into the New Mexico Women’s Hall of Fame in 1998 and was selected by Governor Gary Johnson as one of New Mexico’s 30 Outstanding Women.
Pursuant to the Town of Silver City Ordinances Section 18-24 (9), Fire Chief, Milo Lambert, and the Town of Silver City has declared a state of fire danger because of severe drought and local fire conditions. By the order of the Fire Chief, the following restrictions are in effect: No building or maintaining of campfires; no open burning to include, yard waste, tree limbs and weeds; any wood or charcoal burning device shall have protective fire screens and prior approval for the Silver City Fire Department; underground fire pits for use of meal preparation must have appropriate covers such as a screen, metal siding and/or dirt; fires used to prepare hot coals must have a protective screen and a five- foot clearance around the entire fire pit; and fire pits must have prior approval from the Silver City Fire Department. These restrictions are effective immediately and shall remain in effect until conditions improve and will only be lifted by the Fire Chief. Anyone caught in violations of this order is subject to a fine of not less than $100 not more than $500 and/or imprisonment of up to 30 days. For more information, call Fire Department Station 1 at 575-538-2591.