Here’s a look at some local news:

Western New Mexico University held its 25th Annual Basic Rural Economic Development Course which ran from July 22nd to 26th and was attended by representatives, elected officials, public employees, and civic leaders from communities all across the southwest. According to a release, “students learned theory and looked at how New Mexico communities have coped with population changes and its related effects on public services. They are now prepared to become certified economic developers by the International Economic Development Council.”

According the Silver City Police Blotter, there were a total of five burglaries last weekend. The first burglary occurred on Friday afternoon at Valley View Apartments on Memory Lane. Four burglaries were reported on Sunday at the following locations: 2000 Block of North Swan Street; a home undergoing remodeling on A Street; contents of a vehicle on Virginia Street; and an apartment at the Lintero Apartments on Leslie Road. Silver City Police Chief, Fred Portillo, has announced that the department is targeting specific areas in order to reduce these crimes.

Brizella Baeza, an eleven-year old from Deming, is participating in the Junior National Young Leaders Conference in Washington D.C. this week. She was nominated by her former principal at Deming Intermediate School last year and was accepted into the program. Brizella is a straight “A” student and has displayed many advanced leadership skills in addition to participating in a traveling fast pitch softball team. The Junior National Young Leaders Conference (JrNYLC) is the premier leadership development program for middle school students. Brizella will be attending Red Mountain Middle School as a 7th grader in a few weeks.

Visitors and participants of the Third Annual Salsa Festival were treated to a great time last week at Courthouse Park in Deming. The event featured live music, food booths, kid’s activities, and an overall celebration of local agriculture and the start of the chile harvest season in Luna County. The festival contest winners were as follows: Alice Armstrong and Team Bravo won the First Place and $100 in the Menudo amateur division; Daniel Mendoza and the “End of the Trail Team” won $100 and first place in the Menudo Pro Division; Irma’s Restaurant came in second and $50; La Parilla Restaurant finished third and $25; Chad Tryer won first place in amateur salsa with Ralph Luna in second and Team Bravo in third. In addition, Justin Dominguez of Silver City won the watermelon eating contest and Daniel Archuleta won the jalapeno eating contest for the third time by devouring three of the peppers in 40 seconds.