Here’s a look at todays headlines:
New Mexico State Attorney General, Hector Balderas has confirmed that 19 thousand fake accounts were opened at Wells Fargo by employees that were pressured to do so from upper management. The accounts opened in question were not from new customers, but were fake accounts opened under the names of existing customers in order to impose additional fees, services and products without the proper authorization. Attorney General Balderas, stated that he has been investigating Wells Fargo Bank for over a year and a half and if they do not reimburse the effected customers, he will file a lawsuit against the bank. If you think you may be a victim of this issue, please call the Attorney General’s office at 505-717-3500 or nnmag.gov.
In Deming, members of the “Rifa CFFR” community organization assisted with serving a Thanksgiving Day meal for the homeless and less fortunate of the community. The meal was served at “Forghedaboudit New York Style Italian Cuisine, and included a full Thanksgiving dinner. The Rifa CFFR organization also provided 10 turkeys along with pies, stuffing, potatoes, and cases of dinner rolls. RIFA is a group of Chicano Carnales or “brothers” who through the love of riding their wheels and fixing them up with Chicano style, have come together as family. CFFR stands for Chicanos Forever, Forever RIFA and currently has 13 members from Deming, Las Cruces and Lincoln County. The group contributes to the community with an annual toy bike run focused in the Hatch area and donates food baskets for the Community of Hope homeless shelter in Las Cruces.
Silver City Mayor, Ken Ladner, in addition to District 2 Councilor, Linda Aiman Smith, and District 4 Councilor Guadalupe Cano, have announced that they will run for re-election in the March 6th, 2018 municipal election. Candidates have until the January 9th filing day deadline to apply. The March 6th election will also include a municipal judge seat. Voting for the regular Silver City 2018 municipal election will be will be on March 6th at the Silver City Woman’s Club. Absentee voting will begin on January 30th with early voting to begin at City Hall on February 14th. Absentee and early voting will end on March 2nd. Unregistered voters who wish to vote must register with the county clerk by February the 6th, as do voters who need to update their registration with respect to such items as name or address.
In local holiday news, the annual Santa Clara Lighted Parade is being held this Saturday, December 2nd starting at 6:00 p.m. The parade will begin at Ft. Bayard and continue over Hwy 180 to Bayard Street and finish at the Santa Clara cemetery.