Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
A bipartisan coalition of New Mexico lawmakers have decided to pursue a measure that would create a database aimed at combating auto theft in the state. The bill would contain a system for salvage yards and vehicle recyclers to communicate with the state Motor Vehicle Division to make sure the vehicles they are purchasing are not stolen. The proposal, which is also backed by Senator Howie Morales, comes after the Albuquerque area posted the highest per capita rate of auto thefts in the entire United States for 2016. The proposed bill has already been supported by many legislators from around the state.
The Gila National Forest, Glenwood Ranger District reminds you that New Mexico Department of Transportation will be closing New Mexico State Highway 159 (Bursum Road) for the winter beginning at noon today. Gates will be locked just above Mogollon through the mountain to Willow Creek Mesa. Travelers will need to go through Reserve to get to Willow Creek or Snow Lake until the closure is lifted in the spring. For more information, please call the Glenwood Ranger District at 575-539-2481 or the Reserve Ranger District at 575-533-6232. In addition, for information on road conditions, you may call 511 on your cell phone.
The investigation continues involving a Deming Public School secretary’s alledged skimming of funds from the school district amounting to $130k according to a special audit. The amount in question may include $35k collected from students for computer fees, mishandling of purchase cards and charge accounts, not depositing checks, refusal to give receipts for collected cash and other suspicious purchases in addition to the shredding of some receipt books. The audit also found evidence that funds were moved from some accounts to cover expenditure requests from teacher activity accounts that had negative balances partly due to a potential skimming fraud activity.
A remembrance for our local deceased veterans will be provided tomorrow at Fort Bayard National Cemetery where more than 3800 wreaths with bright red bows have been placed on grave markers. Over 600 individuals, organizations, families, and businesses have sponsored these fresh green balsam wreaths shipped directly from Maine. “The Wreaths Across America Remembrance Ceremony” will begin at 10:00 a.m. sharp tomorrow, December 16th. The program’s speaker will be Dean Bearup with music provided by the Hi Lo Silvers. All are invited to attend this ceremony to share a meaningful and lovely way to remember our veterans during the Christmas season.
Don’t forget, the Grant County Veteran’s Memorial Business and Conference Center is available for all your holiday parties and events. The Grant County Veterans Memorial Business and Conference Center is managed for Grant County by the Silver City Grant County Chamber of Commerce. Call 575-538-3785 or send inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org