Here’s a look at today’s local headlines:
Last weekend, Grant County Sheriff deputies were called to Turkey Creek Road in Gila where a loud party was reported and allegedly an adult was selling and serving alcoholic beverages to minors. The suspect was charged with two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a fourth-degree felony; and eight counts of selling or giving alcoholic beverages to minors, also a fourth-degree felony. The defendant was booked into the Grant County Detention Center.
Freeport-McMoRan New Mexico Operations donated $10,000 to WNMU’s Department of Community and Workforce Development, that runs the applied technology programs, designating the funding specifically for the purchase of training equipment and supplies in the welding program. WNMU has begun introducing new processes into the existing welding program and may in the future be able to offer continuing education courses for those already welding in the mining industry. WNMU’s applied technology programs provide welding students practice in the fundamentals and also give students opportunity to develop heavy duty welding skills for application in the mining industry both locally and internationally. In addition, this collaboration helps prepare WNMU welding students for employment at Freeport’s operations, enabling them to get hired without leaving the community they’re rooted in and allowing them to jump into higher-paying positions at home or anywhere in the world.
The New Mexico Racing Commission will meet tomorrow to discuss the possibility of a sixth racino license. The commission postponed it’s decision last month because of a court petition seeking to block the commission from making a decision until a second feasibility study is conducted. Hidalgo Downs LLC, the group that proposed a Lordsburg-based facility, filed a petition for a temporary injunction calling the feasibility study used by the commission “flawed.” Four additional companies are fighting for the sixth license, three for Clovis, and one for Tucumcari.
Deming Mainstreet in partnership with the City of Deming received funding from the New Mexico Economic Development Department for revitalization projects that will benefit the community. The project is comprised of an art display that will be placed at the intersection of Gold and Spruce Streets. The art piece will feature a Zia sun design with an Ibex in the center which is a reference to the Mimbres culture. Deming Mainstreet plans on using the Mimbres as a branding theme to draw visitors to the area. Other communities received portion of the $500,000 grant that include: Corrales, Las Vegas, Silver City, Albuquerque’s South Valley, and Tucumcari.