Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
A group of New Mexico legislators will be urging to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in hopes of getting the issue on the ballot for voters to decide. Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino, of Albuquerque believes that the bill he wishes to present would legalize and regulate the drug which would then serve as a financial boost to the New Mexico economy. During the 2017 legislative session, Ortiz y Pino’s resolution was tabled in committee. He adds that his goal is not to enable addicts and that legalizing marijuana would not make it more available because it already is available. Ortiz y Pino, needs a two-thirds majority in the Senate and the House in order to get the measure on the ballot for voters to decide. The resolution states that anyone 21 years and older would be able to buy marijuana legally.
The Grant County Water Commission has agreed to go forward with a plan to apply for U.S. Department of Agriculture funding for the sum required to complete the full Grant County regional water distribution project. Council of Governments Director, Priscilla Lucero, said that representatives from the Community Services Division of the USDA have indicated that if the Grant County Water Commission came together that the USDA would be able to locate funds to finish the remaining three phases of the project which would link the Mining District communities to a regional system. It was also stated that the source of the funding would the combination of a grant and a loan. There is an additional $12 million dollars needed complete the next phases of the project.
Millie’s Assisted Living Community announced the passing of their oldest resident, Adele Samulski, on Christmas afternoon. Adele celebrated her 105th birthday last week surrounded by family and friends. Adele was born in Niagra, New York in 1912. She graduated from high school in 1929, married her husband, Edward Samulski in 1935, and had two sons. Upon retirement, they moved to the Florida Keys in 1980 and then to Silver City in 2002. Her husband Edward, passed in 2004 at the age of 92. Adele was greatly admired throughout her life and will be missed by many.
The new campus of Deming High School is still completing final construction projects which include additional fencing around the school. In the effort to keep Deming schools secure, security cameras have been installed to cover the campus in its entirety, both inside and out of all the buildings. In addition to the cameras, the staff and students have been participating in daily routines and security procedures. By the end of January, everyone will be required to wear a staff or student identification badge on lanyards. Every day, students will enter through a main entrance and will be checked for badge id’s. Students arriving late will need to call in to requested the parking lot gate to be opened. The goal is to find the right combination of procedures and awareness that will keep Deming High School welcoming and safe.