Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
As part of Western New Mexico University’s celebration of Black History Month, the Black History 101 Mobile Museum will be on campus. Black History 101 Mobile Museum Founder, Khalid el-Hakim, will bring 150 original artifacts representing slavery, politics, Jim Crow, science, religion, education, music, sports and civil rights. One of Black Enterprise’s 100 Men of Distinction for 2017, el-Hakim acquired this archive of memorabilia over 25 years while he traveled the nation, shopping at antique shops, flea markets, estate sales and auctions. The collection includes documents signed by Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, Rosa Parks, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. The Black History 101 exhibit and lecture runs from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. on Monday, Feb. 26th, in the Miller Library on the WNMU campus.
Silver City Police Chief Ed Reynolds has reported that computer assisted dispatch calls are down from 41,052 calls in 2016 to 35,849 in 2017. Total arrests, vehicle collisions, and citations issued are also lower than 2016 statistics. Other numbers reported are: stolen vehicles increased in 2017 but so were the numbers of vehicles recovered; larceny from a motor vehicle numbers were up, but shoplifting calls decreased; residential burglaries increased, although commercial burglaries decreased; simple assault stats increased from 2016, and aggravated assaults, domestic battery assaults and domestic violence arrests have decreased.
The Community Youth Building Program in Silver City, led by Gary Stailey, has worked on several community projects since last October that include painting the walking bridge across Market Street, collected 1,390 pounds of trash at illegal dump sites, painted picnic benches at Lion’s Park, and worked in the Big Ditch in addition trimming trees and preparing wooden planters downtown for spring planting. The group will be participating in the upcoming Silver City Territorial Days on February 17th and will complete a project in each of the four town districts on separate volunteer work days. The program was created for young people from the Juvenile Probation and Parole Office.
Deming City Councilors have appointed attorney, Amy Hernandez, as a one-time alternate judge for the Deming Municipal Court. Ms. Hernandez will hear a case that both Municipal Judge Frank Gundy and another alternate judge were recused.
The New Mexico Aging & Long-Term Services Department (ALSTD) and the North Central New Mexico Economic Development District (NCNMEDD), announced that they have reached an agreement that will put in place critical monitoring that allows NCNMEDD to continue its contract for the administration of senior services through the end of the fiscal year. According to a release, under a new implementation plan, the state will closely monitor the Non-Metro Area Agency on Aging, which is managed by the and North Central New Mexico Economic Development District. “This provides accountability for the NMAAA’s operations, recognizes inconsistencies, and works to ensure the appropriate use of federal and state funds. Both agencies will work together to resolve financial reporting concerns and ALTSD will continue to administer appropriate technical assistance for reimbursement requests and payments to senior providers. Under the agreement, NCNMEDD will dismiss legal action against the state agency.”