Here’s a look at today’s news:
A new Disabled Veteran Transportation van is now in use to take veterans to medical appointments at the Raymond Murphy VA Medical Center in Albuquerque. The van was sponsored by Disabled American Veterans of Grant/Fort Bayard Chapter 1 and was purchased through donations received from many organizations from around the state, including people in Grant County. According to a release, volunteer drivers are needed. Veterans may schedule a ride by calling 575-590-3172.
WNUM’s Eckles Hall is being demolished to use the property for future expansion of Mustang Village. Eckles Hall was constructed in 1952 and was utilized as a dormitory until 2013. Some of the property may also be targeted for use as a multi-use sports complex.
The Silver City Town Council approved a notice of intent ordinance which will enable the town’s animal control officer to write citations. Sponsored by District 1 Councilor, Cynthia Bettison, the current ordinance does not allow the animal control officer to write citations for animal related infractions. When a violator needs to be cited, the animal control officer has to call on a code enforcement or police officer. The notice of intent allows residents to comment on the measure and let their views be known on the topic of animal nuisances.
The new Community Services Director for the City of Deming, Alexi Jackson, is well underway in working to promote outdoor activity and a sense of connected community throughout the Deming area. Jackson, a lifelong resident of Luna County, has oversight of 46 employees who work with the several departments including Planning Zoning, Deming Municipal Airport, Marshall Memorial Library, the municipal Department of Motor Vehicles, the city service center streets and parks. Current projects include an all-inclusive playground at Nacio “Herb Brown Park and construction of a splash pad across the street. Other ongoing projects feature road improvements at James and Myrtle streets and North Eighth Street.
In celebration of Valentine’s Day, here’s some fun facts:
Hallmark was one of the first to mass produce a Valentine’s Day card, all the way back in 1913. Teachers receive the most Valentine’s Day cards, followed by kids, mothers, wives and girlfriends. Every year, around 9 million people buy their pets a Valentine’s Day gift. In addition, more than 36 million heart shaped boxes of chocolates are sold across the country. February 14th is the second largest card giving day of the year, just after Christmas. This year, it’s expected that 1 billion cards will be exchanged around the world. And a bonus fact – 64% of men do not make plans in advance for Valentine’s Day!