Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
Some New Mexico counties have considered and voted on making themselves “Second Amendment Sanctuary” counties. Quay, Curry, and Union Counties passed a resolution pledging not to enforce proposed gun laws if they pass in the state legislature. It is expected that Cibola, Chavez and Eddy commissioners are expected to vote on their version of this resolution this week. The New Mexico Sheriff’s Association has come out against the gun bills including one that would require background checks on all gun sales by stating that the laws would be unenforceable and will punish law-abiding citizens. Grant County residents have been encouraged to attend the County Commission meeting/hearing this Thursday at 9:00 A.M whereby Sheriff Frank Gomez will be introducing a similar resolution to commissioners. There will also be discussion regarding House Bill 220 and 255 that could have an adverse effect on mining and the economy in Grant County.
Silver City celebrated its 3rd Annual Territorial Charter Day on Saturday with community activities and events held in Downtown Silver City. The original charter, signed on February 15th, 1878, enabled the Town of Silver City to elect their own officials, levy taxes, and establish a public school system before the Territorial Legislature allowed cities and counties to incorporate. The events of the day included a 5K Fun Run, Love Local store and restaurant specials, a horse-drawn wagon giving visitors rides, and a Territorial Charter Ball at the Murray Hotel.
According to Luna County officials, Deming has had 31 reported burglaries with the city limits from October 2018 to January 2019. It has been determined that the combined poverty level, jobless rate, and average income per household has contributed to the crime rate. A study from SafeHome.org has posted that New Mexico has the highest occurrence of break-ins in the country with 858.1 per 100,000 people. The top five states with the highest number of break-ins are: New Mexico; Mississippi; Louisiana; Oklahoma; and Arkansas. The study showed that the bottom five states are: Massachusetts; Connecticut; Virginia; New Hampshire; and New York.
A 2011 Cobre High School graduate and Silver City native, Enrique Maldonado, is serving at the U.S Naval Submarine Training Center Pacific, in Pearll Harbor, Hawaii. Maldonado has achieved the rank of Petty Officer 2nd Class and has worked as a Navy sonar technician and is serving within the U.S. Pacific Fleet. According to a release, “the U.S. Pacific Fleet is the world’s largest fleet command, Encompassing 100 million square miles, nearly half of the world’s surface from Antarctica to the Arctic Circle and from the west coast of the United States into the Indian Ocean.” Thank you for your service, Enrique Maldonado!