Here’s a look at today’s news:
During the Town of Silver City meeting on Tuesday, two City Councilors talked about the veteran’s color guard being disrespected before Western New Mexico University Men’s basketball games. District 3 Councilor, Jose Ray, speaking as a veteran and not as a councilor, stated that a few minutes before the national anthem began and the veterans presented the colors, both teams and the referees walked off the court into the locker rooms, leaving just approximately 20 people in the stands. Councilor Ray stated that he would not take part as a color guard again at a WNMU basketball game. District 4 Councilor, Guadalupe Cano, mentioned that it has been happening all year and that she has received messages and phone calls from people in the community. Both councilors said that the WNMU team has been given the choice to stay or walk off the court during the national anthem and presentation of colors.
In Deming, Mayor Benny Jasso is seeking a second term and will challenaged by Edward Khanbabian and Shannon Relyea. Khanbabian, is a previous candidate for City Council and Relyea will be making his third run for the Mayor position. District 1 Councilor, David Sanchez, and District 4 Councilor, Victor Cruz, are running unopposed and will be re-elected without contest. All three positions hold four-year terms.
The United States Marshals Service for the District of New Mexico has been conducting Operation “Alpha and Omega,” in New Mexico. The Operation ran from May 15th through December 31st of last year. Operation Alpha and Omega partners the United States Marshals Service in New Mexico with the New Mexico Department of Corrections and local law enforcement agencies across the state in conducting a statewide fugitive gang member operation. The team apprehended 106 fugitives from 41 different gangs, 9 being national gangs and 32 being from New Mexico gangs. The charges ranged from homicide, kidnapping, rape, weapons, assault and battery, and narcotics.
The USDA Forest Service has designated fee-free days for 2018. The first one of these will be on Monday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The Catwalk Recreation Area and Glenwood Ranger District, is a day-use area which ordinarily charges $3 for parking fees. On January 15, this fee will be waived.
The Administrative offices of the Town of Silver City will be closed on Monday, January 15th in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. In case of emergency, please call Central Dispatch at 575-388-8840. Have a safe holiday!