Here’s a look at today’s Headlines:
New Mexico Attorney General, Hector Balderas, released a new ad campaign last week that aims at online sexual predators. The ad, titled “Monsters”, alerts teenagers and parents with children under 18 that “monsters” do exist on the internet in the form of sexual predators. The ad was funded by a federal grant received by the New Mexico Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The mission of the task force, that is overseen by the attorney general’s office, is to locate, track, and capture child sexual predators and child pornographers in New Mexico. The ad is currently available for viewing on the attorney general’s facebook page. Anyone with information relating to suspected child predators and suspected child pornographers should contact the task force at 1-800-843-5678 or Cyber Tipline dot com.
The Village of Santa Clara held its regular meeting last Thursday and discussed a variety new projects for 2018, in addition to voting on a number of issues and resolutions. In new business, trustees were presented with a request to set aside property for the Santa Clara Library Initiative. A children’s library is being placed in the back room of Village Hall and the Board of Directors will begin fundraising for a permanent structure. A location on Oak Street was suggested. Mayor Richard Bauch, reported projects in the coming year that include a grant funded lighting and sidewalk project, and a bicycle trail between Bayard and Santa Clara. In addition, Trustees voted to support the Grant County Water Commission in applying for the funding of phases two and three of the regional water project, passed two resolutions in reference to filing an application for financial assistance from the New Mexico Finance Authority for the Colonias Infrastructure Fund, and approved the holiday schedule for 2018.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at El Paso area ports of entry seized a total 294 pounds of marijuana within four separate occasions on December 20th. The largest seizure was obtained at the Paso Del Norte international crossing in El Paso, where CPB officers removed 99 marijuana filled packages weighing a total of 107 pounds from a 2001 Ford Explorer undercarriage and spare tire. A 50- year old male Mexican citizen was taken into custody and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to face charges for the failed drug smuggling attempt.
Carpenter, Alan Rodriguez, made Tony and Carla Arredondo’s Christmas a special one by finding Carla’s lost diamond ring in the dirt of a property in Silver City. Alan was viewing a vacant home on Texas and Garcia Streets when he saw the ring on the ground. The Arredondo’s placed a classified ad in the paper that led to the return of the special ring. Alan is to receive a $500 reward for his good deed, but he plans on donating the money to the Silver City Gospel Mission. Thank you, Alan Rodriguez for being a great citizen of the community!