Here’s a look at today’s news:
Absentee voting for Regular Municipal Elections in March 6th in Grant and Luna counties begins tomorrow. In the Town of Silver City, voters in all four Council Districts that wish to vote by Absentee, may request an application by calling the Town Clerk’s Office at 575-534-6346. Early Voting in all area begins on February 14th and ends on March 2nd. Non-registered voters or registered voters who have moved or need to change their names, have until Tuesday, February 6th to register in order to be eligible to vote in the March 6th election.
The Grant County Regional Dispatch Authority has received official certification as an “Emergency Medical Dispatch Authority” by the New Mexico Department of Health. In addition, all dispatchers are now certified making the Grant County Regional Dispatch Authority one of a few in the state to have both the dispatch center and all of the dispatchers officially certified.
The U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Sector Agents are working with state, local, and other federal agencies in an effort determine the origin and purpose of a makeshift tunnel discovered Thursday near the El Paso downtown area. Border Patrol Agents working near the water treatment plant, located south of Downtown El Paso, were notified by employees from the Texas Department of Transportation about a cave-in that occurred during the construction of a roadway. This led to the discovery of a tunnel originating north from the international border. The intended purpose of the tunnel remains unknown, along with the length of time it was left abandoned.
The Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees has officially extended its contract with CEO, Taffy Arias, to five years. The agreement approved by the board of trustees will retroactively extend the original contract to five years from its initial approval, making Arias contacted to remain at Gila Regional Medical Center until 2022.
State Representative, Candie Sweetser, of Deming , honored Deming Intermediate School teacher, Melanie Alfaro, on the floor of the New Mexico Legislature last Thursday. Alfaro was the only educator in the state to win the “Miken Education Award” this year, also referred as the “Oscars of Teaching” award by “Teacher” magazine. The award included a $25,000 unrestricted cash prize. Alfaro was recognized for her teaching strategies that improved parent involvement, dual-language education, and the mentorship of other teachers.