Here’s a look at today’s local news:
Last night the Grant County Commissioners met, which included the two new elected commissioners of Harvey Salas and Chris Ponce. With more than 100 people in attendance and comments from many about who they felt should fill the vacant District 28 senate post, two predominate names appeared to receive favor over the field of six candidates being considered for nomination to the Governor to fill the Senate position now available since Howie Morales was sworn in as Lt. Governor. The two individuals who were discussed in depth were Gabe Ramos and Siah Hemphill. The final vote resulted in Billings, Ponce, and Salas voting for Ramos, which means the nomination from Grant County will be for Ramos. Gabriel Ramos has already received endorsement nominations from Socorro and Catron Counties.
In other news, Advanced Air will begin flight services this Sunday, January 6th . Flights from Grant County Airport involve destinations of Albuquerque and Phoenix. A total of 17 round trips to Albuquerque and 7 round trips to Phoenix are scheduled each week.
The ACLU, which is the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico, has scheduled a series of seven legislative advocacy training sessions throughout New Mexico as well as offering the training online. One of these trainings will be held in Deming on January 17th from 6 to 8 pm. To RSVP for this training, go to www.aclu-nm.org.
In Deming, if you are interested in helping the Deming-Luna County Humane Society, you may want to reach out to them as they have been looking for urgent foster placements for dogs since many of their dogs are in outdoor kennels. With the colder temperatures, the needs of these dogs increase. To learn how you can help, even when temperatures are warmers, give the Deming-Luna County Humane shelter a call at 575-546-2024.
The Grant County Sheriff’s department is encouraging anyone with information regarding an incident that happened on December 27th at approximately 6:12am in the area of Fairway Drive in Silver City where there was reported multiple shots-fired to call Grant County Dispatch with information at 575- 388-8840.
In some statewide news, construction jobs are on the rise in New Mexico as New Mexico had the 17th highest growth rate in the nation for construction. This increase in happening in Albuquerque, Hobbs, and Santa Teresa predominately. In other state news, health officials for the state of New Mexico have confirmed that flu activity has sharply increased in recent weeks and there has been three additional flu deaths in the state, raising the total of deaths this flu season in the state of New Mexico to four, all over the age of 50.
Last in our news, New Mexico is listed now as the second most affected state due to the government shutdown. Now in day 14, the federal shutdown means that no federal funding is available for many programs and employees. According to Wallet Hub reports, New Mexico is significantly impacted by the shutdown because when factoring in the number of families receiving SNAP and similar government funded programs, the state is hurt worse than others.
This has been a look at some of your local and state news that impacts us here in the tri-county area!