Here’s some of today’s news:
In the early hours of Saturday morning, there was a fatal rollover crash on Interstate 10 near mile post 31, east of Deming. New Mexico State Police investigated the accident and reported that a 2007 Chevrolet driven by 56-year old, Maria Consuelo Jaimes, was traveling east and for unknown reasons drifted off the roadway into the median and rolled over. The driver was pronounced deceased at the scene, and three other passengers were transported to a local hospital. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the accident.
District 35 New Mexico State Representative, Angelica Rubio, of Dona Ana County, will be introducing a bill during this legislative session tied to the creation of a New Mexico Office of Outdoor Recreation. A statewide and national coalition is working toward creating a variety of outdoor education opportunities for low-income youth and their families. The Outdoor Equity Fund is seeking a $100,000 state appropriation and committed funding from the private sector such as outdoor industry retailers. The donated funds would provide micro-grants to local governments, nonprofit organizations, and Native American communities to create outdoor recreation and education programs that would serve the low-income youth population. The New Mexico Office of Outdoor Recreation is an economic development initiative of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, and part of her commitment to complete during her first 100 days in office.
In Deming, two suspects are facing charges of commercial burglary, tampering with evidence, two counts of larceny over $250, and conspiracy regarding two burglaries that occurred last month at Deming’s BMX Bicycle Race Park on East Ash Street. Brandon Chavez, 18 years of age from Las Cruces, and a Deming male minor, 17 years of age, are allegedly responsible for two separate break-ins at the park resulting in the theft of bicycle helmets and an air compressor. In addition, Chavez has been charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
In other news:
The Kiwanis CKI Club of Western New Mexico University delivered 39 bags of warmth on December 13 to The Kids in Need of Supportive Services, also known as “KISS” in Silver City. The bags included a warm blanket, two pairs of socks, lip balm, and a goodie bag to carry toys and other personal items from house to house. The Kids in Need of Supportive Services program offers children, parents and families in Silver City and surrounding area with therapeutic family services, child and parent groups, court ordered visitations exchanges, individual and family therapy in home and office visits, and services that connect families to community resources. CKI member and WNMU student, Ivan Montoya, created the idea for the project. WNMU CKI, also known as Circle K International, is a sponsored leadership partner of the Kiwanis Club of Silver City. CKI is the world’s largest student-led collegiate service organization where students gain resume worthy skills, find lifetime friends and do community service that changes lives, including their own.