Here’s a look at today’s local news:
The Deming-Luna County Economic Development Corporation was awarded a state grant last week in the amount of $5,000 through the state’s Local Economic Assistance and Development Support – or LEADS – program. The grant was among nearly $157,000 in LEADS grants to 16 communities across the state. The grant was created to promote job creation, corporate recruitment and business development. The LEADS program was created in 2016 to help communities develop successful and sustainable economic outcomes.
In order to continue the progress being made on the WNMU campus underground utilities and College Avenue beautification project in Silver City, College Avenue will be closed to all traffic just west of the Cooper Street intersection and just east of the D Street intersection. The closure begins today and will remain in effect through the duration of the project. Traffic will be rerouted on 8th Street via Cooper Street (southbound) and Bayard Street (northbound) and via D Street, however the public should avoid the area while the project is underway. Access to the Student Memorial Building, Brancheau PE Complex, Light Hall, Castorena Hall, and the Felipe de Ortego y Gasca Cultural Center parking lot, will be available through the west entrance, as the east entrance will remain closed until the project’s completion. The normally one-way exit will function as a two-way entrance and exit, so courtesy and caution should be exercised. During this road closure, the sidewalk is also closed to pedestrian traffic. It is recommended that commuters travel to campus via 12th and 7th streets or use other alternate routes while the College Avenue beautification project is underway.
A reminder that all persons conducting business in Luna County, outside the incorporated boundaries of the City of Deming or the Village of Columbus, must renew their business registration or apply for a new business registration on or before June 30th. Luna County Ordinance No. 5 provides for a penalty of $25 per month and/or a 90-day jail sentence and/or $300 fine for each violation. Persons engaged solely in farming and ranching or whose annual gross sales do not exceed $500 are exempt from the ordinance. Please call the Luna County Clerk’s Office at 575-546-0491 for more information.
The Grant County Commission has narrowed the list to five finalists to fill two seats on the Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees. The individuals are as follows: Ed Wilmot; Ray Goellner; Tony Trujillo; Renee Despres; and Wayne Mosteller. The finalists are anticipated to attend the county commissioners combined work session tomorrow at 9:00 A.M., where they will each have 10 minutes to give an opening statement and answer questions that provided to them in advance. The meeting will take place in the Commission Meeting Room at the Grant County Administration Center located at 1400 Highway 180 East.
Hannah Ruth Streams of Mimbres, and a graduate of Silver High School, has been recognized as on the Dean’s Honor Roll by Oklahoma State University. She is studying Animal Science in the College of Agriculture and has a grade point average above 3.5. Congratulations, Hannah!