Here’s a look at some local news:
Western New Mexico University held its 2019 Spring Commencement Friday afternoon in Old James Stadium. The university conferred 315 degrees with New Mexico Supreme Court Justice, Barbara J. Vigil, delivering the keynote message. In addition, His Royal Highness, Manga II, was conferred with an honorary doctorate degree in recognition of his work in Zambia. He ascended to the tribal throne in Zambia which is comprised of 30 percent of a populations of 14 million people.
According to the Silver City Police Department, a burglary with vandalism occurred at Silver High School on Friday at approximately 6:00 A.M. It was reported that some trophies where damaged including one being taken, and fire extinguishers were sprayed in hallways and bathrooms. Two unnamed suspects were viewed on surveillance footage. The case is currently under investigation.
Friday afternoon, the southern portion of Bullard Street in Downtown Silver City was shut down after a suspected pipe bomb was reported on the property of the Silver City Gospel Mission. A team from the New Mexico State Police Squad arrived from Albuquerque and it was later determined the suspicious device was not a threat. Businesses along Bullard from City Hall to Home Furniture were evacuated until an all the clear announcement was issued in the later afternoon.
According to the Luna County Detention Center Director, the United States Border Patrol, has announced to Deming and Luna County Officials that will commencing a pending dropoff of immigrants seeking asylum in the area. The immigrants, more than 100 in number, are comprised of non-criminal individuals, mostly family units. In addition, it was announced that the city and county are collaborating in making arrangements for temporary housing, food and water to the asylum seekers.
In related news, the El Paso sector of the Border Patrol reported that last Thursday, May 9th, was the one of the busiest days in recent history when agents encountered and collected approximately 1700 immigrants in one day. The individuals were comprised of 4 groups crossing from Mexico to United States in the El Paso area and the New Mexico Bootheel.