Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
During a regular meeting last week, the Village Trustees of Santa Clara approved a two-mill levy increase that will cost residents an additional $32 on a home valued $48,000. The Trustees also decided to not hire an additional police officer at this time and instead, Police Chief Lonnie Sandoval will cut his hours from 40 to 32 hours a week in order to allow the remaining two officers to work additional time. In addition, the Trustees renewed an agreement with the Arenas Valley Water Association for two more years, and tabled any action on a resolution to allow UTV’s to drive on highways that are within Santa Clara city limits.
On Saturday, a New Mexico State Police veteran officer died after suffering a medical incident while on duty. Sergeant Thomas Vitale, who was assigned to District 12 in Deming, was an Army veteran and served 18 years in the police department. Sergeant Vitale is survived by his wife and three children.
The Silver City Museum has announced its participation in the Ninth Annual Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day weekend, May 26th through Labor Day, September 3rd. Founded in 2009, Blue Star Families strengthens military families by connecting communities and fostering leadership through local chapter-based community events. The museum free admission program is available for those currently serving in the United States Military – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard as well as Active Duty and Reservists, National Guardsman (regardless of status), U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and up to five family members.
Members of the Grant County 4-H Shooting Sports teams participated in the State 4-H Shooting Sports Championships in Raton, on May 4th-6th. Members competed in shooting sports disciplines air rifle, rifle, shotgun, archery, pistol, and hunting. Grant County had the second highest participation this year at state shoot with 41 members. Grant County finished off a great year with individuals and teams placing in the top 10. In the shotgun category, Team 1 placed in 8th position with: Ty Dalton; Cooper Miller; Connor McDaniel; and Jacobi Lockett. Team 2 placed in 5th with: Haley Jacquez; Autumn Laws; and Sophia Egge-Ogas. Ty Dalton placed 9th as an individual. In the Pistol category, Team 1 placed 5th with: Julian Garcia; Bradley Sullivan; Xander O’Loughlin; and Seth Neal. In the Archery category, Team 1 placed 4th with Julian Garcia; Riley Brabson; Bristan Lockett, and Jacobi Lockett. Congratulations 4-H team!