Today, the BLM and New Mexico State Historic Preservation office released a news story about the signing of a protocol agreement describing how the BLM will meet its responsibilities under the new National Historic Preservation Act. The BLM will integrate its historic preservation planning and management decisions with other policy and program requirements. The BLM intends to streamline and simplify procedural requirements and emphasize the common goal of planning for and managing historic properties under BLM jurisdiction. With the BLM managing more than 245 million acres of public land and in 2013 fiscal year, the BLM generating more than $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands, this plan represents two years of hard work, according to the report.
This year’s school board election candidates for the Silver Consolidated and Cobre Consolidated school districts have been announced. There are two positions on the Silver Consolidated School Board. Trent Petty will run against Frances Vasquez. Anthony Chavez will be on the ballot as he hopes to retain the seat he currently occupies, that of the seat given up by Debbie Eggleston. Anthony Chavez will run against Mike McMillan. In Cobre District, Ralph Sepulveda will run against Hector Carrillo. Frank Cordova is running again Frances Gonzales.
Santa Clause has been visiting various places in Silver City. Some of the schools visited include Sixth Street Elementary, and even Silver City Gospel Mission. Yesterday Santa Clause visited El Grito Head Start. Santa’s elves gave gifts to more than 180 students who attend the school. The El Grito Head Start free program for children ages 3 to 5 is designed to provide an educational head start to children from low-income families.
In other news, Dr. Sherman, who owns a local dentistry practice in Silver City, has received the Academy of General Dentistry’s Fellowship Award. A congratulations is extended to Dr. Sherman on this accomplishment. In order to earn this achievement, Dr. Sherman completed over 500 hours of continuing dental education as well as passed a comprehensive written exam alongside three continuous years of belonging to the AGD.
In Deming news, the New Mexico Rodeo Association is going to be bringing two more sanctioned circuit events to the area. Location has been important consideration for the NMRA deciding that Deming is a great, centrally located area for rodeo contestants in New Mexico, Eastern Arizona, and West Texas. With mild weather and the city’s dedication to upgrade its rodeo facilities, future events are more and more likely to be scheduled in Deming.
Recently the Deming Elks Lodge 2750 provided more than 60 local youth a Christmas party. The youth began a warm afternoon with a picnic lunch followed by bingo games. Santa even paid everyone a visit.
In other holiday spirit, Andrea Flores and Laura Ortiz organized a campaign to send soldiers in Afghanistan 44 care packages for Christmas from Luna County. Care packages included snacks, powdered drinks and treats like beef jerky. Packages included special messages written from school children in the Deming School system. One class, Mrs. Alfaro’s 6th grade class from Deming Intermediate School, even donated $80 as each student gave $1 and sponsored three soldiers. Students of Red Mountain Middle School donated over $120. In total, more than $931 plus numerous items were donated for this project. A huge thank you goes out to the volunteer work done by so many—trying the reason for season.