Here’s a look at some local news:
The LifeQuest Scholarship was presented to the Western New Mexico University Foundation in recognition of Dr. Richard F. Rodriguez. The donation from LifeQuest was composed of the remaining assets of the agency that was closed due to a loss of funding this year. According to a release, “Funded through an initial gift of $104,000, the endowed scholarship was created by Debra Frasca and Pam Gibson on behalf of Life Quest, Inc., and its board of directors. The Life Quest Scholarship in special recognition of Dr. Richard F. Rodriguez, is meant to support WNMU students pursuing careers in special education and also WNMU students who have disabilities and are majoring in any field.” Named in part after Dr. Rodriguez, the scholarship also honors the professor who taught special education at WNMU from 1980-2007 and who served on Life Quest’s board for more than a quarter century.
The Santa Rita Shrine, located near the Chino Mine, was discovered on Tuesday to be severely vandalized. The glass on then building was shattered in addition to the original 1943 statue of the Virgen of Santa Rita was shattered along with concrete memorials to Santa Rita men killed in the Vietnam war. The original Catholic Church in Santa Rita was abandoned in the 1960’s due to the expansion of mining operations. Saint Rita is the patron saint of “of impossible causes and hopeless circumstances” and the annual feat day is celebrated on May 22nd. The Grant County Sheriff’s Department has opened an investigation on the case. Donations to assist in the repairs for the shrine can be made at First American Bank in Bayard.
The Ben Archer Health Center, located at 125 Chaparral Road in Deming is currently under an expansion project. The add on construction will create additional examination rooms and dental facilities. Work on the project is expected to be completed by the end of this year.
Cobre High School is celebrating Homecoming this week that will feature a football game at 7:00 P.M. on Friday night against the Fabens Wildcats from Texas and during halftime, a homecoming king and queen will be crowned. Members of this year’s homecoming court are: Freshman Princess, Alaynah Rios; Freshman Price, Gavin Placencio; Sophomore Princess Daziah Chavez; Sophomore Prince, Elijah Jaurequi; Junior Princess, Dysis Licht; Junior Prince, Andres Romo; Senior Princess, Daquiri Dalton Torres; Senior Prince, Gabriel Ortiz; Senior Princess Delilah Marin; and Senior Prince, Felix Dominguez.