Here’s a look at today’s news:
Over two dozen veterans from Southern New Mexico participated in the 11th Annual Honor Flight to Washington, D.C last week. Each honoree spent 3 days in the nation’s capital visiting monuments and memorials in addition to receiving special and respectful treatment everywhere they traveled. Honor Flight New Mexico was started in 2008 to take World War II Veterans on a free 3-day tour in Washington D.C., but is now serving veterans of The Korean and Vietnam wars. The trip is free of charge for the veteran although they may bring a guest that pays for their own expenses. For more information, or to download an application, visit honorflightnm.org.
Deming police officers responded to a shooting Saturday evening on Diamond Street, where it was reported that several individuals were involved in an altercation after allegedly attempting to rob at gunpoint the occupants of a residence. Edward Pena, and a female subject were shot by an occupant of the home during the altercation. Later, it was reported that Pena died from his injuries after being transported to an area hospital. The female subject at the time of this report remains in the hospital in critical condition. The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau has assumed the investigation.
Santa Rita Masonic Lodge #44 donated $500 to the Fort Bayard Historic Preservation Society for new interpretive signs regarding the Fort Bayard Sojourners Club. The club originated among Freemasons who served in the U.S. military in the Philippines in 1900 and was later formally organized in the United States in 1917. The club’s purpose was to join Master Masons serving in the military together to promote fellowship and develop true patriotism throughout the nation. The Fort Bayard Chapter of the Sojourners Club started in the early 1920’s and served up to 175 Masons, many being patients at the hospital located at Fort Bayard.
Volunteers from Stantec Engineering in Silver City, donated their time to paint the interior of the Centro de Amistad Senior Community Center in Santa Clara. The participants, called Stantec “Volunheroes”, chose to give back to the village staff that works so hard for the community all year long. This Friday, the senior center, in partnership with New Energy Economy, will be the location of a celebration and ribbon cutting marking the installation of solar power panels that will positively impact the economic and environmental health of the Village of Santa Clara. The event will begin this Friday at 11:30 A.M. at 107 N. East Street.
Melody Ruebush, a 15- year old sophomore from Deming High School was crowned Queen of the Southwestern New Mexico State Fair Royalty Pageant last Thursday night at the Deming fairgrounds. Melody competes in FFA events in addition to participating in 4-H, photography, and working with animals. Melody was also named commercial winner and received a $300 scholarship. Runner-up in the same division was awarded to Tatumn O’Toole who also won Miss Congeniality and a $200 scholarship.