Here’s a look at today’s local news:

Silver City Attorney William Perkins, has been appointed by Governor Susana Martinez to serve as Judge of Division 1 in the Sixth Judicial Court. Perkins is replacing retired Judge Timothy Aldrich and plans to take the bench in early October. In the general election in November, Perkins will run as an incumbent candidate running against Democrat, Tom Stewart.

The New Mexico Public Education Department has released school grades for 2018. In the Deming School District, the grades are as follows: Columbus Elementary received a  C from a B last year; Bataan Elementary remained the same at a B; Red Mountain Middle School scored a D; Deming High School scored a C from a D last year; Memorial High School, Deming Intermediate and Chaparral Elementary all remained at a D; Bell Elementary raised to a D from an F last year; Mimbres Valley Alternative School scored a C; Deming Cesar Chavez raised to a  C from an F last year; and Ruben S. Torres Elementary dropped to a D from a C last year. In Catron County: Reserve Elementary School dropped to a D from a C last year; Datil Elementary remained at a B; Quemado Elementary School remained at D; Reserve High School scored a B from an A last year; and Quemado High School dropped to a C from an A last year.

During the 2018 Annual Plenary Meeting of the New Mexico Sonora Commission, Western New Mexico University signed agreements with 4 higher education institutions from the border state of Sonora, Mexico. The meeting, held in Santa Fe last week, was attended by delegates from the state Sonora Mexico and New Mexico, which included WNMU President, Joseph Shepard. Shepard has led initiatives in the realm of international education that have led to agreements between WNMU and 48 Mexican universities. According to a release, “the New Mexico Sonora Commission is a forum for discussing and resolving issues of mutual concern to the governments of both states in order to identify cooperative projects and determine how to carry out cultural, artistic, public safety, economic and industrial affairs together. Members include New Mexico Governor Suzanna Martinez and New Mexico Tourism Department Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Latham. The late Linda Kay Jones, who once served as WNMU’s Vice President of Institutional Advancement, was also an early member of the commission.”

Congratulations are in order to Grant County Agricultural Agent, Jessica Swapp, for being a regional finalist and winning the Communications Award from the National Association of County Agricultural Agents. Jessica’s promotional flyer for a cattle producer workshop, caught the eye of judges which earned her the special award. Great job, Jessica!