Here’s some of today’s local news:

A statewide torch relay run for the 2019 National Senior Games will kick off in Silver City on Saturday January 12th to celebrate thousands of senior athletes ages 50 years and older who are involved in the Senior Games. The torch celebration will take place at the Gough Park Pavilion at 11:00 A.M. The public is invited to attend the celebration along with a reception to recognize the accomplished local senior athletes with refreshments and entertainment. Anna Sanchez, of the Albuquerque National Senior Games, will attend the arrival in Silver City. The final leg of the torch relay run will take place at the Flame Arrival Ceremony on June 15th on Civic Plaza in Albuquerque to signal the start of the games. This is the first time the National Senior Games will be held in New Mexico. Organizers expect up to 13,000 athletes bringing up to 15,000 guests. It has been reported that the National Senior Games will generate over $36 million in direct economic impact for the state.

Luna County Sheriff, Kelly Gannaway, recently promoted Kristopher Seats, to take on the role of mid-level supervisor within the detective’s division by earning the rank of Sergeant of Investigations. Sergeant Seats, graduated from Deming High School in 1999, earned a Bachelors in Criminal Justice from Western Michigan University in 2004, and returned to Deming to work for CYFD. He then graduated from the New State Police Academy in 2005 and started a law enforcement career in Cuba, New Mexico. After returning to Deming, Seats continued as a senior patrolman until joining the Luna County Sheriff’s Department in August of this year. In addition, Seats serves as Assistant Track & Field Coach at Deming High School. Congratulations to Kristopher Seats!

The Grant County Water Commission has met and discussed plans on how to move forward in 2019. To start the meeting off, the first order of business was nomination Alex Brown, as Chairperson and Richard Bauch, for Vice-Chairperson. During general input, several concerns were addressed about wastewater treatment issues in Bayard concerning inadequate drying beds for the volume of wastewater produced. In addition, a proposal was made to schedule a workshop to discuss concerns and how the commission should be structured. The next meeting will take place on February 4th from 1:00 to 5:00 P.M. at a location to be determined.

Sixth Judicial District Court Judge, J.C. Robinson, has announced his retirement after 46 years of practicing law, 14 of which he served as a District Court judge. After graduating from Arizona State University law school, Judge Robinson went into private practice in Silver City, served as a district attorney, and later partnered in private practice again with now retired Judge H.R. Quintero. Judge Robinson plans on enjoying his retirement by traveling.