Here’s a look at today’s news:

The New Mexico Department of Health has reported that 2018-19 flu-related deaths in the state have risen to a total of four individuals. with the victims being over the age of 50 and reside in Lincoln, Santa Fe, Rio Arriba, and Mora Counties. Flu activity in the state and the nation has risen sharply since the last reported issued on December 17th. The flu season peaks each year between December and February and the Department of Health is encouraging individuals that have not been vaccinated to get the shot immediately, especially if they are among those most at risk for flu-related complications or live or work with people in those at-risk populations.

A Silver City resident was the focus of a law enforcement chase in both Grant and Sierra counties. Josh Medina, allegedly pulled a knife during a traffic stop whereby Bayard police pursued him to N.M. Highway 152. Later in Sierra County, deputies were alerted to a wrong-way driver in Interstate 25 and when attempting to approach the vehicle, almost had a collision. Medina headed west and eventually ditched his vehicle and fled on foot in a canyon on the Apodaca Ranch. Medina spent the night outside and was found the following day. He was checked at a local hospital and is currently being held at the Sierra County Detention Center.

In other news:

Newly sworn in Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, has announced that Lt. Governor Howie Morales, will step in as the leader of the state’s Public Education Department on a temporary basis. In addition, she signed executive orders to end the state’s use of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers standardized testing also known as PARCC. Morales will perform the duties of the P.E.D until the administration selects a permanent appointee.

On December 3rd, the Deming Toastmasters Club was chartered that will meet every Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 7:00 P.M. at the Marshall Memorial Library in Deming. Toastmasters is an international organization that strives to empower individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. They provide a supportive and positive learning experience for members to develop skills that result in greater self-confidence and personal growth. Globally, Toastmasters has more than 375,000 members, 16,600 clubs located in 143 countries. The Deming chapter was built in July of last year and held their first public meeting in September.