Here’s a look at today’s local news:

The New Mexico Department of Health and the Human Services Department have proposed implementing a three-phased approach in providing temporary assistance to individuals on the Developmental Disabilities Waitlist. According to the New Mexico Department of Health, the goal is to overhaul the DD waiver program over a 6-year period in hopes of “implementing a more sustainable program that better provides the services needed and eliminate the waitlist.” A Supports Waiver program will aid approximately 5,000 New Mexicans waiting for over a decade for placement on the Developmental Disabilities waiver. Phase one will provide funding for some additional services for waitlist individuals who are not Medicaid eligible, phase two will provide terms for the Supports Waiver, and phase three which will be a tiered Developmental Disabilities Waiver intended to provide services more appropriate to an individual’s needs.

The Luna County Board of Commissioners will be meeting this Friday in regular session at 10:00 A.M. at the Luna County Courthouse. Among regular agenda items, the commission will decide whether to pass the following resolutions: Authorization of application for financial assistance and Project approval to the New Mexico Finance Authority; Designating Polling Places; and Road Department Capital Outlay. The Luna County Courthouse is located at 700 South Silver Street in Deming.

The Santa Clara Cemetery Committee coordinated a party for members of the Youth Conservation Corps crew last week. The “thank you” pizza party held in Viola Stone Park was given to the youth who did a thorough clean-up of the Village of Santa Clara cemetery. The United States Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) is a summer youth employment program that engages young people in meaningful work experiences on national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, and fish hatcheries while developing an ethic of environmental stewardship and civic responsibility.