A BIG Congratulations to the 2023 Nancy Champlin P.E.O. Foundation College Scholarship recipients, Makayla Martinez and Phoenix Hogan. Both high school seniors were recognized for their outstanding academic achievements and leadership skills. Ms. Martinez plans on attending the University of Arizona to pursue a degree in biology and an eventual doctorate in medicine. Ms. Hogan plans on attending the University of New Mexico to pursue a bachelor’s degree in communication and speech science. 

The City of Deming has added two newly certified Police Officers to The Deming Police Department. Alondra Rangel and Matthew Bustamante graduated from the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy in May. Both officers completed 677 hours of training in multiple areas such as law, safety pursuit, dealing with the mentally impaired, firearms and other areas. They have resumed field training with the Deming Police Department, and once that is completed they will officially be patrolling the community.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation District One will begin a bridge rehabilitation project on June 5th. The project will take place on New Mexico 26, Hatch Highway, at milepost 26.8 near Nutt. The contractor’s hours will be from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Drivers can expect delays and reduced speed limit signs will be in place. For more information go to website or call 511.

Congratulations to Danli Valdez of Animas, who was crowned the 2023 New Mexico High School Rodeo Association State Champion Girl’s Cutter. Ms. Valdez won 2 out of 3 rounds and scored the highest out of both the boys and girls during the short round over the entire season. In July, Danli will represent New Mexico at the National High School Rodeo Association Finals in Wyoming. 

The Pass Fire on the Gila National Forest, Black Range Ranger District as of June 1st, has grown to approximately 17,282 acres since it was ignited by lightning on May 15th. The Pass Fire behavior has been low to moderate with generally low flame length on the surface of the forest. Fire crews began fire operations along Highway 59 and worked to the east which created a wide Fireline to prevent further movement to the north. The southern portion of the fire has spread to the Gila Wilderness and a protection plan is being developed to assess private lands, infrastructure in the vicinity and included values at risk of Threatened and Endangered species in Beaver Creek. For more information call 575-388-8211.