Here’s a look at today’s local news:
The two-mill levy Silver Schools Public School Improvements Tax election passed on Tuesday night by a near 2 to 1 margin of received votes. The voting was by mail ballot only and was sent to registered voters residing within the boundaries of the Silver Consolidated School District on April 16th. SB-9 is valued at $1.1 million for school properties, facilities, technology, and school activity vehicles. The measure does not add new taxes or raise current taxes, but allows the district to continue to receive the funding annually. The levy must be renewed every six years.
Aldo Leopold Charter School students hosted an “Internship Showcase” for the public that featured presentations about community internships this semester. Students participated in 14 individual internships and in the Youth Conservation Corps that included crews for Archaeology, Garden, Eco Monitoring, Murals and Trails. Each one of the crews prepared a PowerPoint presentation to the audience in addition to a poster board summary of their learning experience. Students begin their chosen internship in their sophomore year and freshman participate in a community orientation program in preparation for their own internship experience.
The City of Deming has opened a hangar at the Municipal airport to house an overflow of up to 100 migrants that have arrived in the area this week. There are over 200 individuals currently being housed at the Southwest New Mexico Fairgrounds. Volunteers are still needed including bilingual persons and individuals with medical experience. Interim Assistant County Manager Chris Brice, is stressing that government entities are not accepting financial donations and that any should be made to a local “Non-Government Organization.”
In related news, a New Mexico delegation of elected officials has sent a letter to the leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees requesting that state and local governments and local non-governmental organizations be reimbursed financially for providing providing necessary humanitarian relief to asylum seekers in southern New Mexico.