Here’s a look at today’s local news:

American Legion Allingham-Golding Post 18, announced student winners of the “2019 Americanism Essay Contest Award” from Calvary Christian Academy. Americanism is defined an ideology, or belief in devotion, loyalty, or allegiance to the United States of America, or to its flag, traditions, customs, culture, symbols, institutions, or form of government. Each student winner received a $50 check from ALA Unit 18 and an Award Certificate. The Honorable Mentions received an Award Certificate. The winners are as follows: Hadassah Mathieu; Nicholas Zamora; Seth Ammon; Sophia Vinson; and Ashleigh Armijo. Honorable Mentions went to: Ariel Hanson; Naomi Ammon; Gianna Gavaldon; and Jan Schwarzfeld.

The National Main Street Center and its Coordinating Program partners have announced that the Silver City MainStreet/Arts & Culture District has been designated as an accredited “Main Street America” program. Each year, the list of of accredited Main Street America programs is announced in recognition of their commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the “Main Street Approach.” Silver City MainStreet is one of the state’s oldest and most successful programs in, winning a Great American MainStreet Award in 2011, the only NM MainStreet program to win the award.

After 21 years of service, Deming Police Chief, Bobby Orosco, officially retired this week among crowds of people that gathered in Downtown Deming. Orosco, began his law enforcement career in 1998 in the patrol division, and moved forward by serving as patrol sergeant, sergeant detective, patrol captain, and chief of police. Eighteen years of his career was spent serving in the Luna County Sheriff’s Office, the Dona Ana Sheriff’s Department and Deming Police Department before serving as police chief in 2016.  In addition, Orosco built a good relationship with schools and the community with Family Night Out and community get-togethers, including other events for children and families.

The New Mexico Department of Health has reported that several counties in Eastern New Mexico have had confirmed rabies in skunks this year. The department is urging all pet owners throughout the state to make sure their dogs, cats, horses and other livestock get vaccinated against rabies. Residents and visitors are reminded to be aware of strangely behaving wild animals or oddly acting unowned domestic animals. Pet owners are encouraged to keep their pets on a leash to prevent an exposure to a wild animal and to have their rabies vaccinations up-to-date.