News 1-5-15

Here is a look at local news:

All veterans are invited to attend a Town Hall on Wednesday morning from 10:30am to noon at the American Legion Post 18 Hall on College Avenue in Silver City.  Veterans and their families will have the opportunity to meet the new Director for the New Mexico VA Health Care System, Andrew Welch.  This will be an important meeting whereby attendees will have the opportunity to discuss any VA health care concerns with the director.  For more information, call 505-256-6495.

In other news, a Silver City teen, Filemon Varlea Jr. trial is supposed to start today at the 6th Judicial District Court, Judge JC Robinson’s courtroom.  Varlera is charged will shooting his two cousins in 2013. The shooting, that resulted in the death of two victims, took place near the intersection of 16th and North Gold streets in Silver City.

In sad news, a WNMU student, Joseph Castillo, 22 years of age, was found dead by a possible self-inflicted gunshot wound that happed in the afternoon on New Year’s Eve at the Brown Derby bar parking lot.  Sympathy is extended to the family and friends on this tragedy.

In Deming news, thanks to the Deming Gem and Mineral Society, Susan Swope, a teacher in the Deming Public Schools, received a $1000 grant for her eighth grade science and agri-science classes at Red Mountain Middle School.  With the grant money, rock samples, three-dimensional models that show the layers of Earth and other teaching tools were purchased.

In other Deming news, Joe Torres, a 28- year-old mixed martial arts fighters  is back in the ring again.  Joe Torres killed one of four men accused of invading his home on New Year’s Day in 2014. Torres was cleared of any wrong doing in the death of the invader, but he was not sure he would ever get back in the ring again.  His first fight since the incident will be at the Southwest Brawl event at Las Cruces Convention Center on Saturday, January 31st.

Tomorrow, Senator Tom Udall will be sworn in for his second term as United States Senator for New Mexico. The ceremony will take place on the Senate floor at noon in Washington DC.  At the beginning of each new session of Congress, senators-elect take an oath of office from the presiding officer in an open session of the Senate prior to performing their legislative duties.