News 12-31-14

A look at local and regional news:

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency is reminding international travelers of several important things they can do to ensure a smooth and efficient processing experience with travel to and from across the U.S. / Mexico border.   There is a new free app available that informs travelers of “border wait time.” You can find this app at the Apple App Store.   The app is a one-stop shop for cross border travel and provides estimated wait times and open lane status at land ports of entry.  If you are a frequent international traveler and haven’t already become a member of a trusted traveler program, sign up now. For more information visit the “Trusted Traveler” section of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website.

In a news release from the New Mexico VA Health Care System Department of Veterans Affairs, all veterans are invited to attend a Town Hall meeting on January 7th in Silver City.  Veterans and their families will be able to meet Andrew Welch, the new director of the New Mexico VA Health Care System.  There will be an open forum to discuss VA health concerns with the director.  The town hall will be from 10:30 to noon on the 7th at the American Legion Post 18 on College Avenue in Silver City.

Last week we announced the winner of the Silver City area Christmas Lights contest. This week we have the results of the Deming area Christmas Lights contest.   In Deming, first place when to the home a 902 East Olive Street, 2nd place went to 2175 Daisy Drive, and 3rd place to 1619 Santa Catalina.

Remember to be safe tonight if you got out to a party.   Corre Cantinas is running tonight. Corre Cantinas will pick you up from your home or from a business and take you to your desired destination in the area and then pick you up for your return trip. It is just $3.50 a ride and well worth the peace of mind and safety.  Never drink and drive. 388-1813 is the number. You can call ahead and make reservations.  That number again 388-1813 for Hidalgo and Grant Counties.

A reminder, with the cold that here, for the Silver City area, there is a Men’s Cold Weather Shelter in the Silver City Gospel mission soup kitchen daily. Doors open at 5:30pm and are closed at 7:30pm with dinner available.  The Sierra House Women and Children’s Shelter also has an emergency shelter open at 5:30pm and close at 7:30pm. For more information call 575-388-5071, located at end of Bullard behind Jaliscos Café in Silver City.  In Deming, area, contact the St. Vincent de Paul Homeless Shelter, Soup Kitchen and Thrift Store for a one nigh only shelter for traveling homeless coming through the Deming area.  Call 575-546-7763, located at 400 South 12th Street in Deming. If you are looking for meaningful volunteer work, both of these organizations could use assistance or donations.

As we close this year and look forward to the next, we will reflect on the friends and family who no longer at our sides, as old acquaintances shall not be forgotten, and we will reflect on how they touched our lives and look to the new year for new acquaintances and strengthening old relationships so to build a successful community, country and world, wishing peace and the best to all.  Thank you — all of our listeners and advertisers. Happy New Year.  “Be the change you want to see in the world.”