Here’s a look at some local news:
The Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees recognized members of the hospital staff during a meeting last week. The first to be recognized was Roberta “Bertie” Berry who has served 15 years in the ER, and Rachel Benavidez, was honored for 10 years of service in the Cancer Center. In addition, CEO Taffy Arias, recognized and thanked Marketing Director, Doug Oaks, on his last of work at the hospital.
In recognition being of October being National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Deming Police Department is hosting a “Cram the Cruiser” event today at the Deming Walmart from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. The Department is focusing on items that will benefit “The Healing House”, Luna County’s shelter for survivors of domestic violence and abuse. Some of the needed items include: personal hygiene products; detergent; bath towels; linens; clothing and non-perishable food items; and children’s toys. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, there is an estimated 1.3 million women and 835,000 men who are victims of physical violence by a partner every year. Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from the “Day of Unity” held in October 1981 and conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The “Day of Unity” soon evolved into a week, and in October of 1987, the first National Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed. In 1989 Congress passed Public Law 101-112, officially designating October of that year as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
During a Grant Commission meeting last week, Sheriff Frank Gomez presented a certificate of appreciation to Eric Castillo, in recognition of his valuable and outstanding work on law enforcement vehicles. Eric is a member of the Grant County Road Department. In addition, Sheriff Gomez reported on county statistics from August 25th through September 25th which according to the Grant County Beat, included a rise in domestic violence calls this year at 23 compared to 14 last year. Gomez also reported that deputies are successfully giving driving tests to students as a community service.