Here’s a look at some local news:

A local pediatrician has been selected to participate in one of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) leadership programs. Brian Etheridge, MD, FAAP from Hidalgo Medical Services, was selected for “Culture of Health Leaders” which offers intensive learning opportunities with some of today’s foremost health and equity experts, fostering cross-sector collaboration and supporting leaders in their continued growth and development as agents of change for health and equity. Dr. Etheridge, a pediatrician in the community for the past 12 years, brings a wealth of experience to this cohort.  In addition to his work in the community he has been active at the state level such as advocating for continued universal access to pediatric vaccines through efforts culminating in the passage of the Vaccine Purchase Act to working to improve pediatric specialty care through the Pediatric Specialty Care Task Force in 2018.

A City of Deming media release has stated that U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials notified the city that they will no longer be releasing asylum seekers to the National Guard Armory Shelter. In addition, Deming is currently securing permission from donors to distribute donated goods throughout the community during various community events. Deming will be closing the facility tomorrow, October 18th.

PNM has recently announced that the old power plant located in Lordsburg will be demolished to grade level. According to Randy Pinkering, Director of Southern  New Mexico Gas Plants for PNM, “The old generating station was a vital part of history for the region as it helped serve the energy needs of this area.” In addition, a subcontractor has been assigned to handle asbestos removal before demolition is to take place. The asbestos abatement project should begin later this month and continue until January. The demolition is scheduled to begin from the completion of the abatement until the end of March.