Here’s a look at some local news:
This Saturday, the Union Pacific “Big Boy” steam locomotive will be traveling to Lordsburg and arriving at approximately 3:30 P.M. at the Center Street crossing and later moving to the intersection of East A Street and Gold Street. For the final time this year, the Big Boy #4014 will ride the rails on the Union Pacific system and is being called the Great Race Across the Southwest. The locomotive left Cheyenne Wyoming on September 27th and is scheduled to go through many locations in many states including, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah. Union Pacific’s historic Big Boy steam locomotive No. 4014 has toured the Union Pacific system throughout 2019 to commemorate the transcontinental railroad’s 150th anniversary. The Big Boy’s return to the rails is the product of more than two years of meticulous restoration work by the Union Pacific Steam Team. No. 4014 is the world’s only operating Big Boy locomotive.
New Mexico Representative, Rebecca Dow, was recognized by the New Mexico Academy of Physician Assistants by receiving the NMAPA Legislative Service Award. Representative Dow serves on the on the Health and Human Services Committee and Behavioral Health Subcommittee that recognized PAs as behavioral health providers. Dow resides in Truth or Consequences and represents Grant, Hidalgo and Sierra counties.
The Deming Police Department is accepting medications for disposal at the MedReturn Unit that is housed their office lobby located at 700 East Pine Street. The medication disposal service is free to the public and is completely anonymous Monday through Friday from 8:00 A.M. to 4:45 P.M. Unused and expired medications are dangerous when left in homes and contribute to substance abuse and accidental poisonings. According to the Deming Headlight, 18% of students in Luna County have reported using prescription pain killers without a prescription, 2% higher than the New Mexico average as mentioned in a 2017 Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey. In addition, the Deming Police Department is currently working with the DEA to host a National Drug Take Back Day tentatively scheduled for later this month.