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VOLUME 10 ISSUE 1 FRIDAY JANUARY 1, 2010 50 I Hidalgo County Ihh,h,h,,,ll,,ll,,ll,,,,Ihl SmallTown Papers 5026 California Avenue SW Seattle WA 98136 up day Tu Potential candidates for the upcom- ing City of Lordsburg election'can sign up for available offices next Tuesday, January 5. 2010 Up for grabs in Lordshurg are three City Council positions, those currently held by Alfredo Morelos. Art Talavera and Eddie Lopez. and the office of Mayor. currently held by Arthur Clark Smith. Smith has already declared his intent to run for re-election. The posi- tion of Lordsburg Municipal Judge, cur- rently held by David Arredondo. is also up for re-election. Candidates must sign up with the Lordsburg City :Clerk between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at City Hall. 409 WesI Wabash Street. day for Anyone wishing to sign up for any of these four-Year office must apply in person and present a declaration of can- didacy and a certified copy of the candi- dates' current affidavit of voter registra- tion on file with the Hidalgo County Clerk. The City election will be held on March 2. 2010. Absentee voting will begin January 26 at City Hall and will wrap up on February 2~6. Early voting will be from February 10-26. The last day to register to vote in this election is February 2, 2010. at the Hidalgo County Clerk'.~ Qffice, 300 South Shakespeare Street in Lordsburg. The Village of Virden will also be holding a municipal election. Up for by Mayor Clark From myself and all my family, the City Council and employees~ we wish all our families and friends a Happy New Year. January 1 marks the end of a period of remembrance of a particular passing year, especially on radio, television and in newspapers, which usually starts right after Christmas Day. It is also customary to make a new year's resolution, which most of us do. Lordsburg and Hidalgo County are great at helping their communities out. Please add to your resolution to volun- teer to help others. Please be safe and remember DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE. Let's keep all our brave men and women who serve our great nation in our prayers. Thank you to VFW Post 3099 (Veteran's of Foreign Wars of the United States) for the award you gave me for "Special Recognition for Exceptional Service". It is an honor for me to work side by side with you to honor all our veteran's. We will continue with our programs this coming year.. Lots to do, so have fun, be safe ~/nd please get involved in your community and help support our local youth in their athletics and academics in the Lordsburg and Animas schools. PAL presents gifts to the elderly at H The Lordsburg Police Athletic League (PALl handed out gifts to each and ev- ery resident at Sunshine Haven Nurs- ing Home lastThursday afternoon. Last year, PAL donated a big-screen television set to the local facility. Above and at left, Santa Claus visits with the residents while presenting them with their gifts. For more photos from the PAL presentation, see Page 2 of tl~is week's edition of the Hidalgo County Herald. rg City Election grabs in this district are three village councilors and the office of mayor. Sign update in Virden is also January 5. 2010. rdsburg housing shortag problem fi Border Patrol By RENE ROMOIdournal Southern Bu- reau Reprinted with permission The Border Patrol's rapid expansion in southwest New Mexico the past two years has provided the opportunity for a major economtc boon. but it's an oppor- tunity this bootheel town has been un- able to fully exploit. The main reason: lack of housing. "We are desperate for it. Homeland Security is desperate for it." said Tad Powers. Hidalgo County's economic de- velopment coordinator. "'The bottom line is we have a serious, serious hous- ing shortage." Less than two years ago, the Border Patrol's Lordsburg station, which is re- si~onsible for monitoring 81 miles of border and 4.256 square miles of rugged desert crossed by several mountain ranges, was staffed by about 150 agents. Today, it is staffed by about 240 agents, and by the end of 2010. the num- ber is expected to grow to more than 300. That's a major spike in workers for a town that saw its population shrink 17 per- cent since 2000. to about 2.800. Because of a lack of housing, most live far from I]ordsburg. According to a needs assessment by a state contractor, only 38 percent of the station's agents live in Lordsburg, while 27 percent live in Deming 60 miles away and 29 percent live in Silver City 45 miles away. About a dozen agents live in Arizona or the Las Cruces area. about 120 miles away. which means four-hour daily commutes. Once arriving atwork, it is not un- usual for Lordsburg-based Border Patrol agents to drive 90 minutes to two hours to the area they will patrol, said Carlos Castaneda. the state's Homeland Secu- rity liaison to the Border Patrol. 'It's a bigger issue now' Havi-ng local housing available would make the Lordsburg post more attractive and help improve the Border Patrol's retention rate. Nationwide. the agency loses as much as 30 percent of new agents within the first two years of their career, agency spokesman Joe Romero said. "Not only do we want to do what- ever we can to accommodate the re- sources that f~ll on our border, but we also want to capitalize on this economic activity in an area that hasn't gotten any in quite a 10ng time." Castaneda said. Border Patrol brass were so con- cerned about housing that sector chief Victor Manjarrez Jr:. asked Gov. Bill Richardson to encourage housing devel- opment. The issue is not unique to the Bor- der Patrol. About half of the Lordsburg school district's instructional staff lives outside of town. said Superintendent Jim Barentine. "Several times over the last few years, we've offered jobs to good candidates who turned around and de- clined employment because they could not find housing they were satisfied with." "Housing is an issue." said Lordsburg Mayor Arthur Clark Smith. "It's a bigger issue now because of the See HOUSING on Page 2 Rep. Teague to hold "Harry in Your Hometown" event ! in Lordsburg Jan. 5 1 Courtesy submission Congressman Harry Teague will continue his "Harry in Your Hometown" outreach program on Tuesday, January 5th with an event in Lordsburg. Members of the public are encouraged to attend and meet with Congressman Teague one on one to share their thoughts and ques- tions with him and to learn more about how his office can help them solve prob- lems with federal agencies. This event is part of Congressman Teague's "Solutions for Southern New Mexico" tour. kicking off Saturday, Janu- ary 2nd.On the weeklong tour. Congress- man Teague will visit all 18 counties in the 2nd Congressional District to meet with constituents and attend various events. Since taking office in January, Congressman Teague has hosted over 70 "Harry in Your Hometown" events across southern New Mexico and opened 6 Congressional Field Offices. The "Harry in Your Hometown" program is a com- munity outreach initiative developed by Congressman Teague to help him stay in touch with constituents throughout New Mexico's second congressional dis- trict. The event will be held at Kranberry's Restaurant from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. I Snow covered mountains Hidalgo County was the recipient of snow for the second time in as many weeks on Tuesday morning. Above, Pyramid Mountain, located south of Lordsburg, is covered with snow. UPC()MING EVENTS Line Dancing Crooked Halos Line Dancing club meets every Monday and Wednesday from 5 to 6 p.m. for beginners and from 6:15- 7:30 p.m. at R.V. Traylor Elemen- tary School; For more information call 542-8384 ext. 104. HCCG meeting Jan. 6 Hidalgo County Cattle Growers will be having a meeting on Jan. 6'h at p.m. at Kranberry's Restaurant. The meeting will include discussion on the Wolf reintro- duction program in SW NM and talk- about it making its way to Hidalgo County. All livestock producers are en, couraged to attend this meeting and voice your opinion. Walking & Activity Walking & Activity Club meets ev- ery Monday and Wednesday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Special Events Center. For more information call 542-8384 ext. 104. Step Aerobics Active & Alive step aerobics are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Central Elementary School. For more information call 542- p.m. at the First Methodist Church. Nat- 8384 ext. 104. cotics Anonymous (NA) meetings are Winter coat collection held Mdndays at 5 p.m., Wednesdays at 3 p.m. and Thursdays at 11 a.m. at Lordsburg Schools is currently seek- Kokopelli and on Saturdays at 5:30 p.m. ing coat donations, new or used, to,be ' at the First Meth0dist Church. For more distributed within the Lordsburg School District to needy children. Drop off coats, or cash donations, to Alice Webb at Southside Elementary School. AA/NM Meetings Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meet- ings are held on Monday at 3 p.m. at the Kokopelli Office and on Saturday at 7 information contact Kokopelli at 575- 542-3304. Team Kids Team Kids is held every Wednesday at the First Baptist Church of Lordsburg from 6:00-6:45 p.m. Team Kids is open to students in grades 1-6. Marquez account An account has been opened at West- ern Bank in Lordsburg to help benefit Joaquin Marquez, who is currently awaiting a kidney transplant. Ask any Western Bank teller for more informa-. e tion. Free cooking classes ICAN Nutritional Cooking Classes to begin January 6th, 13% 20th and'27% Absolutely free call to sign up NOW! Call Lori @ 575-542-9291. See UPCOMING EVENTS on Page 3 .4