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2 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY. JANUARY 1. 2010 M Save $5- EACH EACH Contin ued from Page I PAL presents gifts to the elderly at SNNH AboVe, LordsburgHigh School students vol unteered their time to sing Christmas Carols to the residents. At left, Mayor Clark Smith and Lordsburg Police Chief Mark Thomas were on hand for the PAL presentation. Below, Santa visits a room- bound resident and gives her a special gift. Herald staff photos Lordsburg housing shortage a Continued from Page 1 Border Patrol, but it was an issue before." The Border Patrol is the area's largest employer, and by next spring the federal government is scheduled to award a contract to build a new 50.000-square-foot headquarters to accommodate the station's growth. Such an influx of welt-paid federal employees would be a major jolt to the economy if they all lived and shopped regu- larly in town. "If we get quality housing, that will raise all boats," Powers said. Border Patrol agents are paid starting salaries of about $36,000, spokesman Joe Romero said. Homes built in '70s In mid-January, the consult- ing firm Medius Inc., hired by the state Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) to do the needs assessment, plans to coor- dinate a meeting in Lordsburg aimed at promoting housing de- velopment. The meeting will bring together" government offi- cials and developers. "We're not looking at high- .end housing," said Annette Mo- rales, research director for Las Senior Citizens Lunch Menu Monday, January 4 Curried Chicken Carrot/Raisin Salad Brussels Sprouts Fruit Cocktail Tuesday, January 5 Chile Dog Buttered Spinach Parsley Potatoes Peach Shortcake Wednesday, January 6 Hot Ham Sandwich Lima Beans California Vegetables Chocolate Chip Cookies Thursday, January 7 Beef Tacos Lettuce. Tomato & Onion Spanish Rice Salsa Corn Gelatin Friday, January 8 Turkey Sandwich Mashed Potatoes/Gravy Buttered Peas & Carrots Taffi0~a"Pudding .~ . -: Cruces-based Medius Inc. "We're looking at affordable housing." Some private sector help is on the way. Developer Gene Turner's Lordsburg Land Development LLC has presented plans to build a 12-unit apartment complex and a retail center featuring a sports bar on a 40-acre parcel. It would be the first multi- unit residential development built in the city since the 1970s. said Bill McCamley, company economic development coordi- nator. Much of the housing stock was built in the 1970s, the mayor said, and many other residences are mobile homes. Turner said he hopes the apartments and restaurant will be built by mid-2010, and he hopes eventually to build 30 units. He,, is also considering development on other land in town. But Turner and others said. in addition to housing, Lordsburg needs amenities at-" tractive to Border Patrol agents, particularly those who are single. The town ,has no movie theatre, pharmacy or clothing store and only one grocery. The lone bar closes at differ- ent times, depending on the crowd each night. "There"s not really any social life here" county treasurer Patsy Camacho "said. The Border Patrol appears poised to keep a large presence in the bootheel for years, despite a sharp decline sectorwide in ap- prehensions of undocumented immigrants. "Our primary mission is not apprehensions, it's deterrence," Romero said. "That's not going to change." Noting the raging violence between Mexican drug cartels that has been the major factor in more than 4,000 slayings in Ciudad Judrez the last two years, Smith said he was confident the Border l~airol would not reduce the number of agents assigned to the Lordsburg station; which leads the E1 Paso sector in drug seizures. "With the war down south, they aren't going to pull them (agents) any time soon," Smith said. By the Numbers The Border Patrol's ,'Eordsburg station,is ,resporis~l~te problem for BP for monitoring 81 miles of bor- der and 4,256 square miles of desert. The station is staffed by about 240 agents, with more than 300 expected by the end of 2010. Lordsburg's population has shrunk 17 percent since 2000, to about 2,800. Lordsburg Land'Develop- ment LLC plans to build a 12- unit apartment complex and a re- tail center on a 40-acre parcel. It would be.the first multi-unit resi- dential development built in the city since the 1970s. F0rmer L0rdsburg resident named El Paso Electric VP Courtesy submission The E1 Paso Electric Board of Directors has appointed Mary E. Kipp, former Lordsbutg resi- dent, to serve as Vice President. Legal and Chief Compliance Of- ricer; In that position Kipp will be responsible for oversight of E1 Paso E]eclxic~s legal affairs. Mary reports to David Stevens. CEO, and she has an office on the Stanton Tower 16th Floor. Kipp has 15 years experience as an attorney and has sl~ent most Of her career practicing energy law. Most recently, she'served as EPE's Assistant General Counsel and Director of FERC Compli- ance. Before joining EPE, Kipp spent four years as a semor en- forcement attorney in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Office of Enforcement in Wash- ington, DC. where she investi- gated and prosecuted violations of federal energy laws. Before entering government service, - Kipp was an attorney at the inter- national law firm of Greenberg Traurig LLP and at E1 Paso Natu- ral Gas Company. Kipp received a Bachelor's of Arts degree cum laude from Williams College in Massachu- setts, a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Texas School of Law, and is an alumnus of Exeter College, University of Oxford. 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