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VOLUME 9 ISSUE 1 FRIDAY JANUARY 2, 2009 50 Hidalgo Count3.T ,I,1,,I,,I,,,,11,,11,,11,,,,11,1 SmallTown Papers 5026 California Avenue SW Seattle WA 98136 Large 1.Topping In the spirit of the season In true holiday tradition in Lordburg, the Christmas Star has been illuminating the City since Christmas and will continue to do so through the NewYear holiday. The Christmas Star is made possible by dedicated volunteers each year. DOH surveys New Mexicans to improve their health Submitted by NM DollSanta Fe Starting at the beginning of Janu- ary, the New Mexico Department of Health will call New Mexicans to sur- vey them about their health behaviors for the Department's annual survey, Be- havioral Risk Factor Surveillance Sys- tem. The survey is designed to provide information on behaviors and risk fac- tors for chronic and infectious diseases and other health conditions among adults in New Mexico. The Department's survey umt in the Epidemiology and Response Division NM unemployment up, economy now contracting Submitted by NM VOICES for CHIL- DREN/Albuquerque New Mexico unemployment rose by more than one third -- or from 31,000 to 41,700 persons -- between November 2007 and November 2008. Over that same time period, New Mexico employ- ment dropped by 2,100 jobs, and sev- eral sectors lost jobs over the year. That's the latest news from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). These estimates do not include the fallout still to come from the bursting of the national hous- ing bubble. A new wrinkle in the national eco- nomic news has arisen: falling consumer prices leading to rising real wages. Fall- ing prices can result in real (inflation- adjusted) wage growth even when wage See COLLABORATIVE on Page 3 will call about 9.000 individuals during days, nights and weekends over the next year. Staff conduct surveys in English and Spanish. The phone numbers are ran- domly generated, and staff does not know or collect the person's name or address that they are calling. "We want to assure you that all in- - formation you give us is protected and confidential." said Health Secretary Dr. Alfredo Vigil. "We value your privacy and the data you provide us. which helps us design effective prevention programs to improve the health of New Mexicans" The national survey asks for demo- graphic information and covers such top- ics as health care access, exercise, diabe- tes, oral health, disability, tobacco use. falls, seatbelt use. anxiety and depres- sion. and cancer screening. For example, 26.4 percent of adults in New Mexico reported in 2007 not having health-care coverage compared to 16.6 percent of adults in the United States. In the past. New Mexico's survey has asked about gambling, suicide. bankruptcy, children's health care ac- cess, emergency contraceptives and asthma in the work place. New topics this year include Native American health issues, race and ethnicity. Staff will also call 250 cell phone users for the first time. The survey has been done in New Mexico since 1986 and by the Depart- ment of Health since 1997. The U.S. Cen- ters for Disease Control and Prevention funds the survey;, which is conducted in every state. For more information about the sur- vey, call the Department toll-free at 877- 325-8226. To view New Mexico's most recent report, look up http:// HealthB e.havior s- and- " City Corner by Mayor Clark Smitil'lll nrl.t Jlk '1 Happy 2009!! New Year's Eve is when all the fun and festivities are. We see out the old year and ring in the new. While it is often thought of as a time to drink and be' merry, drinking is not as much a part of the event as it was decades ago, only because of tougher drunk driving laws. Please drink responsibly and no not drink and drive. New Year's Day on the other hand is a time to relax and enjoy the state of a bright and promising new year....a new beginning. It is a time to be with family. Thank you to the Lordsburg Police Department, city crews, Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department, New Mexico State Police, New Mexico Motor Transportation Police, Department of Transportation, Hidalgo County EMS. It was a sad and tough time for all these agencies with traffic fatalities inside the city limits arid outside along Interstate 10 with numerous injuriesl Bad weather, long hours and many calls for assistance, they could of used three times the manpower, but you completed your jobs with what you had. Great job to all. Lots to do, so have fun, be safe and please get involved in your community and help support our local youth in their athletics and academics in the Lordsburg and Animas schools. Conditions_2006.pdf. For more informa- tion about the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. look up Lordsburg Schools reigning in control over mascot, Iogos Lordsburg Municipal School has adopted a policy that wilt give more control to the district when it comes to use of school names, mascots and logos. According to the policy, adopted at the December meeting of the Board of Education. groups, organizations or in- dividuals not di- rectly associated with the school district must require permission in writing from the Superinten- dent before using any school name, mascot or logo for commer- cial or fundraising purposes. Superintendent Jim Barentine told the Herald that the purpose of the policy is to ensure that these images are Used only to benefit the students of the dis- trict and that they are portrayed in a posi- tive manner. According to the policy, the super- intendent has the power to deny or grant the use to any organization or individual He can also provide contingencies of the use to the individual or organization re- questing use. Anyone denied use of the school name or logo or mascot can appeal to the Board of Education. One agercy that could be affected by this new policy is the Lordsburg Po- lice Athletic League (PAL), which holds fundraisers year-round--often involving the sale of merchandise featuring the Maverick logo. Over the years, PAL has donated thousands of dollars to the Lordsburg School District for use in all areas, including athlet- academics and band, to name a few. PAL representa- tives say they plan to abide by the new policy and antici- pate requesting permission in the near future. Barentine said the Lordsburg School District was one of the last dis- tricts in th state to adopt such a protec- tive policy. Local Collaborative 6 kicks off the New Year Courtesy submission This month the Local Collaborative 6 meets Thursday, January 6, 2008, in tuna County at 10 a.m. to noon in the Deming County Annex. 321 West Spruce, Deming, NM. The collaborative serves Grant. Hidalgo and Luna Counties by giving a voice to local behavioral health needs See COLLABORATIVE on Page 2 In the Spirit of the season It may be over, but this Christmas Sea- son was full of joy, laughter, and lots of fun! The Youth from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints showed that spirit of Christmas as they went to Sunshine Haven Nursing Home in Lordsburg to spread some Christ- mas cheer while they sang to the resi- dents. They sang lots of Christmas carols and gave the people of Sunshine Haven each a Christmas decoration for their room. The youth who partici- pated experienced the true meaning of Christmas and the spirit of giving. Above, the group of Youth singing at Sunshine Haven Nursing Home. At left, Brigham Payne, Elizabeth Richins, and Brennik Payne with a resident of Sun- shine Haven. By ELIZABETH RICHINS/ Hidalgo County Herald UPCOMING EVENTS b-00-ggfb-00l Registration forms for the upcom- ing PAL Basketball season are available at the Special Events Center fqr anyone who needs them. A final registration will be held on January 6, 2009, followed, by a coaches meeting and draft. The PAL still needs coaches. Line Dance classes 1 Free beginning Line Dance Classes begins January 6. Classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays 5-7 6 p.m at RVT Elemen- tary School. Come join in! It's great ex- ecfse   o--f' -t'ffT. 12"-fl"b-g a great way to shed holiday pounds and make that New Year's Resolution to exercise happen! You don't have to be a dancer tO come - all are welcome. Questions? Call Ms. Raven: 542-3252 at school. Advanced Line Dance continues MW 6 - 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by Active Alive. Magistrate holiday hours Magistrate Court will be closed from noon on December 24 to December 26. The office will re-open on Monday, De- cember 29 and will close at noon On December 31. The office will re-open on Monday, January 5. AA/NA meetings Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are held at Kokopelli, 332 E. Motel Drive, on Mondays at 3 p.m. and at the First United Methodist Church of Lordsburg, comer of High and 3  Street, on Saturdays at 7 p.m. Narcotics Anony- mous meetings are held at Kokopelli on Mondays t 5:30 p.m., Wednesdays at 3 p.m. and at the First United Methodist Church on Saturdays at 6 p.m. In case of emergency, call 1-888-388-{.802 or 542- 9349. Tea/n Kids Team Kids, a youth group for chil- dren Kindergarten through 6 th grad, is held every Wednesday night at 6:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Lordsburg. Everyone is invited to attend. VFW Taco Sale VFW Post #3099 will hold a Taco Sale on January 9 from 11 AM to 4 PM. Proceeds will benefit WWII veterans who. will be traveling to Washington, D.C. $6.00 per plate. Delivery available. VFW mmbers will be selling tickets.