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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY JANUARY 2, 2009 3 NM uneml0000oyment up, economy now contracting "We're seeing a substantial increase in the number people looking for work as the state's economy stalls." said Gerry Bra- dley, Research Director for the Fiscal Policy Project. the research and analysis program of NM Voices for Children. "'Plso. less than half of the state's unem- ployed receive unemployment Insurance." he added. Unemployment insurance supports basic-needs spending by the unemployed, which helps keep the recession from getting Continued from Page 1 gains are low. The BLS reported last week that consumer prices were fairing by 1.7 percent in November after falling by 1.0 percent in October. Nationally, inflation-adjusted weekly wages were up by 2.3 percent in Novem- ber after rising 1.3 percent in Oc- tober. But lower prices are of little consequence to those who are out of a job, particularly when they are unable to collect unemploy- ment insurance (UI) benefits. Kaelynn Paige Palumb0 Ronnie, Julia and Aaliya Ialumbo would like to welcome Kaelynn Paige Palumbo to their family. She was born on November 3, 2008 and weighed 9 pounds, 6 ounces and was 21 1/2 inches long. worse. Because of this. econo- mists refer to UI as an 'automatic stabilizer." New Mexico's unemploy- ment rate rose from 3.3 percent in November 2007 to 4.3 percent in November 2008, after adjusting for normal changes for the month and season. The state lost 3,700 manufacturing jobs from Novem- ber 2007 to NoveMber 2008. re- flecting this year's layoffs at Intel. Eclipse Aviation, and TMC in Roswell. among other staff reduc- tions. Construction jobs fell by 2.500 over the year. A second federal economic stimulus package would help, as the first one raised the state's over- all personal income substan- tially. As soon as the first stimu- lus package wore off, state eco- nomic indicators fell. "These unemployment num- bers show the urgent need for a new economic stimulus for the nation's flagging economy," said Bradley. "The second round of economic stimulus should in- clude an increase in federal sup- port for the Medicaid program, which creates jobs. and increased eligibility for unemployment in- surance." The state's economic growth, as measured by growth in personal income, rose from 1.7 percent in the first quarter of 2008 to 2.5 percent in the second quar- ter before dropping by 0.2 per- cent in the third quarter, accord- ing to the US Bureau of Eco- nomic Analysis. The increase in the second quarter was largely due to the rebate checks included in the national economic stimu- lus package passed last February. The end of this stimulus caused growth in personal income to drop in the third quarter. Line dancing ladies By ELIZABETH RICHINSIHidalgo COulty Herald With a spark of Christmas in their step, the line dancing ladies in the Animas Valley put on a program for their husbands and any who wanted to watch to show off what they have been working on.These ladies meet at the Church .of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints twice a week to practice. They also perform every month for the residents of Sunshine Haven Nursing Home. The ladies have been working together for a few months, and love the dancing! They know all sorts of different dances and perform very well, not to mention how much they enjoy performing! If anyone is interested in joining, the group meets on Tuesdays and Thurbdays from 3-4 PM.  Hidalgo County New Mexico Press ;RALD |11 | Association Member HidalGo County Herald (USPS 020697) is published weekly by Hidalgo County Herald in the City Df Lordsburg, County of Hidalgo, 212 E. Motel Drive, Suite B, Lordsburg, New Mexico 88045-1948 52 issues a year Subscription rates vary. Stibscription rate is $30 peryear. Requests for corrections and complaints concerning news and editorial content of the Hidalgo County Herald should be di- rected to the editor. For further information on the Hidalgo County Herald's approved grievance policies, readers may contact the pub- lisher. Any unsolicited manuscripts become the property of the Hidalgo County Herald and will not be returned. All information con- tained herein is copyrighted 2008 by the Hidalgo County Herald. All photos/stories, unless stated, are written by our staff. POSTMAS- TER: Send address changes to Hidalgo County Herald, 212 E. Mo- tel Drive, Suite B, Lordsburg, NM 88045-1948. Periodicals Postage Paid at Lordsburg, NewMexico. PUBLIsHER/EDITOR: Brenda Hood ADVERTISING MANAGER: Glenda Greene PHONE: 575-542-8705 FAX: 575-542-8704 E-MAIL hch erald @ aznex.net Generous donation Members of the Lordsburg Police Athletic League (PAL) presented residents of Sunshine Haven Nursing Home with a 52-inch flatscreen television set and Blueray disc surround system for Christ- mas last week. Pictured above helping make the donation were Rebecca Estrada, Frank Chaires Jr., Richarl Chaires, John Salazar, Mark Thomas, Clark Smith, Brenda Hood, All Salinas Jr., Randi Ybarra and John Mora. Photo by ROBERT CHAIRESIfor the Herald "Texas H01d'ew" initiative takes h01d in NM and TX Submitted by US CUSTOMS BORDER PROTECTIONE Paso, TX A campaign to reduce the overall transportation of illicit contraband in commercial ve- hicles in Texas and New Mexico called "Texas Hold'em" is in full swing in west Texas and New Mexico. The collaborative initiative, described as a crackdown on commercial truckers who are con- victed of smuggling drugs or hu- mans, is proving to be an effec- tive deterrent to smuggling activ- ity in the region. E1 Paso Sector Chief Patrol Agent Victor M. Manjarrez, Jr. said, "The goal of this operation Local Collaborative 6 is not to target truckers, but in- stead to discourage those who may use the trucking industry to exploit and traffic illegal contra- band through commercial av- enues." In the E1 Paso Sector. a total of five commercial driver's li- cense suspensions have been ex- ecuted in New Mexico as part of the Texas Hold'em Initiative: * Their Commercial Drivers Licenses were suspended for a period of one year * Two of the truckers were sentenced to three years proba- tion * Two others were sentenced to two years probation v One received 212 days (time to be served in jail) An intensive public and me- dia campaign carrying the mes- sage, "Don't Gamble Away your Livelihood", has been conducted throughout the border region to promote the initiative that fo- cuses on awareness of smuggling crimes as they relate to commer- cial license drivers in the area. The primary objectives of the Texas Hold'em campaign are: in- crease public and trucker aware- ness of smuggling penalties; re- duce the number of commercial vehicles used for alien and drug smuggling; prevent potential dangerous smuggling attempts and subsequent deaths or inju- rtes: expand partnerships with state and local law enforcement agencies. kicks off New Year Continued from Page 1 and responds by directing funds from the NM Behavioral Health Purchasing Collaborative to meet those needs. The collaborative draws together mental and behav- ioral health consumers: advo- cates, providers and community members to guide behavioral health planning and services in southwest New Mexico. The collaborative rotates monthly meetings between the 'three counties to allow for com- munity input from each region. Everyone is welcome to at- tend and learn about the mental and behavioral health concerns in the tri-county area or to come voice his or her concerns in the public input section. 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