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10 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, JANUARY 2, 2009 Letters to the Editor The Hidalgo County Her- ald urges readers to  voice their opin- ions by writing im Le.tters can be mailed to 212 E. Motel Drive, Ste. B, or can be e-mailed to hcherald@aznex.net. Only let- ters that are signed by the au- thor will be considered for publication. All letters that are published should be consid- ered the opinion of the author. and not necessarily that of the Hidalgo County Herald. Read- ers are encouraged to practice their First Amendment right of free speech. Bond issues Dear Editor, The Board of Education, the Administration. and I have been studying school facilities. In a recent meeting of the Board, a new Facilities Master Plan was ap- proved by the Board. The Plan includes a prioritization of projects to be accomplished over the next five years. Both the Board members and I recognize, and are thankful for, the support of the District's citi- zens. In the time the Lordsburg Municipal School District has existed, the citizens have sup- ported every bond issue and tax issue presented for their approval. This has meant that the District has been able to keep good and adequate facilities in which to educate its children. Tlae District leadership rec- ognizes the need to keep tax rates as consistent as possible and has worked hard with a financial planning firm to accomplish this. Colorful display Despite temperatures recently plunging into the teens, residents throughout Hidalgo County have been treated to spectacular rain- bows like the one pictured above. As a result, there has been very little fluctuation in property tax rates within the District for many years. The leadership also takes every available opportunity to leverage additional funds, by which the buying power of the local taxes is boosted. Most re- cently, this allowed the District to use $4 million of local bond money to tackle over $8 million worth of construction at the Dugan-Tarango Middle School. The other funds came from state- level sources that had very little-" impact on the local pocketbook. With this information in mind, and knowing that there are ongoing facilities, issues for the District and its schools, the Board has chosen to once again ask vot- ers to approve a local bond issue. While local bonding capacity is nearly $7 million, the Board chose to ask voters to approve $4 million in bonds, to be sold dur- ing 2009-2013. This will allow the District to keep tax rates even with the present levels. It will also allow the District to take care of some important facility needs, both in athletic and academic ar- eas of the campuses. Voters will determine on Feb- ruary 2, 2009, whether this $4 million bond issue will succeed. I can verify its need, and I will be very willing to discuss with any- one the issue. I am confident that District voters will continue to make the children their priority. Sincerely, Jim Barentine Superintendent Lordsburg Municipal School District hchersld 00=L=nez .net II I I IH The Pink House Las Cruces, NM bungalow Bulldozed By MARGARET FOSTERINa- of E1 Paso. 45 minutes away, City in 1963, after the loss of tional Trust for Historic Preserva- tion- "Preservation Magazine'- Online / Dec. 17, 2008 One of the oldest houses in Las Cruces, NM, located on University Avenue across from the New Mexico State Univer- sity campus, was bulldozed last week despite an effort to save the centuryold Prairie-style adobe. Dubbed "the Pink House" for its rosy exterior,_the c. 1908 bungalow Was probably de- signed by architect Henry Charles Trost (1860-1933) for the Miller family. An identical design by Trost stands in El Paso, Tex. i Developer Philip'Philippou plans to build a' boutique hotel on the one-acre site. To date. however, the city has not ap- proved his request to re-zone the property for commercial use. The city of Las Cruces, which does not have a historic preservation ordi.nance, issued a demolition permit to Philippou last month. Several neighbors called Troy Ainsworth. the histoic preservatiqmefficer for the city for help. On Nov. 25, Ainsworth requested an emer- gency determination for the house's eligibility for listing on the National Register of Historic Places with the New Mexico State Historic Preservation Of- fice. Days later, a bulldozer knocked down one of the. Miller House's front-porch columnS, and the roof partially collapsed. "[The developer] just wanted to make sure enough damage had been done to pre- vent a review process," Ainsworth says. "If he was sold 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C.. he'd make sure he'd knock it down and build a Holiday Inn Express. The building wouldn't be valu- able; just the land under it." Now the city of Las Cruces is taking steps to establish a his- torlc preservation ordinance to protect its assets. (Las Cruces has only one historic district and no laws to protect historic struc- tures.) At a meeting on Dec. 10, city officials and Trost's grand- son met to discuss next steps. The situation in Las Cruces is similar to that of New York New York's Pennsylvania Sta- tion, the event that led to the Historic Preservation Act of 1966. "Even though nothing can be done now for th Miller House. it's better to do some- thing proactive now," Ainsworth says. "We're at an intersection where decisions have to be made about what road to take. In the long run, I think there will be a preservation ordinance estab- lished in Las Cruces. There are a lot of people therewho have had enough." Saucedo's note: Henry Charles Trost designed the now- demolished Hotel Hidalgo and the old Lordsburg High School building (The Enrichment Cen- ter) in Lordsburg. In 2007, the school building was placed on the New Mexico List of Most Endangered Places. The fate of 'the building is still in limbo with little or no .action being taken to renovate and preserve the his- toric building. Lordsburg also needs to take proactive steps to protect one its remaining his- toric structureL Between 9:30 and 10 p.m. on Friday, December 26, 2008,we were involved in a serious automobile accident five miles west of Lordsburg. During the rollover of our vehicle, our dog, Noddy, and cat were thrown from the vehicle. Our cat was recovered, be We are desperately looking for "Noddy". Noddy is a black Greyhound mle, approximately 70 pounds. He was not wearing a collar, but has ear tattoos. If you find our beloved family pet, please call Audrey at 480-234-1406 'EWARD I I FirstUn!ted Methodist Church00jl_ : of Lordsburg ' Announces Corner of High & 3rd Streets 575-542-3293 1st Sunday of each month, beginning Sunday,, January 4th 10:30 a.m.