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VOLUME 10 ISSUE 2 FRIDAY JANUARY 8, 2010 I 5O I Hidalgo County Ihl,,I,,I,,,,ll,,ll,,ll,,,,Ihl SmallToxvn Papers 5026 California Avcnuc SW Seattle WA 98136 10 Wings & 2 Liter Soda 2, t Fifteen citizens to run in City of Lordsburg election March 2 Sign up day for the' upcoming Lordsburg municipal election, slated for March 2, 2010, was held Tuesday at City Hall. Up for grabs are the office of mayor, municipal judge and three city council seats. Opting to vie for the position of mayor are incumbent Arthur Clark Smith, Frank M. Rodriguez and Sal- vador M. Diaz, Jr. Rodriguez is cur- rently serving on the Lordsburg City Council and Diaz is a former mayor of the City of Lordsburg. The office of mayor holds a four- year term and earns, a salary, of $1,000 HIN1 vaccine clinics to be held in January Hidalgo Public Health will be of-' fering 2 H1N1 vaccine.clinics. The first one will be held on Thursday, Jan 14 from 9am to 3pm; closed for lunch 12- lpm and also Thursday, Jan 28 from 9am to 5pm, closed for lunchlfrom 12- lpm. There are no restrictions on who can get this vaccine. We have also re- ceived more seasonal flu vaccine for anyone who would like to receive one. For further information, please call Hidalgo Public Health Office 575-542- 9391. per month. In the race for Municipal Judge, incumbent David Arredondo decided to run again. This election he will be facing William F. Ellis. Municipal Judge is also a four-year term and the salary is $500 per month. Positions 1, 2 and 3 on the Lordsburg City Council are all up for grabs this election, with all incumbents deciding to give it another shot. Position 1, currently held by Arturo Talavera, will see him running against Mel Phillips, Alex V. DeLaGarza and Angel L. Lopez. Eduardo D. Lopez, incumbent in Position 2, will be facing Elias Ruiz, Jr. and Raul Escobar, Sr. in the upcom- ing election. The third council race for Posi- tion 3, held by Alfredo Morelos, Jr., will have him running againsi Eddie Esquivel and Donald C. Smith. City Council seats are held for four years and councilors are paid .$300 per month. The election will be held March 2, 2010.. Absentee voting will begin January 26 and will wrap up on Feb- ruary 26. Early voting will be held from February 10-26. , The last day to register to vote in this election is February 2, 2010 at the Hidalgo County Clerk's Office, 300 Shakespeare Street in Lordsburg. For more information on the mu- nicipal election, contact City Hall at ! 575-542-3421. Sign me up Frank Rodriguez, current Lordsburg City Councilor, officially tossed his hat into the mayoral race Tuesday when he signed up to run against incumbent Arthur Clark Smith and former Lordsburg Mayor Salvador Diaz, Jr. If Rodriguez is not victorious in the upcoming municipal election; he will be able to retain his cur- rent Council seat. Visiting with United States Representative Harry Teague at Lordsburg City Hall Tuesday morning are Lordsburg Station Bp?der Patrol Agent in Charge Chris Mangusing, Lordsburg Mayor Clark Smith and Hidalgo County Economic Develop- ment Coordinator Tad Powers. For more pictures from Teague's Tuesday visit, see Page 3 of this week's edition. Teag00]e presented with county's housing crisis United States Representative Harry Teague was in Lordsburg Tuesday morning as part of his "Harry in Your Hometown" series. He started the morning off with a Dutch treat break- fast at Kranberry's Restaurant where he addressed local concerns. Teague and his team then visited the new City Hall building to discuss housing strategies with interested par- ties. Attending this meeting were rep- resentatives from the City of Lordsburg, Hidalgo County, Lordsburg Municipal Schools, New Mexico Finance Authority, Southwest Council of Governments, United States Border Patrol, Medius Inc. and pro- spective land developers. Border Patrol Agent in Charge Chris Mangusing told those present that he believes his agents would prefer to live in Lordsburg, but currently com- mute due to a lack ofhousing. Mayor Clark Smith added that when Border Patrol agents were per- mitted to live in low-income housing at Pyramid Village, there were up to' 20.units filled by agents. However, downward economic times required the housing units be rented to low in- come families if a waiting list materi- alized. Bill McCamley, of Lordsburg Land Development LLC, told Teague that his company is poised to build a 12-unit apartment complex and strip mall south of Lordsburg. He said Lordsburg Land Development LLC is currently awMting approval for the EB-5 Visa program, which allows for- eign investors expedited visas in ex- change for their investments. Qualified EB-5 investors will ini- tially receive a conditional visa for themselves and their family, which will be made permanent if they can show the following as part of their 1-829 Petition to be filed with the USCClS: two years of U.S. residency have passed, the original investment re- quirements have been met and main- tained, the investment has been con- tinuous, and the required amount of American jobs have been produced. McCamley asked Rep. Teague to support this effort, which Rep. Teague said should not be a problem. Furthermore, it was mentioned at Tuesday's meeting that the housing is- sue should not be addressed solely for the benefit of the United States Bor- der Patrol, but for the entire area. It was pointed out that Hidalgo County is a very desirable place to live and could attract outside residents if mar- keted correctly. Ideas to help attract permanent residents included a golf day, January 14, 2010, at 1:30 course, neighborhood clean up and re- further discuss the issue. The purpose tail expansion, of the meeting is to bring together in- In addition to the 350 Border Pa- terested developers with financing for trol agents wh6 will be working in construction and support the local gov- Hidalgo County, Lordsburg School ernments in providing incentives to de- Superintendent Jim Barentine said that velopers. currently half of his professional staff Medius Inc. will be presenting eco- makes the daily commute from Deming nomic profiles of Hidalgo County at or Silver City. this meeting. Medius Inc. was hired by , Teague said it appeared that the NM Dept. of Finance and Administra- parties involved seem to have done a tion to develop a Roadmap for Hidalgo lot of footwork and encouraged them County that involves gathering, quaff- to identify specific needs that could be tify and malping critical infrastructure met at the federal level. He further data to assist Hidalgo Co. stakeholders asked them to keep in close contact with identify new projects and economic de- his staff, velopment opportunities. A housing finance meeting will be This meeting is open to the pub- held at Lordsburg City Hall on Thurs- lic. City bCOyroPcerrk SmitllL,..,b I This week the City of Lordsburg will award the bid on the Main Street Improve- ments project. The work will consist of paving, seal coat and restriping from 2 "d Street down Main Street to the south end of Exit 22. This grant comes from the federal stimulus program and the City was awarded $400,000 with the City paying for engineering services and gross receipts taxes. Once the project is awarded, a preconstruction meeting will be held and the time line for completion is 70 days. The City of Lordsburg was awarded a $186,834 grant from the New Mexico Energy Conservation and Manage- ment Division. The City,'s share is $7,828, $1,000 in -kind services and architectural services. The City has hired Jim. Redford of Redford Associates to do the design and final inspections.. The work will include (1) replace existing HVAC rooftop units with high efficiency units; (2) replace win- dows with insulated windows which vill be a lot smaller than what We have now; (3) add attic insulation up to R30; (4) replace robf with single ply high reflective roofing on rigid insulation; (5) caulk, seal, weatherproof entire perimeter. After many meetings that I and staff have attended to learn the nuts and bolts about how the stimulus program works, we are ready to get these two projects going. I believe we put best practices, great idea stimulate innovative and creative propos- als and a lot of hard work to get these two much needed projects. I am working with the federal and state agencies to help citizens in Lordsburg and Hidalgo County get help with housing weatherization and with the USDA Rural Development. USDA Rural Development's mission is to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life in rural communities by granting loans for businesses. Also a lotwork has been done to start building homes in Lordsburg. As you have read, new development will start with apartments and a retail center featuring a sports bar next month. The City of Lordsburg is also working with other develop- ers, on housing issues. I will keep you posted on this. In the comingweeks I will be writing about other many projects that are hap- pening this year. The sky's the limit when we set our sights high. This is going to be the hardest year to' get projects funded and in construction, but with hard work and lots of traveling to meet federal, state and private businesses I really believe this can be one of our best years. The Kelly Saucedo Maverick Stampede starts this Thursday, January 7th-9th. Please come out and support the Mavericks. If you want to have some good family fund come to the 17 'h annual Bootheel Cowboy Poetry Fiesta Saturday, February 20, 2010, at the Lordsburg-Hidalgo County Museum. Top entertainers and great food. 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. UPCOMING EVENTS Ordinance amendment Hidalgo County is considering amending its animal control ordinance or possibly writing a new. ordinance to include the abuse of animals. Individu- als interested: in serving on a committee to assist this work please call the County Manager's Office at 575-542-9428. This topic will be discussed further in the Feb- ruary 10, 2010 Commission Meeting. Parenting classes Free "Love and Logic" parenting classes will be held or/Tuesdays at noon at the HMS Conference Room beginning January 26. To register call 575-542- 8384, ext. 441. Free Concert All are welcome to attend this free piano concert! Mary Grace was born without one hand and plays piano around the world praising the Lord through song. She will be giving a mu- sical program Saturday, January t 6, 2010 at 12 Peterson Drive in Silver City. Please come and enjoy this Spirit filled evening. There will be CD/DVD sales and refresh- ments following the program. Sponsored by the Silver city Seventh Day Adventist Church. For questions contact Carol Elder at 575-545-8832. 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. t04. 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- 8384"ext. 104. Winter coat collection Lordsburg Schools is currently seek- ing coat donations, new or used, to be 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 p.m. at the First Methodist Church. Nar- cotics Anonymous (NA) meetings are held Mondays at 5 p.m., Wednesdays at 3 p.m. and Thursdays at 11 a.m. at Kokopelli and on Saturdays at 5:30 p.m. at the First Methodist Church. For more information contact Kokope(li at 575- 542-3304. See UPCOMING EVENTS on Page 3