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VOLUME 10 ISSUE 3 FRIDAY JANUARY 15, 2010 50˘ Hidalgo County ihh,h,hl,llh,lh,ll,,"lhl SmallTown Papers 5026 California Avenue SW Seattle WA 98136 i Groundbreaking held for new Port of Entry Ground was officially broken on the $8.5 million Department of Transportation Port of Entry Project that will replace the existing structure located between milemarkers 22 and 24 on Interstate 10. This project has been in the works for 17 years, after the original building demolished by a runaway semi in 1992. Pictured above taking part in the groundbreaking Courtesy submission The Hidalgo County Heritage Quilt Show is just around the corner. This year's show will be held on January 29 h and January 30 th at the James H. Baxter Civic Center in Lordsburg, New Mexico Doors will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.rn. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. A $1 donation is requested at the door per person• In its fourth year. the local quilt show features quilts and this year some handiwork of the moms, grandmothers, aunts, sisters and friends who helped shape Hidalgo County. As a joint effort between the Lordsburg Hidalgo Library, the Lordsburg Museum and a number of volunteers, the quilts are showcased with stories of the pioneer women of our county and their families. To date over ceremony held last Thursday morning are MTD Police Major Ron Cordova, MTD Police Captain Tim Labier, Sum- mit West Contractor Jeff Pickard, DPS Deputy Cabinet Secretary/NMSP Chief Faron Segotta, MTD Police Director Fo:rest Smith, Senator John Arthur Smith, Lordsburg Mayor Arthur Clark Smith, Senator Howie Morales, Studio 'D' Architect Aaron Bennefield and Western Bank CEO Robert Martin.The project is anticipated to be completed by December of this year. At left,the designers rendering of the final t project. Annual Quilt Show to be held January 29-30 140 quilts have been documents and this year looks to have ladies represented that still have their families with some strong sentimental ties to southwestern New Mexico. All of our show displays have been archived in local history at the pub- lic library for viewing by the public and copies will be made for the museum• This year a quilt appraiser, Maureen Craig of Pinos Altos. will be examining quilts on Saturday by appointment. If more requests than time allows is needed. the quilt show committee will set up a day at the Library for those quilts to be appraised. The quilts are being appraised for insurance purposes as well as to sat- isfy curiosity. For those of you who are planning to display a family quilt, the quilts are now being accepted at the Library. Please bring them and we will write the City Corner by Mayor Clark smit__00l't]00.t00 b The City of Lordsburg has been working with Medius, Inc., who was hired by the NM Department of Finance and Administration to develop a Roadmap for the City of Lordsbu'rg that involves gathering, quantify and mapping critical infrastructure data to assist Hidalgo County stakeholders identify new projects and economic develop- ment opportunities. The project also involves developing an inventory of €olonias' housing units, lots, roads and utili- ties services. The data has been incorporated in summarized community profiles and mapped using GIS technology. We have been updating the community stakeholders at each phase. Phase III now involves workingwith the local part- ners together with state, federal and private entities to iden- tify regional priority projects identified by partners so that viable solutions to har- ness economic opportunities and manage the growth in their respective jurisdic- tions can be developed, Housing has been identified as the number one priority. Primary outcomes of the regional Roadmap are: * A roadmap that paves the way for public and private investment, leading to substantial .improvement of living conditions * Improved infrastructure and access * Elimination of unplanned colonias-style grow * Enhanced coordination among federal, state and local agencies * A plan and assistance that will provide local stakeholders with the tools to build on their economic opportunities by defining and bringing in "economic an-' chor tenants" to the region As I' have reported to you the City is working very closely with the Lordsburg Land Development, LLC to build apartments and a commercial business section, hopefully, to start next month. At this time, I am talking with three other developers that are strongly looking at Lordsburg for building homes. I will keep you posted. 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. bio. We need them ahead in order to pre- pa/e the displays. There are some spaces left. If you have a quilt and have not been contact, come anyway, as we are finding new stories every day. For more information, call the Lordsburg Hidalgo Library at 575-542- 9646. City's infrastructure project to begin on Main Street The City Council awarded the 2009 ARRA Main Street Improvement project to Southwest Concrete & Paving. Inc. in the amount of $429.242.95 at their last regular monthly meeting. The only other bid was received from Morrow Enterprises, Inc. in the amount of 5528,331.79. Mayor Clark Smith, who wrote the grant, said, "It all goes back to infrastructure; putting in the proper infrastructure to keep the City looking nice. and at the same time pro- moting jobs." The reconstruction project aims to correct approximately three-quarters of Main Street." Mayor Smith said it was a 70-day project but that contractors are going to try to knock it out as quickly as pos- sible. "At the same time we are very con- scious of the businesses we have in the area. Drivers should always exercise extra caution in a construction zone," Smith added In other business, a resolution ap- proving the city Holiday Schedule was passed, along with the CDBG Fair Hous- ing Plan, Procurement Policy, Anti-Dis- placement/Relocation Plan and Citizen Participation Plan. PNM, Salvation Army Offer Help with Electric Bills Information courtesy PNM The Salvation Army and PNM have joined hands again this year to provide help with electric bills. Starting today, applications for the PNM Good Neigh- bor Fund can be made at Salvation Army locations throughout the PNM service territory. Help will be available year- round The Good Neighbor Fund. which provides a one-time-a-year grant to quali- fied PNM customers, is made possible by customer and employee donations matched by PNM shareholders. "The Good Neighbor Fund can be an important source of help for someone, in crisis;" said Morgan Patterson of the Salvation Army. Eligibility for help is based on the number of people in the household and the total income. Consideration is also givens-if a. fany member is hospitalized or has recently lost their job. To receive help, first apply for the New Mexico Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) through the New Mexico Department of Human Services. (Whether or not someone was approved for LIHEAP assistance, they may still qualify for the Good Neighbor Fund.) Then. apply for the Good Neigh- bor Fund in person at Salvation Army offices accepting applications, and bring the following: 1. Proof of income: 2. A current bill 30 to 60 days past due; 3. Proof of service address where energy is used; 4. Valid ID for all members of .household. PNM officials also advise cusiom- ers who are concerned about paying their bills to contact PNM as soon as possible to discuss a payment arrangeme m. For information about qualifica- tions and for Salvation Army office lo- cations accepting Good Neighbor Fund applidations near you, visit PNM.com and follow the links for "Help Paying My Bill." To contact the Salvation Army, ctll (505) 881-4292. To di'scuss a payment plan or get information about your PNM account, call PNM at 1-888-DIAL PNM (1-888- 342-5766). The staff at Sunshine Haven have been busy getting the facility accredited. SNHN in compliance with state mandates Sunshine Haven Nursing Home an- Department of Health noticed the new "We are pleased to say that Sunshine nounced this week that the facility has cleared state survey and is now in com- pliance. According to Administrator Greg Whitaker, it has been a battle that began in February 2009. SHNH came under new management in April. The New Mexico management style and has stated that the nursing home has shown tremendous improvements and is impressed with the improvements of quality care at SHNH. "Everybody at Sunshine Haven would like to thank the community for their support and prayers," said Whitaker. Haven will always be a strong business member of the city and that we are here to stay." Sunshine Haven is now taking new admissions and invites the public to tour the facility. Commodity distribution TEFAP Coinmodities for persons 18 and above will be distributed on Tues- day, January 19, 2010 at approximately 1 p.m. at the Special Events Center, 502 West 2 "a Street. Recipients are asked not to arrive before 12:30 p.m. Proof of in- come and physical address are required only if they were not provided last month. 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. Free Concert 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 All are welcome to attend this free Crooked Halos Line Dancing club piano conCert! Mary Grace was born meets every Monday and Wednesday without one hand and plays piano from 5 to 6 p.m. for beginners and from around the world praising the Lord 6:15- 7:30 p.m. at R.V. Traylor Elemen- through song. She will be giving a mu- tary School. For more information call sical program Saturday, January 16, 2010 542-8384 ext, 104. at 12 Peterson Drive in Silver City. Please. 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. Parenting (00lasses Free "Love and Logic" parenting classes will be held 'on Tuesdays at noon at the HMS Conference Room beginning January 26. To register call 575-542- 8384, ext. 441. 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 pm., 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 Kokopelli at 575- 542-3304. See UPCOMING EVENTS o n Page 2