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VOLUME 10 ISSUE 4 FRIDAY JANUARY 22, 2010 5O Hidalgo County Ih h,l,,I,,,,ll,,ll,,ll,,,,ll,I SmallTon Papers 5026 California Avenue SW Seattle WA 98136 I Pick Up Special Any Large 1-t0pping PIZZA $7.99 AHS ready for Homecoming Week By ELIZABETH RICHINSIHidalgo County Herald AHS basketball homecoming week is in full swing.There's plenty of spirit going around as the students of Animas High School participate in dress-up days, games, and a pep-rally. The dress-up days for the week are Monday: Pajama Day, Tuesday: Fake injury day, Wednesday: So-not-cool day, and Thursday: Extreme Green and White day. Some of the activities include games throughout the week and a pep-rally held on Thursday afternoon in the AHS gym. On Saturday, the JV teams will play Academia Juarez, while the Varsity teams will play San Simon. The Homecoming Ceremony will immediately follow the Varsity boys' game, and after the ceremony, there will be a Winter Ball in the AHS Library. Pictured above are the AHS homecoming candidates. Housing meeting held at Lordsburg City Hall Thursday,. numerous entities represented In a jam packed room, over 50 people attended a special housing meet- ing held at City Hall last Thursday after- noon. Represented was the Border Pa- trol Lordsburg Station, real estate per: sonnel, City Council members, Hidalgo County Commissioners, - Southwest Council of Government, New Mexico Finance Authority, Mortgage Finance Authority, United States senators and Representatives, USDA-Rural Develop- ment, contractors, banks, engineers, ar- chitects, housing authorities, property owners, developers, MOtor Transporta- tion Division-Department of Public Safety, school board members, constitu- ents, Hidalgo Medical Services and New Mexico Tech Homeland Security. Lordsburg Mayor Clark Smith, who organized the meeting, stated' that the meeting was going to be administrated by Annette Morales of Medius, Inc. Mo- rales addressed the impediments tO growth related to housing and social amenities in Lordsburg and Hidalgo County. The NM Tech Playas site and the Border Patrol are the largest employ- ers in the area, and can not continue to grow until the hindrances to growth are overcome. Morales displayed the map- pings of roads, water systems, wastewa- ter infrastructure and where colonias are located. Terry Kranza, of the Border Patrol Lordsburg Station, gave the status of the local station. The local BE station has 255 employees, of which 60 percent live outside of Hidalgo County. They are looking to grow to 300 agents, plus vari- ous support personnel. It was reported that many would prefer to live in Lordsburg, but there is no housing or amenities available to them. They are conducting a survey to show the eco- nomic impact the Border Patrol has on com.munities in which they are based. A new Border Patrol complex is planned, with groundbreaking expected in April or May. The cost of the all-new facility is curre.ntly around $45 million. The complex will include various build- ing facilities for fuel, vehicle mainte- nance, horses and firearms. One concern from the audience at Thursday's meeting was whether the schools could handle the potential growth. The questioned was answered yes, the schools could handle the growth and welcomed it. Mike Mason, from Prestige Devel- opment at the Playas site, stated that they are in need of transportation, more hous- ing in Lordsburg, and hotels, restaurants . and recreational facilities. They are not going to build any moa'e housing units in Playas because they need all the' acre- age they have for their current training activities: ' Traci Davis, Financial Advisor with the New Mexico Finance Authority, ex- plained NMFA programs. NMFA pro- vides financing for public projects through revolving funds for water/waste- water improvements, transportation,, public buildings, fire protection, law enforcement, economic developmerit City Corner by Mayor Clark Smitlt/'ILT*I[II IBrlf, t llWjlgllh This last Thursday I organized a very guccessful meeting to address the housing shortage in the City of Lordsburg and Hidalgo County. As of this meeting I have been in contact with six developers that are strongly look- ing at Lordsburg to build homes. Most of them were at the meeting along with City and County officials and State of New Mexico government and federal government officials to provide information on programs available to build houses and local businesses and citizens were in attendance. On Friday, January 22% I will be meeting with United States" officials from the Department of Housing & Urban Depart- ment on the housing issue in Lordsburg. Lots and lots of meetings are in. progress and moving on. I Will keep you posted. I have worked very hard with Lordsburg Land Developers and they soon will start with a 12-unit townhouse/apartment subdivision which will encompass a retail center with four areas for business development. One of these spaces will be occupied by'a sports bar with a pizza shop. I will write more on this and other coming projects and business in coming articles. One other new business will be opening very soon. I believe you will enjoy. More to come on this. 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. and special assessments. Rating agents, banks, underwriting firms and institu- tional investors consider a variety of fac- tors When evaluating the credit worthi- ness of issuers. Th6 most important fac- tor in NMFA funding is the strength of the revenues available to repay the debt service: The Public Project Revolving Fund is funded primarily through the governmental gross receipts tax. NMFA uses this cash flow to make loans to bor- rowers and then replenishes the fund by issuing tax-exempt bonds secured by the loans made and the annual overflow. They offer several financing programs to provide communities with the lowest cost financing. They can issue bonds or loans to cities to pay for capital infra- structure based on the city's gross re- ceipts tax or other revenues. Lionel Holguin, representing the Mortgage Finance Authority, stated that they provide financing for housing and related services for low to moderate in- come people They work with a network of lenders, realtors, non-profit housing organizations and local governments,. Their program includes assistance for homeless individuals and families, de- velopment subsidies for affordable rental, and for sale home builders, and financial assistance and below market rate mortgages for fist time home buy- ers. Clyde Hudson, from USDA-Rural Development, stated they had a Guaran- teed Housing/ Business Program for single and multifamily housing com- plexes. This program has no income lim- its. It is based on how much of a loan can you afford and the credit score limit is 620. They also have a Direct Loan Plan which is for very low income fami- lies with one percent interest. Pricilla Lucero, Director of the Southwest Council of Governments, felt it would be worthwhile to provide edu- cational training to the Border Patrol agents and others interested in housing prospects about these various programs and' what is available to them because many are unaware of what is out there. Mark Valenzuela, from GA Baum Investment Bank, asked if the City could guarantee adequate infrastructure for the growth and if could provide other ben- efits to the developers. Hidalgo County Commissioner Joey Mora stated his feeling that all lo- cal entities are willing to work with any- body on any possible project. Every re- quest would have to be addressed on a case by case basis. Morales closed out the meeting by :pointing out that Lordsburg is a devel- oper friendly area. Sarah Sauced0 to represent NM at Educational Opportunities Conference Sarah Elizabeth Saucedo has been chosen by the New Mexico School Boards Association to represent New Mexico on a panel discussion regarding educational success during the 2010 Celebrating Educational Opportunities For The Students Of All Cultures Conference in Phoenix, Arizona on March 26 - 27, 2010. The 4 per- son panel will be composed of a high scho'ol stu- dent, an under- graduate student, a graduate student and a young fe- male professional representative from the collabo- rating states, Ari- zona, California, Texas and New Mexico who shall discuss overcom- ing obstacles to achieve educa- tional success. The New Sarah Mexico School Boards Association was designated to nominate a young female professional and requested nominations from all New Mexico school districts. Saucedo was nominated to be New Mexico's represen- tative at the conference by Lordsburg Municipal School District Superinten- dent Jim Barentine. Saucedo was Co- Salutatorian of the Lordsburg High School Class of 1996 and during her jun- ior high school year served as a United States Senate Page School in Washing- ton, D. C. In 2000, Saucedo received her Bachelor of Arts degree Cum Laude from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. with concentrations in Go,ernment and Spanish. She studied at Spain's Universidad de Salamanca during her college junior academic year. Saucedo received her Juris Doctor degree Cum Laude in 2006 from Boston University School of Law. In her final year of law school, she was selected to sere as articles editor of the Boston Uni- versity Law School Law Review. Her scholarly article on New Mexico's judi- cial retention system was pub- lished that year in the Law Re- view, alongside articles from law professors. After law school gradua- tion, Saucedo spent a year as law clerk to New Mexico Su- preme Court Jus- tice Patricio Serna. While in New Mexico, she sat for and was admitted to the New Mexico Bar. Saucedo was admitted to the New York Bar in 2007. She received several job offers, including one from Sullivan & Cromwell, one of Wall Street Street's oldest and most prestigious in- ternational law firms, where she'd been a summer associate in 2005. In 2008, she accepted a position as a litigation asso- ciate with the Washington, D. C. law firm of Winston & Strawn. She has been as- signed to work on some of the firm's high-profile international cases, repre- senting Spanish speaking clients, includ- ing the Republic of Ecuador in the larg- est international arbitration in history. In the same year, Saucedo was admitted to the District of Columbia Bar. She is a member of the National Women's Law Center and serves on the Leadership 35 Committee. Saucedo Gonzales advances in Hoop Shoot The District Elks Hoop Shoot was held in Las Cruces last weekend, with four Lordsburg shooters participating.Taking first place in the 10-11 boys age group was Joseph Gonzales. He is pictured above with Elks Southwest Hoop Shoot Director Joe Alejandrez. Gonzales will be competing at the state level in Rio Rancho on Feburary 13. For more hoop shoot pictures, see Page 9 of this week's edition. 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 workplease call the County Manager's Office at 575-542-9428. This topic will be discussed further in the Feb- ruary 10, 2010 Commission Meeting. 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.. 104. 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 classes 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. Healthy Start meeting Healthy Start will have its monthly meeting on Thursday January 21, 2010 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Lordsburg Civic Center. This month's topic will be "Effects of substance Abuse", presented by Patricia Saucedo from Border Area Mental Health Ser- vices. These meetings are open to the public and are free of charge, also you receive a 1 V2 credit for those of you that participate in the food Wogram. For more information please contact Olga Neave at 575-542-8722 at the Healthy Start Office. AA/NM Meetings Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meet- ings are held on Monday at 3 p.m. at the Kokopeili 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 Kokopelli at 575- 542-3304. 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. Team Kids Team Kids is held every Wednesday at the First Baptist Church of Lordsburg from 6:00-6:45 p.m. Team Kids is open to students in grades 1-6. See UPCOMING EVENTS on Page 2 I