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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD Critical Habitat is prudent for jaguars pecial submission by JUDY KEELER & SUE KRENTZ The recent ruling from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declar- ing critical habitat for jaguars in the U.S. is now prudent reverses every "finding" the Service has issued up until this time. In our opinion, it .is one of the most ig- norant, egregious and politically motivated decisions theyve ever made. Weve served on the Jaguar Conservation Team since its in- ception in March of 1997. Through those years the Team has gathered the historical sightings records of jaguars in Arizona and New Mexico, consulted with wildlife biologists that are experts in jaguar behavior and habitat suitability, developed a jaguar conservation strategy based on this information, and an educa- tional plan that promotes critical thinking skills in students• The Service would benefit by using some of these critical thinking skills. In our opinion, Jean donations sought Lordsburg Municipal Schools is now asking for dona- tions of jeans, in good condition, for distribution to local children. The recent winter coat col- lection was a huge success, ac- cording to coordinator Alice Webb. "Fd like to thank the com- muni'ty for their generosity," she said. Anyone wishing, to donate new or used jeans can drop them off at Southside Elementary School. their "finding" is not supported by the best available science, but based upon their fear of the Cen- ter for Biological Diversitys law- suits, pseudo-science and politi- cal expediency• Although the Service claims to have reached their decision using the best available science, its obvious, to us, they didnt. If they intend to use the best available science to prepare their proposed rulemaking for jaguars they would not include some of the literature Cited in their fed- eral register notice as the "best available science"; i.e., Robinson 2006 and Sierra Institute 2000. These reports were not taken seriously by most of the members of the Jaguar Conservation Team. In fact, the Sierra Institutes report and recommendations to develop a captive breeding program and reintroduction plan for jaguars were challenged by the Jaguar Scientific Advisory Group• Yet, these "reports are included in the Services notice• The federal register notice also states that the Service will continue to subject "proposed" critical habitat in the U.S. to con- servation actions under Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act, even though there is no science to support their assumption that jaguars currently occupy any area in the borderlands. What has been proven is there are corridors the recently sighted jaguars have used to enter the U.S. from Me'xico. These "corridors" should not be confused with historical jag- uar reports and land-use suitabil- ity characteristics..Anyone that has lived in the borderland areas for any length of time is only too aware of drying trends over the last 500 years, It is well docu- mented that'jaguars are the only cats in the world that enjoy wa- ,t'ea 00ept. oq Fishing R,,epor00 °°"'"°1 II IIII BILL EVANS:. Fishing has been slow for trout. Anglers are using Power Bait and salmon eggs. BURN LAKE: Fishing should pick up since the lake was stocked with almost 900 lbs of trout last week. ESCONDIDA LAKE: Fishing is slow. ELEPHANT BUTTE: Fishing is slow to fair. Pressure has been light. ter. Where are they going to find it in the Borderlands? The wildlife biologists that served on the jaguar advisory group believed "for at least the last century the jaguar has, been a regular, albeit infrequent, visitor to a small area of the borderlands region•" They also surmised that "if there had been a resident breeding population of jaguars in the U.S. in the recent past, it was probably a very small population, short-lived, and not viable." So wheres this science in the federal register notice? The Jaguar Conservation Team always tended to agree that Mexico and the countries in Cen- tral' and South America were sov- ereign and we had no right to impose our jaguar conservation strategies on them. Not the Ser- vice. They will be using their "authority" to work with other agencies to conserve and recover jaguars in these nations. Mexico will probably hate our arrogance but love the money (veil be sending them to "con- serve" jaguars in their country. It saddens us that our U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has sold out their integrity to comply with a federal judges order and the threat of more lawsuits when the Center doesnt get its way. Mark our words; this deci- sion is just another step towards more lawsuits. If the Service does not comply with the Centers ev- ery request, they will sue again, and again and again: In an effort to be transparent, lets lay all our cards on the table.. The agenda behind the lawsuits, protests and media coverage is a plan called the Wildlands Project, or Wildlands.Network as it is now named• These lawsuits are not meant to protect jaguars, wolves, polar bears, bats or any other "en- dangered" species. The animals are just the surrogates to imple- ment the "plan"• The Endangered Species Act is their tool and the citizens law- suit provision is the means by which these radical organizations continue to hammer the econo- mies of the small, rural commu- nities that must live under their "Rewilding" scheme. Sue Krentz and her husband Rob ranch in the Chiricahua Mountains of Southeast Arizona. Live bait fished at depths of 15 to 20 feet off of rocky points may The family has ranched in Ari- produce white bass or crappie. Catfish fishing is slow No reports on zona for over 100 years. .... r, " " ' e is w li : .... :'at d rray ranch in .the CABALLO LAKE: Fishing pressur :sin to glit. ,:., .:. :: ,.;;..: .,, , ....... , :/; . GLENWOOD POND: Fishing is slow. t'el )nClllO lVlOuntatns in outl- LAKE ROBERTS: The lake was recently stocked with 650 lbs of trout last week. Fishing has been slow, but will improve. QUEMADO LAKE: Lake is frozen. RIO GRANDE: Fishing was fair for trout between Elephant Butte and Caballo. Anglers are using Power Bait and salmons eggs. SNOW LAKE: No reports this week. west New Mexico. The family has ranched in New Mexico for over 100 years. Both ladies are dedicated members of the Jaguar ConserL vation Team. Raul (Rudy)Escobar Sr. I am seeking theposition of City Councilor, running in Position One. I will not cast aspersions towards anyone, nor will I dis- credit anyone. Whatever transpired in the past, is past. A new and vigorous beginning is needed. My intent for running is to create a forum of public and business people, seeking advice and collaboration, to make a better Lordsburg. This has been my intent when I decided to run for office, Now in closing, I ask for your voff on March 2, 2010, and will do the best of my abili'ty to serve you, A buscar ta posicion de conselero de ciudad, Corriendo en la posicion uno. Yo no lanzare difamaciones hacia nadie, ni hare desacredito nadie. Cualquier transpirado en el pasado, es pasado.'Un Nuevoy el pricipio vigoroso es necesitado. Mi inten- cion para corer esta a crear un foro delpublicoy empresarios, buscando el consejoy la colaboracion, para hacer un major Lordsburg. Esto ha sido mt .intencion cuando decide presentarse como candidate. Ahora encerrar, yo pido su voto en et 2 de marzo, 2010y hare al major de mi capicidad de servirle: Thank You, Y Gracias, Raut Escobar Sr. FRIDAY I JANUARY 22 r 2010 Both JV and Varsity Lady Panthers with their 1st and 2nd place plaques Animas Panthers participate in Reserve basketball tournament last weekend By ELIZABETH RICHINS/ Other side of the bracket, the Var- Hidalgo County Herald ,, sity Lady Panthers played Juarez The Animas Panthers' bas- JV for their first game, and easily ketball teams, all JV and Varsity pulled it off, winning 75-22. teams, traveled to Reserve this Their next game was against Re- past weekend to take part ifi the serve, and had a similar turnout, Reserve Invitational Basketball with the Panthers winning 66-30. Tournament. The Tournament Since both Animas JV and Var- was held on Thursday, January 14 sity teams won their games, they through Sat- urday, Janu- ary 16, and took place in b o t h Reserve's High School and Middle School gyms. All 4 of Animas' teams were put into the brackets with each other, both JV and Var- • sity boys were in the • same bracket and both the JV and Var- sity girls were in the same bracket. I n their first game, the JV girls :ver :matched :with Clifton; They played hard, and were able to pull off a'wiil with a' final score of 55- 24. This put ]hem up against Cobre Varsity for their next game. The Lady Panthers trailed almost the entire game, but at the end, they were able to push ahead and they won by 5 points. On the I Oth I00irthdatj, a,e, played Santa Fe Waldorf for their first game, but fell a little short. This put them up against Cobre Varsity, and unforttinately, they lost. In their last game, Animas JV played against Cobre JV, and pulled off a win, 39-22. Also in their bracket, Animas Varsity played Clifton in their first game, and won big, Animas Varsity boys (3rd place) 84-36. Their next game was close, though, and they fell to the Juarez Lobos, 47- 52. In their final game for the tour- nament, the Varsity played ., against Santa Fe and won, 76-42. With the win, the Varsity boys took home the 3  place trophy. From Animas girls' JV, Sky Dav- were matched up against each enport and Karina Sariallno made other in the C,. ,,p.ipga. ;. ,lheAll-Tournament;' team,, wh/le It was a very cigr, Wheres , ariss Elias, "Tarran Trotter, one team would make a baslet Valerie Ramirez, and Merrilee and the other would answer back Richardson made All-Tourney with the same, In the end, though, from the Varsity team. As for the the Varsity team scored a few boys, Michael Barentine and more points and beat the JV team Channing Moore made the team by 5. for the Varsity boys, and Erik As for the boys, the JV Romo made it for the JV boys. THANK YOU " i From the Family of Mary Frances Cook e" Lara, Thank You for th.e many phone calls and the prayers, including text prayers, the food, giftsand many visitors we had. A big Thanks to Baca's, Father, all friends and family who came from out of town. God Blessyou all. We will never forgetyour kindn'ess. Companion Marcelino Quesada Roman Lara & Grandchild lulie Serena Sister Anna Tapia & Fernie Brother Rudy Lara & Becky We Will Help YoU Keep More Of YOUR MONEY! . ! i ¸¸ WE OFFER PROFESSIONAL TAX PREPARATION SERVICES AT AFFORDABEE PRICES. KKEEP! 575.542-3125 i212 E: Motel Drive * Suite A * Lordsburg