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, .... _' ,  , -t _lLJmaL!imjisLaiiiji,q;; _ ,_- , ,' _" IllNlllllll4tPiUll. tll#llj4jiL!L[lJl-i -I .i - -_ . -" _ I , =. VOLUME 12 " ISSUE4 FRIDAY JANUARY 27, 2012 75 Hidalgo County, SmaliTown Papers 217 West Cota Street Shelton, WA 98594 ihh,h,h,hhh,l,,h'hlh'l Local merchants care about and invest in your community. They donate part of your - dollars biekto local charities. Animas BYA members go snowboarding Pictured above are youth from Animas who participated in a Project Venture, Bootheel Youth Association (BYA)- sponsored snowboarding event at Arizona's Sunrise Park Resort on January 21 and 22, 2012. A total of 12 youth 4 staff and 2 volunteers attended the event which lasted two days. During the excursion the youth prac- ticed the Project Venture core values behavior code, met in groups where they discussed the experience and were training on snowboarding health and safety. Pictured at left is J.J. Proudluck. This year, J.J. has 10den an impor- tant resource in facilitating BYA youth activities such as snowboarding. J.J. is standing at Ronnie's Dream, a Double Black Diamond run (most difficult on the moun- tain). When J.J. wasn't doing Black Diamonds, he was zooming around the mountain checking on the health and safety of other BYA youth. The BYA after school pro- gram (Lordsburg-7 th and Pyramid) is open to all youth Tues.-Saturday 4-8 P,M. Courtesy photos Hidalgo County to receive NMAC RAP Award for Risk Awareness Program completion Submitted by NMAC/Santa Fe ness and safe practices. Ms. Green said . county elected officials and employees. The New Mexico Association of Counties (NMAC) will present NMAC member Hidalgo County a RAP Award in recognition of its successfully com- pleting NMAC's Risk Awareness Pro- gram and for incurring no law enforce- ment or automobile claims in 2011, The award is offered through NMAC's Risk Awareness Program (RAP), a workplace risk control educational program that aims to reduce the frequency and sever- ity of county claims'through better risk control awareness and safety practices. In 2011 Hidalgo County experi- enced no automobile or law enforcement claims. Tisha Green, Assistant County Manager of Hidalgo County, thanked the New Mexico of Counties for offering "Throughout 52 weeks of weekly safety meetings, Hidalgo County became more conscientious of safety. We feel that par- ticipation in the RAP program helped us achieve our goals of decreasing losses and reinforcing safety." Paul Gutierrez, Executive Director of NMAC. said "Hidalgo County fully adopted RAP's message of safety awareness as a first step to Safe practices. That awareness, in turn, has translated into reductions in claims. which benefits the people of Hidalgo County. It is an impressive achieve- ment." Founded in 1936 and incorporated in 1968, the New Mexico Association of Counties is a nonpartisan nonprofit or- ganization governed by New Mexico Its mission is to serve as a statewide voice for all counties in New Mexico. It ac- complishes this by providing counties with legislative" representation, general research, and training and assistance in developing and improving the adminis- tration and financing "of county govern- ment. The association offers insurance to counties covering workers' compen- sation and property, casualty and liabil- ity insurance. Please contact Paul Gutierrez at 505:250.7749 or pgutierrez@nmcounties.org or Joy Esparsen at 505.820.8111 or jesparsen@nmcounties.org for more in- formation. For additional information about NMAC, please visit the website at www.nmcounties.org. counties a training tool on risk aware- Quilt Show to be 19th Annual Bootheel Cowboy heldthis Friday, Saturday The Hidalgo County Heritage Quilt Show will be held this Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. at the James H. Baxter Civic Center in Lordsburg. Numerous historic quilts and hand- work, along with their local biographies, will be displayed during the two day event. Quilt appraiser Maureen Craig will be on hand Friday appraising quilts. The public is encouraged to attend. quilt biographies have been compiled for several years for the Lordsburg- Hidalgo County Museum. Door prize vintage wall hangings and a handmade quilt will be giveff out. For more information call the Lordsburg-Hidalgo Library at 575-542- 9646 Poetry Fiesta to be held Febl 11 Submitted by ALLEN "HOOK" HILL If you haven't circled February 11, 2012, on your calendars, and marked the time at 5:00 p.m., please,do it now. You don't want to miss the annual Lordsburg- Hidalgo County Museum fundraiser, the Bootheel Cowboy Poetry Fiesta, This fun and laughter gathering of the year will be held at the museum, located at 708 E. Second Street in Lordsburg, New Mexico. Drive east down,Second Street and look for the gigantic windmill in front of the museum. Tickets for the Fiesta are $10 for adults and $7 for students. They can be purchased at the door or in advance at Verla's Western Wear. 980 E. Motel Drive in Lordsburg. This year's performers include Veao Peterson. Harold Keith. Pete and Diane Kennedy, Jon Messenger, Steve Conroy, Nell and Mary Abbott. the musical group Over the Hill and Picking Up Speed (Frank Fox, Norman Wright, Buddy Jensen and Charlene Jensen), Bill Cavaliere, and Hook Hill. who will also serve as the host. Steve Hill Will once again be the emcee. The museum board members appre- ciate the total community and performer effort that makes this event so outstand- ing. Performers come because they en- joy performing and because they are dedicated to good causes. As you prob- ably know. they donate their time and talents to our Fiesta. The great citizens of Lordsburg and Hidalgo County carry the torch for the Fiesta through thick and thin. The city fathers do all they can to make the Fiesta successful. City personnel prepare the building for the Fiesta and "take every- thing down" when it's over. This is a See FIESTA on Page 8 UPCOMING EVENTS Democratic Meeting The Hidalgo County Democratic Party will hold a pre-primary convention meeting on Saturday, February 25/2012 from 3-5 p.m. at the Hampton Inn. Elec- tion of officers and delegates for the party will be held at this meeting. County website Visit Hidalgo County's website at www.hidalgocounty.org for dates, times, and locations of regular commission meetings, holiday closures, notices of employment, etc. Thank you, 5 t" SundaySing There will be no Fifth Sunday Sing in January. Veterans Officer visit- Reggie Price. Veterans Service Of- ricer from New Mexico Department of Veterans' Services, will be available to meet with veterans and/or their families on Friday January 27, 2012 at the Lordsburg City Hall Office hours will be from 10am-2pm. For better assistance, please bring a copy of the veterans' dis- charge papers (DD-214). 'More informa- tion is available by calling Reggie in the Silver City office at 575-538-2377. Lordsburg Schools PowerSchool Training Are you a parent of a child in grades 3-12 and need help learning to access his/her grades, attendance and teacher contact information online? If so, Lordsburg Municipal Schools will be providing Parents PowerSchool training on Tuesday and Wednesday, January 31st and February 1st, from 5:30-6:30pm, at Lordsburg High School Library. Please Border Patrol announces FOB decision in Animas Friday By DAWN NEWMANIRodeo sensitivity is crucial. Yes, we'll have Last Friday, citizens, ranchers, local continued law enforcement operations officials, and a handful of media and along the border, but we want to mini- politicians showed-up to hear the U.S. mize environmental" impact. Yes, the Customs and Border Protection agency FOB is a tactical deployment.decision, (CBP) announce their final 'decree' on but not a static defensive choice. Yes, where and why the new Forward Operat- we want rapid mobilization of resources ing Base (FOB) would be built at Horse for threats, given issues with distance and Camp, a 10 acre parcel situated 22 miles response time in the past. south of Animas and roughly 20 miles If you want more of the north of the internationtl border, goveraament's jargon and 'the official "In a nutshell." said El Paso Sector agency reasoning,' read on... Chief, Scott Luck, "this is the best site in 'The decision on location was based helping us maximize operational gains, on 'exhaustive research and input" - while minimizing environmental im- from the U.S. Corps of Engineers, and pact." At least 20 border patrol agents the Environmental Protection Agency and a dozen government specialists at- (EPA), from CBPfacilities personnel and tended the forum to provide reasoning field experts to numerous meetings with as well as specific answers to ongoing stakeholders. "In a nutshell," accord- vocal opposition. "So, just who is go- ing to spokesperson, Luck, this was done ing to pay for the maintenance of roads from an 'environmental standpoint, with at that site?" asked Hidalgo County formal assessments, in accordance with Commissioner. Darr Shannon. National Environmental Policy Acts With the official statement released (NEPA) with assessment of site propos- on Friday, residents continued to raise als and the determination of impacts to concerns about flood plains, hydrology the social, environmental and ecologi- assessment, tax-payer funding for road cal environments." costs, worries about long-term border Of course, the citizens and ranchers security, and bottom-line, a lack of pub- who came to Friday's forum already had lic transparency within the decision- a good inkling about what the final de- making process. "One of the most dis- cismn might be. They knew the citizen appointing things here." said Judy Keeler, tour comparing the final two sites might of Hachita. "is that I don't think you re- have been in vain. their petitions may ally listened to the people who live here, go ignored. They understood that warn- who know this area.'" .ings of flood plains, the need for hydrol- The chosen area. known as 'Horse ogy tests, and major security gaps on the Camp', is in the southwestern quadrant border might go rejected, and they rec- of New Mexico's "Bootheel" and the ognized that government transparency preferred site of government officials and cannot be relied on -- when it meets hired experts who looked at eight origi- with community conviction. nal locations in the Animas Valley area No surprises., before deciding. While five key factors In their defense, CBP and govern- were used in the process. Luck said the ment had held their share of public meet- decision was based on what he believes ings ,with ample opportunity for public is 'the best possible site' given consider- comments, questions, and debate. Like- able public debate and official govern- wise. citizens knew there was no way ment assdssn-iem,.. - (government) could begin to construct a For, theaoiage Citizen, the decision, new (FOB) in the ,'Bootheel' without sounded complex 'and dicey: Yes. bor- der security is good, but environmental See FOBon Page 3 Dogies are undefeated The Dugan-Tarango Middle School Dogies brought their undefeated record up to 12-0 last Saturday mornilg, beating Mesilla Valley Christian School. Above, Caleb May heads towards the basket with Johnny Plowman ready to assist. select the date you prefer, and contact instructor Ryan Chaney at 575-542-5716 or rchaney@lmsed.org to sign-up for this training. Sign-Up is required to reserve a computer station. "Cup of Love" Feb. 11 The Assembly of God Church would like to invite you to join us in a cup of hot chocolate along with live music on February 11, 2012 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Saucedo's Super Market. We have free sweetheart ceramic, coffee mugs available to the first 100 people. Continued on Page 2 Herald staff photo Friday, January 27, 2012 I0:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, January 28, 2012 10:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. James H. Baxter Civic Center 313 East 4th Street * Lordsburg, NM :r00]RlrZ, ql TII00 17 |il ,,,," 003:;'=:lrl;ll/lllll'l00;l00;'00.lllll,llll/lltlll00ll0000l