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1 1 VOLUME 10 ISSUE 5 FRIDAY' JANUARY 29, 2010 5O Hidalgo County. To~n Papers .... smag ,.~ mia Avenue b~ 026 CautO 5 , ,,T~ q$136 Seattle '~'" " ....< I Frank M, .k ! "I'm on your side" I Please Voze for positive chat;geI ...... .(:/~o,,~:I~:'ff" 2:. 2010 I Border activity escalates to violence in Portal Eriberto Marquez Martin Uriel Chavaria-Morquecho Two Portal residents were terrorized in their home on January 20 by two ille- gal aliens who held them at knife point. According to reports, Howard and Rosemary Hunt, were at home cooking dinner when the two Hispanic men entered their fenced yard and knocked on their door. When the door was opened, the men forced their way inside. The elderly couple was tied up with duct .tape and threatened with a machete. The two men. from Chihua- hua. Mexico. took food, jewelry, cash, credit cards and the couple's Chevrolet Avalanche. Mrs. Hunt was able to free herself from the bindings and helped her husband loose be- fore dialing 911. The couple's Avalanche was spotted leaving McDonald's in Lordsburg at about 7:30 p.m. that same day by a Motor Transportation Po- lice officer (MTPD) about 30 minutes after a "Be On the Look Out" (BOLO) message was-issued to law enforcement agencies. When the MTPD officer tried to stop Quilt Show this the vehicle the two men bailed from the truck and fled the scene. With inter- agency assistance from the New Mexico State Police, Lordsburg Police Depart- ment and the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department. the two men were appre- hended. Eriberto Marquez, 22 years old. and Martin Uriel Chavaria- Morquecho, 20 years old. are charged with receiving and trans- ferring a stolen ve- hicle and resisting and or evading arrest in New Mexico. The Cochise County Arizona/ Sheriff's Office will be issuing warrants for both suspects for armed robbery, ag- gravated assault and kidnapping. Some jewelry and money that was taken from the victims was re- covered While the Hunts were not seriously injured, the violent incident has left many residents in ru- ral Hidalgo County very concerned about their safety. According to residents, there have been increasing num- bers of incidents where illegal aliens have broken into homes in search of food and other items. In response to these security con- cerns, a public-meeting will be held at the Rodeo Community Center on Friday, February 5, 2010. at 5:30 p,m. The event is being touted as an informational meet- Manuel Renteria finally receives war medals LocaIWorld War II Veteran Manuel Renteria received well-deserved war medals more than 60 years after the fact. United States Con- gressman Harry Teague made a special trip to Lordsburg Sunday afternoon to personally pin the medals on Renteria, who attended the ceremony at City Hall with his family and friends. Renteria, who served four years in the Pacific during World War II, was given the Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Service Medal, Asiatic- Pacific Campaign Medal (with 2 Bronze Service Stars), World War II Victory Medal, Honorable Service Lapel Button WWlI, and the Marks- man Badge with Rifle Bar. After encountering difficulties trying to collect his awards, Renteria reached out to Congressman Teague's Las Cruces office in December for assistance. Cpngressman Teague's staff worked with the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis to secure the medals. Above, Lordsburg Mayor Clark Smithprepares the medals for ning by Rep.Teague. Also pictured is Renteria's daughter, Barbara. At right, Manuel Renteria following the ceremony. Herald staff photos ing with Border Patrol. Hidalgo and Friday, Saturday CochiseCounty Sheriffs' Departments Bootheel Cowboy Poetry Fiesta, set for and local representatives to discuss what The Hidalgo County Heritage Quilt is being done to protect local residents 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, along with their local biographies, will be displayed during the two day event. A quill assessor will be on hand on Saturday to meet with the public. The public is encouraged to attend. quilt biographies have been compiled for several year.s for the Lordsburg- Hidalgo County Museum. For more information call the Lordsburg-Hidalgo Library at 575-542- 9646 from break-ins and illegal activity. It is antidipated that the law enforce- ment agencies can advise local citizens onhow to stay safe and how to create a cooperative effort with law enforcement in preventing further problems. Marquez and Chavaria-Morq,uecho admitted they had forced their way into the residence and took the truck. Marquez and Chavaria-Morquecho said they had been walking for about a week and were tired and hungry, and when the couple refused to give them a fide. they took the truck and some food from the home. City Corner by Mayor Clark Smitl/~W~l~~l~l= ] Congratulations to Manny Renteria.on receiving 5 medals for serving his country. It .was well deserved. I have been,deeply involved in working with the New Mexico Department of Transportation on Lordsburg's grants "we received this year. Meetings withGovernbr Richardson's staff and the Transportation Department, the City of Lordsburg did real well on budget cuts. Two of our pro- grams were cut 21% and saved them from complete cuts. Wabash Street's project new budget is - state giant $211.337.67 and City match - $70,445.67. for a total of $281.782.67. The north side of the City on "G", "H". Gold and Center Streets consists of $40,782.00 state grant and City match of $13.594.00. The total project is $54.376.00. 1 am trying to save the $500.000"grant for new sidewalks with ADA ramps on Motel Drive. The outcome of this will be after meeting with State of New Mexico officials. I will keep you posted on this. The Main Street paving project will start the 2"a week of" February. Southwest Paving and Concrete will the main contractor for this job. I will keep you updated. Lots to do, so have fun, be safe and please get involved in your community and help support our local youth in ~eir academics and athletics in the Lordsburg and Animas schools. February 20, promises star-studded lineup Courtesy submission The all-star lineup of performers for the 17th annual Bootheel Cowboy Po- etry Fiesta on Saturday, February 20th at the museum 708 E. 2nd St. has been in place for several months. The 2010 mu- seum fundraiser will begin at 5:00 p.m., ,and will feature musicians, poets, story- tellers, and comics who have been around the block and back several times in cowboy poetry and music circles. The fundraiser will again of- fer free hamburgers and soft drinks during intermission. Ingredients have annu- ally been furnished by Saucedo Super Market. prepared by the Lordsburg Fire Department, meat cooked on the large Western Bank grille, and served by local citizen volunteers. Over the years more than seventy-five perform- ers-many of them several times have given their time and talents free of charge to the success of the Fiesta There is always a long list of artists who want to help. From this year's list. the Fiesta has the pleasure of presenting some who have been partici- pants before, and some who have not. New to the Fiesta will be Pete Kennedy from Tyrone, N.M. Pete burst upon the area cowboy poetry scene a few years back and brought an attractive con- tribution to the art. He presents his works in a no-nonsense fashion that lets the audience know he has control of the sub- jeer. Pete looks the part. dresses the part. and is a polished entertainer. His wife Diane also does her part in some of Pete's presentations. Pete has performed in various gatherings, including Sierra Vista, Willcox. Tyrone. and others. He and Diane are the organizers and hosts of the annual Tyrone gath- ering, which will take place for the third time in April of 2010. Jon Messenger returns to the Fiesta for an- other perfor- mance this year. Jon. still an active cowhand, is an accomplished western songwriter, singer and poet. His love of the West shines forth in all he does. His works reflect that love. as does his pro- pensity for making sure that he portrays the West. past, present, and future, in its true light. He has been roped, hobbled, and tied to western miasic most of his adult life. He is a three-time past"presi- dent of the Western Music Association. Jon has been a featured artist on numer- ous gatherings throughout the South- west. For some years he has worked on the Diamond A Ranch in the southern part of the New Mexico Bootheel. It is respectfully that the Bootheel welcomes Jon's return. Larry Harmer. poet, storyteller, and historian extraordinaire, will make his appearance in the Bootheel after a long absence. Larry is a second-to- none historian,who has appeared in countless gatherings throughout the Southwest. He has lectured in many fancy circles about the things he loves: The doings, comings and goings, faults and failures, and triumphs of the people of the West. In his profession as an urban and rural planner, Larry has a firm understanding of what is needed for continued growth and development of the West. Larry and his wife Jan have lived in several areas of Arizona., but now call the city of Surprise, Ari- zona their home. Welcome back, Larry. Mark your calendars and make your plans to attendthe Fiesta on Sat- urday, February 20th at 5:00. Remem- ber, there will be a session at 5:00 p.m. free hamburgers at intermission, a sec- ond session at 7:00 p.m., and a lot of fun and laughter all evening. Tickets for the Bootheel may. be had at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased at Verla's Western Wear, 980 E. Motel Drive. Tickets include both sessions and free hamburgers. Adult $10.00 Student $7,00 For more information 575-542-9258. UPCOMING EVENTS Dunagan account An account has been set up at West- ern Bank to help benefit Clint and Gall Dunagan, who lost their hgme to a fire over the weekend. Anyone wishing to make a contribution should contact any teller at Western Bank. 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 1/29/10 at the Lordsburg City Hall. Office hours will be from 10am- 4pm. For better assistance, please bring a copy of the veterans' discharge papers. More information is available by call- ing Reggie in the Silver City office at 575-538-2377. Portal fundraiser The Portal Rescue Soup Kitchen Fund-raiser will be held February 8. 9. and 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. at the Portal Rescue Classroom in Portal. Your choice each day includes two sa- vory soups, two delectable breads, a des- sert, and beverage for only $7.00. Raffle tickets for fabulous prizes are only $1.00. All proceeds go to Portal Rescue. Security meeting Feb. 5 A local area security concern meet- ing will be held at the Rodeo Commu- nity Center on Friday, February 5, 2010 at 5:30. p.m. The topic of discussion will be with Border Patrol and county sheriff's departments on how to address recent border security issues. For more information email cbwf@vtc.net. Walking & Activity Walking & Activity Club meets ev- cry Monday and Wednesday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Special Events Center. For more information call 542-8384 ext. 104. CSFP Commodities CSFP commodities for persons age 60 and above will be distributed on Tues- day, February 2, 2010. at approximately 11 a.m. at the Special Events Center, 502 West 2"d Street in Lordsburg. Please bring your senior CSFP ID card. If this is your first time receiving CSFP commodities, bring proof of income and address and a photo ID. See UPCOMING EVENTS on Page 2