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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY. JANUARY 29, 2010 9 Public invited to attend Buffalo Soldier hist0ricsites tours in Sierra Vista Submitted by CITY OF SIERRA VISTA Everyone is invited to learn more about the renowned Buf- falo Soldiers. the All-Black unit stationed on Fort Huachuca in the late 1800s through the turn of the Century, by taking a tour with the Southwest Association of Buffalo Soldiers (SWABS). Children are welcome, as this informative and educational excursion is appropriate for children over age 12. The tours, of the Buffalo Soldier historic sites, are held the third Saturday of each month, and participants are in- vited to meet at the City of Si- erra Vista's Visitor Center. lo- cated in the Oscar Yrun Com- munity Center at 3020 East Tacoma. and board a bus for the tour. After the two-hour tour. plus additional time at the Fort Huachuca. Museum, the bus re- turns participants to the Visitor Center. The next tour will be held on February 20. The tour fee is $12.00 with water and snacks pro- vided. The Visitor Center's rep- resentative will collect the fee by cash or check only. The bus will depart for Fort Huachuca at 11:30 a.m. and participants should ar- rive at the Visitor Center by 11:15 a.m. to have time to look at the maps and brochures of other Si- erra Vista and local area attrac- tions, tour fee collection, and veri- fication of identification. For res- ervations, which are required to ensure adequate seating, please call the Visitor Center at 520-417- 6960 or 1-800-288-3861.- Short Cycle Assessment Testing at LHS in January By DENE'R'E MORA & KAYLA NEWELLILHS Along with a new year. the month of January has brought the sixth round of NWEA Maps tests to Lordsburg High School. These computer based assessments test grades 9 through 11 in the areas of math. science, reading, and lan- guage arts. "These tegts are designed ~to give students the opportunity to see their individual growth and give teachers information about Wind causes damage in county The weather sure has caused lots of trouble around the Animas valley! Strong winds blew away trampolines (above), tipped over swing-sets, and even took the roof off of a house! Not only that, but student progress to help adjust the valley was also treated to rain-lots and LOTS of it! Foster, adoptive parents the focusinthetheircurricu- By EUZARETHRICHINSlHidalgoCountyHerald lUm's?:ddnP:i:c2:t~eVeat;:tsLe;er Rep, Teague encourages local organizations ceded in New Mexico t.ecour eoffour ays, On eio n the fall. winter, and spring. Each Submitted by CYFD Becoming a foster or adop- tive parent can make a huge dif- ference in the life of a child. Join us for an information meeting to be held this month of February in your area. Please call Ronny Diaz. CYFD Foster & Adoptive Par- ent Recruiter at (575) 434-5950 ext. 121 for more information or visit us on the web at www.cyfd.org. Se Habla Espanol Foster or Adopt a NbwMexic0 Youth My Name is Leon Raul Age: 7 Gender: Male Story: Meet Leon, who go~s by "Leon Raul". He is active an active boy with a great sense of humor. He would fit well into a two-parent family that can pro- vide one-on-one attention, con- sistency, and structure. Leon Raul enjoys outdoor sports including baseball, swimming, running, and jiimpihg on the trampoline. At times he has challenges with completing homework assign- ments, and with social~interac- tions, and he requires special edu- cation intervention. Leon Raul has an interest in the natural world and can identify herbs in your garden He also has a rock collection that he carefully selected on his walks. Leon is curious. inquisitive and needs to be reassured that his adoptive family will be his forever family. An adoptife family that is supportive of Leon Raut's maintaining contact with his four other siblings would gain his trust. For further information " about Leon Raul. please contact Camille Scarcella. CYFD Adop- tion Consultant, at camilte.scarcella @ state.nm.us or 505-827-7450 ext. 1032 tphone For general information on how you can become a foster/adop- tive parent with the Children. Youth and Families Department. please call 1-800-432-2075 or visit www.CYFD.org. subject test ,takes about an hour and a half of each student's time. "'All groups have shown overall growth these past two years", said Lee. "We will con- tinue to short cycle assess whether we use NWEA Maps or a differentprogram the state pro- vides." These tegts have shown im- provement and are expected to improve all test scores from LHS students. to apply for Drug Free Community Grants Courtesy submission Congressman Harry Teague recently urged commumt.v-based programs focused on addressing youth substance abuse to apply for program grants through the Drug Free Communities (DFC) Support Program The DFC pro- gram is a partnership between the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) TAX HELP NM provides free tax preparation for New Mexicans mated $3 million in tax prepa- ration fees. TAX HELP New Mexico volunteers are trained and IRS certified to help taxpayers take advantage of tax credits, includ- ing the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit. More than 400.000 New Mexicans are eligible for the TAX HELP New Mexico pro- gram. which is a valuable corn- Courtesy submission TAX HELP New Mexico at Hidalgo Medical Services lo- cated at 530 De Moss. Lordsburg will open on Febru- ary 2. 2010 for free tax prepa- ration. New Mexicans whose annual household income is $49,000 or less and for those who are 65 years and older. Last year. TAX HELP New Mexico returned over $22 million in re- funds to New Mexico families and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Sub- stance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Ultimately, the ONDCP expects to award ap- proximately $18.75 million for 150 new competing grants to sup- port the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent and reduce substance use among www.samhsa.gov/Grants/2010/ SP-10-005.aspx, or by applying online using http:// www.grants.gov/. All applica- tions are due by March 19, 2010. For more information or any questions, contact Olivia Shockey, Public Health Advisor. CSAP at 240-276-1270 or Bar- bara Orlando. Grants Manage- ment Specialist. Office of Pro- gram Services at 240-276-1422. PAUL BRAVO LE(IAL NOTICE COUNTY ASSESSOR ORDER NO. 09-57 NOTICE OF REQUIREMENTSTO REPORT CERTAIN MATTERS RELATING TO PROPERTYVALUATION AND CLAIMING EXEMPTION FROM PROPERTYTAXATION The County Assessor hereby publishes notice to property owners, pursuant to Section 7-38-18, NMSA 1978, as follows: 1. All property subject to valuation for property taxation purposes not valued by the Assessor in 2009 for property taxation purposes must be reported to the Assessor no later than the last day of February 201'0, unless it is not subject to valuation for property taxation purposes in 2010.The report must contain the required information and be on a form that is obtained from the Assessor's office. Section 7-38-8, NMSA 1978. 2. If you have made improvements to real property during 2009 and the improvements cost more than Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000), the improvements must be reported to the Assessor no later than the.last day of February 2010.The information required and the form may be obtained from the Assessor's office: Section 7-38- 8(C), NMSA 1978. 3. All real property owned by any nongovernmental entity and claimed to be exempt from property taxation under the provisions of Paragraph (1) of Subsection b of Section 7-36-7 NMSA 1978 shall be reported for valuation purposes to the appropriate valuation authority. If a change in eligibility status or ownership of the property has changed, the change shall be reported no later than the last day of February 2010. Section 7-38-8.1 NMSA 1978. 4. If you own property that has decreased in value during 2009, and that property is subject to valuation for property taxation purposes, you must report the decrease in value to the Assessor no later than the last day of February 2010. The report must contain the required information and must be on a form that is obtained from the Assessor's office. Section 7-38-13. NMSA 1978. 5. Ifyou believe that your real property is entitled to head-of-family exemption, veteran exemption or disabled veteran exemption from property taxation, .you must apply to the Assessor for exempt status no later than thirty (30) days after the mailing of the County Assessor's notices of valuation in order to be entitled to the exemption from taxation in 2010. Exceptions: If an exemption from taxation was in effect for 2009 and the basis of the exempt status or use is unchanged from that year, application for exemption need not be made for 2010. If you have previously been granted an exemptior and now have a changem ownership or status you must notify the Assessor of the change no later than the last day of February 2010 of the change. If required, application for exemption must contain the required information an~l must be on a form that is obtained from the Assessor's office. Section 7-38-17. NMSA 1978. 6. Property subject to valuation is presumed to be nonresidential and will be so recorded by the assessor unless. you declare the property to be residential no later than the last day of February 2010. If your property has changed in use from residential to nonresidential or from nonresidential to residential use you must declare this status to the Assessor no later than the lastday of February'2010. The declaration must contain the required information and must be in a form that may be obtained from the Assessor's office. Section 7-38-17.1 NMSA 1978. 7. If you are a person who is sixty five (65) years of age or older or disabled, and whose "modified gross income" was not greater than $32,000 in 2009 and you own and occupy a single-family dwelling you may be eligible for a limitation on the taxable value of your residence. If you think youare eligible, you must apply to the Assessor no later than thirty (30) days after the Assessor mails the notice of value for your residence. The application must contain the required information and must be on a form that is obtained from the Assessor's office. Section 7-36- 21.3 NMSA 1978. 8. If your land was valued in 2009 in accordance with the special methodof valuation for land used primarily for agricultural purposes, and the land is still used primarily for agricultural purposes, you need not reapply for that special method of valuation in 2010, If your land was valued in accordance with the special method of valuation in 2009,.but it is no longer used primarily for agricultural purposes, you must report the changeto the Assessor no later than the last day of Februanj' 2010. If your land was not valued in accordance with that method of valuation in 2009, and it is now used primarily for agricultural purposes, you must make application on a form which has been approved from the Assessor no later than the last day of February 2010. Section 7-36-20 NMSA 1978. 9. If you own "livestock" that is subject to valuation for property taxation purposes, you must report such livestock to the Assessor. All such livestock present in the county on January 1,2010 must be reported to the Assessor no later than the last day of February 2010. If the livestock is transported into the county after January 1,2010, it must be reported to the Assessor no later than the first day of the month following the first month in which the livestock has been present in the county for twenty (20) days. The report must contain the required information and must be on forms obtained from the Assessor's office. Section 7-36-21 NMSA 1978. 10. If you own a manufactured home [that was not previously assessed] and it was present in the county on January 1,2010, you must report it to the Assessor no later than the last day of February 2010. The report must contain certain required information and must be on a form obtained from the Assessor's office. Section 7-36-26 NMSA 1978. THIS NOTICE IS ONLY A BRIEF STATEMENT OFTHE PROVISIONS OF SECTIONS 7-38-8, 7-~38-8.1,7-38-13, 7- 38-17, 7-38-t 7.1,7-36-21.3, 7-36-20, 7-36-21, and 7-36-26 NMSA 1978. and related Taxation & Revenue Department Regulations. It is not intended to reflect the full content of these provisions, which may be examined at the office of the County Assessor. Done this 8th day of January, 2010. Tonya "Toni" Lowery, Assessor Hidalgo County PO#10-053 j15/29c across the state. The oro~,ram munit~ resource this time of also saved taxpay~i'~ e~tr: year and re'funds are typicall} in hand within two weeks of fil- ing. This service is sponsored by Hidalgo Medical Services. Tax Help New Mexico. and the IRS. For more information/ap- pointment, please call 575-542- 8384 ext. 102 youth. "Without community initia- tives targeting drug awareness. too often kids fall through the cracks." said Congressman Harry Teague "Programs like Drug Free Communities encourage local solutions to keep kids across southern New Mexico out of trouble and on the right path to success I encourage all organi- zations devoted to drug aware- ness to apply for these grants." The DFC Program aims to establish and strengthen collabo- ration among communities, pub- lic and private nonprofit agencies and Federal. State. local, and Mbal governments to support the efforts of community anti-drug coalitions while reducing sub- stance abuse by addressing a range of risk and protective fac- tors that impact substance abuse. Applications are available by calling SAMHSA's Health In- formation Network at 1-877- SAMHSA7. downloading the ap- plication at http:// God Bless You. L~ve Mom LE( NOTICE LORDSBURG MUNICIPAL SCHOOL DISTRICT RESOLUTION 10.01 OPEN MEETINGS NOTICE WHEREAS. New Mexico law (10-15-1 NMSA 1978) requires this Board to annually determine "what notice for a public meeting is reasonable": and WHEREAS, the Board of Education of the Lordsburg Municipal School District has determined the nature and amount of notice which is effective and reasonable within this school district: NOWTHEREFORE, be it resolved that: 1. Regular Meetings The regular monthly meetings of the Board of Education shall be held on the second Monday of each month. Such- meetings shall be held at 6:00 P.M. prevailing Mountain Time. All regular meetings shall be held in the School Board Room, School Administration Building, 501 West Fourth Street. Lordsburg, New Mexico. Notice of regular meetings shall be given by publishing this resolution once in a local newspaper within 30 days of adoption of this resolution. Notice of any rescheduled regular meetings will be given ten (10) days in advance of such meeting date', by publishing notice once in a local newspaper of general circulation. The notice shall indicate how a copy of the agenda can be obtained. The agenda shall be available to the public at least 24 hours before any regular meeting. 2. Special Meetings Special meetings of the Board of Education shall be called by the President of the Board when, in his/her opinion it is necessary, or when requested by three members of the Board of Education. A special meeting may be held at such time and place as determined by the President of the Board of Education. Notice to the public of special meetings shall be giyen by posting a written notice thereof at the office of the Superintendent of Schools. at Lordsburg City Hall, and at the Hidalgo County Courthouse at least three (3) days prior to the beginning of the meeting. The notice shall specify the time and place of the special meeting and shall include an agenda for the meeting or information on how members of the public may obtain a copy of the agenda. The agenda shall be available to the public at least 24 hours before any special meeting. The Superintendent of Schools shall also mail copies of.the written notice to those broadcast stations licensed by the Federal Communications Commission and newspapers of general circulation which have made a written request for notice of public meetings. 3. Emergency Meetings Emergency meetings will be called only under unforeseen circumstances which demand immediate action to protect the health, safety and property of citizens orto protect the public body from substantial financial loss. The Board will avoid emergency meetings whenever possible. Emergency meetings may be called by the President or a majority of the members upon twenty-four (24) hours notice unless threat of personal injury or property damage require less notice. The notice for all emergency meetings shall include an agenda for the meeting or information on how the public may obtain a copy of the agenda. Notice of emergency meetings shall be given to the public by posting notice of the date, time, place, and agenda in the office of Superintendent of Schools. The Superintendent shall also provide telephone notice to those broadcast stations licensed by the Federal Communications Commission and newspapers of general circulation that have made a written request for no6ce of public meetings. 4. Closed Meetings The Board may close a meeting to the public only if the subject matter of such discussion or action is exempted from the open meeting requirement under the Open Meetings Act (10-15-1 (H) NMSA 1978) or other relevant law. (a) If any meeting is closed during an open meeting, such closure shall be approved by a majority vote of a quorum of the Board taken during the open meeting. The authority of the closure and the subjects to be discussed shall be stated with reasonable specificity in the motion for closure and the vote on closure of each individual member shall be recorded in the minutes. Only those subjects specified in the motion may be discussed ina closed meeting. (b) If the decision to hold a closed meeting is made when the Board is not in an open meeting, the closed meeting shall notbe held until public notice, appropriate under the circumstances, stating the specific provision of law authoriz- ing the closed meeting and the subjects to be discussed with reasonable specificity, is given to the members and the general public. (c) I=ollowing completion of any closed meeting, the minutes of the open meeting that was closect, or the minutes of the next open meeting if the closed meeting was separately scheduled, shall state whether the matters discussed in the closed meeting were limited only to those specified in the motion or notice for closure. (d) Except as provided in Section 10-15-1 (H) of the Open Meetings Act, any action taken as a result of the discussion in a closed meeting shall be made by vote of the Board in an open public meeting. ADOPTED this 1 lth day of January, 2010. Manuel D.V. Saucedo President. Board of Education David Whipple Secretary, Board of Education ltc