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VOLUME 14 ISSUE5 FRIDAY JANUARY 31, 2014 75 Hidalgo County, 21 7 West Cota Street ' Shelton, WA 98584 Ihh,l,,I,,hhh,h,l,,hlh,I City of Lordsburg settles in civil rights-violation case An incident from 2012 that alleges civil rights violations against the wife and child of David Eckert has been settled by the City of. Lordsburg. According to the Complaint to Re- cover Damages for Deprivation of Civil Rights and Personal Injury, filed in Lordsburg District Court on August 9, 2013, two City of Lordsburg police of- ricers and a Hidalgo County Sheriff's deputy continued their alleged harass- ment of local resident David Eckert when on May 29, 2012 they conducted an il- legal search of his residence. During the course of the night, officers were also accused of battery and .false imprison- ment of Eckert's wife, Janice Wadsworth, and his minor son. Named as defendants in the civil suit were the City of Lordsburg, Jason Gallegos and Luke DeLaGarza. Hidalgo County and Hidalgo County Sheriff's Deputy David Arredondo were originally named as defendants in this case, but were removed in September 2013. According to the complaint, David Eckert was being detained at the Lordsburg Police Department during the early morning hours of May 29, 2012 because he had refused to consent to a search by police of his vehicle. A group of law enforcement then went to Wadsworth's home around 2 a.m. The complaint alleges that a child opened the door, saw it was police, and at- tempted to close the door. It was further alleged that the county deputy pushed his way in--without a warrant--and in- structed the child to wake Wadsworth. Wadsworth, Eckert's son and two other minor children were then forced to wait outside for several hours while po- lice worked on obtaining a warrant. The minor child was patted down by police after he was told his father had already given consent to do so--consent which Eckert denies having given. A search of the home, allegedly orchestrated by LPD officers Gallegos and DeLaGarza, was conducted despite the fact that no war- rant was ever obtained. The suit filed on behalf of See CIVIL RIGHTS on Page 2 ACA deadline looming, HMS continues to offer assistance The March 3P t deadline imposed by the Affordable Care Act is fast ap- proaching, and Hidalgo County re'si- dents are encouraged to be sure they have insurance coverage to avoid finan- cial penalties. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) aims to increase the quality and affordability of hea!tli insurance, lower the uninsured rate by expanding public and private insurance Qverage, and re- duce the costs of hblthcare for individu- als. : : +- With the expansion of th Medic- aid program in New Mexico, many resi- dents not formerly eligible for Medicaid will find themselves eligible for health insurance at no cost. Others will be able to shop for affordable insurance to meet their needs on the insurance exchange ( Family Support Staff at Hidalgo Medical Services are certified to assist county residents in determining eligi- bility and navigating through insurance Options. HMS will be hosting several enrollment events during the next few weeks to help residents get enrolled be- fore the deadline. Staff is also avail- able at the Lordsburg HMS Clinic Monday through Friday, 8 am-6 pm, to lend assistance. Please call 542- 2357 or 542-2339; appointments are not necessary, but will reCrUiting time. Perfect Attendance Pizza Party at Southside + The following students were rewarded with a pizza party and a certificate for having perfect attendance for the first semester of school (August 13th - De- cember 20): Joseph Artiaga, Chloe Barrera, Kristian DeLaO, Danessa Esquivel, Marie Ford, Silvia Ford, Diego Holguin, Damien Krock, Emma Mendoza, Evan Moreno, Christopher Morrow, Roman Murillo, Uriel Retana, and Jonathan Vera. Not pictured is Maverick Contreras. Courtesy photo UPCOMING EVENTS Assessor's office closed HC Assessor's Office wilt be closed on Fridays during the month of Febru- ary in order for staff to do yearly field work. For more information call 575- 542-3433. CSFP Commodities CSFP Loaves & Fishes cheese com- modities for seniors over age 60 and chil- dren under age5 who are not on WIC will be distributed on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 from 10 AM to noon at the Special Events Center, 502 West 2nd Street. New applicants will be seen from 11:30 AM to noon. If recertifying, recipient must bring proof of income and photo ID. Wolf Pack meeting The Hidalgo County Wolf Pack meeting will be held on January 30, 2014 at the BYA building at 402 DeMoss Street at 1 P.M. Lunch will be served and the public is encouraged to attend. Parenting program Circle of Security--a program that offers strategies to parents--will be held offered to Hidalgo County parents on Panthers celebrate 2014 Homecoming Animas High school celebrated homecoming festivities last week. All of the Panther teams had games throughout the week. On Monday they played Cloudcroft--with all three teams falling a little short.The varsity girls lost by just one point. On Friday for the Homecoming games the teams faced off against Quemado with both middle school teams winning and the varsity girls winning.The JV and Varsity boys fell short, losing to the Eagles. Following the games the Homecoming Court was announced: King--Henry Bender, Queen--Serria Wiley, Junio r Princess--Holly Freeman, Junior Prince--Trey Arredondo, Sophomore Princess--Marissa Hillebert, Sophomore Prince--Logan Klump, Freshman PrincessTiane Gibson, Freshman Prince--Charlie Drybread, 8 th Grade DuchessBrittney Gibson, 8 t" Grade DukePatrick Lasher, 7  Grade Duchess--Amy Amy Manos and 7 m Grade Duke--Tell Swift. By DALLAS POMPEOIHidalgo County Herald Udall, Heinrich welcome PILT extension in Farm Bill Courtesy submission ments, which are computed based on the PILT for five years. In a 2012 transporta- U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Mar- number of acres of federal entitlement tion bill, full funding Was extended for tin Heinrich Tuesday announced that the land within each county or jurisdiction another year, leaving the future beyond Farm Bill conference report, made pub- and the population of that county or ju- 2013 uncertain. Starting in 2011, Udall, lic on Monday, includes one year of risdiction. The lands include the Na- along with then-Sen. Jeff Bingaman, funding for the critical Payment in Lieu tional Forest and National Park Systems, helped lead the fight in the Senate for of Taxes (PILT) Program. The news pro- the areas managed by the Bureau of Land mandatory support of PILT and Secure {,ides relief for rural.counties in New Management, those affectedby the U.S. Rural Schools funding for an additional Mexico, which face major budget cuts if Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of five years. Heinrich, then a member of PILT is not extended. Reclamation water resource develop- the House, sponsored a companion bill. In 2013, Hidalgo County received ment projects, and others. Last year, Udall and Sen. Mike Enzi (R- in excess of $703,549 in PILT monies Udall and Heinrich have been WY), along with Heinrich, wrote the and counts on PILT as a major portion of strong advocates for steady, full funding chairs and ranking members of the Sen- the annual budget. " ' of the PILT program: After years of fund- ate Appropriation Committee and Into- The senators were among a biparti- ing PILT inconsistently, Congress in rior subcommittee calling on them to san coalition who wrote to Farm Bill 2008 fully and automatically funded fully support and fund PILT. negotiators torequestanextensionof Tolley Over the Hill and Pickin' the program, which expired at the end of last year with no plan for renewal. PILT compensates counties that host large amounts of federal land, and is a major Up Speed to perform Feb 15 source of revenue for rural communities. Federal land can't be developed or taxed, but counties still must provide services Submitted by ALLEN "HOOK" HILL band, or the Over the Hill Gang, as to their residents, such as police and fire All the old-timers are aware of the they are popularly called. Band mem- protection, schools and roads. In 2013, fun they will have at the 21 s' annual bers Frank Fox, Buddy and Sharlene 32 New Mexico counties received Bootheel Cowboy Poetry Fiesta, but you Jonson, Norman Wright, and Joe Sharp $34,692,967. newcomers, and those of you who have hail from Virden, New Mexico, and "This is a relief for families with not attended a Fiesta, LISTEN UP. parts west. They have years of coun- school children and all rural residents The annual fundraiser for the try music experience among them and who need emergency services and road Lordsburg-Hidalgo County Museum it's evident that they enjoy every improvements," Udall said. "Without an will be at the museum, located at 708 minute of playing for crowds. If you extension of PILT, rural counties will face E. Sbcond Street, in Lordsburg, at 5:00 feel like dancing, while this select drastic budget and job cuts in June, and p.m. on Saturday, February 15, 2014. group is playing, get up and have fight many will struggle to fund the most ba- The Fiesta features a list of star at it. We welcome the Over the Hill sic of services. This is an issue of fair- performers, who donate time and tal- Gang back, t0 the Fiesta for the second ness for rural communities across New ent for your entertainment. All are time. Mexico, and I want to thank the confer- experienced performers who have been Other entertainers on the program once committee for granting our request." shining in many, many gatherings over include Jan Richins, poet; Ken Moore, "Our effort to restore funding for the the years. Their main goal will be to singer and songwriter; Bill Cavaliere, PILT program is a major victory for present a fun and joyous evening, take poet; Carol Markstrom, singer; Nell rural New Mexico," Heinrich said. "This away the cares of the day, and send Abbott, storyteller; the Outriders West- program helps counties across our state you home wanting more. They have ern music; and Allen "Hook" Hill, poet avoid budget shortfalls and maintains been successful at this for the past 20 and storyteller. The master of ceremo- the economic strength of rural commu- years, nies for the evening will once aain be nities who rely on the funds for infra- Rusty Tolley, who has performed Steve Hill whose duty it will be"to tell structure maintenance, law enforcement, at the Fiesta several times, will again humorous stories (O.K., downright lies) and other critical local services. I com- be onstage this year. His ability to about the entertainers. mend House and Senate agriculture lead- strum the interest strings of listeners is During the intermission; Fiesta ors for producing a bipartisan agreement unparalleled, whether with his guitar goers will be treated to free hamburg- on the Farm Bill and urge its passage." or his poetry. Rusty gave up the prac- ors and soft drinks, donated by The Farm Bill conference report is tice of law in Atlanta, Georgia, in Saucedo's Supermarket. The burgers the product of many months of negotia- 1999, to become a cowboy, but after a will be cooked by the Lordsburg Vol- tion between congressional leaders, who year he became a "lawman" in the unteer Fire Department and served by worked to resolve differences between "Southwest with the New Mexico State volunteers. the House- and Senate-passed versions Police and nowis an investigator for Tickets for the Bootheel Fiesta are of the Farm Bill. The final report must be the District Attorney's office. He and $12.50 for adults and $8.00 for stu- approved by Congress one more time his wife, Leah, live with their young dents. They can be purchased at before it is sent to the president to be daughter in Cliff, New Mexico. We Verla's Rock Shop and Western Wear, signed into law. The House is scheduled welcome Rusty back to the Bootheel 980 E. Motel Drive in Lordsburg, or to consider the final report on Wednes- Fiesta. at the door. day, followed by the Senate. Rounding out the first session of For more information, contact Hook The conference report provides this year's Fiesta will be the Over the or June Hill at (575) 542-9258 or more than $400 million for PILT pay- Hill and Pickin' Up Speed Western ',o,'1 ,v ,,Frank Koonguez ! Munici.l00 i: Your vote o1" ill Thursday afternoons from 2-3:30 p.m. at be provided. If you are interested in com- the HMS Conference Room beginning ing please call the office at 542-9291 for February 6, 2014. The series will con- more information. 2341elude orMarch542-2339.27' To register, call 542- BYA hours 4-H Leaders Workshop Starting on January 27, 2017 the BYA Academic Support Center will be 4-H Leaders Workshop will be held at 317 E. 4th Street (old Ena Mitchell February 15, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Senior Center) from 4-8 P.M. On Thurs- at the High School Library in Animas. day January 30, 2014, the BYA will have This workshop is for all enrolled 4-H lead- Project Venture, Movies and pizza at the ers and those who may be interested in BYA building at 402 DeMoss from 4-8 enrolling. Trainings will be offered on P.M. club meetings, project meetings, and we will be planning activities for the year. be uct., There is no fee to attend and lunch will Continued on Page 2