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2 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, JANUARY 31, 2014 GSA receives funding for Columbus Land Port of Entry expansion Courtesy submission The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) recently announced that the agency has received federal funding for the design of the Columbus Land Port of Entry. As a result of con- gressional approval, the agency can now redirect funding to in- vest $7.4 million to expand and modernize this important border crossing which hasn&apos;t met the operational needs of the US Cus- toms and Border Protection for quite some time. Key Facts: The Columbus POE is a full-service port that inspects pri- vately owned and commercial vehicles and pedestrians. Since its construction in 1989, screen- ing at this POE has increased sig- nificantly and advances in tech- nology have led to significant changes in the inspection process and global communications and business practices have provided impetus for dramatic changes in trade policies. The Columbus POE is cur- rently operating from outdated, deteriorating facilities that do not adequately meet the functional needs of the tenant agencies. Ad- ditionally, the POE is experienc- ing increased commercial traffic which is expected to grow over the next fifteen years. New and/ or renovated facilities are re- quired to provide operational fa- cilities including inspection ar- eas, docks and support space, as well as address drainage issues inherent to the site. Expansions to the POE since its original construction have ul- timately impaired future traffic movement throughout the site. It is also notable that efforts are underway by the government of Mexico to relocate port facilities south of the border further east. The construction of a bypass road to access the new crossing is com- plete. The new commercial traf- fic circulation that will result from the addition of the bypass road will be accommodated in the proposed port expansion project. The POE floods during high volume rainfall events. Since 2006, the area has been inun- dated twice, elevating the flood- ing problem to the attention of both the U.S. and Mexican gov- ernments and the State of New Mexico. Improvements to the port wilt be designed to protect structures, retain all new onsite storm water, and convey storm water flows across the site. The site drainage and grading im- provements add significantly to the project facility cost but are needed to allow the project to proceed and respond timely to customer needs. Project Details: The project Will provide an expanded Port of Entry at the ex- isting port to handle future growth in traffic volumes and site improvements to control storm water flow. GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini weighs in: "This facility was built in 1989 and needs extensive mod- ernization work in order to keep Americans safe, and ensure that this land port of entry remains fully functional," said GSA Ad- ministrator Dan Tangherlini. "GSA is excited to get started on this modernization project and looks forward to working with the Department of Homeland Secu- rity every step of the way" GSA's Acting Regional Ad- ministrator Sylvia Hernandez says: "GSA's mission is to serve the government and the American People This funding will help us to accomplish both. Moving forward with the design of this project gets us one step closer to meeting the needs of the Village of Columbus, DHS's Customer and Border Protection and the local economy." For more information on the Columbus Port of Entry project, visit For more informa- tion on the omnibus bill and GSA projects, visit GSA's Newsroom. Fast Approval Build Your Credit l00No Checking Account Needed [00No Hassles Call Us Today! Appl.y in person on call ahead! 6ENTRY FINANGE 224 E, Motel Dr. Lordsburg, NM Call today! 57'5"-542-. Smotts, Palacios are Sup ', Spectacular Seniors of the Month at EMSC Submitted by ENA MITCHELL fornia Highway Patrol Officers, Hector - comes to us from SENIOR CENTER Photographer, published poet, California, also. He was born in We are starting a new focus Hatha Yoga teacher, T'ai' Chi Los Angeles and raised in at the Ena Mitchell Senior Cen- teacher, and certified senior exer- Marysville, CA. He graduated ter. Each month we will pick two cise coach. These are just to name High School in Marysville. seniors to spotlight, to learn some- a few. She has been a lifelong He enlisted in the Air Force thing about them, and to let the lover of books and is always in- and made a career out of it. He community and county know a terested in current events, retired in 1989. In his lifetime he little about the seniors we serve. Why did she pick has been a nurse, drove non-emer- This months' focus will be Lordsburg? Her college sweet- gency ambulance, been a fruit Judith Smotts and Hector heart found her, they married and picker, landlord, VFW Com- Palacios. then moved to Lordsburg because mander and Senior Vice Cam- Judith - comes to us from he'd lived here before as Under mander for the District and Senior . California She was born and Sheriff Under Bob Hall. Advisory Council President for raised in northern California on Why does she come to the the senior center. the coast. Her education is pretty Senior Center? Her husband had He is a father, grandfather and extensive: Associate's Degree, died of a brain tumor and coming great grandfather Bachelor's Degree, and teacher to the senior center to have lun- In July of 2006 he moved to credentials. She has been em- cheon and socialization with the Lordsburg. He says the reason he played as a dental technician, IRS people here and the programs of- picked Lordsburg was for the clerk, one of the first female Call- fered help to fill the gap. slow and easy lifestyle and a good place to retire. 18 th annual Soup Kitchen Hector's reasonsforcoming to the senior center - he loves the nutritious meals, playing domi- noes with his friends, games, par- fund raiser Feb 17-19 ties, out-of-town trips and for the good socialization. Courtesy information money from county taxes. Please We hope this gives the read- This year marks the 18'year support this much needed cam- ers an idea of the caliber of se- for the Soup Kitchen, Portal munity organization by partici- niors we have coming into our Rescue's main fundraiser. This pating in and/or attending the senior center. Look for two more community event is scheduled Soup Kitchen. This is also a great seniors in the spotlight next for February 17, 18, and 19. It will time to make your tax deductible month. be held at the Portal Rescue Class- annual contribution to Portal [e] room building in Portal. Rescue. Let's work together to During each of these days, help keep our emergency services from ll:30am until l:30pm, you healthy. can get your choice of two savory ABOUT PORTAL RESCUE soups, two delicious breads, a INC. dessert, and a beverage for just Portal Rescue is a dedicated $7. group of people serving Portal IOC,ILL'/" OJ we will also be raffling off AZ, Rodeo NM, and surrounds. 16 wonderful prizes including Portal Rescue is a non-profit t OPE stays at local bed and breakfast corporation governed by a Board ,,/,o, oo,', lodges, artwork, pottery, jewelry, of Directors who are elected an- ,f'/oa,d. a quilt, gift certificates and more. nualty. Emergency 575-494-1385 Tickets are $1 each and are avail- able at the Rodeo Tavern, the j-"lp..t.-e.. ,www'ppcnm'cm Rodeo Store, and at the Portal n'dr=,l.[,,,ll.. " Post Office (between 10:30 and 12:30), and by mail. You need not be present to win. It takes approximately $50,000 per year to run Portal ing the Bible. Rescue, our community's volun- Consuelo Hernandez She was preceded in death teer fire and medical emergency by her parents, husband, brothers organization. The Soup Kitchen Consuelo Hernandez, 86, of and sister, and a brother-in-law, helps raise the needed funds for Lordsburg, New Mexico, passed Memo Rodriguez. She is survived this, along with additional dana- away January 16, 2014 at Sun- by three sisters, Eloisa (Ramon) tions. Last year, over $7,500 was shine Haven in Nava of Lordsburg, raised, and we hope to equal that Lordsburg, NM. A fu- NM, Ernie (Ernesto) amount again this year. neral service was held Renteria of Portal Rescue receives NO at Lordsburg Funeral Lordsburg, NM, and Home on Tuesday, Alice Rodriguez also City settles in January 21, 2014 at of Lordsburg, NM; 10:00 a.m. with Pus- and . twenty-two civil rights ,o Alex DeLaGarza nieces and nephews. officiating. Interment Pallbeers were followed at Ramon H. Nava, violation Shakespeare Cem- Demtrio Nava, Hec- case etery, tar Nova, Ernesto V. Continued from Page1 Consuelo was Renteria, Armando Wadsworth and the minor child born July 8, 1927 to Rodriguez, and James by attorney Joseph Kennedy al- Demetrio and Celia Consuelo Hemandez Nova. Honorary pall- leged one count of Unreasonable Hernandez in bearers were all of her Search, ultimately violating the Valedon, NM. She worked at her nephews. plaintiff's Fourth Amendrfient father's grocery store named Bright/Lordsburg Funeral rights. Other civil rights viola- "Hernandez Grocery Store" from Home was in charge of arrange- tions included one count each of 1945 to 1956. In 1956, she mar- ments, "Traditional Services and Unreasonable Search, Battery and tied her husband, Daniel Care for your family and friends", False Imprisonment. Hemandez,,inLordsburg, NM and 408 Main St. Lordsburg, NM Attorneys sought actual, then they left to Sacramento, CA. 88045 (575)542-9444. To send compensatory, punitive and in- She enjoyed embroidering, play- condolences log in to junctive relief for the civil fights ing jacks, and playing "Los 12 violations--in addition to Piedritas" Her pastime was read- attorney's fees. According to the New Mexico Municipal League, the New Mexico Self Insurers' Fund settled the case on December 13, 2013 for $37,500 on behalf of the  A City of Lordsburg. , .< David Eckert recently re- ceived $650,000 from Hidalgo County in a settlement after he underwent extensive and alleg- edly invasive searches following a routine traffic stop in Deming in January 2013. ARE YOU INSURED? Coming So0n...The Penalty Deadline Get Covered Now *HMS is offering Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Enrollment Assistance* Assistance Available Daily Monday--Friday 8 AM--6 PM Hidalgo Medical Services, Lordsburg . ENROLLMENT I INFORMATION EVENTS IN HIDALGO COUNTY February 3rd--Animas Child Find,--10 AM - 3 PM February 4th--Coordinated Care--10 AM - 2 PM (Across from Saucedo Supermarket.) February 8th--Animas HMS Clinic--10 AM - 2 PM February 20th--Rodeo Comm. Cntr--10 AM - 2 PM February 22nd--HMS Lordsburg--9 AM - 1 PM WHAT TO BRING????? (REQUIRED FOR ALL HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS) DRIVERS LICENSE OR PHOTO ID PROOF OF RESIDENCY TAX RETURNS OR PAYSTUBS (PROOF OF ALL INCOME) SOCIAL SECURITY CARDS For More Information Please Call: (575) 542-2357 or (575) 542-2342 HIDALGO MEDICAL SERVICES Appointments are not required but due to time requirement, they are helpful. j(I-klllh hsuronce ]NTENNtALCARE Markel Iil