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4 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, JANUARY 31,2014 Harry Benjamin Auction to benefit WNMU&apos;s Expressive Arts Department Feb. 22 Courtesy submission The auction will take place Saturday, February 22, 2014 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Global Resource Center's Au- ditorium on the campus of Western New Mexico Univer- sity in Silver City, New Mexico. Hundreds of works will be available including pottery, sculpture, paintings, prints and mixed media pieces created by Harry Ben- jamin and other artists such as Jason Willaford, Doel Reed and Tom Noble: Receiving the bulk of his art education from Western New Mexico University in Silver City, well-known New Mexico artist Lordsburg Schools Breakfast/Lunch Menu Pinto Beans Salsa Tossed Salad Apple Asst. Low-Fat Milk Thursday, February 6 Breakfast Pancake Sandwich w/Sausage Juice Asst. Low-Fat Milk Lunch Chicken Fried Steak Mashed Potatoes Peas & Carrots School Roll Tropical Fruit Asst. Low-Fat Milk Friday, February 7 Dispatch New Mexico- Monday, February 3 Breakfast Cereal Bar String Cheese Juice Asst. Low-Fat Milk Lunch Chicken Patty Mashed Potates w/Gravy Green Beans School Roll Mandarin Oranges Asst. Low-Fat Milk Tuesday, February 4 Breakfast Mini Pancakes Juice Asst. Low-Fat Milk Lunch Corn Chip Pie w/Chili Beans Corn Breakfast Tossed Salad Ham & Cheese Mixed Fruit Breakfast Bar Asst. Low-Fat Milk Juice Wednesday, February 5 Asst. Low-Fat Milk Breakfast Lunch Mini Cinni Roll Pizza Juice Celery Sticks w/Dressing Asst. Low-Fat Milk Garden Salad Lunch Pineapple Tidbits Taco Salad Asst. Low-Fat Milk [  Hidalgo County Learning Center: 1 WNI00U Weekly Wordl ..... 575-542-3315 J By PRISCILLA PEREAIDirector Do you know all the benefits and help available in the commu- nity? Come find out on February 5 'h from 10am to 3pm at the Hidalgo County Learning Center. Community Action Agency will be holding a free benefits screening and couns.eling. Are you ready to take the GED test? AGED assessment and AZt. i registration will be held on Mon- day February 10 'h from llam- 3pm. WNMU Students the com- puter lab is available Monday thru Thursday from 1 lain to 5pro and Friday from llam to 12pm. If you are interested in learn- ing more about Western New Mexico University drop in and speak to Priscilla. ELBROCK WATER SYSTEMS, LLC General Contractors *Pump & Windmill repair & installation *Septic Systems serviced & installed *Metal Building construction *Roofing & Concrete work West Highway 9 Edward Elbrock PO Box 5O 575-548-2429 Animas, NM 88020 Cell 575-538-1812 -We now accept Mastercard & Visa Quality AUTO BODY& PAINT Insurance Claims Expert Color Match Fiberglass Repair Buffing Detailing All Makes, All Models (including motot<yles) , FREE Estimates Lou Montenegro Wabash Street (across from McDonald's) Lordsburg, NM 88045 Call 575-741-0791 Reforming education and playing politics By TOM MCDONALD did, with the help of some persis- It was all over the news as if tent teachers and my always-in- it really was news -- teachers ral- terested parents. lying in opposition to Gov. Such an experience leaves Susana Martinez's education re- me with mixed feelings about forms. I mean, when's the last time Martinez's proposal to hold back the National Education Associa- third-graders who can't read to tion and the American Federation proficiency. Under such stan- of Teachers actually supported a dards I'm not sure I would have Republican plan to improve edu- passed the third-grade, but I cation? I suppose it's happened, doubt that holding me back but I can't remember when.' would have helped me. I still Part of it is the Republicans' would have read words back- fault. They don't seem to try very wards, for reasons nobody knew hard to bring educators into their at the time, so I would have con- fold. tinued to struggle with my read- On the other hand, teachers ing without knowing why. are critically important to the Still, I've learned that read- opposing party, so that the Demo- ing proficiency is critical. I'm still crats tend to cater to the teachers slow at reading, but I still take unions' interest in protecting the time necessary and it pays off their members' livelihoods. As a personally and'professionally. result of this party affiliation, the What's more, I watched my two Benjamin had many influences GaP appears to have given up on daughters become avid readers from the area which included that voting bloc, and instead go (thanks, bedtime reading and J.K. Cecil and Marilyn after the support of another criti- Rowling!), and I've seen how that Howard, Dorothy cal mass in the field of education has given them an advantage in McCray, and Ruben -- the parents, learning. Reading really is fun- Gonzalez to name a few. I guess I walk a line between damental to a child's intellectual He created paintings, ce- these two groups. I think I've seen development. ramie art, sculptures, as- the best and worst of parents and As for the governor's up- teachers, and I grew up when par- proach to teacher evaluations and semblages, and collages ents and teachers were actual part- student performance, I worry that in a wide variety of me- hers in ducation. That partner- we're taking creativity out of the din. ship still exists, but it's not as process. Teaching to the test has Harry served as strong as it once was-- and that's become clich6 when criticizing founding Curator of the a crying shame, today's schools, but there's truth Silver City Museum in Now, I'm not one to pine in it. It happened in a few of my 1967, devoting many away for the good ale days. I re- own kids' classrooms. It's not nec- years to the development of the memberhow they weren't asgood essarily the teachers' fault, as we like to think they were. Back though they are complicit in their old firehouse. He moved into his then, kids were excluded, even approach to standardized testing. new property and became a full- separated, because of their differ- As a student and a parent, I've rime artist in 1982 and opened ences. Rote memorization, in- seen the best and worst in What's a Pot Shop?, creating a stead of creative learning up- America's classrooms. I grew up nucleus that the Yankie Street proaches, was commonplace, and art district gradually gathered it often bored me to tears, or into around. Harry's property was failure. I wasn't dumb. I just needed perhaps his largest work of another approach to learning. art--a constantly changing, vi- Plus, I was a slow reader. Years sually stunning environment, after my formative years, my This fishing report, provided by In 2008 Harry Benjamin mother, who was also a teacher, Bill Dunn and the Department of received the prestigious took some sort of education Game and Fish, has been gener- Governor's Award for Excel- course and declared one day that hted from the best information lence in the Arts, New Mexico's she finally knew what was wrong available from area officers and highest honor for lifetime artis- with me as a child -- I was dys- anglers. Conditions encountered lexic. We didn't-know it at the after the report is compiled may tic achievement, time -- I'm not even sure there differ, as stream, lake and For more information, was such a diagnosis in those weather conditions alter fish and please contact John Abbott at days -- so my parents wondered angler activities. abbottj@wnmu.edu; phone if I had the aptitude for higher CATCHES OF THE WEEK: 575-538-6515. The online cata- education. They wondered ifl was Tingley Beach: Jan. 20, Tori log can be viewed at www.harry better suited for a trade skill. It Lutge, age 9, of Rio Rancho, benjaminauct!on.com, took me longer than normal to caught her very first fish. It was a : ==. figure myself out --but I finally 17-inch rainbow caught at the WNMU seeks public ment Catch and Release Pond. She was e0m usm00a white bunny leech and her reaction to the catch was "Great- ahead of accreditation visit est Day Ever." If you have a catch of the week story or just want to tell us Submitted by ABE The public is invited to sub- about your latest New Mexico VILLARREALIWNMU mit comments regarding WNMU fishing experience, send it to us Western New Mexico is seek- to: at fishforfun2@hotmail.com. We ing comments from the public Third Party Comment on may include your story in our about the University in prepara- Western New Mexico University next report. For catches of the tion for its periodic evaluation by The Higher Learning Cam- week, include name, date, and its regional accrediiing agency, mission location, type of fish, length and WNMU will host a Quality 230 South LaSalle Street, weight if possible and bait, lure Check-up Visit April 2 through 4, Suite 7-500 or fly used. 2014, with a team representing the Chicago, IL 60604-1411 SOUTHWEST AREA Higher Learning Commission of The public may also submit Bear Canyon: We had no reports the North Central Association. comments on the Commission's from anglers this week. WNMU has been continuously website at http://www.ncahlc.org/ Bill Evans Lake: Trout fishing accredited by the Commission Information-for-the-Public/third- was fair to good using Power Bait, since 1942. The team will review party-comment.html, homemade dough bait and Pistol the institution's ongoing ability Comments must address sub- Petes. We had no reports on other to meet the Commission's Crite- stantive matters related to the species. ria for Accreditation. A copy of quality of the institution or its Caballo Lake: Fishing was slow these criteria is available at the academic programs. Comments for all species. The water was re- Commission's website. All cam- must be in writing or submitted ported as quite murky. ments must be received by March through theprovide website link. Elephant Butte: Fishing was slow 2, 2014. to fair using crank baits and sus- ELBROCKDRiLLING, LLC SEPTIC TANK SERVICES [] Septic Tank Installation 1 Septic Tank Pumping Inspections We now [] & t P.O. Box 67acce p [] Portable Toilet Rentals & Service lMastercard & [] Septic Tank Treatment Products Animas, New Mexico 88020 Iltll (575) 548-2429 Elbrock Water Systems, LLC NM License #WD806 BONDED & INSURED 7___----- I  '" AZ License #WD676 575-$48-2429 NM LIe. #81570-MS03 W AZ Roe Category # C-53 575-557-2291 AZ LIe. #194466-K-80 I 00Carpet St Commercial .Stucco A T DISPOSAL INC Tile  Residential Cement Work  Roofing  Block Work Fences I | I| I Consttuttio. t00.it00en ot ,d=erita "Let us build your home." Jose Retana 320 w. Railway Ave Lordsburg, NM 88045 Office 575.542-3529 Cell 575-574-2257 License #93832 i attending schools in three sepa- rate districts, in my home state of Arkansas, and my daughters have attended several schools in three states, including New Mexico. What I've observed is that there are excellent teachers every- where, educators who poured their heart and soul into teaching my kids. Then there are others who teach for the paycheck, often burned out after years of disre- spect from students, parents and administrators. That doesn't ex- cuse their lousy approach to teaching, but it does explain why some people, mostly Republi- cans, want to see merit pay for teachers. That could be a slippery slope, but I personally would like to see outstanding and dedicated teachers rewarded, though I'm still at a loss for how school dis- tricts will measure their perfor- mance. Heaven help us if it's based on standardized tests. Talk about sapping the creativity out of teaching. Soon enough, we'll see if the governor can actually bring real reforms into New Mexico's pub- lic schools. Unfortunately, real reforms usually take a back seat to partisan ideologies: That's no way to improve our schools, but it does help explain how we got here in the first place. Tom McDonald is editor of the New Mexico Community News Exchange and owner-man- ager of Gazette Media Services LLC. He may be reached at 505- 426-4199 or tmcdonald@ gazettemediaservices.com. pending jerk baits for white bass. Fishing was fair using live shad for catfish. We had no reports on other species. The Marina del Sur, Rock Canyon and Dam Site boat ramps are now open. The Monticello ramp remains closed due to low water conditions. Escondida Lake: We had no re- ports from anglers this week. Gila River: Water flow on the Gila as of this past Monday was 72 cfs. We had no reports aga!n this past week from the main river or from the Forks. Glenwood Pond: Trout fishing was good using Power Bait and salmon eggs. Lake Roberts: A construction project to improve the dam has begun and extremely low lake levels make it increasingly diffi- cult to fish. The project is ex- pected to continue into next summer. The lake is still open to bank fishing but difficult to ac- cess. Percha Dam: We had no reports from anglers this week. Quemado Lake: We had no re- ports from anglers this week. Rio Grundy: Fishing pocket wa- ter was fair using Power Bait and homemade dough bait for trout. We had no reports on other spe- cies. Snow Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week. Young Pond: Trout fishing was good using garlic scented Power Bait and salmon eggs. We had no reports on other species. For your Residential & Commercial needs PO Box 2222 Deming NM 88031 Phone: 575-542-8708 Church First BaptiStof Lordsburg 3rd & Animas Streets Lordsburg, NM 88045 ;O, AI,. 5 -542-3787 =- SundaySchoo19:g5AM l'_l ll00M_l00rr00l00L00 I II Sunday Services 1 t AM ' ' ' - rrl .... ql I J Business Income Tax Preparation IIAIIffII'STAX SEIVlCl , Experienced To Save You $$$ Individual & Ej ce! Marilyn A. Selleck Call 575-574-54t2 or 542-918t Today[