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VOLUME 10 ISSUE 6 FRIDAY FEBRUARY 5, 2010 5O Hidalgo County ihhdldl.dlldl-lhmlhl llTown Papers s lna , ,. c.,-,i,a \\;,clluc SW 5026 Caluu ..... h Seattle WA 9g136 ii i 1 t ig ii I I I I | I "I'm on your side" Please Vote for positive change on March 2, 2010 D OR BY COWMtE TO LEC FAA ROORUEZ  I Congressman Teague asks HMS CEO Alfero to report on needs of NM rural veterans Courtesy information roughly the distance from Washington, Las week, Congressman Harry DC to Hartford, CT. The VA will pay Teague and a local health care admin- for travel to Albuquerque but not to istrator participated in a U.S. House Silver City which is only 50 miles Veterans Affairs Committee roundtable away. There are better ways of serv- discussion about the needs of New ing American heroes. There is the con- Mexico's rural veterans. Congressman cept of choice which is established by Harry Teague.invited Charlie Alfero, expanding access through coverage CEO of Hidalgo Medical Services to rather than simply fixed location ser- participate in the "Meeting the Unique vices." Health Care Needs of Rural Veterans" Nationally, there are about 8 mil- roundtable. Hidalgo Medical Services lion veterans enrolled in the VA health provides primary m6dical, dental, men- care system, of which about 3 million tal health, family support and economic or 40% are from rural areas. For the development services in Hidalgo and 3 milliin rural veterans, access to a Grant counties, docto or health care worker who can In his remarks, Mr. Alfero spoke provide treatment often means hours about how rural veterans' healthcare of travel. . is affected by the inability of veterans "providing tile best possible to access local healthcare services. "In healthcare to our veterans is part of the the case of health care services for our deal thtt we'made with them. These veterans, separate is rarely if ever men and Women fought'for our coun- equal. In the absence of an all-inclu- sive system of health care, benefits are fleeting, sporadic and limited by laws and/or regulations designed to adjust access based cn categorical budget Lady Mavs in district play limitations," said Mr. Alfero. "Cur- Alysha Marquez and Sarah Atilano don't give TularosaWildcat Cheyann Bartram rently, Veterans in our own Hidalgo any opportunity to move the ball. The Wildcats, however, got the best of the County must travel more than 300 miles Lady Mavs, beating them 65-44.The Mavericks now face Capitan on Friday. to Albuquerque for services. That is DA's Office tackling issue of Dating Violence the time the middle school students get to high school, more than half of them see dating violence among their peers. These destructive relationships during the teen years often lead to life.long, unhealthy7 relationship practices, may disrupt normal social, mental and edu- cational development and can contrib- ute to other unhealthy behaviors in teens, such as overeating, risk-taking and unsafe sexual practices. Teen dating vio- lence often comes from or leads to gen- erational violence. In a continuing effort to reduce both personal and generational violence, the Information courtesy MARY LYNNE NEWELLISixth Judicial District Attorney On January 6, 2010, Governor Bill Richardson proclaimed February 2010 as Dating Violence Awareness Month. Teen dating violence is a serious health issue in New Mexico and across the nation. Here in New Mexico, about 1 in 9 high school students say they have been hit or hurt on purpose by their dat- ing partner. Any teen can be the target of dating violence, regardless of education or social resources. Dating violence can be physical, verbal, emotional or sexual in nature. By Sixth Judicial District Attorney's Office Domestic Violence Unit has created a presentation addressing Teen Dating Violence. Taking a proactive approach from the perspective' of the legal system, the program will include solid tips and guidance for middle school and high school age students on how to recognize, avoid and stop dating violence behav- iors. For more information, call the Do= mestic Violence Unit at 575-388-1941 try, and we are obligated to provide them the support and services they need," said Congressman Harry Teague, a member of the House Veter- ans Affairs Committee. "Unfortu- nately, that's easier said than done. Veterans in rural America are often underserviced and face challenges that include traveling to just see a doctor and the nightmare of navigating the VA system." ' During the roundtable members of the House Veterans Affairs committee heard from participants on a range of topics including: expanding access-for mental health care for the Guard and Reserve, identifying the unique needs of women veterans in rural areas, how to leverage existing health infrastruc- ture for rural veterans, tele-medicine and tele-health, and the potential for mobile health care for rural veterans. extension 214, email .......... ' Mari|fiaria bundleB I1 In boxx  caffood: or contact Margie Vesper in the Lordsburg District, 400 pounds of marijuana Attorney's Office at 575-542-3260. Residents clean up border mess, border hidden in cat food security meeting to be held tonight ,nformationcourtesyNMDEPT. of TRANSPORTATlONISantaFe Alert Lordsburg Motor Transportation Police officers detected more than 400 pounds Of marijuana hidden in a load of cat food Saturday. The officers found the A group of a dozen residents in southern Hidalgo County gathered last Friday bundles of cellophane wrapped marijuana during a safety inspection. for a community clean-up project, organized by Jeff Gee.The garbage was left Truck driver Dwight M. Grant, 38, of Hempstead Texas, was arrested and turned behind by illegal aliens and drug smugglers. According to those attending the over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further, investigation and prosecu- clean-up, 25 large garbage bags were filled within two hours. Among the items tion. He is facing charges of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to discarded in the area included burlap, blankets, backpacks and water bottles, distribute. Overall, the group discovered approximately 20 drug drop off spots, all of Grant pulled into the Lordsburg port of entry just after 2:00pm on January 30th .which have been reported to law enforcement agencies. In response to in- for an inspection. MTPD officers located 10 boxes holding a total of 414 pounds of creased activity, along with recent acts of violence along theborder, a border pot stashed in the load of cat food during the dargo verification. The load was security meeting will be held tonight, Friday, February 5, at 5".30 p.m. at the picked up in California and was headed to Atlanta. This load has an estimated street Rodeo Community Center. Law enforcement agencies, including the US Bor- value of more than $620,000. der Patrol, will be on hand to discuss recent events. cou..000000ho,o00 C00ity Corner ] by Mayor Clark Smitl I have been.asked to work with southern New Mexico legislators to help write legislation called th  Colonias Initiative. In 1996 the City of Lordsburg was designated within the United States- Mexico border area as having a "colonia" as defined by the Farmers Home Administration and the United States Depart- ment of Housing and Urban Development. In past years I have written grant applications and successful in getting hundreds of thousands of dollars from this program for the City of Lordsburg's waste water plant. This project will soon go out for bid and $1.3 million of work will start in plant upgrades. What has happened is that legislators from north- ern New Mexico have written House Bill 162 for tribal infra- structure projects and did not include southern New Mexico Colonies, which the City of Lordsburg is one of many. This type of legislation is not fair to southern New Mexico. We have asked Governor Richardson for support on this which he sug- gested that the colonias initiative be funded in perpetuity just like being proposed in House Bill 162. We are getting a mirror image bill drafted and sponsored by a senator and house representative from southern New Mexico. Last year I wrote a street paving colonias grant for $265,000 which I have been told sits on the Governor's desk for approval. I will keep you updated on these very important pieces of legislation. Thank you to everyone who helped put on the quilt show thispast Saturday. Make a note the Bootheel Cowboy Poetry is set for February 20, 2010. Lots to do, so have fun, be safe and please get involved in your community and help support our local youth in their athletics and academics in the Lordsburg and Animas schools. UPCOM NG EVENTS Dunagan account An account has been set up at West- ern Bank to help benefit Clint and Gail Dunagan, who lost their home to a fire over the weekend. Anyone wishing to make a contribution should contact any teller at Western Bank. Walking & Activity Walking & Activity Club meets ev- ery Monday and Wednesday from 1 to 2 "p.m. at the Special Events Center. For more information call 542-8384 ext. 104. 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. Commodity distribution TEFAP Commodities for persons age 18 and above will be distributed on Tuesday, February 16, 2010, at 1:00 p.m. at the Special Events Center in Lordsburg. Please do not arrive before 12:30 p.m. Herald office closed The Hidalgo County Herald. will be closed on Friday, February 5 and Mon- day, February 8. The office will re-open on Tuesday, Febmary 9 at 8:00 a.m. 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 Parenting classes Free "Love and Logic" parenting classes will be held on Tuesdays at noon at the HMS Conference Room beginning January 26. To register cal! 575-542- 8384, ext. 441. See UPCOMING EVENTS on Page 3