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................... -'"b'~-k ~L ]ff" I" I JillI 1 I VOLUME 10 ISSUE 7 FRIDAY FEBRUARY 12, 2010 5O Hidalgo County Ihh'h,h,,,Ih,ll,,ll,,,,Ihl SmallTown Papers 5026 California Avenue SW Seattle WA 98136 Fr, ank PRodrl ue "I'm on your side" Please Vote for positive change on'March 2. 2010 I ARRA project begins in Lordsburg A $400,000 Main Street ImLProvement project has officially kicked off. The City of Lordsburg was awarded the funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the project will include paving, seal coating and restriping of Main Street from 2"d Street to the south end of Exit 22. Pictured above at last Thurdday's groundbreaking ceremony are Hidalgo County Commissioners Harold Kuenstler and Richard Chaires, NMDOT-District 1 Coordinator Debra Hudson, Lordsburg Mayor Clark Smith, Victor Nanez and Duane Gray of Engineer's, Inc., and a representative from Southwest Concrete & Paving. City Council awards Pyramid Village fence bid, working on other Lordsburg projects The Lordsburg City Council met- $54,376.00, which were heard by the Smith's request to write a grant for the last week and approved and awarded the State Transportation Commission at their 2012 Community Development Grant bid to Mevacon, LLC from Las Cruces in the amount of $237,245.06 to install a new chain link fence at the City owned houses at Pyramid Village. Mayor Clark Smith wrote the grant request last year and the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development aqc~trded the grant earlier this year. The Council also agreed to receive 'from the Local Government Road Fund Program Award Reductions from the State Co-op Program and MAP Programs January 20m meeting. The Council also heard a request from Mark White. Project Manager for the Hampton Inn, to purchase 16 inches (the width of the property) of Short Street behind the new motel to construct a needed block wail. The Council in- formed White that the City of Lordsl~urg would work with his company, but they needed to make sure it did not interfere with any possible future development of the street. Program in the amount of $500,000; and a 2010'-2011 MAP Street Program: and a 2010-2011 New Mexic'o Co-Op Pro- gram. Mayor Smith reported to the City Council that a $300.000 Lordsburg tef]ifi~~iSlhcemefi/prOject that Was awarded earlier in the year is now back on the top of the list of the federal gov- ernment. Mayor Smith was contacted this week that the grant request was be- ing reviewed and they needed more in- in the amount of $281.786.67 and The Council also approved Mayor formation on the project. i7th Annual Museum Fundraiser to be held Feb. 20 Courtesy submission The 17th annual Bootheel Cowboy Poetry Fiesta is just around 'the corner. In fact. it will be Saturday, February 20th at 5:00 p.m. at the museum, 708 E. 2nd St. In preceding articles you have had a glimpse of some performers who will donate their expertise to the Fiesta for the benefit of your museum. Two head- liners will be presented today: Bud Strom and Roughstring. Bud Strom, who lost his parents at age 15, shouldered up the tragedy and worked his way through the Shattuck Military Academy in Minnesota. Bud became a General in the United States Army, where he several times delt with high profile cases, and inflluentual gov- ernment people. Aftei" he retired from the military, he and his wife Joan, settled on their Singlestar Ranch in Herford, Ari- zona, where they raise Angus beef cattle. Bud was one of the original organizers of the Cochise Cowboy Poet & Music Gathering. He is particularlly devoted to encouraging young people to develop talents in cowboy poetry and-mtlsic, and in helping them gain a true understand- ing of life in the West. Bud is a headline performer who has been on more stages then he calf keep track of. He returns to the Fiesta after a three year absence. ICity C 0 r n e r Sm1 by Mayor Clark Please stop by the Special Events Center to watch Lordsburg area youth in the winter basketball league. The City 'of Lordsburg is known around the State of New Mexico for having lots to do for our youth. Lordsburg has the best PALS (Police Athletic League) to work and help.our young citizens. That also is a fact in New Mexico. There are many others who help our youth, civic clubs, churches, little league and so many others. The 30-day legislature met the half way mark this week and there is plenty to do before adjournment on February 18'h. The City of Lordsburg i~ working with state legislators on issues ,that concern southern New Mexico and Lordsburg, Hidalgo County. Senate Bill 279 and House Bill 184 are very important bills for Lordsburg and Hidalgo County. This is a very important piece of legislation for water, wastewater, roads, housing, construction or rehabilita- tion of community facilities, and many other important city needs. 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 academics and athletics in the Lordsburg and Animas schools. Welcome back, Bud and Joan. Roughstring, composed of Ken Moore. Skelly Boyd, and Jess and Sa- vannah Barry, a high profile Western band, has Arizona roots, and all of those roots are entangled in ranch work. cattle growing, and cowboying. Ken Moore has been involved in ranching most all his life. He has also grown up in a western music environment. He barely remembers when he first picked up a gmtar, but he certainlyx learned what it was for and how to use it. He has also been a prolific song writer and vocalist. He and his wife Coleen have collaborated on many songs as well. One of their CD's. "Bringin' the Wild Ones In" tells it all about their love of the West. They have lived in many places bu! have settled on one of the Diamond A ranches in the Bootheel of Hidalgo County, New Mexico. Skelly Boyd joins the Fiesta again after a long absence He now resides in the Safford, AZ area-and has made the rounds of the entertainment circuit for most of his adult life. A true cow- boy from the old school. Skelly has a deep dedication to the West, its his- tory, its people, and its outcome. His music portrays that conviction as it unfolds his true life experiences. Skelly is one of the organizers of the Gila Valley poetry shows that have been so highly regarded for many years. You have not really heard a guitar being played until yon have heard this mas- ter of the strings. Good to have you back, Skelly. Operation No Seam to focus on rigorous border coverage A community meeting held in Ro- deo on February 5. 2010, focused on lo- cal area security concerns. The meeting was very well attended by residents from both southern Hidalgo County and Ari- zona communities. United States Border Patrol agents from the Lordsburg, Willcox and Dou- glas stations were on hand for the meet- ing, which was sparked by recent out- bursts of violence in the border areas. Operation No Seam. as dubbed by the Border Patrol. will have agents from all three of these stations working to- gether, as opposed to having the com- plication of state boundaries interfering with border coverage. Oftentimes, the state boundary issue hinders response to these areas. Also attending the public meeting were Hidalgo County Sheriff's Depart- ment Under sheriff Saturino Madero and four deputies. Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever and two deputies and repre- sentatives from the New Mexico State Police and Senator Jeff Bingaman's Of- rice. According to those in attendance, the law enforcement representatives were speaking to a packed house of approxi- mately 200 residents. It was discussed that there were others who did not at- tend the meeting for fear of leaving their homes unattended or arriving home af- ter dark. The meeting lasted about three hours and each agency represented spoke to the crowd in an effort to ex- plain their particular department's stance on the situation. Agencies explained their current strategies and offered suggestions to resi- dents on how to stay safe in the face of increasing illegal border crossings, drug smuggling and, most recently, home in- vasions. Overtime funds are available for county deputies to help increase patrol along the United States/Mexican border. One agency suggested the use of watch dogs to deter illegal aliens. An audience member told officers how an illegal alien killed her dog. Pros and cons were also discussed on owning hand guns for protection. Cochise Sheriff Dever suggested that residents write letters to elected of- ficials specifically outlining expecta- tions. A representative from United States Senator Jeff Bingaman's office men- tioned that there may be funding avail- able to increase valley cell communica- tion v~ith a new tower. Overall. those who attended felt they gained pertinent information from the meeting. Conservation seedlings available NM Forestry is offering conserva- tion seedlings for Spring 2010 delivery in March and :April for property owners with one acre or more of property. Tree and shrub seedlings are available for purchase for conservauon purposes, with a minimum order of 20. Several native Southwestern NM species are available. Plants can be ordered on-line at: www.nmforestry.com or an order form can be picked up at the Hidalgo County Ex- tension office at 524 E. DeMoss Ste. 4 in Lordsburg next to HMS. If you would like assistance choosing trees/shrubs or information on planting trees/shrubs please contact Christy Rubio the County 'Ag. Agent at the Hidalgo County Exten- sion office. 575-542-9291. New Mexico State University is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer and educa- tor. NMSU and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. PAL Basketball in full swing The 2010 Police Athletic League (PAL) youth basketball season is up and run- ning, with games being held at the Special Events Center most weeknights. Pictured above at one of Tuesday's matches are Jennifer Gonzales of the Lak- ers and Matthew MaR ~JJaeJg.i~t~ UPCOMING EVENTS Early voting to begin served and door prize will be raffled at the end of the day. Early voting will begin Wednesday~ Ll:;p~ marlina February 10~, and end on Friday, Febrt]~- ' "" v ,,~.,l.p ib ary 26~, in the Office of the City Clerk at 409 West Wabash Street Monday thru Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p,m.. Leam(ng Center Open House The Hidalgo County Learning Cen- ter and WNMU will hold an Open House on February .25, 2010, from 9 a.m to 5 p,m at 520 West 2"~ Street. Activities will include new technology equipment demonstrations. Refreshments will be An LEPC Meeting will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 17. 2010 at the Lordsburg Public Safety Building~ The public is invited to attend. HunterEducation Classes Hunter Education pre-registration begins Thursday, February 1 lth at 8am & will be cor/ducted in person at the Southwest District Office 524 E. Demoss St. Suite 7. Lordsburg, New Mexico or over the phone at (575) 542-9207 (you can NOT pre-register by a voicemail message). Classes will be held on Satur- day, March 6 and Sunday March 7, 2010 at the Hidalgo County Complex Con- ference Room from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Participants must attend class both days. Class will be limited to 20 participants. A $5.00 cash donation will be required on the first day of class. Participants will need the last 4 digits of the social secu- rity number for pre-registration" We will break for lunch both days. If participants are under 11 years of age, they must have an adult attend the class with them. For additional class information contact Charles Siepel at (575) 542-9207 or (575) 644-1607. Enchilada fund raiser An enchilada fund raiser will be held on Friday, February 26. 2010. in the LHS Home Ec room from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. To order~ call 542-8025, 542-3782 or 544-5830. All proceeds will be given to LHS teacher/coach 3ason Hawley, who has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. See UPCOMING EVENTS on Page 3 9.99