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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2010 5 Maverick Alumni to compete against Hatch, practice starts' Saturday An Alumni Football USA game betwe.en Lordsburg and 4th Grade Flyers to celebrate Valentine's Day Hatch will be played on April 9 in Las Cruces. According to LHS Maverick spokesman John Tarango, there are already 40 former Lordsburg High School Mavericks commit- ted to playing in the game, with alumni going back more than 20 years. A Lordsburg practice session will be hosted by Tarango this Saturday, February 13, at Maver- ick Stadium at 3:00 p.m. The di- rector of Alumni Football USA By DEVIN GOMEZlSouthside Reporter Ms Heath's Fourth Grade Flyers will'be celebrating Valen- tines Day on Friday, February 12. We will be exchanging valentines and there will be contests. Also in February on President's Day our class will be making a card to CourteSy submission send to the President of the United Superintendent Steve Riley States. Some students will be coming to school dressed as a president. In Ms. Heath's class every- day the students are writing their goal for the day and at the end of the day they write down if they have met their goal. Mid-Nine Week reports went out Thursday, will be at this practice session. Alumni Football USA hosts alumni football games across the US. Players range from 18 to 60, all playing for their old High School in an unforgettable game. Players compete in full pads and the event is completely or- ganized by Alumni Football USA. Half of the money raised by the game will be donated to Lordsburg High School. Watch future editions of the Hidalgo County Herald for a complete roster. Gila Cliff Dwellings scheduled to reopen Saturday, Feb. 13 announced today that Gila'Cliff Dwellings National Monument will likely reopen the West Fork Bridge to foot and bicycle traffic next weekend. Beginning on Saturday, February 13th, visitors will be permitted to cross the bridge on a pedestrian gangway and make the 3-mile roundtrip Woody's Corral and hike down the closed road to the trailhead. Please plan on allowing at least three hours to visit the site. The Cliff Dwellings will be staffed daily from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and, while the gate to the Cliff Dwellings closes at 4:00 p.m., visitors have another hour in which to complete their visit, There will be no guided tours Gerardo Reyes for 2 Stacie Shelton shoots to score Tarran Trotter scores a bucket Panthers hit the road to Quemado By ELIZABETH RICHINS/ Hidalgo County Herald On Thursday, February 4, the Animas Panther High School bas- ketball teams traveled to Quemado to take on the Eagles in a District game. The JV girls' and JV boys' games went on at the same time. The JV girls played in the old gym, while the boys played in the new gym. Both games were played hard. and the JV girls came out on top of their game with the final score being 51-11. The JV boys, though, fell a little short against the Eagles and lost 33-53. Next. the Varsity girls took the court. They played in the new gym as well. and they played a good. hard game. In the end. the Lady Panthers were victorious. beating the Lady Eagles 63-19. Immediately following their game. the Varsity boys wrapped up the night with their head to head battle against the Eagles. Their game was tough, and un- fortunately the fell short in the end. February 4". Map scores were hike to the Cliff Dwellings. Visi- during this interim period. included inmostcases, tors mustparktheirvehiclesat Both Lower Scorpion Camp- C0r upti0 g ground and Upper Scorpion r n,collusion, or le al thievery Lady Mavs to celebrate Campground havebeenreopened for pack-in camping, but there is By HENRY LAMB Total paid: $1,074,131,007 dangered. There is no earthly way no potable water available. TJ Submitted by JUDY KEELER/ 2006 8.736 Payments made the EPA can issue a finding on Corral and the West Fork Trail (#151) will be accessible for those wanting to use the trailheads for wilderness travel. Please note that the, West Fork Bridge remains closed to any motorized traffic. Horses and other pack animals will not be permitted to cross the gangway, but are permitted to ford the West Fork of the Gila River. For further information, please contact the Gila Visitor Center at (575) 536-9461. Parent's Night Saturday The Lordsburg Lady Mavericks will host the Cloudcroft Lady Bears in their final regular season basketball game Saturday, Febru- ary 13, 2010. Game time for the JV game is 2:00 P.M. and the Varsity will begin at approximately 3:30 P.M. The games have been designated as Parent's Night for the Lady Maverick basketball teams and cheer- leaders. Parents and/or representatives are asked to be at Maverick Gymnasium by 3:00 P.M. so that final preparations can be made for the festivities. Introduction of players and parents will be made between the JV & Varsity games. Come support the Lady Mavericks in. their quest for a State Championship. Allen Noakes looks to pass Starls Richins goes up strong Animas Panthers host Cliff Cowboys By ELIZABETH RICHINS/ but they came backin the 2'~ half and pulled off a win, beating Cliff 37-34. The JV boys were next to play, and though they played hard and had a really tough game, they fell a little short to the Cow- boys. The Varsity girls' game was an intense one for sure, and both teams came out firing. Animas played great defense against the Cowgirls, but unfortunately couldn't make it up on the offen- sive end and in the end, the Lady Panthers lost 26-38. The Varsity boys' game was the last of the evening and the Pantbers put out a great effort, but fell short to the Cowboys in the end. Hidalgo County Herald The Animas Panthers hosted the Cliff Cowboys. and Cowgirls on Saturday, February 6, in the AHS gymnasium. The JV girls started out the night with a bang with a close game against the Cowgirls. At halftime, Animas was down by 9, u lity UTO BODY & PAINT" Insurance Claims g FREE Estimates Expert Color Match Fiberglass Repair Buffing Detailing All Makes, All Models {lI~Cl~dlng motorcydesl Lou Montenegro Wabash Street (across from McDonald's) Lordeburg, NM 88045 Call 575-741-0791 Animas In 2008, the Forest Sri:vice issued a land use plan that envi- ronmental organizations didn't like. The Earthjustice Legal Foundation filed a lawsuit on behalf of four environmental groups. The suit took 15 months. The bill to the federal govern- ment from Earthjustice was $279,711.40. The Western Envi- ronmental Law Center filed an- other lawsuit challenging the same land use plan. They repre- sented 15 environmental groups and sent the government a bill for $199,830.65. These two outfits claim that seven attorneys spent more than 930 hours (working full time, that's 116 days), at rates between $300 and $650 per hour. That's good work if you can get it. Think that's bad? Read on. In September of last year, the Wildearth Guardians sued the Federal Emergency Management Agency, asking the court to pro- hibit FEMA from issuing flood insuranee~teprivate citizens on 52,535 structures that may lie within the range of an endangered species. The group could not sue individual land owners unless they could prove that the struc- ture caused the death or "harm" to any endangered species. This suit is designed to block the use of privately owned land, and to collect a handsome fee from the government for doing it. The government keeps no record of these "environmental" lawsuits. Payments, however, are made from a single budget line item called the "Judgment Fund." The Budd-Falen Law firm in Cheyenne, Wyoming has done a yeoman's job in researching pay- ments made from this fund to en- vironmental organizations. They include: 2003 10,595 payments made Total paid: $1, 081,328,420 2004 8,161 payments made Total paid: $800,450.029 2005 7,79l payments made evolving industry, stable ground. The largest producer of potash is revitalizing mining operations and pursuing innovation in a growitN global industry. We're a company known for our safety record as well as solid financial footing, We ere current ly hiring for th following posltto ns in Carlsbad, NM: Mine Eletl~idan Experienced Mine Operator Instrumentation and Electrical Technician Chemist Experienced Mechanic Safety Training Director Process Statistician We offer competitive compensation and at tractive benefltf~, in a friendly and safe environment. Apply online at: p:~rr~;~. ~ EOE EXERCISE YOUR RIGHT TO T/ . d. 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They were awarded more than $1.150.528 for such things as failing to list certain grass spe- rues as "endangered." and failure to waive photocopy fees for mass document, requests., During the same period, the Center for Biological Diversity filed at least 409 lawsuits and 165 appeals. They didr;t win all the cases, of course, they just clut- tered the courts and walked away with $941,332, for such things as Endangered Species Act (ESA) challenges for failure to list the killer whale, a butterfly and an earthworm as "endangered." These lawsuits are not con- fined to western environmental organizations. The Sierra Club. the Wilderness Society, the Envi- ronmental Defense Fund. the Natural Resources Defense Coun- cil. and the National Wildlife Fed- eration have filed a total of 2.034 cases. These lawsuits are often based on alleged procedural wrong doing, rather than on sub- stance. An example of what the greens call "'strategic litigation" is the petition entered by the Wildearth Guardians to list 206 species as endangered. At the same tittle, the Center for Biologi- cal Diversity entered a petition for 225 species to be listed as en- 431 species withirt, the 90 days required by law. This is another classic ex- ample of the Cloward-Pivin strat- egy that seeks to demolish a sys- tem by overwhelming it. In this case. it is an extremely profitable enterprise for environmental or- ganizations. It is way past time that Con- gress put an end to this corporate welfare. Many of these environ- mental organizations boast assets and income m multiple millions. and pay their executives salaries greater than the CEOs of most for- profit corporations. The president of the Environmental Defense Fund. for example, takes home a total of $496.000 per year. The president of the World Wildlife Fund takes home $486.000. These organizations repre- sent what appears to be the worst kind of corruption or collusion. but apparently, it is legal. To the people who pay the taxes, it looks a lot like legal thievery. The people who believe that environ- mental groups can do no wrong - are wrong; flat wrong. Environ- mental groups are the worst kind of corporate welfare, feeding at the government trough while do- ing everything possible to put brakes on economic develop- ment. These groups then have the audacity to begS for public dona- tions, claiming to be the only sal- vation for the future of the planet. Hogwash! Congress should immedi- ately launch a thorough investi- gation of every environmental organization that has applied for legal fees or federal payments of .any kind. to assure the tax payers that their money is not being frit- tered away just to line the pock- ets of those who run the wealthy green groups. --Henry Lamb is the author of "The Rise of Global Gover- nance." 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