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VOLUME 14 SSUE7 FRIDAY FEBRUARY 14, 2014 75 Hidalgo County SmallTown Papers ! 217 West Cota street etOn, WA 98584 PDBYCANDIDATE TODAY'S PROBLEMS REQUIRE . TODH'S SOLUTIONS- NOT YESTERDAY'S ANSWBIS! RtR$'KIARKET gMERCADO New look for local food coalition Courtesy submission "Christy Ortiz, SPIRIT of Hidalgo, and Beth Cox, Hidalgo Medical Services, pictured above with new Hidalgo County Food Coalition trailer. This will be used to Store and transport tables, chairs, cooking demonstration equipment, payment machine, and shared food between the Lordsburg and Animas Farmers Markets. It will also allow the HC Food Coalition to host a Mobile Market at events around the community, such as the Smith Ford Festival, Hidalgo County Fair, and Discover Hidalgo. Watch for the trailer this spring to get your Hidalgo Farmers Markets and Mercado schedule for 2014! Hidalgo county Food Coalition featured on El Paso news Courtesy submission Sandra Ramirez, a journalist and producer from KDBC Channel 4 News in E1 Paso, recently visited the Com- munity and Demonstration Garden at the Hidalgo County Fairgrounds to feature local solutions to the problem of accessing fresh, healthy foods in designated "food desert" areas, such as Hidalgo County. With only one full- service grocery store in the whole county, many of the residents are forced to travel 50-100 miles to access the fresh produce they should be eat- ing to live longer, healthier lives. The news clip, which features John Allen, Hidalgo County Cooperative 'Extension Agent, and Beth Cox, Hidalgo Medical Services Program Specialist, can be seen by following the link: food-desert-creates-obstacles-healthy- eating. The community and demon- stration garden is just one of the many projects that the Hidalgo County Food Coalition has developed to increase access to and consumption of healthy, nutritious foods by the people of Hidalgo County in an effort to reduce the devastating effects of obesity-re- lated diseases, such as diabetes, hyper- tension, and cancer. For more information about the HC Food Coalition, call Christy Ortiz, SPIRIT of Hidalgo at 520-507-0455, Beth Cox, Hidalgo Medical Services at 575-313-0765, or John Allen, HC Cooperative Extension at 575-542- 9291. Bill introduced to improve health care for rural veterans Information courtesy SEN.TOM UDALL'S OFFiCEWashington, DC This week, U.S. Sans. Tom Udall (D- N.M.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.) intro- duced a bill to address some of the big- gest barriers to health care for veterans in rural communities. More than 6 million veterans, in- cluding a third of all Iraq and Afghani- stan veterans, live in rural communities. But as many as half of those veterans may be going without care from the VA. Rural veterans too often struggle to ac- cess quality care because it isn't avail- able locally. For some, traveling to and from an appointment can take all day. Veterans who can't drive must rely on neighbors or volunteers to get to ap- pointments, and many simply go with- out adequate care. Udall and Heller's "Rural Veterans Improvement Act" takes a four-pronged approach to improve and help veterans access care by: Department of Health warns of fall-related injuries Submitted by NM DEPT of HEALTH/ Santa Fe The New Mexico Department of Health reports that fall-related injury is the leading cause of unintentional in- jury death, hospitalization and emer- gency round visits for New Mexico se- niors ages 65 and older. Seniors accounted for 245 out of 300 fall-related deaths (82%) in New Mexico in 2012. "Many older adults who tall, even those who are not injured, develop a fear of falling again," said Department of Health Cabinet Secretary Retta Ward, MPH, "This fear tends to cause them to limit their activities, leading to reduced mobility and a decline in physical fit- ness, which then increases their risk of falling again." According to the 2012 New Mexico Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Sys- tem, 32% of older adults 65+ years of age have fallen at least once in ,the pre- vious 12 months, and 13% were injured in at least one fall in that same time pe- riod. The fall-related death rate among seniors in 2012 was 83.6/100,000 popu- lation. That's a decrease from for a rate of 88.0/100,000 population in 2011. The Department also reports that' in 2012: Hip fractures accounted for 25% of fall-related deaths among se- niors. Traumatic brain injury ac- counted for 21% of fall-related deaths. Falls are the most common cause of trau- matic brain injuries in the United States. "Fall-related injury seriously affects quality of life and can increase the risk of early death," said Secretary Ward. The mission of the Healthy Aging Collaborative is to fosfer partnerships that promote healthy aging for all New Mexicans. The Collaborative is partnering with the New Mexico Adult Falls Coalition to sponsor the state's first Adult Falls Prevention Symposium in the fall of 2014 The Department recommends older adults do the following to reduce their chances of falling: See FALL INJURIES on Page2 -Enhancing mental health care op- tions by allowing the Department of Vet- erans Affairs (VA) to work with nonVA mental health providers in rural commu- nities. .Building on the VA's transportation program to ensure more veterans living in rural areas have a way to get to doc- tors' appointments. -Creating programs and incentives to attract and retain doctors and nurses to rural VA health care facilities. -Requiring the VA to conduct a full assessment of its community-based out- patient clinics (CBOCs) to determine what improvements are needed and pri- oritize those projects. 'Tve met with veterans across New Mexico, some of whom have to drive four hours or more to get to a VA hospital. Many rural veterans are also frustrated with the lack of health care options and the frequent turnover among staff at their local clinics. Rural veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan suffering from TBI and PTSD also often don't have adequate access to mental health care in their com- See RURAL VETERANS on Page2 LHS Parents' Nights to be held Parents' Night at Lordsburg High School will be held during two upcom- ing games. The girls will recognize their parents during their home game against Tularosa on Friday night. The boys will celebrate their parents at Maverick Gyirmasium on Tuesday where they will take on the Hatch Bears. The public is encouraged to partici- pate Bootheel Cowboy Poetry Fiesta to be held Saturday at Museum Submitted by ALLEN "HOOK" HILL There's no backing down now. The die is cast. Poetry, stories, and music will begin rolling off the lips and instruments of a talented group of entertaining art- ists at 5:00 p.m. this Saturday, February 15, 2014. In case you are new to the area, you should be sure to come and join with returning fans at the 2P t an- nual Bootheel Cowboy Poetry Fiesta held at the Lordsburg-Hidalgo County Museum. This yearly fundraiser will be held at the museum, located at 708 E. Second Street in Lordsburg, New Mexico. Look for the big windmill out front. There is park- ing both in- side the mu- seum fence and outside along the street. Tickets for the Bootheel Fi- esta are $12.50 for adults and $8.00 for stu- dents. They can be pur- chased at Verla's Rock Shop and West- ern Wear, 980 E. Motel Drive in Lordsburg, or at the door. Free hamburg- ers and drinks will be served at intermis- sion, courtesy of Saucedo's Supermarket, the Lordsburg Volunteer Fire Depart- ment, and other volunteers. The evening of fun and laughter will begin with poets, storytellers, and musi- cians Jan Richins, Ken Moore, Rusty Tolley, Over the Hill Gang Western mu- sic, Bill Cavaliere, Carol Markstrom, and Nell Abbott. "Short biographies of these artists have appeared in previous issues of the Hidalgo County Herald. Rounding out this year's cast of stars will be The Outriders, and Allen "Hook" Hill. One again, the master of ceremo- nies will be Steve Hill, who will try to keep all these entertainers in line, though it might prove to be like herding cats. " The Outriders, a talented Western music group from Sierra Vista, Arizona, will solidly nail on one of the final touches to the Bootheel Fiesta. Bill Cassidy, Steve Conroy, Tina Riehle, Glen Lazore and Jim Riehie tell stories in both music and verse of the old and new West, about the life and calamities of the rancher and the cowboy.. The Outriders transport their listeners back to a time on the range when the cowboys sang to the herd at night, but they're not all seri- ous. Get ready to laugh along with them as well. This fine group performed last weekend at the Cochise Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering at Sierra Vista. We welcome them to the Bootheel Fiesta. Editor's Note: Hook's daughter, Jeanne, wrote the following about her dad because he doesn't like to shine the spotlight on himself Allen "Hook" Hill, poet and story- teller, will be the final entertainer of the Fiesta. Hook was born and raised in Lordsburg. His parents and both sets of grandparents were ranching people. He was a building contractor in Hidalgo County for decades, taking time out to teach shop in school for ten years. For more than fifty years, he has been a writer, storyteller and poet, and most often his listeners fall off their chairs laughing. At the age of 92, he has the history of this Allen "Hook" Hill and Bill Cavaliere are among the list of performers for this year's event. Steve Hill will s6rve a the Master of Ceremo- ", nies again for this year's event area etched in his memory, which serves him well as the president of the museum board. Hook and his wife, June, plan and host the Fiesta every year. Check out the picture in the photo room at the museum of the Lordsburg High School 1939 State Basketball Championship team. You'll see "Hookey," as he was called then, who is the only surviving member of the team. Last weekend, Hook was a featured entertainer in Sierra Vista, where he was given a not-to-be- forgotten retirement sendoff, complete with a standing ovation and an encore ! Steve Hill will once again ride herd on the Bootheel Fi- esta. Years ago when he first took over as the Fiesta M.C., he told outright hys- terical lies, purporting to be the truth, about the en- tertainers. The next year, the entertainers came prepared with "true" sto- ries of their own about Steve, all of which he de- served. Steve was raised in Lordsburg from the time l,e was very young, has al- ways had a natural wit and proficiency at storytelling and loves to , keep people laughing. As an animal lover, he has done more than his share of cowboying, often on the Shakespeare Ranch. He's a former mayor of Lordsburg, but now he works for Tucson Electric, though he calls Silver City home. He and his wife, Caron, oversee the unofficial Hill Zoo (various animals, kids and grandkids) on their 17 acres, and also own the Sure Print- ing and Signs shop. Will Steve make an appearance as the comedian Flip Wilson's character "Geraldine"? Come to the Fi- esta and find out. Don't miss this year's Bootheel Cowboy Poetry Fiesta. Where else can you spend just a few bucks and enjoy an evening of pure entertainment, hamburg- ers and drinks, and support our local museum. 6 You will miss an evening of fun if you don't come on out, so we'll see you there. Contact us if you need more information: Hook or June Hill at (575) 542-9258 or hookjune@hotmail .com. Financial Literacy Training to be held Feb. 20 The public is invited to attend a free Financial Literacy Training on Thursday, February 20, 2014 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the HMS Conference Room, 530 East DeMoss Street. The training will focus on manag- ing your money and ways to stretch your dollar. Agenda items will include Check- ing and Savings Accounts, Building and Establishing Credit, Buying a Home or Car, Credit Cards, Credit Reports and Minor Savings Accounts. Presenters will be Skip Cowan, Stacy Schlotfeldt and Christina Chavez. The free event is being hosted by Lordsburg Head Start and Western Bank. ..e.0 s 0.cec0se will e offe on clu mafia s 00itc e Sen or enter t ea dress is toria amia an arao e Co st is 'a ' project meetings, and we will be plan- 317 E. 4th St. Topics included grow- $10 per person. The event will be held at HC Assessor's Office will be closed ning activities for the year. Thereis ing in alkali soils, cover crops, require- the Lrdsburg High Schl Cafeteria n P ram' i i a|lll Z ' K0ddg  on Fridays during the month of Febru- no fee to attend and lunch will be pro- ments for EQIP funding, composting, Friday, February 14, 2014 from 6:30 to dry in order for staff to do yearly field vided. If you are interested in coming tissue sampling, irrigation, and pest 9:30 PM. work. For more information call 575- please call the office at 542-9291 for management. There is no fee to attend TEFAP C0mm0dities 542-3433. more information, and a BBQ lunch will be provided. ;1"o 4"H LeadersWrkshp Grwers Wrkshp register please can the Hidalg Cunty "TEFAP cmmdities' spnsred bY I ,p] I Cooperative Extension office at 575- HMS, for persons age 18 and above, will 4-H Leaders Workshop will be held The Hidalgo County Cooperative 542-9291 be distributed on Tuesday, February 18,  n|. i February 15, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 3 Extension Office and NRCS will be Valentine's dinner, dance 2014 from l0 AM to noon or while sup- p.m. at the High School Library in hosting a growers workshop on Feb- plies last at the back of the old senior ! 2bur tote q/'. Animas. This workshop is for all en- ruary 27, 2014 in Lordsburg. The The Assembly of God Church would center, 317 E. 4th Street. rolled 4-H leaders and those who may workshop will held at the County meet- like to invite you to join them in a ing room located at the old Ena Valentine's Day dinner and dance, fea- Continued on Page 3 be very much apprectatetL j UPCOMING EVENTS be interested in enrolling. Trainings