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2 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2010 Around 30 people came out to greet Steve Pearce. During his visit with the folks, he expressed his feelings regarding the direction this country iS going and emphasized his values which continue to be Love of God, Love of Country and Love of the Constitution upon which this nations was founded. Pearce remains committed to the people of New Mexico and to working represent the citizens of the 2nd Congressional District to the best of his ability. Republican Party holds Pre, PrimaryC0nventi0n Submitted by SHEILA MASSEW Chairman Sheila Massey. The attendees elected Linda Kuenstler, to represent Hidalgo County Republicans at the State Pre-Primary Convention to be held in Albuquerque on March 13. Linda also serves as Hidalgo Party Chairman" The Hidalgo County Repub= lican Party held their County Pre- Primary Convention on Monday night in Lordsbutg. The meeting was conducted by County GOP Attendees at the Hidalgo County Republican Pre-Primary Con- vention.  County Republican Party Secre- tary/Treasurer. In addition to the Registered Republican Voters from Hidalgo County, were some of the candidates running for po- sitions on the Republican Ticket. ThOse included -Steve Pearce, candidate for U.S. House of Rep- resentatives District 2; Public Regulation Commission District 5 candidates Jamie Estrada and Kent Evans; and NM State House of Representatives District 39 candidate Butch Casady. Letters from other candidates were read as well as individuals speaking on behalf of candidates who were unable to attend the convention. Those candidates included: Gubernatorial Candi- dates, Susana Martinez and Doug Turner; Lieutenant Governor Candidates, J.R. Damron, Brian Moore and John Sanchez; Land Commissioner candidates James Jackson and Matt Rush; and State Treasurer candidate ' Jim Schoonover. At left, Meet &-Greet Steve Pearce at Buckabrew's Coffee Shop on Tuesday, February 16, 2010,'hosted by Friends of Steve Pearce. Around 30 guests came out to visit with Steve Pearce, Candidate for US House of Representatives.2nd . Congressional District. Pic- tured above are Mitlie Ruther-.. ford, Pam Wolfe, Steve Pearce and Bill Willis. Below, Steve Pearce, candi- date for U.S. House of Repre- sentatives District 2, address- ing the attendees at the Hidalgo County" Pre-Primary Conven- tion Monday evening in Lordsburg. Pictured above are Republican Party Treasurer Linda Kuenstler and Chairman Sheila Massey. BORN & RAISED IN LORDSBURG PRESIDENT OF THE HIDALGO COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FOR TWO CONSECUTIVE YEARS r'PRESIDENT/STATE DIRECTOR OF . HIDALGO COUNTY JAYCEES f'OWNED SEVERAL' BUSINESSES IN LDSBURG Your vote on March 2, 2010 willbeappreciated" TE o00!LL!pS Lordsburg City C il, Position 1. A,O,YCA,O,OAT, Proud Lordsburg Native. Bingaman urges passage of measure to help NM economy, pay for Medicaid Courtesy submission passage of the measure, icaid - the federal/state initiative U .S. Senator Jeff Bingaman At Bingaman's urging, the that provides,health care to low- last week joined in introducing American Recovery and Rein- income Americans. In addition, legislation that would help New vestment Act included approxi- many experts believe this fund- Mexico and all other states pay mately $630 million in addi- ing provides an important stimu- for the increased costs of provid- tional funding for New Mexico lation to state economies. Fund- ing health care. He is urging swift to help defray the costs of Med- ing will run out on December 31, 2010, half way through the state Dept of Health successfully year. The legislation Bingaman cosponsored today would ensure secures Medicare that New Mexi'co receives ap- proximately $100 million in ad- ditional funding for Medicaid to ation for Ft Bayard bring itthroughtheendoffiscal ____ year 2011. New Mexico's state t FI ll.l I llb.P legislature and many other states Submitted by DOHISanta Fo tion, the Department took over are currently finalizing their 2011 Health Secretary Alfredo daily management of Fort budgets and swift action on this Vigil, MD, announced this. week Bayard, created positions to legislation is critical to overt cuts that the New Mexico' Depart- oversee and monitor care pro- to Medicaid and other state pro- ment of Health has regained vided in all of the Department grams. Medicare recertification for Fort facilities, and evaluated and 'As Americans lost their Bayard Medical Center, a long- improved training for infection jobs, many also lost their health term care facility in Grant control, care planning and re- care coverage as well, and states County that provides care to porting of abuse, neglect and have struggled to deal with the about 120 people from across exploitation, increased demand on Medicaid. New Mexico. Getting the Medi- "Thanks to the staff at Fort The increased funding we were care certification means the Bayard Medical Center for able to provide to states from the Department of Health can re- working hard to achieve certi- Recovery Act last year helped ceive federal reimbursement for fication and ensure that residents ensure that thousands of New providing skilled care for resi-, receive the best of care," said Mexicans kept their health care dents who need physical reha- Sen. Howie Morales. coverage. As we continue to fo- bilitation. The Department is working cus o1 job creation, I believe we "This is one more step in with the New Mexico General must also continue to help states the right direction for Fort Services Department to build a defray the cost of Medicaid. Bayard Medical.Center," Dr. new state-of-the-art facility in That's what this bifl would do," Vigil said. "I appreciate how Santa Clara, near the current fa- Bingaman said. hard our staff from Fort Bayard cility. The state is entering into As a member of the Senate and the Facilities Division has t lease-to-own agreement with Finance Committee, Bingaman worked to improve the care we Grant County, which is provid- was influential in helping write deliver at Fort Bayard." ing the land where the facility the Recovery Act in a way that To give Fort Bayard a fresh is being built. The Department ensured that New Mexico re- start, the Department of Health expects the building will be ceived its fair share of health care voluntarily gave up the facility's complete by October 2011. dollars. Medicare and Medicaid certifi- cation and immediately reap- plied for a new certification in March 2008. The federal Cen- ters for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved Tort Bayard's Medicare recertifica- tion as of June 2009. CMS had recertified Fort Bayard in Med- icaid as of June 2008. Medicare has more stringent regulations than Medicaid. "I would like to extend my congratulations to the staff .at Fort Bayard Medical Center for this accomplishment," said Rep. Rudy S. Martinez. "The dedi- cation and ;hard wol, k by each and every 'e'mployee rat Fort Bayard ha"once again proven that this facility provides excel- lent care for all residents." Ed "Bim" Kerr To qualify for recertifica- Kerr Ranch Tours is now i1:100 1" open for business SALVADOR , "Bim" and Lindy Kerr invite you ton doy filled with history, cowboy lore. and facts about ranching today. AZ J R Come along to witness the legacy of Kerr Cattle Company, a D I II pioneer family ranch started here almost !00 years ago by T.A. Kerr Mayor, City of Lordsbur with his wife. daughter, and six sons working together to increase their land holdings to 124 sections of ranchland with over 1.000 head }lave sometbln 8' of mother cows. Bim will share stories and tidbits from the Kerr family and his mother's family, the Bickfords and the McCants, also early set- rill vvi ? tiers to the Animas Valley. Learn fun-and fact-filled stories of old cowboys. Listen to the story of Bim's and Lindy's own Rockhouse Ranch. See the tiny old rock house for which the ranch was named. Imagine the Anasazi Indians grinding corn as you examine a bole in the rock where they worked. Learn about the mining history of the area and discover the remains of an old wagon and stage stop. Let Bim take you on a journey through the Pyramid Mountains and across the Animas Valley sharing the hard facts of ranching today. Learn the challenges of running cows on a desert ranch, match- ing nutritional needs of the cow herd with pasture produced by sea- sonal rains. Ride along and discover the lifestyle of a rancher- check- ing waters; maintaining windmills, pipelines, and fences; working cattle, weaning calves, preg testing, and vaccinating the herd, See ]]GB,I how the cow herd is moved through the rotational program designed to rest pastures and increase the vitality of the land. O]l, ex ,][,el Come and enjoy the day with us! For more information call 575- 313-2606 or access our website: www.KerrRanchTours.com Rootheel Eowbou PoetiU Fiesta Lordsburg-tIidalgo County Museum Benefit Saturday, February 20, 2010. 5:00 PM at the Museum 708 East 2nO Street in Lordsburg, NM Top Entertainers! Free Hamburgers! $10 Adults $7 Students . 7"icets a[ Verfa's TUes[ern eae 980 E.Motel Drive, Lordsburg Visit our Old West Museum Mon-Fri 1:00 - 5:00 PM