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6 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2010 Seniors recognized at Maverick game Last Saturday's Lady Maverick game against Cloudcroft was deemed Parent's Night. Following parent recognition, parents of seniors presented their child with special gifts. Players and cheerlead- ere who will be graduating this year include Lori Vargas, Clara Young, Serena Sanders, Madonna Bustillos and Heather Meza.The girls are pictured above with their parents. One new condition added to state's Medical Cannabis Program Submitted by NM DOHISanta Fe Health Secretary Alfredo Vigil, MD, announced last week that the New Mexico Department of Health is adding one new con- dition, Inflammatory Autoim- mune-mediated Arthritis, to the Department's Medical Cannabis Program. Dr. Vigil did not add any Other conditions due to a lack of scientific research that shows can- nabis can be effective in treating the conditions that the Medical Advisory Board recommended. The eight-member Medical Advisory Board held a public hearing in December and recom- mended approving three of the five conditions considered: bipo- lar disorder, migraine headache and Ankylosing Spondylitis. Dr. Vigil is adding Ankylosing Spondylitis as part of a broader category of Inflammatory Au- toimmune-mediated Arthritis, which could include Rheumatoid arthritis. "I included this category as. an eligible condition because it has been reported in medical lit-. erature that medical cannabis may help inflammatory condi= tions:' Dr. vigil said. "However, I am limiting how this category can be approved since I'm con- cerned that the category could be misused due to the overly broad definition of inflammatory arthri- tis." To qualify for this condition, a patient must be diagnosed with Inflammatory Autoimmune-medi- ated Arthritis, the patient's certi- fication must come from a rheu- matologist who is board-certified in rheumatology by the American Board of Internal Medicine, and the certification must attest that other standard treatments for ar- thritis have failed to bring the patient adequate relief. Dr. Vigil did not approve the Medical Advisory Board's recom- mendations to add bipolar disor- der or migraine headaches be- cause there was not enough reli- able scientific research to prove that cannabis would alleviate the symptoms. The Board based its recommendation on research that indicated medical cannabis could have a possible effect biochemi- cally on the conditions. "There is insufficient evi- dence,in the medical literature that medical cannabis is clinically effective for these conditions," Dr. Vigil said. "We recognize that there is a need for solid scientific research regarding the possible efficacy of cannabis in numerous possible conditions. But until that research has been performed, evaluated by the medical com- munity, and established as hav- inga reasonable likelihood of benefit, the Department will not approve conditions without such evidence." The Lynn and Erin Compas- sionate Use Act allows the Health Secretary to add new conditions to the medical Cannabisprogram o if patients leti[on the Mddcal- Advisory Board, whicfimakes recommendations to the Secre- tary. The Department of Health is obligated by statute and by medi- cal standards of care to determine the possible benefit of cannabis for specific conditions. "I appreciate the Board's hard work in evaluating patient peti- tions," Dr. Vigil said. "To make my decisions, I consider scientific evidence that the condition could be helped by medical cannabis and whether the condition meets the purpose of state law, which is to provide relief from pain and suffering associated with debili- tating medical conditions." The Department has added nine new conditions since 2009. There are 16 current qualifying conditions for medical cannabis: painful peripheral neuropathy, intractable nausea/vomiting, se- vere anorexia/cachexia, hepatitis C infection currently receiving antiviral treatment, Crohn's dis- ease, Post-traumatic Stress Disor- der, Inflammatory Autoimmune- me0iated Arthritis, Amyotrophi Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease), cancer, glaucoma, mul- tiple sclerosis, damage to the ner- vous tissue of the spinal cord with intractable spasticity, epilepsy, HIV/AIDS, and hospice patients. Once a condition is ap- proved, anyone with that medi- cal condition can apply to the Medical Cannabis Program. To • apply for the Medical Cannabis program or to .petition for a new condition, look up http:// www.nmhealth.org/ marijuana.html or e-mail " medical.cannabis @ state.nm.us. For all conditions, physi- cians must certify that patients have aft eligible condition and the conhtlon is debdtatmg an . not helped by standard treat- ments. Physicians must also at- test that/they have informed pa- tients of the potential risks and benefits associated with using medical cannabis for their condi- tion. For post traumatic stress dis- order, a psychiatrist must certify that patients have the disorder.. There are 1,188 active pa- tients in the Department of Health's Medical Cannabis Pro- gram. There are five nonprofit producers and 355 patients ap- proved to produce up to 4 mature plants and 12 seedlings for their personal use. small step no,( FETCH THIS PAPER YOURSELF ",w, smallsp,v P,ID BY CANDIDATE I have visited with the Citizens of Lordsburg. I wanted to hear their opinions, questions and suggestions about OUR TOWN. These are a few: • Did we really need a NEW City Hall? • Were the PEOPLE included in the name of tile new City Hall? • Who really RUNS City Hall? • What happened to GOOD Public Relations? • Why can't the state, county and city work TOGETHER? • Why can't established businesses, like Oscar's Truck Service. get a paved street? • Whatever happened to the Tejano Fiesta & Car Show? • Why not plant larger trees at North Park? • Why were the basketball goals removed? • Isn't there a better maintenance program for watering and painting the parks? • Paving, water drainage and more lighting is needed in China town,! • Sewage smells NEED to be controlled • The WHOLE town really needs CLEAN UP! • What are the TOTAL number of City Employees? • Why are there so many City Vehicles? • What is the gas consumption per month using these City Vehicles? • Why are unauthorized passengers allowed? • Are personal breaks (coffee breaks) controlled for all City Departments? • Does the City NEED all filled positions? • Which City Councilors are WILLING to hear OUR Concerns? • In all departments are wages/salaries j,ustified by ACTUAL work? • When will the City of Lordsburg start to use it's Resources? TOGETHER WE Can Make A CHANGE! ALExD LA GARZA Lordsburg City Council; Position 1 Top tax tips from Social becurity By RAY VIGIL/Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in El Paso, Texas The holidays are over, the gift-gi,ing (and spending) is done, and you're almost finished returning all of the things you don't want or need. You've even jotted down your New Year's reso- lutions and plan to stick to them. Time to relax? Maybe not right away -- it's time to start thinking about your taxes. Here are Social Security's top three tips for making tax time a lot easier. 1) Don't forget the children. Make sure the kids (and all the dependents) you list on your an- nual tax forms have Social Secu- rity 0umbers. Yes, children do need Social Security numbers. There once was a time when a child did not require a Social Se- curity card until later in life, but in 2010; that day is long gone. If you want to claim your child as a dependent on your tax return, your child will need a Social Se- curity number. For many fami- lies, it's not only the kids who will need a number. All dependents listed on your federal tax returns will need Social Security num- bers, including a dependent par- ent who lives with you and re- ceives support from you. If any of your dependents needs a So- cial Security number, you can get an application at www.socialsecurity.gov. 2) Check the names and numbers; It's not enough for ev- eryone on your tax return to have a Social Security number -- they Border Patrol also must be the correct numbers, and they must match your names exactly. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) checks all the names and Social Security numbers on your tax return against Socipl Security's records. If the names and numbers do not match Social Security's records, you will re- ceive a letter from IRS asking you to explain the discrepancy. You cannot receive a tax refund until the discrepancy is resolved -- • which could mean an unnecessar- ily long delay. 3) Social Security tax on Social Security benefits. If you receive Social Security benefits and your total income, including benefits and any other income i .... such as wages, pensions, or invest- ment income is high enough, you may have to pay taxes on a por- tion of your benefits. So plan accordingly as you work out your budget. You may have to pay taxes on your Social Security benefits if: you file as an individual and have a total annual income of $25,000 or more; or you file a joint return and have a combined total annual inco.me of $32,000 or more. These simple tips can move taxes from monumental to man- ageable when the time comes to file your tax return. Learn more about Social.Se- curity at www.socialsecurity.gov. By EDMUNDSAUCEDO t:LOt!Sb,ro to hold public forum Feb. 24 The United States Border Pa- trol, Lordsburg Station, would like to invite members of the local commu-nity to meet with the Fed- eral, State, and local law enforce- ment representatives from Hidalgo County and learn more about the Law Enforcement Mis- sion. Special Programs and up- coming projects will be presented during this forum. This public forum will be held at the: Jarnesl,'Baxter Civic Cen- ter on Wed0$1iday, February 24, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. For more information call Lorena Garnsey or John Hackworth at (575) 542-3221. Jonas Landes Photo by Seth Hughes Making a Difference-Jonas Landes By LINDSEY M. ROBERTS I From Preservation I JanuaryFebruary 2010 Jonas Landes, 27, wanted to build a Peace Corps for preserva- tionists. Last:summer, the Colorado native helped organize a group of volunteers to restore the adobe-stables at the Arkansas Valley Fair- grounds in Rocky Ford, Colo. Built with Works Progress Administra- tion funding in 1938, the unstuccoed, unplastered stables functioned until the late 1990s, when city officials closed them, citing severe deterioration. (The stables .appeared on Colorado Preservation's Most Endangered Places list in 2007.) Adobe specialist Juan Espinosa taught more than 50' participants how to craft new material from eroded brick rubble, then fill holes with the fresh bricks. "The goal was to get the stables back tO the state where they could be rented out to py for themselves," Landes says. Recently, Landes was named the first man- ager of HistoriCorps, an innovative public-private partnership that will teach adults and students about repairing and maintaining his- tori’ buildings, and he hopes to take the program national. "preserva- tion is more than just saving places," he says. "It provides an opportu- nity to teach new generations of Americans to appreciate our built environment." Special Guests Tony & Carmen Rodriguez Of Deming, Formerly of Lordsburg Sunday, February 21, 2010 - 10:40 a.m. Lord's Living Water Lighthouse 807 Duncan Highway L0rdsburg We Will Help You Keep More Of YOUR MONEY! WE OFFER PROFESSIONAL TAX PREPARATION SERVICES AT AFFORDABLE PRICES. BOOKK PI 575-542-3125 212 E. Motel Drive* Suite A* Lordsburg