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. , ._. ++,++ =++ .6 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2012 Graffiti is more than a local nuisance deal with it." For most people who have lived in urban areas, graffiti is a serious sign of neighborhood de- terioration, neglect, or what's worse, a feeling of instability. "We want our property owners to keep up with all of their walls. the buildings, and other surfaces...if those marks are vis- ible, it affects the entire commu- nity," says Martinez. While ancient grffti-writ- By DAWN NEWMANRodeo If you like picturesque streets and charming towns, you probably won't like graffiti. But for most residents, business people, or law enforcement who live and work in Lordsburg, graf- fiti is more like a nuisance than anything else. In Lordsburg, like other small towns across the U.S., those nasty blots are noticed mostly from the driver's seat, but unfortunately, ordinances and laws cat seldom prevent the activity. " Y o u wouldn't think a flo- rist shop or a bakery, or any neigh- borhood would be a target for this stuff," says one business owner of the area. "It doesn t make any sense, (in my opin- ion), and isn't a good young people have used a vari- ety of materials - from paint and shoe polish, to rocks and pens. So who ultimately pays for graf- fiti.' If the youth is under 18 years, the final cost of repai or correc- tion becomes the parent's respon- sibility and local Judges have been known to attach the wages of individual family members in order to pay for the damage. If the youth is over 18 years old, they are gener- ally re- sponsible for the damage. If no perpe- trator is ar- rested, or detained, the re- sponsibil- Ity mostly falls on lhe shoul- ters of the iax payer, usiness wner, or h o m e owner to cover re- pairs. Most law en- forcement message for In Lordsburg, graffiti marks are often seen on railcars, on a utility building P e o p 1 e any town to near the new U.S. Border Station off of 1-10, and has been tied to a crime u n d e r - have." scene at Steins Ghost Town. *graffiti, is a term first used by archeologists to stand that While describe ancient writing recorded in first century Italy and is part of decaying, it may be rail cars are difficult a popular old-world is based on the Latin word'graphium'-- to write, and in for a par- spot for modern times, a sign of urban decay that is part of a broad, national concern, ent, rela- graffiti, few residents welcome the activity in their own backyards. According to Lordsburg Police Chief Greg Martinez, graffiti is, in fact, an act of vandalism that affects not only the image but the respect of a town. "We do have ordinances to combat this," says Martinez, "and depending on the severity of damage, (ranging from hun- dreds to thousands of dollars) it can easily turn into a felony count." If arrested, Martinez explains tllat known violators in graffiti cases go through the local Mag- istrate Court. who often sets the penalty, fine, or in some cases, restitution for parents as well as for the young person who may be ings were done as cryptic mes- sages, they often held some deeper cultural meaning and his- toric significance. Today's graf- fiti laws cover any unauthorized inscriptions or words or "figures, picture or design that is sprayed on, or marked, affixed or painted on any surface, public or private is against the law, says Martinez. "So we're always reminding people about removing it." As in other communities, no business owner wants to find graf- .fiti on their buildings. According to area realtors, the activity hurts everyone who lives in town. "If isn't something any one wants to look at, so if there is a need to be an artist, then kids should be en- tive or friend to report a young person to the police for numerous rea- sons - the potential cost in pay- ing for damages and not wanting a young person to face legal pen- alties. However, if the tagging is not aggressively stopped (by par- ents. relatives or friends), the tagger will continue the behav- ior. increasing the cost of dam- age and the probability of being charged. Martinez says that the Lordsburg department is commit- ted to working with the parents to stop youth from graffiti activ- ity. He adds that first-time offend- ers are eligible for a diversion program or restitution (such as clean-up) an d parents can offer to USDA invites applications for renewable energy, energy efficiency projects Continued from Page I production and commerclaliza- thority available to fund REAP activities, which will support at least $12.5 million in grant and approximately $48.5 million in guaranteed loan program level awards. USDA is accepting the following applications: * renewable energy system and energy efficiency improve- ment grant applications and com- bination grant and guaranteed loan applications until March 30. 2012: * renewable energy system and energy efficiency improve- ment guaranteed loan .only appli- cations on a continuous basis up to June 29, .2012; * renewable energy system feasibility study applications through March 30, 2012; and * energy audits and renew- able energy development assis- tance applications through Feb- ruary 21, 2012. More information on how to apply for funding is available in the January 20, 20.12 Federal Register, pages 2948 through 2954. USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner added, "We are seeing more and more interest in the reap program in New Mexico. It's a great pro- gram for rural businesses that want to increase their energy efficiency and save on costs." The Obama Administration is working to promote domestic production of renewable energy to create jobs, reduce our depen- dence on foreign oil, combat glo- bal warming, and build stronger rural economy. Today, Americans import just over half of our trans- portation fuels - down from 60 percent when President Obama took office - but we can do more to meet the President's goal of reducing our net fuel imports by one-third by 2025. At Secretary Vilsack's direction, USDA is working to develop the national biofuels industry prgducing en- ergy from non-food sources in every region of the country. USDA is conducting and encour- aging research into innovative new energy technologies and processes, helping companies build biorefineries - including lnvlv.ed, While big city law en- . couraged .to express themselves assist with the clean up process the first ever ........................................................ , commercial-scale too. "Some people may consider cellulosic ethanol facilities - and this a form o art, but in my opin- , supporting farmers, ranchers, and ion, it's a nuisance that shows a businesses taking risks to pursue new opportunities in biofuels. Along with Federal partners. USDA is establishing an aviation biofuels economy, and has expe- dited rules and efforts to promote lack of pride and community re- spect. "We want young people to realize that they are only hurting the people and town they live in." NOTICE for,g.0aept, officer s believe:that graffiti is often used to designate control of a location, or a neigh- borhood among.criminal ele- ments, Martinez believes that Lordsburg incidents are few and far between. "In 2010, there were some incidents here, some markings on the I-I0 (overpass) pillars - and this year I know of a business along Main Street," says Martinez. "But we really have zero tolerance for any tagging is- sues here. There are those young people that may be bored, look- ing for something to do, who end up doing this." According to Martinez, graffiti is more than just an eyesore but can easily gen- erate a sense of decay and disre- spect for the community. "It really is about first im- pressions. When you come into a town and people go to the gro- cery store or pull up to a busi- ness, and see the building tagged or marked, they don't want to stop there. They decide, maybe they don't want to shop there." adds Martinez. "Some people consider it a form of art. but in my opinion it is a nuisance, a lack of respect and pride in a town...So, we do in the :classroom. to take it to a serious level," says one local realtor. "When you have people looking at a home or business to buy, (a town to live in) they will avoid this kind of activity and look somewhere else." Martinez believes that graf- fiti has a negative effect on civic pride as well as the day to day atmosphere for families and resi- dents. At the Miinbres Memorial Hospital. in Deming., New Mexico, CEO. Steve Westenhofer the overall condition of a town is essential to recruiting profession- als and new business. "We have surgeons and nurses come to the town. that see neighborhood de- cay .or neglect and they may de- cide the area is 'not a good fit for them' or their families." says Westenhofer of local conditions. "So this really impacts (us) in try- ing to get the best doctors and staff here." Meanwhile. Chief Martinez points out that guidelines have been put in place (at local hard- ware stores, and in larger commer- cial shopping stores, asking for identification cards in order to prevent youth (under age 18) from purchasing certain sprays or prod- ucts. He says over the years, The City of Lordsburg is asking all citizens in Lordsburg to maintain their properties and comply will all City Codes, Rules and Regulations. Notices will be mailed out to property owners who are in violation. Major violations that exist right now and will be addressed immediately include i condemned buildings and properties that are an eyesore to the community. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. New rules, license fees and application methods will require New Mexico hunters to do some homework before planning their hunts for the 2012-13 seasons. Dramatic changes adopted by the State Legislature or approved by the State Game Commission will affect the application process, season dates and how many licenses are reserved for state residents. The changes were designed to streamline the application and licensing process, provide more hunting opportunities for state residents, and to make drawing results and refunds available much sooner. over the counter from license junior hunters, handicapped and some discounLod licenses. Hunters  need help ying for get it from a real person over locations with and Rsh representatives. Assistance is available from toll-flee, (888) 248-. The access in publk locations Say goodbye to paper application forms. Beginning.this year, applications for all licenses will'be made through the Department's online application system at License and application fees, will be charged at the time of application. Applicants can pay by credit card or electronic check, a new convenience beginning this year. Once an application is complete, it can not be changed, only deleted. Applicants can reapply, and will receive a refund for the deleted application, after the drawing. New legislation requires everyone who hunts or applies for a license in New Mexico to purchase a Game-hunting Ucense or a combination Game-hurCdng and Fishing License. Game-hunting ($15 for residents, $65 for nonresidents) and Game-hunting and Rshing licenses ($30, residents only) will be available online or tion of biofuels. USDA's Biorefinery' Assis- tance Program was authorized by Congress under the 2008 Farm Bill. It provides loan guarantees to capitalize on the growing op- portunities in renewable energy provided by advanced biofuels. The Program is designed to assist with the commercial deployment of production technologies to produce advanced biofuels, and thereby increase the energy inde- pendence of the United States; promote resource conservation, public health, and the environ- ment: diversify markets for agri-, cultural and forestry products and agriculture waste material: create jobs and enhance the economic development of the rural economy. To read more about the Administration's renewable en- ergy accomplishments, click here. USDA. through its Rural De- velopment mission area, admin- isters and manages housing, busi- ness and community infrastruc- ture and "facility programs through a national network of state and local offices. Rural Development has an active portfolio of more than $155 billion in affordable loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, resi- dents, farmers, and ranchers and improve the quality of life in ru- ral America. Look for more infon'nation and online, Foster, adoptive parents needed in New Mexico Submitted by CYFD Becoming a foster or adop- tive parent can make a huge difference in the life of a child. Join us for an informa- tion meet- ing to be held this month of February in your area. Please call Ronny Diaz. CYFD Foster & Adoptive Parent Rdcruiter at (575) 434-5950 ext. 121 for more information or visit us on the web at Se Habla Espanol Foster or Adopt a New Mexico Youth Age: Angel, 9 Anthony, 11 Angelo, 13 Grade: Angel, 4 th Anthony, 5 m Angelo. 7th Introducing Angel. the youngest member of a sibling group of three who must be placed together with a Native American family. This young lady has a collection of shirts proudly proclaiming her beauti- ful name. Angel is an outgoing and smart child. Her favorite sub- ject in school is spelling. She does benefit from being placed in edu- cational setting which is tailored to her learning needs. Angel also likes to read to herself and oth- ers. She enjoys cracking up to the latest adventures of Junie B. Jones ind the Cat in the Hat. She is a very loving and caring child who is very attached to her older siblings. Angel is very affection- ate and has enjoyed her status as the baby of the family and re- sponds well to nurturing. Angel likes to draw and play with her toys. She also enjoys the one on interaction of playing board games. Her favorite foods are pizza and ice cream! Anthony is the middle child of this sibling group which must Angel, Anthony & Angelo be placed together with a Native American family. Anthony is in a regular education setting and is doing very well. His favor- ite sub- jects are reading, spelling, and math. Anthony is described as a loving, caring, in- telligent child who always has a smile on his face. He is very out- going and gets along equally with adults and peers. His favor- ite place to eat is at Sonic, but like his sister he also loves pizza and ice cream. He likes to draw, play video games, and complete puzzles. Meet Angelo, the oldest child in a terrific sibling group of three who must find a Native American family together. Angelo is a shy child and likes attention. School is sometimes difficult for him but he likes to be around his peers and tries hard. He benefits from close monitoring of his aca- demic progress and an individual education plan. Angelo can let his emotions get the best of him but he is working very hard to reach out to others and ask for help when needed. He is still deciding what he wants to do when he grows up, but he thinks being a police officer is a possibility. Angelo is described as a very hard worker when he is working to- wards a goal or incentive. He can be very driven and motivated when working towards some- thing. Like his siblings, Angelo loves to play board games, and he also enjoys playing with his remote control cars and wrestling. In the pet arena, Angelo is a cat person. Angelo likes to play base- ball but is also interested in play- ing basketball. At mealtime, Angelo likes beans, burritos, Big Macs and he loves sweets! For more ihformation about adopting or fostering through the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department, please visit or call 1-800- 432-2075. PAID BY CANDIDATE City Councilor Position 2 March 6, 2012 N tn Loving Memory April 23 1969 -- February 22, 2011 He Only Took My,Hand Last nTght while I was tryng to sleep, My son s voice I did hear. I opened my eyes and looked around But he did noz appear. He said. "Mama you've got to listen, You've got to understand, God didn'i take me from you, Mama, He only took my hand, When 1 called out n pan that ntght, The instant that I died. Fie reached down and took my hand. And pulled me to His side, He pulled me up and saved me From the misery and pan. My body was hurt so badly inside, I could never be the sam,e. M search s really over now. l've found happiness wthin. All the answers o my empty dreams and all that mght have been. Love-Mom, Brother R Sisters