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VOLUME 11 ISSUE9 FRIDAY MARCH 4, 2011 5O Hidalgo County SmallTox n Papers 217 West Cota Street Shelton. WA 98584 I[,],,I,,h,l,l,l,,[,,h,hll,,I 20011HIDRLO0 ux,00COUITY 4 V RELAY FOR LIFE June 17-18 LPD issues felony warrant in Lady Mavericks win district, advance to regionals The Lordsburg High School Lady Maverick basketball team defeated theTulerosa Lady Wildcats last Friday night to cinch the 6AA District Championship title.The girls will now travel to take on Estencie Friday night at 6:00 p.m. for the regional title.The team, along with their coaches, is pictured above. For the complete story on the Lordsburg-Tularosa game, see Page 5 of this week's edition. Enrichment Center structurally sound, sufficiently intact to justify preservation and restoration Workshop meeting on March 3 to discuss building's future A structural assessment of the his- toric Enrichment Center (former Lordsburg High School and Junior High School) was recently performed by Dr. Sonya Cooper and students from New Mexico State University's Department of Engineering Technology and Surveying Engineering. The following are excerpts of the assessment and recommendations in condensed format taken directly from the conditions assessmefit report. The assessment of the building, per- formed during site visits on October 16 and November 7, 2010, revealed that the building is structurally sound, but in need of immediate repair to stabilize and protect the building from further deterioration.Dr. Cooper and other con- sultants will discuss the assessment with city, county and school district officials at a special workshop meeting on Thurs- day, March 3, Lordsburg City Hall, at 5:30 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to present the assessment and feasibility study to the officials 'and to discuss the future of the building. The public is in- vited to the meeting; however, questions and comments will not be solicited from the public at this time. The public's in- put will be invited at future meetings. The building has not been used since the mid-1970s. After its abandonment, the lack of maintenance resulted in the collapse of some sections of the roof re- suiting in extensive water damage. The study found that although the building is satisfactorily boarded-up, a vacant building cannot survive indefinitely in a boarded-up condition. The study also found that adequate ventilation systems and monitoring conditions of structural and architectural elements were not fpl- lowed. Subsequently, the roof has col- lapsed in areas, and openings have caused weather and pests to penetrate and degrade the structure. The roof struc- ture is causing rapid deterioration of the building. The first system to be repaired must be the roof in order to provide pro- tection to the building from the elements and further deterioration.The masonry walls are not steel reinforced and have minimal damage. The walls were built with fired masonry brick and are three orner By Mayor Frank M. Rodriguez This past week, I along with Annette Morales from Medius, Inc. and the Colonias Initiative, Mayors from Ascencion, Nuevas Casas Grandes, & Janos Mexico and their wives, Manny Sanchez & Louis Gonzalez of Hidalgo Downs LLC. (Racetrack & Casino) met with Governor Martinez to discuss possible ways to address the unique Mexican/American economic issues we face here on the border and possible key infrastructure projects. We are hopeful that as we continue to work closely with Governor Martinez and our neighboring Mexican Officials; we can make positive strides regarding our current challenges. We are excited to announce that planning is nearing its final stages and we will soon begin a new construction phase on the Wastewater Treatment Plant. We have been working closely with the engineers to provide the most efficient plan of correc- tion regarding the challenges we have had with the current system. I also recently met with John Whatley of NMDOT Railway Division and Zoey Chandler from the Union Pacific Railway in regard to several issues raised by citi- zens of Lordsburg. We physically inspected the intersections and discussed way to address these concerns; including blocking of the intersections for extended peri- ods of time which limits access to the North side of town for our handicapped residents and negatively affects our local businesses. We also discussed the incon- venience of not having a proper shelter for the Amtrak customers in adverse weather conditions and this also reflects poorly on our City. We would like to offer our sincere congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Kuykendall on their 82 nd Anniversary. This' is a great testament to love and unity. We are also thankful for the wonderful contributions they have made to our community; they are wonderful part of Lordsburg's history. wythes thick (three bricks side by side). The-foundation is located several feet underground where it seems to be intact and sound.An analysis was conducted to determine the maximum allowable axial load on the exterior walls. The fi- nal conclusion on the brick walls is that they are' stable, plumb and will safely support future roof and floor boards. Through previous studies it was found that the building contains asbestos con- taminated materials. The assessment rec- ommends that the removal of asbestos should follow the completion of a new roof system to ensure a safe and healthy work environment for further restoration. Estimated cost for asbestos remediation is $149,000, which is contingent upon S, ee ENRICHMENT on Page 3 fraud case, make drug busts The Lordsburg Police Department had a busy month in February 2011. During the early morning hours of Feb- ruary 3, LPD officers responded to a call at the Pilot Truck Stop in reference to a bus pas- senger with drugs. At the scene, officers ar- rested 22-year-old Michael White of Florida. White had in his possession a bag containing 1.5 pounds of marijuana. White Cindy was booked into the Hidalgo County Detention Center. Two days later on February 5, a green Chevrolet Impala was seen sPeeding through Motel Drive. LPD officers initiated a traffic stop on the car, which lead to a search of the ve- hicle. It was then that Officers discov- ered 7.5 ounces of methamphetamines in the car. Paul Trujillo and Monica Villalobos, both of Las Cruces, were arrested and charged federally. LPD has received numerous calls and tips from Lordsburg citizens who came frrward and reported being vic- tims of the latest fraud, crimes. Sev- eral weeks ago LPD warned citizens in the Hidalgo County Herald of the .ongoing scam going on in the com- munity and urged citizens to be cogni- zant and to contact police if they should become victimized. At this point, after numerous hours of investigation, LPD has issued a felony warrant for the arrest of a lo- cal woman charged in this fraud case. The warrant is issued for Cindy Escobar. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Cindy Escobar, please contact police immediately. -LPD has also been investigating numerous burglaries in the community. These burglaries have targeted prima- rily in residential areas in Lordsburg. These burglaries have and continue to be a big priority for LPD. Police Chief Marcus Martinez says he expects ar- rests in the cases soon. Chief Martinez commends his of- ficers on their liard work and dedica- tion to their jobs. He also commends the community for coming forward in the fraud investiga- tion. Martinez is ask- ing the citizens of Lordsburg to work together as neighbors and report anything they see that may seem out of the ordi- nary to police. "A good neigh- borhood watch would be beneficial for the safety of our Escobar community," Chief Martinez said. To contact police, dial 575-542-3505, 575-542-8827 or 911. For more photos see Page 9. Funding available for homes damaged by cold Low-income New Mexico resi- dents who sustained damage to homes during freezing temperatures and a natural gas outage in February can get help for needed repairs through the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration (DFA). DFA's Local Government Divi- sion is making $1.1 million available through the U.S. Department of Hous- ing and Urban Development's Com- munity Development Block Grant pro- gram (CDBG). "As we continue to recover from damage caused by extreme cold tem- peratures across the state, it is impor- tant that all New Mexicans have the resources to make necessary repairs," said Governor Susana Martinez. "This fund will assist those New Mexicans who were hit the hardest and will al- low us to continue the process of re- building and recovering as quickly as possible." The Southwest New Mexico Coun- cil of Governments will be taking ap- See FUNDING on Page 3 AHS Mock Trial goes to Regi0nals By E.,ZABETH R,CH,NSm00aa,go Coun00.era,a The Animas MockTrial team traveled to Las Cruces last weekend to take part in the MockTrial Regional competition.The competition was held on Friday and Saturday, February 25-26. There was a total of 7 teams in attendance, including Animas High.There were 4 rounds of competition, 2 onFriday and 2 on Saturday, with an awards ceremony on Saturday afternoon. Animas High School placed 2 "d in the competition, and placed 7 t" in the state.They will advance to the State Competition in Albuquerque.The State competition will be held on Friday and Saturday, March 25-26.The MockTrial teem is coached by Ms. Jacque Davenport. Treasurer's Office closed The Hidalgo County Treasurer's Office will be closed on March 7, 2011 to attend Statewide Mobile Home Work- shop. Commodity distribution Commodities will be distributed on Tuesday March 8 for Person over 18 whose names begin with A-L. Commodi- ties will be'distributed to those with' names beginning with M-Z on Tuesday, March 15. Both distributions will be at 2:00 p.m. at the Ena Mitchell Senior Citi- zens Center, 317 East 4 th ;treet in Lordsburg. LHS meeting rescheduled The Lordsburg High School Coun- cil meeting that was originally sched- uled for February 23 d is rescheduled for Thursday, March 3 ' at 6:00 p.m. in the LHS Library. Democratic Meeting The Democratic Party of Hidalgo County will be meeting on Friday March 4, 2011 at 5:30 P.M. at the Corner Cafe. Election of Officers will take place. The public is invited. Young, Huston to perform First Baptist Church of Animas will be hosting Owen Young and Randy Huston on March 18-20. Owen will be speaking and Randy will bring the mu- sic. We look forward to seeing you there as we hear from God through them. Fri- day and Saturday (18&19th) at 6:30 PM and Sunday (20th) at 2:00 PM. For in- formation call Pastor Lacy at 575-545- 2210. Community Choir Come sing with the Community Choir It meets on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm in the Lordsburg High School Band Room. You are invited to join us! Free concert Michael J. Harris will share his tes- timony regarding how the Lord deliv- ered him from substance abuse at the Sexenth-Day Adventist Church on Sun- day, March 19, 2011 at 5:30 p.m., fol- lowed by a free concert. The church is located at 12 Peterson Drive, Silver City. For more information contact Carol El- der at 575-545-8832. Diabetes Support Group Diabetes Support Group, will now meet every last Tuesday of cacti month, from 10 am-llam in the HMS Confer- ence Room @ 530 E. Demoss Street, here in Lordsburg. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call Gloria Vargas @ (575)542-3047. Come join us and stay informed for either yourself, a loved one in your family, or a friend. Continued on Page 3