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VOLUME 10 ISSUE 10 FRIDAY MARCH 5, 2010 5O I Hidalgo County I1,1,,I,,I,,,,11,,11,,11,,,,11,1 SmallTox n Papers 5(126 California Avenue SW Sealllc WA 98136 10 Wings & 2 Liter Soda 2 L 1 To00ina Pizz,I $19,99 Voters oust incumbents in AHS Drama entertains classmates The Drama students of Animas High School put on a short skit for their fellow students on Monday, March 1, in the AHS auditorium."The Puppet Master" is a dramatic skit that relates to high school students and the drama that goes on during your high school years.The play was only about an hour long, but was filled with gossip, rehationships, and even a few laughs. Alysha Wagley is the drama teacher at Animas High School, and her students will be putting on another play in a couple of months. By ELIZABETH RICIHINSIHidalgo County Herald Warden hired for new county jail facility After approximately seven years in the planning, work is underway on all- new Hidalgo County Detention Center. County Manager ' Roger Ellis has announced the hiring of Jon-Michael Moralez, who will serve as warden of the 150-bed fa cility. Moralez, who recently retired after 25 years with the Federal Bureau of Pris- ons, said he is looking for- ward to returning to his hometown. "I have been gone for over 30 years," Moralez said, "and to come back to Construction on the local facility, which will be located east of Lordsburg past the Lordsburg Elks Lodge, is slated to begin later this month and anticipated to be com- pleted by January 2011. The new HCDC will have 150 beds, as opposed the 30 in the current facil- to approximately $6.5 million. Funding for the project comes from a compilatiom of legislative grants and a New Mexicca Finance Authority loan that is secured wvith gross receipts taxes. A 1978; graduate of Lordsburg High School, Morralez received his Bachelor's of Science dlegree in Criminal Justice and Sociology iin 1982 from Western New ity, and males and females. Upon its completion, M0ralez said he anticipates the creation of 15 new jobs in order to man the facility. Project bids were awarded at a special meet- ing of the Hidalgo County will house both,.. '_Mexico University. Moralez says he is looking forward to developing strong community rela- tions with various local agencies and organizations by addressing issues such as gang awareness, drugs and other so- cial issues. "I am very much looking forwprd to working again in my hometown," Hidalgo County and give back to my community is truly a dream come true." Following his retirement from the FBP, Moralez was also employed as a sub-contractor for Homeland Security/ ICE as an inspector for detention facili- ties. Warden Jon-Michael Commission Monday after- noon. GenCon Construc- tion, out of Las Cruces, was awarded the general contracting bid for $5.9 million plus gross receipts tax. Af- ter an additional $444,000 bid award to Pre Cast Sales for purchase of the actual housing units, the entire project comes March 16 is sign up day Moralez said, "and helping out in the community.'." Tuesday's City election The voters have spoken ..and what they have demanded is change And change is just what the City of Lordsburg will see, as long-time mayor Arthur Clark Smith was upset by Frank Rodriguez in Tuesday's munici- pal election. Fur- thermore, all three incumbent city council members were rejected in their bid for re- election. In the race for mayor, incumbent Smith, who has served the City of Lordsburg for more than 30 years, garnered 248 votes, while local businessman and current city councilor Frank Rodriguez was able to gather 451 votes, easily beating Smith and third contender Salvador Diaz Jr, who received 122 votes. "This is a great day for me and for Lordsburg," Rodriguez said. "I am anx- ious to get to work for the people and continue to move our community for- ward" In the race for City Council Posi- tion 1, Alex DeLaGarza was the clear Mayor elect Frank Rodriguez front runner with 455 votes. Opponents Mel Phillips received 38 votes, Angel Lopez received 142 votes and incum- bent Arfuro V. Talavera had 178 votes. Position 2 saw Elias Ruiz Jr. facing Raul Escobar Sr. and incumbent Eduardo D. Lopez. Ruiz took the seat with 426 votes, as opposed to Escobar's 129 and Lopez's 251 votes. The final council seat up for grabs in Position 3, currently held by Alfredo "Freddy" Morerlos Sr., was won by Eddie Esquivel with 446 votes. Morelos gathered 296 votes and third candi- date Donald C. Smith had 68 votes. Voters did, however, choose to keep current Municipal Judge David Arredondo on board. Arredondo had 427 votes. His only opponent, William F. Ellis, gave Arredondo a run for the seat with 374 votes. All elected official will take their oath of office early next week, once the votes are finalized by the City Clerk City Corner by Mayor Clark Smith/-JI Irlll4jrIjrh Congratulations to Mayor elect Frank Rodriquez and all the new city council members. The citizens of Lordsburg have spoken and want a new direction. Let's all back Lordsburg's new government. Times will continue to be hard until the economy grows and we grow with it. It is so important that we put the election behind us and support the new mayor and council. As I retire from public service, Dora and I thank you for allowing us to serve Lordsburg for 30 years. I know we made an impact on Lordsburg's future. I have been in 10 elections, winning 8 and losing 2. I leave with no hard feeling towards anyone because this is the democratic system we live in. Please stay involved in Lordsburg's events and work together. God bless each one of you. for six county I With the 'City Election in the books, Hidalgo County can now begin gearing up for the June 1, 2010 Primary Elec- tion, followed by the November 2, 2010 General Election. In Hidalgo County, there are six of- rices up for grabs. On the Hidalgo County Commis- sion, Positions l and 2 must be filled by voters. The slots are currently held by Anthony J. Mora and Harold K. Kuenstler, respectively. Neither one is eligible to run for re-election after hav- ing served two four-year terms. The office of Hidalgo County Sher- iff, currently held by Robert E. Hall is also up for grabs. Hall has also reached his term limit, after serving in the posi- tion for the past eight years. The office of Hidalgo County As 2 sessor, currently held by Tonya Lowery, will be available. Lowery has also reached her term limitation. Lloyd V. Payne, incumbent Hidalgo County Probate Judge, has said he will be seeking re-olection to his office. The final local position open to can- didates is that of Magistrate Judge, which has no term limitations. It is cur- offices rently held by James D. Hall. Filing day for anyone interested in serving in any of these available county offices is March 16, 2010 at the Hidalgo County Clerk's Office from 9:00 a.m. tq 5:00 p.m. This is the only day to sign up for these offices. There is a $50 filing fee for all positioris with the exception of magistrate judge, which requires a peti- tion. At the state level, offices to be filled will include Governor, Lieutenant Gov- ernor, Secretary of State, State Auditor, State Treasurer, Attorney General, Com- missioner of Public Lands, Justice of the Supreme Court, Judge of the Court of Appeals, Public Regulation Commis- sion, Public Education Commission and State Representative. Candidate Guides and petitions can be obtained from the Hidalgo County Clerk's Office, 300 S. Shakespeare Street in Lordsburg. For more information con- tact Hidalgo County' Clerk Carmen Acosta at 575-542-9213 or email hidclk@ The last day to register to vote in the June 1, 2010 Primary Election is May 5, 2010. Teague attends Democratic Convention Congressman HarryTeague, center, attended last weekend's Hidalgo County Democratic convention held atTriple J Cafe in Lordsburg. He is pictured above with the newly-elected Hidalgo County Democratic Party Board. See Page 2 for the complete story. UPCOMING EVENTS Free seminar Earth Link Seminars Presents a free weekend seminar on the topic - Our Greatest Example - Jesus. The Seminar runs three nights, March 12, 13, and 14. Please bring a friend and join us at 12 Peterson Drive; Silver City, NM. All meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. Speakers - Rick Lytle, Norman Brown, and Ron El- der. Hosted by your local Seventh Day Adventist Church. 575-545-8803 Drama presentation Thurs, "And Then There Was One", a mys- tery/comedy featuring the Animas Midlle School Drama, will be held at the Animas Public School Cafeteria/Audi- torium on Thursday, March 4% Dinner will be held at 6:00 p.m. and the perfor- mance will begin at 7:00 p.m. Cost is Dinner/Show $8.00 Adults $7.00 kids; show only $3,00 Adults $2.00 kids. Rose bushes sought Sunshine Haven Nursing Home is humbly asking for donations of rose bushes to plant in our facility for our residents to enjoy. If you would like to donate a rose bush please contact Ja- son Jacquez at 575-542-3539 We are certain our residents will appreciate your generosity, Thank you in advance on behalf of Sunshine Haven. Suicide Prevention Tile Suicide Prevention Group will meet on Monday, March 8, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. at the Assembly of God Church Everyone is invited to attend. Hunter Education Classes Hunter Education pre-registration begins Thurgday, February 1 lth at 8am & will be conducted in person at the Southwest District Office 524 E. Demoss St. Suite 7, Lordsburg, New Mexico or over the phone at (575) 542- 9207 (yoia can NOT pre-register by a voicemail message). Classes will be held on Saturday, March 6 and Sun- day March 7, 2010 at the Hidalgo County Complex Conference Room from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Participants must attend class both days. Class will be limited to 20 participants. A $5.00 cash donation will be required on the first day of class. Participants will need the last 4 digits of the social security number for preregistration. We will break for lunch both days. If partici- pants are under 11 years of age, they must have an adult attend the class with them. For additional class information contact Charles Siepel at (575) 542- 920.7 or (575) 644-1607. Dunagan account An account has been set up at West- ern Bank to help benefit Clint and Gail Dunagan, who lost their home to a fire over the weekend Anyone wishing to make a contribution should contact any teller at Western Bank. See UPCOMING EVENTS on Page 3