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VOLUME 10 ISSUE 11 FRIDAY MARCH 12, 2010 5O Hidalgo lnty II,h,l,,I,,,,ll,,ll,,ll,,,,Ihl SmallTown Papers 5026 California Avenue SW Seattle WA 98136 In the face of change Motel Drive named to "Ten Most Courtesy photo Newly elected City of Lordsburg officials were officially sworn into office last Friday afternoon, just three days following the highly-contested Cit, Election in which voters ousted all incumbents in an effort to bring about change. Pictured above are City Councilor Elias Ruiz Jr., Mayor Frank Rodriguez, City Councilor Alex DeLaGarza and City Councilor Eddie Esquivel. Sign up day Tuesday, March 16, for county Offices Hidalgo County citizens interested held by Robert Hall and Tonya Lowery tion will be on Tuesday, November 2, in running for public office will have respectively, must be filled by a new 2010. the opportunity to sign up to do so on candidate due to term limitations. Jody The last day to register to vote in Tuesday, March 16. at the Hidalgo Hatch has expressed intent to run for the Primary Eleciton is May 5, 2010. Endangered Roadside Places" list Information courtesy SCAIMadison, 1411 From a huge concrete cowboy statue in Canyon, Texas; to California's once common roadside orange stands; to a three-mile strip of forlorn motels in Lordsburg, New Mexico; to a Depres- sion-era pullout in Garrison. Minnesota. many of America's icomc roadside places are threatened. The Society for Commercial Arche- ology announces its first Falling by the Wayside. a list-of the ten most endan- gered roadside places in the United States. The list. ranging from a single building to a 65-acre park. includes the following threatened places: 1. Buckhorn Baths, Main Street. Mesa. Arizona 2. California's Roadside Orange Stands, US Highways 66 and 99, California 3. Clark County Rest Area, Interstate 64, Clark County, Kentucky 4. Pig Stand Coffee Shop No. 41, Calder Avenue. Beaumont. Texas 5. Motel Drive (former US Highway 80), Lordsburg, New Mexico 6. Dinosaur World, Arkansas State High- way 187. Beaver, Arkansas 7. Garrison Concourse, US Highway 169, Garrison, Minnesota 8. Val Rio Diner. Pennsylvania State Highway 23, Phoenixville. Pennsylva- nia 9. "Tex Randall," US Highway 60. Can- yon. Texas 10. Teapot Dome Gas Station, Yakima Valley Highway, Zillah, Washington These places are all marked by threits which can include natural weath- ering, economic hardship, neglect, aban- donment, inappropriate zoning, lack of maintenance and demolition. The list showcases the diversity of roadside places and highlights the issues and chal- lenges facing the preservation of impor- tant roadside places. The Society fo Commercial Arche- ology (SCA) established the Falling by the Wayside program to raise awareness of the importance of roadside places throughout the United States. "Our hope is the list will bring at- tention to roadside commercial architec- ture-especially these threatened places," says Nancy Sturm, co-president of the organization. Along with the at- tention, SCA will help property owners connect with local, state and federal pres- ervation programs. Established in 1977, the SCA is.the oldest national organization devoted to the buildings, artifacts, structures, signs, and symbols of the 20th-century com- mercial landscape. The SCA offers pub- lications, conferences, and tours to help preserve, document, and celebrate the structures and architecture of the 20th century: diners, highways, gas stations, drive-in theaters, bus stations, tourist courts, neon signs, and more. "We've encouraged research and appreciation of highway architecture over the years. Now it's the time to move toward advocacy, as more roadside places are threatened," says Sturm. For more information http:// See MOTEL DRIVE on Page 7 County Clerk's Office. Sign up hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Offices up for grabs in the upcom- ing election include two Commission seats and the offices of Sheriff. Asses- sor. Probate Judge and Magistrate Judge. Commissioners Harold Kuenstler and Anthony J. Morn have both reached their term limits and cannot run for re-election. Several Hidalgo County residents have already publicized in- tent to seek these offices, including John A. Hill, former commissioner David Ramos and former Lordsburg Mayor Arthur Clark Smith. The office of Hidalgo County Sheriff and Hidalgo County Assessor. the office of Assessor. The office of Hidalgo County Sheriff will be vied for. to date, by Saturnino Madero. War- ren Walter and Rodney PloWman. Mark Thomas has expressed intent to seek the office of Magistrate Judge and Lloyd Payne says he plans to seek re-election to the office of Probate Judge. " " Candidate gtitdbs anti petitions can be obtained from the Hidalgo County Clerk's Office, 300 S. Shakespeare Street in Lordsburg. For more infor- mation on the upcoming election, con- tact Hidalgo County Clerk Carmen Acosta at 575-542-9213 or email hidclk@ The Primary Election will be held on June 1. 2010 and the General Elec- Sheriff's Dept. boosts border safety, seizes $400k in co00ltrolled substances Courtesy submission Hidalgo County Sheriff'S Depart- ment deputies have been busy doing their taart to enhance border safety and secu- rity for the residents of Hidalgo County during the past several months. While working Stonegarden overtime, deputies with the Hidalgo County Sheriff's De- partment have .been targeting areas known for the smuggling of controlled substances and humans. These areas cover mountain ranges, desert and high- ways. HCSD is fortunate to have all-ter- RVT students view wild animal skulls Dr. Robin Hines came to RVT Elementary, bringing the Gila Conservation Education Center (GCEC) Animals SkullsTrunk from the US Forest Service. Second grade students saw skulls of different local wild animals. They learned about the differences between the teeth and eye placement of carnivores, omnivores and herbivores. Courtesy photo rain vehicles which are utilized to cover the areas. The ATV's are used where fea- sible and when not feasible, the Depu- ties resort to foot patrol. Hard work and dedication to their jobs have resulted in two different bulk marijuana seizures which were con- cealed " in the brush. The mari- juana to- taled " ap- proxi- mately 500 pounds. One of the seizures re- sulted in the appre- hension of two sub- jects which were deter- mined to be in the United States ille- gally. The seizures were made in south- western ar- eas of Hidalgo. HCSD deputies made an- other mari- juana sei- zure total- ing approximately 140 pounds on New Mexico Highway 80 involving the use of a motor vehicle occupied by a U.S. Citizen and another subject who was also illegally in the United States. The HCSD has also made four DWI arrests, two small methamphetamine sei- zures and came into contact with ap- proximately 25 illegal aliens during in- vestigation of violations of the laws of the State of New Mexico and while working Stonegarden and Border Safety Operations. Often times, the deputies merely serve as high visibility backup and support to U.S. Border Patrol when they encounter the cases. The HCSD has received a Safe Bor- der Grant for the employment of four deputy sheriffs. These positions are to enhance Border Security. It was indeed of these funded Deputies who were part of the sei- zures. The marijuana W a S smuggled into the United States from the Repub- lic of Mexico. In addi- tion to the Safe Border Grant. HCSD also receives additional monies from t h e "Stonegarden" Grant for overtime compensa- tion to the deputies. The HCSD, un- der the cur- r e n t Stonegarden Operations, provides as- sistance to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) El Paso Sector to increase coordi- nation and local capability in support of Department of Homeland Security. The main focus of this operation is to increase law enforcement presence in areas iden- tified through intelligence informaon as routes of egress and/or central trans- portation hubs used by smuggling orga- nizations. The focus of these patrols in- clude, but are not limited to, drugs, weap- ons. wanted persons and currency that are intended to aide Criminal Organiza- tions based in Mexico. UPCOMING EVENTS Commodity distribution Commodities for persons 18 and above will be distributed on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at approximately 1:30 p.m. at the Special Events Center in Lordsburg, 502 West 2 "d Street. Animas Kindergarten Registration Pre-registration for students who will be attending Kindergarten in the 2010-2011 school year will be held at Animas Elementary School on Friday, March 26th, 2010, from 12:00 p.m. until 4 p.m. in room #102. In order to register, your child must be five years old before September 1, 2010. Parents will need to bring a copy of your child's bii'th certifi- cate, current immunization record and social security card. Parents of Animas preschool students need to also attend in order to update last year's .registration packet. St. Patrick's party The Ena Mitchell Senior Center will hold a St. Patrick's Day celebration on Wednesday, March 17, from 4 to 7 p.m. DJ music will be provided by Mr. B!s DJ. 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. 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 St. Patrick Day fun Western Bank in Lordsburg will hold a Best Dressed contest on Wednes- day, March 17, at 2:00 p.m. Organizers encourage everyone to come in dressed as a leprechaun or in all green to be eli- gible for a prize. First place will receive $100 and second will get $50. Diabetic Support Group Come join us and stay informed for either yourself, a loved one in your fam- ily, or a friend. For those not familiar with our Diabetes Support Group, we meet every/ast Wednesday i0 f each month 10 am-llam in the HMS !Conference Room @ 530 E. Demoss Street, here in Lordsburg. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate 'to: call Gloria Vargas @ (575)542-3047.