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VOLUME 9 ISSUE 11 FRIDAY MARCH 13, 2009 5O Hidalgo County. lhh,l,,h,,,ll,,lh,ll'"'lhl smallTown Papers 5026 California Avenue sW Seattle WA 98136 LMS 8 th graders cannot participate in high school athletics The Lordsburg Board of Education turned down several requests Monday at their regular meeting that would al- low eighth grade students to participate in high school athletics, citing existing _ policy limitations to do so. ' Lordsburg High School Baseball Coach'Bill Mendoza approached the newly-reorganized Board about allow- ing eighth graders to play on his team. According to Mendoza, participa- tion in the baseball program is dwindling. He currently has 19 players on the team, making it nearly impossible to man a Junior Varsity (JV) team. He told Board members that he is aware of 13 eighth graders interested in playing high school baseball. Without these players, the Mavericks will most likely have to forfeit their JV schedule. Furthermore, he added, without a JV team there will be a lot of high school players who will not get much play time. Mendoza said that Lordsburg is the only school in the district {hat does not allow eighth graders to participate at the high school level. An aspect of dwindling participa- tion, according to Mendoza, may be at- tributed to the fact that there is no base- ball program at the junior high level During the two years between Little League and high school, a lot of these athletes lose intei'est in the sport and find other interests, and not always, positive ones. Before the Board could comment on Mendoza's request, they heard from_a group wanting the Board to allow eigh graders to participate in high school track during the public forum portion of the meeting. Tina Hayes' told Board members she has an eighth grade son who wants to participate on the high school track team. She assured Board members that academics is her number one priority and she has stringent requirements in place at home for him to participate in sports, regardless of the level. She said her son has participated in the Junior Olympms and she would like to see him continue to hone his skills Neomi Parra, assistant high school and junior high track coach, pointed out that there is a lot of potential in the eighth graders she is currently coaching. Head Coach DJ Saucedo agreed, say- ing that with the addition of eighth grad- ers on the high school team he feels con- fident he could bring home several blue ribbons. He added that adv.ancing a few eighth grade athletes would not hurt the junior high program, bm would most likely help the remaining athletes. The Board pointed out that current policy clearly prohibits eighth graders from participating in high school athlet- ics. Superintendent Barentine said the Board had adopted this policy last April based on safety and fairness concerns. Barentine told the Board that they could table the issue until their policy review session in April or they could grant an exception to the policy, 'While Board members made it clear they did not want to see the high school baseball program suffer, they were not comfortable overturning policy without a comprehensive look at how it will af- fect the entire district. President Manuel D.V. Saucedo questioned Athletic Director Louie Baisa's position on the issue. Because he was not present, Barentine indicatJd that m previous discussions Balsa had not been in favor Of allowing eighth graders to play at the high school level "The athletic director was very re- miss in not being here with you tonight," Saucedo told Mendoza. John Mora macle a motion to set aside the policy and allow eighth grad- ers to play at the high school level. Only Board member Mark Thomas voted in favor of the motion, which died after Marianne Stewart. David Whipple and Manuel D.V. Saucedo voted against do- ing so. --'o-:.in favorofeihth graders to paiqipate i gdth- letics were encouraged to attend the Board's policy review rfieetings in April. Worthan recognized for years of service Patricia Worthan was presented with a plaque recognizing her for her 8 years of service on the Lordsburg Municipal School Board at Monday's meeting.Worthan stepped down from her position on the Board following a swear-in ceremony for newly-elected members (see Page 2). Worthan said it had been an honor and privilege to serve the district for the past 8 years. Following the swear-in cer- emony, the Board reorganized and the new president will be Manuel D.V. Saucedo Serving a'sVice President will be Marianne Stewart and David Whi pple will be the new Board Secretary. Worthan is pictured above with Superintendent Jim Barentine. Herald staff photo UPCOMING EVENTS Commodity distribution TEFAP Commodities fur persons over age 18 will be distributed on Tues- day, March 24, 2009,_at the Special Events Center in Lordsburg, 702 W. 2 "d Street, from approximately 12:30-330 p.m. Freedom from smoking Have you been thinking about quit- ting smoking? Let us help you by join- ing our Smoking Cessation Classes be- ginning on Thursday, March 19 , at 5:30 p.m. in the HMS Conference Room. It's free! Must be accompanied by parent or guardian if underl8 years of age. For more information, please contact Gloria Vargas or Virginia Newell at 575-542- 3047. LEPC meeting The next LEPC meeting will be March 18 at 10:00 Public Safety Build- ing. Relay for Life kick off The 2009 Relay for Life kick off will be held on Monday, Match 23. 2009. at 6 p.m. at the James H. Baxter Civic Cen- Half million dollar street project celebrated Officials met on Wabash Street Tuesday morning to cut a ribbon on the newly-repaved street, which was nothing but an alley years ago. The Wabash Street paving project has been ongoing for several months. The majority of the funding for the project came from the Municipal Arterial Program (MAP), which awarded $264,133 to the City of Lordsburg.The City matched $113,377 and the remainder of the money came from the 2006-2008 Co,op and the 2007 NM State Legislature. Pictured above are Frank Guzman, NMDOT District Engineer-District One Office, Syed Sobhan Engineers Inc., Mayor Clark Smith, Victor Nanez, Engineers Inc., Marcos Ramirez, Supervisor from Russell Sand & Gravel, the contractor on the job, and City Councilor Man uel D. V. Saucedo. Herald staffphoto Recovery Package Resource Guide will help maximize funds for New Mexico Submitted by SEN. PETE DOMENICI'S OFFiCEWashington, DC The New Mexico congressional delegation this week unveiled a resource guide designed to help ensure that New Mexico can make the most of the eco- nomic recovery package enacted into law last month. U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall. and Representatives Martin Heinrich, Ben Ray Lujhn and Harry Teague said the guide contains neces- sary contact information aad other key resources New Mexicans will need to tap into recovery funds. "Our top priority is to help get our economy back on track. That is why we worked-to" imprvb and pass the Ameri- can Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. a historic $787 billion economic recovery package that will invest over $1.8 billion in New Mexico. For our state, this funding could not come at a more critical moment Unemployment is rising. Home prices are declining. New Mexico communities, struggling to CONSUMER ALERT-Warning: Available "Bailout" Funds Information courtesy NM AGO GARY KINGISanta Fe Attorney General Gary King re- minds consumers to be aware of poten- tial scums thatmay appear on the heels of the United States government bail- outs. Bogus scams may come to New Mexico consumers through many av- enues which include the U.S. Postal ser- vice, the Internetand telephone The AG's office has been alerted to an email finding its way into consumers inboxes. GrantOneDay states "BAIL OUT CHECKS TO BE MADE AVAIL- ABLE TO THE PUBLIC IN LESS THAN 30 DAYS! GET YOUR SHARE OF THE $400 MILLION BAIL OUT TODAY!" Once consumers click on the "BAIL ME OUT" BUTTON, a screen appears re- questing the consumer "PLEASE CON- FIRM YOUR BILLING ADDRESS" and requests credit card information to bill consumers $1.99. Consumers should be aware that sharing personal information with some- one unknown to you personally, includ- ing address and credit card number. could lead to identity theft, the fastest growing white collar crime in the United' States. " Consumers can help prevent iden- tity theft when online by: Only logging into only pages that are encrypted; you should see a padlock at the bottom of the browser and the address should begin with "https.'" Make sure you have virus pro- tection that is regularly updated. ter. The meeting is open to team captains. commi{tee members and anyone else wanting to help. Please come out and help make this year's event the best Re- lay ever. Diabetic Support Group We will be continuing with the 'Con- " versation Maps' we started on February 25 h. These maps are a new & innovative way to learn much more about Diabetes & Pre-Diabetes. following discussion after each session. The Diabetic Sup- port Group meets every last Wednesday of the month, 10 am-1 lam in the HMS Use a firewall program to pro- tect your computer from being accessed by others. Only send personal informa- tion, such as your credit card number. over a secure connection. Other prevention methods are avail: able in the AGO's publication. Identity Theft/Prevention and Repair Kit. avail- able at www.nmag.gov and at all NMAGO's in Albuquerque. Santa Fe and Las Cruces. maintain critical jobs and services, are faced with nearly $575 million in state revenue shortfalls this year alone. Fund- ing from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is intended to help re- duce the length anc severity of this re- cession for New Mexico families," the delegation said. Congress passed the American Re- covery and Reinvestment Act last month. and President Obama signed it into law February" 17. New Mexico will receive nearly $2 billion in formula funding, unemploymen't insurance, and Medic- aid. The state also is eligible to apply for competitive grant funding. "It is imperative that our families, businesses and municipalities have the information they need to access these funds as quickly as possible. To assist in this effort, and to provide information about the programs and funding oppor- tunities available to individuals, com- munities and businesses in New Mexico, wehave assembled this resource guide to the American Recovery and Reinvest- ment Act." the delegation said. The guide is available at: Bingaman.senate.gov TomUdall.senate.gov Heinrich.house.gov Lujan.house.gov Teague.house.gov City Corner by Mayor Clark Smit# `l`tpllli'lbllrll= As part of a more economical and updated transportation, Luna, Grant and Hidalgo Counties. and Silver City, Deming, and Lordsburg along with the State of New Mexico have begun the Corre Caminos Transit bus service. Lordsburg resi- dents now have a bus available for your transportation to the store, post Office. medical clinic and other areas in Lordsburg. You may call toll free 1-866-934-3866 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday. Prices are $2.75 for people under 62 and $2.50 for people over 62 of age. You may also call City Hall for more information. For Lordsburg residents who would like an applica- tion for home improvements, you may pick up an applica- tion at City Hall and send the application to the Luna County Housing Corporation. As of February 27 'h with just under two weeks left in the state legislation, committee hearings are in full gear with good reason the House introduced 943 regular bills and the Senate introduced 742. I will keep you posted on Lordsburg's interest in this year's legislative session. Lots to do, so have fun, be safe and please get involved in your community and help support our local youth in their athletics and academics in the Lordsburg and Animus schools. Conference Room. This month's Group will meet on Wednesday, March 25 th. Please join us for these interesting & in- formative sessions. O'Byrne retirement The Animas Public Schools will hold a dessert reception to celebrate Skip O'Byrne's Retirement after 36 years as a Secretary for Animas High School on March 26 starting at 7 p.m. in the Caf- eteria. Join us in a Celebration of Skips service to the school district and the Community. Continued on Page 2 .... I BIB lIB lIB IBIB Bm BBB  Buy i-,., .. 7. Must present coupon - ii&g et'a PIZZA : :2 : : nd PIZZA, |" | OFF FLYING J, INC Expires  11 Old Hwy 70 LrdsbuNM88343