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2 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2009 Board members take oath of office Four members of the Lordsburg Municipal Schools' Board of Education were given their oath of office by Magistrate Judge Doug Hall on Monday night. Pictured above taking the oath is Mark Thomas, Manuel D.Y. Saucedo, John Mora and David Whipple. Herald staffphoto il larc nmes are here, but survival is possible UPCOMING EVENTS By PAUL F. GOBLET, Financial Advisor, New Mexico Small Busi- ness Investment Corporation When free markets are in free fall. the federal government can intervene and keep the country and economy, running by simply printing more money and run- ning a deficit. ThaCs what law- makers chose to do last fall to shore up collapsing financial markets. Small businesses don't en- joy such powers. They can't print their own money, arrt most real- ize that running a business in the red is risky even in the short term. Businesses owners face un- precedented challenges in today's far-reaching recession. Many are being forced to reevalu- ate where they stand and where they hope to be in the future, and some are being forced to ask for help from consultants or lenders. even though the prospect is em- birrassing to them. Grim, reapings Most businesses-in "New Mexico have fewer than 25 em- ployees, and most of these are owned and financed by the founder and family members Their growth depends on th business's success and financial stability; when one or both of these.are threatened, the business often loses its ability to get credit at affordable terms. Just as many people got used to living beyond their means borrowing money for homes, cars and routine expenses many businesses over the past decade were willing to finance growth by making use of the ample" credit that was available. Banks were comfortable with using a business's assets -- buildings, equipment and other long-term assets as collateral to support such loans, which were repaid over ,five to 20 years and allowed the business a foundation for tak- ing on additional debt. When revenues began to fall and profits began to dwindle. monthly loan payments became increasingly difficult to make. Missed payments to creditors and taxing agencies hurt credit scores. making it more difficult and ex- pensive to borrow money again If a business is ultimately unable to borrow money, it often ceases to exist. Time for Plan B While getting a share of the Cancer Survivorship Conference to be held in Silver City May 9 The 3 'd Annual Southern NM Cancer Survivorship Conference will be held in conjunction with the Grant County Health Fair on Saturday, May 9. 2009 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Silver City in the WNMU Besse-Forward Global Resource Center. The conference will include free educational workshops for can- cer survivors and their families. Workshop topics may include Inte- grative Medicine/Therapies, Long-term Survivorship Issues. Re- sources: Accessing Social Security and other resources and Nutrition and Exercise. Register by logging onto or call 1-888-441-4439. financial bailout is just as un- likely as winning the lottery for the average New Mexico busi- ness owner, there are ways to inl- prove a business's chances of sur- viving even in a recession as deep as this one. Small Business Develop- ment Centers throughout the state can help entrepreneurs with a business or marketing plan and budget development. They can help cash-strapped businesses prepare a loan request and direct them to potential funding sources among the state's many alterna- tive lenders, including The Loan Fund. ACCION New Mexico and WESST Corp. These organiza- tions lend money to many small businesses, and their terms are usually more flexible and their costs more affordable than those of traditional banks. Federal entities like the Small Business Administration also have programs throughout New Mexico designed to help small businesses succeed. These agencies and orgam- zations are here to help.-- and their existence is proof that the resilient and proud small-busi- ness owners of New Mexico have no reason to feel ashained if they've been run aground by eco- nomic forces beyond their con- trol. Asking for help is. how we all survive. Finance New Mexico is an initiative of the New Mexico Small Business Investment Cor- poration (NMSBIC) and its part- ners to assist individuals and businesses in obtaining skills and funding-resources ofbr their busi- ness or idea. To learn more about resources available to New Mexico businesses or to use the capital search-tool, go ro www. FinanceNewMexico. org. Letters to the Editor The Hidalgo County Her- ald urges readers to voice their opin- ions by writing in. Letters can be. ",J mailed to 212 E. Motel Drive, Ste. B. or can be e-mailed to Only let- ters that are signed by the au- thor will be considered for publication. All letters that are published should be consid- ered the opinion of the author, and not necessarily that of the Hidalgo County Herald. Read- ers are encouraged to practice their First Amendment right of free speech. Accountability Dear Editor: Congratulations to tile Lordsburg and Animas Schools who are receiving $484,000 from the ARRA. and to the Lordsburg Housing Authority, receiving 231K. Now, let's have a little transparency, as President Obama touts. Now. I hope that the Animas and Lordsburg School. and the Lordsburg Housing Authority will be as transparent and pub- lish exactly how these funds are spent, to include date spent. whether the item was already .covered by this years budget, if it is a New PROGRAM. that must be funded each and every year. how many NEW jobs were cre- ated and in fact were not needed but will now be part of each years budget? In other words, does this new money actually help or does it, in effect. INCREASE budgets for future years. At a time when everyone is cutting back. i.e. reducing spend- ing, shouldn't this aPlPlY to the government also? I appreciate that Lordsburg published its budget in the Hidago Herald. I did notice that the Interest (service) on debt was the second largest budget item. if my memory serves me right. This is what the Obama Administration will be paying with our tax dol- lars: debt service, to the tune of trillions within a few years. Mary Snyder Hachita In vrayer ........... , Dear Editor: A Prayei: for Ttose m M]h- tary Service Almighty God. we stand before You asking Your divine mercy and protectior. Embrace with your armor our loved ones in all branches of the service. Give them courage and strength against all enemies both spiri- tual and physical and hasten their safe journey back to their homes and families. If it be your Holy Will that they be gathered to your bosom with the eternal vanguard of the saints, let their journey to your everlasting arms be swift and painless. where they may stand in honor and glory, pra!sing you for all eternity. Amen t Ray Martinez Lordsburg $12 Mary Lou Diaz (575) 542-3778 MLD Tax Preparation and Etc.. Service 420 East 4th Street Lordsburg, NM 88045 Se Habla Espanol Who'sto blame? Dear Editor: How are you holding up in this economic crisis? It is human nature to vent and blame. I hum- bly submit a list to save time. Feel free to combine your favorite numbers. Economic Fault and Blame wi-Power, High-Speed lnternet offers lightning fast speeas and a reliable. always on connection. Wi-Power is more affordable than satellite and available in many areasthat cable and DSL can't reach. Discover WFPower: o Affordable - Fast o Reliable Call today and start sawng! 1-866-383-0891 www, wFpower, com tAZNEX+ Cooperative Services list: 1. the democrats 2. the republicans 3. the natives 4. the foreigners 5. the bankers 6. the credit card companies 7. the, sub prime mortgage bro- kers 8. welfare recipients 9. the obscenely rich 10. those who cheat on their taxes 11. the old president 12. the new president 13. animal rights/vegans bucking the system 14. not caring about being an Continued from Page 1 Marquez account An account has been opened at Western Bank in Lordsburg to help benefit Joaquin Marquez. who is currently awaiting a kid- ney transplant. Ask any Western Bank teller for more information. HSWCD meeting The Hidalgo Soil and Water Conservation District's general meeting will be held on Tuesday March 17th. 2009 at 4:00pm in the conference room at the USDA office located on 405 Duncan Hwy in Lordsburg, NM. It is open to the General Public and general business will be conducted. If there is anyone who wishes to at- tend and needs special help or if you need any information please contact us at 575-542-9141. Family support A family support promotora will be joining the HMS Clinic Staff on Tuesdays, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Animas Clinic. located at 1 Panther Blvd. The Promotora will be doing the Slid- ing Fee. SCI Registration, and Medicaid for [hose meeting the required documents & qualifica- tions. Family Support will also have flyers posted in Animas with the ne'dess ary informat.ibn. ' caregiver Support Gr0up A Caregiver Support Group for anyone dealing with,a friend. family member or loved one liv- ing through cancer will be held on March 9 at 6:00 p.m. in the Hidalgo Complex Conference Room in Lordsburg. HunterSafetyclass A Hunter Safety Class will be held in the Hidalgo County Com- pIex. 524 E. DeMoss, on March 21-22 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm each day. Students must attend both days. Class is limited to 20 participants. Cost is $5.00 dona- tion per youth, paid on the first day of class. A Social Security number is required on the first day of class. For registration con- tact the Hidalgo Cooperative Ex- tension Service at (575) 542-9291 American 15. not caring about therest of the world 16. our consuming more than 1/2 the entire worlds resources 17. too many cars 18. not buying a new GM car 19. the unions high wages 20. stupid big company CEO'S 21. some yahoo not fixing this 30 years ago 22. the middle east and Alaska sitting on OUR oil 23. every ones personal short term greed 24. impulsive spending; us and goyernment 25. no savings account to fall back on 26. rampant materialism includ- ing more than 1 phone. 1 TV. 1 computer, 1 tattoo Opps, think I'll quit now. "Sincerely, Judith A. Smotts Lordsburg," Animas Walking Group The'Animas Walking Group is now meeting on Mondays and Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m. at the Animas Community Center. Ev- eryone s welcome. Ladids Salad Luncheon The Ladies Salad Luncheon will be held on Friday, March 13. 2009 at 11:30 a.m. at the St. Josephs Catholic Church in Lordsburg. All ladies are invited to attend and bring a salad. Team Kids Team Kids, a youth group for children Kindergarten through 6  grade, is held every Wednesday night at 6:00 p.m. at the First Bap- tist Church in Lordsburg. Every- one is invited to attend. AA/NA meetings Alcohelics Anonymous meetings are held at Kokopelli. 332 E. Motel Drive. on Mon- days at 3 p.m. and at the First United Methodist Church of Lordsburg, corner of High and 3 ' Street, on Saturdays at 7 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous meetings are held at Kokopelli on Mon- days at 5:30 p.m.. Wednesdays at 3 p.m-and at the First United MF.tgc!s  Cb,uch on Saturdays at 6 p.n.,tn ase of emergency, . call 1-888-388-1802 or 542- 9349. Honor Flight Fund A fund has been set up at Western Bank (Act.#548677) to help raise funds for the WWlI Honor Flight. The local VFW Post #3099 is currently working to raise $6,0.00 tO send five WWII veterans to Washington, DC in May, 2009. Individuals and busi- nesses are invited and encouraged : to contribute. Step aerobic classes Free step aerobic classes will be given on Tuesdays and Thurs- days from 6 to 7 p.m. at Central Elementary School. Equipment will be provided. Sponsored by Active&Alive. FO00, RENT 5i5-542-3622 575-442-1843 We also rent Tables & Chairs Feeling the Squeeze during tax time? WE CAN HELP! WE OFFER PROFESSIONAL TAX PREPARATION SERVICES AT AFFORDABLE PRICES. We have a solid tax background. B'OOKKI:EPIN00 ,, 52 3El5ote, Dr,v e , 'l' l l * Suite A * Lordsburg