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VOLUME 10 ISSUE 12 FRIDAY MARCH 19, 2010 5O Hidalgo County I1,1,,I,,I,,,,11,,11,,11,,,,11,1 &apos; qtail'i '>',, !1 ?'}, .,'r<, " {IL v,  ...... Hidalgo County residents sign up for public offices Twenty Hidalgo County residents have decided to throw their hats into the political ring. Sign up day for the upcoming June 1, 20.10 Primary Election was held on Tuesday for the of- fices of Hidalgo County Assessor, Hidalgo County Pro- bate Judge, Hidalgo County Sheriff, Hidalgo County Magistrate Judge and two seats on the Hidalgo County Commission. Vying for County Commis- sioner, Position One, will be David A. Ramos, David Johnson and Arthur Clark Smith on the Democratic ticket. The winner in the Pri- mary Election will be facing Eddy H. Kerr, Republican, in the November 2, 2010 General Election. In Position Two, the only Republican candidate to sign up was Darr Reynolds Shannon. She will be running against the winner in the Demo- cratic primary. Candidates in that race will .be John A. Hill, Rogelio Villa IV, Larry Patrick MartineZ, Tommy Ray Lopez and Clayton Jack Lasher. John A. Hill, above, and Rogelio Villa IV, both running for Commission Po- sition Two, draw for position on the Primary ballot In the race for Hidalgo County As- sessor, current Deputy Assessor Judy Lynn Hatch willbe on the Republican ticket. Democratic candidates for this position will be Theodoro V. Castillo and Alfredo "Freddy" Morelos, Jr. The office of Hidalgo County Sheriff saw three candidates sign up Tuesday. Republi- can Warren D. Walter will be running against the success- fbl Democratic can- didate, between Rodney R. Plowman and Saturnino T. Madero. Magistrate Judge candidates on the Democratic ticket are Mark D. Thomas and Martina "Tina" Elias. The winner of that race will be rUnning against Republican candidate Nyla Dawn Walter in the General Election. Lloyd V. Payne will be unopposed in his bid for re-elec- tion to the office of Hidalgo County Probate Judge. The last day to register to vote in the 2010 Primary Election is May 5, 2010. Uresti to serve 15 years for molestation Joseph Uresti, 63, of Lordsburg, has been sentenced to serve 51 years in prison on 17 counts of Criminal Sexual Contact of a Minor in the third degree. He will, however, only spend 15 years behind bars. Uresti was sentenced in Sixth Judicial District Court on February 25, 2010 by Judge J.C. Robinson. Uresti plead guilty to 17 counts of child molestation of two girls under the age of 13 dating from November 2001 to October 2006. Robinson sentenced Uresti to three years in the New Mexico Department of Corrections for each of the 17 counts, for a total of 51 years. Of that sentence, 36 years were suspended, leaving Uresti to serve 15 years. Upon completion of that sentence, he will be on supervised probation for 20 years and must register as a serious violent sex offender. He was given credit for the time he has spent in the Hidalgo County Detention Center since June 26, 2009. Groundbreaking event :- Ground was officially broken last Wednesday on a multi-unit housing project located on south Main Street in Lordsburg. Pictured above are Randy Norrick of Portal-Rodeo Realty, project developer Gene Turner, project electrician Don Kerr, Lordsburg Mayor Frank Rodriguez, project consultant Bill McCamley, Tim McShane, owner of Constructs All Interna- tional and project partner and job superintendent Bobby Lancey. Housing project underway on South Main Street In an effort to quell local housing woes, Lordsburg Land Development, LLC, officially broke ground last week on a six-unit housiing project and retail center. According to lbuilder and business partner Tim McSttaane, Phase I of the project should be'. up and running by August 1, 2010. Phase I wi]ll consist of six townhouse-style homes, a 10;000 square-foot sports bar offering items such as pizza, wings, beer and wine, a game room, restaurant, clubhouse and one other additional unnamed business. The building site is located on South Main Street, just across from Ve{eran's Park. Lordsburg Land De- velopment, LLC hms initially purchased 40 acres for the cmrrent project. The ultimate goal is to provide much needed houssing and services for Powers sits on NM-Sonora Commission Hidalgo County Economic Development Coordinator and member of the New Mexico Sonora Commission Tad Powers was in Santa Fe last weekend for the Commission's inaugural meeting. He is pictured above presenting New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson and Sonoran Governor Guillermo Pades Elias with Tell Hicks prints of reptiles that are found in both regions. Powers made the presentation on behalf of the City of Lordsburg and Hidalgo County. FOr the full story, see Page 3 of this week's edition. new federal employees, specifically the 350 Border Patrol Agents that will soon be working in the area. Furthermore, the construction of a new county jail will be adding up to 15 new jobs and potential for population growth. Th e housing units in the complex will be either for sale or rent. There are three sizes available: 576 square-foot town house style dwelling, 1 bedroom will sell for $59,000 or rent for approximately $550 per month. 816 square-foot town house style dwelling, 1 bedroom, will sell for $79,000 or rent for approximately $650 per month. 1104 square-foot town house style dwelling, 2 bedrooms, will sell for $99,000 or rent for approximately $750 per month. Phase I plans will have two, three- unit complexes built. According to McShane, there are already three res- ervations made on the six properties, two to rent and one to purchase. Crews broke ground on the hous- ing units last week. Work is expected to begin on the clubhouse, which will include a pool area, .pool tables, restrooms and lounge area, within the See HOUSING on Page 9 Democrats fired up at Democratic Pre-Primary Convention in Santa Fe Submitted by HIDALGO COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY Delegates and Alternates from Hidalgo County were fired up when they recently attended the Democratic Pre- Primary Convention at the Buffalo Thun- der Casino Resort north of Santa Fe. This Was the first time the Democratic Pre-Pri- mary Convention was held on the Pajoaque Pueblo. The Democratic Pre-Primary Con- vention brings together Democrats from across New Mexico to vote and show their support for statewide candidates seeking office. Attendees spent time tak- ing care of business meeting and talking to state candidates seeking nominations in the June 1, 2010 primary election. More than 1,800 Democrats cast votes at the convention. As called for by the Democratic process, a candidate must win at least 20 percent of the vote in order to have their name placed on the June primary ballot for the majority of state offices. Delegates from Hidalgo County, in- cluding Robert Parra, Chairman, Naomi Martinez Parra, David and Lupe Ramos, Conrad Bejarano and Larry Martinez , left feeling fired up and with confidence that any of tho:proposed Lieutenant Gov- ernor candidate s will complement guber- natorial candidedte Diane Denish. They also feel that'(Congressional candidate Harry Teagu'and all other state posi- tions will befall-represented with quali- fied DemocraO: candidates. State and.local Democrats will be gathering in te near future. "Democrats let's get ready and fired up for the 2010 election...Keeping New Mexico Blue," said Hidalgo County Democratic Party Chairman Robert Parra See photos on Page 2 of this week' edition. Animalcruelty case results in seizure of 47 dogs The Hidalgo County Sheriff's De partment, working with Dona An County Sheriff's investigators, seized-47- . .. dogs and one cat from a home in south- ern Hidalgo County Saturday and are currently investigating the residents for animal cruelty. According to Hidalgo County Sher- iff Robert Hall, Dona Ana County was involved in the case because they were the nearest agency with capacity to handle so many animals. The dogs, and cat, were taken to Las Cruces, Silver City and Albuquerque to be adopted out. Twelve were left at the residence. Many of the dogs were starving and emaciated. Furthermore, many were.on chains that were embedded in t'-b..ei necks. -. ". The case continues to be im/,tj- gated by HCSD, Sheriff Hall said Tues. day, to determine what charges, if any, will be filed against the residents inf, volved. ~'-- HCSD has been investigating po's- sible cases of animal cruelty at this i-2 ticular residence for many months.- UPCOMING EVENTS Recruitment Blitz A 2010 Relay for Life Team Recruit- ment Blitz will be held on Friday, March 19 'h from 8 a.m. -6 p.m. at Buckabrews Coffee Shop, 1000 Birchfield Street be- tween Loves and Days Inn, next to Goldhill Outpost. Sign up a team or be- come a team member and receive a free 12 oz cup of coffee, donut and prizes. The first 10 Team Captains to sign up are entered in a grand prize drawing val- ued over $200. For more information call 542-8822 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 birth certifi- cate, current immunization record and social security card. Parents of Animas preschool students: need to also attend in order to update ltast year'S registration packetl Rose bushes sought Sunshine Ha,yen Nursing Home is humbly asking for donations of rose bushes to pliant 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. 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 last Wednesday of each month 10 am-1 lam 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. Team Kids Team Kids is held every Wednesday at the First Baptist Church of Lordsburg from 6:00-6:45 p.m. Team Kids is open to students in grades 1-6. Walking & Activity Walking & Activity Club meets ev- ery Monday and Wednesday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Special Events Center. F