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VOLUME 16 ISSUE 13 FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2016 75 Hidalgo County SmallTown Papers 217 West Cota Street Shelton, WA 98584 Udall i resources drug-trafficking Submitted by SEN. TOM UDALL'S OFFiCE~Washington, DC Last week, at a hearing of the Sen- ate Appropriations subcommittee on de- fense, U.S. Senator Tom Udall urged the National Guard to maintain and enhance support for the U.S. Border Patrol's anti- drug trafficking activities in New Mexico. Udall told General Frank J. Grass, Chief of the National Guard Bu- reau, that he has serious concerns about the impacts of transnational drug traf- ficking in the Bootheel region, and he pressed for additional resources to in- crease border security. "The Bootheel region in New Mexico borders Mexico on two sides," Udall said. "And for many years we have heard serious concerns about drug traf- ficking moving through this remote, rug- ged territory. The Border Patrol officers Local youth re-enact Stations of the Cross tell me they actually need more horses to patrol'it. The National Guard's assets and expertise can be force multipliers to help the Border Patrol cover more terri- tory.'? Udall said that his staff recently at- tended a community meeting about bor- der security in Animus, and that he has also heard concerns about future fund- ing to combat increased drug trafficking from the New Mexico National Guard. The, National Guard Counterdrug Pro- gram helps support Border Patrol's op- erations with infrared cameras, nighttime air support and surveillance staff. Udall thanked Grass for this invaluable sup- port, and asked whether the Guard has the necessary funding to continue its mission in New Mexico. "I am concerned that the National Guard's support for the Border Patrol has not been sufficiently funded going for- wards" Udall continued. "We have heard that the number of National Guard teams in New Mexico could be cut in half. And the Guard's four helicopters that it uses for Border Patrol operations are limited to about six months of flight time a year." Grass committed to working with Udall to ensure that the National Guard continues to support New Mexico bor- der security with aviation units and other resources. Udall also asked Gr~ss whether the National Guard could better allocate its drug trafficking resources to provide more support to border states on the front lines of the transnational drug trade: "My understanding is that the National Guard Bureau provides funding to all states and four territories to defeat drug trafficking through a 'Threat Based Resource Model? we've heard- that Guard anti-drug funding could be better allocated to stop drug trafficking at the Border. And the southern border is certainly the major drug trafficking route." Grass said he is open to revisiting the threat-based funding model and working with the Guard's Adjunct Gen- erals in the states, local communities and other stakeholders on changes to more adequately address the fluid threat along the border, particul~arly given the recent rise in heroin abuse. Students in the St. Joseph's Catholic Church Catechism classes entertained the public last Sunday, March 20, as they presented a Stations of the Cross play. The youth group brought to life a series of 14 pictures and carvings representing successive incidents during Jesus' progress from his condemnation by Pilate to his crucifixion and burial. For more photos, see Page 6 of this week's edition. Courtesy photo City approves utility rates, organizes with new Council The Lordsburg City Council met in regular monthly session on March 8, The annual Easter Egg Hunt will be 2016 where the newly elected City Coun- held this Saturday, March 26, 2016 at cil also held its organization meeting. Mayor Clark Smith asked the Coun- Short Park (weather permitting--if cil to approve his appointments of muddy it will be held at the LHS Foot- Jeannie Palacios as City Clerk, Arthur ball Field), starting at 11:00 a.m. DeLaGarza as Chief of Police and Martha According to longtime coordinator Salas as Finance Officer. The three ap- Billy Burt, at least 5,000 prize eggs will pointees were approved by the Council be scattered throughout the park. (no unanimously boiled eggs will be used this year) CouneiforA-~rredo Morelos, Jr. was Several agegroups will be desig- selected to, as Mayor hated to ensure that all youngsters have Pro-Tem and Smith will continue to be equal opportunity to participate and Chairman of the Lordsburg Housing gather eggs. Authority, with Morelos as Vice-Chair- After the hunt, youngsters in atten- man. dance will be treated to a hot dog land In other business, the Council ap- chip lunch, according to co-coordinator proved a resolution (2016-13) that al- Edgar Gomez. lowed for budget adjustments at the re- Anyone wishing to make a donation quest of new Finance Officer Martha can contact Burt at 575-542-9347 or Salas. These adjustments were deemed 575-313-1725, Edgar Gomez at 575- necessary for continued City operations, and will be sent onto the New Mexico 654-0533 or drop them off at the Hidalgo Department of Finance Authority County Herald. (NMFA) for their stamp of approval. The Girl Scouts plant flower seeds The Lordsburg Girl ScoutTroop recently planted flower seeds for a garden.The group is open to new members and meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the James H. Baxter Civic Center in Lordsburg. More than 1.9 million girls belong to the organization, which began more than 100 years ago by founder Juliette Gordon "Daisy" Low, who believed in the power of every girl.The Girl Scout mission is to build girls' courage, confidence, and character, while making the world a better place. For more information on the local troops, call 575-635-9693. Courtesy photo Council also approved monthly bills, the f'mancial report and the annual audit report. The Council approved a loan agree- ment between the City and the NMFA in the amount of $850,504. This loan was obtained by the City on short notice for the purpose of replacing and relocating The final resolution adopted by the Council included 2016-14, which sup- ports an application for to the New Mexico Department of Transportation Municipal Arterial Program MAP fund- ing for street paving of Maple Street, Copper Street and Oak Street. Engineers Inc. presented their rec- water, sewer and natural gas lines that" ommendations, including that Morrow are part of a joint utility system within. Enterprises Inc. from Las Cruces be the right of way of the Union Pacific rail- road property. The utility relocation project was spurred by a major project that Union Pacific has undertaken to include the addition of another track through Lordsburg. However, the project has been placed on hold by UP due to economic conditions. The City opted to move for- ward with their part of the project be- cause it will ultimately need to be done. awarded the bid in the amount of $ 555,928.23 for the City Of Lordsburg waste-water improvements lift stations. This bid was approved by the Council. Ordinance 2016-01 was passed which will implement the revised water , rate increase of the code of The City Of Lordsburg and the repeal previous rate increases in the sewer, gas and solid waste departments, keeping the rates ~tS is with no increase. seizes more than $.1..4 million in marijuana in Animas Valley Submitted by US C& BPIEI Paso Sector Mexico. The subject and marijuana were Diligence by the men and women taken into custody by Homeland Secu- of the U.S. Border Patrol/El Paso Sector rity Investigations and is pending pros- continues to bolster our nation's defense ecution. after additional drug seizures and arrests In a separate incident on Friday were made this past weekend in south- morning, Border Patrol Agents working ern New Mexico's "boot-heel" region, in same general vicinity arrested three Agents foiled two separate drug suspected smugglers, and seized 101 smuggling episodes that effectively re- pounds of marijuana. moved 1,763 pounds of marijuana, val- Agents used night vision technol- ued at over $1.4 million in the Animas ogy near Playas, New Mexico to locate Valley of southwestern New Mexico. three pedple walking through the desert On Saturday, March 19, Lordsburginto the U.S. As Agents closed in, they Station agents were alerted to a vehicle found the three men were in possession incursion south of the Animas Valley on of two burlap backpacks which con- a county road. The vehicle was identi- tained 100 pounds of marijuana. The fled as a late model Ford pickup travel- three men are identified as 24-year-old ing north on that road. Agents success- Nelmi Noe Cano Ponce, 20-year-old fully deployed a controlled tire defla- Jesus Alejandro Diaz Fierro and 23-year- tion device which disabled the vehicle, old Oscar Lozano Terrazas, all citizens The two occupants fled from the from Mexico. They were transported back vehicle into the open desert. Agents 1o- to the station along with the marijuana. cated and apprehended one of the sub- The marijuana has an estimated jeers after a short foot pursuit in the open street value of $80,440. The Drug En- desert. The other suspect managed to forcement Administration accepted the elude capture and absconded back tO case and prosecution is pending. Mexico. Upon further inspection of the Also on Friday, Agents working at vehicle, agents found 205 bundles of the U.S. Immigration Checkpoint on In- marijuana scattered throughout the terstate 10, west of Las Cruces, New truck. The bundles totaled 1,662Mexico, were inspecting vehicles when pounds, valued at approximately $1.3 a Mitsubishi Endeavor arrived. Due to million, the driver's nervous behavior and incon- The suspected smuggler and the sistencies in his description of his trav- contraband were transported to the els, the agents became suspicious and Lordsburg station for processing. The gained consent from the driver to search subject was identified as 33-year-old the vehicle. A canine conducted a non- Miguel Arturo Mendez Zambrano from See ANIMAS VALLEY on Page 2 UPCOMING EVENTS Tree planting workshop Spring is the perfect time to plant a few tree's. The Hidalgo County Coop- erative Extension Office will hosting a tree planting workshop on Thursday March 31s' at the Hidalgo County Fair- grounds 1226 E. 2"~ street, Lordsburg. The workshop will begin at 5:30pm and is free to everyone. Come learn how to properly select and plant trees that will thrive in your yard. Flea Market April 2 " An Indoor Flea Market will be held at the Lordsburg Special Events Center (502 W. 2rid St) on Saturday, April 2, 2016 from 9 AM to 2 PM. For more informa- tion contact the Chamber of Commerce at 575.542.9864. Gallery Spring Show Rodeo's Chiricahua Gallery's Spring Show 30th Anniversary Celebra- tion will be held Saturday, April 10, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. For more information visit http://www.chiricahua Softball Tournament The 4th annual Patrick Nava Castaneda "Stick-N-Move" Co-Ed Softball Tournament will be held Sat- urday and Sunday, April 9-10, 2016. Deadline to register is Wednesday, March 30, 2016. Entry fee is $150 for the double elimination tournament. Proceeds will benefit Gabriella Artiaga's softball trip to Italy. For more information call Naomi at 575-654- 6547, Alex at 928-215-2039 or Mel- issa at 575-574-8711. Community Garage Sale A Community Wide Garage Sale will be held at the Rodeo Community Center on Saturday, April 2, 2016 from 9 AM till 3 PM (NM time). Vendors are welcome and table space is free. To re- Animas High School that the'Kelly serve a space call 575-557-1400. Lunch Saucedo Fight for Life Scholarship" ap- and beverages will be available at a rea- plications are available. This marks sonable cost. the 8th year since its inception. Please WCC Easter Service speak to your counselor for any information. Valley View Community Church invites you to an Easter Service begin- ning at 11:00 a.m. on Easter Sunday, fol- lowed by a potluck lunch and Egg Hunt. Everyone is invited to attend. Scholarship available Saucedo's ShurSav Supermarket would like to remind the 2016 Graduating Seniors of Lordsburg and Democratic mtg April 13 The Hidalgo County Democratic Party will meet the second Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at the James H. Baxter Civic Center. Meeting dates will be April 13 and May 11. Keep New Mexico Blue. Continued on Page 2