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l l,h,l,,h,"ll"ll"ll'"lhl VOLUME 10 SmallToxvn Papers I S S U E 13 5026 California Avenue SW Seattle WA 98136 FRIDAY MARCH 26, 2010 Hidalgo CounW .Chief Justice Daniels to be guest peeker at LHS graduation Courtesy submission Lordsburg High School is honored to have Chief Justice Charles W. Daniels present the commencement address for the 92"d graduating class of 2010 to be held on Friday May 21s` at 8:00 p.m. in the Lordsburg High School Gymna- sium. Chief Justice Daniels was rec- ommended for ap- pointment to the rive-member New Mexico Supreme Court by the bipar- tisan Judicial Se- lection Commis- sion and was sub- sequently ap- pointed by Gover- nor Bill Richardson in Oc- tober 2007. Fol- lowing his ap- poimment, he was required to run in Chief Justice Charles a statewide elec- tion to remain on the Court. He was the first appointed justice in 20 years not to have any other candidate run against him, and he re- ceived more votes in the November 2008. general election than any candidate for any office has ever received in New Mexico history. His fellow justices elected him to a two-year term as Chief Justice, beginning in April of 2010. As Chief Justice, he pr6sides over the Su- preme Court, which is the highest court Veterans Services officer to be in Lordsburg Reggie Price, Veterans Service Of- ricer from New Mexico Department of Veterans' Services, will be available to meet with veterans and/or their families on Wednesday March 31, 2010 at the Lordsburg City Hall. Office hours will be from 10am-4pm. For better assis- tance, please bring a copy of the veter- ans' discharge papers. More information is available by calling Reggie in the Sil- ver City office at 575-538-2377. in New Mexico and which supervises the 300 lower courts in the State judicial system. He has been a New Mexico resident since childhood and served five years on active duty in the United States Air Force. receiving an Honorable discharge in 1966. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona. where he was a member of the intercollegiate de- bate team and gradu- ated magna cure laude: his law degree from the University of New Mexico, where he was editor- in-chief of the law review, won a posi- tion on the national moot court team and graduated first in his class; and a master of W. Daniels laws degree from Georgetown Univer- sity, where he was se- lected to be a Prettyman Fellow and was awarded a Certificate of Proficiency in Trial Advocacy. During his 38 years as lawyer and law professor, Justice Daniels combined frequent classroom teaching., primarily. at the UNM School of Law, with an ac- tive courtroom practice in a wide range of civil and criminal cases. He has been honored by the Albuquerque Bar Asso- ciation with its Outstanding Lawyer of the Year award, by the New Mexico Bar Association with its Quality of Life award, and by the Roscoe Pound Foun- dation with its National Trial Advocacy Teacher of the Year award. During his career as a lawyer, he..has been recog- nized by polls of the legal community with inclusion in every edition of Best Lawyers in America, in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, and in Southwest Super Lawyers, among other survey- based publications. Justice Daniels and his wife, attor- ney Randi McGinn, have four daughters, three grandsons, three granddaughters and one exchange student from Hong Kong. For weeker/d recreation, he drives in professiona! stock car races and plays electric bass guitar in his honkytonk band. Hands on learning Students at RV Traylor Elementary School read and learn about the Johnny Flores, Melody Richins and Susan Wigler TCA, HMS working together to provide substance. buse, preventi Total Community Approach (TCA) and Hidalgo Medical Services (HMS) have been working together to provide much-needed services in Hidalgo County. The wide variety of programs the two entities collaborate on range from fatherhood preparation to substance abuse treatment. According to Susan Wigler, HMS Clinic Coordinator this is the third year that HMS and TCA have joined forces financially to offer these unique pro- grams, many geared towards preven- tion ....... Johnny Fiores, Community Sup- port Worker, is a major player in the TCA/HMS team, spearheading the Fa- therhood program. 24-7 Dad is a 12- session program in Hidalgo County offering fatherhood skills in areas rang- ing from discipline to relationships, to self esteem. The men in the program are all referred to 24-7 Dad by col- laborating agencies, such as Children Youth and Families Department or the court system. The men are counseled individually by Flores, who has also recently been going into the local jail great outdoors in a tent they assembled in class. Courtesy photo on to provide counseling services to fa- thers: Another program that Flores is in- volved in is Comprehensive Commu- nity Support Services (CCSS), which offers assistance to individuals with substance abuse- problems or mental ill- nesses that limit their ability to func- tion. CCSS offers assistance with liv- ing situations, education and obtaining proper medical care. Melody Richins, Educa- tor, also pro- vides important community programs through the TCA/HMS .partnership. Richins quar- terly teaches Parenting Love & Logic classes, teaching effective parenting skills in a group setting to both the gen- eral public and those referred into the program. Parenting Apart, a required course for divorcing parents, is also taught by Richins. In the past, individuals were forced to go to Silver City to receive this required certificate. Youth Power, a self-esteem build- ing curriculum for children grades fifth through eighth, is taught by Richins, Bridget Payne and Holly Mora in both the Animas and Lordsburg School Dis- tricts. This co-ed program focuses on prevention, life skills, relationships and self esteem. Furthermore, TCA through HMS Offers tremendous support of the Teen Maze, which is taking place this week at Lordsburg High School and presents youth with consequences to a wide va- riety of decisions they will be forced to make both now and in the years to come. Both Richins and Flores-also per- form parenting assessments to deter- mine which program would best ben- efit those referred by local courts or schools. Finally, HMS is able to offer sub- stance abuse treatment thanks to TCA funding on an outpatient basis. These cases are not seen to be so severe that the individual needs to be hospitalized. Sessions range from one to ten and are offered by a licensed therapist at the Lordsburg clinic and at the school- based HMS clinic at Lordsburg High School. "This is a unique situation where agencies can come together to build a coordinated phin to address substance services to Hidalgo County abuse issues," Wigler Said. In addition, the TCA aspect of the funding has made it possible for programs to be offered locally, as opposed to clients having to travel out of town to receive these same services in the past. TCA is a partnership between the New Mexico Behavioral Health Col- laborative (Collaborative) and local communities most affected by sub- stance abuse to address problems caused by use of these substanceS. Total Community Approach teams local municipali- ties/Local Collaboratives and targets resources, from prevention to treatment and law enforcement to the areas where they are most needed to deal with sub- stance abuse and behavioral health challenges. Communities are engaged in planning and implementing the ser- vices best suited to address the sub- stance use issues in their communities. Other local programs partnered with TCA include Drug Court and the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department.. By Mayor Frank R0driguez On behalf of our newly elected offi- cials, we wish to thank the citizens for their confidence and trust in us. , The.City has seen a new venture commence with respect to Nuevo Valedon, which has broke ground to build housing and a commercial com- plex. We must commend Economic De- velopment Coordinator Tad Powers for his tireless efforts to bring business and prosperity to our community. He, along with Governor Richardson and the Sonoran Governor, have also addressed the issue Of fitmmaking in New Mexico. In an effort to keep our animal popu- lation down, please spay and neuter your pets. The city corner will serve as an av- enue to address issues and concerns within our community. Thank you and have a safe weekend. UPCOMING EVENTS A suicide prevention meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, April 5, 2010 at the Assembly of God Church in Lordsburg. Everyone is invited to attend. 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 last year's registration Suicide meeting 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 ily, or a friend. For those not familiar with Walking & Activity our Diabetes Support Group, we meet every last Wednesday of each month 10 Walking & Activity Club meets ev- am-llam in the HMS Conference Room cry Monday and Wednesday from 1 to 2 @ 530 E. Demoss Street, here in p.m. at the Special Events Center. For Lordsburg. If you have any questions, more information call 542-8384 ext. 104. Kindergarten Registrati0n packet, to donate a rose bush please contact Ja- please don't hesitate to call Gloria Vargas AA/NM Meetings Pre-registration for students who Commodity distribution son Jacquez at 575-542-3539. We are @ (575)542-3047. certain our residents will appreciate your Team Kids Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meet- will be attending Kindergarten in the CSFP Commodities for seniors age generosity, Thank you in advance on . ings are held on Monday at 3 p.m. at the 2010-2011 school year will be held at 60 and up will be distributed on Tues- behalf of Sunshine Haven. Team Kids is held every Wednesday Kokopelli Office and on Saturday at 7 Animas Elementary School on Friday, day, April 6, 201'0 at 10:30 a.m. at the DiabeticSupp0rt Group at the First Baptist Church of Lordsburg p.m. at the First Methodist Church. Nar- March 26th, 2010, from 12:00 p.m. until Special Events Center in Imrdsburg, 502 from 6:00-6:45 p.m. Team Kids is open cotics Anonymous (NA) meetings are 4 p.m. in room #102. In order to register, West 2"d Street. Please bring your Senior Come join us and stay informed for to students in grades 1-6. your child must be rive years old before Card. either yourself, a loved one in your fam-