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VOLUME 14 ISSUE 13 FRIDAY MARCH 28, 2014 75 Hidalgo County smallToWn papers st cota stree ('--") eltO, "'" " ii,,l,,h,hhh,l,,h'hlh'l & OPERA00 575-494-1385 www.ppcnm.com RVT first graders receive iPads through Donors Choose Courtesy submission Choose organization, which included Mrs. Gutierrez's and Mrs. Esquivel's generous donations of community sport- first grade class at R.V. Traylor Elemen- sors such as Smith Ford, Myra Thomas, tary School recently received four iPads family, friends, and school employees. for the classroom through the Donors Donors Choose, http:// USDA encourages early registration for FSA programs Submitted by USDAILordsburg The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan M. Garcia this week recommended that farm- ers and ranchers who plan to participate in FSA programs register in advance. Pro- ducers are encouraged to report farm records and business structure changes to a local FSA Service Center before April 15, 2014. Enrollment for the disaster programs authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, in- cluding the Livestock Indemnity Pro- gram (LIP) and the Livestock Forage NMSP investigate SC crash involving juveniles, alcohol Submitted by NM DEPT of PUBLIC SAFETYSanta Fe On Sunday, March 23, 2014 at ap- proximately 3:00 a.m., the New Mexico State Police and the Grant County Sheriff's Department responded to a single vehicle crash on US 180, approxi- mately ten miles west of Silver City, NM. Upon arrival to the scene, officers found a white 2006 Ford Focus on its top and four people were identified to have been in the vehicle at the time of the crash. Two of the four in the vehicle were juveniles and all four passengers are from the Silver City area. The two juveniles involved were transported to Gila Regional Medical Center in Silver City and then airlifted to hospitals in E1 Paso with broken legs and arms. The other two passengers were transported to Gila Regional, treated and later released with minor injuries. Alcohol is suspect as being a con- tributing factor based on the fact that alcoholic beverages were found inside the vehicle at the scene. The investigation is ongoing and enforcement action is pending due to the hospitalization of the two juveniles. In April 2013, the New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal crash involv- ing underage drinking. The last thing law enforcement, school staff and par- See CRASH on Page 2 Disaster Program (LFP) will begin by April 15, 2014. "We expect significant interest in these programs," said Garcia. "Early reg- istration should help improve the sign- up process and allow us to expedite implementation of the programs. I strongly encourage producers to com- plete their paperwork ahead of time." Examples of updates or changes to report include: New producers or producers who have not reported farm records to FSA. Producers who have recently bought, sold or rented land. Those pro- ducers need to ensure that changes have been reported and properly recorded by local FSA county office personnel. Re- ports of purchased or sold property should include a copy of the land deed, and if land has been leased, then docu- mentation should be provided that indi- cates the producer had/has control of the acreage. Producers that have changed busi- ness structures (e.g. formed a partnership Or LLC) need to ensure that these rela- tionships and shares are properly re- corded with FSA. Even family farms that have records on file may want to ensure that this is recorded accurately as it may impact payment limits. Farm records can be updated during business hours at FSA Service Centers that administer the county where the farm or ranch is located. Producers can con- tact their local FSA Service Center in advance to find out what paperwork they may need. In addition, bank account in- formation should be supplied or updated if necessary to ensure that producers re- ceive payments as quickly as possible through direct deposit. While any producer may report farm records and business structure changes, it is especially important for producers who suffered livestock, livestock graz- ing, honeybee, farm-raised fish, or tree/ vine losses for 201 l, 2012, 2013 or 2014, and may be eligible for assistance through one of the four disaster pro- grams. For further information about our disaster programs and USDA's Farm Bill implementation plan, visit FSA's 2014 Farm Bill Web page. FSA Service Center locations can be found on the FSA website. www.donorschoose.org/ is an online charity that connects classrooms in need with donors across the country. By going to http'// www.donorschoose.org/ and selecting "View Projects," you may browse through projects based on highest ur- gency, location, age group, or specific school. Each project gives a descrip- tion of the classroom's needs and goals, and shows a picture of the class so you can see the students you are investing in. Any donation amount is accepted and very much appreciated. Many projects are given a seven day time period to double their dona- tions when donors use the matching/ promo code (INSPIRE) at checkout. Who would not want to take advan- tage of getting resources for half the price? In this day and time, teachers are being asked to do more with less. There are currently several projects posted from RVT Elementary classes on the http:// www.donorschoose.org/web site. Edu- cators would like the community to be aware of this wonderful opportunity to be able to donate towards local stu- dents and provide these t-ype of re- sources which are not otherwise avail- able through regular district funding. LHA to receive $127k to improve, preserve public housing Herald staff report The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development last week awarded $5,510,630 to 33 New Mexico public housing authorities to make major large- scale improvements. Lordsburg Hous- ing Authority will be the recipient of $127,798. According to LHA Executive Direc- tor Sandra Kolean, upcoming projects in- cluded in the facility's 5-year action plan that will utilize this funding include updating playground equipment, replac- ing bathtubs, updating kitchen and bath- room cabinets, updating cooling system and ductwork, stuccoing units, replac- ing toilets with water conservatives, up- dating water sewer lines and replacing corroded sewer lines as needed. Nationally, $1.8 billion was awarded to public housing authorities in all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, covering the nation's l.l million public housing units. The grants awarded are provided through HUD's Capital Fund Program, which provides annual funding to ap- proximately 3,100 public housing au- thorities to build, repair, renovate and/ or modernize the public housing in their communities. Unlike routine mainte- nance, capital needs are extensive im- provements required to make the hous- ing decent and economically sustain- able, such as replacing roofs or updating plumbing and electrical systems to in- crease energy efficiency. "This funding is critically important to public housing agencies as they work .to provide the best housing possible for their residents," said Tammye Trevifio, HUD Region VI Regional Administrator. "While the funding announced will never be enough to meet the tremendous backlog of capital needs, HUD is work- ing closely ,.he Congress to expand efforts to generate approximately $6 bil- lion in private investment for the recapi- talization of public housing." For more than 75 years, the federal government has been working and in- vesting billions of dollars in develop- ing and maintaining public and multi- family housing - including providing critical support through the Capital Fund grants announced today. Still, the na- tion continues to lose approximately 10,000 public housing units each year, primarily due to disrepair. In 2011, HUD released CaPital Needs in the Public Housing Program, a study that estimated the capital needs in the public housing stock in the U.S The study found the nation's 1.1 million public housing units are facing an estimated $25.6 billion in large-scale repairs To help protect the considerable fed- eral investment in public housing, and respond to the growing demand for af- fordable rental housing, the Obama Ad- ministration proposed the Rental Assis- tance Demonstration (RAD), a compre- hensive strategy that complements the Capital Fund Program and offers, a long- term solution to preserve and enhance the country's affordable housing stock, including leveraging public and private funding to make critically needed im- provements. Since Congress approved the RAD demonstration in November of 2011, early results show it is generating sig- nificant additional capital for public and assisted housing. HUD has made awards to 60,000 public and assisted housing units in more than 340 different projects across the country. Through these awards, housing authorities have pro- posed to generate approximately $3 bil- lion ir capital repairs by leveraging pri- vate debt and equity, which will preserve or replace distressed units and support local jobs in their communities - all with- out additional federal resources. Currently, the Department has re- ceived applications from PHAs for an ad- ditional ll6,000 units under RAD. To support the growing demand for RAD, the President's FY 2015 budget proposal requests to eliminate the RAD cap, which would facilitate the the recapitalization of public housing. PNM event will offer utility bill help in Lordsburg ,ii, Courtesy submission PNM will host an Assistance Fair at the Special Events Center, 502 W. 2 "d St. in Lordsburg, on Tuesday, April 1, from 9 a.m. to noon. Help with electric bills will be avail- able from the PNM Good Neighbor Fund for income-qualified residents. To apply for assistance through the PNM Good Neighbor Fund, please bring proof of income for all adults in the home, identification for everyone in the family and your past-due PNM electric bill. Proof of LIHEAP application is also needed, if you have applied. Montoya competes in NM Spelling Bee Vincent Montoya, a 5 th grader in Ms. Garza's class at Central Elementary School, competed in the 2014 New Mexico's Spelling Bee in Albuquerque last weekend. He misspelled the word "bellicose" after the fifth round.Vincent is the son of David and Tricia Montoys. Vincent is pictured above awaiting his turn to spell (wearing #6). Courtesy photo UPCOMING EVENTS Little League registration Lordsburg Little League registra- tion will be held on Friday, March 28 and Monday, March 31, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Special Events Cen- ter. Registration fees are $25 per player and $5 for each additional player per fam- ily. Parents should bring their child's birth certificate and three forms of proof of residency. LHS Blood Drive LHS will host a community blood drive on Tuesday, April l, 2014 in LHS classroom 8 from 9:30 a.m. till 2:30 p.m. Donors can call 575-527-1322 to make an appointment or log on to www.bloodhero.com click on donate blood and enter sponsor code Lordsburg. Kindergarten registration Kindergarten Registration will be held at R.V. Traylor Elementary on Fri- day, April 4 th from 8:00 to 11:00 and 12:00 to 3:00. Your child must be 5 years old by September 1, 2014. You will need to bring your child's birth certificate and immunization record. The school nurse will be on hand to look over the immu- nization record and let you know if your child will need shots before he/she be- gins school in August. DMV closing early April 3 The Lordsburg Department of Mo- tor Vehicles will close on Friday, April 3, 2014 at noon. The office will reopen during regular hours on Monday, April 7. Elks Rummage Sale The Lordsburg Elks Lodge will hold their annual fund raising rummage sale on Saturday, May 3, 2014. Donations will be accepted beginning in mid April. 5 th Sunday Sing The 5 'h Sunday Sing will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Lordsburg on Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to at- tend. CSFP Commodities CSFP Loaves & Fishes cheese com- modities for seniors over age 60 and chil- dren under age5 who are not on WlC will be distributed on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 from 10 AM to noon at the Special Events Center, 502 West 2nd Street. New appli- cants will be seen from 11:30 AM to noon. If recertifying, recipient must bring proof of income and photo ID. FBC Animas Concert The First Baptist Church of Animas will be hosting a one night concert by Desert Reign Ministries on March 27, 2014, starting at 6:30 pro., at the Animas Public Schools Auditorium. There will be no charge, but a Love Offering Will be greatly accepted. Please join us for an evening of beautiful music. For more information contact 575-313-9000. Continued on Page 3