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10 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, MARCH 28, 2014 Santa Clara Municipal Court judge resigns as disciplinary action looms By ROGER LANSEISilver City Dai/y Press Roland Madrid, who was sworn in as Santa Clara Munici- pal Court judge in 2005, has re- signed his po-sition. On Feb. 28, the New Mexico Supreme Court accepted Madrid's resignation in lieu of further dis-ciplinary proceedings and forever barred him from hold- ing judicial office in New Mexico, and has un-sealed its file on the matter, according to New Mexi-co Judicial Standards Commission documents. The New Mexico Supreme Court was petitioned on Feb. 4 Letters to the Editor The Hidalgo County Herald urges readers to voice their opinions by writ- ing in. Letters can be mailed to 212 E. Mo- tel Drive, Ste. B, or can be e-mailed to hcherald@aznex .net. Letters should include ideas, viewpoints, criticism and news analysis that encourage discussion on issues that have an impact on the community. Facts must be annotated. Letters that contain information that cannot be easily verified, libelous statements or name calling will be rejected. Letters should be no longer than 250 words. An author may have a letter or guest opinion every 30 days. Protocol & vision? Dear editor: I understand that you are now placing certain rules for articles, reports and other submissions to the Hidalgo Herald. If that is the case, I applaud you. At any given time an editor or owner of the paper has the right and privilege to set certain rules for submissions which by no means constitutes a censorship or affront on freedom of speech. Any publication be it a magazine or newspaper has cer- tain space limitations and must insure that submissions by indi- viduals do not exceed those lim- its and interfere with other's sub- missions or time sensitive news, articles, reports, etc. by the commission to immedi- ately and tempo-rarily suspend Madrid pending completion of pro-ceedings against him. He chose to resign in lieu of disci- plinary action. In a Feb. 4 letter to Madrid from the NMJSC, alleged com- plaints against him while he served as judge were listed, in- cluding allegations of: Continuing to cut green trees in the Gila Na-tional Forest after being warned not to do so. Attempting to gain prefer- ential treatment to avoid a cita- tion from a Forest Service agent. Court sessions were not Additionally, the protocol for anyone wishing to contribute to a newspaper as a regular colum- nist should first contact the edi- tor and submit a sample or brief model of what he or she wishes to write and submit on a regular ba- sis. The editor or owner then has the right and privilege to review the proposed submittals to see if the content is compatible with the newspapers reading audience, cir- culation, and purpose. No one should of a sudden begin to be a regular columnist without going through that initial protocol and become a self-proclaimed colum- nist without first affording the paper this courtesy. Rejections are common in this line of work in accordance with the newspapers vision of what it hopes to bring to its readers. It appears to me that the Her- ald is a community-wide paper with a vision to offer a diversity of news, articles, reports, etc. from that standpoint. In order to ac- complish that, the goal then is to align that vision with the read- ing audience be they from the area, former residents, or simply interested parties. Anyone outside of that vision if they feel rejected as a regular contributor can surely start their own newspaper, news- letter, flier or other means to com- municate their own ideas -- that certainly affords them the free- dom of speech. Joel Orona, Ph.D. Former Lordsburg resident held during September and Oc- tober 2011 and from December 2011 through February 2012. Court was closed without notice from Dec. 18, 2013, un- til Jan. 22, 2014. Court staff was told the court only had to be open eight hours per month. Failure to obtain continu- ing judicial education credits for years 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Signed in at the 2013 Munici-pal Judges Annual Con- ference but failed to attend all sessions. Failed to file various monthly and other reports and remittances. Failed to deposit funds re- ceived from fees, fines, and bonds in a timely manner. Used court property for personal business. Did not properly sign bench warrants. Participated in ex parte communications. Failed to hold any trials in 2013 even though the Santa Clara Police Department issued 940 citations. Refused to give a state- ment to a Grant County sher- iff's deputy on Nov. 7, 2012, regarding an altercation and abused the prestige of the judi- cial office when he told the deputy he was a judge and would take care of it. Madrid was asked to pro- vide the commission with an ex- planation of these incidents and the basis for his conduct. There is no record that he did so. The village of Santa Clara on March 12 ended a search for an individual tO assume the po- sition of Municipal Court judge. Two letters of intent were re- ceived by the municipal clerk's office; one from Renaldo Maynes and one from An-dres Gomez. They were interviewed March 13 and will be presented to the Santa Clara Board of Trustees, which appoints the municipal judge. ,I The three-story, 64-room Hampton Inn - Lordsburg is located near area attractions such as Lordsburg City Hall, Magistrate Court House, and Shakespeare Ghost Town. Credit: Hampton Hotels. Hampton Inn- Lordsburg receives Circle of Excellence Award Courtesy submission this coveted Hampton award des- Shakespeare Ghost Town. The ]-Iampton Hotels the global ignation out of the many well- hotel offers standard amenities brant of mid-priced Hampton deserving properties among the including complimentary hot Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites and brand's portfolio," said Will breakfast, On the Run TM breakfast Ham)ton by Hilton hotels, has Maguire, general manager of the bags for travelers on-thego, and desisnated the Hampton Inn - Hampton Inn - Lordsburg. "Pro- complimentary Wi-Fi through- Lorckburg as one of its national viding top-notch accommoda- out. Indoor pool, fitness center, Circle of Excellence Award win- tions and friendly service is the and Suite Shop. All guestrooms ners. The property, located at 412 main priority for our hotel Team are equipped with the clean and W Wabash Street, is among the Members and one reason we re- fresh Hampton bed, lap desk top 1O percent of the nearly 1,900 main highly competitive in the and free high-sPeed Internet ac- Hampton properties in terms of Lordsburg market, and that com- cess service, product and quality, mitment to quality is truly under- For more information or to Circle of Excellence Award scored by this honor." make reservations, please visit winners are selected annually by The three-story, 64-room Hampton Inn - Lordsburg or call the Hampton Hotels brand based Hampton Inn - Lordsburg is lo- 575-542-8900. on customer feedback for overall cated near area attractions such Read more about Hampton accommodations measured as Lordsburg City Hall, Magis- Hotels at and through guest satisfaction sur- trate Court House, and veys about the hotel, as well as product quality and service scores measured quarterly by the company. To recognize this achievement the Hampton Inn - Lordsburg received atrophy Keeping citizens informed. plaque to display in its Perfect Mix Lobby and special designa- If you want EMERGENCY NOTIFICATIONS from tion in the company's hotel e-di- rectory used by guests to search Hidalgo County, visit and and review hotel selections, click on the CODE RED image to register. "We are honored to achieve "I't00anl_ 00J0tt L0 0ttr 00p0e000ra; Juvenile Justice Continuum of Servlces * I00MM CYRQ * New Mexico Forum For Youth In Community Your gene[ositLj is greatly appreciated and LJour cont, nued commitment to our youth is making a differencel :i