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VOLUME i0 ISSUE 14 r FRIDAY APRIL 2, ' 2010 50 I Hidalgo County Ihh,l,,I,,,,ll,,ll,,ll,,,,ll,I SmallToxvn Papers 5026 California Avenue SW SealIIeWA 98136 1Q Wings&, 2: Lite00S00qda Border violence increases, area rancher murdered An Arizona rancher was gunned plan of action to address the escalation down by a suspected illegal alien last of violence by these illegal immigrants. Saturday night while tending to water Hidalgo County Sheriff Robert Hall lines on his family's 35,000-acre ranch told the Hidalgo County Herald Mon- near Portal. The added act of violence by illegal immigrants has border area residents on edge, including those in Hidalgo County. The body of 58- year-old Robert Krentz was found by authorities just be- fore midnight last Saturday on his fam- ily ranch. Krentz's brother, Phil, alerted police when his brother failed to show up at the ranch at noon. A search team was formed and began scouring the Robert desert 15 miles north of the border near Douglas, Arizona. Near midnight, an Arizona State Police helicopter located Krentz slumped over his ATV, the engine lights and en- gine still on. His dog was critically in- jured by a bullet as well and had to be put down Sunday morning. Cochise County law enforcement authorities have announced that they believe the murkier was committed an il- legal immigrant who was ablg to slip back into Mexico after being tracked by county, state and federal authorities for approximately 20 miles. The act of border violence comes on the heels of a home invasion in Portal in January. Meetings were held with lo- cal" law enforcement, including the United States Border Patrol, to devise a Easter Egg Huntthis ........ Saturday The annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held this Saturday, April 3, at 10:00 a.m. at Short Park in Lordsburg. According to coordinator Billy Burt, there will be more than 1,000 hard boiled eggs and more than 1,000 prize and cash eggs, including special prize eggs do- nated by the Chamber of Commerce and the Lordsburg Elks Lodge. The hunt will be divided into three age groups. The Easter Bunny will be in attendance. day that his department has beefed up security along the border, as much as pos- sible with ten deputies on the force. Hall added that he does not allow his depu- ties to patrol along the border alone, but rather in pairs due to the increased violence. His de- partment is also working closely with Border Patrol officials, Furthermore, U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall, along with Krentz U.S. Representative Harry Teague, Monday pressed the Department of Homeland Security to step-up the Bor- der Patrol's presence in southwestern New MexiCo and southeastern Arizona. The New Mexico lawmakers pointed out that the number of Border Patrol agents stationed along our bor- ders has reached a record high of 20,000, which has helped strengthen security along the U.S.-Mexico border. Addition- ally, DHS is constructing a new Border Patrol station in Lordsburg. But as drug trafficking gangs con- tinue to threaten security in the U.S.- Mexico border region, the New Mexico lawmakers urged DHS to take further se- curity steps. In a letter to Homeland Se- curity Secretary Janet Napolitano, Bingaman, Udall" and Teague urged the establishment of a Border Patrol forward operating base in the. boot heel. Forward operating bases are outposts that allow agents to patrol closer to the interna- tional border. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and Senator John McCain have called on the Department of Homeland Security to deploy the National Guard to the Ari- zona border, although that has not yet been done. The Arizona Cattle Grower's Asso- ciation is currently offering a $15,000 reward for information leading to the ar- rest of the person who shot and killed Krentz. The Krentz Family has been ranch- ing in Southeastern Arizona .since 1907. Robert Krentz will be laid to rest on Friday, April 9, 2010, at 6:00 p.m. at St. Luke's Catholic Church in Douglas, Ari- zona. (see Page 3) Just the facts... Students from Lordsburg and Animas middle and high schools visited the 2010Teen Maze held at Lordsburg High School last week. Above, Motor Transportation Division officer Robert Barrera and HMS educator Bridget Payne discuss the dangers of drugs with students. For more photos of this year's Teen Maze, see Page 9 of this week's edition. Photo courtesy MICAH MONTIEL & ASHLEY GUTIERREZILHS City Council holds organizational meeting The newly revised Lordsburg City Council met last Friday, March 26, 2010, for a required organizational meeting, followed by their regular March meet- ing. In his first order of business, Mayor Frank Rodriguez filled the council seat vacancy left when he was elected to the office of Mayor. His suggestion for the seat, Dana M. Arredondo, was approved by the Council. She was immediately sworn in by her father, David Arredondo, Municipal Court Judge. Mayor Rodriguez went on to ap- point Arredondo as his Mayor Pro-Tem, to fill in as mayor in his absence.'She also has authority to sign city checks. When it came to the mayor's ap- pointments for the positions of City Clerk and Chief of Police, Rodriguez told the Council that he'd received a citizen's petition in favor of reappoint- ing Irene Galvan to the position of City Clerk. Although the mayor makes the recommendation for appointment, What an Adventure! The senior class of Animas High School traveled to El Paso on Thursday, March 25, for their senior trip. They spent 3 hours at Adventure Land, which is a mini park including an arcade, go carts, bumper boats, and even putt-putt golfing. After that fun, they headed over to the Ice Rink to enjoy some skating. This really was an adventure as most of them spent their time trying not to fall. To end the day, the seniors took a trip to the mall for a little shopping and then headed over to Olive Garden for a nice dinner. Overall, the seniors had a great time. Senior, Jolt O'Byrne, quotes,"lt was a lot of fun; it was definitely a lot of fun." For more photos, see Page 2 of this week's edition. By ELIZABETH RICHINSIHidalgo County Herald Rodriguez told the council that the final decision was up to them. Councilor Ernest Gallegos Sr. made a motion to retain Galvan as City Clerk .but there was no second on that motion. Newly elected Councilor Alex DeLaGarza motioned to have Galvan removed from her position. That motion was seconded by Councilor Elias Ruiz. The motion passed with the only oppo- sition coming from Councilor Gallegos. Both Councilors DeLaGarza and Ruiz were elected in February to their offices and both are employed by the City of Lordsburg. Mayor Rodriguez strongly recom- mended the retention of Police Chief Mark Thomas. This appointment was approved unanimously. In other organizational business, the Council decided to continue to hold regular monthly meetings on the second Thursday of the each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall. During the Housing portion of the meeting, the Council agreed to hold a special meeting on a zoning variance for Ramon Mata, who is desiring to move a 1971 mobile home onto a City lot. During the regular meeting, City Fi- nance Officer Ted Castillo reported that there were no major problems with the 2008 audit. Mayor Rodriguez asked Castillo for a detailed report on the au- dit at a later date. Annette Morales of Medius, Inc. updated the Council on the Regional Roadmap her company has been work- ing on. Morales told the Council that developers are willing to come into the area, but the City must address several issues, including certain ordinances and design standards, in order to attract these developers. She encoui'aged the City to set high standards. Local buildings that are considered safety hazards were discussed for demo- lition. It was agreed that property own- ers would be sent a letter giving them 30 days to bring these buildings up to code before proceeding. The properties dis- cussed included the SunMart building (old Chevron) and a residence on 6 'h Street damaged by fire. If not brought up to code, City maintenance crews will tear these buildings down at the property owner's expense. Rancho Valedon, the new. housing project south of Lordsburg, requested a waiver from the City of Lordsburg for charges for water tap. Developer Tim McShane was not present and the issue was tabled until McShane could make a presentation to the Council regarding the request. Gov. Richardson orders additional law enforcement along Border Courtesy submission Governor Bill Richardson an- nounced an increased law enforcement presence along the state border with Mexico, while police in Arizona investi- gate the shooting death of an Arizona rancher near the Mexico-Arizona border. Governor Richardson directed New Mexico Homeland Security and Emer- gency Management Secretary John Wheeler to coordinate the state's law enforcement response to the shooting. As a result, the New Mexico State Police and local sheriff's departments have increased patrols in all areas along the border. The U.S. Border Patrol has also stepped up its presence along the border. The state Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is also coordinating all intelligence-gath- ering efforts and sharing information as quickly as possible with state, federal and local law enforcement agencies. "We all have a responsibility to pro- tect our citizens, property, and commu- nities," said Governor Richardson. "While we have invested money in local law enforcement along the .border, we must continue to be on guard against drug-related violence on the Mexican side of the border." Governor Richardson in 2005 de- clared a State of Emergency along the New Mexico-Mexico border as a result of border-related violence. As a result of that emergency declaration, border com- munities were able to pay for additional law enforcement. The emergency also led to the creation of a field office for the state Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management in Las Cruces. UPCOMING EVENTS Kindergarten Registration RV Traylor Elementary School will hold Kindergarten Registration on Fri- day, April 23, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free Seminar Earth Link Seminars presents the follow FREE seminar - How Do We Live for God - Christian Lifestyle. Does the Bible give direction in His Word? Please join us Friday April 9, Saturday April 10, and Sunday April 11. All meetings be- gin at 7:00 p.m. at 12 Peterson Drive, Silver City, NM. Speakers: Rick Lytle, Norman Brown, and Ron Elder. Hosted by your local Seventh Day.Adventist Church. Bring a friend! Suicide meeting 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. Commodity distribution CSFP Commodities for seniors age 60 and up will be distributed on Tues- day, April 6, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at the Special Events Center in Lordsburg, 502 West 2 "d Street. Please bring your photo ID, Senior CSFP Card and proof of in- come if recertifying. 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. 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. Walking & Activity Walking & Activity Club meets ev- ery Monday and Wednesday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Special Events Center. For more information call 542-8384 ext. 104. AA/NM Meetings Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meet- ings are held on Monday at 3 p.m. at the Kokopelli Office and on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the First Methodist Church. Nar- cotics Anonymous (NA) meetings are held Mondays at 5 p.m., Wednesdays at 3 p.m. and Thursdays at 11 a.m. at Kokopelli and on Saturdays at 5:30 p,m. at the First Methodist Church. For more information contact K0kopelli at 575- 542-3304. Step Aerobics Active & Alive step aerobics are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Central Elementary School. For more information call 542- 8384 ext. 104.