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VOLUME 14 ISSUE 14 FRIDAY APRIL 4, 2014 75 Hidalgo County II SmallTown Papers 217 West Cota Street Shelton, WA 98584 ,I,,I,,I,,I,1,1,,I,,I,,I,I1,,I m m & OPERATEB 575-494-1385 www.ppcnm.com City employees receive II City chips in on new fin tru k Herald staff report This will ultimately allow the em- The Lordsburg City Council met for ployee to keep more of their money now, a special meeting on Monday, March 31. Councilor Glenda Greene ques- First on the agenda was the new fire tioned how the pretax fund and the fund truck the Lordsburg Fire Department is already taxed could be differentiated at working on obtaining. At the March 17 the City and State levels so the employer meeting, Fire Chief John Hill told the would not be taxed twice. Council that the cost of the new truck The Council unanimously ap- was covered through savings and fire proved the change by resolution. grants. The Council at that time ap- Finally, the Council addressed proved moving forward on the purchase. Mayor Smith's vow to better compen- At Monday's meeting, the Council sate City employees. Smith presented was informed that due to misinterpreta- the Council with his pay rate increase tion of the budget, the LFD was in fact recommendations, in which all full $41,000 short on the purchase. Mayor time employees will receive a pay raise. Clark Smith urged the Council to allow Councilors Irene Galvan and the City to cover the cost to obtain the Greene each questioned the fairness of new truck; especially since the project the raises. Counciror Greene, after was already approved, looking at the recommendations; , ~: Furthermore, the LFD is in need of pointed out that the list included in- the vehicle. Currently the LFD has three creases ranging from 5 to 50 percent, fire trucks. The oldest is 32 years old and stating that it appeared to be very in- the newest is the ladder truck purchased equitable. several years ago. Fire Chief John Hill The recommendations were deter- said that once a new truck is purchased, mined, according to Smith, based on his he would like the City to consider do- evaluation of the employees. nating the 32-year-old truck to a needy Councilor Galvan requested an ex- department, ecutive session to further discuss spe- The Council approved budget re- cifics of the raises, but was denied by quest. Mayor Smith, who said he did not feel In other business, Mayor Smith they could legally adjourn into execu- asked the Council to approve cashing in tive session during the special meet- $100~000 certificate of deposit (CD). The ing. proceeds from this sale wilt be used to The Council voted in favor of the Street. The Council also addressed City employee PERA retirem.ent accounts. As it now stands, employee PERA contri- butions are taxed along with their regu- :Aaf pay. City Fir~a~ice Director Patricia :: DeNaranjo askedlCouncil to consider approving a resolution to not tax the PERAs. Instead)~the state will tax the PERA contributionswhen the employee re_tires or cashes ~a0n their fund. continue street and sidewalk repairs on pay raises. Councilor Galvan voted '~ Avenida del Sol and repairs on Animas against the raises. -~lr-dlmuw~-- Ms. Arredondo's third grade class raised $246.70 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Southside ' Courtesy submission Southside Elementary recently participated in the Leukemia & Lym- phoma Society "Pennies for Patients Campaign". In just two weeks, 3rd and 4th graders collected $533.84. The winning class was Ms. Arredondo's third graders, who collected a whop- ping $246.70. The students earned a Bronze Pennant and were awarded a $50 party gift certificate. Smith Ford Community Fair to feature variety of vendors Saturday rch cancer Upon a discussion amongst the Nationally it gave out $3 million in class, the students decided not to have financial aid and $46 million in co- a party, but chose instead to donate the pay assistance. It has invested over a money BACK to the Society. Third billion dollars in research grant fund- grader Anthonio Toscano passionately ing since 1954. talked to his classmates and stated the Researchers are finding cures to- organization and the people the money day for cancer. The Leukemia & Lyre- goes to, "needs it more than us !" His phoma Society has helped develop che- classmates agreed. Betty Wilkins from motherapy, radiation therapy, and the Foundation contacted Ms. funded the first successful bone mar- Arredondo and asked Ms. Arredondo row transplant in the 1970's and today to "Tell your students thank you for continue to develop targeted drug thera- their generosity. Every penny makes a pies that target the cancer cells. They difference in the fight to end blood can do this now due to the genetic cancers. Our patients and their fami- mapping that grant supported research- lies thank you all very much!" ers helped to discover in the 1980's. In addition, Miss Cayea's 3rdIn the past 10 years nearly 50% of all grade class earned $144.17 and a Sil- medications developed to treat cancer ver Pennant. Each student at Southside were first developed to treat blood can- Elementary was given a saicker and a cers and many are now being tested to bracelet for their participation, treat solid tumors and other conditions. The money raised in the Pennies Many people in local communities ben- campaign goes to:fund themission to efit from the work LLS does. Students find a cure for blood cancers and to and faculty are making a difference. improve the life for patients and their They are helping patients, their fami- families. Last year the organization dis- lies and helping to find cures for can- tributed $23,700 to 237 patients in the cer. New Mexico Chapter and $302,850 in Great job Southside Elementary on co-pay assistance to 152 patients for a a successful campaign and to our corn- combined distribution of $326,550 munity for supporting a worthy cause! D0H encoura to prevent Courtesy submission Smith Ford is hosting a Commu- nity Fair on April 5, 2014 from l'-6pm on the sales lot at the dealership. Lo- Bill Fraley is NM Elk of the Year Bill Fraley, of Lordsburg, was selected as 2013-2014 New Mexico Elks Association's Elk of the Year at the organization's annual Spring Convention held in Albuquerque last weekend. Fraley, a Iongtime member of the Lordsburg Elks Lodge, is currently serving as Trustee for the NMEA. Locally, he is chair- man of the Board of Trustees and in the past has served as Exalted Ruler of the Lordsburg Lodge and District Deputy for the NMEA Southwest District. Fraley was recognized at the convention for his dedication, hard work and commit- ment to the Elks organization. Presenting Fraley, above left, with his award is 2013-2014 NMEA President Rohnnie Tupin. Courtesy photo cal businesses from around Hidalgo County and Eastern Arizona towns in- cluding Lordsburg, Duncan and Sil- ver City will be present with booths displaying their goodsas well as pro- viding outreach services. - " Local favorites such as the Lordsburg Volunteer Fire Department and Spirit of Hidalgo will be present serving some of the best food around; you will have to try it all! Green Chile Cheeseburgers, Loaded Nachos, Bur- ros and more! So be sure to come by, check out the vendors and get yourself a bite to eat! What about your kids? Bring them! We will toys, rocks and other neat things for them to check out. Other vendors will be selling everything that might interest you and will include handmade quilts, blankets and towels, home drcor, DoTerra Essential Oils, jewelry, hair accessories, handmade natural soaps and more! Men there will be stuff for you too! If you are into hunting, then be sure to stop by New Mexicos' own Brett Jensen as he tells you all about his new product Final Step Cover Scents and you can also buy some while you are there! New this year is Tom Lister of Virden with his top quality leather goods, and he does custom work too, whether you need a new pair of chaps or a knife sheath, he is your go to guy! This event will benefit Lordsburg High School Students by collecting the vendor fees into a scholarship fund and Smith Ford will also contribute to the scholarship fun& The purpose of the scholarship fund is to offer a scholar- ship yearly to graduating seniors of Lordsburg High School. Smith Ford is also raffling off a new Coach purse to raise money for the scholarship fund. Tickets are $10 each and the raffle will take place dur- ing the community fair, the winner will be announced at the end of the event. Anyone interested in more infor- mation is encouraged to contact Katee McSpadden by either telephone (928)432-2997 or email smithford lordsbur~pr @ gmail.com Traumatic Brain Injuries Submitted by NM DEPT OF HEALTH/ dents. According to the Centers for Dis- Santa Fe ease Control and Prevention (CDC), ev-. With one-fourth of all injury-re-ery year approximately 1.4 million lated deaths in New Mexico involving people experience a TBI in the United traumatic brain injuries (TBI), the New States. Those injuries contribute to the Mexico Department of Health encour- deaths of more than 50,000 Americans a ages everyone to learn the risks and year, or an average of 138 per day. take appropriate steps to prevent orThe Department of Health strongly treat head injuries. A traumatic brain injury is caused encourages New Mexicans'to follow by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or simple prevention techniques to avoid a penetrating head injury that disrupts TBI, including: the normal functions of the brain. Most Proper use of protective equipment cases of traumatic brain injury are con- and safe playing techniques in sports and cussions but TBIs of all severities can recreation activities; affect memory, judgment, sleep pat- Wear a protective helmet when terns, reflexes, speech, coordination, riding a motorcycle or bicycle; balance and behavior (personality The use of properly installed in- changes, aggression, acting out, etc.), fant and child car seats and seat belts; "Concussions happen most often Because babies' neck muscles and in motor vehicle accidents and athletic spines are too fragile to protect their activities, but they can happen any- brains if they are shaken; caregivers of where, including our own backyards," all ages need to be aware that they should said Secretary of Health Retta Ward, never shake a baby; and, MPH. "In any case where head trauma For seniors, eliminating trip haz- and a brain injury is suspected, it is ards in the home, regularly reviewing important to seek medical care from a health care provider. Having bothmedications, and having an annual eye physical and cognitive tests after a head exam. In addition, routine exercise is injur3/ is critical to the best recovery especially important for older New Mexi- and helps the provider determine the cans to help maintain or improve bal- best course of treatment." ance and coordination to prevent falls In 2012, 384 deaths, 1,165 hospi-that may result in TBI. talizations and over 14,000 emergency For more information on traumatic department visits due to traumatic brain brain injuries, visit http://www.cdc.gov/ injury occurred among New Mexico resi- Features/Brainlnjury/ UPCOMING EVENTS Donations sought for Egg Hunt Veterans' Services, will be available to meet with veterans and/or their families The annual Lordsburg Easter Egg on Friday April 4, 2014 at the Lordsburg Huntwill be held on Saturday, April 19, City Hall. Office hours will be from 2014 at Short Park. Organizers are cur- 10am-lpm. For better assistance, please rently accepting donations for the event bring a copy of the veterans' discharge (cash, prizes, eggs, etc). For more infor- papers (DD-214 or NGB-22). More in- mation contact Billy Burt at 575-542- formation is available by calling Reggie 9347 or 575-654-2194. Donations can in the Silver City office at 575-538-2377. taurant.als be dropped off at the E1 Charro Res- ,,, registration B~ 0 to visit Anr;I 4 Kindergarten Registration will be n 'r' held at R.V. Traylor Elementary on Fri- Reggie Price, Veterans Service Of- day, April 4'h from 8:00 to 11:00 and ricer from New Mexico Department of 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 Mon. , April 7. Community Garage Sale Good Friday Service A community garage sale will be The Bootheel Ministerial Alliance held in Rodeo on Saturday, April 26, will lead a Good Friday Service on April 2014 from 9 AM to 3 PM at the Rodeo 18, 2014 at 12:05 p.m. at the First Bap- Community,Center at 16 Hickory Street. tist Church of Lordsburg. Come join us Buy, Sell, or Trade your "Treasures" at as we remember the sacrifice Jesus made the Rodeo Community Garage Sale. No on our behalf. All are welcome to attend, fees for spaces. Tables inside the build- ing are by reservation. Spaces outside are first come, first served. Lunch menu at 11 AM will be-l/3 lb. Sirloin burger with baked beans and tater tots for $5.00. Beverages are .75 cents. Setup inside on Friday evening the 25th between 4 PM and 7 PM. Setup on the 26th after 8 AM. Call Donna for reservations and info 575- 557-1400. 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. Continued on Page 3