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SmallTown Papers VOLUME 12 217 West Cota Street { I S S U E 14 Shelton, WA 98584 i Ihh,l,,h,hhh,h,l,,hlh,I FRIDAY APRIL 6, 2012 75 Hidalgo-County i i HMS to host 2012 Healthcare Workforce Summit April 5-6 Courtesy submission Hidalgo Medical Services will once again bring together 75-100 individu- als from a broad range of local provid- ers, non-profit organizations, local and state agencies as well as national attend- ees, for a two-day summit concerning health professional workforce training and development in rural New Mexico communities. The event is slated for April 5-6, 2012 in Las Cruces. Keynote Speaker, Rebecca Spitzgo, Director of the National Health Service Corps, will unveil the Corps&apos; brand new online tool for health professional recruitment. This new program enhances already existing loan Easter Egg Hunt Saturday at Short Park The annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held this Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at Short Park, thanks in part to lo- cal donations. More than 1000 prize eggs and 1000 real eggs will be scat- tered throughout the park, Waiting for children in two separate age groups to rind them. The Easter Bunny will be on hand to .visit with and help the children find thmr eggs. For more information contact Billy Burt at 575-542-3400, 575-542-9347 or 575-574-8218. r repayment, loan forgiveness and loan scholarship opportunities for students and residents committed to rural prac- tice. The new online tool also features a community orientation component that provides valuable information to students and residents concerning key features about the area they i,ntend to serve. Day #1 speakers include: (1) Dr. Jack Dillenberg, Dean of the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health; (2) Christina Villalobos, Program Of- ricer, U.S. Office of Rural Health Policy, Dr. Anne Foster-Rosales of the Human Services Department; (3) Dr. Arthur Kaufman, Vice Chancelor of e UNM School of Medicine. Breakout sessions will cover national and local data outlining current rural health workforce needs and challenges, cur- rent trends in federal responses to healthcare access, and an update on several New Mexico rural health out- reach initiatives. In conclusion of the Summit on Day #2. President Joseph Shepard from Western New Mexico" University will bring the Summit full circle and back to the rural community where the academic setting and the rural health care environment can explore methods of collaboration to integrate the healthcare workforce needs into the academic environment, building com- mumly partnerships to successfully achieve this mission and the impor- tance of continued linkages on a state and national level. Summit 2012 outcomes include further promotion of state and federal policies that support rural primary care training opportunities for students in rural areas, endorsed by the broad range of Summit participants. T " r TTJ l T Dogies do well at first DTMS Invitational Alejandro Estrada and Orion Moreno switch off during the 4x100 Relay at last Thursday's DTMS Invitation. The relay team, which also included Jacob Esquivel and Raymond Saucedo, took second with a time of 53.66. For complete results and additional photos, see Page 5 of this week's edition. Photo by ROBERTO'S PHOToGRAPHYILordsburg Head Librarian Marlene Siepel reads to pre-schoolers Tuesday morning at the Lordsburg-Hidalgo Library. Pre-school story and craft time is just one of the many services offered by the local facility. Herald staffphoto National Library Week to be celebrated locally Submitted by MARLENE SlEPEL/ Lordsburg-Hidalgo Library A little over three quarters of a cen- tury ago, the wofiaen of Lordsburg de- cided that this community, although lo- cated in a very "out in the country" place, should have a library. Books were important to have for the education and entertainment of the children of the town. The first library was located in the old movie house, later moved to the basement of the county courthouse and then to its permanent home at 208 East 3 rd Street. What an investment! The now his- torically-recognized adobe building has served a constant public service build- ing for many generations of children and grandchildren: plus hundreds of citizens both. permanent and transient, who have passed through Lordsburg. Next week, April 8-14, 2012, will be the annual recognition of the local library institution of learning and pub- lic service for Lordsburg. This year's theme will be "Librar- ies The Heart of Every Community". Not only has the ]ibrary in this commu- nity sat in the middle of the municipal- ity but it has also sat and served as the public library for Hidalgo County. Built from a meager, donated collection of home books to a library materi collec- tion of over 20,000 pieces, the library also now has on-line access and many side services, including research and genealogy materials and a local history archive. New public access technology has been added for library users. The li- brary also acts as a tourist center, a supplemental literacy and educational center and a local historical showcase. For National Library Week, the staff and Library Board of Directors invites the public to come in, explore the library, renew library cards, ask about services and programs and, in general, get reac- quainted, with the local facility. There will be free book bags and goodies for the first visitors. Books will be for sale and it will be anmesty book fine week as well. (If you bring back any of your over- due books, no fines will be charged.) Tuesday morning will feature childrea's story time at 11:00 a.m. The lordsburg-Hidalgo Library plans to continue its service and be the heart of the community for years o come. For more information on the Library or local literacy, call 575-542-9646 or stop by during regular business hours, 10 AM - Noon: 1 PM---6 PM weekdays. Gov. Martinez kicks off Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month, urges citizens to report Courtesy information Governor Susana Martinez was joined this week by Children, Youth, and Families (CYFD) Secretary Yolanda Deines and Dofia And County law en- forcement officials to present a united front against child maltreatment as the. Governor kicked off Child Abuse Pre- vention Awareness Month. Governor Martinez read with kids at the Children's Garden Child Development Center in Las Cruces and provided them with work- books on child safety. The Governor has declared April Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month and encouraged all New Mexicans to be vigilant about re- porting suspicion of child abuse and neglect and creating a positive environ- ment for children across the state. Governor Martinez, Secretary Deines. and law enforcement officials also asked the public to join the state's efforts to identify child abuse and ne- glect, and help children in the wake of abuse. Secretary Deines said the imple- mentation of the #SAFE hotline last year helped CYFD identify 17 percent more victims of child abuse in 2011 thart they did in 2010, and encouraged New Mexi- cans to help CYFD continue t6 identify victims of child abuse by reporting it via the #SAFE hotline by dialing #7233 or 1-855-333-SAFE. "Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month is a time for remembering our collective duty to speak up, confront abuse, and stand up for innocent chil- dren across New Mexico," said Gover- nor Martinez. "I am asking all New Mexi- cans to join us in this important effort. We need to come together as parents, teachers, family members, and neighbors to create a safe and positive environment for our children. I encourage everyone to be vigilant about reporting suspicion of child abuse and neglect by dialing #SAFE from any cell phone or calling I- 855-333-SAFE.'" Governor Martinez and Secretary Deines also asked New Mexicans to con- sider playing a major role in a child's life by serving as foster parents. "People always ask me what they can do to help prevent child abuse in their communities," says Secretary Deines. "The perfect answer is foster care. Our child welfare system relies on people across the state to step up and help pro- tect and care for kids in crisis. If you are even curious about foster care, I encour- age you to call CYFD at 1-800-432- 2075." Calls to the #SAFE hotline, useable from anywhere in the state, go to CYFD's Statewide Central Intake unit, housed in Albuquerque. From there, a trained case- worker takes the call and asks for as much information as possible. The calls are immediately reviewed by a supervisor, screened in or out for investigation, as- signed a priority response level, and re- routed to the county office where the child resides. Some calls are screened out for various reasons, including calls that are not allegations of child abuse. Calls are also cross-reported to appropriate law enforcement agencies. "Keeping kids safe is a team effort," says Deines. "We need the community to take this responsibility very seriously because our case workers can't even knock on a door unless we get a call first. Call #SAFE from your cell phone. It doesn't get any easier than this." During the previous legislative ses- sion, Governor Martinez and a bi-parti- san group of lawmakers pushed for leg- islation that would have increased prison time for ifidividuals who commit child abuse, increased penalties for drunk driv- ers who kill kids, defined new crimes where certain behavior toward children is classified as predatory, and extended the Baby Brianna law by providing life in prison for someone who intentionally kills any child up to 18 years of age. Unfortunately, these items were stalled in the last legislative session, but the Gover0or plans to renew her efforts dur- ing the next regularly-scheduled session. "We have an obligation to all the children out there who right now may be living in fear, scared of the adults in their lives who are supposed to love and pre- tect them," says Martinez. "We can all play a role in preventing child abuse and neglect. Protecting our kids is up to us." Secretary Deines also discouraged so-called malicious reporting, or people who falsely accuse nmghbors, ex- spouses or others of child abuse. "Every hour we spend sorting out false and ma- licious allegations is an hour taken from a frightened child who ti'uly needs our help," said the Secretary, who has per- sonally investigated hundreds of child abuse cases over her career. "Please find a healthier way to express your anger, and don't take time away from a child who might be in danger." If you want to become a foster par- ent, call CYFD's foster parent recruitment hotline at 1-800-432-2075. You can go online to CYFD.org to see when there is an orientation meeting near you. Report suspected child abuse or ne- glect by calling #SAFE (#7233) from a cell phone or 1-855-333-SAFE. UPCOMING EVENTS RVT Kindergarten RVT Kindergarten Registration will be held on April 20, 2012 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Parents are asked to bring their child's birth certificate and shot records. Prospective students must be 5 before September t, 2012. MVD Closed The Lordsburg Motor Vehicle De- partment will be open from 8 a.m. to Noon on Friday, April 6, 2012. The of- fice will close for the day at noon in ob- servance of the Easter Holiday. Resurrection Concert Scripture Baptist Church will hold a Resurrection Concert on Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served. APS Kindergarten Registration Pre-registration for students who will be attending Animas Kindergarten in 2012-2013 will be held at Animas El- ementary School on Thursday, April 12, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. in room #102. In order to register, your child must be five years old on or before September 1, 2012. Parents will need to bring a copy of your child's birth certificate, current immuni- zation record and social security card. Animas Preschool parents who have a child coming to Kindergarten in the fall should also stop by just to update last year's registration packet. Food Commodities Government Food commodities are still available three daysa week, every week at Oasis Compassion Services, 807 Duncan Hwy., Lordsburg - Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 AM to 5 PM. Eligible participants may ob- tain free foods one day every week. New 'Registrants need to provide proof of resi- dency in Hidalgo County or the pan- handle of Grant County, proof of in- come, and a valid New Mexico photo id. All participants please bring a valid New Mexico photo id, box and plastic bags each time you come for commodities. Maverick baseball caps New Era Maverick baseball caps ($25), beanies ($15) and t-shirts ($20, more coming soon) are on sale from the baseball team, at the high school, or at home baseball games. NMSP check points The New Mexico State Police will be conducting check points, speed en- forcement, saturation patrols, and re- straint enforcement beginning February 17, 2012 through August 31, 2012 in Grant, Luna, and Hidalgo Counties. Zumba Classes Zurnba classes are held on Tuesday 'and Thursday at 5:15 p.m. at Menudos on Motel Drive. Cost is $5 per class. COntinued on Page 3 < : "k,