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VOLUME 10 ISSUE 16 FRIDAY APRIL 16, 20i0 50 Hidalgo County i1,1,,I,,I,,,,11,,11,,11,,,,11'1 SmallTo n Papers 5026 California Avenue SW Seattle WA 98136 New City Clerk hired by City Council at regular meeting The Lordsburg City Council meet- ing got off to a rocky start last Thursday, when Council members had trouble ap- proving minutes from the previous meet- ing, held March 26. In reviewing the minutes from the previous meeting, Councilor Manuel D.V. Saucedo pointed out that the appoint- ment of Mayor Pro-Tem is completely at the mayor's discretion, not the Council as implied in the minutes. Furthermore, Saucedo took issue with the non-reappointment of City Clerk Irene Galvan. At the Mai-ch 26 meeting, Mayor Rodriguez, according to the min- utes, left the decision to confirm reap- pointment up to the Council. "It was not presented properly," Saucedo, who was not present at the March 26 meeting, said. Councilor Ernest Gallegos concurred with Saucedo on the City Clerk issue., Saucedo also.said the minutes were vague in discussing demolition of prop- erty within City limits. Mayor Rodriguez called for a mo- tion to approve the March 26 minutes. After some time, Mayor Pro-Tern Dana Arredondo made the motion and Coun- cilor Eddie Esquivel made the second. The minutes were approved. Bills were approved by the Council, following several questions from Coian- cilor Saucedo. He questioned approxi- mately $750 expended to change locks at City Hall on two separate occasions. Mayor Rodriguez i0formed him that it was necessary to ensure no former era- ployees had access to the building, as a lot of property had gone missing during the transition. In discussing the bills, Mayor .Rodriguez said he will continue to ad- vocate that the City and others shop lo- cally, encouraging allowances to local merchants be made for the time and added expense to shop out of town. Local citizen Manuel Ramirez ad- dressed the Council in public form. He encouraged the Council to reconsider the name of City Hall. "This building does not deserve the name it was given," Ramirez said. "I ask you to rename it Lordsburg City Hall" Although the Council gave no re- sponse, Ramirez received a round of ap- plause from the approximately 50 citi- zens present. Under old business, Art Malott ad-. dressed the Council on an issue that has affected the Methodist Church on 3 'd Street. Malott said that when Diamond Construction was doing road work on 2 "a Street earlier this year, they cut the church's sewer line. Malott said the church basement was flooded three times before a plumber discovered that the church's sewer line connects on 2 "J Street.. Diamond Construction is claim- ing that they asked the City for "locates" to prevent this from happening and the Methodist Church connection was not on that list. The total the church is re- questing is $1525, which Malott says in See CITY COUNCIL on Page 2 Raul Escobar Sr. and Congressman Teague following the pinning ceremony. Rep. Teague presents WWl medals to Raul Escobar, Sr. Courtesy information On Saturday, Congressman Harry Teague presented World War II Veteran Raul Escobar, Sr. with seven awards and medals for his service as a Seabee from 1944- 1947. Escobar, a longtime resident of Lordsburg, served in the Pacific theater on three invasions campaigns in Leyte, Jiro Jima and Okinawa and failed to receive his medals following his heroic service. Escobar contacted Congressman Teague in December for assistance in receiving his commendations. Congressman Harry Teague presented Escobar with the World War II Victory Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal (with 2 Bronze Service Stars), Navy Occu- pation Service Medal (with Asia Clasp), Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Discharge Button, Honorable Service Lapel Pin (Ruptured Duck), and the Philippine Libera- tion Medal (with 1 Bronze Star). Escobar was joined by his wife of 60 years, Manuela, his sons David and Rudy Jr. and his grandchildren for the awarding of the medals at the Deming City Hall. When Igrow up... La Escuelita Head Start in Lordsburg celebrated Week of theYoung Child this week, complete with a pilgrimage to City Hall Monday morning. While at City Hall, Mayor Frank Rodriguez officially proclaimed this week the Week of the Young Child, then visited with the preschoolers, many of whom came dressed as what they'd like to be when they grow up. For additional photos, see Page 2 of this week's edition. Ten LMS employees will be affected by a Reduction In Force approved by Board of Education Hard economic times have hit the Lordsbui'g Municipal Schools, forcing administration to take action with a Re- duction in Force (RIF) plan that will shave $800,000 off the annual budget. The LMS School Board voted to approve a proposed RIF at a special board meeting last Friday night. Voting for the o.st cuts were Mark Thomas, Marianne Stewart and John Mora. Manuel D.V. Saucedo voted against the cuts and David Whipple was not present. The need to slash at the budget has arisen from various areas. In 2009, State legislative appropriations to the district were reduced by $125,000. Just this year, the State legislative funding, thanks to a March 2010 Special Session, an addi- tional $135,000 were taken from the District. Furthermore, recluction in overall enrollment in the Lordsburg Schools has adversely affected projected funding by $490,000 in operational monies and $50,000 in federal funding. The RIF approved by the Board of Education will see ten positions elimi- nated from the payroll in the 2010-2011 school year. This number includes five teachers, three instructional assistants, one secretary/clerical position and one support staff position. Those who will be let go will be determined based on the number of re- tention points each employee has. Those with the fewest retention points will top the list for possible RIF action. Other efforts by the District up to this point to cut costs have included: Reduced planned professional development expenditures for 2009- 2010 Reduced planned staff and stu- dent travel expenditures for 2009-2010 Non re-employment of replace- ment staff for numerous positions, in- cluding Special EduCation teacher, El- ementary teacher, Early Childhood in- structional assistant, Special Education instructional assistant, Maintenance per- Son and Cafeteria server. Elimination of high school Se- curity Guai'd position in 2009-2010 Renegotiation of ancillary contracts to reduce costs Planned management of federal programs in-house, eliminating expen- diture for contract services in this area. Planned reduction of high school principal position to an ll- month contract. Reassignment of Homeless Li- aison responsibilities, allowing for re- duction in salary for Truancy Officer position. Planned use of a portion of Op- erational Cash Balance to free funds for some continuing positions. According to the approved RIF, nu- merous district program and activities will be affected by the budget cuts, in- cluding elementary and secondary class- room education and physical education, counseling services, library programs, ancillary and health services, food ser- vices and district administration. While the budget is being cut across the board, there are some programs that will not be affected by the cuts, includ- ing high school and junior high athlet- ics, band and student council. All District employees who are af- fected by the RIF will have reinstatement rights to a position in the District at a later time. Border Patrol offering more tha n just border secur Lordsburg Border Patrol Agent In der Patrol studies the munities they Charge Chris Mangusing attended last Friday's regular City Council meeting, making a presentation on the economic impact his agency has on the communi- ties they serve. According to Mangusing, the US Border Patrol, El Paso Sector, had the UTEP Institute for Policy and Economic Development perform the study. The results were surprising. The E1 Paso Sector, which includes El Paso, Alamogordo, Fabens, Fort Hancock, Ysleta, TX and Las Cruces, Deming, Lordsburg and Truth or Consequences, pumps more than $284 million dollars into the economy. There are 2,661 jobs that result di- rectly from the Border Patrol presence andl,219 jobs that are created indirectly. Furthermore, $121 million .has been gen- erated in construction projects, along with 1,523 jobs. When it comes to housing, 82 per- cent of all Border Patrol agents own their homes, while 17 percent are renters. The average Border Patrol family, according to Mangusing, spends $30,000 in the community where they live. There are currently 260 agents at the Lordsburg station. According to Mangusing, only 40 percent of those agents live in Hidalgo County, while the remaining 60 percent commute from SiP ver City and Deming. "We are very committed in assist- ing the City of Lordsburg with retention issues," Mangusing said Friday. "We want to keep our agents in our commu- nity." Mangusing went on to say that the problem is not just in housing, but in issues such as shopping, medical and school districts. He added that the Bor- serve and that Hidalgo County has two very good school districts, which is at- tractive to potential residents. In Fiscal Year 2008-2009, the El Paso Sector apprehended 14,999 illegal aliens. Mangusing said that number has decreased, but the amount of marijuana seizures has increased. Governor tours- border in Hidalgo County Courtesy submission Governor Bill Richardson last week traveled to Southern New Mexico to get a firsthand look at the situation along the border and updates from state and federal law enforcement agencies on se- curity operations. Governor Richardson, accompanied by Secretary of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Secretary John Wheeler, took an aerial survey of the New Mexico border with the National Guard and then joined Ari- zona Governor Jan Brewer for an aerial survey of the Arizona/Mexico border. Governor Richardson ordered in- creased National Guard and law enforce- ment presence along the New Mexico border following the deadly shooting of an Arizona rancher last month. The num- ber along the border has been doubled to 70 National Guardsmen. "I want the people of Southern New Mexico to know that we are taking what- See GOVERNOR on Page 2 UPCOMING EVENTS Commodity distribution TEFAP Commodities for persons age 18 and above will be distributed on Tuesday, April 20, 2010, at approxi- mately 12:00 p.m. at the Special Events Center in Lordsburg, 502 West 2 "d Street. Free Video Free Video Presentation - Escape From The Black Hole. Speaker, Ivor Myers, former 'ap star, speaks about his past and current life. He challenges the audience by asking if we know of any- one involved in witchcraft! You'll Want to find out what the answer is! The pro- gram begins at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 17. A vegetarian supper will be provided following the program. Loca- tion - 12 Peterson Drive, Silver City, NM. Sponsored by your local Seventh Day Adventist Church. 575 545 8832. Bring a friend! Benefit Bake Sale Hidalgo County's Relay for Life team will be holding a Bake Sale on Fri- day, April 23, 2010 at the Courthouse beginning and 9:30 a.m. The sale will continue until items are sold out. Democratic meeting The Hidalgo County Democratic Party will meet May 5, 2010 at the Cham- ber of Commerce at 5:30pm. The public is encouraged to attend. Cooking Classes ICAN cooking classes will begin May 3, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at the Hidalgo County Extension Office. Call 575-542- 9291 to join or get more information. Kindergarten Registration RV Traylor Elementary School will hold Kindergarten Registration on Fri- day, April 23, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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 family, or a friend. For those not fa- miliar with our Diabetes Support Group, we meet every last Wednesday of each month 10 am-llam 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. Love & Logic classes Free Love and Logic parenting ses- sions begin Monday, April 19 and will be held at the HMS Conference Room from noon to 1 p.m. To register call 575- 542-8384, ext. 441.