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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, APRIL 16, 2010 9 Thousands to benefit from faster Disability application process By RAY VIGILISocial Security Public Affairs Specialist in El Paso, Texas Tens of thousands more people will benefit from a faster and more efficient process when applying for disability benefits, thanks to an expansion ir Social Security,s Compassionate Allow- ances. Compassionate Allowances Reader's Digest ranks NM roads fourth best in nation Information Courtesy N M DEPT. of TRANSPORTATION . New Mexico has ranked fourth in a recent Reader's Digest publi- cation noting the best' roads in America. Kansas, Wisconsin and Mon- tana preceded New Mexico in the list arid Utah rounded out the top five. The publication ranked all 50 states and determined the safest, most scenic and sensible roads 'Ever since our transition from the 'Highway Department' the Department of Transportation has made great strides improving mo- bility throughout New Mexico," said Transportation Secretary Gary L.J. Gir6n. "Our transportation infrastructure has been recognized continuously over the last several years for its smoothness and perfor= mance; in addition, our roadways have become increasingly safer." "The Transportation Commission is pleased "to see New Mexico's roadways recognized on a national level once again," said Transpor- tation Commission Chairman Johnny Cope. "Millions of dollars have been invested to ensure safe, structural roadways throughout the state. On behalf of the Commission, I'd like to congratulate the Department on a job well done." Last year, the Reason Foundation ranked the New Mexico De- partment of Transportation second in the nation for their effective and efficient use of available resources. The Reader's Digest article used data from the Federal Highway Administration to determine rankings based on safety, congestion and conditions of roads and bridges in each state. The" article also ranked the country's most dangerous roads, in- cluding the top 10 deadliest for DUIs and speeding The "deadliest roads" were calculated using a ranking of fatalities per 100 million miles driven. New Mexico ranked 19 th on the list, however in October 2009, it was announced that New Mexico had dropped out of the top 10 rank- ing for DWI fatalities according to statistics released by th.e National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. According to the report, New Mexico dropped to 1 lth in the nation for the number of DWI fatali- ties per tO0,000 population in 2008. New Mexico was ranked ninth in the nation for DWI fatalities in both 2006 and 2007. The article also mentioned the 1-40 route across New Mexico and California as one of the country's most "safe, scenic and sensible" roadways. For more information, visit www.readersdigest.com/ bestandworstroads. For more information please contact NMDOT Chief PIO Mark Slimp at (505) 231-1935. Foster, adoptive parents needed in New MexiCo Saturday, April 17 11:000 AM to 3:00 PM Iglesia de Jesucristo Church Adrian S. or Submitted by CYFD Becoming a foster or adop- tive parent can make a huge dif- ference in the life of a child. Join us for an information meeting to be held this month of February in your area. Please call Ronny Diaz, CYFD Foster & Adoptive Parent Recruiter at. (575) 434-5950 ext. 121 for more information or visit us on the web at www.cyfd.org. Se Habla Espanol Foster or Adopt a New Mexico Youth Adrian S. Age: 13 Grade: 7 Adrian S. is a 13 year old boy who loves to get approval from the adults in his life. He likes pets as well as people. Adrian can be very articulate in describ- ing how he feels. He all about his Spiderman collec- tion and his comic books. Adrian also enjoys active sports and pastimes, such as skate- boarding and football. Adrian is in special education where he gets the .extra help he needs to succeed. He would do well in a two-parent forever family who can give him love, support, structure, and boundaries, along with making a full commitment to him. For further information about these siblings, please con- , tact Camille Scarcella, CYFD Adoption Consultant, at camille.scaella@ stalea'urLus or 505-827-7450 ext. 1032 (phone For gen- eral information on how you can become a foster/adoptive par- ent with the Children, Youth and Families Department, please call 1-800-432-2075 visit warms up quickly to new people and will tell them www.CYFD.org. are a way of quickly identifying diseases and other medical con- ditions that clearly qualify for Social Security and Supplemen- tal Security Income (SSI) disabil- ity benefits --'allowing for faster decisions in the most obvious cases. Michael J. Astrue, Commis-. sioner of Social Security, an- nounced 38 more conditions that are being added to the Compas- sionate Allowances list. This ex- pands the original list of 50 con- ditions (25 rare diseases and 25 cancers) that Was announced in October 2008. The new condi- tions range from adult brain dis- orders to rare diseases that prima- rily affect children. "The addition of these new conditions expands the scope of Compassionate Allowances to a broader subgroup of conditions like early-onset Alzheimer's dis- ease,'"Commissioner Astrue said. "The expansion we are announc- ing today means tens of thou- sands of Americans with devas- tating disabilities will now get approved for benefits in a matter of days rather than months, and years." In developing the expanded list of conditions, Social Security held public hearings and worked closely with the National Insti- tutes of Health, the Alzheimer's Association, the National Orga- nization for Rare Disorders (NARD), and other groups. "The diagnosis of Alzheimer's indicates significant cognitive impairment that inter- feres with daily living activities, including the ability to work," said Harry Johns, President and CEO of the Alzheimer's Associa- tion. "Now, individuals who are dealing with the enormous chal- lenges of Alzheimer's won't also have to endure the financial and emotional toll of a long disabil- ity decision process." "This truly innovative pro- gram will provide invaluable as- sistance and support to patients and families coping with severely disabling rare diseases," said Pe- ter L. Saltonstall, President and CEO of the National Organiza-. tion for Rare Disorders (NARD). "On behalf of those patients and families, I want to thank Commis- sioner Astrue and his enthusias- tic team for creating and now ex- panding a program that will have a direct impact on the quality of life of thousands of individuals." "We will continue to hold hearings and look for other dis- eases and conditions that can be added to our list of Compassion- ate Allowances," said Commis- sioner Astrue. "There can be no higher priority than getting dis- ability benefits quickly to those Americans with these severe and life-threatening conditions." To learn more, and to see a complete list of the 38 new con- ditions, read the press release at www.s0cialsecurity.gov/ pressoffice/pr/cal02 1 1 10- pr.html. For a complete list of the 88 Compassionate Allowance con- ditions, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/ compasSionateallowances. NM to receive $28.5 million to turn around low-performing schools Courtesy submission U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that New Mexico has been awarded $28.5 million to help improve low-performing schools. The U.S. Department of Education made the award to the New Mexico Public Educa- tion Department with funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Schools from around the state are eli- gible to apply for funding. 'It's inlportart to,dcntify ..which schools are doing a good job, and which need. tO im: prove. But we obviously can- not stop there. We must also help low-performing schools get better by giving them the resources they need to set higher goals and achieve them," Bingaman said. "This grant is a tremendous investment in New Mexico's school children." "Supporting the schools in New Mexico that need the most help will enable them to make improvements and set higher standards," Udall said. "This is a great example of recovery act dollars being utilized to support education and help turn around the schools that need it most." In order for a school dis- trict to apply for these funds, it must have a state-identified "persistently lowest achieving." Tier III schools -- a school that has failed to meet annual yearly progress for two years but is not identified as a persistently low- est achieving school - can also apply for grant funds once all of the state's lowest-achieving schools have received funding. Important Dates This Month in the life of Geronimo (Goyaa 'Le) 1. Battle ol "Kaskiyeh"-Spring 2. Escape from the San Carlos, Arizona, Concentration Camp-4 April 1878 3. Ambush by Colonel Lorenzo Garcia- 27 April 1882 Go Painlessly Mary Ann W. Go Painlessly  Compare and Save! Buy THERA-GESIC g,now someone wlto could use a Sentimental Surprise? We have a wide variety of JUST-BBC00UH -Floral &rrangements & Oiftsl 214 E, MOTEl., DRIVE IN LORDSBURG I Erica Wheeler Wheeler to perform for fila00 Folk Series April 16 in Silver City Submitted by MRAC The Mimbres Region Arts Council Folk Series presents Erica Wheeler, Friday, April 16, for the final .Folk Series event of the season! The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7) at the Historic Silco Theater. Based in western Massachusetts, Erica Wheeler is an award-win- ning songwriter who originally went to college to become a wildlife field biologist to help protect wildlife habitat. She went on to become a touring a singer/songwriter whose songs are deeply rooted in the land and a sense of place. "About ten years ago while visiting many of the places I had come to treasure on earlier tours as a singer/songwriter, I returned only to find them forever changed by new development and sprawl," she recounted. "It was time to bring my life full circle." Wheeler now combines her career as a performing artist with her life-long interest in natural and cultural history, and conservation issues to teach, speak and sing about personal connection to place, and the role that connection plays in land stewardship. Based on the philosophy that everyone has stories of connection waiting to be remembered and revealed, her concerts and keynotes evoke a sense of place in listeners, and workshops and trainings pro- vide tools and inspiration to find and Tickets are $10 for students, $15 for members and $20 for no n- members. Purcha.se tickets online at www.mimbresarts.com, call the Arts Council at 575-538-2505, or stop into the MRAC Office inside the Wells Fargo Bank Building, 1201 Pope St. in Silver City. After the show, The Parlor will offer all Erica Wheeler concert-goers with a ticket stub complimentary appetizers. While in Silver City, Wheeler will host "Reconnect with the Land. Reconnect with Yourself," a writing workshop where individuals can develop their ideas about places and belonging for use in song writ- ing, stories, poems and essays. The workshop is sponsored by the Gila Resources Information Project and will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 17, at the Church of What's Happening, 609 N. Ala- bama St. The fee is $15 and more information can be acquired by calling 538-2505. The Folk Series is sponsored by Wells Fargo Home Mortgage- Neysa Pritikin, Q92.9, Holiday Inn Express-Silver City and Diane's Restaurant and the Parlor. It is made possible in part by the Town of Silver City Lodgers Tax and the New Mexico Department of Tourism, and in part by the New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Ameri- can Recovery and Reinvestment Act. For more information visit Www.mimbresarts.com or www.ericawheeler.com. Be 'Unique: Custom Business Card'Desig Digitaf Ptiotograply & Editing Software & Computer'Training Newsletters *Spreadsheets * Po'werpoints * Posters * Catalogs * Etc. Sherral "lroner,'()wner EO. Box 63 Animas, NM 88020 (575) 313-7036 II S martArt Sotut ion s(a)ym all.cam ' '-00LLEY TELEPHONE ('()OPERATIVE, INC. 46th Annual Meeting Saturday, May Ist, 2010 San Simon School Gym San Simon, Arizona Registration: 12:00 p.m. Arizona Time Meeting: 1:O0 p.m. Arizona Time Valley Telephone Cooperative, Inc. Members Meeting Volley Telephone Cooperative, Inc, will make necessary provisions for anyone with disabilities. 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