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VOLUME 14 ISSUE 16 Hidalgo County SmallTown Papers 217 West Cota Street Shelton, WA 98584 ihh,l,,h,l,hh,l-h,hlh'l FRIDAY APRIL 18, 2014 75 DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE FOR HIDALGO COUNTY I vow to maintain J U the office with Honesty & Integrity I I I II I II " I I III I I I ! Herald staff report It was pointed out that a similar At last week's regular City Council project was undertaken at Pyramid Vii- meeting, Lordsburg Mayor Clark Smith lage last year, but the area was not prop- brought the public up to date on projects erly cared for. Vandalism was discussed that his office has been working on since and Mayor Smith spoke with City Po- being elected last month, lice Chief Robert Rodriguez about keep- A few of the projects the City has ing Short Park on officers' radar to pry- been working on include: vent this work from being destroyed. Animas Street improvements top the Veteran's Park will be the fo~us of a list of projects, with the City slated to YCC project in which area youth will be spend $68,136 through 2013-2014 State hired this summer to plant trees and clean COOP monies on design work. This work up the area. Councilwoman Greene asked has already begun. Water improvements about the renaming of Veteran's Park to on Animas Street are being considered Allan Koff Veteran's Park. She was told in conjunction with the street project, that was done during the previous ad- thanks to $585,284 NMFA funding. This ministration. However, City Mainte- water improvements funding extends to nancy Supervisor John Hill said that the Maple, Copper and Lead Streets. The "Allan Koff' portion of the sign was re- 2014-2015 COOP funding cycle will moved because it was at risk in the high include application for chip sealing winds the area has been receiving lately. funds for Pasture Loop. Mayor Smith pointed out that he is Sidewalk ADA improvements will be seeking funding at the least possible ex- made on Motel Drive, specifically start- pense to the City--low or zero match ing at Abeyta's Physical Therapy. This funding. 2-year federal TAP project totals In other business, the Council agreed $223,065 and will include handicap to move forward with the abandonment ramps and sidewalk improvements. Side- of three properties in Lordsburg, all of walk and pavement repairs are also in which suffered fire damage at ~some the works on Animas Street and Pyramid point. The public hazard of these build- Village. ~ ~ ings was cited as the motivation for aban- The rehabilitation of the 2.5 million donment, and ultimate demolition. gallon water reservoi[ a/ld installation Pictured above are Lordsburg Police officer Maria Sanchez, La Frontera NM Admifi[atrative Manager Edgar Gomez, La of a new transmission line :~vill be funded Frontere NM Administrative Assistant Julle Montenegro and Mayor Smith. through the 2013 Colonias-'infrastruc- tures project. The hearing process on this out a] u[t project will begin next month. The 2014 Colonias proposal addresses sewer is- Herald staff report Statistics show that one in six boys and day Child First course at New Mexico sues, with new lift stations at Mountain The CityofLordsburgofficiallylent one infourgirlswillexperiencesexual State Universityinthenearfuture. The View RoadandDaysinnwithapricetag held its support to sexual Assault Awareness assault before the age of 18. These vic- refresher course will educated the LPD of $400,000. This project is in the appli- Month (April) last Thursday when Mayor tims are more than twice as likely to be officer on forensic interviewing of chil- cation process. Arthur Clark Smith signed an official victims of rape or sexual assault later in dren who have been assaulted or abused. The City is also attempting to re- proclamation. The proclamation points life. "This is a very important issue in ceive $390,000 from NMFA for upgrades The annual Easter Egg Hunt in our community," said Mayor Smith, "and at the Lordsburg Water Waste Plant. This Lordsburg will be held this Saturday, out that rape, sexual assault and sexual The Lordsburg Police Department the City will continue to do whatever project includes upgrades to the electri- April 19, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. at Short harassment impact the community---one is beefing up training for officers. Officer possible to prevent it and create a safer cal system, fence and the SCADA com- Park. in five Women and one in 71 men will be Maria Sanchez, who is a board member environment for all citizens." puter system. This project carries a City According to organizer Billy Burt, raped at some time in their lives, for Silver Region Sexual Assault Sup- For more information, contact SASS match of 10 percent, there will be more than 2500 eggs for The City of Lordsburg has made port Services (SASS), which includes at 575-313-6203 or La Frontera NM atA major project will be undertaken the youngsters to find, including 1,60~. child sexual abuse prevention a priority. Hidalgo County, will be attending a 4- 575-542-3304. at Short P~k, ~s in part to a grant prize eggs. Prizes will range from ca~dy that will be administered by La Frontera to baked goods to toys. The children ih N Mai program Frontier m u nities NMtor Edgarand JJCS.Gomez La Frontera Administra-was on hand at the ageattendancegroups.Will be separated into three meeting and said the project will include The Easter Bunny will also make an initiative to now includ downtown o~ to 65 new trees, shrubs and plants, a appearance at the event. drip system, new paint and the installa- Anyone wishing to make a donation tion of volleyball pits, tether ball poles to the event can contact Burt at 575-542- Herald staffreport visitors, and residents by drawing them Mexico MainStreet log on to http:// and horseshoe pits. The City will work 9347 or 575-654-2194. Donations can The New Mexico MainStreet pro- to .the shops and service industry that www.gonm.biz/Mainstreet.aspx and hand in hand with La Frontera to get this also be dropped off at E1 Charro Restau- gram in the New Mexico Economic are in the heart of the city. http://nmmainstreet.org/, project done. rant. Development Department announced According to Lordsburg Mayor last week the expansion of its Frontier Clark Smith, this project, coupled with Communities Initiative. Unutilized a federal grant the City is in line to funding will allow the addition of receive for sidewalk repair, will build Lordsburg to the initiative and for fur- up the looks, safety and bring out the they work in Carrizozo, a current Fron-history of the downtown area. ~ P,,II, tier Initiative community. The Fron-The Town of Carrizozo will re- ~. tier Communities Initiative is a new ceive additional technical assistance on program that provides technical assis- their historic commercial core that in- tance to select small rural communi- eludes State Highway 54 and 12th ties. Street. The New Mexico Department "The Frontier Communities Initia- of Transportation has initiated a trans- tive is a wonderful opportunity to pro- portation improvement project along vide assistance to develop historic, the High'way 54 corridor and this unique and important economic areas project will inform that process as well in the states smallest of communities," as provide revitalization strategies to said New Mexico Economic Develop- the city's historic downtown area on merit Cabinet Secretary Jon Barela. 12th Street. The project will increase "We are pleased that Lordsburg and the visitor and tourism economy, im- Carrizozo are able to participate in the prove pedestrian safety, and provide initiative as they work to bring tour- incentives for private reinvestment in ists and shoppers to local businesses the downtown buildings and proper- and encourage growth." ties. The City of Lordsburg is a new The Frontier Communities Initiative Frontier Community that will receive was established by the New Mexico state , urban design assistance on street im- legislature and signed into law by Gov- provements and revitalizing Motel ernor Martinet in 2013. This economic Drive through the center of town. development partnership program pro- Motel Drive is the "Main Street" in vides technical assistance to select small Lordsburg that once was a thriving and rural communities (less than 7,500 in prosperous place for Lordsburg'spopulation). Frontier Communities is economy. With the demise of the rail- not a grant program, and direct funding road as a.n economic engine, the area for selected projects is not included with ...... has gone into a deteriorated condition, services and resources provided for the Local youth enjoy Spring Fling at Short Park However, Motel Drive is still the coy- project. Rather, the goal is to increase rider that visitors travel when exiting capacity and promote a keystone eco- To wrap up Spring Break, many Lordsburg youngsters enjoyed an afternoon of wet fun at the spring Fling held at Short and entering Interstate I0, and utiliz- nomic development project in each his- Park last Friday. The event, which featured e variety of water games, DJ music, free t-shirts and hamburgers and ing the Amtrak stop. The city plans to toric commercial district, hotdogs, was hosted by the Lordsburg AmeriCorps and Maverick Helpers. The focus of the event was to bring kids improve the streetscape along the road, For more information about the together to have fun and raise awareness about how easy it is to stop bullying by being a friend to others. Above, s few of making the drive more appealing to Frontier Communities Initiative or New the children in attendance took Ume to show off their Stop Bullying t-shirts, For more photos, see Page 10 of this week's edition. Herald staff photos UPCOMING EVENTS II III INlellllll| Bli||ll|lll't Pennies being collect Saturday, April 19th at 3:00PM. Friday evening the 25th between 4 PM of Easter as citizens of our great city. The ed Community Garage Sale and 7 PM. Setup on the 26th after 8 AM. event will take place at North Park, The Name you can TRUST- Central Elementary School will be Call Donna for reservations and info 575- Lordsburg NM. Dress warm, free coffee The Name you can REMEMBER collecting Pennies for Patients for blood A community garage sale will be 557-1400. and hot chocolate will be served. Please M O RG A N cancer patients. If you would like to do- held in Rodeo on Saturday, April 26, hate any money you may get in touch 2014 from 9 AM to 3 PM at the Rodeo Easter Sunrise Service cOmesored byandthebe Assemblya part of thiSof GodeVent!church.Spon- // with any or grader, or bring your Community Center at 16 Hickory Street. There will be a Community Easter G00d Friday Service LL change by Central Elementary School. Buy, Sell, or Trade your "Treasures" at Sunrise Service, on Sunday April 20th, FOl HIDA~O We will be collecting money from April the Rodeo Community Garage Sale. No 2014. The service will be at sunrise (ap- The Bootheel Ministerial Alliance 14~ thru May 2. fees for spaces. Tables inside the build- proximately at 6:30 A.M.) The service is will lead a Good Friday Service on April ing are by reservation. Spaces outside for our community and surrounding city 18, 2014 at 12:05 p.m. at the First Bap- Resurrection concert are first come, first served. Lunch menu ies and for anyone and everyone regard- tist Church of Lordsburg. Come join us otr rmdmPoNr lpkts Please join us for our Resurrection at 11 AM will be-113 lb. Sirloin burger "less of religion and or denomination. It's as we remember the sacrifice Jesus made To Pl'dCd'T0 ~ concert and cookout at Scripture Bap- with baked beans and tater tots for $5.00. an opportunity for our community to on our behalf. All are welcome to attend. tist Church, 319 E. Fifth St. It will be on Beverages are .75 cents. Setup inside on come together and celebrate the holiday Continued on Page 3 I I I I I . L; "