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2 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 2014 President Shepard seeks guidance in Hidalgo County Western New Mexico University (WNMU) President Dr. Joseph Shepard visited with the public last Friday morning at the Hidalgo Coul!ty Manager's Office, hoping to gain insight on howWNMU and its services can better benefit the community. Shepard inquired about law enforcement educational requirements, Lordsburg Schools' capabiUties, housing and crime statistics. Shepard emphasized the importance of staying abreast of current technology."l believe I have a responsibility to prepare WNMU for the future," he said. His predictions for the future include an model for higher education, as well as a subscription-based curriculum. He added that he would like to see every student graduate high school with an associate's degree or certificate that will make them immediately employable. WNMU currently offers courses at the Hidalgo County Learning Center. Herald staff photo Angelica of Safford AZ; one Yvonne H, Romero daughter, Kiana Scott and com- panion Randall Saponaro of Sil- Yvonne Holguin Romero, ver City; five grandchildren, 49, a resident of Tyrone, NM, en- Ruben, Daniel, Kaileen, Derrick tered eternal rest Sunday,and Dezmond; five broth- April 6, 2014 at her resi-ers, Efren Romero and dence, wife Maria of Tucson, She was born AZ; Frank Romero January 17, 1965 in and companion Lordsburg, NM to Pam of Lordsburg; Frank Romero and Stevie Romero and Irene Holguin. She wife Deborah of was an avid Dallas L o r d s b u r g ; Cowboy fan. She Eduardo Romero loved to play soft- of Las Cruces; ball with her sisters. Frank Talavera of They all belonged to Lordsburg; six sis- the team Purple Pas- ters, Debbie Madrid sion. She had a love of Lordsburg; Irma for shopping it was one Geaney and husband of her favorite things to Thomas of do Yvonne Holguin Lordsburg; Yvette She is survived by her Romero Hobbs and husband Jeff mother, Irene Romero of of Silver City; Beatrice Lordsburg; companion Mary Placencia and husband Danny of Frances Chavez of the family Lordsbtlrg; Connie Arambula of home; two sons, Ruben Scott and Lordsburg and Sylvia Madero companion Bianca of Lordsburg; and husband Saturnino of Derrick Scott and companionLordsburg; numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father and one brother, Ronnie Romero. Visitation was held Monday, April 14 from 10-11 a.m. at As- sembly of God Church in Lordsburg 701 Animas St. with the Funeral Services beginning at 11 a.m. with' Pastor Ed Kerr offi- ciating. Concluding service in- terment will follow at Shakespeare cemetery. Pallbearers were Ruben and Derrick Scott, Efren, Frank, Stevie and Eduardo Romero, Aaron Contreras and Benjie Talavera. Honorary pallbearers were Randy Saponaro, Marisa and Alyssa Chavez, Ray Holguin, Anthony Madrid and her grandchildren, Eric Silva, Ricky Huerta and Isaiah Villa. Arrangements are with Terrazas Funeral Chapels "Trusted care for the ones you love" ~ 575-537-0777. To send condolences, visit www.terrazas The Grandparent Seam-Don't let it happen to you Information courtesy yer, a doctor at a hospital, or some opening at/investigation. We rec- Editor's Note: The following other person. And we've also re- ommend contacting your local is being published as a direct re- ceived complaints about the authorities or state consumer pro- sult of Hidalgo County residents phony grandchild talking first tection agency if you think being targeted in seams similar and then handing the phone over you've been victimized. We also to this one, stating that loved to an further spin suggest you file a complaint with ones have been arrested in the fake tale. IC3, which not only forwards Mexico. Locally, the scammer We've also seen military complaints to the appropriate has gone to the extent of making families victimized: after perus- agencies, but also collates and a follow up call from the "consu- ing a soldier's social networking analyzes the data--looking for late" or "embasy". site, a con artist will contact the common threads that link com- You're a grandparent, and soldier's grandparents, some- plaints and help identify the cul- you get a phone call or an e-mail times claiming that a problem prits. from someone who identifies came up during military leave And, our advice to avoid being himself as your grandson. "I've that requires money to address, victimized in the first plaee: been arrested in another, country," While it's commonly called Resist the pressure to act he says, "and need money wired the grandparent seam, criminals quickly. quickly to pay my bail And oh may also claim to be a family Try to contact your grand- by the way, don't tell my room or friend, a niece or nephew, or an- child or another family member dad because they'll only get up- other family member, to determine whether or not the set!" What to do if you have been call is legitimate. This is an example of what's scammed. The financial losses in Never wire money based on come to be known as "the grand- parent scam"--yet another fraud these cases--while they can be a request made over the phone or that preys on the elderly, this time substantial for an individual, usu- in an e-mail...especially overseas. by taking advantage of their love ally several thousand dollars per Wiring money is like giving victim--typically don't meet the cash--once you send it, you can't and concern for their grandchil- FBI's financial thresholds for get it back. dren. The grandparent seam has been around for a few years----our Risk of Human Salmonella Internet Crime Complaint Cen- ter (IC3)has been receiving re- infections this Easter ports about it since 2008. But the return season scam and scam artists have be- Submitted by NM DEPT. of symptoms might include nausea, come more sophisticated. Thanks HEALTH~Santa Fe chills or headaches. to the Internet and social net- working sites, a criminal can The New Mexico Depart- The Department recom- sometimes uncover personal in-. ment of Health and the Newmends that people young and old formation about their targets, Mexico Livestock Board aretake the following preventive which makes the impersonations again warning families that plan measures: more belie~,able. For example, to purchase baby chicks or other Wash your hands thoroughly the actual grandson may mention baby birds this spring to use ex- with soap and water immediately on his social networking site that treme caution in order to avoid after touching live baby birds or he's a photographer who often Salmonella infection, especially anything in the area where they travels to Mexico. When contact- if buying the birds for young chil- live and roam. Use hand sanitizer ing the grandparents, the phony dren. Last year, New Mexico had if soap and water are not readily grandson will say he's calling 19 human cases of Salmonella available. from Mexico, where someone related to baby chicks and duck- Adults should supervise hand stole his camera equipment and lings. Many of the cases were in washing for young children. passport, young children and there were 5 Don't snuggle or kiss baby Common scenarios include: hospitalizations, birds. A grandparent receives a"While raising poultry can Don't touch your mouth, or eat phone call (or sometimes an e- be a great experience, it is impor- or drink around live baby poul- mail) from a "grandchild." If it is tint to take some simple precau- try. a phone call, it's often late at tions to protect your children and Don't let baby birds inside the night or earIy in the morning your family," said Department of house or in areas where food or when most people aren't think- Health Secretary Retta Ward, ing that clearly. Usually, the per- MPH. "Poultry can carry Salmo- drink is prepared, served, or son claims to be traveling in a foreign country and.has gotten nella germs and still appear stored, such as kitchens, dining rooms, pantries, and outdoor pa- into a bad situation, like being healthy and clean. That makes it arrested for drugs, getting in a car easy for people to let their guard tios accident, or being mugged...and down, and that's when they run Don't clean any equipment or needs money wired ASAP. And the risk of getting Salmonella." materials associated with raising the caller doesn't want his or her Early symptoms of Salmo- or caring for live poultry (such as parents told. nella in people include fever, cages, feed, and water containers) Sometimes, instead of the diarrhea and abdominal pain. in the house. "grandchild" making the phone These symptoms develop one to Do not let children younger than call, the criminal pretends to be three days after exposure to baby 5 years-old touch chicks, duck- an arresting police officer, a law- chicks and their droppings. Other lings, or other live poultry. 1,, 4, ) 9 t' r v " k ,