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VOLUME 10 ISSUE 17 FRIDAY APRIL23, 2010 50¢ I Hidalgo County 4 f Bord security meeting held in Animas Tuesday morning Courtesy Submission yards. Concerned citizens and representa- ' The organizers of the meeting want rives of law enforcement gathered on to thank the community for their partici- Tuesday in Animas to discuss the situa- pation. Thanks go to representatives of tion faCing the people who reside in the the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Depart- area along our southern border. It was, ment, New Mexico State Police, U.S. not only the people who live in close Department of Homeland Security Im- proximity to the border, but those in migration and Customs Enforcement, towns a good distance away who came and the District Attorney's Office who out to participate in the important meet- provided information and were on hand ing. for questions. A special thank you to Throughout the two hour meeting, former Congressman Steve Pearce for partici- coming pants in to the excess of meeting. 60 people His expe- v o i C e d riences as their con- a member cerns re- of the garding H o m e- the safety land Se- of their curity families. Commit- On more tee while than one serving occasion, in Con- reference gress pro- was made v i d e d to how valuable d r a s t i - Citizens concerned about border safety issues attended input for c a 1 1 y , Tuesday's meeting in Animas. the dis- t h i n g s Photo courtesy PAT BENNETT cussion, tv h a v e His will- Coun_.students learn conservation habits changed during the time they have lived ingness to continue to help develop a In honor of Stewardship Week 2010, elementary students in Animas and Lordsburg were given Arizona Cypress tree here. Some have lived here for a few plan to help keep our community safe is years, and some their entire lives, which very much appreciated, saplings to plant at home.The 2010 Stewardship Week is themed"Conservation Habits = Healthy Habitats,'encouraging ranged from 20-some to over 60 years. A more detailed report of the com- citizens, schools and communities to develop and maintain habitat areas using good conservation practices. Above, The illegals coming across our borders ments 'and points made on action re- David Ramos, representing the Hidalgo Soil and Water Conservation District, demonstrates how to plant the sapling to years ago were merely coming here to quired will be. submitted for publication third graders at Southside Elementary School in Lordsburg last Friday. Also pictured are John O'Laughlin and Penny find a better life. Rarely was there an in next week's Herald. Daye-Driscoll of NRCS and Christy Rubio of the Hidalgo County Extension Office. For more photos, see Page 3. incident where harm came to American citizens duetotheirpresence. It ispub- Teague calls r0r border law enforcement fundina tn rp.dnmp harder violence lie,knowledge that today the illegals coming across are trafficking drugs, Courtesy submission the violence along the bordel  .: ;;; . i; " .:.i "5 i.; . .," " ,' " ;  ; • -;-........ • .  ;: :;...i.-..-Lniiii.>..' a joint mission to weapons and humans for monetary gain. On Tuesday, Congressman Harry man Teague has also called ":" ................... The lives of al L Americans, not only Teague announced that he has asked' Barack Obama to convene a the U.S. Border ,those who reside in our area, are being Speaker Pelosi for a surge in funding for Summit with the aim of building a portcy uuard Counterdrug Program conducts a Patrol: with assaults against Border Pa- put in jeopardy, ........................... brder-lmc-enforeement to help secure to address the border violence crisis, en- full spectrum campaign that bridges the trol increased from last year's levels and Meetings of this type t)ave been held the US  Mexico border and address the sure that the violence does not spill over gap between Department of Pefense and violence raging across the border in in border communities ofSouthern New violence that has plagued the region for -into the United States, and help America on-DoD institutions in the fight against Mexico, further investments are needed Mexico and Southeastern Arizona for the the past three years, get back to work building our border illicit drugs and transnational threats to to equip agents with the tools they need past several years. On numerous occa- The request for funding comes in economies. Most recently, Congressman the homeland. The additional funding to secure the border and ensure their own sions, mention has been made of the fear the wake of escalating violence along Teague and his staff have held meetings will allow New Mexico's National Guard satiety. Fulding will go toward forward morethat someOnework notW°Uldbe donel°SetotheirsecurelifetheSh°Uldbor- the border region. In March, American with ranchers• and various border law to expand their assistance to the Border operating bases, communications equip- der. Unfortunately and sadly, that became citizens connected to the U.S. consulate enforcement agencies to collaborate Patrol to secure the border, ment, surveillance equipment, officer a reality a few week ago when we lost. were murdered in Ciudad Juarez and with them on a strategy to secure our $50 million for , Operation support equipment and other resources. our friend and neighbor Rob Krentz. The Robert Krentz, an Arizona rancher was border and keep residents along the bor, Stonegarden: Operation Stonegarden $32.2 million to hire new Border resounding statement made throughout murdered on his property in an area that der safe. provides resources to enhance law en- Patrol agents: The recent sharp increase the meeting was, "Our borders must be is a well known drug smuggling corri- Following those meetings, Con- forcement preparedness and operational in violence in the border region under- secured and the control must be at the dor. gressman Teague was joined by 18 of readiness along the borders of the U.S.. scores the dangers faced by agents in the border. Patrolling miles inward from the As Vice Chair of the Congressional his colleagues, mostly border lawmak- The program is designed to promote field, and the need for more Customs and border is not getting the job done. We Border Caucus, Congressman Harry ers, in submitting the request for $137 cooperation and coordination between Border Protection agents has never been want military force at the border to stop Teague has consistently called fora re- million in targeted investments for a corn- federal, state, local, and tribal law en- more prevalent. the war from being waged in our back- bust, comprehensive strategy to address prehensive approach to securing our By Mayor Frank M. O 1  lie 1  Rodriguez This week we celebrate "Administrative Professionals Day." As a new adminis- tration, we would like to offer a special thanks to all of our Administrative Staff at City Hall. They have been an immense help during this transition. Don't forget to acknowledge those administrative assistants who go above and beyond their duties to assist you in our local places of business. We would also like to.acknowledge one of our local heroes, Raul Escobar, Sr. Representative Teague was instrumental in Mr. Escobar finally receiving his com- mendations. This past week, Congressman Teague presented seven' awards and service medals of honor to veteran Mr. Raul Escobar for his service as a Seabee in WWII from 1944-1947, It is a delayed honor which he proudly shared with his family. We would like to thank all of the Department of Justice Agents who took part in the Angel Thunder Exercise this week at the Playas Training Center. The Annual Air Combat Command Exercise Angel Thunder is the largest Personnel Recovery Exer- cise in the Country with many agencies working in cooperation toward one goal, rescuing personnel. Each department or agency has their own strengths and to- gether they can accomplish much more than they can individually. We appreciate their support of the Lordsburg Municipal'Airport and our local businesses; but more importantly, we would like to offer our appreciation for the missions and service that we never hear about. We would also like to thank them for the varied patches and medallions they added to our bulletin board at the airport; we hope to see them return next year. Thursday, April 22 " is Earth Day; let us all commit to five things to make our earth a better place: plant a tree or flowers, recycle your soda cans, pick up trash and rubbish. There are many small actions that we can be taken that will make a large impact over time. We can also use this day as a reminder to get outside and enjoy nature with our families and friends. Take the kids or pets to the park to play, go for Maverick spirit hits the road a walk or bike ride around the block or take advantage of our wonderful National • Parks and go out for a picnic or hike: Remember the purpose of this day is to protect The Lardsburg High School Maverick cheerleading squad made their first appearance in years at the 2010 State Spirit our environment for future generations; but we should also enjoy its beauty and Competition.The team did not place in the competition, but put on great performances. Pictured above are (back) Aliyah bounty each and everyday. This also helps to relieve the stress we face on a daily Gallegos, Valerie Mendoza, Brlanne Ruiz, Sarah Atilano, Star Gomez, Abel Lara, Cory Sprott, Denette Mora, Emily Alvarez, basis. Individually our actions do not seem like it would make a difference but to- Kayla Gonzalez, EmilyAqulflo,(front), tiiaRenteria, Cia#ra Young, Lorri Vargas, Paige Gonzales and Clarissa Barela. gether we can make positive changes in our community. Let us take the example of ' ' " : : Courtesy photo Operation Angel Thunder. Thank you and have a safe and fun weekend. 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. Healthy Start meeting Healthy Start will have its monthly meeting on Wednesday 21, 2010 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Lordsburg Civic Center. This month's topic will be "Diabetes", presented by Guadalupe Marquez from Ameri Corps out of Ben Archer Health Center. These meetings are open to the public and are free of charge, also you receive a 1 ½ credit for those of you that participate in the food program. For more information please contact Olga Neave at 575-542-8722 at the Healthy Start Office. Kindergarten Registration RV Traylor Elementary School will hold Kindergarten Registration on Fri- day, April 23, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Stu- dents must be 5 before September 1 and must bring birth certificate and immuni- zation records to registration. Diabetic Support Group Come jgin us and stay informed for either yourself, a loved one' in your fam- ily, or a friend. For.those not familiar 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. 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. Softball'Tournament CARES (Community Awareness Remembrance Education on Suicide) has teamed up with the Hidalgo County Health Consortium to host a co-ed soft- ball tournament on June 5, 2010 in con- junction with the County H lth Fair! Each team should consist of a mini- mum of four adults, with the remaining participants 15 or older. There is a $50 entry fee per team, and each team do- nates two new softballs. Entries will be taken until May 15, so hurry and get your team entered! You may do this or re- quest more information by emailing: hidal ohealth @ . 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.