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VOLUME 10 ISSUE 18 FRIDAY APRIL 30, 2010 50 Hidalgo County i1,1,,I,,I,,,,11,,11,,11,'"11'1 smallTown Papers 5026 California Avenue SW Seattle WA 98136 17 County awarded $500,000 for septic system project The Community Development Council (CDC) last week approved awards totaling $2,605,784 for infra- structure development.and improve- ments in southwestern New Mexico. This funding includes $500,000 for Hidalgo County to update outdated and out-of-code septic systems. The counties and municipalities that were approved for funding applied through the'Community Development Block Grant program, which is funded through the U.S. Department of Hous- ing and Urban Development. The grant program is administered by the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration. The awardees in District V were: Village of Columbus: Colonias award, Water System Improvements $300,000 Hidalgo County: Colnias award, Wastewater Improvements $500,000 City of Bayard: CDBG, Library Improvements $500,000 City of Deming: CDBG, Drainage improvements, $450,000 Town of Silver City: CDBG, Street and Drainage Improvements $458,911 Village of Santa Clara: CDBG, Fire Station Construction $3.96;873 The CDC includes appointees from the Governor and Lieutenant Governor's offices, 5 cabinet depart- ments and seven regional districts that cover the State of New Mexico. Sam Baca of Deming is the appointed offi- cial from District V, the southwestern region. The Southwest New Mexico Coun- cil of Governments is a regional plan- ning commission whose members are Catron, Grant, Hidalgo and Luna Counties and all the municipalities in those counties. SWNMCOG provides technical assistance, grant support and planning coordination to its members. USDA changes will benefit NM livestock producers Submitted by SEN. JEFF BINGAMAN'S OFFiCEWashington, DC U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman last week announced that the U.S. Depart- ment of Agriculture is making it easier for livestock producers not affected by bovine tuberculosis (TB) to move their animals across state lines, even if TB is present in the state. The changes are expected to result in substantial sav- ings in cost and time required to test cattle for bovine TB. Under USDA's new policy, man- datory movement restrictions for pre- ,iously affected areas will remain in place but. a number of requirements will be relaxed. For example, beef cattle wi!l be able to move from an area where TB has been detected to an area where it has not been detected even without testing, and commuter herds will no longer be required to test. Dairy cattle considered "closed herds" moving in New Mexico between loca- tions in and out of the zone will also not be required to test. The USDA made these changes in consultation with ranchers and dairy producers, and after determining that cattle can be moved safely without jeopardizing the health of other herds. "These new regulations are long overdue. New Mexico's livestock in- dustry is the state's single most impor- tant agricultural commodity with total annual sales of milk and beef cattle to- taling over $2 billion. There are over 1.5 million cattle and calves in New Mexico, including 330,000 dairy cows," Bingaman said. "The new regulations outlined by USDA will ensure New Mexico producers are pro- tected from bovine TB contamination, while reducing burdensome restrictions on their business operations." New Mexico has been operating under split-state status for over a year, which required all cattle shipped from Curry and Roosevelt Coianties to be tested for bovine TB. AHS Student Council day trip to White Sands AHS Student Council kids got a huge reward for their hard efforts this year by taking a day off from school to play in the sand! They went to White Sands near Las Cruces and spent a few hours digging, burying, and tackling each other in the sand. After that fun, they went to the mall where they shopped and some even watched a movie.The students had a great time and made lasting memories. The Student Council sponsor is Mrs. Vowell. Above, students bury each other in the sand. BY ELIZABETH RICHINSIHidalgo County Herald Number one priority is "Secure Our Southern Border" Article written in cooperation between SHEILA MASSEY AND JUDY KEELER As was reported in last week's Her- ald this article is a more detailed report of the Border Security Community Meet- ing held in Animas on April 20 tu. Before addressing the outcome of this impor- tant meeting, the following must be stated: "If you have an emergency, call 911. It's the fastest way to get a re- sponse." This is a compilation of the con- cerns regarding public safety due to a southern border that is far from secure. The area that many have called home for so many years and in some cases all their lives has become a lawless region where illegal immigrants bring drugs and weapons across our land. Reports from the meeting participants included home On the mend Southwest Concrete & Paving, under the direction of Engineers Inc. Project Manager Victor Nanez, has been busy repairing Main Street, forcing local motorists to have to deal with orange barrel stress. According to Nanez, the intermit- tent two-inch deep cut-outs in the street were made in order to repair sub grade failures in portions of the road. Beginning Thursday, the entire street will be milled, in which the top two inches of the remainder of the street will be cut off and replaced with a new top coat. The contract completion date is May 31, although Nanez anticipates the project to be completed ahead of schedule. UPCOMING EVENTS 1990info@gmail.com or call 972-249- 6527. Voter Registration The last day to register to vote in the June 1, 2010 Primary Election is Tuesday, May 4, 2010, at the Hidalgo County Clerk's Office, 300 Shakespeare Street. MVD Friday hours The Motor Vehicle Division will be closed on Friday, April 30 during the regular morning hours. The office will re-open at 1 !00 p.m. Friday afternoon. papers. More information is available by'calling Reggie in the Silver City of- fice at 575-538-2377. Transfer Station hours The Hidalgo County Transfer Sta- tion will begin being open on Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. on May 2, 2010 and will continue to be open on Sundays through the last weekend in August. 1990 LHS Reunion A 20-year reunion for the LHS Class of 1990 is scheduled for Labor Day Week- end, September 3-5. If interested in at- tending, or for more information, email Rummage Sale Western Bank's Relay For Life team will hold a fund raising Rtimmage Sale this Saturday, May 1, 2010, from 8 a.m. to noon in the bank parking lot. Veterans' Services visit Reggie Price, Veterans Service Of- ricer from New Mexico Department of Veterans' Services, will be available to meet with veterans and/or their families on Friday April 30, 2010 at the Lordsburg City Hall. Office hours will be from 10am-4pm. For better assistance, please bring a copy of the veterans' discharge invasions, damage to and theft of prop- erty and more importantly the threat of bodily harm to family members. Prior to hearing from the attendees, everyone was asked to introduce them- selves and briefly discuss-what could be done to secure the border. The impor- tance of being proactive and offering suggestions that would improve the ru- ral communities' current situation along, the border was emphasized. Ultimately the consensus of the par- ticipants was that we as Americans have the right to feel safe and secure to enjoy life in our community, especially on our own property. Securing our southern border is a topic that has been neglected by elected officials. It is unfortunate that it took the death of a neighbor to draw attention to our dilemma. Our fear is who will be the next person to lose their life if our border is not secured. When we talk about the illegal traf- fic coming across our border, we are not only referring to Mexican Nationals, it is the forty percent of people illegally entering the U.S. from nations other than Mexico that causes grave concern. Sta- tistics indicate many of these individu- als are proven to have criminal records in their countries and the fact they come into our country so easily is a matter that can no longer be ignored. The general feeling in our commu- nity is that the Federal Government is complacent to the lawlessness along the border. Law enforcement is not enforc- ing Federal Immigration Law which has resulted in lawlessness in the border area. People involved in illegal activity need to be punished. Illegals are getting all the way to Cotton City and beyond. They're passing by houses at night, tak- ing water and food at will. The Border Patrol agents are inding .stashes but their hands are tied. Our government can no longer reward illegal immigrants by al- lowing them to remain in our country and benefit from our tax dollars, medi- cal care and education system. Illegal activity is expensive to lo- cal businesses and property owners, i.e., heavy equipment, food, vehicles and even school buses have been stolen. The consensus of the community is that there needs to be more cooperation between U.S. Border Patrol and other law enforcement agencies and the goal of all agencies whether local, state or federal MUST be to stop illegal traffic from crossing into the U.S. from Mexico. In regard to the U.S. Congress and the Presi- dent of the United States, support for Border Security MUST be bi-partisan - this is not a Republican issue, it is not a Democratic issue, it is an American issue and the needs of law-abiding citizens must be met. Troops are needed on the border for an extended time, until smuggling is See SECURE BORDER on Page 6 FSA reminds producers of June 1 deadline to enroll inDCP or ACRE Submitted by FSA/Lordsburg Salomon Ramirez, State Executive Director of USDA's Farm Service Agency in New Mexico reminds producers that enrollment for the 2010 Direct and Counter-cyclical Program (DCP) and the Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) program is underway and the deadline is June 1, 2010. "The June 1st deadline is approach- ing very quickly and we want to ensure that everyone that is eligible gets en- rolled," said Ramirez. "If a producer in- tends on signing up for either DCP or ACRE for 2010, we urge them to visit their local county FSA office in the com- ing weeks as USDA will not be accept- ing late-filed applications." VFW Meeting The Lordsburg VFW Post #3099 will meet on Friday, April 30, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. at the VFW Hall to discuss Memo- rial Day activities. NMSP Superblitz April 30 through May 9 'h is Cinco de Mayo Superblitz. The New Mexico State Police will be conducting DWI satu- ration patrols and sobriety check points in the Hidalgo County area. If you must drink don't drive - Have a designated driver. Continued on Page 2 Ramirez adds eDCP is available to all producers who are eligible to partici- pate in the DCP and ACRE Programs and can be accessed at www.fsa.usda.gov/ dcp. To access the service, producers must have an active USDA eAuthentication Level 2 account, which requires filling out an online registration form at www.eauth.egov.usda.gov followed by a visit to the local USDA Service Center for identity verification. For those with- out internet access or if they prefer, pro- ducers can also visit any USDA Service Center to complete their 2010 DCP or ACRE contract. For more information on DCP or ACRE, please visit your FSA county of- fice or www.fsa.usda.gov. Hidalgo County Commission Position 1 30 Years Local G0verment Experience working for Hidalgo County. I