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2 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 2010 Robert C. Parra, Chair, Senator Tom Udall, and Vice-chair, Neomi Martinez-Parra at SCC Meeting tuary of the Lordsburg First By RAY VIGILSocial Security Hidalgo County Democratic board votes NM to r.eceive Paso,PUblicAffairSTexas Specialist in El in support of Civil Rights in Arizona $37 m,ll,on for You've heardthesayingbe- and Vice-Chair, Neomi Martinez- Parra cast their vote in favor of the motion. The declaration states that "Whereas New Mexi- cans with a proud tradition of diversity.,will no longer have the liberty to travel freely within Ari- zona solely using their drivers' licenses for identification as a result of Governor Brewer and the legislature of Arizona having Courtesy submission In what has become a crucial political and potentially consti- tutional national debate about civil rights in Arizona, the Hidalgo Country Democratic Party board showed its support for a resolution which was adopted unanimously by the Democratic Party of New Mexico. Chairman Robert C. Parra Vice-chair, Neomi Martinez-Parra speaks with a Joseph Casados, State Field Director for Lt. Governor, Diane Denish on campaign ideas and support for Hidalgo County. UPC()MING EVENTS Cooking Classes 1CAN 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 Edu- cation on Suicide) has teamed up with the Hidalgo County Health Consortium to host a co- ed softball tournament on Jtme 5, 2010 in conjunction with the County Health Fair! Each team should consist of a minimum of four adults, with the remaining participants 15 or older. There is a $50 entry fee per team, and each team donates two new soft- balls. Entries will be taken un- til May 15,.so hurry and get your team entered! You may do this or request more information by e m a i 1 i n g : hidalgohealth @ AA/NM Meetings Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings are held on Monday at 3 p.m. at the Kokopelli Office and Continued from Page 1 Diabetic Support Group Come join us and stay in- formed for either yourself, a loved one in your family, or a friend. For those not familiar with our Diabetes Support Group, we meet every last Wednesday of each month 10 am-Ilia 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. Food Drive The National Association of Letter Carriers will be holding their annual Food Drive on Sat- urday, May 8, 2010. Please put non-perishable donations in a bag by your mailbox and your carrier will pick it up. There will also be a bin located inside the Post Office lobby for food dona- tion drop offs. Democratic meeting The Hidalgo County Demo- cratic Party will meet May 5, 2010 at the Chamber of Com- merce at 5:30pP. The public is encouraged to attend. Local National Day of Prayer event to be held May 6 at First Baptist Church May 6 th is the National Day Baptist Church, corner of 3 'a of Prayer Observance through- and, Animus Streets. An hour- out the United States with events long prayer vigil will be held taking place in many locations, from noon to 1 p.m. According The first Thursday of each May to Pastor Dick Davis of Lord's has been designated as such for Living Water Lighthouse and the past 59 years with commu- president of the Alliance, "With nities, large and small, across the election of a new mayor and the nation planning specific half of the city council, plus events to draw attention to the upcoming elections in Hidalgo need for prayer and the asking County, the state, and off-year of God's blessing on our nation, elections for representatives to This year's theme is "For such our nation's government, now I a time as this." more than ever before we need This year's observance in to ask God's favor in our land. Hidalgo County is sponsored by the BootheelMinisterialAlli- Saving on a rainy day ance and will. be held in .the sanc- States along the border with Mexico are experiencing vio- lences as we've seen recently and we need to seek God's pro- tection and safety for ourselves and our children. These are all issues we will be praying for this year." The public is invited to join the prayer service as their sched- ule permits, whether for the whole hour or a portion of it. For more information, please contact Pastor Dick Davis at 575-590-0143. fore: save for a rainy day. We'd like to suggest you save on a high risk health enacted legislation that clearly rainy day. Just as April's show- - era bring May's flowers, your violates civil rights. Be it re- solved that the Democratic Party savings today can help make insurance pool your retirement savings flour- of New Mexico suppOrts the ef- ish in the future. forts of President Obama and Governor Richardson to protect Courtesy'submission According to a recent sur- the civil rights of ALL people U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman vey by the Employee Benefit within our Nation's border." today announced that New Research Institute, 43 percent Both Robert C. Parra and Mexico will receive an estimated of Americans,have saved less Neomi Mart{nez-Parra attended $37 million from the U.S. Depart- than $10,000 for retirement; 27 the Democratic State Central merit of Health and Human Ser- percent have saved less than Committee Spring Meeting on vices (HHS) to insure New Mexi- $1,000. Saturday April 24 held in Las cans who have pre-existing medi- If you haven't started al- Cruces. cal conditions and who therefore ready, now is the time to begin The meeting was called by cannot afford insurance, saving for your retirement .- State Chairman, Javier M. As part of the new health in- no matter what your age. If re- Gonzales, with reports from vari- surance reform law, states will be tirement is near, you'll want'to ous State Party committees: ere- awarded federal funds to help jump into the fast lane right dentials, Judic'ial, Rules, Plat- "high-risk" Americans buy health away. If you're younger and forms & Resolutions, Budget and insurance. When the new law is retirement seems a lifetime Treasury, and DNC. fully implemented in'2014, no away, it's still in your best in- Several state representatives American will be denied cover- terest to begin saving now, as and state candidates were also age because of a pre-existing compound interest will work to present in this gathering, condition, your advantage. Investors and Chairman Robert C. Parra "Already we are seeing the financial advisors agree that Local artists stressed the importance of main- benefit of this new health insur- saving when you're young will raining a unified Democratic- ance law. Our state is slated to make a world of difference Party here in Hidalgo County and receive millions' of dollars to help urges all Hidalgo County Demo- put health insurance in the reach when the time comes to draw crats to become involved with the of New Mexicans who because on your retirement savings. County Party. For more informa- of their medical conditions -- Don't take our word for it. tion, contact Chairman Robert C. have not been able to afford it," You can check out the numbers Parra at (575) Bingaman said. yourself. A great place to start 313-9102, or Vice Chair Neomi New Mexico will have flex- figuring out how much you will Martinez-Parra at naomi olivia ibility in how to use the funding, need for retirement is to learn (575) 590- HHS has asked states to declare how much you could expect 7655. by the end of this month how they from Social Security. You can intend to use funds.   do that in minutes, with,Social :.. - .,;:,-;::.") ..Se,crity,',s.on.bne,,,metit NM awarded Estimator. on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the First The Retirement Estimator Methodist Church. Narcotics .., __ offers an instant and personal- Anonymous (NA)meetings are Highway ized estimate of your future re- held Mondays at 5 p.m., Wednes- tirement benefits based off your days at 3 p.m. and Thursdays at earnings record. Try it out at 11 a.m. at Kokopelli and on Sat- Safety grants urdays at 5:30 p.m. at the'First to___Er. Methodist Church. For more in- We encourage saving for formation contact Kokopelli at U.S. Senator Jeff 575-542-3304. Bingaman this week announced retirement, but there are reasons that the New Mexico Depart- to save for every stage of life. Walking & Activity .merit of Transportation has A great place to go for help is Walking & Activity Club :.been awarded over $1.4 rail- www.mymoney, gov. meets every Monday and lion in grant funding t o, support Wednesday from 1 to 2 p.m at highway safety programs. ' the Special Aerobic Events center. FOr Funding was awarded via more information call 542=8384 tWO separate grants. Approxi- ext. 104. mutely $1.15 million can be S ; used to fund education, en- Step forcement and research pro- Active & Alive step aerobics grams designed to reduce traf- are held on Tuesdays and Thurs- tic crashes, deaths, injuries, and days from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at property damage. The remain- " 408 Main Street, Lordsburg, NM 88045 Central Elementary School. For ing $249,005 can be used to more information call 542-8384 help adopt and implement (575) 542-9444 ext. 104. seatbelt and child safety seat -- ,,Harr- Bright/Owner Suicide prevention laws. "This funding will help pro- GT" , , ' cY.d,t,(.,.,,l c7;,,..i .,d (,.. Suicide Prevention meetings mote traffic safety and help re- monthare heldatthethefirStAssemblyMOnday off eachGod .dUCeBingamanaCCidentSsaid. in our state," /, 5]gott. lz)l ctt c.:t'eHlj Church in Lordsburg at 6:00 p.m. Funding was awarded Cremations and Monuments The public is invited and encour- through the U.S. Department Grant Luna Hidalgo Citron Counties aged to attend, of Transportation 412 Wabash Ave We have all the tools to keep your Business Lordsburg. NM ON TRACK & IN THE BLACK We offer Professional Services forall aspects of your small business! Including: # Payroll Monthly, Quarterly & Annual Tax Preparation Financial Statements Bank Reconciliations BOOK.K PI 212 El Motel Drive * Suite A * kordsburg I is the U.S. governmenrs website dedicated to teaching Americans the ba- sics about financial education. Whether you are planning to buy a home, balancing your checkbook, or investing in your 401(k) plan, the resources on www.MyMoney.go'v can help you do it better. Throughout the site, you will find impor- tant information from 20 fed- eral agencies government wide. Another excellent resource is the Ballpark Estimator at . This online tool takes complicated issues, like pro- jeered. Social Security benefits and earnings assumptions on savings, and turns them into lan- guage and mathematics that are easy to understand. These online resources are a great way to spend a rainy day. And if you're hungry for more, dive into a wealth of further in- formation at encouraged to submit work Hidalgo County will be ap- plying to New Mexico Arts in fall 2010 to purchase works of art through the Art In Public Places program for .display at. various ,|.ocati:oaaL-_ a;oo, nd i.JIdalgo County: Local artisans are en- couraged t0 apply to have'their original works considered for purchase by applying to New Mexico Arts beginning July 1, 2010. Information on the applica- tion and selection process-is available on the New Mexico Arts website at art-in-public-places.htm. For more information, call Robert English; Hidalgo Ceunty Manager's Office, 575-542-9428. i . . . . ,