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VOLUME 14 ISSUE 19 FRIDAY MAY 9, 2014 75 Hidalgo County FOR HIDALGO COUNTY $4.4 million set aside' for Fans lined up outside of Flying J Sunday to meet a variety of bike riders and celebrities. Above, Lordsburg residents Angel Saenz, Mary Chavez and Sarah and Danny Saenz seize a photo opportunity with NFL legend Herschel Walker and the ride's namesake, Kyle Petty. For more photos, see Page 10 of this week's edition. Herald staffphoto repairs to Catwalk Trail in GNF Courtesy submission Last week, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that the Federal Highway Administration will provide $4.4 million in funding from the Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads (ERFO) program to restore the Catwalk Trail in the Gila National For- est. The Catwalk Trail is a historically significant National Recreational Trail that has attracted visitors for generations, but it suffered significant damage as a result of monsoonal rain and resulting debris flows in Whitewater Creek in Sep- tember 2013. Udall and Heinrich wrote a letter to Victor Mendez, Federal Highway Admin- istrator, earlier in the month urging quick approval of the requested restoration funding, given the recreational site's key role in the local economy and tourism industry. The approved funding will re- imburse the U.S. Forest Service for emer- gency repairs and debris removal that were already completed, and will allow for needed repair and restoration work on several trails, a bridge, and viewing platforms. The portion of the trail that will undergo restoration is scheduled to reopen during the summer of 2015. "The Catwalk Trail is a beloved draw for tourists and locals and it's criti- cal to the region's 6conomy to get these repairs finished soon," Udall said. "I ap- preciate that the Federal Highway Ad- ministration heard our request to expe- dite approval of this funding. I urge them to continue to work together with the Forest Service to restore the Catwalk trail as quickly as possible." "I thank the Federal Highway Ad- ministration for heeding our call to fund the restoration of the Catwalk Trail in the Gila National Forest after last year's flood," Heinrich said. "The trail contrib- utes to a thriving outdoor recreation economy by attracting tourists and lo- cals alike to Catron CQunty to experi- ence the geological and historical sig- nificance of this area in a truly spectacu- lar setting." Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America, for New Mexicans to control their asthma celebrities, make pit stop in Lordsburg Herald staff report Lordsburg was an official pit stop for the 20  Anniversary Kyle Petty Char- ity Ride Across America. More than 175 riders stopped at Flying J Travel Center, a major sponsor in the charitable drive, to refuel and visit with local fans. The Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America began May 3, 2014 in Carlsbad, California, and the riders will travel cross country to Daytona Beach, where they will arrive on May 10, 2014. Twenty years ago, NASCAR driver Kyle Petty combined his passion for help- ing others with his love of motorcycles to create the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America. One of the most success- ful and popular charity events in the country, the annual motorcycle trek en- gages celebrities, Ride sponsors, motor- cycle enthusiasts, fans and local com- munities to raise funds and awareness for Victory Junction. Since 1995, more than 7,330 riders have logged 10.7 million cumulative motorcycle miles and do- nated $15 million to Victory Junction and other children's charities. Since its inception by the Petty fam- ily in 2004 in honor of their late son children with health issues that would typically prevent them from attending Camp have attended Victory Junction at no cost to their families, thanks to the Kyle Petty Charity Ride. Since its incep- tion by the Petty family in 2004 in honor of their late son Adam, the Camp has served as the Ride's primary beneficiary. The 2014 Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America is made possible by pre- r . . sentmg sponso; Manheim, as well as Coca-Cola, Dodge, Pilot Flying J, Harley- Davidson Motor Company, Racing Elec- tronics, FLUIDYNE Racing Products, WinCraft Racing, Krispy Kreme Dough- nuts, the Petty Family Foundation, and Original Bike Spirits . Fans and spectators along the Char- ity Ride route may contribute to the Charity Ride's "Small Change. Big Im- pact." program, which accepts donations at local stops. To follow Petty and the riders live, visit www.facebook.com/ KPCharityRide or on Twitter and Instagram, @ KPCharityRide and @ KylePetty. Adam, Victory Junction has served as the Ride's primary beneficiary. Located on 84 acres in Randleman, N.C., Victory Junction exists to enrich the lives of chil- dren with chronic or life-threatening ill- nesses by creating camping experiences that are memorable, fun, empowering, physically safe and medically sound. "What began as just a few friends having a good time riding track to track has turned into what we have today, which is an incredible event that pro- vides thousands of life changing experi- ences for children," said Petty. "This is the first year we've traveled straight from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean, and I'm looking forward to experienc- ing it with friends, while meeting our fans and generous supporters along the way." Riding with the pack during the Lordsburg stop included Petty, Geoff Bodine-- former NASCAR driver and Bo-Dyn Olympic bobsled founder, Rutledge Wood--co-host of History Channel's Top Gear America and NASCAR personality, and former NFL great Herschel Walker. In the past 10 years, more than 7,730 Families encouraged to take part in 2014 Summer Food Service Program Courtesy submission USDA and operated by the New Mexico World Asthma Day highlights opportunities population. The northwest region had the next highest asthma emergency de- partment rate, at 41.1 per 10,000 popu- lation. In addition, from 2008-2012, the rate of asthma hospitalizations in the southeast region was 14.9 per 10,000 population. The northeast region had the next highest asthma hospitalization rate, at 8.5 per 10,000 population. Six Actions to Control Asthma Controlling asthma requires daily attention. Working with a healthcare pro- vider to create an action plan for manag- ing asthma long-term and handling symptoms, most people with asthma can avoid attacks, have few symptoms, sleep through the night, and be physically ac- tive. If you have asthma, you and your healthcare provider can work together on six key actions to make your breath- ing easier. Use inhaJed corticosteroids to con- trol asthma if you have persistent.asthma. Your doctor will help you choose the best treatment. Use a written action plan to high- light two things: 1) what to do daily to prevent attacks, and 2) how to handle See ASTHMA on Page 2 Submitted by NM DEPT of HEALTH/ Santa Fe The New Mexico Department of Health called on New Mexicans on World Asthma Day--May 6, to know their risks of Asthma and to master the ways of controlling their illness. The theme of World Asthma Day 2014 is "You Can Control Your Asthma." - a relevant topic statewide, particularly for the southeast region of New Mexico. A Department of Hea!t report re- leased earlier this year found that adults and children from counties in the south- east region of the state continue to be more likely to visit emergency rooms or be hospitalized for asthma than adults and children from other regions of the state. "For a vast majority of people with asthma, the disease can be controlled and emergency department visits and hospi- talizations can be avoided," said Depart- ment of Health Secretary Retta Ward, MPH. "Good primary care is critical to reducing preventable complications of- ten associated with asthma." From 2010-2012, the rate of asthma emergency department visits in the southeast region was 62.7 per 10,000 This week, Governor Susana Martinez announced the 2014 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), which pro- vides nutritious meals to New Mexico children during the summer months. "While students are eager for a sum- mer break, many will face the unaccept- able uncertainty of missing meals throughout the day when school is closed," said Govei:nor Martinez. "We have continued to expand this impor- tant program statewide, so that more New Mexico children have access to the high- quality and nutritious meals they need and deserve, even while school is not in session." Since taking office in 2011, Gover- nor Martinez has significantly expanded SFSP, both in Bernalillo County and throughout New Mexico. Since 2010, 29 sites have been added statewide, includ- ing an additional 7 sites for 2014, which makes 36 NEW summer sites since 2010. In 2013, SFSP served 91,000 more break- fasts than in 2010, and 23,000 more lunches. For 2014, statewide sponsoring organizations are expecting to serve more than 2.1 million meals across New Mexico. SFSP is funded nationally by the Children, Youth, and Families Depart- ment, which reimburses statewide spon- soring organizations (administering agencies) for the administration and ser- vice of meals at approved meal sites when school is not in session. The meals are free and no registration is required. "Governor Martinez continues to work hard to ensure the success of SFSP in New Mexico," said Secretary Deines. "Her continued support for this "impor- tant program helps many New Mexico families and children get the food they need over the summer." SFSP begins on June 2 and runs through August 1. To locate a participat- ing meal site, or for more information about SFSP, parents can call 1-800-EAT- COOL (1-800-328-2665) or visit the program's website at summerfoodnm.org. In addition to SFSP, Governor Martinez has also expanded the Break- fast After the Bell program, which allows schools to serve breakfast to kids who don't make it to school in time to have breakfast before class. Thanks to such efforts, New Mexico continues to be a national leader in providing meals to low-income children. Maverick boys take first at District Meet The LHS Boys' Maverick Track Team took first place at the District Tournament, held in Cobre last week. Pictured above are (back) Jonathon Saucedo, Jonny Plowman, Orion Moreno, Jordan Seawright, Hondo Estrada, Adam Murillo, JJ Escobar, MarkThomas, Jaime Artiaga, Gabriel Granados, Joe Gonzalez, Aron Chavez, Jeremy Pantoja, Jacob Esquivel, Chris Arambula, (front) IsaiahTorres, Zabian Santoya, Randy Rodriguez, Angelo Moreno, Ray Saucedo, Ernie Rodriguez, Barn Strain, Felix Jimenez and Santos Saenz. For complete story, and more photos, see Page 5 of this week's edition. Photo by JAMIE DIAZILordsburg LJPCOMING EVENTS tO dO something DIFFERENT! ii lllll ill i The Name you can TRUST. The Name you can REMEMBER MORGAN Food Drive Saturday The Lordsburg Post Office will be participating in the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive this Saturday, May 10, 2014. Participants are asked to col- lect and bag non perishable food items and place it next to your mailbox for carriers to pick up. All food donations will stay in the community. Rodeo Farmers Market The monthly Rodeo Farmers Mar- ket and Mercado will be held on Wednesday, May 14th, 3 pm - 6 pm at Ned Hall Park in Rodeo. If the weather is bad, the market will be moved to the Rodeo Community Center. All vendors are welcome and the booth fees are waived. For more information, contact Paula Ylarraz at 575-519-2005. Mother's Day dinner The Rodeo/Peloncillo 4-H Horse Club will be sponsoring a Mother's Day dinner (lasagna) at the Rodeo Commu- nity Center on May 1 lth, 2014 starting at 4:00 pm AZ time/5:00 pm NM time. Advance tickets can be purchased until May 7th at the Rodeo Grocery or by call- ing Aimee @ 575-557-2202. Tickets can also be purchased the day of the event. Cost is $9.50 per plate. MVD closures The Lordsburg Motor Vehicle De- partment will be closed for training from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, May 9. The office will be open from 2:30-4:00 p.m. on May 9. Democratic meeting The Hidalgo County Democratic Party will be holding their monthly meet- ings at the WNMU Learning Centerat 520 W. 2nd Street on the second Thurs- day of each month at 6:00 p.m. Meeting dates are May 8, June 12, July 10, Au- gust 14, September 11, October 9, No- vember 13 and December 11, 2014. For mor einformation call 575 542-8087. Team Kids Team Kids youth group Will be meet- ing every Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church,of Lordsburg, cor- ner of 3 d and Animas Streets. Team Kids is open to kids grads 1-6. Continued on Page 2