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:VOLUME 10 ISSUE 20 FRIDAY MAY 14, 2010 5O I Hidalgo Cohnty ihl,,I,,I,,,,Ih,lh,ll""ll'l Sma|lTown Papers 5026 California Avenue SW Seattle WA 98136 Jacque Davenport Jacque Davenport is Outstanding New Mexico Woman from Animas Jacque Davenport was named one of twenty Outstanding Women in New Mexico May 7, 2010 in Albuquerque. One hundred women from around the state were nominated and twenty were selected based on their qualities and commitment to serving their families, community, and state. Governor Richardson spoke at the Awards Cer- emony as well as Lt. Governor Diane Denish. Margaret Moses Branch was given a lifetime Achievement Award _for her legal work for women who were take advantage of by pharmaceutical, environmental and medical manufac- turing firms winning large monetary awarffs for her women clients. Two women of the twenty were also elected to the New Mexico Women's Hall of ceived a doll specially designed for the occasion, a rose, and a certificate. Ms. Davenport, an educator from Animas High School was selected for her dedication to student excellence and preparing students to be good citizens. During her 20-year career, she has taken students to Washington DC to take a Close-up look at government and to Europe to experience History. She' started the successful Mock Trial pro- gram at Animas and has had students participate in the National History Day and Mock Congressional Hearing. Davenport registers seniors to vote and requires them to go to School board meetings and write public officials about any concerns they may have all. in preparation for becoming an active -Fame. Each of the twenty finalists re- citizen of the United States. 'Wall of Hope' and 'Memorial Wall" planned for June 18 and 19 Relay For Life Plans are underway to create two Walls of Names to be displayed at the Survivors' Dinner on June 18. The Wall of Hope will recognize and cel- ebrate cancer survivors and the Memo- rial Wall will honor the memory of those who lost the battle against cancer. The Relay For Life committee rieeds the public's help in recognizing and fionoring cancer survivors and those who lost their life to cancer. If you would like the name of a friend or familY member incl/Jded on one of the Walls, please provide the name(s) to a Relay For Life committee member. .We are concentrating on names of people' from the Lordsburg - Hidalgo ounty area. - The success of the walls vill depend on' the number of names eceived from public input. If enough 0ames are not received, the project wilt e put on hold and carried over to i011. You can e-mail names to Marsha ill, 575 313-2940; Kacie Peterson, 505 469- 4025; Edmund S aucedo evs@aznex:net, 542-9716; or the Hidalgo County Herald, 542-8705. LHS Baccalaureate Services will be heldSunday The annual Baccalaureate Service for graduating seniors of Lordsburg High School will be held on Sunday evening, May 16, at 6:00 p.m. at the LHS Cafetorium on 4" Street adjacent to the football stadium. All graduating seniors, fellow students, friends and family, as well as the general public, are invited to at'tend the event spon- sored by the Bootheel Ministerial Al- liance. UPCOMING EVENTS I,.EPC meeting 't " There will be an LEPC meeting on 'Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at the Public Safety Building. The pub- Iic is invited to attend. :Healthy Start meeting Healthy Start will have its monthly /neeting on Wednesday May 21, 2010 rom 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the ordsburg Civic Center. This month's tpic will be "Infant Massage", presented y 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 V2 credit for those of you that partici- pate in the food program. For more in- formation please contact Olga Neave at 575-542-8722 at the Healthy Start Of- rice. Commodity distribution TEFAP Commodities for ages 18 and above will be distributed Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at approximately 1:30 the Special Events Center, 502 West 2 "d Street. Relay for Life Dance The Massey Family, Southwest Ter- Gov. Richardson announces more than 3,000 full- time jobs funded with ARRA doliars in first quarter Governor Bill Richardson last week announced that more than 3,090 full- time jobs in New Mexico have been funded with federal stimulus dollars in the first quarter of 2010. "The Recovery Act is putting thou- sands of New Mexicans to work through- out rural and urban areas of the state," said Governor Bill Richardson. "Times are tough and stimulus funds have cre- ated good, local jobs in our schools, home building industry, law enforcement, road and clean water projects at time when we need them the most." New Mexico's quarterly reports, jobs summaries and spending reportsare available at http:// The reports show 3,009 full-time jobs were funded with Recovery Act dollars from January 1, 2010 through March 31, 2010. Of those, 2,271 jobs were in pub- lic education. "Month after month, stimulus dol- lars continue to flow throughout New Mexico's economy," said former Gover- nor Toney Anaya, executive director of the New Mexico Office of Recovery and Reinvestment. "We continue to lead an aggressive effort with state agencies to make sure Recovery Act projects are funded quickly and that benefits are Udall questions officials about increased border violence Information courtesy SEN.TOM UDALL'S OFFiCEWashington, DC U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, last week questioned federal officials about ongoing efforts to combat increased bor- der violence by Mexican drug traffick- ing organizations during a hearing of the Senate Caucus on International Narcot- ics Control. To watch video of Udall during the hearing, click here. Udall, a member of the Caucus, told senior officials from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Immigration and Cus- toms Enforcement, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Department of State that he and his constituents are very con- cerned about violence spilling across the border into New Mexico. In March, Arizona rancher Robert Krentz was fatally shot while working on his land near the Mexican border. While the case remains under investiga- tion, law enforcement tracked a suspect from the murder scene to the border. The local sheriff says there is evidence to suggest that the suspect was a scout for a smuggling organization. "We became very concerned when we saw the murder of a rancher on the Arizona border earlier this year," Udall said during the hearing. "That's caused a level of alarm across the state that was reflected during one of my recent visits to the White Sands Missile Range. While White Sands is a significant distance from the border, I heard from a member of the engineering batta!ion that will soon deploy to Afghanistan. He asked me if his family was going to be safe be- cause of this activity." After the Arizona rancher's death, Udall joined Senator Jeff Bingaman and Representative Harry Teague in pressing the Department of Homeland Security to establish a Border Patrol forward operat- ing base in the New Mexico boot heel. The area is about 10 miles from the ranch where Krentz was killed. Forward oper- ating bases are outposts that allow agents to patrol closer to the international bor- der. "Although the Border Patrol force strength is now at a record 20,000 agents and the apprehension rate along the southern border is at the lowest level since the 1970s, it is clear that more still needs to be done to fully secure our nation's borders," the delegation mem- bers wrote in their letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. "While the specifics of this terrible inci- dent are still being investigated, we are See BORDER VIOLENCE on Page 2 flowing to New Mexicans." Since Feb- ruary of last year, 11,899 people have received full or part-time work as a re- sult of Recovery Act spending that flows through state government. In addition more jobs have been funded based on dollars that flow directly from the fed- eral government to cities, towns, tribes or others that receive stimulus funds. New Mexico is expected to receive more than $3.6 billion in Recovery Act funds over time, plus hundreds of mil- lions in tax credits and additional bond- ing authority. Absentee voting underway Absentee voting by mail and in- person is now going on for the pri- mary election to be held on June 1. Contact the County Clerk if you want to vote absentee by mail or you can vote in-person at the courthouse. This is a partisan election; therefore, only those registered as Republicans and Democrats can vote in this election. Hidalgo County is using the same vot- ing machines that are being used across the state in this election. These voting machines have been tested and proven to be accurate without compromising the integrity of the election. Anyone who votes can be assured that their vote is secure and completely confidential. "We live in a democracy and that means that we get a say in who runs our country and with this privilege we also get a say about how our country is run," said County Clerk Carmen Acosta. "The only way democracy works is if citizens, young and old, are active participants." Sample ballots are now available in the County Clerk's office. Contact the County Clerk's office by e-mail at or call- ing 542-9213 or 1-866-307-0454. Southside Students attend annual Fishing Clinic April 29 - 30, 2010 was the sixth annual Fishing Clinic at Southside Elementary School. On the first day of the clinic, Ti Piper, a fishing skills educator from the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish presented an hour workshop for each 3rd and 4th grade class.The students learned about the food chain and what fish like to eat, how to tie knots on fishing line, how to put on weights and bobbers, and the different parts of a rod and reel. On Friday April 30th, the third graders went to Bill Evan's Lake and put this knowledge to use by going fishing. Rods and reels were furnished by the N. M. Department of Game and Fish. 29 parent volunteers helped students improve their fishing skills by helped supervise students in small groups as they fished and enjoyed being at Bill Evans Lake. Every student became familiar with the sport of fishing, which can be practiced throughout life. Scientific knowledge about fish and how to use some of our natural resources correctly were also gained. Much thanks goes to our 29 parent volunteers for helping to make this educational field trip more fun for everyone, o Courtesy photos minal/Epsilon Sigma and State Police are hosting a Relay for Life fundraising dance on Friday, May 14, 2010 at the Animas Community Center from 9 p.m. to midnight. Music will be be Amplified Attitude. CPR, i st Aid Training A CPR and First Aid Training will be held on May 22, 2010 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the La Escuelita Head Start, 1409 S. Copper Street. Jesus Lopez will instruct the class. Cost is $40 for first time certification, $30 for renewal. For more information call Lordsburg Head Start at 575-542-9678 or Lopez at 575- 534-2350. Community Watch mtg A Community Watch meeting will be held on May 13 at 6:00 p.m. at the Hidalgo County Complex Conference Room. Food will be provided. 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. Continued on Page 2 SMITHI Hidalgo County Commission Position 1 ' 30 Years Local Goverment Experiencd working for Hidalgo County.