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1 1 1 6 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, MAY 21,2010 Rep. Teague bill seeks to extend healthcare AHS NHS members Animas High School hold National Honor Sq By ELIZABETH RICHINS/ Hidalgo County Herald Members of the National Honor Society held their induc- tion ceremony on Thursday, May 13 in the Animas High School coverage for dependents of disabled veterans Courtesy submission Last week, Congressman Harry Teague introduced a bill to extend the health care cover- age period for dependents of dis- abled veterans. The CHAMPVA Dependent Coverage Extension Act (HR 5206) would provide healtfi insurance to dependents of permanently and totally dis- abled veterans, as well as veter- ans who died from serviced connected disabilities, through the age of 26. Currently under CHAMPVA, which is adminis- tered by the Department of Vet- erans' Affairs (vA), coverage can only be provided to depen- dent children up to the age of 23. "Our veterans risked their lives to fight for our country and it is our responsibility to honor and reward their sacrifice. Families of disabled veterans and veterans who have died iety induction ceremony from serviceconnectedinjuries have sacrificed so much, and Library. New members who were inducted included" Chelsea Rodriguez, Karina Sarellano, Merrilee Richardson, and Eliza- beth Richins. Mr. Jason (Punch) Wright was the guest speaker at New members-Chelsea Rodriguez, Karina Sarellano, Elizabeth Richins, Merrilee Richardson the ceremony, and did a phenom- extending health insurance cov- enal job. Mr. Ruben Aguallo also erage for their children is one spoke a few words. There was a clear way to thank and support slide show of the past yearthem," said Harry Teague, a through NHS and afterwards,member of the House Veterans those in attendance were Affairs Committee. "This bill treated to refreshments, fills a void created by the Senior members healthcare reform bil! by giv- who will be leaving ing these heroes the same health NHS include Katherine insurance benefits given to ci- Cavaliere, Tarran Trotter, vilians, a right they've clearly Marissa Elias, Gerardo earned." Reyes, Michael The legislation would make Barentine, and Allen One of the most popular provi- Noakes. The officers for sions of the Patient Protection NHS for the 2010-2011and Affordable Care Act school year will be (PPACA), signed in to law ear- Merrilee Richardson- lier this year, available to fami- President, Chelsealies that depend on health insur- Rodriguez-Vice Presi- dent, Karina Sarellano- ance goyerned by the VA. Un- der the PPACA, individuals Secretary, Elizabeth with private health insurance Richins-Treasurer, and Channing Moore-Stu- dent Council Represen- tative. The NHS is spon- sored by Ms. Jacque Davenport. reaches 18 or when a child, who has been a full-time student, turns 23. The extended benefit in this legislation would take effect on October 1st of this year. Congressman Teague has made veterans' issues a top pri- ority, helping to secure ad- vanced appropriations funding for the VA and introducing leg- islation aimed at addressing and reducing the impact of mental health issues like PTSD have on the lives of returning veterans. Recently, his bill to provide per diem and lodging payments to caregivers who accompany vet- erans on hospital visits was signed in to law as part of the Caregivers and Veterans Omni- bus Health Services Act. Letters to the Editor The Hidalgo County Her- ald urges readers to voice their opin- ions by writing in. Letters can be mailed to 212 E. Motel Drive, Ste. B, or can be e-mailed to Only let- ters that are signed by the au- thor will be considered for publication. All letters that are published should be consid- ered the opinion of the author, and not necessarily that of the Hidalgo County Herald. Read- ers are encouraged to practice their First Amendment right of free speech. Well-deserved Dear Editor: Congratulations to Jacq/le Davenport, Animas High School educator, on being named one of twenty Outstanding Women in New Mexico [Hidalgo County Herald, May 14, 2010]. I am impressed with the brief biography in the Herald that in- cludes Ms. Davenport taking stu- dents to Washington to observe government at work and to Eu- rope to experience history. She formed very well. .I am especially impressed that Ms. Davenport registers se- nior class students to vote, re- quires them to attend School Board meetings, and to write to public officials to voice concerns and opinions. Reading about Ms. Daven- port reminded me of when my sis- ter Aida Saucedo Estrada was named one of several Outstand- ing Women in New Mexico in 2002. Aida taught school a total of 40 years and retired in 2002., Animas High School must be t i very proud of Ms. Davenport. I wish her continued success in all ] her endeavors, especially in helps ing students prepare to become ] active and responsible citizens.- ~ Edmund V. Saucedb 1 Lordsburg r Film crews in 4 Lordsburg Film crew~ for the upcoming movie, Broken Horses, were in Lordsburg and Hidalgo County during the past week scouting locations for the film. While in Lordsburg, crews misplaced a video camera on Motel Drive. There is a $150 m- ward offered for the informatiol] also initiated the Mock Trial pro- on the camera. For more informa- will be able to provide cover- gram at Animas High that has per- "tion, call 575-557-0007. age to their dependent children up to th~ age of 26. Currently, eligibility for CHAMPVA is lost when a child Hidalgo County Magistrate Judge " 25 Years Law Enforcement Experience ,/ Retired, New Mexico State Police " Chief of Police, City of I-ordsburg / Bachelor's Degree, Criminal Justice " Member, [ordsburg Municipal School Board -Z Active Community Member CONG TIO 2o. - Ado, P os i tio n 1 May 14, 2010 On receiving your BAS Degree in Criminal Justice We are truly proud of xou! Love, Dad, Mom, Jeremie, Danica, Sergio, Aidcu, ,\aron, Elizabeth & Aaron Chritsopher Ed Bim for l mml Position 1 We are ve r' preud el y u! We love you, and very l roud of you! Your Farnil9 1i [ lUST ST Ri a! VOTERS OF HIDALGO COUNTY I am Theodore V. Castillo; the following is a basic description of my qualifications for the position of County Assessor. Currently and for the past t9 years I have worked for the City of Lordsburg as their city Finance Ofl'ieer. I graduated from Lordsburg High School and earned a B.A, in accounting from W.N.M,U. In addition] am a U,S. Navy veteran. Much of my time at City Hall is spent on accounting and administration, however there is a quite a bit of work that involves property and property values. This is due to the city's ownership of properties and the city's share of property taxes" We also run the City's utilities which require and understanding of addresses, property descriptions and zoning. The Assessor's office is responsible for establishing current and correct values, this is the most important sources of revenue for the County. My feeling on the overall values of this county is that we have might reached the bottom of the barrel. The golden age of value for Hidalgo County was :when the Playas Smelter was in full operation, since its closure in 2000 this County has experienced a big loss on tax revenues. Not only did the valuation of the smelter disappear but so did the jobs that kept folks working and improving their properties. The current recession has dealt another blow to the local economy and along with it property values. Although there are a few home sales here and there, you will find. that for the most part, people, even in good times are reluctant to buy here. What 1 plan to do if elected is to focus on providing good customer service, training for the staff and maintain the values as the market reflects. The values are a product of the economy and until the market improves you cannot extract high values from the deflated market. I will also insure that those properties that reflect a declining value are evaluated accordingly and those that reflect a high value are also adjusted. 1 am fully committed to provide excellent customer service. I speak English andSpanish and have many year of experience working with the public. I will not lose nay focus nor wilt 1 abuse the privileges 'of this office. I hope to win your confidence and your vote and be giving the opportunity to run a professionaf~ efficient office. VOTE Tn~ODO~O CAST|LLO ,o, COUNTY