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VOLUME 14 ISSUE 21 FRIDAY MAY 23, 2014 75 Hidalgo County SmallTown Papers 217 West Cota Street Shelton, WA 98584 II'l,,I,,h,hhl,,I,,I,,hlh,I MAGISTRATE USDA Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments sign-up begins Submitted by USDA/Lordsbur 9 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) an- nounced that sign-up begins for 2012 crop losses under the Supplemental Rev- enue Assistance Payments (SURE) pro- gram. The program, established by the 2008 Farm Bill, provides for one final period of eligibility for producers suf- fering crop losses caused by natural di- sasters occurring through Sept. 30, 2011, for crops intended for 2012 harvest. "Most producers who suffered losses before Sept. 30, 2011, have al- ready been compensated if they applied for SURE benefits for the 2011 crop year," said FSA Administrator Juan M. Garcia. "This sign-up period is only for those producers who suffered crop losses for 2012 crops before Sept. 30, 2011." To be eligible for SURE, a farm or ranch must have: At least a 10 percent production 7th Annual Jessie Darnell tournament this weekend The 7th Annual Jessie Darnell 3- on-3 basketball tournament will be held this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Lordsburg High School gymnasium. This year's tournament will fea- ture six different age groups for boys and. girls. To date, 77 teams have pre-regis- tered to play and almost 200 games are scheduled to bep!ayed. Players from O!t of gown, as well as mgi!y 10I teams, will compete. There will be players from Las Cruces, Tularosa, Deming, Cliff, Silver City, Animas, Morenci, Albuquerque, Hatch and Phoenix. The first day will be round robin games that will seed everyone for Sunday's tournament. The family of Jessie Darnell puts on this tournament to give back to the community that Jessie loved so much--and that loved him back. Each year the family awards two scholar- ships to graduating athletes. This year's recipients were Ernesto Rodriguez and Jessica Sanchez. loss on a crop of economic significance resulting from a disaster occurring on or before Sept. 30, 2011. A crop of economic significance contributes at least five percent of the expected rev- enue for a producer's farm. Addition- ally, the crop must also meet the fol- lowing eligibility criteria: The crop must be considered a 2012 crop which means, in general, that the crop was intended for harvest in 2012; For insured crops, the coverage period must have begun on or before Sept. 30, 2011; For crops covered by the Non- Insured Crop Assistance Program, the coverage period must have begun on or before Sept. 30, 2011; The final planting date, accord- ing to the specific coverage for the crop, must have been on or before Sept. 30, 2011. Note: A producer who only plants fall seeded or spring seeded crops with a final planting date on Oct. 1, 2011 or later) cannot meet the above eligibility criteria and will not be eligible for the 2012 SURE program. A policy or plan of insurance un- der the Federal Crop Insurance Act or the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Pro- gram for all economically significant crops; Been physically located in a county that was declared a primary di- saster county or contiguous county by the Secretary of Agriculture under a Sec- retarial Disaster Designation. Without a Secretarial Disaster Designation, indi- vidual producers may be eligible if the actual production on the farm is less than 50 percent of the normal production on the farm due to a natural disaster. A "farm" for SURE purposes means the entirety of all crop acreage in all counties that a pro- ducer planted or intended to be planted for harveSt-foi" normal commercial sale* or on-farm livestock feeding, including native and improved grassland intended for haying. Producers considered socially dis- advantaged, a 16eginning farmer or rancher, or a limited resource farmer may be eligible for SURE without a policy or plan of insurance or Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program coverage. Farmers and ranchers interested in signing up must do so before the Aug. 29, 2014, deadline. For more information on the 2012 SURE program, visit any USDA Service Center or online at www.fsa.usda.gov/ Hidalgo County celebrates graduation of 41 students Graduation ceremonies were held in Animas and Lordsburg last Friday, with 41 seniors receiving their diplomas. In Animas, top students were Henry Bender (valedictorian) and Rebecca Dunagan (salutatorian). AHS guest speaker Ruben Aguallo shared success tips /ith the ten graduates, while Lordsburg High School guest speaker Ruben Abeyta encouraged students to strive for success, while honoring their upbringing.Top students at LHS were Jessica Gonzalez (valedictorian) and Aryn Gandara (salutatorian). Above, AHS graduates celebrate the conclusion of the ceremony with a silly string fight. For more graduation pics, see Page 9 of this week's edition. Photo courtesy SHANNON LASHERIAnimas Governor Martinez recognizes work of NM seniors during Older Americans Month Submitted by NM DEPT of HEALTH/ Santa Fe Governor Susana Martinez and the Aging and Long-Term Services De- partment are recognizing May as Older Americans Month. Governor Martinez says New Mexicans should support and recognize the contributions older adults have made and continue to make for our state. "Many New Mexico seniors have made countless contributions and sac- rifices to ensure a better life for future generations," Governor Martinez said. "This month, take some time to rec- ognize the seniors in your life and thank them for all their work." By 2030, New Mexico will have the fourth largest percentage of people sure. . 65 and older. New Mexico's Aging and Udall joins committee to pass Transportation Bill that invests in infrastructure, funds border road maintenance Courtesy submission Last week, U.S. Senator Tom Udall voted as a member of the Senate Envi- ronment and Public Works Committee to approve a major transportation bill, which funds 70 percent of New Mexico highways and bridges and provides al- most half of the total transportation dol- lars spent in the state. The hearing was a critical step to- ward reauthorization of Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP- 21), which renews transportation policy and funding for another six years. With the Highway Trust Fund expected to run out this summer, action on the bill is cru- cial, Udall said. Other provisions in MAP-21 now must be approved by the Senate Commerce, Banking and Finance committees before the bill can go to the full Senate for debate. "Improving our infrastructure is one of the best things we can do to create jobs and to invest in our long-term eco- nomic strength," Udall said. "This is a bill that matters to every New Mexican. Everyone has a stake. It has the poten- tial to create thousands of jobs and make badly needed updates and repairs to UPCOM NG EVENTS Tile tO dO SOlelhlHg DIFFERENT! roads in communities across the state. New Mexico cannot afford an interrup- tion in federal transportation funding when our economy is struggling, and I will keep making this case until our work is done." Udall worked with the committee to secure provisions important for New Mexico. For example, the bill will give local communities a stronger say in how the state prioritizes projects paid for with federal highway dollars. This will espe- cially help small, rural communities ad- vocate for individual transportation needs and repairs. One key amendment Udall fought to include would allow the use of fed- eral funds to maintain roads heavily used by Border Patrol. N.M. border counties have expressed frustration at being re- quired to pay to maintain extremely ru- ral roads that are primarily used for bor- der protection, a national interest. Udall also fought for additional funding for National Park roads, which are used by millions of visitors each year. The funding will help address the more than $400 million infrastructure back- log for New Mexico's National Parks, which will help support the state's tour- ism economy. Some additional highlights of the bill include: Focus on Freight and Goods Move- ment - helps states fund improvements to key freight corridors. Sets Aside Funding for Significant Rural Projects - creates a new grant pro- gram for key transportation, with a por- tion of the funding specifically set aside for rural areas. Improves TIFIA Program - provides state and local governments new options for financing transportation infrastruc- ture projects, allowing states to get the most out of their transportation dollars. Flexibility for Rural Projects - al- lows states to bundle together small projects in rural areas in order to take advantage of U.S. DOT programs that are often difficult to utilize for rural projects. Funds Tribal Transportation Pro- grams - maintains current funding lev- els for programs to maintain and build roads and bridges on tribal and federal lands. Safe Routes to Schools - expands See BORDER ROAD on Page 2 CSFP Commodities June 5 CSFP Loaves & Fishes cheese com- modities for eniors over age 60 and chil- dren under age5 who are not on WIC will be distributed on Thursday, June 5, 2014 from 10 AM to noon at the Special Events Center, 502 West 2nd Street. New appli- cants will be seen from 11:30 AM to noon. If recertifying, recipient must bring proof of income and photo ID. Health planning meeting A Community/County Health Plan- ning meeting will be held Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at the Senior Cen- ter, 530 E. DeMoss Street in Lordsburg. The public is invited to attend, but asked to RSVP with bcox@hmsnm.org. A light meal will be served. 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 June 12, July 10, August 14, September 11, October 9, November 13 and December 11, 2014. For mor einformation call 575 542-8087. Long-Term Services Department is committed to helping seniors live healthy, independent lives. One way the Department does that is through senior volunteer programs. More than 4,500 seniors volunteer through the Department's Retired Senior Volun- teers, Foster Grandparents and Senior Companions programs. "Providing opportunities for New Mexico's seniors to make contributions and remain active members of their communities is key to helping them live long, independent high-quality lives," said Cabinet Secretary Gino Rinaldi. "In 2013, senior volunteers contributed more than 1.6 million hours of service statewide. They did this by working in a wide range of community-build- ing endeavors, from assisting students call 1-866-451-2901. Governor Martinez is also remind- ing seniors about two important dead- lines for the Conference on Aging in August, which features workshops, in- teractive exhibits and a two-day Health & Enrichment Fair relevant to older adults, caregivers, and professionals who work with them. The deadline to submit applications for 10 full and 20 partial scholarships is May 19th. The scholarships will assist adults age 55 and older who would otherwise not able to attend the conference. May 19th is also the deadline to submit applications for four separate Conference on Ag- ing awards. Scholarship applications and nomi- nation forms can be found at http:// www.nmaging.state.nm.us/2014-con- in the classroom, to providing com- panionship for frail elders, to serving meals at senior centers." Governor Martinez, who pro- claimed May as Older Americans Month in New Mexico, is encourag- ing seniors who want to volunteer to ference-on-aging.aspx. Completed forms and applications can be emailed to Evone Gallegos at evone.gallegos@ state.nm.us or mailed to her at: NM Conference on Aging, Evone D. Gallegos, 1015 Tijeras NW, Suite 200 Albuquerque, NM 87102 Hidalgo County Woman of Spirit Award nominations being accepted Courtesy submission SPIRIT of Hidalgo announces the annual Hidalgo County Woman of Spirit Award. Nominations will be accepted from anyone who wants to recognize a woman in Hidalgo County who excels in the areas of leadership, service, com- munity involvement, commitment, achievement, and/or character. A com- mittee will then determine which nomi- nees best exemplify one or all of the six criteria and will work together to select one woman to receive the award. All nominees and the recipient of this award will be honored at the Hidalgo County Women's Luncheon, which will be held in late June. This luncheon will be a celebration of being women in Hidalgo County, coming together to rec- ognize our strengths, our challenges, and the opportunities unique to living here. The event will be open to anyone who wants to attend. Champions for women in this county will be invited to speak and/or participate in the event. In addi- tion, the luncheon will showcase art, food, and services produced by women and girls in Hidalgo County. Nomination forms are now available for pick-up at the HC Herald or Chamber of Commerce offices or by requesting via email from hidalgospirit@yahoo.com. Nominations must be submitted by June 14, 2014, at midnight. They can be sub- mitted via email, dropped off at the pickup locations, or mailed to the ad- dress on the form. All nominations must be received by June 19, 2014, when the selection process begins. If you would like to help plan or participate in the Hidalgo County Women's Luncheon, would like to host a table at the event, or have any ques- tions about the award, please contact Christy at hidalgospirit@yahoo.com or call 520-507-0455. The Name you can TRUST- The Name you can REMEMBER MORGAN Lil' Mavs registration Lil' Mavs Cheer & Dance, for chil- dren kindergarten thru sixth grade, will hold registration at Central Elementary School on Thursday, May 22, 2014 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Uniform money is due at this time. Fit Camp Fit Camp, a boot camp style exer- cise group, is held Tuesdays and Thurs- days at 6:00 p.m. at R.V. Traylor Elemen- tary School. The free classes are open to the public. For more information con- tact Fabiola Cano at 575-542-2356. Literacy Program The Hidalgo County Literacy Pro- gram (HCLP) offers 1-to-l/class tutoring for basic reading, language, math and computer skills. HCLP also offers tutor- ing in English Second Language (ESL) and pre-GED/GED prep. Office location is 317 E. 4 th St., Ste. B. Entrance to HCLP is located off the alley, second door to the right. Contact Program Director, Sherri Arredondo at 575-313-7738 or 575-542-9407, email hclp@aznex.net Continued on Page 2