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VOLUME 10 ISSUE 22 FRIDAY MAY 28, 2010 50, Hidalgo County \\;,,h,,,\hah "bin- ,-,.1[O1"1// * "_ 5 e/ 9 Seatt Mayor Rodriguez visits with sixth grade students at Central Elementary School Sixth Grade students at Central Elementary have been learning about the roots of democracy and the legacies of the Ancient Greek and Roman Civilizations. One learning activity centered on developing questions that they would ask a local government official.The school was honored on Wednesday, May 19, to have our newest mayor, Mr. Frank Rodriguez, as a special guest. Mayor Rodriguez spoke to the students about his job, and answered several questions related to the type of businesses Lordsburg cOuld have in the future, our potential to attract solar and wind energy industries, and the benefits to the community that the upcoming movie production will provide. He also emphasized the value of our youth developing a strong work ethic to be successful in life, and for our students to take pride in our town, by helping to keep it clean. Each student hadthe opportunity to read his/her question to the mayor andhave it answered.The Sixth Grade Teachers, Mr. Acosta and Mr. Gordon, and students, would like to thank Mayor Rodriguez for taking the time to help us learn more about how our government works. City Council shoots down pay raise for Clerk The Lordsburg City Council shot down a request by Mayor Frank Rodriguez to increase probationary City Clerk Donna Adams' pay from $10 per hour to $19 per hour. Rodriguez made the request at the regular meeting of the Lordsburg City Council earlier this month. He stated that -- when he took office Adams wa an em- ployee of the Lordsburg Municipal Air- port, making $10 per hour. He also re- quested a 57 per hour raise for City Hall emPloyee Jenny Aguilera After the Council's removal of long time City Clerk Irene Galvan, Rodriguez appointed Adams to fill the vacancy, with the Council's approval, with no dis- cussion of rate of pay. Rodriguez argued that since taking on the new position, Adams, as well as Aguilera, have increased their workloads and responsibilities and deserve a com- parable pay raise. Myor Pro-Tern Dana Arredonc!o said she was not comfortable with afiy pay raises without a salary schedule to work with. Councilor Ernest Gallegos pointed out that former City Clerk Galvan had been working in that position for more than 20 years and had gradually worked June i deadline to submit names for 'Wall of Hope' and By Mayor Frank R0driguez I As we commemorate our US men and women who died while in the military service this last day of May. We may wish to observe this na- tional holiday by visiting cemetaries and memorials. The placement of American flags is always in order for these fallen heroes. The local Veterans of Foreign Wars will be conducting their 10th annual Veterans Memorial Day gathering @5pm Sunday May 30 2010. refreshments will be served at services end and public is invited to attend. We also Wish to report that we are near the completion of the Main Street paving project and wish to express our appreciation of the publics cooperation during construction. Some projects to be constructed in the near future are the competion of Wabash street to Railway Blvd. The paving.of Gold Street to "G" Street connecting to Center Street. Scheduled are new aerators for our wastewater treatment plant to control the odor issue. As well as a new water tank slated to be constructed late this year. As several citizens are aware we also are working diligently with a movie pro- duction company to secure the produc- tion of a motion picture in our area. We will keep you informed as these projects progress. Have a safe Holiday weekend! 'Memorial Wall' In order to provide sufficient time to produce and set up the Wall of Hope and Memorial Wall for the Lordsburg Relay for Life, to be held on June 18 and 19, a deadline o June 1 has been de- clared. The two walls will on display at the Survivors' Dinner on June 18. The Wall of Hope will recognize and celebrate cancer survivors and the Memorial Wall will honor the memory of those who lost the battle against cancer. Names are trickling in. The Relay For Life committee needs the public's help in recognizing and honoring can- cer survivors and those who lost their life to cancer. If you would like the name of a friend or family member included on one of the Walls, please provide the name(s) to a Relay For Life committee member. We are concentrating on names of cancer victims from the L'ordsburg - Hidalgo County area. The success of the walls will depend on the number of names received from public input. If enough names are not received, the project will be put on hold and carried over to 2011. You can email names to Marsha Hill, 575 313- 2940; Kacie Peterson, 505 469-4025; Edmund Saucedo, 542- 9716; or the Hidalgo County Herald hcherald @, 542-8705. into the salary Rodriguez was asking the Council to give to Adams. Furthermore, said Councilor Manuel Saucedo, Adams is currently serving as City Clerk on a probationary basis. Saucedo added that Finance Officer Theorodoro Castillo, who was not present UPCOMING EVENTS Absentee voting Absentee voting for the Primary Election is now going on until May 30. Vote by mail or in-person by contacting the County Clerk's office at 575-542- 9213 or 1-866-307-0454. Sample baliots and polling location information is available on the Secretary of State's website at Commodity Distribution CSFP commodities for per, sons over age 60 will be distributed on Wednes- day, June 2,. 2010 at approximately 10 a.m. at the Special Events Center, 502 West 2 "d Street. Please bring your senior CSFP ID card. If recertifying, bring proof of income and bill with address. VSO to Visit June 1 All New Mexico State offices will be closed on Friday May 28 due to a furlough day. Reggie Price, Veterans Service Officer from New Mexico Depart- ment of Veterans' Services, will be avail- able to meet with veterans and/or their families on Tuesday June 1, 2010 at the Lordsburg City Hall. Office hours will be from 10am-4pm. For better assistance, please bring a copy of the veterans' dis- charge papers. More information is Voters to narrow candidate See CITY COUNCIL on Page 2 selection in June 1 Primary Hidalgo County voters will be head- ing into the polls next Tuesday, June 1, to participate in the 2010 Primary Elec- tion. Locally, Democratic voters will have numerous decisions to make. In the race for Magistrate Judge, Democratic voters will opt between Mark D. Thomas and Martina Elias. The win- ner of that race will be facing Republi- can' candidate Nyla Dawn Walter in the November 2, 2010 General Election. Hidalgo County Commissioner Po- sition 1 has three Democratic candidates seeking the office: David Johnson, Arthur Clark Smith and David A. Ramos. Tuesday's winner will run against Re- publican Eddy H. Kerr. Position 2 on the Hidalgo County Commission has five Democratic can- didates running: Larry Patrick Martinez, Tommy Ray Lopez, Clayton Jack Lasher, Rogelio Villa IV and John A. Hill. The winner will be facing Darr Reynolds Shannon, Republican, in the General Election. Seeking the office of Hidalgo County Assessor are Alfredo "Freddy" Morelos Jr. and Theodoro V. Castillo, both Democrat. Jody Lynn Hatch, Re- publican, will be running against the winner in November. There are no contested races in the Primary for the office of Hidalgo County sheriff and Probate Judge. Democrat Saturnino T. Madero will face Republi- can Warren D. Walter in November for the Sheriff's position and incumbent Probate Judge Lloyd V. Payne is unop- posed. At the state level voters have many offices to narrow down, including that of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Pub- lic Lands Commissioner, State Repre- sentative and Public Education Commis- sion. Running for Governor on the Demo- cratic ticket are Diane D. Denish and Billy J. Driggs (write in). On the Repub- lican ballot, voters will see Susana Martinez, Allen E. Weh, Doug W. Turner, Pete V. Domenici Jr. and Janice E.Amold- Jones running for the Republican Gu- bernatorial pos!tion. The office of State Representative District 39 is being vied for by Demo- cratic candidates Gilbert D. Guadiana and , incumbent Rodolpho S. Martinez on the Democratic ticket and Linda S. Pecotte and Charles William "Butch" Cassady onthe Republican ballot. In Hidalgo County, polls will be open on June 1 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Polling locations are as follows: Precinct 1--Lordsburg Special Events Center Precinct 2--James H. Baxter Civic Center Precinct 3--Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department Precinct 4--Virden Community Center Precinct 5--Rodeo Community Center Precinct 6--Animas Community Center Absentee/Early Voting--Hidalgo County Courthouse Absentee voting for the Primary. Election is now going on until May 30. Vote by mail or in-person by con- tacting the County Clerk's office at 575- 542-9213 or 1-866-307-0454. Sample ballots and polling location information is available on the Secretary of State's website at Local Democrats attend Diane Denish for Governor fund raiser attended by Pres. Clinton Courtesy submission Hidalgo County Democratic Party Chairman Robert C. Parra and Larry P. Martinez, Party Delegate and Democratic Candidate for Hidalgo County Commis- sioner Position 2, attended the Diane Denish for Governor of New Mexico fund raiser on Tuesday May 18 th 2010 held at the Embassy Suites in Albuquerque. Attending the fund raiser in support of Lieutenant Governor Denish, was former president Bill Clinton. Denish started the event with a short speech welcoming President Clinton and thanked him for his support, saying that she was humbled that he took time out of his busy schedule to support her cam- paign. Denish also discussed the path to victory in November and urged all Democrats to vote in the primary and work hard for Democrats in November. "It is now or never" Denish added. Former President Clinton stated that we need Diane Denish as Governor be- cause sheis, and has long been, in the future business. He stated that she cre- ated the job she performed as Lieuten- ant Governor as nobody else ever has in New Mexico. He believes that Diane Denish, as Governor, would put our whole state into the future, and give everybody a chance to play a role. That she would turn good intentions into real change, as she has done with the early childhood education and small business building she's done as Lieutenant Governor, and with running her small business before that. Clinton stated that Diane will work hard to bring people together to solve problems as she has every step of the way. Clinton further stated that our job is to talk to everyone that we run into every day, regardless of party affiliation, and explain how Denish will work hard on getting us to the future, in a state where we all have a role, regardless of ethnicity, available by calling Reggie in the Sil- ver City office at 575-538-2377. Community Watch Do you want to become more in- volved with the community and our youth? Come to our Community Watch meeting on'Thursday, June 3, 2010 in the Hidalgo Complex Conference Room, where community pride is promoted. For more information, call 575-542-3949 Guest Speaker Dr. Isaac Nsereko will be speaking on Saturday, June 19, 2010 at the Civic Center at 6:130 p.m. Nsereko is the race, economic status, or anything else. Chairman Parra stated that over 300 people attended the fund raiser at the Albuquerque Embassy Suite that filled the meeting room. He also stated that you could feel the positive energy within the meeting room. He stated that it was a pleasure for him and Mr. Martinez to be able to speak with and have a pho- tograph taken with Lieutenant Governor Denish. He stated that the Denish cam- paign committed to visiting Hidalgo County in the very near future. Chairman Parra described President Clinton to be a very intelligent person with great characteristics and a good sense of humor, yet a very humble man. Parra stated that it was an honor for him to be able to meet President Clinton and have the privilege of speaking with him and having a photograph taken with him. President Bill Clinton and Hidalgo County Democratic Party Chairman Robert C. Parra. founder and chief director of the Nserester Orphanage in Uganda, Africa. The public is invited to attend. VFW Meeting The Lordsburg VFW Post #3099 will meet on Friday, May 28, at 2:00 p.m. Memorial Day Activities The Lordsburg VFW Post #3099 will host a Memorial Day service at Veterans Park on Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. They will also be selling Buddy Poppies at Loves, Pilot and Flying J on Monday, May 31. Continued on Page 2 Hidalgo County Commission Position 1 30 Years Local Government Experience working for Hidalgo County.