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VOLUME 12 ISSUE 22 FRIDAY JUNE 1, 2012 75 Hidalgo County mallTow papers  ree 2 17 West k oa S ' WA 98584 lleltOli I . ihh,l,,I,,I,hh,l,,h,hll"l .-.? /__... Randy Piper, pictured above with his wife, Oralia, will begin working in the dis- trict on June 1. New LMS superintendent Piper looking forward to new challenge Lordsburg's newly-hired superin- tendent Randy Piper is eager to get to work in his new position. Although his contract officially begins July 1, 2012, he will begin working for the district as interim superintendent beginning this Friday, June 1, 2012, in an effort to cre- ate a smooth and seamless transition for the district. Piper, who comes to Lordsburg from !he SOuthwest Regional Education Cen- ter (SREC) in Truth of Consequences, which works closely with school dis- tricts, says he has already worked with several LMS staff members over the past four years. Since learning that he was selected as superintendent. Piper has spent much time getting to know the district he will soon be working in and has already become a familiar face to fac- ulty and staff members. "My wife and I are looking forward to our transition into the community," Piper told the Herald recently. Piper is a graduate of Western New Mexico University with Masters Degrees in Educational Leadership and Educa- tion. He received his Bachelors of Sci- SummerLunch Program to begin .June 4 Lordsburg Municipal School has announced its continued participation in "Seamless Summer", offering lunch meals to all school age children age 18 and under. The 2012 program will kick off On June 4, 2012 and will conclude on July 13, 2012. Meals will be offered at 11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday at North Park, Short Park and Pyramid Village. For more information contact ,Delia Bermudez, Cafeteria Manager, at 575- 542-3263. once degree in Business Administration, with a minor in Marketing, from Adams .State College and has earned a New Mexico Administrative Certificate and New Mexico Teacher--Level 3-a Elementary Education certification. Piper started his 20-year career m education as a substitute teacher, mov- ing up to an instructional assistant, teacher and finally, an administrator. Prior to his position with the SREC. Piper worked for the Truth or Consequences Municipal Schools in various capacities, ranging from teacher to middle school principal. He is familiar with budgeting, bilingual programs, grant writing, data collec- tion and evaluation, staffing, student discipline, parent/community relations and instructional leadership. During his career, Piper has writ- ten several successful grants and worked with Arrey Elementary School to get that site out of probationary sta- tus with the New Mexico Public Edu- cation Department. He received the Baldridge Pinon Award for quality pro- grams with a school level team. Piper and his wife, Oralia, have five children together and three grand- children. Randy Piper enjoys hunting, fishing, travel and riding his motor- cycle. Oralia Piper has also spent her ca- reer in education, working for the past 26 years as an educational assistant with Arrey Elementary School. She enjoys coaching; watching sporting events, working with kids and, of course, her grandchildren. Piper replaces Jim Barentine, who announced his retirement in January af- ter 21 years in the Lordsburg School District. His official retirement date is June 30, 2012. Barentine stated earlier this year that his retirement was spurred by a desire to move into a new phase of liis life. County Primary Election to be held next Tuesday00 voters encouraged to visit polls Voters in Hidalgo County will head to the polls next Tuesday, June 5, to take part in'the 2012 Primary Election. At the county level, voters will be narrowing races for the offices of Hidalgo County Commissioner, Position 3 and Hidalgo County Clerk. Seeking the office of Hidalgo County Commissioner on the Demo- cratic ticket are incumbent Richard A. Chaires and former commissioners David A. Ramos and Anthony J. "Joey" Mora. There are no Republican counterparts for this position. County Clerk also has three Demo- cratic candidates, including Anthony Talavera, Melissa K. DeLaGarza and Catrina A. Silvas. The winner of this Pri- mary race will be facing Republican can- didate Bobble J. Orphey in the Novem - ber General Election. The office of Hidalgo County Trea- surer is being vied for by Democrat and incumbent Patsy M. Camacho and Re- publican Tyler G. Massey. These two candidates will face one another in No- vember. Local businessman Larry Patrick Martinez has thrown his hat into the po- litical ring by running for New Mexico State Senator, District 35, against long- time incumbent John Arthur Smith. The victor in this Democratic race will face Republican Russell G. Allen in Novem- ber. The office of District Attorney, 6 th Judicial District has one Republican can- didate, Gabor George Zsoka. He will be taking on the winner of the Democratic Primary Election, which features Rich- ard Nathan Gonzales, Francesca Estevez and Armand R. Velez. The Sixth Judi- Local handmade items needed for Ruidoso Festival Submitted by SPIRIT OF HIDALGO/ Lordsburg SPIRIT of Hidalgo will be attend- ing the Rag Rug Festival & Design Col- lective, held on June 9 th & 10 m at the Hubbard Museum of the American West in Ruidoso. t o represent Hidalgo County women artisans. This is a unique oppor- tunity to showcase local women vendors, and their products, to buyers outside of Hidalgo County. The SPIRIT of Hidalgo women's cooperative is seeking items from as many women artisans as possible to take to the festival to represent the remarkable skills and talent of the women of Hidalgo County. The NM Women's Foundation hosts several festivals around the state each year, featuring handmade products such as"fag rugs; pillows, soaps, jewelry, aprons, scarves, gift baskets, purses, jams, jellies, and furniture. All works at the festival must be made by New Mexico women artisans, or presented by women- owned businesses. Representatives from SPIRIT of Hidalgo women's cooperative will be hosting a booth at the Ruidoso Festival this year to market items from women in Hidalgo County. If you sew, crochet, quilt, paint. cook, 'make gift baskets or any other craft, please contact us to have your work in- See HANDMADE on Page 2 cial District Judge race has four candi- dates. Jennifer Ellen Delaney and Michael R. Renteria head up the Demo- cratic ticket and Jarod K. Hofacket is fac- ing Cynthia J. Patte1:son on the Republi- can ticket. Republican Thomas W. Guerra is the only candidate for State Representative, District 32, and will face the top vote getter between Dona G. Irwin and Louise J. Luna, both Democrats. Other seats that voters will consider when entering the voting booth include Judge of the Court of Appeals, United States Representative. United States Senator and President of the United States. Sample ballots are available online at Absentee voting has been ongoing since May 8 and early voting began on May 19. The Hidalgo County Clerk's Office, located at 300 Shakespeare Street, will be open this S, aturday, June 2, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to accommodate early voters. Polls will open on Election Day at 7:00 a.m. and will shut down at 7:00 p.m. For more information or for polling lo- cations, contact the Hidalgo County Clerk at 575-542-9213 or County receives BLM approval for Banner Mine Road improvements On May 23, 2012 Hidalgo County received the approval to proceed with the chip seal improvement project on Banner Mine Road located south of Lordsburg. The NMDOT grant agreement in the amount of $132,351 required Hidalgo County to obtain environmental clearance for the project. Hidalgo County's engineering consultant, Engineers Inc., submitted a detailed package to NMDOT Environmental Division for review, and NMDOT responded .by requesting BLM environmental requirements and approval. Upon BLM approval, Hidalgo County will seek NMDOT concurrence. The Banner Mine Road, known for many years as the "494 State Highway", nowknown as County Road "A-016 Banner Mine Road", provides service to the "Lordsburg Mining Company" that went operational on March 2010, and currently employs 17 people. Commission Chair Richard Chaires commented that the Hidalgo county Com- mission, during their regular scheduled meeting on April 11, 2012, gave their ap- proval for engineer's services to consist of NMDOT environmental clearance and closeout certification to meet state code requirements. The project will provide for a safe road to and from ,work for the employees of the Lordsburg Mining Company. The Lordsburg Mining Company has seen an increase in employee traffic as well as an average of twenty two truck loads a day leaving the mine. The Lordsburg Min- ing Company is under the supervision of Curtis Floyd. Animas T-Ball season underway The Animas T-Ball teamsl the Owls and the Pirates, have kicked off their 2012 season. They play Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. at the Animas Schools. Sponsors this year include Columbus Electric, Cyrq Energy, Bootheel Fabrication, 2nd Amendment, John and Marsha Hill, Bill and Laura Mullen, Kris and Larry Stone, Valley Mercantile, and Hatari Invertebrates. Photo submitted by SHERRAL TROTTERIAnimas UPC()MING EVENTS Clerks weekend hours The Hidalgo County Clerk's Office will be open Saturday, June 2, 2012 from 10 a.m. till 6 p.m. to accommodate ab- sentee voting. Relay dinner, dance "A Relay For Life Dinner and Dance will be held June 9, 2012 at the Animas Community' Center.A smothered burrito dinner, $7/plate,will be held from 5 to p.m. The dance will be held from 8:30 p.m. to midnight and will feature DJ Music. Cost is $5/person,.$8/couple. Activities also include,CowPatty Bingo, a Cake Auction and a Cancer Ringer Horseshoe Tournament (2 PM). For more information call 575-313-9000. Handmade items needed The SPIRIT of Hidalgo women's cooperative is seeking handmade items from women artisans in Hidalgo County to take to the Ruidoso Rag Rug Festival & Design Collective, held on June 9 th & 10 th. If you sew, crochet, quilt, paint, cook, make'gift baskets or any other craft, please contact us have your work in- cluded at this festival. This is a unique opportunity to showcase local women vendors, and their products, to buyers outside .of Hidalgo County. All work- must be submitted by June ffh at 10 am. For more information about the festival, call Christy Ortiz at 520-507-0455 or email hidalgospirit @ CSFP Commodities CSFP Commodities, for seniors 50 and above and children under age 5 who are not on WIC will be distributed on Friday, June 8, 2012 at the Special Events Center, 502 W. 2nd Street from 10 AM to 1 PM. Recipients should bring a photo ID and senior CSFP ID card. If recertifying, bring proof of income. PAL Volleyball Registration PAL Volleyball Registration has be- gun for grades K-dth. Registration forms are available at the Special Events Cen- ter or contact Amanda Guerrero. Regis- tration form and $20 fee deadline is Monday, June 4th. Survivor Banquet Relay for Life is seeking cancer sur- vivors and their caregivers tO attend the 2012 Survivor Banquet and Celebration of Life, set for Sunday, June 3, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. at the Civic Center. To RSVR contact Marsha Hill at 575-313-2940 or email The 2012 Relay for Life will be held June 22-23 at Short Park. Sample Ballots Go to the'county website www. or to the Secretary of State website: www.sos.state.nm, us to see the sample ballots for the 2012 Pri- mary Election. Continued on Page 3 4 t, "'