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VOLUME 10 ISSUE 23 FRIDAY JUNE 4, 2010 50¢ Hidalgo County SmallTown Papers 5026 California Avenue SW Seattle WA 98136 M rti and Castill on to I After months of early and absen- tee voting, and a day at the polls on Tuesday, the voters of Hidalgo County have narrowed their choice of candi- dates for the November 2, ~2010 Gen- dral Election. : The Democratic party races in Hidalgo County for the office of Magistrate Judge, two seats on the Hidalgo County Com- mission and the office of Hidalgo County As- sessor were all hotly contested. In the Magistrate Judge primary, it was Mark Thomas, current Chief of Police for the City of Lordsburg, who garnered 518 votes to his competitor, Martina Elias', 243. Thomas will now face Republi- can Nyla Dawn Walter in November's election• There were three candidates vying for the Democratic nod for the office of Hidalgo County Commissioner, Position 1. Former Hidalgo County Com- missioner David A. Ramos received the most votes with 313, compared to 259 for David Johnson and 204 for former City of Lordsburg Mayor Arthur Clark Smith. Ramos will be running against Ed Kerr, Republican, in November• The race for Hidalgo County Com- missioner, Position 2, saw five candi- dates seeking tO move on to the Gen- eral election• In the end, it was Larry Patrick Martinez who came out on top with 271 votes• His competitors were John A. Hill (176 votes), Tommy Ray Lopez (128 votes), Clayton Jack Lasher (116 votes) and Rogelio Villa IV (80 votes). Martinez will be facing Darr Reynolds Shannon, Republican, on the ballot in November. Democrats Alfredo Morelos Jr., Larry Martinez, above, and David Ramos will represent the Democratic Party in November. Both are seeking CountY Commission seats. Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! former Lordsburg City Councilor, and Theodoro V. Castillo, current City of Lordsburg Finance Officer, faced off for the Democratic spot on the Novem- ber ballot for the office of Hidalgo Col~nty Assessor• Castillo will move on to the General, earning 399 votes to Morelos' 334 votes• Castillo will now face current Hidalgo County Deputy Asslessor Jody Lynn Hatch, Republican, in November. The seat of Hidalgo County Sheriff was un- opposed in the Primary, but current U/adersheriff Saturnino T. Madero, Democrat, will be run- ning against RePublican Warren D. Walter in No- vember. At the state level, HiAalgo County voters agreed with voters state- wide and gave the nod to Democratic candidate Diane Denish and Re- publican candidate Susana Martinez. Lieu- tenant Governor candi- dates selected Tuesday for the General Election will be Democrat Brian S. Colon and Republican John A. Sanchez. For the office of United States Represen- tative-District 2, Steve Pearce, Republican, will move on to the General Election where he will be facing incumbent Harry Teague, Democrat. Incumbent State Representative, District 39, Rodolpho S. Martinez will move on in the election and will face Republican Linda S. Pecotte in No- vember. Hidalgo County voters had cast more Republican ballots for Charles William Cassady, but voters in other parts of the district disagreed• For complete election results, visit the New Mexico Secretary of State website at There were 1,124 total votes cast in the Primary Election, 43.41 percent of registered voters. 5th in Lordsburg at the Special Events Center. The event will take place from nine until twelve noon. Numerous pro- viders and agencies will be on hand to provide screenings and/or information• There will also be fun activities for the kiddos and adults. The DWI go-cart will be available for adults, and BYA has a ton of fun promotional itemsL...but these are just a few? The CARES team will be hosting a county softball tournament as Lordsburg Veterans recognized by Rep. Teague : U.S. Representative Harry Teague was in Lordsburg Sunday, participating in the 2010 Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post #3099's annual Memorial Day service at Veteran's Park. Teague, the guest speaker, thanked the veterans for their service and posed for a photo following the ceremony. Pictured above are ArturoTalavera, Tony Meza, Ernest Gallegos, Elias Ruiz, Isabel Madrid, Manuel Renteria, Rep. Harry Teague, Benny Talavera, Ernesto Renteria, VFW Commander Ray Martinez, Amado Arambula, Hector Molina Sr. and George Botzko. Herald Staff Photo Teague spends Memorial Day weekend in southern NM Courtesy information After a week in which Harry Teague successfully passed two critically impor- tant veteran focused bills - one to elimi- nate the disabled veterans tax for 100,000 more veterans and allow them to receive concurrent retirement and disability pay, and another bill that allows dependents of veterans who died or were perma- nently disabled in combat to get the same he a!th=j~surance benefits given to civilians Teague ret~i/fned "to New Mexico to honor the service and hero~ ism of our nation's veterans this Memo- rial Day weekend. Harry Teague began his series of Veterans events on Saturday, May 29" at Elephant Butte's annual Fly Freedom's Flag Parade, where he addressed the crowd prior to the parade• Teague then traveled to Mesilla and. attended the Honor Flight Film festival. Last year, Teague presented the New Mexico Honor flight with flags flown over the U.S. Capi. tol and certificates recognizing their ser- at the Memorial Day honor ceremony for vice during their visit to D.C. He ended the day in Las Cruces by joining the United Veterans Council in honoring fallen veterans by placing flags over their gravesites. On Sunday, May 30th, Harry Teague was in Silver City to recognize Armando Amador as the new "Veteran of the Month". Harry Teague then spoke at the Lordsburg,VFW Memorial Day Cer- emony.and spent time meeting with the veterans and their families. On Memorial Day, Monday, May 3Pt, Congressman Teague began his day Veterans at the Alamogordo VFW post 786. The VFW hosted a special service to honor Sgt. Willie Estrada and unveil a new headstone recognizing Estrada's Distinguished Service Cross honor• He then joined the Tularosa American Le- gion Veterans Memorial to thank the Veterans in attendance for their service. Teague ended Memorial Day at the Alamogordo VFW annual Memorial Day Cookout where he recognized Maggie Fazenbaker, who has stuffed over 10,000 care packages for our troops serving over- seas. Annual " and Nights of Summer" ,now underway Courtesy information Chairman of the UNM Department of State officials last week kicked off the 4th annual "100 Days and Nights of Summer," a summerlong operation to reduce drunk driving and speeding and increase seathelt usage. The campaign will run day and night from May 28th through Septem- ber 4, 2010. Prior to the start of the program in 2006, there were 136 fa- talities in New Mexico during the sum- mer months of June, 'July and August; in 2009 there were 79 for the same time period. Alcohol involved fatalities fol- lowed a similar downward trend with 56 alcohol involved fatalities in 2006 and 33 in 2009. "In recent years, we've thrown ev- erything we have at combating drunk driving and making New Mexico roads safer, and the 100 Days and Nights of Summer has proven to be one of our most effective tools," Governor Bill Richardson said, Rachel O'Connor, State DWI Czar joined State Police Chief Faron Segotta, and the New Mexico Depart- ment of Trans- portation for the "100 Days and Nights of Sum- mer" kick off at University Hospital's Bar- Emergency Medicine who are joining i,n 'the campaign to stress the role of traffic enforcement in reducing seri- ous injury in New Mexico• "Drivers who are drunk or who behave fecklessly on the road are ma- jor contributing factors to New. Mexico'S serious injury rate" Michsael Richards, Chair of the UNM Depart- ment of Emergency Medicine said. "We want to help be part of the solu- tion". Overall serious injuries from im- paired driving have dropped in Ne,w Mexico from 1025 in 2004 to 675in 2008. The 2010 "100 Days and Nights of Summer" will be kicked off by law enforcement across the New Mexico this weekend and will be accompanied . by a new media campaign that includes pri'nt materials, billboards, television and radio ads that focus On the efforts of law enforcement. The program is funded by the New Mexico Department Click It or Ticket Click It or Ticke./began May 24th and ends June 6% Officers are working seatbelt operations during this time and The Lordsburg Elks Lodge is cur- Continued on Page 3 Flag disposal trols, speed enforcement and seatbelt A 20-year reunion for the L]-IS Class operations in and around all three coun- of 1990 is scheduledfor Labor Day Week- ties. We have seen an increase in traffic end, September 3-5. If interested in at- crashes in the month of May and will be • tending, or for more information, email working hard to monitor traffic viola- or call 972-249' tions for everyone's safety. 6527. FOR LIFE~ Courthouse closure The Hidalgo County Courthouse will close at noon on Friday, June 11, 2010. The Lordsburg-Hidalgo Library's Summer Reading Program is up and running.This year's theme'is Bugs! Buos! BuasV bara & Bill • Richardson Pa- The program is open to children age pre-school to 8th grade and challenges them to read at their grade level'or above vilion. State of- throughout the six-week program.The pre-school session is held on Tuesdays at 11:00 a,m. and the regular session is ficials were he~d~n~ednesdaysat2:~~p~m~Atypica~~ummerReadingPr~gramsessi~ninc~udesthereading~fab~~kpertaining joined by the to the theme, followed by an arts and crafts session, as seen above when pre-school children created insect sun Chair and Vice catchers. For more information on the Summer Reading Program, contact the Lordsburg-Hidalgo Library at 542-9646. : • H~"lth.v..,,,, ,.,,l:"'r well, Pleaselcome out and see what we through out the 100 Days and Nights• rently accepting worn and tattered flags g0UITV i~! have to offer• If you have any questions, 100 Days and Nights of Summer opera- to be disposed of. Please drop off flags at The Hxdalgo Count Health Con lease emad tlons be m ~' ' Y - P . ' : • g" on June 1 and continuethe Hidalgo County Herald by June 14, ,~ 77~ somum ~s hosting a Health Fair on June h~dal ohealth@ mad com or call throu h S '~ • " .... g g " . , " g eptember 8 . This operation 2010 UPCOM NG EVENTS 1990 " v (575)313-3348. will be worked in all three counties and LHS Reunion will include checkpoints, saturation pa.-