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2. HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, JUNE 4, '2010 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. 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• Branch Bank holds Meeting to Ribbon Cutting The new branch office of West- ern Bank, located on Main Street in Lordsburg, is officially open for business. A Chamber of Commerce Ribbon cutting was held for the 4-lane, state- of-the-art facilityTuesday morn- ing. Pictured above represent- ing Western Bank are Bob Mar- tin, Alice Dimas, Clydia Frazier, Frank Chaires, Stacy Schlotfeldt, Hidalgo County Commissioner Richard Chaires and Chamber of Commerce Manager Cecilia Gomez. plore health care clinic in to be held June 11 ' Courtesy submission A meeting will be held Fri- day, June 1 lth. at 3:00 PM in the Portal Rescue Classroom to ex- plore support for a clinic in Por- tal and how it might be utilized. Harley Smith, CEO of the North- ern Cochise Community Hospi- tal of Willcox, will answer ques- - tiOns, as will Dr. Wedig, Hospital Chief of Staff and Marchand Conyers, Director of Clinics and Medical Staff• The clinic would be oper- ated by Francis Weaver Grill, Family Nurse Practitioner, who is dedi- cated to rural health• She has pro- vided medical aid to nomads m Kenya and families in Northeast- ern Brazil's backlands. With husband, Peter, she manages a ranch in White Tail Canyon so she understands the needs of her neighbors and al- ready provides care to patients in Arizona and New Mexico. She could perform the fol- lowing services at the clinic: annual physicals. CDL, sports, well child, and well women physi- cals; management of acute and chronic illness: lab draws. coumadin clinic, blood sugar. strep screens, urinalysis; lesion removals, minor suturing and wound management. She would do hospital follow-up and house calls, order labs and X-rays when indicated supply referrals and di- rect admission to hospital and long term care. An unusual ben- efit is that Grill is willing to also work on call so that if someone needs something on a non-clinic day, she will accommodate them as much as possible for non-emer- gencies. Alt interested people are invited to attend and bring ques- tions and suggestions• Lemon- ade, tea and cookies will be served. Rate Increase or Bailout? Dear Editor: Whenever the NMPRC (New Mexico Public Regulation Com- mission) commissioners, busi- nessmen and women, households, school districts, churches, and local governments grapple with the repercussions of a potential rate increase for essential services like electricity, they need to clearly understand their relation- ship with that utility. Many people believe that the Public Service Coml~any of New Mexico (PNM) serves the public, but Wall Street believes they serve the stockholder. PNM. is a subsid- iary of PNM Resources which is a holding company for Texas New "Mexico Power (TNMP), First Choice Power, and Optim Energy which is a non regulated energy producer and supplier as a joint venture between. PNM Resources and Cascade Invest- ments owned by Bill Gates• Combined. these companies are traded on the NYSE under the ticker symbol PNM, and report to their stockholders on a quarterly basis• Here's where it gets interest- ing. When you strip out the losses incurred by the riskier, unregu- lated companies• and look at the Public Service Co of New Mexico, as a stand- alone com- pany, they actually did well enough to possibly consider a rate freeze, or a roll-back of exist- ing rates, especially if the reduced cost of fuel to operate the natural gas fired generating plants in Southern New Mexico continues. The only problem with this ar- DECLARATIONS OF CANDIDACY DECLARATIONS OF CANDIDACY I. Lloyd V. Payne, hereby announce my candidacy for re-election to the office of Hidalgo County Probate Judge. Lloyd V. Payne I. David A. Ramos. hereby announce my candidacy to the office of County Commissioner Position 1. subject to the Democratic Pri- mary Election to be held June 1st, 2010. Your vote & support will be appreciated. ThankYou and MuchasGracias. David A. Ramos - I, Jody Hatch, hereby announce my Republican candidacy to the office of Hidalgo County Assessor• subject to the Primary Election '2uhe 1. 2010. Your votes of support are appreciated. "" ' Jody Hatch I, Warren D. Walter, Republican. announce my candidacy to the office of Hidalgo County Sheriff. Your votes of support at the June 1. 2010 Primary Election will be appreciated• Warren D. Walter I, Larry P. Martinez, hereby declare my candidacy to the office of Hidalgo County Commissioner, Position 2. subject to the Democratic Primary Election June 1. 2010. The future of Hidalgo County is based on: • Our Children - Economic Growth • Education • Government transparency with spending • Opportunity for jobs with work ethics Your support in the upcoming election will be greatly appreci- ated. Larry P. Martinez I. Saturnine "Nine" Madero. would like to announce my Demo- :cratic Candidacy for Hidalgo County Sheriff• I have been the Under :Sheriff for Hidalgo County for the past eight years. As a seCondary .-career I am a Certified School Bus Safety Inspector for the State of /New Mexico since 1996, performing School Bus Safety Inspections 2throughout the state• I have been a Firearms Instructor since "1994 and .'at present I also instruct Survival Spanish to the cadets at Western .-New Mexico University• Prior to that I have worked for the Motor ~.Transportation Department, the Lordsburg Police Department and /stgrted my career with the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department as a • Detention Officer 22 years ago. I have been a big part in appropriat- :ilag grants and programs that have boosted equipment and vehicles :that the Sheriff's Department has today. Your vote on June 1. 2010 :will be greatly appreciated• Saturnine "Nine" Madero I, Dart Reynolds Shannon. a Republican hereby declare my can- didacy to the office of Hidalgo County Commissioner, Position 2. Your vote of support during the November 2, 2010 General Election will be very much appreciated• Darr Reynolds Shannon I, Ed Kerr, ask for your vote for Hidalgo County Commissioner Position 1 in the November general election this fall. Ed Kerr I, Nyla Dawn Walter, Republican, declare my candidacy for Mag- istrate Judge of Hidalgo County. I respectfully request your vote in the General Election, November 2, 2010. I will honor your support with honesty and fairness. Nyla Dawn Walter [, Mark Thomas. hereby announce my candidacy to the office of :Magistrate Judge, subject to the Democratic Primary Election to be "held June 1. 2010. Your support will be appreciated. Mark Thomas I. Theodore V. "Chopo" Castillo, hereby announce my candi- dacy to the office, of Hidalgo County Assessor. subject to the Demo- cratic Primary Election June 1, 2010• Your support will be very much appreciated• Theodore V. Castillo paid by candidates We have all the tools to keep your Business We offer Professional Services for all aspects of your small business! Including: # Payroll #Monthly, Quarterly & Annual Tax Preparation # Financial Statements # Bank Reconciliatlons 575-542-3125 212 E. Motel Drive * Suite A * Lordsburg gument revolves around the idea that investors like Bill Gates and other stockholders may become unhappy if local rate payers refuse to subsidize the riskier, unregulated holdings, by artifi- cially improving the credit score of PNM Holdings with a rate hike that is not needed nor wanted. Unfortunately, very little has been done over the past two de- cades to resolve this conflict of interest, not to say that several bankruptcy courts haven't tried. One of the best examples is E1 Paso Electric, due to the fact that PNM speculated in some of the same investments that drove El Paso Electric into reorganization, and summed up best by, El Paso Electric's former chairman David Wiggs, who testified during the bankruptcy proceedings for Pa- cific Gas and Electric. (Sideline: At least we know that Utility co's are not Too Big to Fail. ) David Wiggs, the former chairman of E1 Paso Electric in Texas, which filed for bankruptcy protection in 1992 and settled four years later, said he thought that the judge would hot be able raise rates outright, "but he has a lot of room." E1 Paso had run up huge debts to pay for the construction of nuclear power plants, and the utility then wanted rate increases to pay off those investments. But during his company's bankruptcy proceedings, Mr. Wiggs said, law- yers argued constantly about what a rate increase actually was. Was a surcharge an increase? Could the judge approve a fee? "There were a lot of fights about what that meant," he said. But with Pacific Gas and Electric, the problem is not the result of debts caused by invest- ments• Instead it needs cash just to pay for the everyday cost of power• "Fhe tension then" Mr. Seife, the lawyer, said, "is whose inter- est is paramount?" The consum- ers or the creditors?" Now that the NMPRC prima- ries are in full swing the Voter/ Ratepayer needs to make sure that their candidates understand their role as a Commissioner and the role the NMPRC plays in the approval of a rate increase• A re- cent article in the Las Cruces Bulletin described a situation whereby the NMPRC had ap- proved a 20% increase for Blue Cross Blue Shield 2 hrs. prior to the beginning of Public Hearing at which approx. 50 people were waiting outside to testify. Does your candidate support a system that would allow an action like thal to take place and. more im- portantly, would your candidate oppose a rate increase that's based on improving the credit ratings, for PNM Resources sim- ply to lower the borrowing costs for unregulated companies that operate in another state• Times are tough and accountability is the only way to make sure that the right decisions are being made for the right reasons• Rick Albers Ruidoso joins HMS Courtesy information Physician Assistant Meredith Moss is the newest member of the medical staff at Hidalgo Medi- cal Services (HMS). She joined HMS in mid-April and is now seeing patients at the H M S Lordsburg Clinic. Moss re- sides in Lordsburg. Prior to be- coming a Physi- cian Assistant, Ms. Moss " worked in the data processing field for over 20 gion in Alaska before moving to New Mexico in 2008• On Saturday, June 5, Moss will be avail- able to meet the public at the Hidalgo County Health Fair to be held at the Special Events Cen- ter in Lordsburg. Dr. Michael Johnson from the H M S Lordsburg Clinic will also be in at- tendance, as PA Meredith Moss will Donna ................ F, lenniken. years. She has worked as a Physi- cian Assistant, mostly in primary care. for the past ten years, and is committed to caring for medi- cally underserved individuals. She studied to become a Physi- cian Assistant at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA and re- ceived a bachelor's degree from Alderson-Broaddus College in Philippi, West Virginia. Moss worked in a frontier re- ( ll, .laex .net Clinic Coordinator. H RELAY FOR LIFE e June 18, 2010 There are currently 21 teams enrolled in this year's event! Below are a few of the fund raising events scheduled by these teams: Pe bee Tounrnament June 5, 2010 Email masseyfarm( for Information Celpe|e Calling ¢enlosl June 10, 2010 Lordsburg Cycle Worbs Call 575-915-4614 Kern, Famil/Baffle 1/2 Beef; $5 ea or 51520 Call 575-313-2606 Fleece nlankel Baffle See Berna or Rudy Arambula for Tithers & for Relay Luminaria$ at 542-9642 To list your teams' event, call .the Herald at 542-8705 or email Wewou° ke*0gveab, ~~:sewho took time from their busy schedules to volunteer their their time this past weekend. This tourna- ment has been a success only because of the out- standing people who ref, scorekeep, clean, sell and just help out at the tournament. Make no mistake, this tournament would possible without you! To our valued sponsors who donate, we appreciate it tremendously. Its you sponsors who make it possible to give out prizes to a lot of participants and to make our tournament first class as we can make it. To the fans that came out to suppost all weekend, you added the excitement to the great competition. To the 50 teams that par- ticipated we hope you had a great time and will come back. To Victor Diaz, Eric Saucedo and Alber Diaz, thank for being by our side all weekend. With the shortage of refs we know we overworked you and you guys didn't say a word. We could not have played 140 games on schedule without incident without you! Thank you to anyone involved in any way. We hope as the years go on our tournament only gets better. THANK You TO ALL OUR SPONSORS: HECTOR AND TERRY IBARRA GILSTRAP FAMILY RAINER FAMILY RUDY MARTINEZ MORNING STAR SAUCEDOS KRANBERRYS CHAIRES INSURANCE DAVID AND LUPE RAMOS VANESSA RUlZ DUANE BROJER CONNIE ARAMBULA GOLD HILL OUTPOST MILLER CHEVROLET FLYING J PAL PILOT