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VOLUME 14 ISSUE 24 FRIDAY JUNE 13, 2014 75 SmallTown Papers Hidalgo County West Cota Street Shelton, WA 98584 II,l,,I,,I,,I,l,l,,I,,I,,I,II,,I See Cla~l'ssifieds City receives illion in Summer Lunch Program kicks off in Lordsburg The"Seamless Summer"lunch program, hosted by the Lordsburg Municipal Schools, officially began on Monday, June 9, 2014. Meals are provided free of charge to all school age children under 18 at North Park, Short Park and Pyramid Village park at 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. According to LMS Cafeteria Manager John Jarrott, the district is currently distributing more than 200 lunches each day.The program will wrap up on July 18, 2014. Herald staffphoto Energy Jp assessors to be in L1 urg June 16, 27 =eting with residents Submitted by PNMIAIbuquerque (CFLs), faucet aerators and low-flow PNM recently launched a new en- showerheads. In addition, a qualified ergy efficiency program, the PNM Home assessor will complete a walk-through Energy Checkup, aimed at helping cus- assessment of the customer's home and tomers save energy in their home and install each energy-saving measure. The money on their .electric bill. This pro- assessor will also help identify other gram is now available to PNM custom- ways customers can save energy and re- ers in Lordsburg and surrounding areas, duce their bills, including providing re- Assessors will be in the area the bates for ENERGY STAR appliances. weeks of June 16 and June 27, so cus- This is just one of several new pro- tomers wanting a checkup should call to grams launched this spring. Residential schedule today. Customers can schedule customers also have access to rebates on their assessments and installations by certain energy saving home cooling sys- calling 1-855-775-6491. tems and pool pumps while business In the new program, for only $40, customers have access to new programs customers receive a programmable ther- as well. In addition to the new programs, mostat, compact fluorescent light bulbs PNM will also continue many of the en- ergy-saving programs available today including in-store discounts on CFLs and LED bulbs, the refrigerator-recy- cling rebate program and programs for businesses of any size. Energy efficiency programs have the potential to save enough energy each year to power thousands df homes, avoid millions in fuel costs and reduce both carbon emissions and water use associ- ated with the production of electricity. These programs are easy to access; just visit for more information, about the PNM Home En- ergy Checkup. Like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter for energy-saving tips and opportunities. Department of Health reminds New orne By Lordsburg Mayor Mexicans to protect their skin Submitted by NM DEPT. of HEALTH/ United States. UV rays from sunlight are Santa Fe the greatest right now during the late The New Mexico Department of spring and throughout the summer. It has been three months since my-Health reminds New Mexicans to pro- UV rays from the sun can reach you self and the city council have been in tect their skin from the sun and avoid on cloudy and hazy days, as well as office and I wanted to report to you on indoor tanning to lower their skin can- bright and sunny days. UV rays also re- the progress that we feel that has been cer risk. flect off of surfaces like cement, sand, made. During the election we heard from According to the Centers for Disease and water. Indoor tanning (using a tan- many citizens about different con-Control and Prevention (CDC), skin can- ning bed, booth, or sunlamp to get tan) cerns--these are the areas we wanted to cer is the most common cancer in the exposes you to UV radiation, too. address first and still are addressing. United States. Most cases of melanoma, The New Mexico Department of Thank you for being patient and please the deadliest kind of skin cancer, are Health and the CDC recommend the fol- keep calling myself or a city councilor caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) lowing easy ways to protect yourself and if you have concerns or problems that light, your loved ones from UV radiation: we may be of service to help correct. The American Cancer Society esti- Stay in the shade, especially The City workforce has been doing mates that there will be 470 new cases of during midday hours. an outstanding job in every area of re- melanoma of the skin in New Mexico in Wear clothing that covers your sponsibility. We have had two project 2014. From 2006-2010 an average of arms and legs. problems that were handled very pro- about 60 melanoma deaths occurred per Wear a hat with a wide brim to fessionally and safely. The Public Safety year in New Mexico. shade your face, head, ears, and neck. Department continues to serve and pro- "When you're having fun outdoors, Wear sunglasses that wrap tect the citizens of Lordsburg under the it's easy to forget how important it is to around and block both UVA and UVB leadership of Chief Rodriquez and Cap- protect yourself from the sun," said De- rays. tain DeLaGarza. Stop by The Lordsburg partment of Health Secretary Retta Ward, Use sunscreen with sun protec- Police Department any time if you need MPH. "Unprotected skin can be damaged tive factor (SPF) 15 or higher, and both assistance or 'information dealing with by the sun's UV rays in as little as 15 UVA and UVB protection. public safety, minutes. Yet it can take as long as 12 Avoid indoor tanning alto- Cemeteries and City parks are be- hours for skin to show the full effect of gether. ing addressed. Two new flag poles have sun exposure." For more information on melanoma been ordered---one for each cemetery. The hours between 10 a.m. and 4 and other types of cancers, visit the De- Clean up and painting will continue p.m. are the most hazardous for UV ex- partment of Health's Comprehensive also. At the city parks we have teamed posure outdoors not just here in New Cancer Control Program page at http:// See CITY CORNER on Page 2 Mexico but also the entire continental , al Lordsburg Mayor Clark Smith said Monday that the City has been awarded several state and federal grants since his election in March. The largest of these awards came from the New Mexico Colonias program in the amount of $687,792. This money will used for the construction and re- placement of the existing sewer lift sta- tion on Mountain View Road and High- way 70. This lift station serves citizens living in the northwest part of Lordsburg. This funding will also go towards improvements to the lift station on west Motel Drive near Love's Travel Center. The Lordsburg Municipal Airport was awarded a federal and state aviation grant totaling $335,000 for pavement repairs on runway 12/30, the heavy apron and the EA parallel taxiway. This project is currently out for bids. The City was awarded $187,500 from the New Mexico Arterial Program for the final road design and construc- tion from Railway Boulevard to Hadeco Drive, starting at City Hall. This was the final section of the project. Federal funding of $223,000 was awarded by the federal government's road fund to begin design work in 2014, with construction slated in 2015, for ADA ramps on Motel Drive from Animas Street to Main Street to meet American Disabil- ity Act standards. The New Mexico Cooperative Pro- gram for Design awarded the City $52,000 for the design of pavement re- habilitation and drainage improvements on Animas Street. The City of Lordsburg and Hidalgo County are working coop- eratively on this project, each seeking funding for the project, which has an es- timated cost of $760,000. Pasture Loop will see the improve- ments as well, as the City received $52,000 for design, construction, chip sealing, fog sealing and drainage im- provements. Overall, the City has been awarded $1,537,292 over the past few months. "This funding will greatly help our City infrastructure .improvement needs," said Mayor Smith. Each grant comes with some match- ing fund requirements from on the City's part. Mayor Smith said that additional state and federal grant applications have been submitted and he expects to have an update on these projects in the near future. NM continuing to pport County and ;hool Courtesy submission LHS Principal Houlk, also performed a New Mexico Institute of Mining and site assessment of the Lordsburg School Technology, Energetic Materials Re- science lab on March 19, 2014 by their search and Testing Center contribute chemistry and environmental subject many of their resources to Hidalgo matter experts. County. The initial findings showed that the This year New Mexico Tech con-school .has an excellent inventory avail- ducted an initial site assessment of the able for chemistry, biology, physics, Animas Schools' chemical storage by anatomy, and earth science coursework. their chemistry and environmental sub- A large volume of textbooks, specialized ject matter experts from New Mexico activity kits, and teaching materials are Tech. This site inspection was performed available for incorporation into an ef- in response to an insurance audit that fective curriculum for the school district. occurred during the week of February NM Tech is in the process of finaliz- 10th at Animas Schools. ing the transfer of a 3500 Heavy Duty The initial findings showed that the Dodge Truck to Hidalgo County to be school has an excellent inventory avail- utilized by our County EMS and LEPC able for chemistry, biology, physics, and personnel. NM Tech is a member of our earth science coursework. A large vol- LEPC and has contributed in the request ume of textbooks, specialized activity kits, and teaching materials are available and preparation of the emergency man- for incorporation into an effective cur- agement hazard mitigation grant as well riculum for the school district." as ongoing grant request to address our New Mexico Tech, at the request of County's communication concerns. DPS reports successful search and rescue mission in Grant County Submitted by NM DEPT of PUBLIC SAFETY/Santa Fe On Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at about 8:40 p.m. New Mexico State Police in Las Cruces received a 911 call from a hiker who stated he was in need of as- sistance. He had left Co- lumbus, NM on Saturday May 31, 2014 and was hiking the Continental Divide Trail. When he called he stated he was out of food and water and was suf- fering dehy- dration and heat cue personnel responded to the area at about midnight on June 4, 2014 and be- gan their search. They were able to lo- cate the man, rehydrate him and give him some food. This enabled the man to hike out on his own accom- panied by the Search and Rescue personnel. He was then given a ride to Silver City where he in- tends to rest a few days and then resume his hiking trip. The mis- sion was ended at Above is a photo taken on the hike out on the about 11:00 morning of June 4, 2014. a.m. on June exhaustion. 4. Based on the 911 call, State Police Once again, New Mexico Search and was able to obtain his coordinates which Rescue provided much needed assis- put him on a trail south of Emory Pass tance to a person in need. This is done which is on State Highway 152 in the on a volunteer, non-paid basis during Black Range. which they utilize personal vehicles and A Search and Rescue Mission was equipment, sometimes in the middle of the night, as in this case. initiated. Grant County Search and Res- LIPC()MING EVENTS Dance Camp July 1-3 The Animas Youth League will hold a Dance and Gymnastics Camp July 1-3 from 10 AM to Noon each day at the Animas Schools' Multi-Purpose Room. Cost is $10 per child, or $20 per family. Pre-register by emailing TEFAP Commodities TEFAP commodities, sponsored by HMS, for persons age 18 and above, will be distributed on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 from 10 AM to noon or while supplies last at the back of the old seni~ center, 317 E. 4th Street. ;'~ ,) KP Enchilada Sale :i! The Knights of Columbus ~ill hold a Red Enchilada Sale on Sun~y~June 29, 2014 at St. Joseph's Church Hall start- ing at 10 a.m. Plates are $6.50:each and include enchiladas, potato salad, rice, bread, dessert and a drink. For ~lelivery or to order, call Sal Diaz at 542r9219 or Jr Saucedo at 575-313-3040. Elks collecting used flags The Lordsburg Elks Lodge is cur- rently accepting torn, tattered and used flags. The flags will be properly disposed of during the organization's annual Flag The Lordsburg PAL Volleyball Burning Ceremony on June 14, 2014. League will hold registration on Thurs- Flags can be dropped off in Lordsburg at day, June 12, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. at the Quality Auto, Hidalgo County Herald Special Events Center. The Hidalgo County Democratic th and the Cottage House. 5 Sunday Sing Party will be holding their monthly meet- DTMS Basketball ings at the WNMU Learning Centerat Camp The Bootheel Ministerial Alliance's 520W. 2nd Street on the second Thurs- A Dogie Basketball Camp for boys 5~ Sunday Sing will be held on June 29, day of each month at 6:00 p.m. Meeting and girls will be held at the DTMS gym- 2014 at the First Baptist Church at 6:00 dates are June 12, July f0, August 14, nasium on June 25-July 3, 2014 from p.m. All are invited to attend. September 11, October 9, November 13 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. each day. For more in- Summer Transfer Station hours and December 11, 2014. For mor formation contact Tommy Ray Lopez at einformation call 575 542-8087. 575-538-4982. The Hidalgo County Transfer Sta- Continued on Page 3 PAL Volleyball tion is open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. during the months of May-August. Democratic meeting :/ &