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!! VOLUME 10 ISSUE 25 FRIDAY JUNE 18, 2010 50 Hidalgo County X ,X,,x''x''''xx''xx''xx''''xx'x ea.Pe vetme SVq 5026 CaXiorma SeattXe x~/A 9Si36 BYA staff and youth with the donated equipment at the BYA building on Pyramid Street. BYA brings Project Ventu to local youth The Bootheel Youth Association is proud to announce Project Venture to the Lordsburg community. Project Venture is an Outdoors experiential youth de- velopment program designed for at- risk youth for substance abuse. Project Venture aims to reduce substance abuse through classroom based problem solv- ing, skill building activities with ad- venture education, and community based service learning. Project Venture will consists of 25 hourly classroom sessions in which par- ticipants engage in experiential type games and Project Venture initiatives By Mayor Frank R0driguez This past Monday we held a Com- munity Input Meeting regarding the upcoming movie to be filmed in the Lordsburg area. We are pleased to re- port that we received positive feedback from those local residents who attended and also those with whom we spoke to that were unable to attend the meet- ing. Watch for the local casting calls which will be advertised in the com- ing months if yott wish to be consid- ered for an extra part. You will need a picture that can be emailed. We hope you will join us in welcoming every- one in association with this film with our traditional southwestern hospital- ity. Friday, June 18th is proclaimed 'Relay for Life Day' and the 18t~ -25m is 'Paint the Town Purple Week.' Wear your Purple and show support for this great cause. The walk will start on Friday at 6pm. Take some time out of your busy schedule to do what you can whether that is walking, sponsoring someone else's walk, donating your time, resources or money. Anything no matter how small is greatly appre- ciated. Special thanks go out to Kacie Hill-Peterson and her group who have tirelessly raised money and organized this event. Remember to plan ahead for a safe and fun Fourth of July Celebration. Please take necessary precautions by following all instructions on fireworks and always be aware of your surround- ings. Also, please prevent alcohol re- lated accidents, and always plan for a designated driver if alcohol is present. Enjoy a safe and fun weekend! The 2010 Hidalgo County Relay for Life will kick off at Short Park this Friday night at 6:00 p.m. According to Kacie Peterson, Relay Event Chair, this year's event is shaping up to be a huge success and she is ex- pecting a great turnout. The Relay's Opening Ceremony will begin at 6:00 p.m., complete with the presentation of the colors by the Lordsburg VFW Post #3099. Cancer survivors will be honored with a special Survivor Vict6ry Lap at 6:15, followed by an All Team Lap. With this, the Relay will have officially be- gun. Guest speaker Hortencia Rico Overcash will take the microphone at 6:30 p.m. to share her inspirational story. The Luminaria Ceremony, to re- member those who have lost their lives to cancer, will be held at 9:00 p.m. Events and activities will be ongo- ing throughout the 24-hour event. At- tendees can look forward to a Best Deco- rated Campsite contest, Birthday Cel- ebration for cancer survivors, Miss Re- lay Contest, Team Captain Happy Hour, Open Mic hour, Midnight Chocolate Madness Contest, Hoola Hoop Contest, Team Spirit Contest and a "Survived the for Life to be held this , t Park , at Relay. By participating, you have the t power to ,continue the American Cancer 1 Society's progress toward a future where cancer doesn't take the lives of our friends and family. Thomas resigns to comply with Hatch Act Lordsburg Chief of Police Mark Thomas has made the decision to resign his position in order to stay in the race for Hidalgo County Magistrate Judge. The Hatch Act regulates partisan political activities by U.S. civil servants. The Democratic senator Carl Hatch of New Mexico, protesting the political involvement of federal employees in pri- maries and general elections, sponsored the bill in 1939 that became the Hatch Act in order to ban federal employees from participating actively in political campaigns or from using their positions to coerce voters. Chief Thomas, among other local facilitated by BYA staff members,tact Eric Moore, Program Director at Night" Breakfast Saturday m6rning, candidates, petitioned the federal gov- ernment to determine if the Hatch Act Through these classroom sessions,575-538-1781. Peterson reports that there are 20 applied to them in their specific em- smaller numbers of youth (5-10) are BYA staff members have success- teams enrolled in this year's event, all of ployed positions. In Thomas's case, be- recruited to participate in the after- fully completed the Wilderness Medi- which have been working hard to raise cause he administers federal funding school adventure activities that focus clue/First Training with the NOLS- money for months for the American Can- through the Lordsburg Police Depart- on team building; trust-building and Wilderness Medicine Institute. All ex- cer Society. merit, the Hatch Act Commission stipu- critical thinking skills. In addition, cursions into the backcountry will re- "This is a great opportunity for the ! skills learned during the in school and quire parental/guardian consent'and the community to bring the family out for lated that he either must resign his posi- i after school sessions will be used to youth to have participated in at least dinner, Peterson said, pointing 'out that tion or pull out of the political race. augment more comprehensive pro- three Project Venture after school ses- almost every team involved will be sell- Thomas, a former New Mexico State gram activities that will includesions at the BYA building, ing food throughout the night. Police officer, said that while he would 1 City of Lordsburg Mayor Frank prefer to continue to serve the City of monthly overnight backpacking and The first outdoor excursion isRodriguez has officially proclaimed Fri- Lordsburg, the Hatch Act decision did i kayaking trips, planned for July 10m overnight to the day, June 18, as Relay for Life Day. The not come as a complete surprise. The Project Venture curriculum 11th. Participants will be hiking into proclamation highlights that the Ameri- Furthermore, he said he views the covers the span of one year, running the Gila backcountry near Cliff, NM. can Cancer Society has raised $2.7 bil- decision as a blessing and says it will from July to June. The BYA encour-Project Venture programs are fa- lion for cancer research since 1946 and not only give him the opportunity to ages all of the Lordsburg community ilitated through the BYA and are free. continuesto- make' great contributions spend time with his family this summer, to participate in Project Venture.However, because of limited equip=in the area of cancer research, but will also allow him tihae to focus on visiting with Hidalgo County voters. Responsible adults who are inter- merit, there is currently only enough Mayor Rodriguez encourages all Local police officer Rodney Plow- ested in volunteering on the monthly equipment for 10 youth, so the BYA citizens to wear purple on Friday in sup- Project Venture excursionS should con- staff encourages that parents go to the port of the American Cancer Society's man faced the same issues, but was ad- Cancer rvivors BYA building located at 618 Pyramid war against cancer and in celebration of vised prior to the Primary Election that SU Street to enroll son/daughter as quickly .life and victory over this disease, he could not concurrently work for the as possible. Youth in 7m and 8m grade Much more than a walk around a Lordsburg Police Department and run for invited ,,.+-Hr, ]D~lav For will be shown preference for Project track. Relay is a time to celebrate those Hidalgo County Sheriff. Therefore. he Venture activities. The BYA is open who have battled cancer, remember those withdrew from that race. Tuesday through Friday from 4-8 PM lost and get inspired to fight back. Those Thomas' last day as Chief of Police is June 22. A new Chief will be appointed Life ____.____Survivors' and sometimes longer on Fridays for who have shared the same experience movie night, find common ground, hope and healing by Mayor Frank Rodriguez. Dinner + June 18 Wall of Hope and Wall of Honor,+ to be unveiled. ] Cancer survivors and one guest 1 (spouse, partner, friend, family mem- ber, or caregiver) are cordially invited to attend the Relay For Life Survivors' Dinner on June 18, at the Special Events Center on West Second Street in Lordsburg. The dinner is sched- uled to start at 5:00 p.m., and will be t preceded by the unveiling of the Wall of Hope and Wall of Honor at 4:30. Hortencia Rico Overcash, former' resi- dent of Lordsburg and a cancer survi- vor, will be guest speaker at the din= her. The Walls celebrate cancer survi- vors and honor the memory of the many who lost their courageous battle against cancer. Arrival at 4:30 is en- couraged to ailow sufficient time to '~ view the Walls. Please R.S.V.P. as soon as possible d to Marsha Hill at (575) 3t3-2940, marcellhill @; Kacie Peterson at (505) 469-4025, kacie'hill @ htmail'crn; Edmund I Saucedo at (575) 542-9716, i; or the Hidalgo County t Herald at (575) 8705, If no answer, leave a message with your name and Historic let us know if you'll be accompanied presentation by one guest. Support the 2010 Relay For Life The Lordsburg Elks Lodge #1813 presented their Flag Day ceremony to residents at Sunshine Haven Nursing Home and join others in the celebration of Sunday, illustrating the history of the American flag. Pictured above are Nick Paulos, Bill Fraley, Ernesto Renteria, James life! Cardenas, Manuel Renteria and RalphYoung. For more on the Elks' patriotism, see Page 10. UPCOMING EVENTS Sanders to visit Prize Bingo Horseshoe Tournament Relay Luminarias Transfer Station hours Friends and former co-workers of The Knights of Columbus will holdThe Lordsburg Elks Lodge will host Relay for Life memorial luminaries The Hidalgo County Transfer Sta- ,, WL Sanders are invited to visit with him a Prize Bingo on June 27, 2010 at the a double elimination Horseshoe Tourna- can be purchased from Berna or Rudy tion will begin being open on Sundays ,t at the EMS Office on Saturday, June 26. Civic Center from 1-4 p.m. Proceeds to merit on Saturday, July 3, 2010. Entry is Arambula by calling 575-542-9642.from 1 to 4p.m. on May 2, 2010 and will i continue to be open on Sundays through The birthday celebration will begin at benefit the K of C Scholarship Fund. $20 per team. For more information call Guest Speaker date the last weekend in August. 2:00 pm. Softball Tournament James Cardenas at 575-590-6877. Commodities The 2nd Annual Robert Moreno Soft- 1990 LHS Reunion changed Step Aerobics TEFAP Commodities for persons ball Tournament will be held Saturday, A 20-year reunion for the LHS Class Dr. Isaac Nsereko will be speaking Active & Alive step aerobics are held age 18 and above, will be distributed on June 26, 2010 starting at 8 a.m. Cost is of l990 is scheduled for Labor Day Week- on Saturday, July 24, 2010 at the Civic on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 Tuesday, June 22, 2010 at approximately $10 per player. All proceeds benefit end, September 3-5. If'interested in at- Center at 6:00 p.m. Nsereko is the to 7:00 p.m. at the Learning Center on 12:30 p.m. at the Special Events Center, Lordsburg Little League. For more in- tending, or for more information, email founder and chief director of the 2rid Street for the summer. For more in- 502 West 2"d Street. Please do not arrive formation call Wally Sanchez at 575- or call 972-249- Nserester Orphanage in Uganda, Africa. formation call 542-8384 ext. 104. early. 313-3654. 6527. The public is invited to attend.