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VOLUME 14 ISSUE 25 FRIDAY JUNE 20, 2014 75 Hidalgo County SmallTown Papers N 217 West Cota Street Shelton, WA 98584 ii,l,,I,,I,,I,l,l,,I,,h,l,lh'l Hidalgo County does not ban fireworks, pushing for pharmacy to open locally Herald staff report The Hidalgo County Commission considered a fireworks ban at its regular June meeting, ultimately voting against prohibiting them. The Commission was forced to con- sider the ban at the request of the governor's office. Among those attend- ing last Wednesdays public hearing was Jennifer Pavis, representing Phantom Fireworks, located at Roadforks. Pavis informed Commissioners that her customers always receive safety and disposal information and minors are not allowed to purchase fireworks. She added that the sale of fireworks not only boosts her business, but also is a boost to the county and city over- all as many people come to the area to shoot off fireworks because it is not permitted in their particular area. Hidalgo County Fire Marshall David Whipple reported that based on numbers over the past three years, "We have not been having problems with fires on the Fourth of July." This was enough for the Commis- sion to vote against the proposed ban. Hidalgo County Manager John Salazar presented a letter that will be sent to Walgreens in an effort to per- suade the company to open a pharmacy location in Lordsburg. "This is THE most important thing we need in our county right now" said Commissioner Darr Shannon. Shannon added that she will be taking letters around to be signed by citizens and will attend the next City Council meeting to seek their additional sup- port on the project. Commissioner Richard Chaires ex- plained that HMS had purchased a building to put in a pharmacy, but tech- nicalities made that project an impos- sible one to complete. Currently, Walgreens is delivering more than 1,000 prescriptions to HMS in Lordsburg per month. "We will do everything we can as a community to make sure that Walgreens is aware that we want them here," Shannon said. In other business, Commissioner Shannon brought to light several ac- counting and financial practices she discovered in the County Manager's Office over the past several months. In short, Shannon reported that she discovered revenue checks written to Hidalgo County that were not being deposited in a timely manner, the County being charged hundreds of dollars in late fees to creditors because bills are not being paid on time and two checking accounts at Western Bank that she says the Hidalgo County Trea- surer, Commission and Manager were not aware of. County Manager John Salazar as- sured the Commission that with these issues being brought to light, they are being addressed on a day to day basis in his office. His secretary, Tisha Green, pointed out that many of the issues were "inherited practices" and she is now working closely with the auditor to get things back on track. As for the two accounts at West- ern Bank, Hidalgo County Treasurer Tyler Massey said, "If the Treasurer is not on the accounts, it becomes an is- sue of transparency because the Trea- surer is the banker of the County." The Manager's Office claims that the Treasurer's Office was aware of the accounts, one of which was set up to administer CDBG funds in 2007. Massey denied this allegation. The possibility of hiring a procure- ment officer was briefly discussed by the Commission, but no decision was made. An evaluation of the County Manager was asked to be placed on the next meeting agenda by Commissioner Ed Kerr. The Hidalgo County Road Main- tenance Schedule was nixed after the Commission was approached by Road Superintendent Clarence Rudiger. It was agreed that the Road Department could be more effective overall if they were not bound tO the schedule and could address issues when they are in a specific area, giving Rudiger discre- tion over maintenance issues. Pictured above are representatives from the various agencies that made the Demonstration Garden possible, including the NMSU Extension Service, PNM, City of Lordsburg, Lordsburg-Hidalgo Chamber of Commerce, HMS, La Frontera NM, BYA and SPIRIT of Hidalgo. For more photos of the event, see Page 2 of this week's edition. Herald staffphoto HCFC hosts PNM Demonstration Garden dedication Courtesy submission On Friday, June 13 th, the Hidalgo County Food Coalition hosted a dedi- cation ceremony for the PNM Demon- stration Garden area at the Hidalgo County Fairgrounds. This area was de- veloped with funding provided by a PNM 30 th Anniversary Grant, requested by the National Center for Frontier Com- munities, a division of Hidalgo Medical Services. The Hidalgo County Food Coalition, led by SPIRIT of Hidalgo, Hidalgo Medical Services, and NMSU Hidalgo Cooperative Extension Ser- vices, is working to increase access to, and consumption of, healthy fresh foods for the people of Hidalgo County. The demonstration area will be used to host gardening and nutrition classes. "This project started in 2012, when the B/A youth helped install the first raised aeds," says John Allen, Hidalgo Extension Agent. "With the grant we received from PNM, it has grown into an area that can enable people attending classes to be able to provide food for their families, the farmers markets, and local food pantries far beyond this one com- munity garden." An Open House featured insect dem- onstrations by Carol Sutherland, State Entomologist, video interviews by Emily Kelley, NMSU Communications Spe- cialist, and tours of the garden. The cer- emony detailed the 100 year history of BYA youngsters kayak the Rio Grande BootheelYouth Association (BYA) participants kayaked on the Rio Grande River nearTruth or Consequences on June 9- 11, 2014. The youth participants kayaked on two different days and did three runs totaling 18 miles. During the trip participants learned about kayaking gear, water safety and practiced Project Venture's core values. In the evening they cooked hot dogs on the fire and cooked pizza with Dutch ovens.There were 15 youth and adults who participated on the trip. Courtesy photo Cooperative Extension, the 2 year his- tory of the HC Food Coalition, and PNM's role in the communities they serve. Lunch consisted of locally grown ingredients, such as 4H beef, garden greens, squash, tomatoes, and fresh des- sert breads. There were 60 people in at- tendance, including Cynthia Hull, from Senator Heinrich's office, Emily Goykovich, from SWNM Council of Governments, Darr Shannon, HC Com- missioner, and Jeannie Palacios, City of Lordsburg Clerk. There were also repre- sentatives from the media, chamber of commerce, schools, youth groups, food pantries, business, farmers market ven- dors, growers, and more. "We had kind of hit a brick wall as far as funds for creating our teaching garden when the National Center for Frontier Communities became a partner agency and was awarded the PNM 30th Anniversary grant," stated Beth Cox, Project Specialist with HMS Center for Health Innovations. 'That brick wall was removed and replaced with fruit trees, vegetable beds, a cleaning station and classroom surrounded by a nice chain link fence. We thank PNM for their in- vestment in Hidalgo County. " Bruce Ashburn, representing PNM, wound up the dedication by discussing their com- mitment to helping the communities PNM serves. "When we first joined together with HMS and NMSU CES, all I hoped for was a farmers market," laughs Christine Ortiz, with SPIRIT of Hidalgo. "Together, we have developed farmers markets in Lordsburg and Rodeo,. a mobile market, hoop houses, community gardens, home gardens, growing classes, and now, this fabulous demonstration garden. This all has far exceeded my original dream." Free swimming highlights Splash Out Drugs event on Monday Courtesy submission The Lordsburg Elks Lodge #1813 will be hosting its second annual drug awareness, Splash Out Drugs, event next Monday, June 23, 2014 at the Lordsburg Municipal Swimming Pool from 3-6 p.m. The second annual Lordsburg Elks Splash Out Drugs pool party will offer free swimming, along with hotdogs, drinks, DJ music, and prizes for youth of all ages. Prizes will range from toys to t- shirts to 2014 swimming passes and will be given throughout the event, many of which will depend on answers to drug awareness trivia questions. The theme of the Splash Out Drugs party this year is a Hawaiian Luau. "We have invited a very special guest, Elroy T. Elk," says Maria Sanchez, Youth Activities Chair at the Lordsburg Lodge. "He will make a special appear- ance during the last few hours of the free event." Elroy T. Elk is the official mas- cot of the Elks organization. In addition, drug awareness infor- mation will be included in a goodie bag that all youngsters will receive at the conclusion of the event, according to Lordsburg Elks Drug Awareness Chair- man Amanda Frost. The Elks nationwide pride themselves in making sure kids and families have the facts when it comes to drug use in an effort to prevent it. "We have a great energy at the Lordsburg Lodge this year. Members are excited to find new ways to get out into the community and engage youth and families in the fight against drugs," said Lordsburg Elks President Christine Ortiz. "Thanks to our dedicated lodge mem- bers who have put this free youth activ- ity together." "Everyone had a great time plan- ning this fun luau party and are looking forward to Splashing Out Drugs with the kids at the pool," says Ortiz, "Come on down and see just how big the Splash will be!" Elks invest in their communities through programs that help children grow up healthy and drug-free, and by undertaking projects that address unmet need, such as hunger. This event is made possible through a Promise Grant from the Elks National Foundation. This year, the Elks have joined forces with the Juvenile Justice Continuum of Services (JJCS), La Frontera and SPIRIT of Hidalgo in an effort to make the event even bigger and better than last year. Short Park memorial stakes still available The memorial stakes that will be placed on the trees at Short Park are still available, according to La Frontera NM Site Manager Edgar Gomez. Originally, the memorial stakes were dedicated solely to cancer survivors and victims, but at this point they are being offered as a memorial to anyone who has survived or passed away from any con- dition. The La Frontera NM Short Park Re- habilitation project will include the planting of 64 trees where these memo- rial plaques will be placed. The project is currently underway. The purchase and ordering of the memorial stakes will be up to family members. They will be of a uniform de- sign and will cost $35. They will be available on a first come, first served basis and can be ordered at Bookkeep- ing Plus, 212 E. Motel Drive, 575-542- 3125. The last day to order the memorial stakes is June 30, 2014. UPCOMING EVENTS Vacation Bible School The Church of Christ will be host- ing Vacation Bible School Monday-Fri- day, June 23-27, at the comer of 5 m and Pyramid Streets from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.. The theme is Weird Animals--Where Jesus' Love is One-of-a-Kind. Open to ages 5-12. 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 kaseyrudiger@ DTMS Basketball Camp A Dogie Basketball Camp for boys and girls will be held at the DTMS gym- nasium on June 25-July 3, 2014 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. each day. For more in- formation contact Tommy Ray Lopez at 575-538-4982. KP Enchilada Sale The Knights of Columbus will hold a Red Enchilada Sale on Sunday, 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 delivery or to order, call Sal Diaz at 542-9219 or Jr Saucedo at 575-313-3040. 5 th Sunday Sing The Bootheel Ministerial Alliance's 5 th Sunday Sing will be held on June 29, 2014 at the First Baptist Church at 6:00 p.m. All are invited to attend. Summer Transfer Station hours The Hidalgo County Transfer Sta- 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. TEFAP Commodities Due to delivery/shihpping prob- lems, TEFAP commodities, sponsored by HMS, for persons age 18 and above, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, June 24, 2014 from 10 AM to noon or while sup- plies last at the back of the old senior center, 317 E. 4th Street. BYA Summer hours BYA will be open from 5 to 8 on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the summer. We will be doing Various ac- tivities such as hiking, trip preparation, Dutch oven cooking or movies. Democratic meeting The Hidalgo County Democratic Party will be holding their monthly meet- ings at the WNMU Learning Centerat 520 W. 2nd Street on the second Thurs- day of each month at 6:00 p.m. Meeting dates are August 14, September 11, Oc- tober 9, November 13 and December 11, 2014. For mor einformation call 575 542-8087. Continued on Page 3