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Ihl,,I,,I,,,,ll,,ll,,ll,,,,ll,I SmallTown Papers 5026 California Avenue SW SeaUle WA 98136 VOLUME 10 ISSUE 26 FRIDAY JUNE 25, 2010 50 Hidalgo County Rep. Teague announces funding r Lordsburg Housing Authority Courtesy information Congressman Harry Teague an- inounced that the Lordsburg Housing "Authority has been awarded a grant for 15179,942. The funding, allocated by the iDepartment of Housing and Urban De- .velopment through the 2010 Capital Fund Program, can be put towards capi- tal and management projects, including modernization and development of pub- .lic housing. "New construction and moderniza- families, but they also create important jobs in the community. I'm pleased to see this important investment made in southern New Mexico," said Harry Teague. The Capital Fund program provides funds annually to approximately 3,200 public housing agencies (PHAs) across the country. PHAs may use Capital Fund grants for development, financing, mod- ernization, and management improve- "tion projects not only provide homes for ments. Rep. Teague fighting for small businesses and job creation Courtesy information benefit our state," said Mike Martin, Congressman Harry Teague last week continued his work to create jobs and strengthen small businesses by sup- porting the Small Business Jobs and .Credit Act. Approved by the U.S. House, ,lhe bill aims to make more capital avail- ,able to local small businesses who have been struggling to find support from lenders. " Passage of the legislation comes the day after Harry Teague hosted a confer- ence call discussion with bankers from across New Mexico to discuss the bill. Officials from community banks in New Mexico praised the legislation, saying it will allow their institutions to do more small business lending. "This legislation will go far in help- ing New Mexico's community banks provide credit to jump start business de- velopment and job creation. We appre- ciate Congressman Teague's efforts to work with our community banks and ihelp pass this legislation that will greatly Chairman of the Independent Commu- nity Bankers Association of New Mexico and President & CEO of Western Bank in Lordsburg. "Small businesses have created 2/3 of the new jobs Over the last 15 years and we know they are the key to grow- ing southern New Mexico's economy by creating much needed jobs. Unfortu- nately, the economic downturn has also resulted in small business owners strug- gling to get access to credit with large financial institutions," said Congress- man Harry Teague. "We are working to change that by encouraging small, com- munity banks to start investing here in southern New Mexico and give local business owners the support they need to continue to grow and put New Mexi- cans back to work." The bill establishes a small business lending fund that will provide $30 bil- lion to expand lending to small busi- See SMALL BUSINESS on Page 7 Choate, Shelton attend National competition Mikenzie Choate and Stacie Shelton, above, had an amazing opportunity as they were able to travel to Washington DC to compete in the National History Day competition.The competition was held onTuesday, June 15, though Choate and Shelton traveled up to DC on Saturday, the 12% Kate Jackson, Stacie's mother,' was able to go with them and be their chaperone. The girls took place in the website portion of the competition', with their website that they made about the Small Pox Vaccine. Though they didn't place in the competition, but they were still able to have a great time as they did tons of sight-seeing. By ELIZABETH RICHINSlHidalgo County Herald This crusader against cancer leads the way in the Survivor Lap at last Friday's Hidalgo County Relay for Life. Cancer survivors following the warrior are Sheila Massey, Lucy Mendoza and Jeannie Palacios. For more pictures from the Relay, see Page 10 of this week's edition. 2010 Hidalgo County Relay for Life raises more than $25,000 for ' cancer research Submitted by KACIE PETERSON As predicted, last weekend's American Cancer Society Relay for Life was a huge success. In the past, Hidalgo County has raised more money per capita than anywhere else in the nation, and this year was no exception. We set our fund-raising goal high this year and even beat it by over $10,0G0.00! In total, this year's event has raised $25,297.99. ' Following in the footsteps of past event chairs Willie and Karen McDonald, Kacie Peterson and Marsha Hill, along with the 2010 committee members, were able to recruit twenty- two teams, sixteen of which partici- pated the night of the event. Each team, consisting of between 8 and 100 mem- bers, was encouraged to raise money prior to the event. Several fundraisers were held, including car washes, bake sales, yard sales, raffles and a poker tournament. The communities of Lordsburg and the Animas Valley were very supportive and generous during these fundraisers and over $12,000.00 was raised before the event even took place. The Relay for Life kicked off with the survivors dinner and unveiling of the Wall of Hope and Wall of Honor, follo'ed by the presentation of colors by VFW Post #3099, National Anthem by Miss Jalyn McDonald and invoca- tion by Mr. Cash Massey. The Survi- vor Victory Lap was led by Mr. Paul True in full body armor, representing the "Fight Against Cancer." The relay officially began with the "all team lap." During the twelve-hour event, more than 500 people joined to- gether as a community of family and friends, all supporting one cause, to find a cure for cancer. The moment of silence and luminaria ceremony were followed by a Happy Birthday Celebra- tion following the theme of the Ameri- can Cancer Society "Official Sponsor of Birthdays." A Miss Relay contest was held as a fundraiser, which bought in over $400.00. Miss Relay 2010 was awarded to James Hill of the Bootheel Bankers with $109 of votes. Runner up was Ryan Allen of the Lordsburg Volun- teer Fire Department Team with $102 of votes and honorable mention went logistics; Rudy and Berna Arambula, to Bill Thornock of the Dark Guard- luminaria chairs; Adelina Lindsay and ian Team. Barbara Gonzalez, survivors dinner The winner of the best decorated chairs, and Ramon Macias, ACS Great campsite contest was the Massey Fam- West Division staff partner, met ily and Friends, with the Krazy Kerrs monthly beginning in February. Team coming in second. The Dark Guard- development was challenging at first, ians took first place in the "Midnight but our wonderful team captains Chocolate Madness" with a triple layer stepped up to the plate and recruited cake, followed by the Pantoja family family, friends and co-workers to par- cheesecake, and Southwest Terminal ticipate. took third place with homemade Oreo This year's captains and co cap- cookies. Four o'clock Karaoke was just tains were Linda Erikson, Melanie what the doctor ordered and kept the Martinez, Carmen Acosta, Tammy spirits high prior to the 5:30 a.m. clos- Newell, Chris Pantoja, Mary Silvas, ing ceremony. Sylvia Dominguez, Adrianna Estrada, Every team contributed to the ac- Chopo Castillo, James Hill, Kim tivities and overall success of the event Crumbley, Ruben Abeyta and staff, by selling food, goodies, massages or Vincent Ruiz, Kendra Wright, Yrezema manicures or hosting raffles. Two more Cabrerra, Pat Williams, Mike Paul, fundraisers are scheduled for this sum- Francis Calderon, Bobbie Orphey, mer, with details to come at a later Sheila Massey, Ed "Bim" Kerr, Cody time. Donations and sponsorships will Kerr and Anna Tapia. be accepted until August 31, 2010. For Sponsorships were a very large more information please contact Kacie part of our fund-raising and we wish Peterson at 575-542-8822. to thank each of our sponsors: Hidalgo The 2010 relay committee, corn- Medical Services, Western Bank, posed of Kacie Peterson, event chair; Ramona's Cafr, Dominguez Farms, Marsha Hill, co-chair; Christy Wright, Elbrock Water Systems, Massey En- accountant; Edmund Saucedo, survi- terprises, Southwest Terminal, Goldhill vor chair; Willie and Karen McDonald, See RELAY on Page 10 DOJ grant awarded to NM to help fight substance abuse Information., courtesy SEN. JEFF Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) BINGAMAN'SOFFICWashington, DC for State Prisoners Program, which U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman an- assists state and local governments de- nounced last week that the New velop and implement substance abuse Mexico Department of Public Safety treatment programs in state and local (DPS) has been awarded a $216,036 correction and detention facilities. grant through the U.S. Department of TheDPS, in conjunction with the Justice (DO J) to help treat substance New Mexico Corrections Department, abuse among prisoners. ' will use the funding to continue five "The funding awarded today will therapeutic communities in the New help break the cycle of dependence on Mexico prison system and to expand a illegal drugs and improve community sixth community from 24 beds to 48 safety by reducing the number of pris- beds at the Springer Correctional Fa- oners who are released.back into soci- cility. Additionally, funding will be ety with substance abuse problems," used to create a Native American . Bingaman said.. Therapeutic Community program to be The funds announced today were located at the Western Correctional provided through DOJ's Residential Facility in Grants. UPCOMING EVENTS Church Concert A gospel music and patriotic con- cert will be held at the San Simon First Baptist Church on June 26, 2010, at 7:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m. New Mexico time. Dale Young and Kip Calahan-Young will be performing. Softball Tournament The 2 "d Annual Robert Moreno Soft- ball Tournament will be held Saturday, June 26, 2010 starting at 8 a.m. Cost is $10 per player. All proceeds benefit Lordsburg Little League. For more in- formation call Wally Sanchez at 575- 313-3654. Prize Bingo 1990 LHS Reunion The Knights of Columbus will hold A 20-year reunion for the LHS Class, a Prize Bingo on June 27, 2010 at the of 1990 is scheduled for Labor Day Week- Civic Center from 1-4 p.m. Proceeds to end, September 3-5. If interested in at- benefit the K of C Scholarship Fund. tending, or for more information, email or call 972-249- 6527. Sanders to visit Friends and former co-workers of WL Sanders are invited to visit with him at the EMS Office on Saturday, June 26. The birthday celebration will begin at 2:00 p.m. Horseshoe Tournament The Lordsburg Elks Lodge will host a double elimination Horseshoe Tourna- ment on Saturday, July 3, 2010. Entry is $20 per team. For more information call James Cardenas at 575-590-6877. Guest Speaker to visit Dr. Isaac Nsereko will be speaking on Saturday, July 24, 2010 at the Civic Center at 6:00 p.m. Nsereko is the founder and chief director of the Nserester Orphanage in Uganda, Africa. The public is invited to attend. Transfer Station hours The Hidalgo County Transfer Sta- tion will begin being open on Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. on May 2, 2010 and will continue to be open on Sundays through the last weekend in August. Step Aerobics Active & Alive step aerobics are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Learning Center on 2nd Street for the summer. For more in- formation call 542-8384' ext. 104. Diabetic Support Group Come join us and stay informed for either yourself, a loved one in your fam- ily, or a friend. For those not familiar with our Diabetes Support Group, we meet every last Wednesday of each month 10 am-llam in the HMS Conference Room @ 530 E. Demoss Street, here in Lordsburg. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call Gloria Vargas @ (575)542-3047.