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m VOLUME 14 ISSUE 26 FRIDAY JUNE 27, 2014 75 Hidalgo County v. :,-, ,, , ,, ,,, , ,, 22 AMMO In Stock See Classifieds For lnfo ] City Council to move Lordsburg youth Splash Out Drugs More than 150 area youngsters and their parents enjoyed an afternoon of free swimming Monday during the 2014 Lordsburg Elks Lodge's annual Splash Out Drugs event. The three-hour event featured free swimming, food, DJ music and prizes. In addition, the Lordsburg Elks'Youth Activities Committee publicly recognized Lordsburg Pool Manager Fred La Marca for his 40 plus years of service to local youth. In addition to managing the local pool, La Marca has also taught swimming lessons to several generations of Lordsburg citizens. Above, ElroyT. Elk leads the crowd in a rousing rendition of YMCA. For more pictures from Monday's event, see Page 10 of this week's edition. Herald staff photo Hidalgo County to receive Courtesy submission U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Mar- tin Heinrich last Week announced coun- ties in New Mexico are set to receive ap- proximately $37 million as part of the orne By Lordsburg Mayor Arthur Clark Smith This year's Fourth of July celebra- tion in Lordsburg is set to honor our mili- tary and our freedom. When you think about it the Fourth Of July honors our freedom, and who gave us that freedom? There will be plenty of fun, food and activities for the whole family at Short Park and the Elks Lodge in Lordsburg also are having activities for your en- joyment. Food and beverages, snow cones, ice cream, games, free swimming will be available at various stations and at the end of the evening bring your lawn chairs and watch the fireworks show. A youth dance will follow at the special Event Parking lot after fireworks. The July Fourth events are sponsored by The City of Lordsburg, local business and many local citizens helping put this all together. The Hidalgo County Herald will have printed activities to look over in next week's paper will have events, activities and times. Thank you to all who are helping. The Lordsburg Housing Forum'will be held at the Lordsburg Civic Center on June 26th from 10A.M. to 2 P.M. Join us for a one-day housing fair and work- shops that are free and open to the pub- lic. Everyone in Lordsburg and Hidalgo County is welcome to attend, Five main topics is assist you on owning your own home will be ad- dressed: 1. Dreaming of buying a house but don't have a down payment? 2, Tired Of the long commute to work every day? 3. Need a new home but don't qualify for a traditional loan? 4. Are you a first time home buyer. 5. Need assistance making improve- ments to your home? There will be a number of federal and state agencies, along with private companies, in attendance to help you get the information you need. ,743 in PILT funding 2014 Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program, an over 8 percent increase from 2013. A full list of the funding by county is included below. PILT is administered through the Department of the Interior and provides funding for mostly rural counties that have a limited ability to levy taxes due to the amount of federal property in their jurisdiction, including Bureau of Land Management land, national parks and forests and military bases. Local govern- ments use PILT funding to provide many crucial services to residents. "I am pleased to announce PILT funding is on its way to New Mexico counties," Udall said. "I fought hard to make sure these critical payments con- tinued this year and I will keep fighting until they are permanently funded. PILT is an important program that helps New Mexico's communities create jobs and pay for services people rely on, like pub- lic safety, schools and roads. And as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I'll continue making the case in Congress for why we must fund it well into the future." "PILT funding is critically impor- tant to rural New Mexico, and I am pleased that we were successful in secur- ing funding for this year's payments," Heinrich said. "This program helps coun- ties across our state avoid budget short- falls and maintains the economic strength of rural communities who rely on these funds for infrastructure mainte- nance, law enforcement, and other criti- cal local services. The PILT program .also helps provide safer roads, better schools, and thousands of local jobs. I will continue to push for full, permanent funding for PILT and the Secure Rural Schools to give our counties the budget certainty they need." After years of funding PILT incon- sistently, Congress in 2008 fully and automatically funded PILT for five years. In a 2012 transportation bill, full fund- ing was extended for another year, leav- ing the future beyond 2013 uncertain. Earlier this year, Udall and Heinrich suc- cessfully pushed for PILT funding to be included in the Farm Bill, and have con- tinued to be strong advocates for steady, full funding. Starting in 2011, Udall, along with then-Sen. Jeff Bingaman, helped lead the fight in the Senate for mandatory, long- term support of PILT and Secure Rural Schools funding to give local commu- nities assflrance that they can depend on this lifeline for long-term planning. Heinfich, then a member of the House, sponsored a companion bill, which would have fully funded the PILT pro- gram for an additional five years. Last year, Udall and Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY), along with Heinrich, wrote the chairs and ranking members of the Senate Appro- priations Committee and Interior sub- committee calling on them to fully sup- port and fund PILT. According to the Interior Depart- See PILT FUNDING on Page 2 Municipal Court ut of City Hall Municipal Court will soon be relo- Smith she was conflicted over the move, cating--thanks to a decision Tuesday agreeing that the City could use the ex- night by the Lordsburg City Council. tra space at City Hall. However, she said Lordsburg Mayor Clark Smith she was uncomfortable with any costs asked the Council at their regular June associated with the move. meeting for direction after he says he was Smith assured the Council that it approached on moving Municipal Court would not take much to get the building out of City Hall. Councilor Manuel D.V. ready to house Municipal Court, saying Saucedo motioned to move the agency crews would begin as soon as possible to its' previous location on Main Street, painting, making roof repairs and in- behind the Chamber of Commerce. He stalling an air conditioner. He anticipates justified the move by indicating that the the" project to be complete within a City could use the office space that will couple of months. be freed up. He added that he would like Municipal Judge David Arredondo to see the proposed building, which now was present at "Tuesday's meeting, but did sits empty, being used. not comment on the Council's decision When Mayor Smith polled the to move his office. Council on their positions, Irene Galvan On a different note, City Finance was the lone dissenter. She said she did Officer Patricia D'Naranjo asked the not see the feasibility of the move. Council to clear more than $6,000 off Several Councilors, including the books that has been sitting in a Mu- Saucedo and Alfredo Morelos, said they nicipal Court trust fund account. Accord- feel the new location will offer more dis- ing to D'Naranjo, the money was gener- cretion and privacy to those who must ated by individuals who had paid money visit the court. Councilor Glenda Greene told See MUNICIPAL COURT on Page 6 Udall, City of rdsburgto host free homeown rshp forum today Courtesy submission tion to attendees and answer questions On Thursday, June 26, the office of throughout the day. Resources will be U.S. Senator Tom Udall will co-host a available on topics including free homeownership forum to provide in- homebuyer education, financial literacy, formation on financial resources and as- down payment assistance, purchasing sistance to homeowners and interested and repairing a home, and weatheriza- homebuyers. The event will take place tion programs to reduce homeownership from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lordsburg costs. Civic Center, and all interested residents Workshops will be held throughout are invited to attend, the day on specific financial topics: The event will bring together repre- At 10:30 a.m., Terry Melon, mort- sentatives from Udall's office, Bank 34, gage loan officer at Bank 34, will present USDA Rural Development, Southwest on mortgage loans and down payment Regional Housing and Community De-. assistance. velopment CorporatiQn, U.S. Housing At 11:15 a.m., Clyde Hudson, area and Urban Dr~61Opment, Southwest director at USDA Rural Development, New Mexico Council of Governments, will discuss guaranteed'loans. Lordsburg Housing Authority and the City of Lordsburg to provide informa- See HOMEOWNERSHIP on Page 2 Rafter JL Ranch recognized for conservation practices The Hidalgo Soil & Water Conservation District recognized Rafter JL Ranch for their natural resource conservation practices on Thursday, June 19 by presenting them with the 2014 Land Stewardship Award. Since the purchase of the ranch located North of Lordsburg in 1986, the Lunt's have added 16 troughs, 27 storages, 30 miles of pipeline and 3 wells. On their Steeple Rock Ranch the terrain is very mountainous so they split one large pasture in two, put 2 permanent troughs with storages in each pasture, and added 3 miles of pipeline. Since 2013 they've put in 151 grade stabilization structures to prevent erosion. In addition, they conducted juniper clearing on 60 acres, spreading ihe limbs as the land was cleared. The Hidalgo SWCD feels like the Lunt Family and Rafter JL Ranch are the epitome of "land stewards" by implementing conservation practices that will make the land viable and productive for generations to come. In addition to the District recognition, Rafter JL ranch has been nominated for the NMACD Region 3 Land Stewardship Award. Pictured above are (back) HSWCD Secretary/Treasurer Darr Shannon, Jim Lunt, Matt Miller, Collen Miller, HSWCD Supervisor Jonna Darnell, HSWCD Supervisor David Ramos, HSWCD Chairman Walt Anderson and HSWCD Supervisor Eric McSpadden.The Millers children are pictured in front. Submitted by HSWCDILordsburg UPCOMING EVENTS Farmer's Market Friday The Hidalgo County Farmer's Mar- ket will be held in Lordsburg on Friday, June 27, 2014 beginning at 4 p.m. on Main Street. 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 PRC to visit.Monday Local business owners Frank Rodriguez and Deborah Hood will host a Dutch treat luncheon on Monday, June 30 at noon. Public Regulation Commis- sioner Ben Hall will be in attendance and the public is encouraged to attend with any questions or concerns for the PRCE. KP Enchilada Sale The Knights of Columbus will ho.ld 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, BYA Summer hours tober 9, November 13 and December 11, bread, dessert and a drink. For delivery 2014. For mor einformation call 575 or to order, call Sal Diaz at 542-q219 or BYA will be open from 5 to 8 on 542-8087. Saucedo at 575-313-3040. Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the Fit Camp Jsth Sunday Sing summer. We will be doing various ac- ~tivities such as hiking, trip preparation~ Fit Camp, a boot camp style exer- The Bootheel Ministerial Alliance's Dutch oven cooking or movies, cise group, is held Tuesdays and Thurs- 5th Sunday Sing will be held on June 29, days at 6;00 p.m. at LHS football field. 2014 at the First Baptist Church at 6:00 The free classes are open to the public. p.m. All are invited to attend. For more information contact Fabiola Summer Transfer Station hours Cano at 575-542-2356. 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. Democratic meeting The Hidalgo County Democratic Party will be holding their monthly meet- ings at the James H. Baxter Civic Center, 313 E. 4th Street, on the second Thurs- day of each month at 6:00 p.m. Meeting dates are August 14, September 11, Oc- Continued on Page 2