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VOLUME 16 ISSUE 27 FRIDAY, JULY 1, 2016 75 Hidalgo County smalffown papers 21"1 West cota street SheRon, WA 98584 Looking for a new Chevy? I Kempton Chevrolet invites you to check | out our inventory at: I lemptonchevrolet.comI No Hassle "No Pressure | * No Turnover I Kempton will make it worth the trip! Everyone looks better in a Chevy Bowtiel Hi County to .11 , in PI Courtesy submission Last week, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that counties across New Mexico will receive more than $37.7 million through the 2016 Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. The total is a $3.2 mil- lion increase from the total payments the state received last year, partly due to the advocacy of Udall and Heinrich. A full list of funding by county is included below. PILT provides federal payments to local governments to help offset losses in property taxes because of nontaxable federal land within their jurisdictions, in- cluding national parks and forests, wild- life refuges, Bureau of Land Manage- ment land and military bases. Local gov- ernments use PILT funding to provide police, fire protection, emergency re- sponse, road maintenance and other cru- cial services to residents. "I'm proud to fight for the funding that counties throughout New Mexico rely on to deliver critical services, like schools, roads and public safety," Udall said. "New Mexico is proud to host our military bases, national monuments and other facilities that support our economy and generate tourism in our state. But local governments need budget certainty to ensure that all New Mexicans receive consistent basic services. We currently fund PILT year by year, but that isn't good enough, and as a member of the Senate Appropriations committee, I'll continue to work for full, permanent funding to ensure local communities have the economic security they need" "Rural communities across New Mexico use PILT funds to provide for emergency response, maintain roads and bridges, and support local jobs" He'lnrich said. "I am proud that we were successful in securing funding for this year's payments, but we still need perr~anent ftrnding for PtLT. Lortgterm, predictable funding is incredibly impor- tant to counties in New Mexico, and I will continue to push for full, permanent PILT funding so they have the budget certainty they need" After years of funding PILT incon- sistently, in 2008 Congress fully and au- tomatically 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. Udall and Heinrich have successfully secured PILT funding every year since and continue to fight for a long-term so- lution. The PILT program is administered by the Department of the Interior. The department calculates annual payments to local governments based on the num- ber of acres of federal entitlement land within each county or jurisdiction and the population of that county or juris- diction. The lands include the National Forest and National Park Systems, lands in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Refuge Sys- tem, areas managed by the Bureau of Land Management, areas affected by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Bu- reau of Reclamation water resource de- velopment projects, and others. New Mexico PILT Payments for fiscal year 2016: BERNALILLO COUNTY - $202,561 CATRON COUNTY - $621,950 CHAVES COUNTY - $3,095,167 CIBOLA COUNTY - $1,834,429 . COLFAX COUNTY - $161,766 DE BACA COUNTY - $109,423 DONA ANA COUNTY - $3,065,286 EDDY COUNTY - $3,435,195 GRANT COUNTY - $2,130,365 GUADALUPE COUNTY - $160,643 HARDING COUNTY - $117,996 HIDALGO COUNTY - $749,220 LEA COUNTY - $1,089,110 LINCOLN COUNTY - $1,738,123 LOS ALAMOS COUNTY - $86,665 LUNA COUNTY - $1,922,647 MCKINLEY COUNTY - $914,129 MORA COUNTY - $234,096 OTERO COUNTY - $3,166,859 QUAY COUNTY - $4,659 RIO ARRIBA COUNTY - $2,234,329 ROOSEVELT COUNTY - $27,810 SAN JUAN COUNTY - $2,224,906 SAN MIGUEL CO~ - $836,134 SANDOVAL COUNTY - $2,142,162 SANTA FE COUNTY - $705,425 SIERRA COUNTY - $1,158,994 SOCORRO COUNTY - $1,360,942 TAOS COUNTY - $1,674,918 ' TORRANCE COUNTY - $332,953 UNION COUNTY - $151,620 VALENCIA COUNTY - $80,472 STATE TOTAL - $37,770,954 I RVT students launch rockets SPLASH Out Drugs held Monday in Lordsburg Ryan Estrada and Jay Richardson instructed students at R.V. Traylor's K-3+ Program on how to build rockets. Over 90 rockets were made and launched by the students in an exciting week of rocket building. Above left, Alex Selazar prepares for the launch. Above right, Ryan Estrada helps the studetns put their rockets together. Courtesy photos 4th of July to be Independence Day weekend will be celebrated in grand fashion throughout Hidalgo County with a wide variety of events. July 2 The Lordsburg Elks Lodge will host its fourth annual co-ed mud volleyball tournament at 9 a.m. at the Elks Lodge U on Saturday, July 2. Teams must consist of at least six players, no more than eight, with two being female. Cost is $10 per person if pre-registering; $12 per person for same day registration. Teams should be pre-registered by Friday, July 1, and must be at the Elks lodge by 8:30 a.m. tereheck the play bracket. If same day registration, be at the lodge at 8 a.m. to register. For more information or to get a reg- istration form, contact Chris Sanchez at 575-313-5553. The Elks will also be offering a va- riety of homemade food items for sale beginning at 9:00 a.m., including break- fast burritos, pulled pork sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs, Frito pie and chili The Lordsburg Elks Lodge hosted the 4th annual SPLASH Out Drugs event Monday st the Lordsburg Municipal Swim- ming Pool.The three-hour event featured free swimming, DJ music, food and lots of prizes ranging from pool toys to gift cards to tablets.The event, sponsored in part by the Elks National Foundation and JJCS, offers a drug-free environment while teaching the youth about the dangers of drug and alcohol use. Above, a handful of the 130 kids present pose with ElroyT. Elk after his performance.The Herald will feature additional photos from this event in next week's edition. Herald staff photo cheese fries. To order ahead call 575- Association will host its' annual schol- 590-0377. arship fund raising events. Rodeo's fes- July 3-4 tivities begin at 6 p.m. with the 37th an- A two-day co-ed softball tournament nual 4th of July Parade. There are many will be held at Short Park on July 3 and categories and lots of prizes will be given 4, with funds benefiting the Lordsburg away. To enter the Parade, call Michelle Little League All Stars. Registration dead- at 575-557- 2311. line is July 1 and cost is $130 per team. Following the Parade, a barbecue For more information, or to reserve booth dinner will be available for $7 per plate, space at the park, contact Felicia Barker followed by a dance at 8 p.m. with music at 575-519-9736 or Bianca Barela at by Hot Lights DJ. Held throughout the 575-313-7320. event will be a cake auction. July 4 The day in Hidalgo County will On Monday, the Lordsburg Munici- conclude at dusk with a state-of-the-art pal Swimming pool will be offering free fireworks display hosted by the City of swhnming from li am: till 3 p.m. Lordsburg~ The display will be chorea- On Monday, the Rodeo Community graphed by Morn & Pop's Pyro Shop. H , LPD join effort to fight DWI with saturdation patrol Courtesy submission trois, and more officers on the road. LPD This week, Governor Susana and HCSO will be participating in this Martinez unveiled hard-hitting TV ads saturation. to fight DWI and distracted driving. In "The first and foremost responsi- addition, the Governor announced an bility of a driver is to keep their atten- increased law enforcement presence on tion focused on the road," New Mexico New Mexico's roads and highways to Department of Transportation Deputy target drunk driving over the summer Secretary Loren Hatch said. "New months. Mexico's families need and deserve to The Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office be safe on our roads and highways, and and the Lordsburg Police Department we're proud to partner with law en- will be doing their part to make this el- forcement throughout the state and fort a successful one. spread the word to help people have a "As a career prosecutor, and now as safer and more enjoyable summer sea- governor, I've witnessed the heartbreak- son." ing consequences that DWI has on our During last year's campaign, New families," Governor Martinez said. Mexico law enforcement officers made "These ads are a powerful reminder to 82 DWI arrests, issued 1,640 seat belt all New Mexicans that drinking and driv- citations, 1,381 child restraint cita- ing comes at a horrific cost." tions, 12,305 speeding citations, 867 The new ads focus on DWI from the cell phone citations and made 46 felony perspective of a surgeon trying to save arrests. the life of a mother hit by a drunk driver. So far this year, 174 people have These powerful new ads build on a se- been killed in traffic crashes in New ties of ads unveiled by the Governor last Mexico - 58 of them alcohol-related. fall, called The Things I've Seen, which Governor Martinez has repeatedly featured police officers coming face-to- fought for tougher DWI penalties. Just face with DWI crashes and having to in- this year, she signed legislation that form families that their loved ones had cracks down on the worst repeat DWI been killed. offenders and increases penalties for Governor Martinez also unveiled a new ad to discourage distracted driving, drunk drivers who kill. This legisla- tion builds on Governor Martinez's and kicked off this year's 100 Days and recent executive initiatives to crack Nights of Summer, a coordinated state- wide law enforcement effort that puts down on DWI throughout New more police officers on the roads to tar- Mexico. These include: targeting re- get DWI, texting behind the wheel, not peat offenders and the establishments buckling up, and other dangerous driv- that over-serve them; a court monitor- ing. ing program that will place citizens The 100 Days and Nights of Sum- inside courtrooms in five counties to mer safety campaign runs until the end shed light on how DWI cases are of September. Drivers can expect to see handled; and an ongoing roundup of DWI fugitives. more DWI checkpoints, saturation pa- UPCOMING EVENTS Farmer's Market July i tion, call Chalia Gomez at 575-590- 1063. be closed July 11-15 and will re-open on Monday, July 18, 2016. Come BLAZING HEAT or MON- 4th of July Softball 1976 LHS Reunion SOON RAIN - The Hidalgo Farmers Mar- ket and Mercado is committed to bring- A Co-Ed Softball Tournament will Lordsburg High School Classmates ing local, fresh, healthy foods for your be held July 3-4, 2016 in Lordsburg. Pro- of 1976 are invited to celebrate the 40th family this Friday, July 1, from 4 to 6 pm ceeds will benefit the Lordsburg Little Bicentennial Class Reunion Labor Day (or until sellout or meltdown, 1ol). Come League All-Stars. Cost is $130 per team. Weekend, Sept. 2-4, 2016. Everyone on down and use cash, debit, or even Deadline to register is July 1, 2016. For from this class is invited whether you your EBT card to buy food from our dedi- more information contact Felicia Barker graduated or not. There is a deadline of cated and skilled vendors. If you use at 575-519-9736 or Bianca Barela at July 1, 2016 for ordering t-shirts. If in- your EBT card, you will get twice as 575-313-7320. terested or for more details contact Marie much as you pay for, with the Double MVD Closed Delgado, 928-865-1593 after 6:00 PM Bucks program. The Market is in the lot ' or Lisa Gomez 542-9649. next to the Western drive-thru Bank on The Lordsburg Motor Vehicle De- Sauced0's holiday hours Main Street. Check out the delicious, partment office will office will close July home grown treats! For more informa- 6, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. The office will also Saucedo's Supermarket will be open Monday, July 4, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. till 3:00 p.m. There will be free giveaways, including a $300 shopping spree and a charbroil barrel grill. We wish everyone a blessed and safe holiday. Commodity distdbutions Monthly distributions of Food/ Commodities at the Old Hospital at 524 E DeMoss in Lordsburg begins on the 3rd Monday of every month and contin- ues through Tuesday. Residents can pick up regular commodities, cheese commodities, and school commodities on either of those days. For more infor- mation, call Beth at 575-313-0765 or Christy at 575-542-9090 or Chalia at 575-590-1063. ICAN classes ICAN is free, fun, hands-on nutri- tion education that can help you prepare quick and nutritious meals, use commod- ity foods more wisely, store and handle food properly and safely and help you save money at the grocery store. If you are interested in signing up for an adult or youth class please stop by the Hidalgo County Extension Office 1226 E. 2*a St. or contact Nutrition Educator, Wanda Offutt at 575-542-9291 or email woffutt@nmsu.edu Continued on Page 3