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VOLUME 10 ISSUE 28 FRIDAY JULY 9, 2010 5O f Hidalgo County ihh,l,,h,,,ll,,Ih,ll'"'lhl SlnallTown papers 5026 California Avenue SW Seattle WA 9B136 . :"  u spr%seimnto uonm_ i00B.y I an,Largel n, I | _PIZZA, I 6 Ilotwin|s l III or , l 4 mozzlrella ._ l$11cks L-.... FLYING J, INC Expires  il Old Hwy 70 ,o,y 31, 00010 Lrdsbug5NsM8830343 50 V..J, Patriotic parading Rodeo and surrounding communities celebrated the 32nd annual 4th of July Parade and related activities last weekend. For more photos from the annual event, see Page 10 of this week's edition. Photo by WINN BROWN Senate signs resolution supporting the American Cowboy Submitted bySEN. JEFF BINGAMAN'S Senator Jeff Bingaman to honor the OFFICEIWashington, DC American Cowboy. The U.S. Senate last week ap- The resolution, which declares July proved a resolution cosponsored by 24, 2010 as "National Day of the Erik Watson, DDS named New Mexico Dentist of the Year Submitted by HIDALGO MEDICAL SER- VICES Did you know that we have the New Mexico dentist of the year right here in our area? E r i Watson, DDS" was named Outstanding New Mexico Dentist of the year 2010 by the New Mexico Pri- mary Care Association. Dr. Watson is a dentist and the 'Dental Director for Hid'algo Medical Ser- vices. In !999 while Dr. Watson was still in undergrad school at Howard Uni- versity in " Erik Watson, DDS Washington, D.C. Hidalgo Medical Services (HIVIS) contracted with the University of New Mexico (UNM) for dental services in Lordsburg, NM. UNM dentists flew to the Grant County Airport weekly to staff the HMS den- tal suite. The dentists then drove 25 miles of dirt road and then another 25 miles to Lordsburg in an HMS pick- up truck and lived in a small trailer behind the HMS clinic. This contin- ued on a weekly basis for the next four years. In 2003, HMS hired its' first full time dentist in Lordsburg and the contract with UNM ended. Three years later, UNM expanded its general Den- tistry training to program to rural ar- eas. Enter Dr. Watson, like his father be, fore him; Dr. Watson wanted to pur- sue a career in dentistry that would serve the population with the "greatest need." HMS and Dr. Watson soon set up the training program with UNM and became the first off-site location. Since Dr. Watson became  the Dental Director at HMS, periodic rotations have become full-time and all 10 UNM dental resi- dents do one monlh rota- tions in Silver city every year. In addi- tion Dr. Watson formed a rela- tionship with the Arizona School of Den- tistry and Oral Health, A.T, Still Univer- sity in Mesa, AZ. This school sends their fourth year dental stu- dents to do r- ral rotations with HMS. Dr. Watson along with two other dentists at HMS, Dr. Michelle McGorky and Dr. William Rasband have become adjunct faculty associated with A.T. Still'University. Dr. Watson has become part of the community by relating to the people on a daily basis. He demonstrated this in July 2008 as he sat on top of a mule and rode in the Independence Day Pa- rade through downtown Silver City and won 2nd place. Comments from the community included, "Not too bad for a city guy out of DC". Through Dr. Watson's dedication to serve his patients in "greatest need" the communities of both Hidalgo and Grant Counties have access to oral health care. His commitment to train- ing is evidenced by the number of stu- dents that he has mentored. In 2009 a total of 14 students completed train- ing with him. Dr. Watson's influence on his students comes full circle as his students commit to serve as dentists in rural areas. American Cowboy," will give the state an opportunity to recognize the endur- ing legacy of Western culture. "Cowboys are an essential part of New Mexico's past and present. Bingaman said. "The National Day of the Cowboy gives us all an opportu- nity to recognize this important part of our cultural history." The text of the ?esolution is as fol- lows: Whereas pioneering men and women, recognized as 'cowboys', helped establish the West; Whereas the cowboy.embodies honesty, integrity, courage, compas, sion, respect, a strong work ethic, arid patriotism; Whereas the cowboy spirit exem- plifies strength of character, sound family values, and good common sense; Whereas the cowboy archetype transcends ethnicity, gender, geo- graphic boundaries, and political af- filiations; Whereas the cowboy is an excel- lent steward of the land and its crea- tures, who lives off the land and works to protect and enhance the environ- ment; Whereas cowboy traditions have been a part of American culture for gen- erations; Whereas the cowboy continues to be an important part of the economy. through the work of many thousands of ranchers across the Nation who con- tribute to the economic well-being of every State; Whereas millions of fans watch professional and working ranch rodeo events annually, and rodeo is one of the most-watched sports in the Nation; Whereas membership and partici- pation in rodeo and other organizations that promote and encompass the live- lihood of cowboys span every genera- tiola and transcend race and gender; Whereas the cowboy is a central figure in literature, film, and music and occupies a central place in the pub- lic imagination; Whereas the cowboy is an Ameri- can icon; and Whereas the ongoing contributions made by cowboys and cowgirls to their communities should be recognized and encouraged: No% therefore, be it Resolved, That the Senate- (l) designates July 24, 2010, as 'National Day of the American Cow- boy'; and (2) encourages the people of the United States to observe the day with appropriate ceremonies and activities, Rep. Teague Border Security surge passed by House Courtesy information Last week, Rep. "Harry Teague, con- tinuing his efforts on border security, voted to pass the supplemental appro- priations bill that included his border security surge proposal. The package will ensure that the recent Mexico drug violence does not spill over in to the United States, greatly enhances the se- curity of our border, and combats illegal trafficking activities across our border. The legislation surges funding for border security efforts, including addi- tional Border Patrol agents and other border enforcement officials, additional resources for local law enforcement agencies located near the border, new forward operating bases for the Border Patrol in New Mexico's Bootheel, and more law enforcement resources to fight drug smuggling and the spillover of drug violence into the U.S. "My request for a border security surge is essential to stemming the recent jump in border violence, securing our country's borders and keeping our con- stituents safe. As Vice-Chair of the Con- gressional Border Caucus, I have made it my mission to secure the tools our Border Patrol and local law enforcement agencies need to protect us and I am proud to sere my requests for increased funding included in this legislation," said Congressman Harry Teague. "As border violence continues to escalate and threaten the safety of New Mexican fami- lies, we can no longer afford to wait to act. Through Operation Stonegarden, we getcritical resources to New Mexico's border sheriffs and police chiefs to pro- vide safety to our border communities. And by increasing our border patrol pres- ence av, d sending the National Guard to the US-Mexico border, we make it clear to criminals and smugglers in the border regfon that we are committed to taking serious steps to combat illegal border activity and ensure that this tide of vio- lence does not cross in to our country." The border security funding surge will provide: 1,200 additional Border Patrol agents deployed between the ports of entry along the Southwest Border. 500 additional officers at ports of entr3, along the Southwest Border and funding to maintain current Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer staffing levels. New tactical communications equipment and infrastructure on the Southwest Border, three permanent Bor- der Patrol forward operating bases, and a surge of workforce integrity investiga- tions designed to prevent corruption among CBP officers and agents. $50 million for Operation Stonegarden grants to support local law enforcement activities on the border. Two additional CBP unmanned aircraft systems. $30 million for Immigration and Customs Enforcement activities di- rected at reducing the threat of narcotics smuggling and associated violence. $201 million for Justice Depart- ment programs, as requested. The supplemental funding will also give troops added resources to continue fighting for our nation's freedoms, pro- viding more than $37 billion to support See BORDER on Page 6 Illuminating Three-year-old Stevie Gwin enjoys the magic ol a sparkler while waiting for the City of Lordsburg Fireworks Display to begin lasLSunday evening:The City show, one of the largest in Lordsburg's history, is made possible in part by Mom & Pop's Pyro Shop and the Lordsburg Fire Department. Herald staff photo JPCOMING EVENTS 4-H Dance Cotton City 4-H will hold a dance on Saturday, July 17 from 8 p.m. to mid- night at the Animas Community Center. Masic will be provided by the Yarbrough Band. 1.980 class reunion A 30-year Class Reunion for LHS class of 1980 is cheduled for the week- ei ld of October 9, 2010. If interested in attending, or for more information, con- tact Pablo Sanchez, Jr. at, (520) 260- 9883, Patsy Arambula at or Susan De La Riva at BAMH relocating Border Area Mental Health Services, Inc. will be consolidating Lordsburg of- rices. As of August 1, the Outpatient Office will be moved from 524 DeMoss Street Suite 9 to the Kokopelli Office at 332 Motel Drive (on the corner of Animas St. and Motel Dr.) If you have an appointment for services in Lordsburg after August 1, please come to the Kokopelli office for that appointment. v For more information call 575-542-3304 or 575-542-9477. Explorer Academy The Lordsburg Law Enforcement Explorer Post 883 will be conducting a basic academy from July 17-25th. En- rolment is open for young adults ages 14-20. Must be a student, no criminal history, and a U.S. citizen or legal per- manent resident, interested in a law en- forcement career or not sure and just want something fun to do this summer, email or call (575) 543-8971 for more information. Vacation Bible School Get ready for a "High Seas Expedi- tion". Valley View Community Church will be having Vacation Bible School July 12-16 from 9-12 in Cotton City. Children ages 3 and up are welcome. Lunch will be provided. Contact Duti at 548-2305 or Kate at 548-2393 for more information. cancer support group Hidalgo County Health Consortium is offering a free on-line support group for those dealing with cancer or other medical needs. This support group of- fers support to survivors and caregivers or family and friends. The group leader is PLTC (people living through cancer) trained and is a survivor as well. Please email the following to chat or for more info: hidalgosurvivorsgroup @yahoo.corn 1990 LHS Reunion A 20-year reunion for the LHS Class of 1990 is scheduled for Labor Day Week- end, September 3-5. If interested in at- tending, or for more information, email or call 972-249- 6527. Continued on Page2