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VOLUME 11 ISSUE 28 FRIDAY JULY 15, 2011 50 Hidalgo CounD00 SmallTown Papers 217 West Cola Street Shelton. WA 98584 [hh,l,,I,,I,[,I,,I-h,h[[,,[ When at all possible, 00HOP AT HOME Make A Difference. For every $100 Ipeut wlth locollLl-ow.ed business,+.. 57 Itayl will*In the community, Disaster assistance to Hidalgo County residents, businesses affected by fire Iriformation courtesy SBA by the disaster." said Mills. "Getting our businesses of all sizes and private, non- will be on hand at the following Disaster Blaney continued. The center will be Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to Arizona residents and business owners affected by the Monu- ment (Horseshoe II) Fire that began June 12 in Cochise County, U. S. Small Busi- ness Administration (SBA) Administra- tor Karen G. Mills announced today. SBA acted under its own authority to declare Cochise County a disaster fol- lowing a request received on July 6 from Gov. Janice K. Brewer. The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available inCochise County and the neighboring counties of Graham, Greenlee, Pima and Santa Cruz. as well as the neighboring county of Hidalgo in New Mexico. "The U. S. Small Business Adminis- tration is strongly committed to provid- ing Arizonans with the most effective and customer-focused response possible, and we will be there to provide access to fed- eral disaster loans to help finance recov- ery for residents and businesses affected County Fair royalty to be selected on July 29 in Animas A new Hidalgo County Fair Queen and Princesses will be selected to reign over the 2011 fair activities. Contest Chairman Sheila Massey has announced that eleven young ladies have entered the contest. They will be competing for the title in five categories: Queen, Little Miss. Princess age 6 to 9, Princess age 10 to 12 and Princess age 13 to 15. There will be an article in next week's Herald that will include the contestants in each of the five categories. The festivities will be held at the Animas High School Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 29. This annual event is sponsored by the Hidalgo County Fair Association and hosted by the Epsilon Sigma Alpha Sorority. The contest is rec- ognized as the qfficial event that kicks off the year's fair activities which are scheduled for August 25-28 th. This year's fair theme is "Country Pride Countywide". The public is invited to come out and join in the fun as the fair royalty is selected. There is no admis- sion charge. For further information con- tact Sheila Massey, Contest Chairman. at 575-548-2420 or by email at mas seyfarm @ Herald rates to increase in August For the secondtime since putting out the first issue in 1999, the Hidalgo County Herald is raising its' newsstand price. With the current state of the economy, combined with massive in- creases in fuel costs--resulting in a tri- pling of newspaper delivery costs from the printer, the increase is unavoidable. Effective beginning with the August 5. 2011 edition, the price of a single copy of the Hidalgo County Herald will go from 50 to 75. "'This is an increase I have put off implementing for quite some time." said publisher Brenda Hood. "Unfortunately, the Hidalgo County Herald can no longer absorb the mcreased costs of pro- duction without the cost increase." In addition to the cost increase on a single issue, annual subscription rates will go from $30 to $40. Email subscrip- tions are available for $25 per year. For more information, contact Hood at 575.542.8705. businesses and communities up and run- ning after a disaster is our highest prior- ity at SBA." "Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to homeowners, renters, profit organizations whose property was damaged or destroyed by the disaster," said SBA's Arizona District Director Rob- ert Blaney. "Beginning Tuesday, July 12, SBA customer service representatives Loan Outreach Center to issue loan ap- plications, answer questions about SBA's disaster loan program, explain the ap- plication process and help each indi- vidual complete their application," open on the days and times indicated. No appointment is necessary. Cochise County Disaster Loan Out- reach Center, Cochise Comaty Service Center, 4001 East Foothills Drive Sierra Vista, AZ 85635 opens Tuesday, July 12 Mondays through Fridays 9 am - 5:30 pm Closes Thursday, July 28 Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or re- place damaged or destroyed real estate. See DISASTER on Page 2 House passes legislation to address NM flood All-Stars compete in Copper Classics Lordsburg Little League was well represented at the Copper Classic All-Star Tournament held last week in Bayard. The 11-12-year-old team, above, started tournament play last Wednesday against Cobre, losing 14-4. They came back to beat Silver City 8-3 but ended their bid in the tournament with a loss to Deming on Saturday 11-7.Both the older and younger teams played hard in the annual tournament. Pictured below is the 9-10-year-old team. Photos courtesy JAMIE DIAZ & KIM CUEVA8 I Micro-Grants announced for Women Entrepreneurs, Spirit of Hidalgo included Submitted by NM WOMEN'S FOUNDA- TION/Santa Fe New Mexico Women's Foundation supports organizations and programs that create economic opportunities for New Mexico's women and girls. This year the New Mexico Women's Founda- tion honors these groups with funding and mentoring of 11 groups helping women have more abundant lives. One group from Hidalgo County was selected to receive a NMWF micro- grant this year. Spirit of Hidalgo whose mission is to support, promote and inspire women and children to make a positive differ- ence in their lives, for their families and within their communities, intends to pro- vide classes and mentoring via a leader- ship program offering business skills development and organization plan- ning. The group is under the direction of Christine Ortiz, who can be reached at 575.542.3166. Art for the Heart for its UpCycled Fashion project Cutting Edge Cloth- ing with a Conscience. where garments are created from previously produced clothing and from donated new fabrics that otherwise may go into landfills. Tres Manes Weaving of San Miguel, an innovative weaving and mi- cro enterprise program under the um- brella of Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico, dedicated to help- ing the women of the Colonias of South- eru Dona Ana County develop job skills and sustainable self-employment. NaNeelzhiin Women's Craft Circle of the Torreon/Starlake Chapter of the Navajo National works to promote suc- cessful self-reliant community develop- ment and enhance the quality of life for its members by producing crafts sold at festivals and fairs throughout the state. Espanola Valley Fiber Arts Center is a school, a gallery, and a source of in- formation, equipment and materials for its 520 members. EVFACs mission is to preserve and promote the rich textile heri- tage of Northern New Mexico by pro- viding learning and teaching experf- ences, and encouragement and training toward economic sustainability in the world of fiber arts., La Cooperativa de la Frontera of Columbus s a transborder artisan's co- operative in its fourth year dedicated to improving the lives of women and their families by teaching them to make and sell handmade products of every descrip- tion. Ramah Navajo Women's Coop- erative of the Oso Vista Ranch Project provides opportunities for women and See SPIRIT onPa.qp._2 insurance issues Submitted by REP. STEVE PEARCE'S OFFICEWashington, DC Tuesday, the House passed H.R. 1309. the Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2011. In recent months, numerous New Mexicans have contacted Rep. Pearce expressing concerns that they are required to purchase flood insurance even though they live in desert areas with extremely low risk of flooding. Today's legislation contains several amendments to address this problem, including one proposed by Rep. Pearce. "I was contacted by a constituent in Tularosa whose home is seventy feet above the river," said Pearce. "Her home is listed in the flood plain, but the river itself is not. I introduced my amend- ments to help protect New Mexicans from unnecessary costs that arise from these types of errors, and I am happy to see this legislation move forward." During this difficult economic time. New Mexicans cannot afford to pay for federally-mandated flood insurance that they don't need. Congressman Pearce's amendment would help remove federal mandates for flood insurance in New Mexico, where floods are rare. Rep. Pearce's amendment addresses a policy wherein FEMA currently ig- nores certain levees in drawing their flood maps. This policy has created flawed flood maps, calls into question the credibility of the mapping process, and has improperly forced New Mexi- can families into the flood insurance pro- gram. Pearce's amendment would re- quire FEMA to change their policies and recognize these structures, resulting in more accurate and fair flood maps. LHA to benefit from $6 million HUD investment Submitted by SEN. JEFF BINGAMAN'S OFFiCEWashington, DC U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman reported this week that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is releasing over $6 million to help New Mexico communities make upgrades to their public housing developments. "These grants will be used to en- sure that thousands of New Mexicans have access to safe and affordable hous- ing," Bingaman said. The grants were awarded through HUD's Capital Fund Program, which pro- vides communities with funding to help manage, develop, finance and modern- ize public housing projects. It can be used to build, repair, renovate and]or modernize public housing units, includ- ing energy-efficient upgrades to replace old plumbing and electrical systems. The Lordsburg Housing Authority is slated to receive $154,341. UPC()MING EVENTS A 4-H Day Camp for children ages 5 to 8 will be held on July 20 and 21, hosted by the Hidalgo County Exten- sion Office. Children enrolled will have a great time and get familiar with what 4-H is all about. Please call 575-542- 9291 to sign up. Commodity distribution Hidalgo Food Coop Commodities will be available Monday, July 18th and Monday, July 25th at the Hidalgo Learn- ing Center at 520 W 2nd St in Lordsburg recertify that they meet the low income requirements for the 2011/2012 year. You are welcome to bring a box early so that it will be packed and ready for you to pick up. For more information, call Christy at 520-507-0455. Magistrate Court closed With approval of the Administrative Office of the Courts the Hidalgo Magis- trate Court will be closed on Thursday July 14, 2011 in order to allow the staff to work strictly on data entry and error reports to prepare for Odyssey which is  new computer program Wfi-f6fi- will be implemented across all NM courts. We apologize for any inconve- nience that this may cause to you or your agency. Girl Scouts Girl Scout registration (K-3 rd grade) will be held July 15 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Special Events Center. For more in- formation call 575-439-9220 or 575- 313-1494. LHS Class of 86 There will be a meeting of the LHS glass of 1986 to finalize'reunion plans on Thursday, July 14, 20tl, at 8:00 p.m. at the E1 Charro Restaurant. Weekly Commodities Commodity distribution for low-in- come individuals of all ages and fami- lies is available every week, Tuesday through Friday (except holidays within those days) from 10 AM to 5 PM. No worry about letters of the alphabet or dropping boxes off ahead of time. Just come by 807 Duncan Highway, Lordsburg dth-ing the times we are open. Please bring your id, a box and plastic :bags with you: First-time recipients will need to bring id, proof of Hidalgo County residency and documented income. Oa- sis,Compassion Services, 807 Duncan Hwy, Lordsburg. Ask about our volun- teer program. Transfer Station open The Hidalgo County Transfer Sta- tion will begin being open on Sundays this Sunday, May 1, andvill continue to be open until Sunday, August 28, 2011. Continued on Page 3 t NN)Ilml lllU 00l00l|l00liHltBgil/Ig/Illlig+ilHligliil;I lillliMaiiil|+;l|ii ;! +!It Hi illR t/[liilaillmillallliiiimlmi00