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II.l.,1,,h.,II,,II,,II,,,,lhl SmallTown Papers VOLUME 10 5026 California Avenue SW I S S U E 29 Seattle WA 98136 FRIDAY JULY 16, 2010 50 Hidalgo County i & get 6 H,twin|s |ill II ,4 | .Sticks II Expires FLYING J, County students attend Technology Camp Approximately 130 students from Animas and Lordsb'urg Elementary schools recently attended a one week technology camp at RVT Elementary School. This years theme was "Its A Jungle Out There!" Students learned technology skills using mini laptops recently acquired by Lordsburg Schools through the Buildingblocks technology~lrant. Students learned about proper laptop care and digital citizenship.They learned graphic art design by creating an ID badge (above) and hat design for their safari hat. Students researched a rainforest animal and created a digital stow about their animal. They also learned to use a GPS to Geocache around the RVT campus. Students attended a live video conference with the Akron, Ohio Zoo where they learned about the rainforest and its animals. For more photos from theTechnology Camp, see Page 4 of this weeks edition. Courtesy photos Gov. Richardson announces formation of task force to map statewide clean energy Courtesy information "New Mexico's abundant sunshine Governor Bill Richardson and the and windy plains - as well as our prox- New Mexico Renewable Energy Trans- imity to fast growing western energy mission Authority (RETA) Board of Di- markets - put us in the sweet spot of re- rectors this week announced the forma- newable energy growth," said Jon tion of a sthtewide clean energy trans- Goldstein, Secretary of Energy, Miner- mission task force to assist RETA in ere- als and Natural Resources and a RETA ating a blueprint of New Mexico's fu- Board Member. ture renewable energy transmission sys- "RETA .is helping to create the sys- tem. tern that will carry this clean energy to "I am directing this task force to as- market." sist RETA with coming up with a sen- The task force will be chaired by Jim sible, statewide transmission system Noel, Deputy Secretary for New Mexico plan," said Governor Richardson. "Like Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources President Eisenhower's Interstate High- Department. It will include a diverse mix way System, a smart, robust renewable of renewable energy generation, public energy grid will spur economic growth utility, environmental and land owner for decades to come." interests The new task force comes as a re- "New Mexico is already emerging cent report released by Headwaters Eco- as a major part of our nation's clean en- nomics shows that New Mexico has ergy future," said EMNRD Deputy Sec- emerged as a clean energy leader, increas- retary Jim Noel. "This group will help ing its percentage of green jobs faster design a transmission system plan to fur- than other Rocky Mountain States. The ther augment renewable energy growth," Headwaters Economic report found that " New Mexico is estimated to have New Mexico enjoyed 62 percent growth in the green jobs sector from 1.995-2007. Final Session of New Mexico also showed strength in transmission system 104 million megawatt hours per year (MWIVyr) of solar energy potential and 56 million MWh/yr of v)ind, ranking sec- ond and twelfth in the U.S. respectively. RETA was created by Governor Richardson and the New Mexico Legis- lature in 2007 to plan and finance trans- mission lines to promote the develop- ment of renewable energy within New Mexico. RETA is one of only eight trans- mission authorities in the country. isa !s ball Louie Balsa, head football coach for the Lordsburg High School Mavericks, has been chosen the New Mexico High School Coaches Association's 2010 Football Coach of the Year by the Board of Directors of the association. His se- lection was based on his coaching ten- ure, win-loss record, championship years. professional honors and awards and ser- vice to high school athletes and to the coaching profession. Balsa will be presented with a plaque at the NMHSCA's 23rd An- nual Bobby Gibbs Awards Luncheon at the Albuquerque Hilton on July 29, 2010. Coach Balsa will begin his 21s' year as head football coach for ,the LHS Mavericks this up- coming season. All together, he has coached for 33 years, 32 of those years with Coach the Lordsburg Mu- nicipal Schools. Besides his current po- sition as head football coach, Balsa has worked over the years as an assistant foot- ball and basketball coach, head track coach and athletic director. He was also a middle school coach and assistant varsity track coach in Dou- glas, Arizona in 1979-80. In 2003 as head track coach, the Maverick boys' team was state runner-up and district champion. He was selected District Track Coach of the Year in 2003. Coach Balsa has a 141-81 career They were state runner ups in 1990,.2003 and 2009. In 2006, he led the Mavericks to Lordsburg High School's first and only State Championship in football. Coach Balsa has been an elected member of the NMAA Commission, the NMAA Realignment Committee and Football Sports Specific Committee. ,In 2006, he and his wife, Connie, received the NMHSCA Distinguished Service Award. C,oach Balsa has also received the NMHSCA Milestone Awards for football vic- tories: Certificate for, 50 wins, Medallion for.75 wins, and Plaque for !00 wins. Coach Balsa was the Director and Chair5 man of the NMHSCA Class A/AA North-South All Star Football Game from 2002 to 200g.-IJe coached the Soutlr'~rl3 Stars in 1997. L-C- Coach Balsa Was born and raise ,din Lordsburg, graduating from LHS in 1970, where Louie Balsa he participated in foot- ball, basketball, track and student council. He earned a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from Western New Mexico University. He has been married to his wife, Connie for more than 30 years. They have three daugh- ters, Victoria !29), Sonia (26) and Patrieia (22) and one granddaughter, Eva (3). Balsa attributes his success to the assistant coaches and student athletes at LHS and the support from parents, com- munity, administration and especially his family. He is honored and humbled in being selected as Coach of the Year and ! i] won-loss record g~ a head football coach, stated that it is truly a school and corn,,' all with Lordsbt,-g High School. Du~ng .munity award as much as a personak / his tenure as he#d, coach, th Mavericks awa~t.~ ~: ~ ,~ . " have been dis(rict" champ-ions 11 times With this award, Balsa will go on to ] and runner-ups 6 times, making the state be the New Mexico nominee in football 1 playoffs 17 of the 20 years. During this for the 2010-11 National High School time, Coach Balsa has been selected as Athletic Coaches Association Region 8 District Coach of the Year 11 times. The Coach of the Year and to the National Mavericks have played in four state Federation Coaches Association Section championship games under Coach Balsa. 6 Coach of the Year. wind, solar and geothermal potential. From 1990 to 2007, New Mexico's re-swimminglessons newable energy production grew by more than 200 percent, the highest rate in the to begin July19-- Pictured above are (front)Lupe Ramos, Neomi Martinez-Parra, Jennifer Misquez, (back)Lorenzo Alba, David Ran]o,, rocky mountain region. Robert Arvizo, Ray Misquez and Robert C. Parra. Not pictured were Julio Hernandez, Freddy Morelos, and Leah Zenhder. Shakespeare Local LULAC to team up on national The last session of swimnling les- sons will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Mon- Courtesy submission arship monies. Over 1 million students board members will be attending the Ghost Town to unveil Visitor's Center Saturday Shakespeare Ghost Town will hold an Open House in Saturday, July 17, 2010 for its all-new Visitor's Center. According to owner Manny Hough, the Visitor's Center houses a museum that features over 1000 items on display and more than 100 8xl0 photographs. The Open House will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will be free to the public. day, July 19, at the Lordsburg Munici- LULAC (League of United Latinhave gone to college.with the assistance National LULAC convention July 12-17 pal Swimming Pool. Parents may regis- American Citizens) advocates activate of LULAC. 2010_ Board members will be directly ter their children ages five and older at chapter 8075 here in Hidalgo County to "LULAC's activism has extended to involved on critical issues that impact team up with statewide and national the realm of language andcultural rights our community and implement new strat-- the pool between 1:00 and 7:00 p,m. prior to July 19, or they may bri.ng the members. LULAC is the oldest and larg- as well. In response to the alarming in- egies for community empowerment. children to the pool that day to register, est Hispanic organization. Its priorities crease in xenophobia and anti-Hispanic The local chapter is seeking help tO Children taking lessons should are civil rights, economic empowerment, sentiment, LULAC councils have fought continue the legacy of LULAC in im- have their swimming suits and towels the education, health, housing, immigration, back by holding seminars and public proving the quality of life for all Latinos. first day of class. The cost for the two- public service, technology, and civil symposiums on language and immigra- All ages are encouraged to join: youth, week session of ten half-hour classes is participation, tion issues and its officers have Spoken teens, elder, and former LULAC members $40, the same as last year. The last day of LULAC organization can make aout on television and radio against the to join. If you are interested in becom- this session of lessons is July 30. Fred La difference here in Hidalgo County to- English Only movement to limit the pub- ing a member and making a difference Marca, city pool manager, will be the wards the advancement and improve- lic use of minority languages" please contact us: NeomiMartinez-Parra, instructor, ment to our quality of life. It is a local, (www.lulac.org). President 575-542-3545 This last session of lessons will be- state and national organization. LULAC LULAC members continue to make naomi_olivia_martinez@yahoo.com, gin July 19, even though another ses- has a profound record of activism. Coun- a difference through volunteer programs, Vice-President, Robert C. Parra 575,313- sion of lessons is already in progress, cils across the nation hold voter regis- addressing community needs, and over- Anyone needing more information may tration drives, citizenship awareness, " all awareness at the local, state and na- 9102 parrac@msn.com or visit us online call the pool at 542-3774. health fairs, tutorial programs and schol- tional levels. Hidalgo County LULAC at www.lulac.org. UPCOMING EVENTS Commodities sue citations to violators. The track will end of October 9, 2010. If interested criminal history, and a U.& citizen or is PLTC (people living through cancer) re-open to the public once it is com- in attending, or for more information, legal permanent resident, interested in trained and is a survivor as well. Please TEFAP Commodities will be distrib- plete, which is anticipated in a few contact Pablo Sanchez, Jr. at a law enforcement career or not sure email the following to chat or for morg uted on Tuesday, July 20, 2010 to per- weeks, posanchezjr@yahoo.com, (520) 260- and just want something fun to do this info: hidalg6survivorsgr9(ip sons age 18 and above at the Special 4-H Dance 9883, Patsy Arambula at summer, email @yahoo.com ., Events Center in Lordsburg, 502 West stinkypnut07@live.com or Susan De Explorers883@gmail.com or callGuest Speaker to visit . 2"d Street, at approximately 12:30 p.m. Cotton City 4-H will hold a dance La Riva at (575) 543-8971 for more information. t g Dr. Isaac Nsereko will be speaking Please do not arrive early, on Saturday, July 17 from 8 p.m. to mid- jaxonsgrandma@hotmail.com. Cancer supp0r roup on Saturday, July 24, 2010 at the Civic night, at the Animas Community Center. Field closed Music will be provided by the Yarbrough Explorer Academy Hidalgo County Health Consortium Band. The Lordsbtlrg Law Enforcementis Offering a free on-line support group The LHS track and field is cur- rently closed to the public while final '1980 class reunion Explorer Post 883 will be conducting for those dealing with cancer or other a basic academy from July 17-25th. medical needs. This support group of- track layers are added. Trespassing warnings have been posted and the A 30-year Class Reunion for LHS Enrolment is open for young adults fers support to survivors and caregivers Lordsburg Police Department will is- class of 1980 is scheduled for the week- ages 14-20. Must be a student, no or family and friends. The group leader Center at 6:00 p.m. Nsereko is the founder and chief director of ithe Nserester Orphanage in Uganda, Africa. The public is invited to attend. " : Continued on Page 3