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VOLUME 14 ISSUE 29 FRIDAY JULY 18, 2014 75 ¢ Hidalgo County SmallTown Papers 217 West Cota Street She/ton, WA 98584 II,l,,I,,h,hhh,l,,I,,hll,,i / :GOT SAVE $10 Liability, lack of supervision cause City to back out of HIDTA contract Herald staff report The Lordsburg City Council de- cided to nix their HIDTA Task Force con- tract at their regular meeting last Thurs- day night, July 8, 2014. The Council voted to give the stan- dard 30-day notice to opt out of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Agency (HIDTA) contract, due to liability issues and the lack of supervision over the Task Force• A regional HIDTA representative was present at the regular meeting, but the Mayor and Council were not open to discussion on the issue of retaining the contract. The City will, however, continue to participate in the federal grant program Operation Stone Garden, which is de- signed to enhance law enforcement pre- paredness and operational readiness along the border areas. The current HIDTA agent has been offered a position with the LPD as a regu- lar patrolman• Lordsburg Mayor Clark Smith HYRA kids off summer series in Lordsburg July 10 Photo courtesy ROCKING P PHOTOGRAPHY The 2014 HidalgoYouth Rodeo Association (HYRA) season kicked off its' summer series on July 10 at the Hidalgo County Fairgrounds in Lordsburg. Above, 5-year-old Danny Finch, of Clifton, was the high point individual with a perfect score of 40 points. For complete results and more photos, see page 5 of this week's edition. Elks to host Kids' Bingo Saturday in Lordsburg to visit Senior Center July 23 Kids' Bingo is made possible in part by an Elks National Foundation Beacon Grant• The Beacon Grant is used for on- going Elks Lodge projects that are com- mitted to helping those in need or ad- dressing local issues• In addition to the ENF assistance, the Lordsburg Elks Lodge's Kids' Bingo program was also supported locally this year by Martin and Nellie Arambula, Smith Ford, Dollar General, La Frontera NM, Chaires Insurance and Saucedo's Supermarket. The event is hosted by the Lordsburg Elks Lodge Youth Activities all ages. Students must be accompanied by one parent or guardian. Because of space limitations, the Elks ask that only one parent or guardian attend with their child/children. "As a parent myself, I know how expensive going back to school can be," said Youth Activities Chairman Maria Sanchez. "I strongly encourage parents to come to Kids' Bingo and let us ease some of that financial burden for you." The Lordsburg Elks offers this ser- vice to the local youth in an effort to help parents offset the rising costs of sending their children back to school• The Lordsburg Elks Lodge will host its' annual Kids Bingo this Saturday, July 19, 2014. The first session will begin at 11 a.m. and will be open to students in Kindergarten and even-numbered grades• The second session, open to odd- numbered grades, will kick off at 2 p.m. Kids' Bingo gives local students an opportunity to win all of their school supplies for the upcoming 2014-2015 school year. Whether they get a "bingo" or not, all students will receive some school supplies and a Drug Awareness backpack• Kids' Bingo is open to students of HCSD receives body and DrugAwareness Committees• r.amp. ......... The L6i:dsSg EllCS is realtS, happy .v.,.. • .v.v..v to have been providing this service for that will be used at all times Courtesy information With the help of Stone Garden, the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department has received new body cameras. The cam- eras are Taser Axon Flex Cameras and will assist the deputies with collecting evidence. The new equipment will be used at all times when the deputy makes con- tact with the public, including all traffic stops and calls for service. HCSO representatives report that this new equipment will provide undis- putable evidence and will eliminate "he said she said" issues. The deputy wears the camera on eye glasses--sunglasses during the day and clear glasses for night use. There is also a halo the officer wears on his head. The camera sees what the deputy sees. The Axon Flex video recorder offers in- creased accountability--not just for the deputy, but also for the people they ar- rest. Without video it can be the officer's word against the suspect's word. Taser Axon Flex is a break though point of view video system that improves transparency between law enforcement agencies and their communities, while protecting officers from false claims. The camera improves behavior of all parties during police interactions and reduces false complaints and lawsuits by accu- rately capturing video from the officer's perspective. HCSO feels that the cameras great- est benefit is the reduction of complaints and lawsuits• The deputy cannot alter the video• They can review videos but cannot alter them. The videos can only be down loaded by a ranking supervisor or the sheriff. 5 th annual Discover Hidalgo to add Mud Bogs to event Submitted by DHC resident, Who has contributed much to- the past five years" said Lordsburg Elks President Christine Ortiz. "It really fills a need in our community, especially when parents have extra expenses with their children going back to school• We look forward to seeing everyone Satur- day!" pointed out that the City is currently in- volved in a lawsuit that has the poten- tial to bankrupt the City of Lordsburg because of insurance issues that will force the City to pay out of pocket for the po- tential judgment• He did say that the lawsuit stems from an incident several years back, but that the current adminis- tration is left to rectify the situation• Smith went on to state that if a judg- ment against the City comes down the pike, he foresees inevitable layoffs within the Lordsburg Police Department. In other business, the council ap- proved a janitorial bid of $1,250 from Duane Brojer. Councilman Alex DeLaGarza was the overall lowest bid- der with a bid of $400 to clean city build- ings, but ultimately withdrew his bid af- ter some discussion by the Council on the Governmental Conduct Act, which would allow DeLaGarza to be awarded the bid, but may appear unethical. The council also approved the 2014 Lodgers Tax Committee's recommenda- tions of allocations totaling $50,000• Cabinet Secretary Gino Rinaldi licly stated that his mission is to keep seniors and adults with disabilities liv- ing as independently as possible for as long as possible. In 1995, Secretary Rinaldi was appointed to the White House Conference on Aging Advisory Committee by the President, where he par- ticipated in development of a national aging policy, action plans and resolutions that were ultimately presented to President Clinton and Con- gress. Secretary Rinaldi grew up in Bernalillo, NM, and re: turned to live there in 22. He retired from the US Air Force Reserves after 33 years of service. Seniors who plan to stop in for lunch are asked to call the EMSC at 575-542- 9414 in order to ensure there are enough meals prepared. 1 The Discover Hidalgo Committee has been busy planning for the fifth an- ,ual event on Saturday October 18, 2014 at the Hidalgo County Fairgrounds in Lordsburg. This year's event will be bigger and better than previous events• This year, Mud Bogs has been added to the variety 0f entertainment productions• Improved sound system throughout activities area (thanks to Hidalgo County Commissioners and management). : Some of the activities include: • Classic Car Show (cars, trucks, tractors, etc.) • Mud Bogs • Annual "Golden Oldies Award" to a citi- ken or couple, long-time Hidalgo County ward the progress of the County• (Nomi- nee Forms available at Hidalgo Lordsburg Chamber of Commerce of- rice•) • David Wonder's Magic Show Halloween Costume Contest Pet Show Mariachis and dancers Variety Show Dutch Oven Cook-off Display and presentations about agri- culture and gardens • Car Seat Clinic provided by HMS • Free Medical Screens by HMS Watch for more information, mark your calendar and plan on attending this year's event at the Fairgrounds on Satur- day October 18, 2014! Gino Rinaldi, Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Aging and Long Term Services, will be in Lordsburg at the Ena Mitchell Senior Center on July 23, 2014• Secretary Rinaldi will be at the Senior Center from noon till 2:30 p.m. meeting with lo- cal citizens• Secretary Rinaldi was ap- pointed to his current position in January 2013 and previ- ously served as Deputy Secre- tary for the Department in 2011. In these roles he has overseen completion of the NM Ply9 for Alzhejmer's Dis-_ Se¢. ease and Relate: Dementias: Secretary Rinaldi has more than 23 years experience in the administration of local, state and federal government healthcare and gerontology programs in NM and Colorado. He has in-depth knowledge of the issues relating to New Mexico's aging population and has pub- AYL hosts Dance/Gymnastic camp The AnimasYouth League hosted a Dance/Gymnastics Camp July 1-3, 2014. All participants had a great time and learned a lot from the various instructors. Animas Schools' provided the facility and instructors included Bradi Evans and Bobi Jo Rudiger. Event sponsors were Animas Valley Excavation & Electric, Columbus Electric Cooperative, Valley Telecom, Cyrq Energy, Saucedos, Valley Mercantile, Bootheel Grocery, and Katy Estrada, CPA. Courtesy photos .... . i 3PCOMING EVENTS PAL Football PAL Football Registration will be held on July 17, 2014 3:30-5 at the Spe- cial Events Center• PAL football is open to students Kindergarten-6 m grade• Commodity distribution SPIRIT of Hidalgo Commodities will be distributed on Monday, July 21, 2014 at Noon at the Special Events Cen- ter. These commodities are available to families of all age ranges and guarantee 50 pounds of food. Recipients must meet income guidelines• Everyone must re- qualify this month (July). For more info 520-507-0455• Cheerleader carwash The Lordsburg High School cheer- leaders will hold a carwash on Saturday, July 21, 2014 starting at 9:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Farmers Insurance. All pro- ceeds will benefit the squad's trip to Ruidoso for cheer camp Free Movie Night The Lordsburg Assembly of God (701 Animas Street) will be showing the movie "God's Not Dead" on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 4 p.m. This is a free event and open to the public• Please join us!!! You are welcomed• Farmers' Market July 25 The Hidalgo Farmers' Market will be held on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. on Main Street in Lordsburg. For /nore information, contact Christy Ortiz at 520-507-0455. Summer Transfer Station hours 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• BYA Summer hours BYA will be open frofia 4 to 8 on Tuesdays and Thursdays in July 2014. The schedule is: Movie Night (7/17), Star Gazing (7/22), Nigh Hike (7/24) and Movie Night (7/31)• TEFAP Commodities TEFAP commodities, sponsored by HMS, fo r persons age 18 and above, will be distributed on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 from 10 AM to noon or while supplies last at the back of the old senior center, 317 E. 4th Street. All recipients must re- certify in July and must bring a photo ID or utility bill to vertify address. 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, o.n the second Thurs- day of each month at 6:00 p.m. Meeting dates are August 14, September 11, Oc- tober 9, November 13 and December 11, 2014. For mor einformation call 575 542-8087. Continued on Page 3