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VOLUME 12 ISSUE 29 FRIDAY JULY 20, 2012 75 Hidalgo County SmallTown Papers 217 West Cota Street Shelton. WA 98584 II'l"l,,I,,I,l,l,,I,,I,,I,II,,I \\;,) LOCALLY,OWNED & OPERATED 575-494-1385 Heavy thunderstorms can create flashfloods and flooding Submitted by GILA NATIONAL FOREST/ Creek. These areas are downstream from Silver City Summer rains have arrived on the Gila National Forest and with the rain; there are safety precautions to be aware of concerning the potential for flashfloods and flooding! Whether you are visiting the Forest or live nearby, recent wildfires require the most severely burned portions of the Whitewater-Baldy Fire and have a greater potential to see extensive runoff, debris flows (uprooted trees, logs, tree stumps, boulders, etc.), and flooding. ALERT precipitation monitoring systems (early detection warning sys- tems) have been installed to transmit rain- everyone to be extra cautious. The most fall information to the National Weather critical areas of concem for flashfloods and flooding are in and around the Com- munities of Glenw0od, Pleasanton, Mineral Creek/Alma, as well as resi- dences located in the vicinity of Willow Mavericks to host football camp July25-26 The Lordsburg Maverick Football Team will b hosting a football skills camp for students from 1 s' Grade to 8 'h Grade. The camp will be on Wednesday and Thursday, July 25 and 26 at Maver- ick Stadium. The Wednesday session will be from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM and the Thursday session will be from 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM. Participants will be taught basic football fundamentals and team work. Cost for the camp will be $20 per student and $15 for each additional sib- ling. Registration forms can be picked up at Lordsburg High School Monday through Thursday from 7AM - 5:00 PM. For more information you may call Coach Louie Balsa at 575-313-5243. Service to provide early detection of flashflood warnings. This information will then be forwarded to the Catron County Sheriff; residents will then re- ceive evacuation information through a Reverse 911 system. The Reverse 911 system communi- cates with groups of people in a defined geographic area. The system uses a data- base of telephone numbers and associ- ated addresses, which, when tied into .geographic information systems (GIS), Is used to deliver recorded emergency notifications to a selected set of tele- phone service subscribers. Know the weather forecast before leaving home, especially wtien heavy thunderstorms are expected. MOst thun- derstorms develop in the early afternoon and intensify in the evening. If camping or picknicking, make sure your campsite is on higher ground and avoid camping in drainage 'areas such as rivers, creeks, or arroyos and es- pecially in narrow canyons. Obey all area and road closure signs. Remember, flash floods can quickly develop during heavy thunderstorms! As little as one foot of water can move a car off the road. Be cautious, be safe! For further information, visit the "Turn Around, Don't Drown" website: http://tadd.weathergov/ Desert in bloom Despite a lack of rainfall in the Southwest, the state flower of New Mexico since 1927Bthe yucca--is thriving. This extremely large specimen, located on 4 t" Street in Lordsburg, was recently photographed in full bloom. The yucca is a member of the lily family and a symbol of sturdiness as well as beauty. Early settlers of New Mexico called the yucca "our Lord's candies:' The roots of yucca glauca (or soapweed yucca) were also found to be an excellent substi- tute for soap and shampoo, as was yucca elata (commonly called "soaptree yucca"). Herald staff photo i i i Owners of abandoned buildings in Lordsburg, like the ones pictured here, have been cooperative in cleaning up and making safe their property, according to Code Enforcement Officer Jason Ornelas. New Code Enforcement Officer cleaning up Lordsburg Herald staff report Lordsburg Code Enforcement Of- ficer Jason Ornelas has a lot of work ahead of him. After begin- ning his new career on June t 8, Oruelas has been very busy visiting area resi- dents and busi- nesses. Although it is not an easy job, Ornelas says he has been received well and is impressed with the overall co- operation he has encountered. Areas Omelas and the Lordsburg Police Departmem have chosen to fo- cus on at this point include the re- moval of weeds, automobiles and overall safety issues. Ornelas pointed out that City drdi- DHS Variety Show applications being accepted Applications to appear as part of the entertainment in a Variety Show during the annual Discover Hidalgo County event on October 20 at the Hidalgo County Fairgrounds are now available from Danielle Rosales, Variety Show Coordinator, at the Lordsburg Hidalgo County Chamber of Commerce office, 206 Main St (former Lordsburg City Hall), between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday. An entry form will be fnailed to those who are unable to pick one up during those hours. The deadline for all returned applications is by September 28, 2012. Songs must be clean and family- oriented - that is no profanity, no talk of drug use, alcohol, sex, etc. Other rules and regulations relative to presentation will be provided along with the entry form. A professional PA system will be provided, however, musical instruments, sound tracks, props, etc. must be fur- nished by entertainers. This is the second year for this event at Discover Hidalgo County, with a name-change from "Talent Show" to "Variety Show." Several in the extended community have requested we do it again, so we are honoring your request. There is no charge for entry in the Vari- ety Show, for admission to the show, or for parking and entrance to the day's festivities. For more information, please con- tact Danielle Rosales at the Chamber office - 575-54"2-9864. nance requires property owners to keep all weeds clear from their property line to half-way in the alleyway and ten-fee outside the property line. All noxious weeds on the property, defined as Pig- weed, Russian Thistle, Ragweeds, Lambsquarter and Kochia, must be re- moved. Furthermore, any condition on the property or accumulation of rubbish, trash, refuse, litter, junk and other aban- doned materials, metals, lumbers or other things must be cleaned up. When it comes to automobiles, the City ordinance considers any vehicle that is not registered to be abandoned. These vehicles cannot be on city streets and if they are located on private prop- erty, within public view, for more than 30 days, the owner can be cited. The way to avoid repercussions is to clear away the vehicle(s) in question, or build a six- foot fence that cannot be seen thru. Another primary goal of Ornelas' at this time is to address buildings that cause a possible safety issue 'to the public. This could include struc- tures that have been abandoned or burned. Although there are many other as- pects of the City. Health and Sanita- tion Ordinance, Ornelas is beginning with these areas. De- spite the fact that fines and jail time are an ultimate possibil- ity, Ornelas says he wishes to work ami- cably with citizens on cleaning up the City and is currently issuing verbal warnings and notifica- tion letters. Beautification, both within and outside of City limits, has been a fore- front issue for both the City Council and the County Commission for sev- eral years. Ornelas, a former Lordsburg resi- dent, has Associates degrees in Applied Science and as a surgical tech. This career change comes hand in hand with a recent move from Albuquerque. He has one nine-year-old son. "I just want the citizens of Lordsburg to understand that when I visit with hem it is nothing personal," Ornelas said. "I simply have a job to do ." Lordsburg resident to lead Wilson volunteer operations in county Submitted by CHRISTOPHER SANCHEZlA/buquerque Heather Wilson, Republican candi- date for the U.S. Senate, announced last week that Lordsburg resident Darr Shannon will serve as the campaign's chair- woman for Hidalgo County. Shannon joins the statewide grassroots effort to elect Wilson and will lead volunteer efforts in the county. "Heather Wilson is a woman of integrity who is respected on both sides of the aisle," Shannon said. "Heather also is the only candidate in this race who will stand up for private property rights and protect rural New Mexico. It is my honor to support Heather Wilson for her campaign to be New Mexico's Heather Wilson next U.S. Senator." "I'm happy to bring Dart aboard our campaign to get America on track," Wilt son said. "With her help, we will con- tinue to build momentum and strong grassroots support all across the state." Shannon was born and raised in Lordsburg, and her family has lived in the area since the 1890s. Shannon grew up on her family's ranch, north of Lordsburg, with no electricity or running water. After graduating from Lordsburg High School in 1970, she at- tended New Mexico State University and Eastern New Mexico University. After college she returned to work on the family ranch. Shan- non currently serves as the county com- missioner for the Hidalgo County Re- publican Party. UPCOMING EVENTS Early deadline The deadline for the August 3, 2012 edition of the Hidalgo County Herald will be Monday, July 30, 2012 by 5 p.m. The office will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday, but the Her- ald will be distributed as normal on Thursday. PAL football The final PAL football registration will be held on Friday, July 27, 2012 from 5 tO 7 p.m. at the Special Events Center. The first practice will begin on July 30, 2012. For more information, call 575- 574-7801. Free Yard Sale First Baptist Church of Lords'burg will hold a free yard sale on Saturday, July 2 I, from 8 to 11 AM. The event will be held in the back parking lot. Every- one is invited. Donations are now 'being accepted. 4-H Dance Cotton City 4-H will hold a dance on Saturday, July 28 t", 2012, from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Animas Corn- munity Center. Music will be provided by The Yarbrough Band and a conces- sion stand and cake auction will also be featured. 5 th Sunday Sing The Church of Christ will host the 5 'h Sunday Sing on July 29 at 6:00 pro. If you have specials that you want to do, please call Lindy Kerr at 575-538-8446. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate! ' Women of Hidalgo The Spirit of Hidalgo Team is cur- rently taking nominations of women in Hidalgo County who have made a dif- ference in the community. If you know anyone who you feel should be show- cased, please contact us at hidalgospirit @ or at 520.507.0455. This week at FUMe This week at FUMC, Pastor Rich- ard Dorsey tackles a very difficult scripture which might make us feel un- comfortable. The action of King Herod to put to death John the Baptist is not a cut-and-dried decision. Herod was jug- gling a meriad of possible solutions. We are not alone when it come to a decision which pulls us in different di- rections. What is a "bfid faith" deci-, sion and how do make'amends when we make the wrong decision. The scripture comes from Mark 6:14-29. "Between a Rock and a Hard Place" is Sunday's sermon. Worship begins at 10:00 am. A lunch fellowship is after the service. Wednesday night Bible Study at 7:00 at the church. Rethink Church with us this Sunday. Continued on Page 3