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VOLUME 10 ISSUE 30 FRIDAY JULY23, 2010 5O Hidalgo County ii,l,,I,,I,,,,Ih,ll,,llI,,'ll'l smallTown Papers 5026 California Avenue SW Seattle WA 98136 Must present coupon | I_ any--U Hidalgo County law enforcement to receive $751k in border security funding- Courtesy information lies safe," said Harry Teague. "Opera- Congressman Harry Teague an- lion Stonegarden is essential to im- nounced last Thursday that local law proving coordination between local and enforcement agencies in Dona Ann, federal agencies, which is why my re- Grant, Hidalgo, Luna and Otero coun- cent request for a border security fund- ties will be receiving funding to bol- ing surge included $50 million for the ster border security efforts through the program to increase operational readi- Operation Stonegarden program ness along the borders. This allocation (OPSG). The assistance comes as the today will allow our local forces to Department of Homeland Security re- continue their efforts to keep our boy- leases the final allocations for Fiscal der communities safe." Year 2010 under the Homeland Secu- The funding can be used for over- rity Grant Program. The counties will time pay to increase available law en- share over $4 million in funding to forcement agents patrolling the boy- support their efforts to secure the US der. The funding can also be used to - Mexico border and protect local corn- purchase equipment needed to support munities, border patrol activities such as ATV's, '!Operation Stonegarden provides night vision, and communications critical support and resources to our devices. Operation Stonegarden grants local" sheriffs and police units in their also seek to enhance law enforcement efforts to ensure that border violence preparedness and operational readiness does not spill over into the United along the borders. States. And as violence in the border As Vice-Chair of the Congressional regiotl continues to escalate, it's ira- Border Caucus, Harry Teague has con- portant that our.first responders - who sistently called for a robust, compre- are often the men and women of our hensive strategy to address the violence local law enforcement - have the tools along the border. In April, he called they need to keep New Mexican fami- on the President to send the National Guard to the border to address the Hidalgo County growing national security threat there and led 50 of his colleagues in request- ing supplemental funding to step up Fair Queen & border security, including funding for National Guard on the border, which was included in the recent supplemen- Princess Contest tal appropriations bill passed by the House. Congressman Teague has also called on President Barack Obama to forms available convene a White House Summit with the aim of building a policy to address the border violence crisis, ensure that Entry forms and contest rules for the the violence does not spill over into Hidalgo County Fair Queen and Princess the United States, and help America contest are available by contacting get back to work building our border Sheila Massey, Contest Chairman at 575- economies. 548-2420 or email at Funds were allocated based on masseyfarm@vtc net or the Hidalgorisk-based prioritization using U.S. County Cooperative Extension Office at 575-542-929l. Customs and Border Protection's The contest is open to all young la- (CBP's) sector-specific border risk dies ages 3-21 who reside in Hidalgo methodology. The breakdown of funds county or are registered in a Hidalgo by entity is as follows: County school. Entries must be post- Doua Ann - $1,229,374 marked by July 31. Grant - $400,748 Entries submitted prior to the dead- Hidalgo - $751,488 line are very much appreciated to allow Luna - $1,233,174 the preparation for publicity and writ- Otero - $400,733 ing of commentaries. Total: $4,015,517 .,s/! , 7 :,:: ; Lordsburg Mayor Frank Rodriguez congratulates Greg Martinez following his appointment as Lordsburg Chief of Police at last Thursday's City Council meeting. M rtinez named urg Chief of Police By LORENZO ALBA, JRJforthe Hidalgo Martinez," said Mayor Frank Rodriguez from the Western New Mexico Univer- County Herald during the open meeting. A minute after sity Police Academy in 1991. He went In a more than surprising moment at the motions and votes were made, Mayor on to work for the Hidalgo County last week's Lordsburg City Council meet- Rodriguez appointed Martinez as new Sheriff's Department as a deputy for a ihg, Mayor Frank Rodriguez reconvened Chief of Police for the City Of Lordsburg. year before making the move to the the meeting after a short executive ses- The small crowd gave Martinez a Lordsburg Police Department. sion and announced his recommendation well-deserved round of applause and as He was a patrolman for 18 years prior of Greg Martinez to fill the Chief of Po- soon as the meeting was adjourned, the to garnering his new position as Chief of lice vacancy, congratulations and handshakes began. Police. Martinez only worked for two The position had been vacant everMartinez had a look of shock on his chiefs, John McDonald and Mark Tho- since the resignation of former Chief of face as praise came his way. "l am really mas, in those 18 years. Police Mark Thomas about a month ago looking forward to working with you," Martinez's almost 20 years of expe- as a result of the Hatch Act, which forced said Councilor .Ernest Gallegos to Chief- -rienee-~vill only help l~im in his new yen- ThOmas to resign his position if he de- Martinez. Some of his colleagues, in- turf. "I know I'll receive the support t sired to seek the office of Magistrate eluding Art De La Garza and Scottneed from all the officers and adminis- Judge. Esquivel, were on hand to congratulate tration and that will be beneficial to the Greg Martinez was voted in by allhim as well. community .and to me," said Martinez. council members, including the mayor "I'm shocked, but really happy," said "I've been involved in the commu- voting his approval. The exceptions were Martinez. "My wife, my family andnity aside from my position as a patrol- Mayor Pro-Tern Dana Arredondo andfriends encouraged me to go for it. I'm man my entire life. I connect well with Councilor Manuel D.V. Saucedo, who overwhelmed," explained Martinez. "I the citizens, especially the youth," said both abstained from voting, just asked for fairness and I got it." new Chief of Police Greg Martinez. "There were many qualified appli-Greg Martinez is a 1988 graduate of "I going to do my very best," con- cants for this position and it wag not an L0rdsburg High School and graduated eluded Martinez. easy decision, but I recommend Greg City Council approves Lodger's Tax Shakespeare unveils new Visitor's Center Shakespeare Ghost Town officially opened it's Visitor's Center last Saturday during an open house, where visitors could tour the state-of-the-art museum, which features artifacts and photos from the historical town. Pictured above are those who were instrumental in getting the new facility up and running, including Linda Erikson, Dick and Lyla Howell, Shakespeare owner Manny Hough, and Gary and Luevina Spivy. For more photos of the new museum, see Page 10 of this week's e~ttteaxo recomendations at July meeting In a highly anticipated council meet- The housing meetrng was ad- ing, the City of Lordsburg Councilors journed at this time and the zoning meet- met along with Mayor Frank Rodriguez ing brought to order. It was then imme- last Thursday, July 15, at the council diately adjourned, as there was only one chambers in the municipal building: issue on the agenda and the requester For the most part the meeting washad withdrawn his request until further business as usual. The housing meeting notice. was first on the agenda. Housing Author- The regular city council meeting it3i Director Espi Tarango was well-pry- was then brought to order. The minutes pared and everything on her agenda was were approved. approved including the paying of hous- Bills were all paid, but not without ing bills, many questions by the council. Ques- Tarango also announced that the lions included: purchases at Wal-Mart local housing authority was one of only in Silver City instead of locally by Coun- seven out of 48 statewide housing au- cilor Esquivel and a $25,000 purchase thorities with top ratings. All councilors for the museum by John Hill for material looked on and listened in approval and to improve the facility, questioned by praise. Councilor Saucedo. Tarango also said that the housing Apparently the materials for the authorities were now being asked by the museum were bought and only stored, federal and state governing departments not put to use immediately and Coun- to document Operations and Emergency cilor Saucedo asked why these projects Management Plans for the Housing Au- weren't planned ahead of time and bud- thority, geted accordingly. "We have already implemented a In public forum, local business plan, but now it must be documented and owner Todd Patton commented on city sent to the H.U.D." said Tarango. Coun- clean up and neighborhood zoning prob- cilor Manuel D.V. Saucedo asked her to lems With trash and junk on properties contact other local government agencies within the city limits. The council and and the schools just to make sure all par- mayor listened and thanked Mr. Patton ties were on the same page. upon completion of his comments. Tarango told the council that sheThere were several other items on fully intended to contact the county and the agenda that included a presentation schools just to make sure all the plans by Tierra De Sol about a housing reha- coincided with each other. See LODGER'S TAX on Page 3 UPCOMING EVENTS Rummage sale The Relay teams are going to have a huge rummage sale Saturday, July 31st at the Civic Center from 8 am to 2pm. All proceeds benefit 2010 American Cancer Society Relay for Life. Prize Bingo A Prize Bingo will be held on Sun- day, August 8, at the Civic Center. The proceeds will benefit Joaquin Marquez. Kids Bingo The Lordsburg Elks Lodge will hold its 3~d annual Kids Bingo on Saturday, July 31. Prizes will include school sup- ers are added. Trespassing warnings have plies for kids of all ages. See page l0 for been posted and the Lordsburg Police details. Department will issue citations to viola- Guest Speaker to visit toys The track will re-open to the public once it is complete, which is anticipated Dr. Isaac Nsereko will be speaking in a few weeks. on Saturday, July 24, 2010 at the Civic 1980 class reunion Center at 6:00 p.m. Nsereko is the founder and chief director of the A 30-year Class Reunion for LHS Nserester Orphanage in Uganda, Africa. class of 1980 is scheduled for the week- The public is invited to attend,end of October 9, 2010. If interested in attending, or for more information, con- tact Pablo Sanchez, Jr. at posanchezjr@yahoo.c0m, (520) 260- 9883, Patsy Arambula at or Susan De La Field dosed The LHS track and field is currently closed to the public while final track lay- at j ax o n s gr-fffi-~f, c ol'TUrNT. 1990 LHS Reunion the last weekend in August. Cancer support group A 20-year reunion for the LHS Class Hidalgo County Health Consortium of 1990 is scheduled for Labor Day Week- is offering on-line support group end, September 3-5. If interested in at- for those dealing with cancer or other tending, or for more information, email medical needs. This support group of- or call 972-249- fers support to survivors and caregivers 6527: or family and friends. The group leader Transfer Station hours is PLTC (people living through cancer) trained and is a survivor as well. Please The Hidalgo County Transfer Sta- email the following to chat or for more tion will begin being open on Sundays info: hidalgosurvivorsgroup from 1 to 4 p.m. on May 2, 2010 and will continue to be open on Sundays through Continued on Page 3 .. -- ..... ..,i -- ,,. I,I | .............. ; ................ . .................................