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2 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD ERIDAY, JULY 23, 2010 nty chair voices local n to Denish, Colon Courtesy submission Democratic Chairman Rob- err C. Parra and Vice Chair Neomi Martinez Parra were invited to speak to Lieutenant Gover- nor Diane Denish, democratic candi- date for Governor, and Brian Colon, democratic candi- date for Lieutenant Governor at the. "Rays of Hope" rally in Mesilla, NM on Friday July 13th 2010. The rally was hosted by MEDIUS Inc. and LanShark Productions at the Bosqne State Park in Mesilla. The pur- pose for the rally was to give New Mexico residents an opportunity to ex- press their concerns and needs within their respective counties. Chairman Rob- ert C. Parra ad- dressed some issues concerning Hidalgo County. He stated that the workforce/ labor market was at a minimfim, if not low. He also ad- dressed the concern of addi- tional affordable housing. Parra touched on the immigra- tion issue and stated that Hidalgo County currently has approximately 300 border pa- trol agents and that number will since the agents have to live in Grant, Luna, and Dona Ana counties due to lack of housing and rec- reation in Lordsburg. As a re- sult, these other counties benefit from these revenues instead of Hidalgo County. Parra also stated that our state gov- ernment officials should work closely together with Hidalgo County city and county officials in planning some Hidalgo County Democratic Party Chairman Robert Parra type of economic growth to include andVice Chairman Neomi Parra with Lt. Governor candi- the possibility of the date Brian Colon, above, and Gubernatorial candidate Racino Casino and be increasing soon. He stated that it is a very pro-active po- licing plan to combat the im- migration issue, however, it de- feats the purpose economically, Diane Danish, below. the geothermal project. This would provide numerous jobs for our local residents, as well as recreation, and would provide a sub- stantial amount of revenue into Hidalgo County's operating budget. Parra also spoke to Denish and Colon about the possibility of considering Hidalgo County for the movie and film industry. Both Denish and Colon listened and took all of Parra's concerns into consideration and stated that they plan on visiting Hidalgo County soon. Hidalgo Counti $30 per . HI E IU.= year 2]2 E. Motel Drive Suite B /~ Lordsburg, NM 88045 / Nome Address City, State, Zip On any given day there are over 2000 children in foster care in the State Of New Mexico. And these children, youth and their families need your support. Are YOU Ready to provide a family setting for a child to help them feel safe, grow &learn? Are YOU Ready to become a foster family! READY- START... Find out more. Please call: Ronny Diaz, Foster/Adoptive Parent Recruiter (575) 434-5950 Ext. 121 State of New Mexico t ies Robert Allen Kerr Robert Allen Kerr passed away at Sunshine Haven Nurs- ing Home on July 11, 2010. He was born September 2, 1928 in Lordsburg, NM, to Elmber Lloyd Kerr and Cora Pauline Tippits Kerr. He graduated from Lordsburg High School in 1947, He was inducted into the United States Army on January 12, .1951, where he spent most of his time at Fort Lee, Virginia. He was honorably dis- charged on Janu- ary 13, 1953. He was married ot Joyce Ruland. The marriage ended in divorce. He hired out as deputy to Clara Brown, who was tax as- sessor for Hidalgo County, on June 1, 1960, and retired from that office on December 31, 2002. He worked in that office at Assessor, or Deputy Assessor, for 42 years. At a very young age Bob took great pride in his personal appearance, especially his hair, and would always comb that hair to perfection, even before going to milk the cows. He was a sharp dresser and had his shirts tailored to fit his slender build. He always drove the latest model car and kept it in spic and Robert Allen Kerr After his Aunt Cora died, and their children, Melissa, Bob learned to make a coconut Michelle and Mark. cream pie--and he would take A memorial service was held ; his special pie to all the potluck on July 17, 2010, at the Valley '~ dinners. It was ALWAYS the View Community Church with Ed first dessert to disappear and it Kerr and Clyde Mahan officiat- was a great thrill to him to see ing. Duti Walter and Rick Walter ] that they licked the platter clean. ,handled the music. A pot luck dinner and fellowship followed. Roberto Reza He told Myra exactly how he made that me- ringue that stood up and never did weep--Myra followed the directions to a ,~ tee and when the pie was cool, she could peel that rubber stuff off,and fling it out in the yard like a frisbee. If there was a special touch or ingredient, she never fig- ured it out.., and that tickled Bob. He was a great politician and ran for the office of County Tax Assessor many times and NEVER lost an election. He made it his life's work to help the people get any exemptions they were due and to keep the taxes low for the natives. Robert became ill in April 2007 and spent the last three years of his life in various nurs- ing homes in the area. Finally coming to Sunshine Haven in the Fall of 2007, he loved play- ing Bingo and was quite good Roberto Reza, 37, of Lordsburg, NM, passed away in Albuquerque, NM on Monday, July 12, 2010. A visitation ser- vice was held at the St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Lordsburg on Thursday, July 15, 2010, from 6 to 7 p.m. with the rosary begin- ning at 7:00 p.m. A,funeral mass was held there on Friday, July 16, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. Interment fol- lowed at Shakespeare Cemetery. Roberto was born November 14, 1972 to Palemon Miguel Reza and Socorro Uranga Reza. He graduated from Lordsburg High School in 1981 was contin- ued his education at New Mexico State University where he re- ceived his bachelor's degree in Science of Psychology in Janu- ary 2001. Roberto also worked as a crusher operator in Arizona/ New Mexico. He is survived by his twin sons, Mateo and Robert Reza; mother Socorro Uranga Reza; two brothers, Palemon Reza Jr. of Lordsburg and Rene Reza of Al- buquerque; five sisters, Bemarda Reza of Albuquerque, Cruz Olivia Placencia and her husband Sal- vador of Las Cruces, Bertha Ali- cia Heredia of Hammond, Indi- ana, Raquel Urbina of Houston, at it. He even bowled on the Wii .Texas, and Socorro Reza of 1 span condition. The ashtray was machine. The highlight of his Lordsburg. He is also survived by NEVER used in any of his ve- week was singing his favorite several aunts, uncles, cousins, hicles and he had many during old hymns with the church nieces and nephews. his lifetime. If anybody needed groups on Sunday mornings. Robert is preceded in death a ride somewhere, he was the When he had to go to the nurs- by his father, Palemon Miguel man for the job. He always con- ing home, he readily accepted Reza. sidered it his duty to get Susie it and enjoyed the people who Pallbearers were Palemon Kerr to all the local functions-- worked there, the residents and; Reza, Rene Reza, Louie Lazos, any and all visitors. He always recognized people and really enjoyed any visitors that hap- pened by. Robert is preceded in death by a sister, "Elizabeth Louvinia (Betty Lou) Kerr Washburn; two brothers-in-law, Lloyd Tho- mas Washburn and Murel Guinn Mahan; a niece, Elaine Louvinia Washburn; and two nephews, Lloyd Thomas Jr. and Wesley Dwayne Washburn: He is survived by a sister, Myra Kerr Mahan; nieces and nephews Adelia Rardin~ Clyde Randal 'and Glenda Mahan, Kelly Clay and Eva Mahan, Bradley Doyle and Kimberly Mahan and Rebecca Janel and David DePorter; 16 great nieces and nephews; and 9 great-great nieces and nephews. He is also survived by sister Myra Thomas and her husband, Mark, Raul Garcia, Ruben Garcia, Chris- topher Michael Chavez, Erik Placencia and Salvador Pficencia. Lordsburg Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 408 S. Main Street, Lordsburg, NM 88045. ~575-542-9444. 408 Main Street Lordsburg, NM 88045 (575) 542-9444 Harry Bright/Owner c%.