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VOLUME 14 ISSUE 33 FRIDAY AUGUST 15, 2014 75 Hidalgo County SmallTown Papers 217 West Cota Street Shelton, WA 98584 II,h,l,,h,l,hh,l,,I,,I,Ih,I { '"k I You Can Never Have Too Much SAVE $5.00 STOCK UP NOW See Classifieds For !nfo Borderland climate change to highlight Rodeo Heritage Days Courtesy submission : Most of the folks living in the small communities nestled in the Chiricahua and Peloncillo mountain ranges along the :southern Arizona/New Mexico state line have come to expect compelling presentations on local culture and na- ture at the region's annual "Heritage Days" events. , This year is no exception, with a keynote event on Friday evening, Sep- tember 5 at the Chiricahua Event Center in Rodeo, NM certain to attract'the at- tention of anyone interested in the ef- fects of climate change on the border- lands region. The presentation and ac- companying community reception, be- ginning at 5:30 p.m. AZ time, is free to all. The keynote address, by noted Uni- versity of Arizona climate researcher, Dr. Michael Crimmins, will examine the past, present and future effects of climate change in our area. Dr. Crimmins was part of the technical review team for the Companies 100k to provide hospice, health care services By STEWART MCCLINTIC/Silver City Daily Press SILVER CITY -- Since Gila Re- gional Medical Center decided to cut its hospice and home health care services last month, three companies outside Sil- ver City are looking to provide service to the area. According to Dan Otero, chief op- erations officer at GRMC, the three groups are New Mexico--based Ambercare and Solamor Hospice, in ad- dition to Dallas, Texas-based Encompass Home Health and Hospice. Otero said that GRMC is not con- tracting any of the companies but rather providing them with data and helping them tap into the market. "We're just here to support them and See HOSPICE on Page 2 Southwest National Climate Assessment Report and a technical contributor to the recently-released National Climate Re- port. A full day of expert presentations by scientists, ranchers, conservationists and historians, will follow on Saturday, September 6, including effects of climate change on regional spring flows, poten- tial climate change impacts to area birds, history of the San Simon River. how to evaluate the health of your land, identi- fying native grasses, a look at the dino- saurs that once roamed our region, Mexi- can gray wolf reintroduction update, an historic remembrance of photographer C.S. Fly, and celebration of the Chiricahua Wilderness 50 th Anniversary. Saturday's presentations are all focused around Aldo Leopold's famous land ethic: that a community is not truly whole until it embraces all its "members," including people, wildlife, land, air and water. Also included on Saturday are a farmer's market, crafts fair, workshops for kids, and an on-site buffet lunch and coffee breaks ($9/person). Sunday, Sep- tember 7 activities include expertly guided Field Day excursions to the his- toric Faraway Ranch at Chiricahua Na- tional Monument and a Wildflower Walk in Cave Creek Canyon. Annual Heritage Days events are anticipated by many residents as one of the region's few traditional, large-scale public gatherings. The rural landscapes surrounding the Chiricahua and Peloncillo Mountains are renowned for their natural and cultural heritage, and this year's presentations will continue to showcase the co-dependence that wild- life, open space, cultural heritage, com- munity history, and private lands all have in preserving overall community health. "The best thiug.abo--,eritage Days," says event organizer, Kim Vacariu, "is that it attracts a cross-section of people who might have different view- points, but who are together celebrating the fact that we have a great chance to maintain this world-class region as a healthy place for business, culture and nature." City Hall now flying American flag Five years after the grand opening of the new City Hall building on Wabash Street, a flag pole has been set up and this public building will now be flying the American flag during regular business hours.When taking office in March, newly elected mayor Clark Smith made this one of his priorities. Herald staff photo DTMS students to be motivated by encouragement, dance Dugan-Tarango Middle School students have kicked off the 2014-2015 school year with high energy, thanks in part to a transformation of motivation tactics by district administration.The district has raised the bar when it comes to education this year, and DTMS students will feel the pressure as their classes have been increased to 75 minutes. According to DTM$ Principal Leo Garcia, students will be continually encouraged throughobt the year and will meet each morning for a flag ceremony, followed by a pep talk that focuses on the schools' vision statement, which was designed to keep the kids focused on their future--whether that future involves college or entering the workforce.The students then get things moving with a little dancing under the instruction of math teacher Frances Paul. The middle school is also offering extended resources to parents and students by opening the facility at 5 p.m. for technology use and free Zumba classes. Above, Mr. Paul leads the students, along with Mr. Garcia (right), in a musing Salsa dance. Herald staff photo LMS moving forward on $17M high school project Herald staff report The Lordsburg Board of Education was brought up to date on district's con- struction p'ogress at Monday's regular meeting. Superintendent i J Randy Piper said that the ',. $17 million project is on track and that requests for proposals and bids have gone out on various as- pects of the facility re- model. The district cur- rently has $4 million slated in General Obliga- tion Bond money, with the remainder to be par- tially subsidized by fund- ing from the Public School Capital Outlay Council. "This is a great op- portunity we have with the state," said Superin- tendent Piper. "I am really excited about it." Overall, the project will see the construction of an all-new high school and the consolidation of the district into a single elementary school (R.V. Traylor), middle school and high school. Piper said he antici- pates the surveying of properties to begin next month, followed by remodeling once contractor bids are awarded. The construction of the new high school building should begin by Summer 2015. The first phase of the project will see the complete demolition of the En- richment Center, much to the dismay of many local citizens. The cost to demol- ish the building and cap the utilities is anticipated at nearly $300,000. Plans outline that phase two will be the relocation of two sixth grade class- rooms from Central Elementary School to DTMS, with a price tag of approxi- mately $269,000. This will be followed by relocation of two third grade and two fourth grade classrooms from Southside Elementary School and two fifth grade classrooms from Central Elementary to R.V. Traylor Elementary School, costing nearly $2 million. However, according to Supt. Piper, the actual configuration of classrooms will most likely see R.V. Traylor Elemen- ASA Architects' concept drawingsof-the new high school building. tary School housing Pre-Kindergarten through 4th grade and grades 5-8 at Dugan-Tarango Middle. School. During construction, high school students will be relocated to Central El- ementary School. The district offices will be relocated to the existing cafeteria ($803,675) and then the existing high school building will be demolished, costing about $5.5 million. The kitchen in the cafeteria will remain and become a district wide cook- ing kitchen for delivery to warming kitchens at each school. All this will be done to lay the groundwork to begin construction of the new facility, which will be about half the size of the existing building. The new building will feature a core academics area, band and stage area, wet lab, media center and welcome center. The entire facility will be 22,471 square feet. Also included in the construction plan is renovation of the existing high school gymnasium to include a new fo- cal entry point parallel to the architecture of the new high school build- ing. Also in the plans are upgraded restrooms, new grandstand seating, renovation of the ticket- ing and concession areas and roofing and HVAC upgrades. The current flooring and locker rooms will not be changed. Demolition of both Southside and Central El- ementary Schools is in the current budget. If de- molished, the Southside property will be offered for sale as commercial property. Central may be demolished and the prop- erty sold, or the district can consider releasing the property to another gov- ernment entity. According to Supt. Piper, while the budget allows for demolition of the two buildings, the district will have the abil- ity to sell either property or give it to another agency. He added that there has been no firm discussion on demolition of these two buildings, pointing out that the state would like to see the buildings off of the school's property records since they we not needed for students and they will ulti- mately cost the district money to main- tain and insure. The new high school building is anticipated to serve the needs of the district for the next 40-50 years and the design will "react accordingly in- cluding layout of space, growing tech- nology, building materials and energy saving considerations." Piper told the Board that monthly public meetings will continue to be held throughout the construction pro- cess. UPCOMING EVENTS Early Deadline The Hidalgo County Herald will have a noon deadline on Monday, Sep- tember 29, 2014 for the October 3, 2014 edition. For more information contact the Herald at 575-542-8705. APS Open House On August 14 the Animas Public Schools will be holding Open House from 4-5:30 PM. At 5:30 in the Cafeteria there will be a meet and greet the Super- intendent and area organizations will be represented as well as a Hotdog dinner. At 6:30 there will be a Mandatory Ath- letic Meeting for all athletes and their parents in the Auditorium. Please come out and meet teachers, administrators, coaches and area organizations and have a hotdog dinner. DTMS BTS night Aug. 19 DTMS Back To School Night will be held at on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 from 5:30 to 6:30 in the Gym. 5th SundaySing The Bootheel Ministerial Alliance will host a 5th Sunday Sing on August 31, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at the Church of Christ in Lordsburg. Everyone is invited to attend and enjoy the fellowship. 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. 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, on 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 1 l, 2014. For mor einformation call 575 542-8087. Literacy Program The Hidalgo County Literacy Pro- gram (HCLP) offers 1-to-I/class tu- toring for basic reading, language, math and computer skills. HCLP also offers tutoring in English Second Lan- guage (ESL) and pre-GED/GED prep. Office location is 317 E. 4 'h St., Ste. B. Entrance to HCLP is located off the alley, second door to the right. Con- tact Program Director, Sherri Arredondo at 575-313-7738 or 575- 542-9407, email hclp@aznex.net TEFAP Commodities TEFAP commodities, sponsored by HMS, for persons age 18 and above, will be distributed on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 from 10 AM to noon or while sup- plies last at the back of the old senior center, 317 E. 4th Street. Continued on Page 3