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2 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, AUGUST 15, 2014 Rep. Pearce visits L0rdsburg, remembers Sheila Massey Congressman Steve Pearce held a Town Hall meeting for Hidalgo County residents at Kranberrys Restaurant last week. Everyone was given an opportunity to discuss issues impacting their area. Issues of concern ranged from border security to working across the aisle with Democrats in Washington and housing needs in Lordsburg. Congressman Pearce expressed his strong belief in the founding principles of our nation, constitution rights and limited government. An advocate for rural cities and counties, he encouraged those in attendance to rely on their personal strengths to help their families and neighbors. He also promised to do everything within his circle of influence to see his constituents concerns are addressed at the national level. Above, Rep. Pearce presents Randy Massey with an American Flag that was flown over the Capitol Building in honor of Massey's late wife, Sheila, for her many years of dedication to the Hidalgo County Fair Junior Livestock Sale. Courtesy submission Companies look to provide hospice, health care services Continued from Page 1 their endeavors," he said. "We don't have a prefer-ence." Otero added that only one of the three groups has asked about purchasing GRMC's Medicare pro-vider number. Otero would not say which one, to allow the other com-panies an opportunity to inquire about it. He added that this would be an easier process for any of the three companies because it is very timely to get a new provider number. None of the three companies was able to comment on the in- quiry about purchasing GRMC's Medicare pro-vider number. Catherine Rosacker-Sharp, executive director at Ambercare, said noth-ing "is definite in provid-ing care in Silver City "We already take pa-tients in Silver City out of Our Deming office," Rosacker-Sharp said. She added that Ambercare is looking into providing services in Silver City, but it will not be imme- diately. Kaitlyn McCoy, in-take co- ordinator with Solamor Hospice. said her company is also looking into providing care here but could not comment further. "That's about all I can say," she said. Julie Jolley, region-al vice president of Encompass, said that currently the coverage area does not include Silver City. Jolley added that the company is al- ways looking to expand but would not comment on expand- ing to Silver City specifically. Wanda Hall, owner of Hori- because theyare still talking with zon Hospice in Silver City, said GRMC. no mat-ter how GRMC handles the bringing in of outside com- panies that compete with her-ser- ices, she will continue to pro- vide the best care possible for her patients in the area. Yvette Chavez, own-er of Horizon Home Healthcare, said she sees potential problems for her business if GRMC helps a new company come in to provide home health care. Since GRMC decided to cease its home health care ser- vice, Horizon Home Healthcare has taken on many new em- ployees to deal with the influx of patients needing continued care. Chavez said her company will continue to provide care for the patients it had and has recently gained "l'm sure our business is gonna decrease if they bring someone else in," Chavez stated. Hidalgo Medical Services InCelebration Of Health Center Week Presents our... Wedn -es "day, At u lgSt u A s nnual Health Gen ...... erts00tay 9 AM to Noon FREE Health Screenings! Check your Blood Glucose, Blood Pressure and get an Oral Health and Mental Health Screening!  Patient Portal Information, Medicaid Applications, Bone Density Information, Information about Immunizations. Car Seat Education, Cooking Demonstrations and Voter Registration Transportation available to the event locations. Please call Corre Caminos at 575-388-318o for more details. Whether you are an HMS patient or not...come on out and join us at any of the 5 HMS participating clinics--Silver City, Lordsburg, Cliff/Gila, Mimbres and Bayard for a celebration of how local engines power community health! For more information call 575-534-0248. National Health Center Week HIDALGO MEDICAL SERVICES I 530E. DeMossStreet Lordsburg, NM88045 575-542-8384 Toll Free 888-271-3596 Dispatch New Mexico- Envasive species and By TOM MCDONALD In a recent Time magazine article titled "Space Invaders," senior writer Bryan Walsh re- ported on how foreign insects, fish and animals are invading the U.S. in alarming numbers, upset- ting the environmental balance of entire regions and, in several instances, disrupting their econo- mies as well. In the report, several inva- sive species (brought in by hu- man activity) were identified ac- cording to location and the dam- age they're doing. Of these "in- vasions," I recognized only one that has made its way into New Mexico -- the feral hog. The ar- ticle didn't mention New Mexico, but I've read about problems this animal is causing farmers and ranchers on the east side of the state. New Mexico does not appear to be a hotspot for these kinds of outside invasions, and that's a good thing. We're having enough trouble keeping our own indig- enous species alive. According to the state De- partment of Game and Fish, in 2012 there were 118 species and subspecies in New Mexico on the list of threatened (vulnerable) and endangered (almost extinct) wild- life. And while efforts to save them don't always make the news, we've had our share of high-pro- file cases. The Mexican gray wolf is one that's been in the news lately, and will be more so later this month and into September. A spe- cies that's pretty much exclusive to Arizona and New Mexico these days, it's been on the endangered list since 1976 and numbers only 83 in the wild -- including 46 in J iit Obituaries endangered animals Tom McDonald New Mexico -- according to the latest count by wildlife officials. The Blue Ridge Recovery Area, the wolf's habitat these days, stretches across 4.4 million acres in the Apache and Gila national forests. After four years of a growing Mexican gray wolf population, the U.S. Fish & Wild- life Service is now pro- posing changes in the predator's recovery program. Basically, the agency wants to do two things: expand the wolves' territory and make it easier to take them out if they start caus- ing problems. Under the agency's proposed revisions, the wolf's recovery area would be expanded to Interstate 40 on the north to the U.S.- Mexico border on the south, across Arizona and New Mexico from their California and Texas state lines. That means all of southern New Mexico would be included in the recovery area, but it doesn't mean the wolves will be allowed just anywhere in that region. The Arizona Republic re- ported a couple weeks ago that the recovery area would expand "on paper" to about 98 million areas, but in reality, only about a fifth of that area is suitable wolf habitat. Still, that leaves a mighty big area. And, yes, Fish & Wildlife is already getting pushback -- and from more than one direction. Already in Arizona, concern has been raised about the plan's impact on the elk population, while environmentalists are say- ing the loosening of restrictions on killing problem wolves may send their numbers back down. Fish & Wildlife proposed the revisions on July 24 and the pub- lic has a 60-day window of op- portunity from that date for pub- lic comment. Two public hear- ings have been scheduled -- one in Arizona on Aug. 11, the other at the Civic Center in Truth or Consequences, N.M., from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 13. The Silver City Daily Press reported that the hearings will be preceded by an informational session from 2 to 4 p.m., while the comment period ends Sept. 23. You Can bet rural landown- ers won't like the threat these new revi- sions may pose to their livestock and pets (es- pecially dogs). That's the thing about the Endangered Species Act of 1973. Its impact is always great- est on the rural areas. That's generally where the nation's energy, food and water come from, and the extraction of all three of these necessary resources can be inhibited by efforts to pro- tect or replenish threatened or en- dangered species. Of course, we should pro- tect these critters from extinc- tion -- nature's delicate bal- ances and the principle of stew- ardship require it -- but due consideration should also be given to those who to feed and clothe the rest of us. There needs to be a balanced approach. At first blush, it seems to me that Fish & Wildlife is at- tempting to strike this balance by expanding the Mexican gray wolf's territory while also giv- ing ranchers and wildlife agen- cies more latitude in controlling them. But since I'm not a south- ern New Mexico landowner, it's no skin off my nose to say that, so I'll await the rebuttal -- which I expect to come out of T or C in a few days. In the meantime, we'd better also keep an eye on those inva- sive species wrecking havoc else- where in the U.S. Hopefully they won't be coming our way any- time soon, but we'd better start planning for their arrival anyway. Tom McDonald is editor of the New Mexico Community News Exchange and owner-manager of Gazette Media Services LLC. He may be reached at 505-426-4199 or tmcdonald@gazettemedia services.com. Ernest D. Rothpletz Ernest D. R0thpletz Ernest D. Rothpletz, 88, of Phoenix, AZ, passed away on Au- gust 7, 2014. Ernest is survived by his bride, Bonnie "Peachie", of 63 years; daughters Carolyn, Marilyn and Beth; and sons Gary, Max and Andrew and was also blessed with 18 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Services will be held at 10AM, Thursday, August 14, 2014, Hansen Desert Hills Chapel, 6500 E. Bell Rd., Scottsdale. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society or Hos- pice of the Valley. 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