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VOLUME 14 ISSUE 34 FRIDAY AUGUST 22, 2014 75 Hidalgo County SmallTown Papers 217 West Cota Street Shelton, WA 98584 Ihl,,i,d,,hld,d,,I,d,ll,,I YOu Can Never Have Too Much SAVE $5.00 STOCK UP NOW See Classifieds For Info it, G it, place Au Courtesy submission The Hidalgo County Fair, the big- gest event taking place at the fairgrounds in Lordsburg, is coming this weekend. As fair officials put the finishing touches on the county fair, the excitement esca- lates with each passing day as fair time draws near. There is no better place to plan a family outing, than the Hidalgo County Fair. Where else can you have so much fun for a mere three-dollar ad- mission fee per person? There is much fun and excitement to be had! Many activities are planned for our Hidalgo County residents. On Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. exhibits will be accepted in the exhibit building. Youngsters and those not so young in age, but still young at heart, will be exhibiting their baking, sewing, canning, photography, and talents in arts and crafts. Exhibits will also include the County officials claim If ' rights not violated Herald staff report An incident at the August 8, 2014 Hidalgo Farmer's Market & Mercado in Lordsburg has a Las Cruces conserva- tion group volunteer claiming to have been thrown out of the event and her free- dom of speech violated. However, local officials have taken offense to those al- legations. According to an article that ap- peared in the August 12, 2014 Las Cruce~ Sun News, a volunteer from the South- west Environmental Center (SWEC), a Las Cruces-based nonprofit group that works to protect and restore wildlife and wildlife habitat, had set up a table at the local Farmer's Market with a petition in support of the Mexican wolf, an endan- gered species that has been reintroduced in the desert southwest since 1998. When Hidalgo Farmer's Market of- ficial John Allen discovered the nature of the booth, he called in Hidalgo County Commissioner Dart Shannon to help remedy a situation he felt may be- come volatile. The Las Cruces Sun News article alleges that Shannon rudely kicked the volunteer out and ultimately violated her right to free speech. Commissioner Shannon vehe- ~~'~enfly denies that the woman's rights were violated. "This woman had a jar that had "help feed the wolves" in big letters taped to it. Plus she had a lot of propaganda and petitions for people to sign. I firmly told her that we were sorry, for the inconvenience and miscommu- nication, but the Hidalgo County Farmer's Market venue did not fit her endeavor and she would need to leave. I stated that the values of our County's Farmer's Market are very high and are structured for the citizens to be able to display and sell their bountiful wares...not to be interrupted by political issues". Allen told the Herald last week that the woman was not asked to leave be- cause of bias towards the information she was sharing and he would have asked the opposing side to leave as well. The Farmer's Market, he claims, was unaware of the information she was going to dis- tribute, only having been told it would be "environmental outreach". "We really would like to keep the .market on a positive note and keep emo- tionally charged political topics away," Allen said. "If we allow any side of these topics to be there then we are allowing anyone to come and do the same. We really don't need immigration, welfare or abortion at our market and this issue falls along the same lines. These topics and many more have no place in what we are trying to do in Hidalgo County. People should not be confronted with controversial topics while they are shop- ping for their dinner." The Hidalgo Farmers Market falls under the Hidalgo County Food Coali- tion, with that group and vendors mak- ing the decisions. This incident will be discussed by the Coalitiort,,~glfich will ultimately determine Whether or not guidelines for vendors/presenters need to be established. "The market has never had to deal with anything like this to date and we will use this as a springboard to learn and grow from," Allen said. The article appeared in the Las Cruces Sun News the day before a final public heating in T or C on the proposed rule change for the Mexican gray wolf recovery program on August 13. (see Page 8 for coverage from that meeting) vegetables and flowers raised by our tal- ented gardeners. Entry divisions include 4-H, youth and adult. There is a category for everyone. Everyone is encouraged to bring their goods to town and place them in competition. On Friday from 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. fair goers will have the opportunity to bid on select culinary items in the Exhibit Building. Stop in and put a bid down on a tasty prize-win- ning treat! Thursday evening culminates with the crowning and presentation of the Hidalgo County Fair Queen and her court before the Lordsburg Barrel Series Championship. Come out and watch these awesome women compete for the top prizes in the series. Early Friday morning, kicks off the junior livestock show. 4-H and FFA boys and girls show their livestock. This is the culmination of several months' work as our young people exhibit their pigs, steers, lambs and goats. These young people have put many long hours and a lot of work into their livestock projects. These youngsters are a sight to see as they show their animals and their cour- tesy and good sportsmanship is always exceptional. In the arena on Friday morn- ing is the First Annual Hidalgo County Fair Junior Ranch Rodeo. Stop by the grandstands to watch these hard-work- ing young cowboys and cowgirls com- pete for top honors! Following the exhibiting of live- stock is the Pee Wee Showmanship Con- test. This provides the younger folks who are not old enough to be in 4-H and FFA and exhibitors a chance to prove their ability in the show ring. A fun time is experienced by all. Friday afternoon beginning at 5 o'clock the Fair Parade can be seen on Railroad Avenue. Wide arrays of entries provide much for your viewing enjoy- ment. Friday evening back on the fair- grounds in the arena is the only perfor- mance of the Ranch Rodeo. Teams from all around will exhibit their talents and show spectators some of the activities they do on their ranches. This is a fan- tastic event and always enjoyed by ev- eryone in attendance. There will also be ranch bronc riding which always pro- vides excitement to the crowd and con- testants ! Saturday morning kicks off with the Junior Rodeo. This will be your oppor- See FAIR on Page 2 Monsoon storms striking Hidalgo County Monsoon season is in full swing in Hidalgo County, with rain, dust and wind storms hitting several times a week. In New Mexico and Arizona, monsoon season begins in early July when high pressure, called the monsoon or subtropical ridge, develops in the upper atmosphere and causes brief, but torrential, thunderstorms. Flash flooding, dust storms and high winds are serious dangers during monsoon season Above, a huge dust cloud looms in the distance Saturday afternoon. Photo courtesy MARSHA HILL/Lordsburg Marlene & Charlie Siepel Hidalg, y Fair Parad Herald staff report The 2014 Hidalgo County Fair Pa- rade will beheld this Friday, August 22, at 5:00 p.m. in Lordsburg. Selected to represent Hidalgo County this year as Parade Marshalls are longtime residents and avid fair support- ers Charlie and Marlene Siepel. The Siepels, who will coinciden- tally be celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary on Sunday, August 24, raised their two children in Hidalgo County and have been supporters of the livestock and agriculture industries and all aspects of the county fair for many years. Charlie SiepeL ~rved as the NMSU Extension Agent in Hidalgo County for 22 years before being promoted to the Southwest District Department Head in 2005. He retired from that position in 2012 and currently holds the title Pro- fessor Emeritus from NMSU's College of Agriculture and is called in on occasion as a consultant. In addition, Charlie continues to hold his certification as a crop consult- ant. Over the years, Charlie was active with the Lordsburg Lions Club, Lordsburg Masonic Lodge, Hidalgo County Cattlegrowers, Hidalgo County Fair Board (advisor, consultant, builder, supporter, plumber, cook, etc.), Hidalgo County Emergency Preparedness, Lordsburg Volunteer Fire Department, and Glen Acres Water Coop. For many years, Charlie was the Hidalgo County Hunter Safety Instruc- tor and has helped hundreds of local resi- dents and their children learn the value of gun safety. Charlie, originally from Carlsbad, NM, earned a Bachelor's degree in Ag Business and a Master's degree in Agri- culture Economics from New Mexico State University. Marlene, a Las Cruces native, has served as Public Library Director for the past 27 years. She has also been active with the Tobosabelle Cowbelles, Hidalgo County Heritage Quilt Show, Hidalgo County Fair Exhibit Building Superin- tendent and hostess, LHS Cheerleading and the Hidalgo County Tourism Coun- cil. Marlene notably has been a line dance instructor in Lordsburg for the past three years. She also spent 25 years as a 4-H Leader, helping to guide local youth in the agricultural field. The Siepels' daughters were both very active in 4-H and showed sheep, pigs and steers in the Hidalgo County Fair while growing up. Together, the Siepels have both been active in the Hidalgo County Soil & Water Conservation District, Hidalgo County Farm Bureau, Lordsburg Hidalgo County Chamber of Commerce Marshalls and are members of the First United Methodist Church. They have two daughters, both graduates of Lordsburg High School. Mixie Clowe and her husband, Jim, live in Leveland, Texas, where she is a 6'h grade teacher. They have three chil- dren, Charles, Madilyn and Mollie. Dr. Masie Custis DVM and her hus- band, Ryan, live in Bums, Oregon, and have two daughters, Makinlee and Mallory. Dad Charlie makes regular trips to Oregon to help his daughter in her veterinary practice--both with the ani- mals and on the business side of things. Marlene recently submitted her let- ter of resignation to the Lordsburg Hidalgo Public Library and while she does not plan to retire completely,, she will be spending more time with her hus- band, their daughters and their grand- children. "The Siepels are a perfect example of a "fair family"," said Lordsburg Hidalgo County Chamber of Commerce Director Cecilia Gomez. "They were the perfect choice for Parade Marshalls based on their years of dedication and service to the county fair." The parade will kick off right at 5:00. Parade entrants are asked to gather at 4:30 p.m. at the old Rico's Restaurant on west Motel Drive. Entrants can pre- enter at the Lordsburg Hidalgo County Chamber of Commerce, or can sign a li- ability form the day of the event. The Parade will travel east on Mo- tel Drive to the Hidalgo County Fair- grounds. County school tel by The New Mexico Public Education Department has released overall school grades and they range widely across the board from "A" to "D" in Hidalgo County. Animas High School maintained the highest grade in the county, with an "A". Animas Elementary and Animas Middle School each earned a "D" this year, down from "C"s at both schools in 2013. Lordsburg Municipal Schools were graded as follows (with 2013 in paren- thesis): R.V. Traylor Elementary D (D) Southside Elementary D (F) Central Elementary B (C) Dugan Tarango Middle School D (D) Lordsburg High School C (B) See GRADES on Page 5 LJPCOMING 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. LHS football fundraiser The Lordsburg High School Mav- ericks' football team is holding a fund raiser shirt sale. T-shirts are $20 each and can be ordered through any football player or Louie or Connie Baisa 575- 544-5830. Volleyball meeting Dance Classes 5th Sunday Sing An organizational meeting for the The Animas Youth League will be new co-ed adult volleyball league will holding dance classes on Wednesdays be held at the Special Events Center on at the Animas Middle School gym from Monday, August 25, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. beginning Wednesday, All players and team captains are encour- August 27, 2014. There is no registra- aged to attend, tion fee and dance attire is not required. Children in preschool-5th grade are in- vited to attend. on Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 10 AM to 2 Pm at 701 Animas Street. Saucedo's holiday hours Saucedo's Shur-Sav Supermarket will be open for business on Monday, September 1 from 8:30 a.m. to h00 p.m. in observance of the Labor Day Holiday. Democratic meeting The Bootheel Ministerial Alliance The Hidalgo County Democratic will host a 5th Sunday Sing on August Fall Free For All Party will be holding their monthly 31, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at the Church of The Assembly of God Church will meetings at the James H. Baxter Civic Christ in Lordsburg. Everyone is invited be giving away gently used clothes, Center, 313 E. 4th Street, on the sec- to attend and enjoy the fellowship, shoes, and some misc household items ond Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m. Meeting dates are September 11, October 9, November 13 and Decem- ber 11, 2014. For mor einformation call 575 542-8087. Fit Camp Fit Camp, a boot camp style exer- cise group, is held Tuesdays and Thurs- days at 6:00 p.m. at LHS football field. The free classes are open to the public. For more information contact Fabiola Cano at 575-542-2356. Continued on Page 3