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8 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, AUGUST 22, 2014 MeasonYbarra, right, (Silver City) 10-13 high point boy HYRA fini hes Courtesy submission The Hidalgo Youth Rodeo Association hosted the last gymkhana of the 2014 series on August 7th. Seventy -five participants were in atten- dance. As al- ways the evening started off with the littlest cowboys and cowgirls in the lead-line class. Five- year-old Brook- lyn Looney of Silver City, three-year old Maggie Motes of Silver City and four two- year-olds: C h 1 o e Hernandez of Silver City, Tucker Klump of Bowie, Rowel Peterson of Hachita and Brady Ybarra of Silver City. The 0-5 dummy ropers have really im- proved but C.J. Hernandez of Silver City took the win with two slick horn catches. Danny Finch of Clifton won the series With 39 points. The 6-9 dummy roping went nine rounds to determine a winner. Caden Hopper of nenson came out on top With eight slick horn catches in a row followed by a neck catch, but the winner of the series was Whip Peterson of Hachita with 48 points. Cole McCauley of Silver City had a great night in the 0-5 age group, finishing with 31 points, but it just wasn't enough to edge Danny Finch out of the top spot in the boys' division, who also takes top honors of the entire series as the high point individual with 181 Photos by BRADI EVANSIDesert Lace Images summer gymkhana series points. On the girl's side, C.J. Yost of Silver City was the high Hemandez of Silver City finished point boy of the evening with 31 strong with 38 points for the points. Winning the year end top night giving her 173 points to- spot was Whip Peterson of Hachita with 147 points. Madilyn Todd of Willcox was the 6-9 high point girl of the rodeo with 37 points. This was another close race, with Madilyn com- ing in three points behind McKynna Motes of Silver City who ended the series with 172 points. The 10-13 Justin Kibler (Willcox) 14-18 high point boy boys' division was won by Quirt Peterson of Hachita with 176 points, but Meason Ybarra of Silver City was high point boy of the night with 26 points. Rounding out the standings was Justin Kibler, regain- ing the top spot in the 14-18 boys' race. He earned 39 points for the night giving MaflilynToflfl 0Nillcox) 6-9 high point girl him 165 for the series. Ashley Bales was the leader in the 14-18 girls' race with 33 points in the rodeo and 145 points at series-end. T h e awards cer- emony is tenta- tively set for October 10 in Lordsburg to award all 82 qualifying con- testants with Cofly McCauley (Silver City) 0-5 high point boy some great prizes to reflect their outstand- tal. Kash Albrecht of Deming ing achievements in the arena. made a great run for the 0-5 girls' Thank you to the countless vol- saddle finishing one point be- unteer hours and sponsor dona- hind C.J. in the rodeo and only 3 tions that have made this another points behind in the final stand- very successful event in Hidalgo ings! In the 6-9 age group Tayson County. Historic Panoramic Photograph for sale Lordsburg 49 "x 8 " printed on foam core board--can be framed or displayed without a frame. Can be seen at the Hidalgo County Herald. Call Edmund Saucedo at 575-542-9716 Battle over wolves takes center stage at T or C meeting By BENJAMIN FISHER~Silver issue permits for intentional ha- Robinson and many others City Daily Press rassment if there has been activ- championed the ranchers' abil-ity SILVER CITY -- The pub-ity near a person's property, to dispose of the corpses of cattle, lic battle of the lobo waged on at Silver City's Nancy Kamin- the smell of which draws wolves the final hearing on the revised ski, representing the Southwest in and gives them a taste for the proposed rule change for the New Mexico Audubon Chapter,cows. Robinson also said that if a Mexican gray wolf recovery pro- said that the expanded "takes" wolf develops a taste for beef be- gram in Truth or Consequences were too much, as people had cause a rancher does not destroy on Aug. 13. found one killed in the Gila just a corpse, then the wolf should not More than 200 people last month, pay with its life for depredations crowded into the Truth or Conse- "We're still losing wolves to that follow. quenees Community Center to illegal shooting under the cur- Rancher John Diamond, add their voices to comments on rent rules," she said. "Increasing though, explained that finding the new version of the rule. The takes doesn't seem conducive to their dead cattle is nearly im-pos- rule change would expand the protecting and recovering the sible. Mexi-can gray wolves' recovery wolves." "That is very remote coun- area from the original Blue Range There are three other alterna- try out there,' he said. "Most of area in the Apache National For- tive proposals to the rule change, the time we don't know if a cow est in Arizona and the Gila Na- No. 2 and No. 3 incorporating has died until much later. We're tional Forest in New Mexico to parts of Alternate No. 1, No. 4 not already doing all we can just to include all areas south of Inter- changing the rule at all. keep them going as-is" state 40 and north of the border The most popular of the al-The answer every non-- with Mexico in both states. It ternatives with the largest num- rancher and wolf proponent had would also ex-pand the list of cir- ber of speakers at last week's hear- to this issue was for the FWS to cumstances in which a person ing is Alternative No. 3, which reimburse the rancher for any ani- would be allowed to "take" or includes the expanded recovery mal lost to wolves. kill a wolf. area from 1-40 to the U.S./Mexico Reimbursement may not be "We are trying to protect and border but re-moves the ex-easy, though, as pointed out by recover these wolves" said Tracy panded circum-stances in which many opponents to the recov-ery Melbihess of the Fish and Wild- the wolves can be killed. Almost program on fiscal grounds. They life Service during the opening no one who took the microphone say that even the current program presentation of the evening, "but at the hearing thought Alternative lacks sufficient funds, so an ex- we're trying to do it in a balanced No. 3 was good enough as-is, pansion is foolhardy. way that takes into account the though. A reimbursement also won't people who are affected by the Chief among the changes to be enough for many ranch-ers and wolf." No. 3 was the request that the wolf other opponents who believe that The reintroduction and be changed from an "ex- not only their live-stock, but also recov-ery of the Mexican gray perimental non-essential popu- their children are at risk. wolf has been fraught with dis- lation" to essential. According to "Our grandfathers eradicated sension and conflict since its in- Melbihess, a population is "es- the wolves because they don't ception in 1998, leading to innu- sential" if it will face extinc-tion mix with people, like the griz-zly, merable harsh words and. more if the wild population dies. polio and smallpox," said one than a few killings of wolves, both "We strongly oppose the man. legally and otherwise, in the classification of the only wild "Eventually a wolf is going meantime, population of the Mexican gray to eat a child" said another. In that time, the projected wolf being called non-essen-tial" "When will the fear stop?" number of.wolves in the wild has said Drew Kerr of Wild Earth asked Smith again. "When a been seriously undershot by re- Guardians. "How can it be non- mother sees a wolf stalking her ality, leaving only 83 wolves in essential if it is the only popula- Australian shepherd, it is pretty the current area of the Apache and tion left?" easy for her to think her child on Gila forests. Many and more hoped that the swing set is next." The new proposal would the increased protection level Kacey Hampf, though, point- split the new recovery area into would stop the killing of the ed out that there has been only three zones, each with different wolves and help natural balance two recorded human fatalities by rules on reintroduction or return to the ecosystem, wolves in the last 60 years and transloca-tions, and on moving or "A population of wolves will those were in Alaska and not from killing wolves interacting with help balance ungulate popula- Mexican gray wolves. This sta- live-stock and people in differ- tions" said David Richman, a re- tistic was repeated regu-larly. ent ways. tired biologist. "That will de- Whether Mexican gray Zone 1 expands the initial crease animal diseases and help wolves have a malicious in-terest areas in which wolves can be re- vegetation grow back which has in stalking and eventu-ally feed- introduced from captivity from been overeaten by grazing ani- ing on children or not, many in just the Apache and Gila forests mals." the crowd said that the fear was to include the Sitgreaves National Pinos Altos resident Michael enough reason not to allow them Forest, the Magdalena Ranger Robinson of the Center for Bio- near people, which they see as District of~theCibola National logical Diversity was perhaps inevitable. Forest, and three rang-er districts most outraged by the use of te- "In Luna County, if a wolf in the Tonto National Forest in lemetry receivers that track col- comes through, they are go-ing Arizona. lars on tracked wolves by private to interact with people," Ira Zone 2 surrounds the areas ranchers. Pearson said. "We don't have any of Zone 1 and will be able to re- "Remove the receivers from water in Luna. We also have no ceive translocations of wolves private hands where they have elk, very few deer. What are they and a very limited possibility of been flippantly rented out," going to eat or drink if they don't reintroductions. Robinson said. "You've ad- come to where the people are?" Very little of the wolf's natu- mitted you (FWS) don't evenThere may also be some ral habitat is found in Zone 3, sur- know who all you've given them question of the legality of this rounding Zone 2, so Melbi-hess to. That is stunning ir-responsi- new recovery area. There has been said it is likely if the wolves en- bility from the service that is sup- an ordinance in Sierra County ter these areas, they will be inter- posed to be protecting the since 1994, for instance, that re- acting with people closely and wolves. That strips a wolf of its quires any person who re-leases a likely be moved, anonymity and gives it right to wolf to pay a fine and serve jail On federal land, the revised people who want to kill them." time: rule would allow FWS to issue The biggest opponents to the "A lot of people forget it is permits for the "taking" if the reintroduction are those in- on the books," said Ken Lyon, wolves are caught in the act of volved in the ranching industry, county commissioner at the time biting, wounding or killing live- They claim that depredations the ordinance was passed, "but stock. Under the current rule, -- loss of livestock to the rein- that not only represents the will these takes would only be per- troduced wolf population -- are of the people but the law of Si- mitted if there were six breeding far higher than those counted by erra County. We expect that to be pairs of the wolves in the wild. At the FWS and that their liveli- respected." this time, only five breeding pairs hoods are at stake. Even with these new rules, exist in the wild. "We've been told wolves with attempts to meet each side On non-federal land, the re- would be removed outside their in the middle, the arguments on vised rule would extend that to areas before and that has never both sides remain the same: pro- include both livestock and non- happened," said Karen Cowen of ponents of the reintroduction feral dogs. It would also extend the New Mexico Woolgrow-ers. want more and more protection permitting capabilities to state "And do you know how in-suiting and expansion, while opi~onents game agencies if they see "unac- it is to the people in this room for -- ranchers being the most out- ceptable impacts" of the wolf on you to say the impact on those of spoken -- want the wolves re- native, wild ungulate popula- us affected would be insignifi- stricted and feared. These have tions -- like elk, deer, bighorn cant? This is our liveli-hood." been the chief points of view sheep, etc. "Unaccept-able im- "When will the depredationssince the Mexican gray wolf was pacts" are very loosely defined end?' asked Chad Smith, CEO of first mentioned in the rein- in the rule. the New Mexico Farm and Live- troduction battle and new rules A person will still be able to stock Bureau. "This rein- don't seem to be mending those kill a wolf at any time in de-fense troduction is an all-out assault on fences. of a human life. The rule also al- these ranching families.' Aug. 13 was the final public lows for "opportunistic harass- The Farm and Livestock Bu- hearing on the issue. There is a ment" or scaring a wolf away if a reau made up the bulk of the op- comment period open until Sept. person should come across one. ponent column that spoke at the 23. The dead-line for the final Under the rule, FWS could also hearing, decision is Jan. 12, 2015. I am very blessed for my wonderful family, friends and relatives who made my 97th birthday extra special. Many thanks and appreciation for the numerous cards, phone calls, gifts and well wishes from everyone who helped F remember me on nay birthday. I want to express my sincere gratitude for everything. Ramon V. Renteria Wednesday, August 27 5:00 PM at the Lordsburg Public Library Marlene has served for 27 years as Library Director and Charlie served as County Extension Agent for 22 years and SW District Dept. Head for 7 years. They will be moving to Alto, north of Ruidoso, in the near future. We are sad to see them leave, but wish them the best in the future. Cards are welcome 9 9 The GJLLS. of Lordsburg Assembly would like to thank everyone who donated towards the Back to School Backpack Bash and everyone who supported the benefits and gave beyond. It was a huge success as school supplies and backpacks were given away to over 100 kids. The school kids and their families enjoyed the free swimming music, and food. May God continue to Bless every student this school year. A special thank you to: Saucedo's The DePaoli Kids Dr. Andrew Warren; Professor of Criminal Justice and Department Chair. WNHU Dr. Hagdaleno Hanzanarez. WNHU Again Thank you and God Bless You