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VOLUME 10 ISSUE 35 FRIDAY AUGUST 27, 2010 " 5O I1'1"1"1'"'11"11"11',,,11, I ---.. SnlallTot,cn Pa e 5026 ~.,1:,- P rs Ave..o sw ~8136 Hidalgo Coun budget 'nal' ! | The Lordsburg City Council ap- proved the final budget for 2010-2011 at a special meeting last Thursday after- noon. Although Lordsburg Mayor Frank Rodriguez insists the City is m good overall financial shape, some areas will have to be watched closely. The line item suffering the biggest shortfall is the General Fund. which fi- nances the police department, airport. council, cit~? administration, musem and other areas. General Fund income was anticipated at $226.000 but in actuality ended with significantly less than antici- pated. According to City Finance Officer Theodore Castillo. said the new City Hall building is partly to blame. The $2. l million facility was funded in part by state legislative and grant monies. How- ever, according to Castillo. the City had to chip in $1.201.025 out of its own cof- fers to pay for the remainder of the bill. amounting to just over 53 percent of the total project cost. That funding came out of the Gen- eral Fund. Among the costs incurred in the project was$3,926 for Council chairs, $52.370 for new furniture. $7.415 for the bronze plaques that adorn the lobby of "the building and $1,004 for the portrait of former mayor Clark Smith. The plaques and portrait will be removed from the lobby and placed elsewhere, as per the last City Council meeting. Other factors affecting the General Fund include reduced gross receipts tax income'and the repayment of monies the state overpaid the city in the past. "'The General Fund is hurting," Castillo told the Council. "but I think we can make it through the year if we keep a close eye on it." Furthermore. according to Mayor Rodriguez. a $45.000 Safe Border Grant tl~at the City Police Department had ear- marked to employee a full time police officer did not rriaterialize. While Rodriguez said he had a verbal confir- mation of the grant, when the official recipients were announced the City of Lordsburg was not included. Mayor Rodriguez vowed to the Council that he will continue to inqmre about this grant and will do all he can to make sure the City recei,~es what was promised. With the City Police Depart- ment currently one officer out on Workman's Comp, Rodriguez said the City definitely has a need for this fund- ing. Councilor Manuel D.V. Saucedo suggested taking a little bit from each department to cover the shortage to fund the officer position. Castillo said that while that is a possibility, City employ- ees would see that as their possible pay raises going to the Police Department. Saucedo also raised the issue of the Hatch Act affecting the City's ability to receive federal funding. The Hatch Act prevents candidates who administer fed- eral funding from running for public of- fice while still serving in that capacity. Last month, Magistrate Judge candidate Mark Thomas was forced to resign his Chief of Police position in order to re- main in the political race. Finance Officer Castillo is seeking the office of Hidalgo County Assessor. The Herald learned Tuesday that the At- torney General's Office and the state Homeland Security Office were con- tacted by Mayor Rodriguez and he was informed that there are no apparent im- proprieties in Castillo continuing as Fi- nance Officer. Despite the shortfalls in the General Fund. Castillo said the other City depart- ments are all on track with no foresee- able problems in the upcoming fiscal year. "Overall," Rodriguez assured the Council, "the City is financially healthy." - 2010 Fair Royaltycrowned in Animas Friday This year's Hidalgo County Fair theme is "Celebrating Our Youth" and members of the county were doing just that on Friday night as they took part in the Fair Queen/Princess Contest. The contest was held on Friday night at 7 PM in the Animas Auditorium.There were a number of participants who each had a unique talent to share. In the Queen division (ages 16-21)Tori Patterson was the only contestant who participated. She gave a speech and played "dress-up" with some of her favorite little girls. Kyli Moore was thewinner in the Princess (ages 13-15) division, and she sang a song about the fair, while Jaycee Offutt sang a Taylor Swift song in the Princess (ages 10-12) category and won. Lindsay Massey was awarded Princess (ages 6-9) by singing a song that her daddy wrote, and Little Miss went to Mia Ruiz who sang "I'm a Little Tea Pot" The evening's Master of Ceremonies was Rick Walter. Judges included Barb Brokaw and Jack Blandford from the I~ming 4-H Office. Pictured above are Queen-Tori Patterson, Pr~mcess-Lindsay Massey, Princess-Jaycee Offutt, Princess-Kyli Moore and Little Miss-Mia Ruiz. By ELIZABETH RICHINSlHidalgo County Herald 77 Courtesy submission Darrick Nelson. MD. has been named Medical Director at Hidalgo Medical Services Originally from a small mining town in Arizona and a U. S. Army Veteran Dr. Nelson and his family recently moved to Silver City from Corpus Christi. Texas. Dr. Nelson ob- tained his medi- cal degree from the University of Texas Health Sci- ence Center at San Antonio. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Texas at Dallas with a Bachelor of Science degree m biology. Prior to join- rng HMS Dr. patient clinics, inpatient hospital, in- tensive care unit. newborn nursery, la- bor and delivery, including c-sections, high risk obstetrics, nursing home and indigent care. Dr. Nelson completed a fel- lowship medical informatics and was physicfan li- aison for imple- mentation of electronic clinical documentation system with CHRISTUS Spohn Shorline Hospital. Dr. Nelson has competed in- ternationally on the U.S. Modern Pentathlon Team. He served in the U.S. Army for six r years in Desert Shield and Desert Storm. In 2005 he Darrick Nelson, MD Nelson was an assistant professor and was awarded the Association of Medi- core faculty member at Corpus Christi cal Directors of Information Systems Family Practice Residency Program excellence in applird informatics. affiliated with Texas A&M Univ~sityIn 2005 and 2007 he was awarded Health Science Center. Department of the faculty physician of the year. Cur- Family and Community Medicine pus Christi Family Practice Residency where he was responsible for the train- Program. ing and supervision of residents in out- Courtesy submission by HIDALGO COUNTY FAIR BOARD The Hidalgo County Fair will be held this weekend at the fair grounds in Lordsburg. Celebrating our Youth is the theme for this year's event and what an appropriate one it is. This annual event brings people from the outlying communities together with their city neighbors. As fair officials put the finishing touches on the county fair, the excitement escalates with each passing day as fair time draws near. There is no better place to plan a fam, ily outing, than the Hidalgo County Fair. Where else can you have so much fun for a mere three-dollar admission fee per person? Where else can you experience so much fun and excitement? So many activities are planned for our.Hidalgo county residents. Youngsters and those not so young in age, but still young at heart, Will be exhibiting their baking, sewing, canning and talents in arts and crafts. Exhibits will also include the vegetables and flowers raised by our talented gardeners. Entry divisions in- clude 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. Thursday evening, the spotlight will be on the "Get-R-Done" Ranch Rodeo. Teams from ranches in Hidalgo County and neighboring counties as well, will exhibit their talents and show spectators some of the day-to-day work they do on their ranches. This is a fan- tastic event and always enjoyed by ev- eryone in attendance. In conjunction with this popular event will be the Kid's Goat Rodeo which will be cause for much laughter and enjoyment. Early Friday morning, the center of activity is the livestock show ring. Boys and girls show their livestock. This is the culmination of several months of work as our young people exhibit their pigs, lambs, goats and steers. These young people have put many long hours and a lot of work into their livestock projects. These young- sters are a sight to see as they show their animals and their courtesy and good sportsmanship is always excep- tional. Following the exhibiting of live- stock is the Pee Wee Showmanship Contest. This provides the younger folks who are not old enough to be in 4-H and FFA a chance to get involved b2) showing a lamb. goat or pig. A fun time is experienced by all. Friday morning the rodeo arena is the location of the Alfred Johnson Me- morial Team Roping, an event sanc- tioned by the World Series Team Rop- ing Association. Friday afternoon be- ginning at 5 o'clock the Fair Parade can be seen on Railroad Avenue. Wide arrays of entries provide much for your viewing enjoyment. Friday and Saturday nights, fair goers will enjoy performances of Ro- deo de Hidalgo. Events include bull riding, calf roping, team roping and barrel racing. This always proves to be a ,spectacular event! The Junior Rodeo provides spec- tators an opportunity to see our young cowboys and cowgirls at their best. Young people from our community as well as neighboring counties partici- pate in this event which is scheduled for 8 a.m. Saturday morning. Saturday afternoon is the Junior" Livestock Sale that begins at 2 o'clock. Businesses and individuals will be on hand to bid on the prize-winning live- stock that has qualified for the sale. This provides an excellent opportunity to buy-pork, beef, goat or lamb for your freezer. Willcox Packing will be on hand to custom the animals to the specifications of the buyers. The carnival "Playtime Amuse- ment" will be open for the pleasure of all ages Thursday through Sunday. Commercial and educational exhibits will be open all Thursday though Sun- day there are always all the good food concessions where everyone can eat till their hearts content. Fair goers can kick up their heels and dance to the music of "The Yarbrough Band" at the big fair dance on Saturday night from 9 till 1 on the cement slab adjacent to the livestock show ring. On Sunday morning the Alfred Johnson Memorial Roping events will continue with a Drawpot Team Roping at the rodeo arena. The Hidalgo County Fair Associa- tion invites everyone to come to fair this weekend and join in Celebrating our Youth. Enjoy a special time with your children, grandchildren, friends and neighbors. It is a great way to spend your weekend! We'll see you at the fair! UPCOMING EVENTS Hamburger Fry A Maverick Football Hamburger Fry wilt be held on Friday, September 3, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. just before kick off of the season opener MenudoSale A benefit Menudo sale will be held on September 5 starting at 8 AM at 312 E. 8~ Street. Cost is $1 per bowl, and you must bring your own pot or bowl. Pro- ceeds to benefit Valerie Mendoza and Emily Aquino's trip to the 2011 Capital One Bowl pre-game performance. Register to vote The Hidalgo County Clerk's Office will have a booth at the Hidalgo County Fair on Friday to register new voters and update voter registration information, including address; name and party changes. Walking & Activity Club The Active and Alive Walking & Activity Club meets from 12-2 PM at the Special Events Center on Mondays and Wednesdays. For more information call 575-537-0248 .ext. 227. Line Dancing The Active and Alive Crooked Ha- los Line Dancing classes are held from 5-6 PM for intermediates and 6:15-7:30 PM for advanced at RV Traylor Elemen- tary School on Mondays and Wednes- days. For more information call 575-537- 0248 ext. 227. Step Aerobics The Active and Alive Step Aero- bics class is held at 6 PM at Central Elementary School on Tuesdays and Thursdays, For more information call 575-537-0248 ext. 227. Love and Logic classes Free parenting classes are being of- fered each Wednesday at noon at the HMS Conference Room beginning Au- gust 25, concluding on October 6. TO register, call 542-8384, ext. 441. Spaces are limited. Fair Parade Plans are underway for the 2010 Hidalgo County Fair Parade, scheduled for August 27 at 5:00 p.m. This year's theme is Celebrating Our Youth. For more information on the parade, con- tact the Lordsburg-Hidalgo County Chamber of Commerce at 575-542- 9864. Catechism Class registration The St. Josephs Catholic Church Catechism Classes registration for lev- els 1-6 will be held every Saturday in August after the 6:00 p.m. mass and Sun- day after the 11 a.m. mass. Continued on Page 2