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VOLUME 10 ISSUE 35 FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 3, 2010 50, Hidalgo County \\;\,\, \\;,,\,,,,\\,3,,\\'"3'\ i pa C't'S ' S,,.. c,,ai%raa ". Scatfic  " $7.99 Rodeo to host 'Heritage Days' event, September 18-19 Submitted by DISCOVER SW Na/A/bu- querque The normally quiet town of Rodeo, New Mexico - located along the New Mexico/Arizona state line in New Mexico's "Bootheel" region - will be bustling on Saturday, September 18 and Sunday, September 19 during the 2nd annual "Chiricahua-Peloncillo Heritage Days" - a free event filled with a number of presentations on cultural and conser- vation issues that affect both New Mexi- cans and Arizonans alike. An opening reception with music and stories will take place on Friday, September 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. (MDT - New Mexico time).' Presentations during the two-day event include, among many others: up- dates on border security legislation; how Jaguars are attempting to naturally re- colonize the region; and ideas to sustain the economy, including the possibility of converting the area's abandoned rail line into a trail to promote tourism. Corner I By Mayor !rank Rodriguez I hope everyone had a wonderful time at the Hidalgo County Fair. Please check out our new section in the Hidalgo County Herald; we will be posting pho- tos of pets that are available for adop- tion. If you see one you are interested in please contact the City Animal Control Officer, Robert DeLaGarza at the Lordsburg Public Safety Building by calling 575-542-3505. Again we ask for your continued patience with us as we deal with the increased weed population that abounds in all areas of Lordsburg due to our wonderful abundance of rain. Our City crews are working on this is- sue. We also ask that you please obey all local ordinances regarding the dis- posal of your weeds and yard debris; such items must be bagged or boxed and place next to the garbage receptacle. Labor Day Weekend is coming up; there are several festivals in the surrounding areas. We ask that everyone please obey all laws and remember not to drink and drive. Have an enjoyable and safe holi- day weekend! The town of Rodeo, NM is located in the middle of the San Simon Valley that runs north/south along the New Mexico/Arizona state line. Rodeo is bor- dered on the west by the Chiricahmi Mountains and on the east by the Peloncillo Mountains -from where the event's name derives. The valley also includes the tiny Arizona town of Portal just across the state line. According to Heritage Days founder, Kim Vacariu, there were an esti- mated 200 people who attended the first Heritage Days last year, and he hopes interest will be even better for this year's event. "Heritage Days unifies both the natural and cultural components of the area and brings our local communities together to discuss the importance of 'community conservation' - a holistic approach ,to ensuring a healthy future for people and nature," said Vacariu, who is also the Western Director for Wildlands Network, the conservation organization sponsoring the event. "We chose to launch this event because of the clear interest that local residents have in pre- serving our rural heritage. Many people don't realize the national ecological and cultural significance of this area - it's where the Apaches made their last stand and contains a globally unique mix of wildlife due to our location at the junc- tion of four diverse ecological regions." Those ecological regions include: the low elevation Sonoran Desert m the west; the high elevation Chiricahuan Desert to the east; the temperate Rocky Mountain zone to the north; and the sub- tropical Mexican Sierra Madre region to the south - resulting in an overlapping of diverse wildlife and vegetation. In fact, according to Vacariu, this area of south- western NM and southeastern Arizona is considered one of the top 10 birding ar- eas in the world. Heritage Days presentations on Sep- tember 18th will focus on natural re- source-related issues, while discussions on September 19th will focus on topics related to area cultural heritage. Events include a farmer's market selling fresh produce and displays promoting local conservation efforts. Several breaks with complimentary light snacks and a buffet lunch (for $5 per person) will be avail- able on both days. For more information on Chiricahua-Peloncillo Heritage Days, contact Kim Vacariu at (520) 558-0165 or kim @ 2010 County Fair in the history books The 2010 Hidalgo County Fair, themed "Celebrating our Youth" went off without a hitch last weekend in Lordsburg. The three-clay event featured lots of family fun, including a carnival, various rodeos, the livestock show, exhibit build- ing, Buyer's Luncheon, numerous booths and the annual parade. Above, Megan Whipple and her Lil' Mavs participate in the parade Friday night. At right, children enjoy making edible art at the Jump Into Fall booth. For more photos from the fair, see Page 6 of this week's edition. Photo at right by ELIZABETH RICHINS/ ' Hidalgo County Herald State encourages New Mexicans to protect themselves against mosquitoes, West Nile Virus Submitted by NM DEPT. of HEALTH/ Santa Fe The New Mexico Department of Health ann,ounced this week that a 67- year-old w(oman from San Juan County has been diiagnosed with West Nile Vi- rus infection. The woman is hospital- ized with meurological symptoms, the more severe clinical form of West Nile Virus. This is the first human case of laboratory-confirmed West Nile Virus Elroy the Elk promotes drug awareness Elroy the Elk, sponsored by the Lordsburg Elks Lodge #1813, visited with students at South qide Elementary School last Friday afternoon. Elroy, along with visiting Elks members, distributed drug awareness colorin!g books to the students and donated several boxes of school supplies to the district. Elroy is pictured above with several of the students and Cecilia Gomez, director of the Lordsburg-Hidalgo Chamber of Commerce and local Elks lodge member. infection in New Mexico so far this year. A 47-year-old woman from Dofia Ana County also had a positive West Nile Virus test when she donated blood. Later she developed mild symptoms and has recovered. Symptoms are fe- ver, nausea, headache and muscle aches. In rare cases, West Nile Virus can cause meningitis or encephalitis. If you 'have these symptoms, you should see your health care provider. "It's important to remember that older adults are more susceptible to de- veloping serious complications from West Nile Virus, and they need to be especially careful to avoid mosquito bites," said the Department of Health's State Epidemiologist C. Mack Sewell. Paul Ettestad, the Department's public health veterinarian, said people should protect themselves by using a repellent when they are outdoors, es- pecially during the evening and early morning when mosquitoes are most active. "Because of the larg6 amounts of rainfall New Mexico received in late July and early August, mosquito popu- lations are increasing and we should expect West Nile Virus activity throughout the state," Ettestad said. New Mexico typically sees most of its West Nile cases in August and September. There were eight human cases of West Nile each year in 2009 and 2008. To protect yourself from West Nile: Use insect repellent on ex- posed skin and clothing when you go outdoors. Take extra care to use repel- lent and protective clothing, or avoid outdoor activities during dusk to dawn, peak biting times for mosquitoes. Empty or eliminate water- holding contaiaers where mosquitoes lay their eggs, such as old tires, and regularly change the water in birdbaths, wading pools and pet water bowls. Make sure rain barrels are tightly screened. Have screens on your win- dows and doors or keep them closed. Vaccinate your horses. For more information about West Nile Virus, including fact sheets in En- glish and Spanish, go to the Department's website at westnile.shtml. City receives $39,000 Border Protection Grant The City of Lordsburg has been no- tiffed that it will receive a $39,000 Bor- der Protection Grant that will allow for the employment of a full time police of- ricer with the Lordsburg Police Depart- ment. The City had budgeted for $46,000 Border Protection Grant funding, but was notified in mid August that they did not receive the funding. Mayor Frank Rodriguez vowed to the City Council at their last regular meeting to continue striving to obtain the funding, which he said he'd been given a verbal confirma- tion of prior to the release of the win- ners. Rodriguez was notified this week that the $39,000 in funding had come through after all. "Although it's a little less than we anticipated, '' Rodriguez said, "it is still a great help. This is an important posi- tion, one that is important to the citizens of Lordsburg." UPCOMING EVENTS Elementary Open House Open House for Southside Elemen- tary School will be held Thursday, Sep- tember 2 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Open House will be held at Central El- ementary School on the same date from 6:30 pm. to 7:30 p.m. SBA test results will be given out to parents. Parents are invited to learn about SBA testing, meet your child's teacher and have some ice cream. Diabetes pain mgmt Marlene Baska, PA-C, will be doing a presentation on Pain Management for the Diabetes Support Group on Wednes- day, September 29, 2010 @10:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m. @ HMS Conference Room, 530 E. DeMoss Street, here in Lordsburg. You do not need to be Diabetic to attend this presentation, so corfie join us for this informative session. For more informa- tion, please call Gloria Vargas @ (575)542-3047. Catechism registration The St. Joseph's Catholic Church Catechism Classes registration for lev- els 7-11 will be held every Saturday in September after the 6:00 p.m. mass and Sunday after the 11 a.m. mass. Hamburger Fry A Maverick Football Hamburger Fry will be held on Friday, September 3, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. just before kick off of the season opener. 70's Reunion dinner Since ,we'll be having dinner at the E1 Charro ffor our reunion on Saturday, they need ..a head count for plate selec- tions and tlhe Committee decided on the following: I1-A; #14-Green or Red; Ham- burger Stealk; Roast Beef. So please make your decision and contact (Glori Vargas) at the number, oh your reunion invites ::.,!, '" asap. :-:. St. Josephls Bazaar St. Joseph's annual church Bazaar, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, will be held at North Park on September 18-19. Lots of family food, fun, games and entertainment. For information call 575-542-9268. MenudoSale A benefit Menudo sale will be held on September 5 starting at 8 AM at 312 E. 8  Street. Cost depends on container size, and you must bring your own pot or bowl. Proceeds to benefit Valerie Mendoza and Emily Aquino's trip to the 2011 Capital One Bowl pre-game per- formance. 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. Continued on Page 2