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VOLUME 10 ISSUE 37 FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 10, 2010 5O ˘ Hidalgo County. 4 I1,1,,I,,I,,,,11,,11,,11,,,,11,1 SmallTown Papers 5026 California Avenue SW Seattle WA 98136 Lordsburg, other cities, working to fight PNM rate increase Lordsburg Mayor Frank spends between $15.000-$26.000 per Rodriguez has joined forces with the month on electricity at all• municipal mayors of Silver City, Ruidoso and buildings, incl.uding City Hall. Special Alamogordo to fight a looming 21.32 Events Center. water facilities• mu- percent PNM rate increase, scum and airport• depending on the According to .Mayor Rodriguez. month. the group has met several times and The PNM hike could mean aft ap- his settled on a strongly worded letter proximate $3.198-$5.543 increase per to the NM Public Regulation Commis- month for the City, or $38.376- $66.518 per year. slon calling for an equitable decision "'We definitely can't stop PNM and a transparent process• from increasing rates." Rodriguez said According to Rodriguez, such a "We just want them to realize this is drastic increase will not only put a dent very drastic and that they need to con- m local citizens' monthly budgets, but sider a lower increase." will also be a major hit to an already PNM is slated to make their final suffering city budget, announcement on their rate increase On average, the City of Lordsburg proposal in January• Cou ty Clerk encourages voter registration, voting starts Oct. 5 With the General Election just the Hidalgo County Clerk's Office at around the corner, November 2, 2010, 575-542-9213 or email Hidalgo County Clerk Carmen Acosta hidclerk@aznex.net. is urging county residents to register to In person voting will kick off on vote. October 5 as well. Registered voters can Hidalgo County voters will be vote at the Hidalgo County Clerks Of- electing two County Commissioners, a rice. County Sheriff. a County Assessor, a Pro- Those citizens who are registered to bate Judge and a Magistrate Judge at vote are encouraged to make sure their the local level• Statewide, voters will be voter information is correct. Only the selecting the Governor, Lieutenant Gov- registered voter can make changes to ernor. US Representatives, Secretary of their name or addresses• State. State Auditor• State Treasurer. At- Contrary to many beliefs, jury se- torney General. Commissioner of Pub- lection is not based on voter.registration lic Lands, Judge of the Court of Appeals. alone, which deters many people from State Representatife, PRC Commis- registering according to Acosta. Jury se- sioner and Public Education Commis- lection is handled at the state level and sionet. There will also be Constitutional is based on drivers licenses issued, in- Amendments 1-5 and the General Obli- come taxes filed and voter registration gation Bonds on the ballot• records. The last day to register to vote in All registered voters must identify the General Election is October 5, 2010. themselves when visiting the polls• If you If you are not registered, you can do so . are registered voter and do not have your by visiting the County Clerk' Office at voter 113 card. visit the-Hidalgo County 300 Shakespeare Street, file Income Clerk's office to gel a new one. Support Office. Motor Vehicle Depart- You can visit the Secretary of States ment. Health Department or the website at www.sos.state.nm.us to view Lordsburg-Hidalgo Public Library. your voter information and print a voter Absentee voting will begin on Oc- registration form and an absentee appli- tober 5 and citizens who wish to vote cation if necessary. For more information this way can obtain ballots by calling contact Acosta's office at 575-542-9213. Labor Day run held in Lordsburg The 4 th Annual Snakes Run was held at Shakespeare Cemetery over the week- end in Lordsburg. Above, Oscar Martinez kicks off the event carrying an Ameri- can flag with a photo of Jacob Lopez, for whom the event honors, on the flagpole. For more photos and results, see Page 6 of this week's edition. Ribbon cutting ceremony held at Maverick Stadium The new Maverick Stadium was inau- gurated this past Friday night with members of all grades in the Lordsburg Municipal Schools and members of the community on hand for an official rib- bon cutting ceremony. The Mavericks christened the field with an exciting victory over the Hatch Bears, 35-15. At right, Maverick senior Caesar Alvarez avoids Hatch Bear defenders in Friday night's victory. Alvarez rushed for 166 yards with two touch- downs. See page 5 for the complete story. Photos by LORENZO ALBA & SELINA MUNOZ Community Workshopto be held in Lordsburg byHealth 00tion New Mexico Submitted by HMSILordsburg On September 28. 2010 in Lordsburg Health Action New Mexico (HANM) will present a program titled. "National Health Care Reform and its Benefits for New Mexicans" at Hidalgo Medical Services (HMS) 530 E DeMoss St HMS conference room from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM . This is one of 25 programs HANM plans throughout New Mexico that are presented to the community as well as in-service programs for professionals. Along with HANM, AARP- New Mexico, Con Alma Health Foundation, New Mexico Conference of Churches. League of Women Voters of New Mexico. Health Care For All Coalition, National Asso- ciation of Social Workers - New Mexico and New Mexico Raising Women's Voices for Health Care are co-sponsors of the programs throughout the state. Local sponsors for this event are Hidalgo Medical Service (HMS) and-the Hidalgo County Health Council. On March 23% President Obama signed the Patient Protection'and Afford- able Care Act (HR 3590) and one week later signed the Health Care and Educa- tion Affordability Reconciliation Act (HR 4872). Taken together they put the United States on the path towards qual- ity affordable health care for all..This is considered to be most important piece of social legislation since Medicare was passed in 1965. With the second highest rate of un- insured in the country and one the country's largest rural areas, New Mexico stands to benefit disproportionately from this historic piece of legislation. This leg- islation' will: • immediately assist small businesses with a tax credit, so that they can afford health insurance for their employees; provide assistance in medical workforce development, with emphasis on rural areas: • provide more funding for Commu- nity'Health Centers and School Based Health Centers; • improve health services to Ameri- can Indians; • expand Medicaid to over 120,000 more New Mexicans. with the federal government assuming 100% of the cost .through 2015; • close the doughnut hole for people with Medicare drug coverage; • provide financial assistance for people to buy insurance; • increase quality and efficiency: and • many more' benefits and programs that will develop over the coming five years. It is estimated that all of these im- provements together will result m cov- ering 315.000 of the 434.000 uninsured in New Mexico. In addition; the nonpar- tisan Congressional Budget Office projects that it will reduce the federal budget deficit by 138 billion dollars through 2019 and an addition 1.2 tril- lion dollars over the following 10 years. An important ingredient in ensur- ernment is moving to take maximum advantage of this historic legislation. The 2010 Legislature had the foresight to pass Senate Joint Memorial 1 that cre- ated the Working Group on Federal Health Care Reform: In addition. , the Governor appointed the New Mexico Health Care Reform Leadership Team, being chaired by the Secretary of Hu- man Services. Katie Falls. The New Mexico Congressional delegation has pledged to work with both groups to pro- vide them with information and to ad- vocate for New Mexico where necessary. Health Action New Mexico is a health consumer advocacy agency that works in strong partnership with other entities and the public to provide vigi- lant monitoring of implementation of the new legislation so that health consumer interests and a better health care system for all underlies the reforms that are put into place over the next several years. Gov. Richardson ing that New Mexico obtains maximum benefit from this legislation is proclaims Sept. 8 as providing New Mexicans with factual Literacy Day irn NM information so they understand the new health care law will benefit them and the timeline of when changes go into effect over the next five years. National polls have found that less than 50% of Ameri- cans say they understand the new health care law and the changes it will bring. This is the reason that Health Action New Mexico, working with our statewide and local co-sponsors, has launched this statewide campaign of informational commun'ity forums that will last through the fall. The forums include take away information and an hour of time for ques- tions and answers from the participants. The amount of benefit for New Mexico will also depend, in large part. on how quickly and effectively action is taken by the government of New Mexico. There are good signs that the state gov- Submitted by SHERRI ARREDONDO/ HIDALGO COUNTY LITERACY PRO- GRAM The following Proclamation was signed by Governor Bill Richardson last week, in celebration of literacy state- wide: WHEREAS, a literate population is vital to the social and economic well- being of the State of New Mexico and its citi- zens; and WHEREAS, the New Mexico State Legislature promotes literacy through its support of the Adult and Family Lit- eracy Initiative of the New Mexico Coa- lition for See LITERACY on Page 2 UPCOMING EVENTS Anniversary celebration A 20  Anniversary Celebration will be held at Scripture Baptist Church, 319 E. 5 th Street in Lordsburg, on Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. Rev. Dennis Sterkel from Victory Baptist Church in Willcox, AZ, will be speak- ing. Refreshments will be served follow- ing the service. 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 b4 Diabetic to attend this presentation, so come 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-tl will be held every Saturday in September after the 6:00 p.m. mass and Sunday after the 11 a.m. mass. St. Joseph's Bazaar St. Joseph's annual church Bazaar, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, will be held at North Park on September 18-19. Lofs of family food, fun, games and entertainment. For information call 575-542-9268. Line Dancing The Active and Alive Crooked Ha- los Line Daficing 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• 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. Step Aerobics The Active and Alive Step Aerobics clfiss is held at 6 PM at Central Elemen- tary School on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information call 575-537-0248 ext. 227. 1980 class reunion A 30-year Class Reunion for LHS class of 1980 is scheduled for Saturday, October 9,. 2010. If interested in attend- ing, or for more information, contact Pablo Sanchez, Jr. at posanchezjr@yahoo.com, (520) 260- 9883, Patsy Arambula at stinkypnut07@live.com or Susan De La Riva at jaxonsgrandma@hotmail.com. Continued on Page3