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I VOLUME 14 ISSUE 37 FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 12, 2014 75 Hidalgo County ,/ GET A FREE PIN WITH AMMO PURCHASE See our ad inside for J more info. Pictured above in the POW Camp Room at the Lordsburg-Hidalgo County Museum are Seattle actor/benefactor Herb Tsuchiya, Seattle videographer Kim Louis, Millie Yamada, of Albuquerque, UNM professor Nikki Louis, local historian Mollie Pressler and Albuquerque JACL Board Member Victor Yamada. Herald staffphoto Pressler discusses internment, POW camps with AALS Courtesy submission Mollie Pressler hosted a group of five Japanese-American history buffs who are affiliated with the Asian American Legacy Series (AALS) group and the Japanese- American Citizens League (JACL) t the Lordsburg-Hidalgo County Museum on Friday, September 5, 2014. The AALS has a purpose to educate the general public about the histories of Asian Americans in New Mexico and in America: Their first oral history venture is in the state of New Mexico. Mollie Pressler, of Lordsburg, is a nationally-recognized authority and has particular knowledge of the World War II Internment and Prisoner of War Camp in Lordsburg. She is a Lordsburg - Hidalgo County Museum member, a re- tired middle school teacher, an adjunct professor for WNMU and an accom- plished historian and writer. During several hours of oral and pic- torial presentation, Pressler shared many, many facts about the Lordsburg camp. That was followed by a question and answer period in which the visitors ea- gerly participated. After a long visit in the superb museum P.O.W. Camp room, the visitors were driven east to Ulmoris where the Japanese detainees were un- loaded from train cars before walking south the camp. After the visit to Ulmoris, the visi- tors were taken on a tour of what remains of the campsite. The camp hospital, Livestock producers urged to enroll in Disaster Assistance Program Submitted by USDAJLordsburg The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is encouraging producers who have suffered eligible disaster-related losses to act to secure assistance by Sept. 30, 2014, as congressionally mandated payment reductions will take place for producers who have not acted before that date. Livestock producers that have ex- perienced grazing losses since October NMSP to hold checkpoints, saturation patrols in Sept. State Police will be conducting So- briety Checkpoints, Saturation Patrols, and Registration, Insurance and Drivers' License Checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of September 2014. Our efforts continue to show a sig- nificant reduction in alcohol related fa- talities. This is attributed to the contin- ued media attention and intensive ad- vertising. These checkpoints are help- ing to change society's attitude about drinking and driving. People are choos- ing to not drink and drive. This is the biggest step in keeping impaired drivers from crashing into our friends and fami- lies. r.7.: I T,,  ofyour I , IF ticket of I $20o, mo00e [ | i 1 1 |1 | I ,o. ...o,, I L __ __ __s"-'"-33' j 2011 and may be eligible for benefits but have not yet contacted their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office should do so as soon as possible. The Budget Control Act passed by Congress in 2011 requires USDA to implement reductions of 7.3 percent to the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) in the new fiscal year, which be- gins Oct. 1, 2014. However, producers seeking LFP support who have sched- uled appointments with their local FSA office before Oct. 1, even if the appoint- ment occurs after Oct.1, will not see re- ductions in the amount of disaster relief they receive. USDA is encouraging producers to register, request an appointment or be- gin a Livestock Forage Disaster Program application with their county FSA office before Oct. 1, 2014, to lock in the cur- rent zero percent sequestration rate. As an additional aid to qualified producers applying for LFP, the Farm Service's Agency has developed an online regis- tration that enables farmers and ranchers to put their names on an electronic list before the deadline to avoid reductions in their disaster assistance. This is an al- ternative to visiting or contacting the county office. To place a name on the Livestock Forage Disaster Program list online, visit disaster-register. Producers who already contacted the county office and have an appoint- ment scheduled need do nothing more. "In just four months since disaster assistance enrollments began, we've pro- See DISASTER on Page 2 UPCOMING 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. Team Kids Team Kids youth group will be meet- ing every Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Lordsburg, cor- ner of yd and Animas Streets, beginning September 10, 2014. Team Kids is open to kids grads 1-6. which was converted to a home, still ex- ists, and many other specific points of interest were also shown to the visitors. Their findings and the videotaped interview will be presented at a confer- ence at the University of New Mexico on November, 22, 2014. $2 million grant announced for NM Department of Veterans' Services Pilot program Submitted by SEN. TOM UDALL'S OF- FiCE/Washington, DC Last week, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that the New Mexico Department of Veterans' Services has been selected to participate in a new pilot program to help better serve ru- ral veterans. The department will re- ceive $2 million in federal grants to increase access to health care and ben- efits for veterans and their families liv- ing in rural and underserved New Mexico communities. The N.M. Department of Veterans' Services was one of five entities se- lected nationally for the Rural Veter- ans Coordination Pilot (RVCP) by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), a competitive two-year grant program to help veterans and their families as they transition from mili- tary service to civilian life. "Our veterans have earned the best care we can provide, regardless of where they live. Yet too many veter- ans in rural New Mexico communities face long travel times, a lack of health care options, and medical staff short- ages," Udall said. "I talked with VA Secretary McDonald about these issues when we met during his confirmation process, and I'm pleased that New Mexico has been selected to participate in this program. I'm hopeful that the RVCP program will help rural veter- ans in New Mexico and across the country get better access to quality care." The awarded funding may be used to increase the coordination of health care and benefits for veterans, increase the availability of high quality medi- cal and mental health services, provide assistance to families of transitioning veterans, or provide outreach to veter- ans and their families. The Veterans Health Administration's Office of Ru- ral Health will oversee the pilot pro- gram, and the VA will use it to evalu- ate the effectiveness of non-VA enti- ties, such as community-based organi- zations and local and state government entities; to improve access to benefits and services for returning veterans and their families. Udall helped to pass the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010, which authorizes the RVCP, and he continues to work to address some of the biggest barriers to health care for veterans living in rural communities. In February, he intro- duced the bipartisan Rural Veterans Improvement Act with Senator Dean Heller (R-Nev.) in response to concerns he had heard from veterans across New Mexico. The bill would address some of the biggest barriers to health care for vet- erans in rural communities, including retention of doctors and nurses at ru- ral clinics, access to mental health care, transportation to doctors' appoint- ments, and improvements at the VA's community-based outpatient clinics. The Field Day Wildflower Walk in Cave Creek Canyon drew many plant enthusiasts. Photos courtesy Heritage Days Heritage Days events in Rodeo draw large crowds Courtesy submission Beginning with a high-interest key- note address on effects of climate change in the borderlands by University of Ari- zona climate researcher, Michael Crimmins, and followed by two days of expert presentations on culture and na- ture, field trips, workshops for kids and a Farmers Market and Crafts Fair, the 6th annual Heritage Days events drew hun- dreds of attendees to Rodeo last week- end. "This was the best-attended and most successful event we've had," said Heritage Days organizer Kim Vacariu, who estimates up to 300 people attended over the 3-day event. "It's very reward- ing to see so many people getting to- gether to further their understanding of how nature and culture must interact to make a healthy community." Thi year's event theme, "Building a complete community of people, wild- life, plants and living lands" was dem- onstrated through presentations ranging from the history of the San Simon River to updates on the Mexican wolf recov- ery project, to evaluating the health of your land and identifying native grasses. Attendees included high school stu- dents studying agriculture, history buffs, scientists, birders, ranchers, conserva- tionists, and others simply enjoying the community camaraderie. A day of expertly-led field excur- sions took groups into Cave Creek Can- yon on a wildflower identification tour and to Chiricahua National Monument for an interpretive look at the history of Faraway Ranch. Annual Heritage Days events are anticipated by many residents as one of the region's few traditional, large-scale public gatherings. The rural landscapes See HERITAGE DAYS on Page 2 Fall Free For All The Assembly of God Church will be giving away gently used clothes, shoes, and some misc household items on Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 10 AM to 2 Pm at 701 Animas Street. WWII veterans wanted This year, Discover is honoring all living WWII veterans from Hidalgo County. If you are, or know someone who is a WWII veteran living in Hidalgo County, please call 575-538-8446 as soon as possible. LHS parent meeting There will be a meeting for LHS par- ents on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in the high school cafetorium. This meeting has been scheduled to discuss the impact that the scores made on the SBA (State Based As- sessment) and EOC (End of Course Tests). It is important that all parents attend this meeting because these tests are crucial for graduation. Dutch Oven Cook-Off Into Dutch Oven cooking? Come to Discover Hidalgo on October 18 and show your stuff! We are hosting a Dutch Oven cook-off featuring main dishes. For more information, call 575-538-8446 or 575-590-1432. TEFAP Commodities TEFAP commodities, sponsored by HMS, for persons age 18 and above, will be distributed on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 from 10 AM to noon or while sup- plies last at the back of the old senior center, 317 E. 4th Street. Continued on Page 2