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6 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2014 Heavy rainfall falls in Lordsburg area Heavy rainfall fell across the nation Monday, including the Lordsburg area. Above, flash flooding was experienced in the Pyramid Shadows Subdivision. For flash flood/monsoon safety tips, visit Photo courtesy LARRY MARTINEZILordsburg Veterans admitted free to the New Mexico State Fair on September 17 Submitted by NEW MEXICO DE- PARTMENT OF VETERANS' SERViCES/Albuquerque Military veterans, Guard/ Reserve and active-duty mem- bers will be admitted free to the 2014 New Mexico State Fair on September 17 for Military & Vet- erans Appreciation Day at the New Mexico State Fair The annual tribute to New Mexico's military community is presented by the New Mexico Department of Veterans' Services, the New Mexico Department of Military Affairs, and the New Mexico State Fair to honor the service of the men and women who have served our country. Veterans must present a valid veterans-designation driver's li- cense, VA Health ID Card or a copy of their DD-214 Separation Papers at the gate in order to gain the free admission. Active-duty personnel must show a valid DoD ID card. Non-veteran spouses or family members are not eligible for the free admission, and all normal parking fees still apply. In addition to the numerous rides and attractions at the state fair, there will be dozens of booths, exhibits and information Underage drinking targeted by Hidalgo County Wolf Pack Courtesy submission Recently, in the month of August, Hidalgo County had one youth DWI and 2 underage drinking incidents involving citations and ar- rests. In May 2014, after graduation Lordsburg had 4 underage drink- ing ..incidents which resulted in citations. ....... The Wolf Pack continues to ',prowl" at night after sporting events andother'c0mmunity events trying to spot underage drinking and social hosting. The Wolf Pack is a coalition of individuals, behavior health providers, school officials and youth who are constantly on the lookout for suspicious activity around underage drinking in Hidalgo County. We have expanded this year's media campaign to include social media such as Facebook. We hope that by including messages on Facebook for Hidalgo County youth and young adults we may be able to increase awareness and perception of risk for underage drink- ers and adults who contribute to minors. Our next Wolf Pack meeting is Thursday the 27 ta at 1:00 at the BYA at 402 DeMoss St. in Lordsburg. Everyone is welcome to attend. Come to our meeting and find out how you can contribute to a safer Hidalgo County! To contact Wolf Pack, call 575.590.1432. tables along "Main Street" staffed by member of the military, veter- ans' organizations and other com- munity service groups. Fairground gates open at 10am. The theme of this year's event is Honoring Our Military Families. The 44 tn Army Band will perform a free concert/pre- ceremony prelude at 10:30am at the Main Stage. Following the concert, New Mexico Department of Veterans' Services Secretary Timothy Hale and New Mexico National Guard Adjutant General Andrew Salas are scheduled to lead an llam ceremony on the Main State to honor and thank the sacrifice and support of mili- tary spouses and families. Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry is also scheduled to also officially proclaim the city as a "Purple Heart City"--in honor of veterans who have been awarded our nation's Purple Heart military award for being injured or killed in combat. The ceremony will conclude with the reading by members of the American Gold Star Mothers/ New Mexico Chapter of the names of the 84 New Mexicans killed in military action since the Global War on Terror commenced shortly after the September ll, 2001 Terrorist Attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Shanksville, PA. For more information, con- tact Josetta Rodriguez at (505) 827-6356 or Josetta.rodriguez @ Dispatch New Mexico- Election-year issues that will and won't matter By TOM MCDONALD In the wake of the Labor Day weekend comes the campaign for Election 2014, in earnest. All the noise you've heard so far was just the warm-up. Now comes the hyperbole, followed by a big dose of overkill. Still, it's an im- portant election. On every New Mexico ballot this November, there will be boxes to check for governor and lieutenant gover- nor, attorney general, secretary of state, trea- surer, auditor, land Tom McDonald commissioner, U.S. senator and representative and five state con- stitutional amendments. Then, depending on where you live in the state, your ballot will be filled out with races for commissioner, legislator, judge and more, including some impor- tant local issues to decide. So far, the governor's race tops the statewide ballot, figura- tively speaking, but instead of dedicating this week's space to the candidates, allow me to touch upon a handful of the issues dur- ing this election year and what, in my opinion, will or won't mat- ter on Nov. 4. Legalizing marijuana is a big issue these days, but it won't be decided in New Mexico's elec- tion this year. The issue didn't make it on the ballot, and Gov. Susan Martinez and challenger Gary King are both opposed to it. The way things are develop- ing, however, with efforts in Bernalillo and Santa Fe counties to decriminalize small amounts of pot and get it on their ballots, it could affect turnout in two of the most populated counties. Younger voters, who don't ex- actly turn out in droves for elec- tions, are typically pro-legaliza- tion and will likely show up in stronger numbers for any kind of vote on this issue -- to the ben- efit of the Democratic candidates also on those ballots. , The pro-pot crowd would have turned out statewide if state Sen., Gerald Ortiz-y Pino's pro- posed amendme/a,t tg,legalize marijuana had passed in the leg- islative session earlier this year. That would have been the most straightforward way of vote, up or down, on pot's legalization, but Ortiz y Pino's measure couldn't even make it Out of com- mittee. Another legislative-turning- moot issue is the minimum wage. Sen. Richard Martinez had pro- posed a state wage tied to infla- tion, but he couldn't get it out of the House and onto November's ballot. While current and upcom- ing rhetoric might suggest other- wise, a statewide hike in the mini- mum wage simply won't happen this year. Two issues that do matter for this election, I think, are energy production and environmental protection. In areas like the oil patch of eastern New Mexico, it's drill- baby-drill, and folks there resent Nortefios who condemn drilling (especially hydraulic fracturing) while cash- ing in on the tax rev- enues it creates. What's more, I think there's a fair number of Democrats in the northern reaches of the state who actually like Susana and might just vote for her, but her party's environmental apathy get in their way. I'm not sure how the Tesla Motors loss will effect the governor's race, but if it's still being bantered about in a month, I'll bet it's as an example of how Martinez, pro-business Republi- can that she is, just isn't deliver- ing the economic growth we'd all like to see. Of course, the odds were always against New Mexico in winning Tesla's gigafactory, but since she's governor, Martinez gets the blame. The King campaign will make sure of that. Another uncertainty is the behavioral health issue, in which the Martinez administration, af- ter alleging overbilling and fraud, froze out 15 New Mexico provid- ers and replaced them with five Arizona firms. It seems that King is holding the cards on this issue. As attor- ney general, he has a responsibil- ity to investigate the allegations, which means he decides on when to announce his findings. If he has evidence that discredits the Martinez administration's allega- tion, and he gets it out soon, I think he could sway the election. But if his findings back up the governor's claims, it won't do him a bit of good. I don't think the governor's "balanced budget" pitch matters, because it's just smoke and mir- rors and I would hope voters see that. The governor and the legis- lature are constitutionally re- quired to pass balanced state budgets, so Martinez's boast is just an old political strategy of claiming credit for accomplish- ing what you have to do anyway. As for her school reforms, I think it's an issue that matters for Democratic turnout. A lot of edu- cators disdain the Martinez administration's initiatives, but how hard they'll work to turn out for King this year remains to be seen. Meanwhile, back east in Washington D.C., I expect dor- mancy over the next couple of months. Sure, there will be plenty of noise -- for and against every- thing the other party is against and for -- but nothing substan- tive will get done. It'll all be for show between now and the gen- eral election. Maybe that's a good thing. We don't want 'em sneaking something by us while we're pay- ing attention to our state elec- tions instead. Tom McDonald is editor of the New Mexico Community News Exchange and owner-manager of Gazette Media Services. He may be reached at tmcdonald@ gazettemediaservices, com Getting to know the Real Me By DR. HOSEZELL BLASH/ Animas Many people will not admit exactly who they are. Some go AKA and incognito. To me, they are cheating the public and others. As for me, what you see is what Y g t,- The award winning poem, "The Real Me" reveals exactly who I am. The Real Me I have known trials and tribulations. I have befriended agony and pain. I have owned discon- tentment as my brother When no one else I could hold to blame. I have known the Healthcare Services Group, Inc. founded in 1977 is the nation's largest provider of support services to the healthcare industry. IIIIII IIII We are seeking candidates for full ime positions in housekeep'ng, laundry, and janitors to perform a variety of cleaning duties, linen services, and a variety of floor work to ensure tne physical environment of our nursing homes and hospitals meet established standards for cleanliness, sanitation, infection control, and safety. If this is the career opportunity you have been looking for please apply in person at: Sunshine Haven, 6o3 Hadeco Dr. in Lordsburg. Please ask for Jesus Lira. beauty of true romance. I have walked the streets with kings and queens. I have called my life into question Because life is not what it always seems. I have Fgbtgd-  fTte  charming city of Paris. I have rambled the streets of Amsterdam. I have learned my true lessons of life. That's the gospel ac- cording to Billy Gra- ham. I have brothered short- comings and sorrows. I have slept with grief and pain. I have often bottled up my troubles. Many times I was not to blame. I have lived in a world of fantasy. I have chosen the person I'd like to be. But when it comes to the true facts of life, There's no one in the world just like the "real ol me". Dr. Hosezell Blash can be reached by email at hosezellblashl @aol. com MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD] REGISTER Ihe' last da, to register to Vote in the November 4, General Election is OCTOBER 7 Visit the Hidalgo County Clerk's Office for details