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VOLU M E 11 ISSUE 37 FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 16, 2011 75 Hidalgo County SmallTox n Papers 21 7 West Cota Street \\;) Shelton. WA 98584 Ihh,l,,I,,I,hh,l,,h,hll,,I i September 17 Zfl| $TflET In Iront o1 St. Joseph's Parish 10 AM to 6 PM Sponsored by the Lordsburg K, ighrs of Cohunbus D0H releases multistate Listeri0sis outbreak update Submitted by NM DEPT. of HEALTH/ Health and CDC advise persons at high Santa Fe Ongoing collaborative investiga- tions by local, state, and federal pub- lic health and regulatory agencies in- dicate the likely source of the outbreak is a type of cantaloupe, called Rocky Ford cantaloupes, which are grown in the Rocky Ford region of southeastern Colorado. These cantaloupes were har- vested in August and September, dis- tributed widely in the United States, and are currently available in grocery stores. All nine New Mexico cases re- called eating cantaloupe prior to ill- ness. The Food and Drug Administra- tion (FDA) is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Pre- vention (CDC), the firms involved, and public health authorities in states where illnesses have occurred to determine the exact source of contamination. While the FDA has identified a potential source of contamination of the canta- 10upe, there have been no recalls is- sued at this point. New Mexico Envi- ronmental Health Bureau !nspectors continue to collect cantaloupe samples from various grocery stores and dis- tributors across the state for laboratory analysis. The New Mexico Department of rik for listeriosis, including older adults, persons with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women, to not eat cantaloupes marketed as coming from the Rocky Ford region of Colo- rado. General Melon Safety Advice: Consumers and food preparers should wash their hands before and after handling any whole melon, such as cantaloupe, watermelon, or honey- dew. Wash the melons and dry them with a clean cloth or paper towel be- fore cutting. Cut melon should be promptly consumed or refrigerated at or less than 40 degrees F (32-34 degrees F is opti- mal for storage of cut melon). Cut melons left at room tem- perature for more than 4 hours should be discarded. More information about this out- break of Listeriosis and recommenda- tions to reduce the risk of getting List- eriosis from food can be found on CDC's webpage: http://www.cdc.gov/nczved/divi- sions/dfbmd/diseases/listerios'is/ 091211.html CAA provides free home weatherization to improve energy efficiency Submitted by LA VIDIMHMS Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico provides FREE home weatherization assistance to people throughout south.ern New Mexico-- from Carlsbad, NM to Lordsburg, NM. The upgrades are based on a careful au- dit of your home's energy efficiency. Both site-built and mobile homes are included in this program. The program is available for low income to moderate income households based on the income limits below: Household size Gross Income: 1 21,780 2 29,420 3 37,060 4 44,700 5 52,340 6 59,980 7 67,620 8 75,260 Homes that are approved for weatherization after the energy audit may receive the following upgrades based on the audit results: Carbon monoxide and smoke de- tectors Insulation of water heater Replacement of light bulbs with energy efficient light bulbs Weather stripping and caulking around doors and windows for a bet- ter seal Window repair and glass replace- 'ment Insulation and more! The Weatherization Assistance Pro- gram will be in Lordsburg on Septem- ber 23, 2011, from 8:00 - 11:00 a.m. to sign up people who are interested & qualify for this program. You can pick up an application with Gloria Vargas at: HMS FAMILY SUPPORT OF- FICE 530 E. DEMOSS STREET- LORDSBURG 575-542-3047 OR 575-542-8384 EXT: 407 OR CALL: The Weatherization Assistance Pro- gram, Community Action Agency of Southetn New Mexico at 1-800-657- 8967 or 575-523-1639. Ask for Alma. Group discusses FOBs More than 50 local citizens, including Hidalgo County Commissioners Darr Shannon and Ed Kerr, joined a four hour road trip to view and walk the two pro- posed Forward Operating Base (FOB) sites currently being considered by federal Homeland and Border security authorities. Citizens have signed a sec- ond petition which stated their own community preference for the Battal- ion Road site as a more practical FOB for border protection and monitoring activities in the Bootheel of New Mexico. At right is the FOB sight pre- ferred by the US Bbrder Patrol, despite flooding issues in the area. Photos courtesy LINDY KERR Citizens gather to discuss FOB location sites Friday that is. The people convoyed-military-style to two locations under study: Horsecamp Drive, 20 miles north of the border and to Battalion Road, near the old Cloverdale store, 7 miles from the U.S. - Mexico border. Tlaey wanted to take a personal look at the two sites and reason about the decision already being 'worked on' by Homeland Security and Border Patrol. This was like a 'field trip,' so to speak, to see the proposed operation sites and just how they stacked up with each other. To be sure, some people had al- ready made up their minds on some points - they knew the land, the issues, and the movement of trespassers. They understand the flood plains, where open fields turn into washes and where the 'range of field' would be critically needed for border detections and frankly, homeland security monitoring. In today's high-tech, cell-phone, multi-entertainment world it may be hard to gather much of any one if it doesn't involve team sports, the lure of a county fair or an event that offers a fun-type at- mosphere: Citizens need those get- together's too. But today's gathering had a purpose in mind, and some in the com- munity weren't about to miss the chance to have their say about Forward Operat- ing Base (FOB) site options. The people carpoo]ed. They spent hours on dusty, hardly-used dirt roads and made stops along the south-bound way. Some brought snacks and water for the field trip - most came prepared for a good old-fashioned hike in Bootheel country. This day was organized by neighbors who designed the tour to give folks a chance to see the two stes for themselves - Yes, to walk the ground and to form their opinion on just where a new Forwarding Operating Base (FOB) should be built. There was one Legislative Assistant along for the ride, Tim Keithley, district director of Congressman Pearces' office - who took notes and munched on cook- ies (along with the other carpoolers) and homemade burritos wrapied in alumi- num foil courtesy of the driver. There were some newspaper people - one who set aside most of the day from her desk in Las Cruces, another from Silver City. Ranchers came as well, a hardy trans- plant from Israel, as well as those fami- lies who have been here for more than four generations. You saw newcomers -- some Tea Party people - and folk from places like New Jersey and northern parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin. It was, for the most part, a low-key, no-frills tour with neighborly conversation you'd find on a long drive to anywhere. At the first stop, with clouds of dust that covered the convoy, all got out to take a gander at the Horsecamp site.. Yes, 20 miles back from the border, favored by authorities, some spectators and of course, the Diamond A Ranch who can't help but take a liking to 'a 20 year gov- ernment backed lease.' Folks noticed the friendly terrain too .... nice to camp on, but limited visibility. Then there were the unfortunate issues with flood-prone gulley washes and plains that held mois- ture, a site that would be at Worst, an an- noyance to trespassers. Making them safer perhaps? " According to official reviews of government-based reports, this operat- ing base was for keeping the supplies, as a base of monitoring operations, for sleeping and daily needs, -just right for getting in and out, around and about, to handle a 16 man force, for 24/7 shifts akin to a fire station. There wasn't much excitement for the site by visitors on the field trip - except as maybe a camp site, (when it's dry), not much of a view, nestled into the terrain and out of the way. The second site, on Battalion Road, near the old Cloverdale store, on a much broader plain with .good vistas and level grounds - one that would be more readily noticed by people or trespassers coming through the nearby vehicle barrier bor- der fence. It is here that the argument forl on-site deterrence comes into play, as this See FOB on Page 2 By DAWN NEWMANIFIodeo It was a good day Sept. 9th, as about 50 people gathered near the Old Baptist Church in Animas to reason for them- selves and have a say in community pro- tection decision-making. To visitors, it may have looked like a nice social gath- ering, maybe a memorial service or fam- ily reunion. You don't usually see many vehicles parked in the heart of town un- less something of interest is happening. But the folks weren't meeting up to mingle, instead, it was what Americans have always done when they don't think government officials are listening to them. When that happens, they get to- gether, talk about a situation, and try to figure out ways where they can actually have a voice. And what they wanted to- day was listeners..by the government, Cheering on the Mavericks The Lordsburg High School Cheerleading Squad, a portion of which is pictured above, will be out in force this Friday night as the Mavericks host the Zuni Thunderbirds.The Cheerleaders are under the direction of Bobble Stewart and have been working hard on new routines for the 2011 football and volleyball seasons. Friday's football game kick off time is 7:00 p.m. UPCOMING EVENTS Discover talent show Remember to pick up your entry forms at the Chamber of Commerce for the Disover Hidalgo talent show and/ or to nominate someone for the "Golden Oldie" award. The event will take place October 15, 2131.1. Both forms are due on Friday, September 16, at the Cham- ber of Commerce office. Call 575-538- 8446 for more information. Ice Cream Gathering The Hidalgo County Ministerial Alliance invites all churches to a Ice Cream Gathering Sunday September 25th at 7:00 pm at North Park. The alli- ance is asking the churches to bring homemade ice cream or store-bought ice cream for the event and the paper prod- ucts needed for the ice cream. Bring your lawn chairs and relax and enjoy the fel- lowship. Sr. Center gr0undbreaking A ground breaking ceremony for the new Ena Mitchell Senior Wellness Cen- ter will be held on Thursday, September 22, 2011 at noon at the HMS Complex. The public is invited to attend, but asked to RSVP to 575-542-9414. Lunch will be served. Fall Yard Sale The First Baptist Church of Lordsburg will hold a free yard sale in the back parking lot from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, September 17. 1981 LHS Class Reunion 1981 30-Year Class Reunion meeb ing to be held Thursday, September 15 at El Charro, 7:00 p.m. Reunion set for September 23-25, 2011. Graduates and former classmates are cordially invited. T-shirt orders are being taken, for further details please contact Rosa Dominguez at 575-313-9691 or rosadominguez@ hotmail.com. Exhibit pick up Anyone who did not pick up their exhibit and ribbon from the 2011 Hidalgo County Fair can do so at the Lordsburg-Hidalgo Public Library. Fall Free For All The Assembly of God will be giv- ing away gently used clothes, shoes, and some miscellaneous household items at 701 Animas Street from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m; on Saturday, October l, 2011. NMSP checkpoints The New Mexico State Police will be conducting checkpoints, speed en- forcement and restraint enforcement be - ginning September 1,201.1 through SepL tember 30, 2011 in Grant, Luna and Hidalgo Counties. Please remember to never drink and drive, always make sure everyone in the v.ehicle wears a seatbelt and. obey all traffic laws. Continued on Page3,