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VOLUME 10 ISSUE 38 FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 17, 2010 5O i Hidalgo County II,l,,I,,h,,'ll"ll"ll'"'ll'l SmallToxvn Papers 5026 California Avenue SW Seattle WA 98136 Hidalgo County Commission to consider road abandonment request after further research The Hidalgo County Commission will consider the abandonment of an 8- mile stretch road in the southern reaches of Hidalgo County. Seth Hadley, of the Diamond A Ranch, approached Commissioners at their regular September meeting asking the County to cease maintenance on C- 001 from Foster Draw Road to Cloverdale. He pointed out that this road is an alternative route and the County is now maintaining two roads to the same location. He went on to add that many cattle and antelope are hit on this road Public Forum to be held on September 27 The Hidalgo County Herald will be hosting a public forum for local candi- dates in the upcoming General Election on Monday, September 27, 2010. The forum, which will feature a moderator, pre-written questions, and questions submitted by the audience, will be held at the Lordsburg Elks Lodge at 6:00 p.m. For more information contact the Hidalgo County Herald at 575-542-8705 or email and county abandonment would not re- strict Border Patrol access to the area. Commissioner Joey Mora, who said he has visited the site, said the closure will not restrict access to any public lands. County Road Superintendent Clarence Rudiger reminded Commis- sioners that grknting this request may open the door to other requests to aban- don roads countywide, which would ul- timately result in lost income for the county. The Commission agreed to appoint a viewer's panel from the area to look at the road and report back to the Commis- sion at their next regular meeting. Jail Administrator Richard Gomez was on hand at last week's meeting to discuss various jail items. Gomez told Commissioners that the jail averages 16 inmates at any given time and he would like to do some minor improvements in the facility while waiting for the new jail to be built, such as painting. Furthermore, Gomez requested a jail inspection from the Commission to get an outside per- spective on his facility. The Commission will do their annual inspection of the jail prior to their October meeting at 3:00 p.m. Gomez also said he is researching the option of having inmates do work detail outside the facility, but it is not financially feasible at this time. Deten- tion officers are now receiving video training and he is working on an in-depth Rep. Teague unveils new bill to promote NM Agriculture Courtesy submission Recently, Congressman Harry Teague attended the Hatch Chile Pa- rade and Festival and visited the Ogaz Chile Farm to meet with local farmers and producers to discuss his newest piece.of agriculture legislation, the Specialty Crop Enhancement Act. The Act will increase the funding available for the USDA's Spec ate local jobs," Harry Teague said. "By bolstering the Specialty Crop grant pro- gram, we give our local farmers and agri- culture producers the boost they need to grow and succeed in the market." The bill intrcduced by Teague is an amendment to the Specialty Crops Competiveness Act of 2004 that would double the amount of funds of the grant program in eff, the competitiveness., crops. Some of the i addressed as a result of the legislation include improving efficiency and re- ducing costs of distribution systems, investing in specialty crop research, and fostering organic and sustainable production practices. "Not only are New Mexican spe- cialtycrops a part of our vibrant culture, they are also crucial to the growth and success of the local economy. Increased markets for chile and other specialty crops will benefit local farmers and cre- to "promote the agriculture sector in New Mexico through initiatives like New Mexico State University's efforts to provide consumers with information about safe packaging and the time- frame needed to freeze roasted long green chile. Another program funded a fulltime New Mexico Department of Agrictdture employee to enhance the competitiveness of all specialty crolSs at distributor, national and international trade shows. staffing analysis to present to Commis- sioners in the near future. Gomez in- formed Commissioners of the recent va- cancy of the part-time Detention Admin- istration Clerk, previously held by Marianne Stewart. Gomez asked for per- mission to advertise the position, but in a full-ti}ne capacity. Once the new jail facility is up and running, Gomez said, the position will have to be full-time anyway. In addition, it will be easier to fill now as a full-time position. The Com- mission agreed. In other business, the Commission held public hearings on two liquor li- cense requests, both of which were granted without opposition. The first request came from the James Villa of the Rodeo Country Store, who plans to serve beer and wine in his restau- rant. The second request came from Leonard W. Besinger Jr., who is a winemaker under, the Bellanzi Winery label. The license was approved for his vineyard located 15 miles south of Hachita. The Commission approved an amendment to the Caballos de las Estrellas Subdivision, located in Ro- deo. Owner Zhenna Bouray asked the Commission to allow her to break a 40-acre commercial lot down into four 10-acre commercial lots to make them easier to market. Commissioners agreed to pay up to $750 for a 6-foot by 40-foot banner that will be place across the top of an existing County billboard. The banner Harry Teague examines this year's chile crop during a visit to the Ogaz Chile Farm in Hatch. will promote Discover Hidalgo County, an even slated for October 16, 2010 that will celebrate the founding of L0rdsburg. The Hidalgo County Commission will begin meeting once again in the" ])istrict Courtroom in the Hidalgo County Courthouse beginning with their next meeting. Maverick Royalty Kayla Newell and Alan Landeros were crowned as 2010 Lordsburg High School Homecoming Queen- and King at last Friday's Maverick game against Cobre, where the Mavericks pulled off a win, 19-6. For more homecoming photos, see Page 3 of this week's edition. Herald Staff Photo Community Casework Resource Fair to be held in kordsburg on Monday, September 20 ssion ue announced he will Community Casework _.cross the 2rid Congres- sional District throughout the month of September. This series, with an event in Lordsburg on Monday, September 20th, will give residents across southern New Mexico the opportunity to meet directly with representatives from various federal and state agencies and get more infor- mation on how Harry Teague's office can help with federal agency issues. In addi- tion, local organizations, community and non-profit groups will be on hand to provide more information on the re- sources available in local communities. "One of the most important things our office can do is help our constitu- ents resolve issues with federal agencies and connect people with the many re- sources available in their own commu- nities. Too often people don't know who to reach out to for help -- we want to change that," said Harry Teague. "These events will provide a forum to ask ques- tions, resolve outstanding issues, and discover new resources." While each Casework Resource Fair will be tailored to community'needs, events across the district will feature rep- resentatives from the Social Security Administration, Medicaid, New Mexico's Department of Veteran Services (NMDVS), the Small Business Administration's Office of Small Busi- ness Development Centers (SBDC), the Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Depart- ment of Veterans Affairs. Representatives of each group will be on hand to provide one-on-one consultations with members of the community. Harry Teague has hosted an unprec- edented number of public, constituent- focused events across southern New Mexico, holding over 1 l0 public forums, and hosting Job Resources Fairs and Small Business Resource Workshops across the district. The new Community Casework Resource series is designed to build on the success of these previous events and connect communities with previously untapped resources. These events are free and open to the public. Residents with questions are encouraged to contact Harry Teague's office at 1-888-9-TEAGUE (832483). MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH: WHAT: Harry Teague's Community "Casework Resource Fair - Lordsburg WHERE: Eva Mitchell Senior Cen- ter, 317 E 4'" St., Lordsburg WHEN: Monday, September 20th, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM CONFIRMED AGENCIES: Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Ser- vices, Income Support Division Medicare/Medicaid warns: Get a flu shot, not the flu By BOB MOOS/Southwest public affairs officer for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services The flu'can be both serious and un- predictable. So, as this year's flu season arrives, the best way to protect yourself and those around you is to get vacci- nated. For the first time, nearly all Ameri- cans are being urged to get-a flu shot. Some groups are especially vulner- able to complications from influenza, in- cluding people 50 and older, pregnant women, young children, and people with chronic disorders of the lungs or heart. But even healthy adults are at risk of catching the flu virus and spreading it. That's why health authorities have begun recommending inoculations for almost everyone. The only people not included in the vaccination recommendation are babies younger than six months and individu- als with certain medical conditions or severe allergies to eggs. You'll need just orie shot this flu season. Last year, people required a sepa- rate shot to ward off the H1N1 virus. This year's shot protects against HIN1 and two other flu strains. Children younger than 9 who tiaven't been vaccinated for the flu be- fore, however, will need two doses, at least a month apart, to jump-start their immune systems. Despite last year's HIN1 pandemic, .some people still think they don't need an inoculation for influenza, telling themselves, "It's not worth my time. It's just the flu." By now, they should realize there's no such thing as "just the flu." The flu is a respiratory infection that spreads easily, usually.when someone coughs or sneezes. Symptoms -- chills, fever, muscle aches and sore throat - crop up in two to four days. Ten to 20 percent of Americans come down with the flu each year. More than 200,000 are hospitalized because of complications, and tens of thousands may die. Depending on the severity of the season, annual deaths from flu-related causes can range from 3,000 to 49,000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some people also resist immuniza- See FLU SHOT on Iage 2 UPCOM NG EVENTS Hamburger Fry A hamburger fry, which includes chips and drink for $5, will be held on September 17, 2010 from 4 to ?? at 312 E. 8'" Street. Proceeds to benefit Emily Aquino and Valerie Mendoza's Capital One Bowl cheerleading trip. Bake Sale A Bake Sale will be held on Satur- day, September 18, 2010 from 10 AM to 2 PM at Saucedo's Supermarket. Proceeds will benefit the Lordsburg High School Maverick Football team. Ticket Sales Tickets for the upcoming Baby Bash and Gregg Rolie concerts in Saffod, AZ on October 1-2, will be for sale in the Saucedo's Supermarket parking lot on Saturday, September 18, 2010 and on Saturday, September 25, 2010. Healthy Start meeting Healthy Start will have its monthly meeting on Wednesday, September 21, 2010 from !2:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Hidalgo Complex Conference Room. This month's topic will be '"Nutrition", presented by Lori Rodriguez from l'Can. These meetings are open to the public and are free of charge, also you receive a 1 1/2 credit for those of you that partici- pate in the food program. For more in- formation please contact Olga Neave at 575-542-8722 at the Healthy Start Of- rice. 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. Lots of family food, fun, games and entertainment. For information call 575-542-9268. White Elephant Bingo The 2 nd annual White Elephant Bingo will be held on October 2, 1010 at the Chano Talavera Farm in Glen Acres from 2-5 p.m. Commodity distribution TEFAP Commodities for persons 18 and above will e distributed on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at Spe- cial Events Center 502 West 2 a Street at approximately 1:30 p.m. Please do not arrive before then. Anniversary celebration A 20 t" Anniversary Celebration will be held at Scripture Baptist Church, 319 E. 5" 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.