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VOLUME 14 ISSUE 38 SmallTown Papers 217 West Cota Street Shelton, WA 98584 II'h'l,,I,,I,l,l,,I,,I,,loll,,i Hidalgo County FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 19, 2014 75˘ GET A FREE PIN WITH AMMO PURCHASE See our ad inside for more info. Third graders receive free dictionaries The Lordsburg Elks Lodge #1813 distributed dictionaries to third grade students in Hidalgo County as part of the organization's annual Dictionary Project. Since 2004, Elks across the country have given dictionaries to third graders and their teachers in an effort to promote literacy as they transition from learning how to read to identify and use information, While in the classroom, Elks representatives helped the children learn to use the new dictionaries and shared information on the organization's drug awareness and youth activities programs. Above, students at R.V.Traylor Elementary School race to look up words. For more photos, see Page 4 of this week's edition. Herald staff photo New Mexicans encouraged to be prepared for flooding conditions due t Submitted by NM DEPT of HOMELAND SECURITY & EMERGENCY MANAGE- MENT/Santa Fe The New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is encouraging New Mexi- Consumers warned about scum during service outa Submitted by SEN. TOM UDALL'S OF- FiCE/Washington, DC Last week, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, which oversees and funds the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), warned New Mexicans about scums directed at utility customers• The FTC recently issued a con- sumer alert about scammers who claim to work for a utility company and seek cash payment for reconnecting service during power outages caused by severe weather or other events. The scammer may dress in a uniform, display a fake identification card, and claim that the power is out at the utility company to explain the need for pay- ment in cash. The con artist then steals the money and leaves the consumer with- out service until it is restored by the util- ity company• "With recent severe weather events across the Southwest, I encourage con- sumers to be aware of the types of tactics scammers use to defraud unsuspecting victims," Udall said. "Con artists use fear, threats, and disguises to trick people and prey on them when they're vulnerable. I will continue to push for aggressive crack downs on this type of fraud to pro- tect New Mexico consumers" Last year, Udall urged the FTC to take aggressive action against a similar See OUTAGE SCAMS on Page 2 r rumba ~1 ~ ~ ~ IIBBIB Not VlII~ With an, Must ~'esent coupon cans to prepare for heavy rains, thunder- storms and flooding due to the remnants of former Hurricane Odile that are ex- pected to impact much of the state Thurs- day into Sunday. According to the National Weather Service, while Hurricane Odlie has been downgraded to a tropical storm and will continue to weaken, it still has the po- tential to produce widespread heavy if not torrential rainfall across a good part of New Mexico - especially southern portions of the state where rainfall totals up to 8 inches are forecast to include the south-central mountains and neighbor- ing highlands and Gila Region• "This storm has wide-reaching po- tential across the entire state," said DHSEM Secretary Greg Myers. "New Mexicans should prepare their families, pets and homes accordingly for heavy rains and flooding, where special atten- tion should be paid by individuals liv- ing near wildfire burn scars. Residents should pay close attention to weather forecasts and warnings." Heavy rains and thunderstorms can cause power or other utility outages• All New Mexicans should prepare an emer- gency kit that should include the basic essentials such as clean water, non-per- ishable food items, flashlights and im- portant documents• Bum scars are especially susceptible to flash flooding, where there is no longer vegetation to slow the flow of storm wa- ter. Flash floods can quickly cover road- ways and can be strong enough to carry away vehicles• Remember, if you see water coveting the roadway: Turn around - don't drown! DHSEM and the New Mexico Department of Transportation would like to remind everyone that haz- ards are especially dangerous during .flooding conditions. Remember that- . Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and possible stalling. • A foot of water will float many ve- hicles. • Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport util- ity vehicles (SUV's) and pick-ups• • Do not attempt to drive through a H MS to receive ! jobs, help new patients Information courtesy TOM UDALL & and dental services• " MARTIN HEINRICH OFFICES~Washing- "Investing in New Mexico health ton, DC care centers expands our reach to pro- Last week, U.S. Senator Tom Udall vide quality services tailored to families and U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich an- who need it the most, including those in nounced that 16 health centers in New our rural and underserved communities,'.!. Mexico will receive more than $4 mil- Heinrich said. "Through this grant, more lion to expand primary care services by than 16,000 new patients will have ac- hiring an estimated 52 staff, extending cess to primary care that fits their health operating hours, and offering new ser- needs and reduces costs• I'm proud of vices including oral health, behavioral the work our doctors, nurses, clinicians, health, vision services, and pharmacies, and medical professionals do every day Included on the list of facilities to be to help our communities in New Mexico funded was Hidalgo'Medical Services in stay healthy, and I will work to ensure Lordsburg, slated to receive $238,534. these health grants continue to be avail- The funding was made possible un- able for our state." der the Affordable Care Act, and will help The 16 health centers in New health centers reach an estimated 16,943 Mexico serve more than 290,000 pa- new patients. "Health centers are the backbone of tients. The funding will also help con- the health services in New Mexico, es- nect people to coverage through the pecially in our rural communities. These health insurance exchange. Across the vital health centers provide care to 1 in country, nearly 1,300 health centers pro- 7 New Mexicans," Udall said. "This fund- vide care to more than 21.7 million pa- ing will go a long way in ensuring people tients. According to the National Asso- have the quality care they deserve, espe- ciation of Community Health Centers, cially those who may be accessing pri- health centers in New Mexico provide mary health care for the first time. I am more than $69 million of economic im- proud of the work New Mexico's com- pact and support almost 600 jobs. munity health centers are doing to help To see the complete list of recipi- residents sign up for new health insur- ents, visit http://www.hrsa.gov/about/ ance, serve those with no other source of news/2014tables/expandedservices[ care, and be a lifeline to health, vision newmexico.html Ena Mitchell Senior Center hosting Fall Prevention Awareness Day Sept. 23 Submitted by ENA MITCHELL SENIOR falls without a major injury can cause an CENTER/Lordsburg older adult to become fearful or de- heavy rainfall On Tuesday, September 23, these- pressed, making it difficult for them to nior center will be hosting a Fall Preven- stay active. tion Awareness presentation to all com- If you have an aging parent, grand- flooded road. The depth of water is not munity and county individuals to bring parent, or neighbor in your life, helping awareness to ~e ~rowmg public health them reduce their risk of falling is a great washedalways obvious.out underThg"r~adthe water,bedandmayyoube issue of fa~id~fall-related injuries way to help them stay healthy and inde- could be stranded or trapped, among the mogf~lnerable Citizens. The pendent as long as ~sible. • Do not drive around a barricade, presentation will address the growing The good news about falls is that Barricades are there for your protection, public health issue of falls and fall-re- lated injuries among older adults, most of them can be prevented. The key Turn around and go the other way. Did you know that 1 in 3 olderis to know where to look. So come to • Do not try to take short cuts. They Americans falls every year? Falls are the our presentation and find out where to may be blocked. Stick to designated leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal look, what to do and 6 easy steps you evacuation routes. • Be especially cautious driving at injuries for people aged 65+. Every 14 can take to help your older loved one night when it is harder to recognize flood seconds, an older adult is seen in an emer- reduce their risk of a fall. gency department for a fall-related in- We will start our presentation at dangers. For more information on how to jury. The chances of falling and of be- ll:00AM on Tuesday, September 23. ing seriously injured in a fall increase Sponsored by the National Council on build an emergency kit or to learn how with age. Aging and the Healthy Aging Programs. to prepare for flooding and all other haz- Falls can result in hip fractures, bro- For more info please call the senior ards, visit www.ready.gov, ken bones, and head injuries. And even center at: 575-542-9414 Hay truck catches fire east of Lordsburg This S&J Farms tractor and trailer, out of Safford, Arizona, caught fire at Blair Farms southeast of Lordsburg during the evening hours on Tuesday, September 9, 2014.The truck had been loaded with hay at Blair Farms, where it had been left parked overnight when the fire started.The Hidalgo County Fire Department was dispatched about 9 p.m. Crews used at least three truckloads of water to douse the flames, which began inside the tractor and eventually moved to the hay. With the help of the Farm Manager, Manny Ortiz, using a backhoe to cover the fire with dirt, the fire was eventually contained about 4 a.m.The wreckage continued to smolder for several days. Photo courtesy CHRISTINE ORTIZlLordsburg LJPCOMING EVENTS I of your ticket of | )or more Expires I Oct, 3t, 2014 ....... 1t Old Hwy 70* Lordsburg, NM 88045 L-- ---. ,,m ,,m ,,m .-m575"542"3302 J Early Deadline APS movie night Dutch Oven Cook-Off The Hidalgo County Herald will The Animus High School Student Into Dutch Oven cooking? Come to have a noon deadline on Monday, Sep- Council will present "Remember the Ti- Discover Hidalgo on October 18 and tember 29, 2014 for the October 3, 2014 tans" Movie Night on the lawn Septem- show your stuff! We are hosting a Dutch edition• For more information contact the ber 25, 2014 starting at 8 p.m. Conces- Oven cook-off featuring main dishes• For Herald at 575-542-8705• sion stand will be available. Bring your more information, call 575-538-8446 or WWll veterans wanted blanket and lawn chair to enjoy the 575-590-1432. movie"1"..~-...: .˘°utside on the lawn• LHS parent meeting This year, Discover Hidalgo County BYA I utulln ; There will be a meeting for LHS par- is honoring all living WWII veterans from Hidalgo County. If you are, or know The BYA will be open for tutoringents on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 someone who is a WWII veteran from every Wednesday from 4-8 P.M. Tutor- at 6:00 p.m. in the high school Hidalgo County, please call 575-538- ing is free, and we have new computers cafetorium. This meeting has been 8446 as soon as possible, with internet! 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. 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 3rd and Animus Streets, beginning September 10, 2014. Team Kids is open to kids grads 1-6. Continued on Page 2