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VOLUME 14 ISSUE 39 FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 26, 2014 75 Hidalgo County SmallTown Papers 217 West Cota Street Shelton, WA 98584 ihl,,h,h,l,l,l,,I,,h,hlh'l t- , Underage drinking, social hosting continues to be countywide ,problem Submitted by ERIC MOOREIHidalgo County Wolf Pack Social hosting and underage drink- ing continue to be a county wide prob- lem for Hidalgo County youth and resi- dents. According to the Youth Risk and Resiliency Report (YRRS) from 2011, a survey that asks questions about health risks and substance use, to high schools students in New Mexico, 28% of students (who are currently using) reported that, in regards to obtaining alcohol, "Some- one gave it to me". Union is decertified at FMI Chino Mine By BENJAMIN FISHERISilver City Daily Press SILVER CITY -- Employees at the Freeport-McMo-Ran Chino Mine have voted to decertify the United Steelwork- ers Local 9424-3 union. The union has had a long and sto- ried history in the Grant County mining community, highlighted by the 1967 af- filiation and merger with famed "Salt of the Earth" Mine, Mill and Smelter Work- ers Local 890. United Steelworkers Lo- cal 9424-3 was the final remaining union at Chino Mine and in Freeport-McMo- Ran-controlled mines in general: The union has been fighting this, the most recent decertification attempt, since short-term employee Irvin Shane Shores filed the petition in mid-August. Despite a focused and enthusiastic campaign by United Steelworkers from both here and as far away as Washington state, the decertification was approved through a two-day election process, over- seen by the National Labor Relations Board. According to Shores, vote was 236 to 83 in favor of decertification. The vote will not become official for seven days, according to United Steelworkers staff representative Jack Cavanaugh. "We lost," Cavanaugh said. "The people have spoken, I guess. So we'll see how it plays out for them." Guadalupe Cano, granddaughter of a strong union leader at Chino, spoke in outrage. "I am absolutely horrified," she said. "I cannot believe that after all of these generations of people fighting for this union that it is all gone after one man, who hasn't even worked there long, de- cided it should go away. I'm glad my grandpa didn't live to see this day." Additionally, 15% of current lisers reported that, "They took it from some- one or a family member gave it to me". Compared to state averages for the same items these statistics were slightly lower. However, in some other ways in which youth obtained alcohol, Hidalgo County reported higher incidences -such as ob- taining alcohol "at a public event, bought at a club, or a store". The YRRS is an important data tool that helps community members, behav- ioral health providers and substance use coalitions assess the impact of substance use on a community level and evaluate prevention and intervention efforts. Other survey data focused towards adldt respondents attempt to gauge the atti- tudes, perceptions and behavior of adults in the community in regards to drinking and underage drinking. The New Mexico Community survey, which is done yearly, attempts to try and collect mean- ingful data regarding substance use from Hidalgo County adults. Questions the survey asks include items such as, "What is the likelihood that law enforcement will intervene with an underage drink- ing party" or "What is the likelihood that an adult would be arrested for providing alcohol to a minor". Incidentally, on these two items, in 2013, 60% of adults reported that it was very likely or likely that an adult would be arrested for buying or giving alcohol to a minor compared to 57.9 in 2014. Also in 2013 62.1% of Adults reported that cops were likely or very likely to breakup underage drinking parties com- pared to 52.1% in 2014. We are working closely with law enforcement, the schools and others to increase these percentages. These statis- tics have experienced undesirable de- creases in the last year despite efforts of the Hidalgo County Wolf Pack and oth- ers who are trying to increase perceived risk of these behaviors. We are hoping soon to provide the community with NMCS data from 2014-to,hich we can compare changes over time which helps us evaluate our efforts towards impact- ing social hosting and under age drink- ing in Hidalgo County. If you are interested in becoming an active member in either the Pyramid Coalition or the Hidalgo Wolf Pack please call' Eric Moore at 575-590-1432 for more information. Our next Wolf Pack Meeting will be Thursday October 2 at 1 P.M. at the BYA (402 DeMoss St. in Lordsburg).The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. RVT holds first Open School Night of new year RVT Elementary School held its' first Open School Night of the 2014-2015 school year. Students and parents moved around in different stations as they learned about the life cycle of an apple by peeling apples and make topping to put on top of their apples to make apple crisp. Every child had the opportunity to make an apple crisp and take it home to bake and enjoy. The students then participated in movement and dancing as they played"Hot Apple"retrying not to be the one left holding the apple when the music stopped. The teachers had fun planning and carrying out this event and hope parents and students who attended had a fun and educational time too. Parents participated in helping host the event as well and even provided all the ingredients needed to make the apple crisps. For more photos, see Page 4 of this week's edition. Courtesy photo Department of Health providing tuberculosis tests for possible exposure at El Paso hospital Information courtesy NM DEPT of HEALTH/Santa Fe The New Mex{co Department of Health announced Monday it is provid- ing tuberculosis screening to approxi- mately 50 New Mexico babies who may have been exposed to a hospital em- ployee with an active case of Tuberculo- sis (TB) in the post-parturn and newborn nursery area of Providence Hospital in E1 Paso, Texas between September 2013 and August 2014. There are two TB related conditions: active infectious TB disease and non- contagious TB infection. Active infec- tious TB disease is contagious and may be transmitted to others when someone with an active case coughs or sneezes, releasing droplets into the air. However, active infectious TB is not highly con- tagious and generally requires close con- tact over an extended period of time in order to be spread. Someone with non- contagious TB infection cannot spread germs to others, and therefore, are not contagious. The E1 Paso Department of Public Health, the lead agency handling the investigation, has. sent letters to parents informing them of possible exposure. The New Mexico Department of Health will provide screening tests for the New Mexico babies who may have come in contact with the hospital worker. If treat- ment is required, the New Mexico De- partment of Health will provide that as well. Testing will consist of a TB skin test and possibly additional testing if needed. The New Mexico Department of Health will be offering your baby a skin test on Tuesday, September 23rdat Sunland Park Public Health Office and Wednesday, September 24th at the An- thony Public Health Office. People in Las Cruces can contact the Las Cruces Cen- tral Public Health Office at 575-528-5108 to get tested. If your baby was born at Providence Hospital in E1 Paso between September 2013 and August 2014, and is experi- encing lethargy, change of mental sta- tus, weight loss, go to your closest emer- gency department. For information contact the E1 Paso Department of Public Health at 915-771- 5702. They will be taking calls Satur- day and Sunday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm to schedule tests. Additional infor- mation can be obtained by the on,call Epidemiologist at the New Mexico De- partment of Health at 505-827-0006. Overall decrease in drug overdoses in NM reported Courtesy submission New data reveal the rate of drug over- dose deaths among New Mexico resi- dents has fallen by 16% from 2011 to 2013. According to the Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics of the New Mexico Department of Health, in 2011 the drug overdose death rate was 25.9 per 100,000 population, representing 521 deaths. In 2013 the rate was 21.8 per 100,000 population, representing 449 deaths. This is the lowest drug overdose death rate since 2009. "This is the first time since 1990 that the rate of drug overdose deaths has de- creased for two years in a row," said De- partment of Health Secretary Retta Ward, MPH. "The Department has worked with Heavy rains saturate Hidalgo County many partners in addressing the prob- lem of drug overdose death, and this Intense rainfall has fallen across Hidalgo County over the past week as a result of the remnants of Hurricane Odile. Last shows that those efforts are beginning to Thursday, the storm dropped more than two inches of rain in a 24-hour period, resulting in many areas of running water pay off." in southern Hidalg o County. In the Lordsburg area, above, the rainfall was welcomed and caused no major damage. Efforts to decrease the number of Herald staff photo overdose deaths include work to reduce MI eseAt 0un i O F F Farmers' Market Oct. 3 of your Early Deadline ticket of II The Hidalgo County Herald will The Hidalgo Farmers Market will have a noon deadline on Monday, Sep- be held on Friday, October 3, 2014 at preciated. I "t'm 0 O1" IllOl'e i edition. For more information contact the For more information, contact Christy BYA Tutoring ,ll tember 29, 2014 for the October 3, 2014 4:00 p.m. on Main Street in Lordsburg. I Herald at 575-542-8705. Ortiz at 520-507-0455. The BYA will WWII veterans wanted Food Drive every Wednesday f I This year, Discover Hidalgo County Jackie Ramirez will be collecting ing is free, and we non-perishable food items to donate to with internet! is honoring all living WWII veterans the local food shelter. Drop off sites are MUSIC lessons at APS from Hidalgo County. If you are, or know at HMS, the EMS building, WNMU someone who is a WWII veteran from Learning Center and the Cottage House. UPCOMING EVENTS of a class thru WNMU. She will collect all boxes the week of November 3-10  to take to the food bank before Thanks- giving. All ations will be greatly ap- The BYA will be open for tutoring every Wednesday from 4-8 P.M. Tutor- ing is free, and we have new computers E i Oct. 31, 2014 1t Old Hwy 70* Lordsburg, NM 88045 Animas Schools is now offering l i Hidalgo County, please call 575-538- her goal is to collect food for the upcom- weekly guitar and mUsic lessons to com- 575-542-3302 d 8446 as soon as possible, ing holiday season. This project is part BIB i i MIIIli i i i excessive prescribing of opioid pain re- lievers, and new numbers show the re- duction in deaths parallels the reduction in opioid dispensing. "We still have a long way to go in addressing this problem, but this shows that progress is being made," Secretary Ward said. "The Department of Health will continue to work with partners to reduce the burden of substance abuse on New Mexico families." New Mexico has one of the highest total drug overdose death rates in the United States. In 2011 the drug overdose death rate in the United States was 13.2 per 100,000 population (more recent national data are not available). New Mexico's rate was almost twice as high. Drug overdose deaths have in- creased dramatically over the last 20 years. Drug overdose is now the largest category of unintentional injury death See DRUG OVERDOSES on Page 2 munity members of all ages at the APS Auditorium from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday evenings. Cost is $10 for the remainder of 2014. Participants are asked to bring a guitar/instrument and sheet music if accessible. Some guitars will ae available at the school. VFW Meeting VFW Post #3099 will met on Tues- day, October 7, 2014 at the VFW Hall in Lordsburg at 5:00 p.m. All members are invited and encouraged to attend. Continued on Page 2