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? ' • 2- HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD ' !d "'/ FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2011 Riders Against Rape raises awareness The Hidalgo County MultidisciplinaryTask Force for Sexual Assault hosted a bike run last Saturday ,/ afternoon in an effort to raise money and awareness for local victims of sexual assault. According to organizers, while the turnout could have been better, several victims of sexual assault came :: forward as a result of the event. Local prize donors for the bike run included Pilot, Flying J, Western Auto, Goldhill Outpost, Cottage House and Loves. Courtesy photo DOH announces fatal Hantavirus case in McKinley County resident lies safe, as HPS can be a serious and sometimes fatal disease?' Early symptoms of Hantavirus infection are fever and muscle aches, possibly with chills, headache, nausea, vomit- ing, diarrhea, abdominal pain and cough which progresses to respi- ratory distress. These symptoms develop within one to six weeks after rodent exposure. Although there is no specific treatment for Hantavirus Pulmonary Syn- drome, chances for recovery are better if medical attention is Submitted by NM DOH/Santa Fe The New Mexico Health De- partment announced today that a 23-year-old man from McKinley County has died from Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS). This is the fourth case of HPS in New Mexico this year. "We extend our sympathy to this gentleman's family and friends," said Cabinet Secretary Dr. Catherine Torres. "I am advis- ing all New Mexicans to follow our prevention guidelines to keep themselves and their fami- Mimbres Cultural Heritage site now open to the public sought early• "People need to be very care- ful when they are involved in ac- tivities which may put them in contact with rodents or their drop- pings," said Dr. Paul Ettestad, the department's state public health veterinarian. "It is important to remember that the best defense against Hantavirus is to avoid disturbing areas of rodent infes- tation, including nests and drop- pings, and to air out cabins and sheds before entering them." People can become infected and develop disease from HPS when they breathe in aerosolized virus particles that have been transmitted by infected rodents through urine, droppings or sa- liva. The deer mouse is the main reservoir for the strain of Hantavirus that occurs in New Mexico, Sin Nombre virus. To protect yourself, avoid contact with mice and other ro- dents. Other important steps are: -- Air out closed up build- ings before entering. , . • .. S, ea!.up, laomes and cab- ins so mice can't enter. Trap mice until they are all gone. Clean up nests and drop- pings using a disinfectant. . Put hay, wood, and com- post piles as far as possible from your home. • Get rid of trash and junk piles. • Don't leave your pet's food and water where mice can get to it. The three previous cases this year are a 51-year-old woman from McKinley County reported in January and a 35-year-old man from Torrance County reported in May, both fatal; and a 39-year- old man from McKinley County in May who recovered. In 2010, there were two cases, both from McKinley County and both re- covered• In 2009, New Mexico had four cases of Hantavirus, none fatal, from Santa Fe, Taos, San Miguel, and Rio Arriba coun- ties. In 2008, New Mexico had two cases of Hantavirus, both fa- tal, from Taos and Otero counties• Wildfire 'findings' spark concern Mattocks Ruin, a world famous archeological site, located m Mimbres is now open daily from lh00 AM to 3:00 PM beginning Sunday, September 18, 2011. The Mimbres Culture Heritage Site in now owned and managed by the Imogene F. Wilson Education Foun- dation and is committed to preserve and protect this important site. This unique site is the only Mimbres site open to the public anywhere and has an interpretative sign walld'ng path around the ruin. About 1000 years ago, a Mimbres pueblo was built at this site on top of an earlier pithouse village. It was home to as many a 200 people• During the pueblo period, the Mimbres people produced beau- tiful blacl-and-white painted pottery that art historians and archae- ologist consider the most distinctive prehistoric pottery tradition in North America. Pottery bowls recovered from the Mattocks Ruin are world famous and include some of the finest examples of Mimbres artwork. Also parts of the MCHS location are two historic Mimbres Valley Territorial Adobe houses dating from the 1880s, the Gooch and Wood houses. These houses will be eventually restored and open to the public as part of the historic ranch heritage of the Mimbres Valley. By DAWN NEWMANRodeo Part 3 of 3 Louis Pope, a 35 year vet- eran of the U.S. Forest Service, has worked with Fire Crews, as foreman in charge of helicopter crews; later on planning systems and policy, before eventually re- turning to flight crew and ground operations. "You know, I'm still fighting those fires," says Pope, of his life-long stint, and as a first- hand witness to the devastating wildfires of Horseshoe 1 and 2 in ': the Chiricahua, near Portal. : According to Pope, there is +-- a peculiar and ironic side to the Horseshoe fires - first, facts and -- : f'mdings are still hard to come by . with federal or state officials who put their stock in job security, a pension or retiring without much controversy. "Unfortunately, we are wasting our dollars here big time." Says Pope of what he feels is a haphazard forestry system in place• Checks and balances - the need for local accountabil- ity, is key. • "We just don't have an ef- ficiently manned 24"-7 fire. tower system any more nor do we provide the surveillance that used to be common for communities...we spend far too much time on planning, pro- : cess, the paperwork• Not enough on getting the most with fire suppression dollars or tactical common-sense efforts." Pope is quick to point out that there is little proactive work for the money spent or the use of resources when it comes to strategy, monitoring and carry- ing out the suppression needed in sudden impact, fire-fighting or forest preServation missions. "It all comes down to political factions, maneuvers, positions of power, and decisions that are just not grounded in proven or effective results. "First, where are the fire towers and the surveillance we once had? They have offices now - they work on files and they can actually monitor or assess what's going on." Since they passed the Non- Conforming Structures Act as defined by the Wilderness ACT, they took down most of these towers and look out points, one by one, and decided to expand those wilderness lines of so- called non-activity. Pope be- lieves that when officials actu- ally see, know, understand and have reports of illegal smug- gling, (drug paraphernalia, backpacks, garbage knee high being left along these fire prone routes) there's little to no fol- low up. "We just- don't see or hear of even minimal investigation, no apprehensions, convictions or even reasons for the activity conveyed to the community•" And Pope might just have a point• Since initially reporting on the "Open Case" status of the Horseshoe 1 and 2 fires, the For- est Service was reluctant to re- port on details or findings. Af- ter further inquiry, and calls to investigative units in Albuquer- que, it was eventually reported that cases were actually, closed, not open. However, no one, in government, can even provide if its an open or closed investi- gation. According to Douglas For- est Service officer, ' Bill Edwards, investigative findings were not yet available through his office. "I didn't realize those investigations had been closed," replied Edwards of media updates. And now, it's the "Freedom of Information Act" that holds those findings - But not without sending an of- ficial letter of public or personal request. While Pope insists that, oodles of money is being spent by Forest Service operations, he says there is little accountabil- ity or effective strategies behind those outcomes. "We have seen paperwork and they or law en- these same fires start, ignite over forcement isn't necessarily go- and over again, on the same ing into these areas on foot or known trails of traffic. We have on horseback." 'Pope says re- found the left-behind physical mote areas of the Chiricahua ' and canyons go relatively un- secured or forgotten• "The he- licopters can't fly into or out of the land in theseremote 'problem areas'. In some places, they don't even put sites on their maps, on the grids, so refuse, we have heard of resi- dent reports, border patrol chat- ter, even the pursuit of activity movifig through the canons." It's unclear about how muc'h'ime Fores't service  spends on wildfires -- assign- ments are fuzzy, resources are spent and exact lines of opera- tion not so clear. Meanwhile, Pope believes that dollars are going into starting all kinds of back fires, (suppression) ruin- ing many more acres than was necessary. "I just don't see the dollars go into putting together a thorough, effective and mean- ingful strategy on how to pre- vent fires from happening in the future." According to Pope's expe- rience, you'll find anywhere from 50 to 100 fires per year on average 15 years ago -the man-caused fires maybe five to ten of those• NOW we've seen 500,000 acres go up in the last. 3 years, and April and May is not the typical time frame for lightning-caused incidents - the ones that primarily happen dur- ing the monsoons of July .and August• And of course, there are those residents who report all kinds of suspicious activity in those corridors, all of which was mostly ignored by the officials that could make the difference• These forest areas should have been closed much earlier in the season (with the dry conditions, and what we now see as the pat- terns of human activity, we know there's movement in can- yons), explains Pope. "People have been re- ported, followed, and in many cases, we can see that fires are used to warm up, sometimes to deter, or distract law enforce- ment or even to cause commo- tion," adds Gee of the surround- ing community. And at present, the government provides a big blank check to U.S. Forest Ser- vice Operations. "I just don't think the forests or the community is getting much 'bang for their taxpayer buck,' says Pope of the closed investi- gations -- "Seeding the ground is like putting a bandage on one big wound. It's time we get our feet back on the ground, Or the wildfires will keep on igniting?' The Mimbres Cultural Heritage Site is located at 14 Sage Rd., Mimbres, NM off HWY 35. There are road signs indicating, the tuna between mile markers 3 and 4. The site is approximately 3 miles from the intersection of HWY 152 and HWY 35. For more information calt Marilyn Markel, Education Director, MCHS, 575-5.36-9337. 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