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VOLUME 10 ISSUE40 FRIDAY OCTOBER 1, 2010 5O Hidalgo County ii,l,,h,h,,,ll,,ll,,ll,,"ll'l SmallTown Papers 5026 California Avenue SW Seattle WA 98136 Large 1-Topping PAL upper division undefeated The Lordsburg Police Athletic League (PAL) Pop Warner football team, upper division, above, is currently sitting at 4-0 after traveling to Silver City four weeks in a row. The Little Mavericks will be hosting games this Saturday at Maverick Stadium.The Flag game will begin at 9:00 a.m., followed by the Lower Division at 10:30 a.m. and the Upper Division at 1:00 p.m. Photo courtesy JAMIE DIAZILordsburg Candidates in upcomong Hidalgo County election questioned by voters at public forum Candidates were placed on the hot seat by voters at a special public forum held Monday, September 27, 2010. Nine of the ten candidates vying for local of- rices in the November 2, 2010 General Election participated in the event, hosted by 'the Hidalgo County Herald. Magistrate Judge candidate Mark Thomas was the only candidate who did not attend. The forum, held at the Lordsburg Elks Lodge, was moderated by Jack Cook, of Silver City, Candidates were each asked several pre-wiitten ;questions, followed by numerous questions submit- tedby the nearly 100 audience members in attendance. Hidalgo County Commission Candidates: Position 1--David Ramos (D) and Ed Kerr (R); Position 2--Larry Martinez (D) and Darr Reynolds Shan- non (R) When asked about agriculture and how they would continue to support the industry, County Commission candi- dates Ed Kerr, David Ramos and Darr Shannon shared their farming and ranch- ing roots and vowed to keep agriculture on the forefront. Candidate Larry Martinez pointed out the importance of harnessing green energy and keeping the county involved in that evolving pro- cess. Candidates were asked how they felt about making Hidalgo County a Sanc- tuary County. The Sanctuary designation makes it illegal for county employees to inquire about immigration status of people with whom they come in contact. This Sanctuary designation can be done at the city, county, state and federal level. Shannon said the question was a difficult one. While border security is very important, she said, she also feels all men are created equal and are guar- anteed certain rights. Martinez and Ramos both said the Sanctuary designa- tion could not be implemented at the County level. Kerr said that while he is absolutely against the sanctuary desig- nation he does feel those living along the border have a right to feel safe and that American citizens should demand protection from the federal government along the border. All commission candidates agreed it is important to encourage citizens to spend their money in Hidalgo County, as opposed to surrounding counties. Ramos, who said he was forced to close his business, Lordsburg Auto, due to the poor economy, said "We need to keep all the money we can here at home and support local businesses. Business own- ers live here and have families living here. We have to help ourselves." The most pressing issue in Hidalgo County? According to the candidates across the board, it's border security. All candidates agreed that the county needs to be cleaned up in order to attract businesses. When asked what their first priority would be if elected, Martinez said he'd like to tackle several budget issues. Kerr said roads were on the top of his list and Ramos pointed out the time and energy --the new Detention Center would require. 'Shannon also said she was interested in delving into the budget and learning where every dollar is spent. All candidates agreed that the En- richment Center should be restored, es- pecially if it can be done through grants and won't cost the county anything. Hidalgo County Assessor Candidates: Theodoro Castillo (D) and Jody Hatch (R) County Assessor candidates Theodoro Castillo and Jody Hatch were asked what skills they have that qualify them for the position they are seeking. Hatch, who is currently serving as Hidalgo County's District Deputy Asses- sor, stated that her four years" of experi- ence in the pffice, along with her real estate background, make her the best candidate. Castillo said he has spent 19 years working with the City of Lordsburg, a large portion of that in the finance department, thus qualifying him for the position. He added that he is ready and willing to educate himself and the public on the policies of the office of Assessor. When asked if they had ideas to make the Assessor's office more efficient, the two candidates had varying answers. Castillo said he would like to see the computer system used by the Assessor's office updated and would like to edu- cate the public through increased cus- tomer service and public relations. Hatch, on the other hand, said she feels the of- fice runs efficiently now. "It's all about tax dollars," she said. "We save money when .we can." She went on to point out that a computer system upgrade would be very expensive. Hidalgo County Sheriff Candidates: Saturnino Madero (D) and Warren Walter (R) Sheriff candidates were also asked thei* views on a Sanctuary County and both agreed that if lawmakers designated the County as such, they would enforce the law. Walter did say he doesn't be- lieve it should be implemented and that the Sheriff's Department should not be expected to patrol the border, but rather serve the citizens of Hidalgo County. Candidates were asked to assess the recent performance of the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department and how they would steer it if elected. Madero, who currently serves as Hidalgo County Undersheriff, said he would like to see an increase in community policing, which he feels has been neglected in re- cent years. He said the equipment is top notch, now they need to get back into the communities. Walter, on the other hand, said "No, we're not happy with its performance and, yes, I'd definitely steer it in a different direction." When asked how to combat the im- migration issue in Hidalgo County, Walter said the local sheriff's office should assist when needed, but that Hidalgo County cannot afford to man See FORUM on Page 2 Montana Vista Subdivision to bring additional housing to Lordsburg A new subdivision is being pro- posed in Lordsburg by Terazzas & Shultis Developers. Montana Vista, which will be located behind Bivens Lumber and extend to Mountain View Road, will sit on 59.24 acres and will have all-new housing units. According to Robert Shultis, there is a need for housing in the area, espe- cially with increased Border Patrol pres- ence. However, the 1, 2, 3 and. 4 bed- room units will be available to anyone. Shultis gave the Lordsburg City Council and those in attendance a slide show presentation of .plans for the sub- division. The homes will be Southwest- ern in design and will feature covered parking. The developers plan to begin construction on the subdivision early in 2011, depending on funding. At the end of the regular meeting, the Council entered into Executive Ses- sion to discuss limited personnel mat- ters. Upon their return, Mayor Frank Rodriguez apologized to the citizens of Lordsburg for the way a check to Gentry Finance was handled. The issue had come up earlier in the meeting by Councilor Manuel D.V. Saucedo when reviewing the bills and may have been discussed in the closed session. Check #27563 in the amount of $368.23 was written to Gentry Finance on August 20, 2010 as part of a garnish- ment requirement from Magistrate Court to the City of Lordsburg on employee Donna Adams. According to Saucedo in the regular meeting, the Writ of Garnish- ment had not been satisfied when it should have, resulting in the large amount being paid on August 23, 2010--- at the Default Judgment Hearing. Adams' resignation as Lordsburg City Clerk was accepted by the Council at this same meeting, along with resig- nations from the Ali Salinas Sr., Code Enforcement Officer, and two employ- ees at the Special Events Center. The cleaning contract at City Hall was brought before the C'ouncil, with only one biddei" participating. Ila Barker submitted a bid for $400 per month to clean the facility bi-monthly. Council- ors Alex DeLaGarza, Dana Arredqndo and Eddie Esquivel all abstained from voting without stating reasons for doing so. Councilors Saucedo, Ernest Gallegos and Elias Ruiz voted in favor of award- ing the contract to Barker, forcing Mayor Rodriguez to break the tie. He also voted in favor of awarding the bid to Barker. Lodgers Tax funding was handed out to Discover Hidalgo County in the amount of $2,500 and to the Lordsburg Police Athletic League (PAL) in the amount of $3,000. Vincent Ruiz, who was awarded Lodgers Tax funding for a May 2011 Bike Run, asked to be able to spend some of that funding on a bike run that will be held in conjunction with Discover Hidalgo County on October 16. The Council approved his request. Absentee voting begins October 5 Any registered voter can vote ab- sentee through the mail or in-person' at the county courthouse at the Hidalgo County Clerk's Office starting Tuesday, October 5. Those voting through the mail can now request an absentee application, which begins the absentee process. On October 5, absentee ballots will be mailed out to everyone who has returned an absentee application to the county clerk. Hidalgo County has always had a good turnout in absentee voting through the mail. In the 2010 Primary Election 99% of the ballots mailed out were re- turned and counted. The absentee board does an excellent job. They are trained and follow state mandates. An absentee voter can call the county clerk's office at anytime and ask if their ballot has been received. No one will be denied the right to vote or the right to have his/her vote counted. If you prefer to vote in-person you can do so at the county clerk's office starting October 5 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., this is when early voting begins. There will be a voting machine and staff ready to assist you. For more information, contact the county clerk's office at 542-9213 or 866- 307-0454 or hidclk@aznex.net. The Secretary of State's website: www.sos.state.nm.us has absentee appli- cations that can be downloaded, voter information, poll locations, and sample ballots. AHS Drama presents "The 11 th' The Animas Auditorium was filled with tears on Thursday night, September 23. The AHS drama club put on a play about 9/11 called "The 11 t"'', written by David J. LeMaster. Dinner was served before the play, in the AHS cafeteria, and then the play took place inside the auditorium.The dramatic production gave an inside look on how people around the country reacted to the 9/11 attacks. It was filled with emotion and at the end of the play; there was even a slide show with actual pictures from the attacks.There weren't very many dry eyes in the place when the play was over, as it made an impact on the whole audience. All in all, the night was a huge success for the drama club, and they ended up pulling off an incredible performance. Above, Drama students play their part as students and teacher in math class on 9/11 By ELIZABETH RICHINSIHidalgo County Herald UPCOMING EVENTS Commoditiesl CSFP Commodities for seniors 60 and above will be distributed on Tues- day, October 5, 2010 at Special Events Center, 502 West 2 nd Street at 10:00 a.m. Please bring photo ID and Senior CSFP ID Card. If reapplying please bring proof of income and bill showing address. Absentee VOting Absentee voting for the 2010 Gen- eral Election begins October 5, 2010. For more information contact the county clerk's office at 542-9213 or 866-307- 0454 or hidclk@aznex.net. Horseshoe Tournament 2 nd annual Horseshoe Tournament at Chano's Farm in Glen Acres will be held on October 2, 2010. Registration from 9:00-9:45 and pitch time is 10:00 a.m. Shredded Beef Plate Sale A shredded beef plate sale, $6 each, will be held on Monday, October 4, 2010 from 11 AM to 5 PM at 221 East 'A' Street. Pick up or delivery available. Plates will include brisket, potato salad, beans, roll and dessert. To preorder call 542-9654 or 542-9441. Proceeds to benefit Kayla Gonzales' and Sarah Atilano's Capital One Bowl cheering trip. Animas Girl Scouts If you are interested in Girl Scouts in the Animas area and would like to reg- ister your daughter, please contact Jes- sica Rodriquez at 575-494-7882 or 575- 436-0888. 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. Line Dancing The Active and Alive Crooked Ha- los Line Dancing classes are held from 5-6 PM for intermediates and 6:15-7:30 PM for advanced at RV Traylor Elemen- tary School on Mondays and Wednes- days. For more information ca!l 575-537- 0248 ext. 227. Walking & Activity Club The Active and Alive Walking & Activity Club meets from 12-2 PM at the Special Events Center on Mondays and Wednesdays. For more information call 575-537-0248 ext. 227. Cancer support group Hidalgo County Health Consor- tium is offering a free on-line support group for those dealing with cancer or other medical needs. This support group offers support to survivors and caregivers or family and friends. The group leader is PLTC (people living through cancer) trained and is a survi- vor as well. Please email'the follow- ing to Chat or for more info: hidalgosurvivors group @yahoo.com Continued on Page3 VOLUME 10 ISSUE40 FRIDAY OCTOBER 1, 2010 5O Hidalgo County ii,l,,h,h,,,ll,,ll,,ll,,"ll'l SmallTown Papers 5026 California Avenue SW Seattle WA 98136 Large 1-Topping PAL upper division undefeated The Lordsburg Police Athletic League (PAL) Pop Warner football team, upper division, above, is currently sitting at 4-0 after traveling to Silver City four weeks in a row. The Little Mavericks will be hosting games this Saturday at Maverick Stadium.The Flag game will begin at 9:00 a.m., followed by the Lower Division at 10:30 a.m. and the Upper Division at 1:00 p.m. Photo courtesy JAMIE DIAZILordsburg Candidates in upcomong Hidalgo County election questioned by voters at public forum Candidates were placed on the hot seat by voters at a special public forum held Monday, September 27, 2010. Nine of the ten candidates vying for local of- rices in the November 2, 2010 General Election participated in the event, hosted by 'the Hidalgo County Herald. Magistrate Judge candidate Mark Thomas was the only candidate who did not attend. The forum, held at the Lordsburg Elks Lodge, was moderated by Jack Cook, of Silver City, Candidates were each asked several pre-wiitten ;questions, followed by numerous questions submit- tedby the nearly 100 audience members in attendance. Hidalgo County Commission Candidates: Position 1--David Ramos (D) and Ed Kerr (R); Position 2--Larry Martinez (D) and Darr Reynolds Shan- non (R) When asked about agriculture and how they would continue to support the industry, County Commission candi- dates Ed Kerr, David Ramos and Darr Shannon shared their farming and ranch- ing roots and vowed to keep agriculture on the forefront. Candidate Larry Martinez pointed out the importance of harnessing green energy and keeping the county involved in that evolving pro- cess. Candidates were asked how they felt about making Hidalgo County a Sanc- tuary County. The Sanctuary designation makes it illegal for county employees to inquire about immigration status of people with whom they come in contact. This Sanctuary designation can be done at the city, county, state and federal level. Shannon said the question was a difficult one. While border security is very important, she said, she also feels all men are created equal and are guar- anteed certain rights. Martinez and Ramos both said the Sanctuary designa- tion could not be implemented at the County level. Kerr said that while he is absolutely against the sanctuary desig- nation he does feel those living along the border have a right to feel safe and that American citizens should demand protection from the federal government along the border. All commission candidates agreed it is important to encourage citizens to spend their money in Hidalgo County, as opposed to surrounding counties. Ramos, who said he was forced to close his business, Lordsburg Auto, due to the poor economy, said "We need to keep all the money we can here at home and support local businesses. Business own- ers live here and have families living here. We have to help ourselves." The most pressing issue in Hidalgo County? According to the candidates across the board, it's border security. All candidates agreed that the county needs to be cleaned up in order to attract businesses. When asked what their first priority would be if elected, Martinez said he'd like to tackle several budget issues. Kerr said roads were on the top of his list and Ramos pointed out the time and energy --the new Detention Center would require. 'Shannon also said she was interested in delving into the budget and learning where every dollar is spent. All candidates agreed that the En- richment Center should be restored, es- pecially if it can be done through grants and won't cost the county anything. Hidalgo County Assessor Candidates: Theodoro Castillo (D) and Jody Hatch (R) County Assessor candidates Theodoro Castillo and Jody Hatch were asked what skills they have that qualify them for the position they are seeking. Hatch, who is currently serving as Hidalgo County's District Deputy Asses- sor, stated that her four years" of experi- ence in the pffice, along with her real estate background, make her the best candidate. Castillo said he has spent 19 years working with the City of Lordsburg, a large portion of that in the finance department, thus qualifying him for the position. He added that he is ready and willing to educate himself and the public on the policies of the office of Assessor. When asked if they had ideas to make the Assessor's office more efficient, the two candidates had varying answers. Castillo said he would like to see the computer system used by the Assessor's office updated and would like to edu- cate the public through increased cus- tomer service and public relations. Hatch, on the other hand, said she feels the of- fice runs efficiently now. "It's all about tax dollars," she said. "We save money when .we can." She went on to point out that a computer system upgrade would be very expensive. Hidalgo County Sheriff Candidates: Saturnino Madero (D) and Warren Walter (R) Sheriff candidates were also asked thei* views on a Sanctuary County and both agreed that if lawmakers designated the County as such, they would enforce the law. Walter did say he doesn't be- lieve it should be implemented and that the Sheriff's Department should not be expected to patrol the border, but rather serve the citizens of Hidalgo County. Candidates were asked to assess the recent performance of the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department and how they would steer it if elected. Madero, who currently serves as Hidalgo County Undersheriff, said he would like to see an increase in community policing, which he feels has been neglected in re- cent years. He said the equipment is top notch, now they need to get back into the communities. Walter, on the other hand, said "No, we're not happy with its performance and, yes, I'd definitely steer it in a different direction." When asked how to combat the im- migration issue in Hidalgo County, Walter said the local sheriff's office should assist when needed, but that Hidalgo County cannot afford to man See FORUM on Page 2 Montana Vista Subdivision to bring additional housing to Lordsburg A new subdivision is being pro- posed in Lordsburg by Terazzas & Shultis Developers. Montana Vista, which will be located behind Bivens Lumber and extend to Mountain View Road, will sit on 59.24 acres and will have all-new housing units. According to Robert Shultis, there is a need for housing in the area, espe- cially with increased Border Patrol pres- ence. However, the 1, 2, 3 and. 4 bed- room units will be available to anyone. Shultis gave the Lordsburg City Council and those in attendance a slide show presentation of .plans for the sub- division. The homes will be Southwest- ern in design and will feature covered parking. The developers plan to begin construction on the subdivision early in 2011, depending on funding. At the end of the regular meeting, the Council entered into Executive Ses- sion to discuss limited personnel mat- ters. Upon their return, Mayor Frank Rodriguez apologized to the citizens of Lordsburg for the way a check to Gentry Finance was handled. The issue had come up earlier in the meeting by Councilor Manuel D.V. Saucedo when reviewing the bills and may have been discussed in the closed session. Check #27563 in the amount of $368.23 was written to Gentry Finance on August 20, 2010 as part of a garnish- ment requirement from Magistrate Court to the City of Lordsburg on employee Donna Adams. According to Saucedo in the regular meeting, the Writ of Garnish- ment had not been satisfied when it should have, resulting in the large amount being paid on August 23, 2010--- at the Default Judgment Hearing. Adams' resignation as Lordsburg City Clerk was accepted by the Council at this same meeting, along with resig- nations from the Ali Salinas Sr., Code Enforcement Officer, and two employ- ees at the Special Events Center. The cleaning contract at City Hall was brought before the C'ouncil, with only one biddei" participating. Ila Barker submitted a bid for $400 per month to clean the facility bi-monthly. Council- ors Alex DeLaGarza, Dana Arredqndo and Eddie Esquivel all abstained from voting without stating reasons for doing so. Councilors Saucedo, Ernest Gallegos and Elias Ruiz voted in favor of award- ing the contract to Barker, forcing Mayor Rodriguez to break the tie. He also voted in favor of awarding the bid to Barker. Lodgers Tax funding was handed out to Discover Hidalgo County in the amount of $2,500 and to the Lordsburg Police Athletic League (PAL) in the amount of $3,000. Vincent Ruiz, who was awarded Lodgers Tax funding for a May 2011 Bike Run, asked to be able to spend some of that funding on a bike run that will be held in conjunction with Discover Hidalgo County on October 16. The Council approved his request. Absentee voting begins October 5 Any registered voter can vote ab- sentee through the mail or in-person' at the county courthouse at the Hidalgo County Clerk's Office starting Tuesday, October 5. Those voting through the mail can now request an absentee application, which begins the absentee process. On October 5, absentee ballots will be mailed out to everyone who has returned an absentee application to the county clerk. Hidalgo County has always had a good turnout in absentee voting through the mail. In the 2010 Primary Election 99% of the ballots mailed out were re- turned and counted. The absentee board does an excellent job. They are trained and follow state mandates. An absentee voter can call the county clerk's office at anytime and ask if their ballot has been received. No one will be denied the right to vote or the right to have his/her vote counted. If you prefer to vote in-person you can do so at the county clerk's office starting October 5 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., this is when early voting begins. There will be a voting machine and staff ready to assist you. For more information, contact the county clerk's office at 542-9213 or 866- 307-0454 or hidclk@aznex.net. The Secretary of State's website: www.sos.state.nm.us has absentee appli- cations that can be downloaded, voter information, poll locations, and sample ballots. AHS Drama presents "The 11 th' The Animas Auditorium was filled with tears on Thursday night, September 23. The AHS drama club put on a play about 9/11 called "The 11 t"'', written by David J. LeMaster. Dinner was served before the play, in the AHS cafeteria, and then the play took place inside the auditorium.The dramatic production gave an inside look on how people around the country reacted to the 9/11 attacks. It was filled with emotion and at the end of the play; there was even a slide show with actual pictures from the attacks.There weren't very many dry eyes in the place when the play was over, as it made an impact on the whole audience. All in all, the night was a huge success for the drama club, and they ended up pulling off an incredible performance. Above, Drama students play their part as students and teacher in math class on 9/11 By ELIZABETH RICHINSIHidalgo County Herald UPCOMING EVENTS Commoditiesl CSFP Commodities for seniors 60 and above will be distributed on Tues- day, October 5, 2010 at Special Events Center, 502 West 2 nd Street at 10:00 a.m. Please bring photo ID and Senior CSFP ID Card. If reapplying please bring proof of income and bill showing address. Absentee VOting Absentee voting for the 2010 Gen- eral Election begins October 5, 2010. For more information contact the county clerk's office at 542-9213 or 866-307- 0454 or hidclk@aznex.net. Horseshoe Tournament 2 nd annual Horseshoe Tournament at Chano's Farm in Glen Acres will be held on October 2, 2010. Registration from 9:00-9:45 and pitch time is 10:00 a.m. Shredded Beef Plate Sale A shredded beef plate sale, $6 each, will be held on Monday, October 4, 2010 from 11 AM to 5 PM at 221 East 'A' Street. Pick up or delivery available. Plates will include brisket, potato salad, beans, roll and dessert. To preorder call 542-9654 or 542-9441. Proceeds to benefit Kayla Gonzales' and Sarah Atilano's Capital One Bowl cheering trip. Animas Girl Scouts If you are interested in Girl Scouts in the Animas area and would like to reg- ister your daughter, please contact Jes- sica Rodriquez at 575-494-7882 or 575- 436-0888. 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. Line Dancing The Active and Alive Crooked Ha- los Line Dancing classes are held from 5-6 PM for intermediates and 6:15-7:30 PM for advanced at RV Traylor Elemen- tary School on Mondays and Wednes- days. For more information ca!l 575-537- 0248 ext. 227. Walking & Activity Club The Active and Alive Walking & Activity Club meets from 12-2 PM at the Special Events Center on Mondays and Wednesdays. For more information call 575-537-0248 ext. 227. Cancer support group Hidalgo County Health Consor- tium is offering a free on-line support group for those dealing with cancer or other medical needs. This support group offers support to survivors and caregivers or family and friends. The group leader is PLTC (people living through cancer) trained and is a survi- vor as well. Please email'the follow- ing to Chat or for more info: hidalgosurvivors group @yahoo.com Continued on Page3 VOLUME 10 ISSUE40 FRIDAY OCTOBER1, 2010 50 iI,l,,h,l,,.It,,Ih Jh,,'lhl Smag I on Papers 5026 ( aiifornla Avenue 5,W Hidalgo County .... ,c 9gi3b HERALI) Large 1-Topping PAL upper division undefeated The Lordsbung Police Athletic league (PAL) Pop Warner football team, upper division, above, Is currently sitting at 4-O after raveling to Silver Chy four weeks in a row. The Little Mavericks will be hosting games this Saturday at Maverick Stadium.The Rag game will begin at g:0 a.m., followed by the Lower Division at 10:30 a.m. and the Upper Division at 1 :Of p.m. Photo courtesy JAMIB DIAZ/Lordsbu Candidates in upcomong Hidalgo County election questioned by voters at public forum Candidates were placed on the hot here. We have to help ourselves." seat by voters at a special public forum The most pressing issue in Hidalgo held Monday, September 27, 2010. Nine County? According to the candidates of the ten cdidates vying for local of- across the bod, it's border security rices in the Novenlber 2, 2010 General All candidates agreed that the Election participated in the event, hosted county needs to be cleaned up in order by "tile Hidalgo County Herald. to attract businesses. Magistrate Judge candidate Mark When asked what their first priority Thomas was die only candidate who did would be if elected, Martinez said he'd not attend, like to tackle several budget issues. Ke The forum, held at the Lordsburg said roads were on the top of his list and Elks Lodge, was moderated by Jack Ramos pointed out the time and energy Cook, of Silver City. Candidates re -tile new Detention Center would require each asked several pro-written questions, Shannon also said she was interested in followed by numerous questions submit- delving into the budget and learning ted by the newly IOn audience members in attendance. Hidalgo County Commiion Candidates: Position l--David Ramos (D) and Ed Keff (R); Position 2--Larry Martinez (O) and Daft Reynolds Shan non (R) When asked about agriculture and how they would continue to support the industry, County Commission candi- dates Ed Ke, David Ramos and Dart Shannon shared their farming and ranch- ing roots d vowed to keep agricalte on the forefront. Candidate Larry Mardnez pointed out the importce of harnessing green energy d keeping the county involved in that evolving pro- eess Candidates we asked how they felt about making Hidalgo Cuunty a Sane- mary County The Sanctuary designation makes it illegal for county employees to inquire about immigration status of people with whom they come in coronet. This Sanctuary designation can he done at the city. county, state and federal level. Shannon said the question was a difficult one. While border security is very important, she said. she also feels all men are created equal and  gu anteed certain rights. Martinez and Ramos both said the Sanctuary designa- tion could not be implemented at the County level. Ke said that while he is absolutely against die sanctuary desig- nation he does feel those living along the border have a right to feel safe and that American citizens should demand protection from the federal government along the border. All commission candidates agreed it is important to encourage citizens to spend their money in Hidalgo County, as opposed to surrounding connties. Ros, who said he was forced to close his business, Losburg Auto, due to the poor economy, said "We need to keep all die money we can here at home d support local businesses. Business own- ers live here and have families living where every dollar is spent All candidates agreed that the En richment Center should be restored, es- pecially if it can be done through grants and won't cost the county anything. Hidalgo County Assessor Candidates: Tboodoro Castillo (D) and fody Hatch (R) County Assessor candidates Theodore Castilhi ld 3ndy Hatch were asked what skills they have that qualify them for the position they are seeking Hatch, who is currently serving as Hidalgo County's Districl Deputy Asses sot. stated that her four yes of experi- ence ill the pffice, along with her real estate background, make her the best candidate. Casdlhi said he has spent 19 years working with the City of Loldsburg, a large portion of that in the finance departmem, thus qualifying him for the position. He added that he is ready and willing to educate himself and the public on the policies of the office of Assessor. When asked if they had ideas to make the Assessor's office more efficient, the two cdidates had varying swers Castillo said he would like to ee the computer system used by the Assessor's office updated and would like to edu care the public through increased cue tomer ice and poblic relations Hatch, on the other hand, said she feels the o1: flee ns efficiently now "It' all about tax dollars," she said "We save money when we can?' She went on to point out that a computer system upgrade would be very expensive. Hidalgo County Sheriff Candidates: Saturnino Madero (D) and Warren Walter (R) Sheriff candidates were also asked heir views on a Sanctuary County and both agreed that if tawmake designated the County as such, they would enforce the law. Walter did say he doesn't be lieve it should be implemented and that the Sheriff's Department should not be expee[ed to patrol the border, but rather sere the citizens of Hidalgo County, Candidates were asked to assess the recent performance of the Hidalgu County Sheriff's Department and how they would steer it if elected. Madero, who cunen0y serves s Hidalgo County Undershetiff, said he would like to see an increase in community policing, which he feels has been neglected in re- cent years He said the equipment is top notch, now they need to get back into the communities. Walter, on the other hld, said "No, we're not happy with its peHurmance and, yes. I'd definitely steer it in a difierem direction?" When asked how to combat the im- migration issue in Hidalgo County, Walter said the local sheriff's office should assist when needed, but that Hidalgo County cannot afford to man See FORUM on Page 2 Montana Vista Subdivision to bring additional housing to Lordsburg A new subdivision is being pro- Rodtiguez to break the tie. He also voted posed in Lordsburg by Terazzs & Shultis Developers Montana Vista, which will be located behind Bisons Lumber and extend to Mountain View Road, will sit on 59.24 acres and will have all-new housing units. According to Robert Shultis. there is a need for housing in the area, espe eiaily with incensed Border Patrol pres- ence However, the 1, 2, 3 and 4 bed- room units will be available to anyone. Shultis gave the Lordsburg City Council and those in attendance a slide show presentation of plans for the sub- division. The homes will be Southwest urn in design and wig feature covered parking The developers plan to begin construction on the subdivision ely in 201 I, depending on funding. At the end of the regular meeting, the Council entered into Executive Ses- sion to disss limited persnnnel mat- ters. Upon their return, Mayer Frank Rodtiguez apologized to the citizens of Lordsburg for the way a check to Gentry Finance was handled. The issue had come up earlier in the meetmg by Councilor Manuel D.V. Saucedo when reviewing the bilIs and may have been discussed in the closed session Check #27563 in the amount of $368.23 was written tl Gentry Finance on August 20. 2010 as part of a gish merit requirement from Magistrate Court to the City of Lordsburg on employee Donna Adams. According to Saucedo in the regul meeting the Writ of Garnish- ment had not been satisfied when it should have, resulting in the large amoum being paid on August 23.20ffi at the Default Judgment Hearing. Adams' resignation as Lordsburg City Clerk was accepted by the Council at this same meeting, along with resig nations from the Afi Salinas Sr., Code Enforcement Officer, and two employ- ees at the Special Events Center, The cleaning contract at City Hall was brought before the Council, with only one hiddak participating. Ila Barker submitted a bid for $400 per month to clean the facility bi-monthly. Council ors Alex DeLaGarza, Dana Aedondo and Eddie fisquiveI all abstained from voting without stating reasons for doing so Councilors Saucedo, Ernest Gallegos d Elias Ruiz voted in favor of award- ing the contract to Bker, forcing Mayor in favor of awarding the bid to Barker. Lodgers Tax funding was handed out to Discover Hidalgo County in the amount of $2,5OO and to the Lordsburg Police Athletic League (PAL) in the amoam of $3,0OO. Vincent Ruiz, who was awarded Lodgers Tax funding for a May 2011 Bike Run. asked to be able to spend some of that funding on a bike n that will be held ill conjunction with Discover Hidalgo County on October 16 The Council approved his request. Absentee voting begins October 5 Any registered voter can vote ab- sentee through the mail or in-person'at the county courthouse at the Hidalgo County Clerk's Ofi3ce starting Tuesday, October 5. Those voting through the mail can now request an absentee application, which begins the absentee process. On October 5, absentee ballots will be totaled out to everyone who has returned an absentee application to the county clerk. Hidalgo County has always had a good turnout in absentee voting through the mail In the 2010 Primary Election 99% of the ballots mailed out wel i- turned and counted. The absentee board does an excellent job. They are trained and follow state mdates. An absentee voter can call the county clerk's office at anytime and ask if their ballot has bn ceived. No one will be denied the right to vote or die fight to have his/her vote counted. If you prefer to vote in-person you can do so at the county clerk's office starting October 5 ffoln 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.. this is when early voting begins. There will be a voting machine and staff ready to assist you. For more infoation, contact the county clerk's office at 542-9213 or g66- 307-0454 or h}dclk@aznex.d=, The Secretary of State's website: www.sos.stat,nlmus has abntee appli- cations that can be downloaded, voter infoation, poll locations, and sample ballots. AHS Drama presents "The 11 th' The Animas Auditorium was filled with tears onThursday night, September g3.Tbe AHS drama club put on a play about 9/1 t called "The 11'", written by David J. LeMaster. Dinner was served before the playj in the AHS cafeteria, and then the play tong place inside the auditorium.The drmatlc production gave an inside look on how people around the country reacted to the 9/11 attacks. It was filled with emotion and at the end of the play; there was even a slide show with actual picture= from the attacks.Them weren't very many dry eyes in the place when the play was over, as it made an impact on the whole audience. All th all, the night was a huge success for the drama club, and they ended up pulling off an thcreddile performance. Above, Drama students play their part as students and teacher in math class on 9/11 By ELIZABETH RICHINSlHitialgo County Herald UPCOMING !VENT Commodities CSFP Commodities for seniors 60 and above will be distributed on Tues- day, October 5, 2010 at Special Events Center, 502 West 2 od Street at 10:00 a.m. Please bring photo ID and Senior CSFP ID Card. If t eapplying please bring proof of thcom and bill showing address. Absentee VOting Absentee voting for the 2010 Gen- eral Election begins October 5, 2010. Fur more information contact the county clerk's office at 542-9213 or g66-307 0454 or halclk@aznex.net. Horseshoe Tournament 2 ' annual Horseshoe Tournament at Chano's Farm in Glen Acs will be held on October 2, 2010. Registration from 9:O0-9:45 and pitch time is 10:Of a,m, Shredded Beef Plate Sale A shredded beef plate sale, $6 each, will be held on Monday, October 4, 2010 from ] 1 AM IO 5 PM at 221 East 'A' Street. Pick up or delivery available. Plates will include brisket, potato salad, beans, roll d dessert. To preorder call 542 9654 or 542 9441. Prds to benefit Kayla nnza es' OGne BwI and Sarah Adlano's Capital Line Dancing 5y5-$37-o248 ex. 227. cheering trip The Active and Allve Crooked Ha- Cancersupp0rt gr0up Animas Girl Scouts his Line Dancing cl ........ held fronl Hidalgo County Health C ...... If you are interested in Girl Scouts 5-6 PM for intermediales and 6:15-7:30 rium is ollhring a free on-line support in the Animas area and would like to reg- PM for advanced at RV Traylor Elemen- group for those dealing with cancer or ister your daughter, please contact Jes tary School on Mondays and Wednes- other medical needs This support siea Rodfiquez at 575-494-7882 or 575 days. For more infoation call 575-537- group offers support to survivors and 436-0888. 0248 ext 227. caregivers or family and friends. The White Elephant Bingo Walking & Activity Club throughgrup leadercancer)iS trainedPLTC (peopleand is a livlngsurvi The 2 " annual White Elephant The Active and Alive Walking & vor as well. Please emaiPthe follow- Bingo will be held on October 2, IOl0 Activity Club meets from l2-2 PM al the ing to Chat or for more info: at theChano'PalaveraFm inGlenAes Special Events Center on Mondays and hidalgosurvivors group @yahoo.corn from 2-5 p.m. Wednesdays. 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