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VOLUME 10 ISSUE41 ˘ FRIDAY OCTOBER 8, 2010" 50˘ Hidalgo County ihh,[,,h,,lll,,ll,,ll,,"lhl smallTown Papers 5(}26 Califorma Avenue SW Seattle WA 99136 = NM $10.7 million to aid struggling homeowners Courtesy information U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman this week announced that New Mexico will recmve $10.7 million to help struggling 'homeowners stay in their homes. The funds come throdgh the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HOD). The Wall Street Reform and Con- sumer Protection Act, signed into law earlier this year, set aside funding to implement the Emergency Homeowners Loan Program. Funds offered through the program assist homeowners by offering a declin- ing balance, deferred payment "bridge loan" (non-recourse, subordinate loan with zero interest) for up to $50,000 to assist eligible homeowners with pay- ments of arrearages, including delinquent taxes and insurance plus up to 24 months of monthly payments on their mortgage principal. interesta mortgage insurance premiums, taxes, and hazard insurance. " "Like Americans across the coun- try, many hardworking New Mexicans are struggling to keep up with their bills. This funding will help many New Mexico families remain in their homes,~' Bingaman said. HUD expects to begin receiving applications later this year. For more information˘ please contact: Albuquerque Field Office Department of Housing and Urban Development Centurion Silver 625 Silver Avenue. SW Suite 100 Albuquerque. NM 87102-3185 Phone: (505) 346-6463 Email: Customer Servic~ Fax: (505) 346-6704 latest Courtesy information Operating Lordsburg stu Last week, the Albuquerque Jour- nal reported that ranchers near Animas, NM have submitted a petition to the Border Patrol Agency, requesting that a new site for a Forward Operating Base (FOB) be moved closer to the border. The current planned site is nearly 20 miles from the border. A parcel of land owned by the Bureau of Land Management about seven miles north of Mexico was proposed, but rejected due to wildlife concerns. From the article: "A group of Hidalgo County ranch- ers and other residents is protesting the proposed location of a Border Patrol sub- station near Animas. about 20 miles from the border, saying it would offer better protection if it was farther south...[Ranchers] said they might get a personal advantage from having the sub- station nearby, possibly deterring traffic from their homes, but said they prefer a rejected BLM parcel seven miles north of the border." "During last week's debate on bor- der security, Cbngressman T.eague touted that he had been down to the area listening to constituents and that this new base would secure the border. However. 110 of his own con- stituents on the border clearly disagree ~vith his assessmenL" said Pearce cam- paign spokesman Jason Heffiey. "Build- ing a Border Patrol site 20 miles from the border does not make us more safe, and will not stop the rampant drug and human smuggling." Steve Pearce added, "The ranchers' who submitted this petition have legiti- mate concerns, and their suggestion of constructing the FOB on a rejected par- cel of BLM land is a great one. Unfortu- nately, our government is letting special interests get in the way of border secu- rity. It's time to start listening to our bor- der constituents who deal with these horrendous problems every day, instead of building checkpoints too far away to have a real impact." Local attorney brings Constitution Day to Animas fifth graders Above, elementary students prepare for take off. focusing on physical fitness Courtesy submission Students at Southside and Central Elementary Schools have been partici- pating in the Presidential Fitness Test m their physical education classes. This test measures fitness levels .of our stu- dents and they are able compare their results to students their age across the United States. There are five components to the fit- hess test: Sit-ups measure abdominal strength/endurance, the shuttle run mea- sures speed and agility, v-sit reach mea- sures flexibility, pull-ups/push-ups mea- sure upper body strength/endurance, and the half mile/ one mile run measures heart and lung (cardiovascular) endur- ance. works to In order to achieve the Presidential Award, students must perform in the 85th percentile in all five areas. That means they must be better than 85% of students their age across the U.S. To receive the National Award students must perform in the 50th percentile in all five areas. Recently the students ran the half mile/mile at the new track at LHS. Courtesy information Last week. Harry Teague announced that he is cosponsoring a bill aimed at reducing drunk driving. The Research of Alcohol Detection Systems for Stop- ping Alcohol-related Fatalities Every- where (ROADS SAFE/Act of 2010 IH.R. bat drunk driving Drunk Driving (MADD). "Part of my commitment to keeping our communities safe is to address the issue of drunk driving. New Mexico has seen success in reducing the number of DUI fatalities through in-vehicle tech- nology to prevent drunk driving but we 4890) would provide funding for re-- -need to utilize all available resources to searchers to develop possible in-car de- continue to combat this dangerous sta- vices that can prevent a person from stai't- tistic." said Harry Teague. "There are ing their vehicle if their blood alcohol people and organizations out there com- level is too high. Teague announced his ing up with innovative ways to make sure support for the bill as he mel with the no one ever becomes the victim of a New Mexico chapter of Mothers Against drunk driving accident again and we should put our full support behind them to ensure their success. I am proud to have another opportunity to work with Senator Udall to take a New Mexico law that will save lives and make it the law of the land.'" The ROADS SAFE act includes $12 million a year for five years to fund the research and development of technolo- gies that will stop a person from drunk driving. Some of the preventative meth- ods being researched include an engine start button that can determine Blood Alcohol Content and sensors that moni- tor the driver's breath or eye-movements. New Mexico Senator Tom Udall spon- sored the legislation in the Senate. "The ROADS SAFE Act is about eliminating drunk driving, and this bill is one of the steps that will make this possible in our lifetime" said Lora Lee Ortiz. Executive Director of New Mexico's Mothers Against Drunk Driv- ing (MADD). "Everyone involved in this initiative's basic interest is saving lives and it's commendable that so many are coming together to come up with a solu- tion 7 Last year. drunk driving killed New Mexico attorneys and judges helped fifth graders around the state study the U.S. Constitution during the week of Sept. 13-17, commemorating,the signing of the Constitution on Sept. 17,1787.The State Bar's Public and Legal Services Department and the Public Legal Education Commission coordinated activities with schools by supplying pocket-sized booklets of the Constitution, lesson plans, and visits by attorney volunteers. Attorneys partnered with 'teachers to lead discussions on freedom and liberty to 7,700 students in classrooms throughout the state. A total of 138 attorneys and jt~dges volunteered their time, and more contributed to the program by donating money to cover the cost of classroom materials. Above, local attorney Manuel D.V. Saucedo represents the State Bar of NM at Animas Elementary School. Information courtesy STATE BAR of NMIAIbuquerque .Mavericks wearing pink this week Lordsburg High School athletes, ~heerleaders, coaches and officials will be wearing pink to promote cancer aware- ness this week. Donations were taken at Tuesday's volleyball game against Mesilla Valley Christian and will also be taken at Friday night's football game against Ruidoso. All donations will be given to charity. Friday is also deemed Military Ap- preciation Night by PAL and the Ameri- can Legion. Maverick/Troop dog tags will be given away. 11,773 people nationwide and caused 114 DUI fatalities in New Mexico. Ac- cording to a study by MADD, New Mexico ranked #25 out all states in the past year for drunk driving incidents. with 32% of the total traffic deaths be- ing DUI related. ntee voting began ber 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 vomr 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 m-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. 2 ?:d: UPCOMING EVENTS Commodity Distribution TEFAP Commodities will be distrib- uted on Tuesday, October 19. 2010 at Special Events Center. 502 West 2"d Street at 1:30 p.m. Do not arrive early and bring proof of income and address and photo id for all household members. Menudo/Bake Sale There will be a Menudo and Bake Sale on Sunday, October 10, 2010 at 312 E. 8t~ Street. Menudo is $6/32 ounce cup. Proceeds to benefit Emily Aquino and Valerie Mendoza's 2011 Capital One Bowl Cheer Performance. LEPC Meeting An LEPC meeting will be next Thursday, October 14. 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at the Public Safety Building. The pub- lic is invited to attend. Medicare Part D, Health Care Reform Rosa Torres, Southern Regional Coordinator, with Aging & Long-Term Services, will be joining the Diabetes Support Group in Lordsburg on Wednes- day, October 27,2010, in the HMS Con- ference Room, 530 E. DeMoss St.@10:00-11!00 a.m. Everyone wel- come. Since enrollment for Medicare D is November 15~ through December 31 ~', she will not_ be enrolling anyone on that day, although, she'll be glad to help with addressing any concerns or answer ques- tions on Health Care Reform. Medicare D. Extra Help, The Donut Hole. & other similar issues you may have. Walk of Angels T-shirts orders are now being taken for the 2nd annual Walk of Angels. Cost is $10 without picture and $15 with pic- ture. Must be paid in full by Nov. 5, 2010. Orders will also be taken at North Park during Discover Hidalgo County• For more information call Mary at 575-956- 3227 or Becky at 575-590-0172. Absentee Voting Absentee voting for the 2010,Gen- eral Election began October 5. 2010. For more information contact the county clerk's office at 542-9213 or 866-307- 0454 or hidclk@aznex.net. Continued on Page3 First Baptist Church Oct, 10-13 6:30 PPl Key. Ron Cross. Evangelist Bro. Phil Pressler. Music Leader gu- y.on i, ,iO.d to coo 4