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VOLUME 10 ISSUE43 FRIDAY OCTOBER 22, 2010 5O HidalgoCounty ihh,h,h,,,Ih,ll,,ll'"'lhl smallTox' Papers - S\\;V 507.6 Califorma venuc Seattle WA 9$36 North Park was PaCked with food, sales and information booths. For more photos, see Page 13 of this week's edition. Discover Hidalgo County hailed as a huge sucCess Courtesy submission Hundreds of Hidalgo County and surrounding area residents showed up for the first annual Discover Hidalgo County event at Lordsburg's North Park on Saturday, October 16. While some of the intended vendors were unable to at- tend, others showed up and helped make the event a huge success. Residents were kept busy all day with displays of ser- vices available to them, mer- chandise and Fernando Chavez won the overall tro- phy for display of his Chevy and Mike Eley of Silver City won $500 for his Pontiac Firebird. County Commission- ers Richard Chaires and Harold Kuenstler got a pie rn their faces. Winners of the Pie-Eat- ing Contest were Santos in the under 12- years old bracket: Will- iam Williams of Albuquerque won in the teen-age bracket; and P a b 1 o Montoya, also of Albuquerque won in the food booths adult category with a wide va- Marshall and Winnie Kuykendall were honored by default. riety of snacks for their long-lasting marriage and as great citi- The orga- and meals, en- zen contributors over the years, nizing commit- . tertainment Photos cOurtesy LINDY KERRIDiscover Hidalgo tee wishes to and music. games, a carnival, motorcycle bike run, and a car show and shine with enmes from around the area as well as local resi- dents. Prizes were given away every half- hour to car show entrants and to the gen- eral public. In the car category, local resident thank Mayor Rodriquez and the City of Lordsburg, Roger Ellis and the County Commission- ers. Western Bank, Diamond A Ranch. Lordsburg Cycle Works, Hidalgo County DWI Program, Project HEROES. Smith Ford, Kelly's Boot Shop, Gold Hill Out- post. Pilot's Travel Center. Bootheel NM recognized as oneof four most- improved, states forenergy efficiency. Information courtesy GOV. BILL RICHARDSON'S OFFiCESanta Fe Governor Bill Richardson last week announced that New Mexico made ma- jor strides in energy efficiency over the past year, according to the 2010 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard from the nonprofit and independent American Council for an Energy=Efficient Economy. New Mexico was named one of the four most-improved states, now ranked #22, moving up eight spots from the 2009 Scorecard ranking. "I'm pleased that our work in New Mexico to improve energy efficiency and conservation is being recognized," said Governor Bill Richardson. "Public poli- cies that help realize energy efficiency like energy efficient building codes, more public transportation, and electric util- ity energy efficiency programs help save money and create jobs." This is the fourth edition of the American Council for an Energy-Effi- cient Economy (ACEEE) State Energy Efficiency Scorecard. The Scorecard documents comprehensive state energy efficieqcy policy best practices, recog- nizes leadership among the states, and provides a roadmap for other states to follow. It also benchmarks state efforts on energy efficiency policies and pro- grams with the goal of encouraging states to continue to raise the bar in their effi- ciency commitments. While several states have been pursuing energy effi- ciency for decades and are leading the way, several new leaders are quickly emerging by adopting and implement- ing innovative new efficiency policies. The Scorecard finds that many states need to do much more to encourage en- ergy efficiency and cannot afford to be left behind. The full report is available online at report/e 107. "New Mexico has taken a number of steps under the leadership of Gover- nor Richardson to improve energy effi- See ENERGY EFFICIENCY on Page 2 Youth Association. Border-Line Fire- works, Flying J Travel Center, Darr Sh- annon. Valley Mercantile, Western Auto. CARES Suicide Prevention. Kerr for County Commissioner. and Oasis Com- passion Services for their financial sup- port and donation of prizes, and the many vendors and others who set up booths for the event. A special thank you is hereby given to the Lordsburg Police Department. Hidalgo County Emer- gency Medical Services and the Hidalgo County Fire Department for their assis- tance and setting up educational dis- plays. Plans are already underway for next year's event to be held on Saturday, Oc- tober 15 2011. The next organizational meeting will be held on Monday, Janu- ary 17, 2011 at a location to be deter- mined. For more information and to participate, please contact Dick Davis at (575) 590-0143. County Commission says "No" to road abandonment The Hidalgo County Commissmn considered the abandonment of an 8- mile stretch of road in southern Hidalgo County at their regular meeting last week at the Hidalgo County Courthouse. The issue, brought forth by land owner Seth Hadley of the Grey Ranch. was brought up at last month's meet- ing and was slated to be reconsidered last week in an effort to assign a viewer panel to determine whether or not the road should be abandoned. The sec- tion of C-001 requested for abandon- ment is one of two available accesses into Cloverdale and US Forest land. Commissioner Harold Kuenstler kicked off discussion of the matter by stating he did not feel a viewer panel was necessary because he was not will- ing to abandon the road. regardless of what the viewer's report would be. "When you close roads that pro- vide access to the forest, you're not doing the population any favors," Kuenst!er said. "You are, in essence. cutting into their rights." He .went on to state that county roads are always an area of concern. being expensive and hard to maintain. He added, however, that he doesn't favor closing roads and a good road system is needed in order for a county to grow. "'I appreciate all that the Grey Ranch does for our county," Kuenstler said, "but when it comes to closing roads. I don't see the need for it." Landowner Seth Hadley reiterated his reasons for wanting to close the road. including the fact that the alter- nate route, on Batallion Road. is a faster route. He said he could see no sense in the county maintaining two roads to the same location and cited it as an improper use of taxpayer dollars. Since the issue of a viewer panel was not a welcome one with Kuenstler, Chairman Joey Mora then put the is- sue before the'Commission. Commis- sioner RichardChaires said he wanted to hear pros and cons on the closure from those in the audiehce. Those against the closure who spoke to the Commission included Hadley's neighbors Meira Gault, Levi Klump and Judy Keeler. Reasons for keeping the road open included greater Border Patrol .access along the border, the possibility of tourism development in the future and the fact that the sec- tion of road in question is a better qual-, ity road. Hadley was the only one present who was willing to speak in favor of abandonment. The issue died when no Commissioner was willing to make a motion to abandon the road. In other business. Commissioners heard from Charlie Deans of Community By Design, the company awarded the contract to develop a Comprehensive Plan for the county. He asked for a 6-12 member citizen task force to help shape the plan. Commissioners agreed to be- gin gathering names. Edward Elbrock submitted a request to the Commission to assume mainte- nance on a half mile section of road in Animas Acres. Chairman Mora said that the county currently lack criteria in mak- ing such decisions. A wewer panel will be formed and the issue will be revisited next meeting. Health Office announces flu shot clinics The following flu shot clinics have been set up by Hidalgo Public Health Office: Thursday, Oct 21st at Lordsburg Health Office: 9:15 a.m. to 11:45 a:m., 1 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, Oct 27th at Rodeo Gro- cery Store: 10:30 a.m. -12 p.m. Wednesday, Oct 27th at Animas Health Clinic: 1:30 p.m.- 3 p.m. Please remember to bring you Medi- care/ Medicaid Card. For further infor- mation, please call 575-542-9391. Football Homecoming court- (R to L) Freshmen Duchess and Duke-Kyli Moore, Colton Allen; Sophomore Princess and Prince-Sky Melosevich, Johnny Parke; Junior Princess and Prince-Chelsea Rodriguez, Chuy Ramirez; Senior Queen and King-Kayla Shelton, Gabriel Hernandez AHS holds football homecoming on October 9 By ELIZABETH RICHINSlHidalgo as they took another win. Scores from sentatives were Rosie Shiffman andMar- County Herald Animas High School had their Foot- ball Homecoming Ceremony on Satur- day, October 9 th. at the Billy Henson Sta- dium in Animas. The volleyball game was the day before, on Friday, against the Quemado Eagles. Since the Eagles don't have a JV team. the Animas JV split into two separate teams and scrimmaged each other and both teams played really well. The Varsity girls had a great game, the matches were 25-5. 25-113, and 25- 19. The following day was the football game against Foothills at one o'clock. The Panthers dominated during the game. smashing Foothills 50-0. Mercy rule was applied, and the game ended in the 3 rd quarter. Immediately after the game was the Homecoming Ceremony. The elementary representatives were Alexis Massey and Erik Sanchez. The middle school repre- quis Mashak. while the Student Coun- cil representatives were Elizabeth Richins and Eduardo Elias. Freshman Duke and Duchess were Colton Allen and Kyli Moore. Sophomore Prince and Princess were Johnny Parke and Sky Melosevich. while Junior Prince and Princess were Jesus Ramirez and Chelsea Rodriguez. The 2010 Senior King and Queen were Gabriel Hernandez and Kayla Sbelton. UPCOMING EVE NTS Rummage Sale The Lordsburg Elks Lodge will hold a Rummage Sale on Saturday, October 23, 2010 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Donations will be accepted on Friday, October 22. 2010 from 9 to 5 p.m. at the Elks Lodge. To schedule donation pick up, contact- Annette George at 505-469-6854 or Brenda Hood at 575-590-0377. Halloween carnival A free Halloween Carnival will be held on Friday, October 29, 2010 from 4-7 p.m. at the Rodeo Community Cen- ter. The event, sponsored by the Rodeo, NM Boy/Cub Scout Tropp #5420. will feature a cake walk, :bingo, football throw, ring toss and other games and prizes. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. A dance by Amplified Atti- tude, will be held from 7:30 p.m. till mid- night. Cost is $5 per person. $8 per couple. Free yard sale First Baptist Church of Lordsburg will hold a FREE yard sale in the park- ing lot of the church on Saturday, Octo- ber 23, 2010 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Martinez to visit Susana Martinez, Republican can- didate for governor of New Mexico, will be at the E1 Charro Restaurant on Sun- day, October 24, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. the public is invited to attend VSO to visit ,. Reggie Price. Veterans Service Of- ricer from New Mexico Department of Veterans' Services, will be available to meet with veterans and/or their families on Wednesday 27,2010 at the Lordsburg City Hall. Office hours will be from 10am-2pm. For better assistance, please bring a copy Of the veterans' discharge papers. More information is available b calling Reggie in the Silver City of- fice at 575-538-2377. 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 Page2 Parking Lot at the 1st Baptist Church,Lordsburg Saturday, Oct. 23 9 AM to Noon