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VOLUME 15 ISSUE 43 FRIDAY OCTOBER 23, 2015 75 Hidalgo County SrnalITown Papers 217 West Cota Street Shelton, WA 98584 LOCALLY O ED & OPERATED 575-494-1385 www.ppcnm.cQrn brate nd Elks to Week Red Ribbon Week will begin Octo- ber 26 and lasts through FridaY October 30th. This is a week in which we support and celebrate saying "No tc Drugs". HCSO/D.A.R.E and the Lordsburg Elks Lodge #1813 have planned several fun ac- tivities to coincide with this nationwide week of awareness. Below you will see the sched- ule of the events we will be sponsoring. HCSO/D.A.R.E and the RIBBON Lordsburg Elks Lodge #1813 C A Iv[ PA 1 G N would like to encourage ev- eryone to participate and would also like to announce that there will be a prize rewarded to the class with the most spirit throughout the week. Monday - "Team up against Drugs" - Wear your favorite team jer- sey/shirt Tuesday - "Give Drugs the boot" - Wear westem Wednesday - "Sock it to Drugs" - wear crazy socks or mismatch socks Thursday - "Dare to be a Hero" - Wear camouflage Friday - "Red out Day" - Wear Red If you have any questions about these events, please contact Chief Deputy Maria Sanchez at 575-542-3833 or Commission proclaims Oct. Discover Hidalgo draws large crowd to fairgrounds Record turnout was reported at last weekends' Discover Hidalgo event held at the Hidalgo County Fairgrounds on Saturday, October 17, 2015. Activities throughout the day included Mud Bogs, a car show, health screenings, a bounce house, vendors, a Dutch oven cook off, an obstacle course, a magic show, mariachis and Flamenco dancers. New to this year's festivities was a fiddling contest, above. Honored as Golden Oldies were Jr. and Grace Gomez, of Rodeo, with Leon and Margaret Speer being selected as Honorary Golden Oldies. For more photos of this year's event, see Page 9 of this week's edition. Courtesy photo Border Patrol intercepts million in marijuana Information courtesy USC&BP/E1 Country Road 1 (CR1), an AMO hell- Paso Sector copter pilot sighted the truck as it con- LORDSBURG, New Mexico - tinued north. Realizing that law enforce- Agents in New Mexico and west Texas ment was closing in, the alleged smug- were successful this week in derailing glers turned their truck around and at- attempts to smuggle marijuana after they tempted to make their way back to arrested four suspected smugglers and Mexico. Agents on the ground quickly seized over $1.5 million in marijuana arrived at the scene, and by using a "con- using various technology, trolled tire deflation device", they dis- Shortly after 4:00 p.m. on Wednes- abled the vehicle. day, October 14, Border Patrol agents The two individuals who were in- working in southwestern New Mexico side the vehicle were later identified as were alerted to possible illicit activity Jose Vara Perez and Jesus Salcedo by sensors in the area. Agents responded Ramirez, both citizens of Mexico. They to the sensor activity in this remote area, attempted to flee on foot, but were un- also known as the "boot-heel" of New able to evade arrest due to the presence Mexico. Historically the area has often of the AMO helicopter. A search of the been used by smugglers to transport il- vehicle led to the discovery of 1,814 licit contraband. With agents on high pounds of marijuana, with an estimated alert, a search of the area began, andCBP street value of $1,451,000. The sus- Air and Marine Operations (AMO) assis- pected smugglers, the vehicle, and con- tance was called in. traband were transported to the -After a brief search of the area, Lordsburg Border Patrol Station for pro- agents located a Ford F-250 pickup com- cessing. The Drug Enforcement Admin- ing from the direction of the suspected istration (DEA) was notified of the sei- activity. As the vehicle headed north on zure and took custody of the individu- By Lordsburg Mayor Arthur Clark Smith als and the marijuana. Early Tuesday morning, while per- forming surveillance duties, agents as- signed to the Clint Border Patrol Station agents observed two individuals carry- ing large backpacks just west of the Tor- nillo Port of Entry. After briefly losing sight of the individuals, agents began See MARIJUANA on Page 9 I invite you to attend a meeting on so hard on this year's Discover Hidalgo, Monday, October 26, 2015 at 5:30 and thanks to all the volunteers in the P.M. at the Lordsburg City City of Lordsburg and Hidalgo that con- CounCil Chambers. The purpose of the tinue to make our community a good meeting is to meet with Mr. Luis place to live. Congratulations to Jr. and Gonzales from Arizona Native Ventures Grace Gomez and Leon and Margaret L.L.C, Consulting in Economic Devel- Speer for your selection as Discover opment and Indian Gaming Regulation, Hidalgo Golden Oldies and Honorary Mr. Manny Sanchez, and two investors Golden Oldies. All of you are an inspira- from Florida and Canada to discuss the don to all of us as you have done so much Hidalgo Downs racino project. We will to help our communities. also discuss the licensing process and The City Of Lordsburg and a group future meetings with the New Mexico of local citizens are working with the Racing Commission. The meeting will Southwest Regional Housing and Com- let us know if we, as a community, want munity Development Corporation, to move forward on the project, which received a $15,000 grant from Thank you to the City Of Lordsburg PNM to rebuild and put into operation Departments, Lordsburg Elks lodge the water fountain at the underpass on 1813, our friends in Rodeo and all citi- Motel Drive. We are looking at solar pan- zens for coming out to watch and visit els for the power source on this project. with our guests coming through This is part of the City of Lordsburg's Lordsburg and Hidalgo County with the metropolitan redevelopment Plan. Historic military convoy that honored all A local citizen sent me this saying our veterans to have served our great and I am going to use it at the end of my country, city corners: "Before you Thank you to everyone who worked complain...have you volunteered yet?" Animas Public raises money for "Red Ribbon Week" in Hidalgo County Herald staffreport bon Campaign. NFP provides drug The Hidalgo County Commission awareness by sponsoring the annual Na- signed off on a proclamation last week tional Red Ribbon Celebration. Since its that officially proclaims October 23-31, beginning in 1985, the Red Ribbon has 2015 as "Red Ribbon Week". touched the lives of millions of people The proclamation names the around the world. In response to the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office and the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, revived D.A.R.E. program as organiza- angered parents and youth in communi- tions that value the health and safety of ties across the country began wearing all Hidalgo County citizens. It adds that Red Ribbons as a symbol of their corn- substance abuse continues to be damag- mitment to raise awareness of the killing ing to children and is a contributing fac- and destruction cause by drugs in tor in three leading causes of death in America. teens--accidents, homicides and sui- Enrique (Kiki) Camarena was a cides. Drug Enforcement Administration Agent The goal of Red Ribbon week is to who was tortured and killed in Mexico involve families, schools, businesses, in 1985. When he decided to join the US churches, law enforcement agencies and Drug Enforcement Administration, his service organizations in all aspects of the mother tried to talk him out of it. "I'm Red Ribbon campaign while establish- only one person", he told her, "but I want ing an atmosphere that supports aware- to make a difference." ness, education and ongoing initiatives On Feb. 7, 1985, the 37-year-old to prevent iUegal drug use. Camarena left his office to meet his wife About Red Ribbon Week: for lunch. Five men appeared at the The National Family Partnership agent's side and shoved him in a car. One organized the first Nationwide Red Rib- See RED RIBBON WEEK on Page 5 pport Pink Day" I Courtesy submission while some ran, and others even sprinted, Tuesday, October 6, 2015 was but it didn't matter because everyone was Animas High School's support pink day there to support the local families. Mere- as part of homecoming. The event of the bers of AHS student council showered day was the 5k pink color run to help the participants with pink powder and raise money to support two local fami- held up signs encouraging them to keep lies in their loved ones' fight against can- on going at various color stations cer. throughout the course. The last color Participants started the 3.2 milestation was at the finish line back at the course at the AHS track. Some walked" track. Afterwards, the junior class had a nts hamburger fry, where participants could help themselves to a hamburger meal or a cold drink after the run. With all of the participants of the 5k paying $10 to run, $1500 was raised, and the junior class contributed $230. On Saturday, October 10, at half time of the homecoming football game, JoettaKarsten and Dara Moore received their checks of the money raised. UPCOMING EVENTS Trunk or Treat Come join us as the Lordsburg As- sembly of God Church will be hosting a Fall "Trunk or Treat" and more where we will be giving away goodies on October 31, 2015 from 6 to 8 p.m. in front of Farm- ers Insurance on Main Street. This is a free event and open to the public. Customer Appreciation Saucedo's Shursaving Supermarket will be celebrating "Customer Apprecia- tion Day" on Saturday October 24 from 11 AM till 5 PM. The will be free food, drinks, music and giveaways. APS to host Fall Fest The Animas Schools Fall Fest will be October 31st from 5pm-7pm followed by Trunk or Treat. The activities will take place at the high school gym and parking lot. There will be a costume contest, trunk decorating contest, cake/goodie walk, photo booth, darts, pumpkin bash and toss, ring toss, hamburger dinner and much more. Come join the fun while sup- porting our school. Questions please call 575.548.2298 Farm Bureau mtg. Oct. 22 The Hidalgo County Farm Bureau will hold its annual meeting on Thurs- day, October 22, 2015 at 6:00 p.m, at the James H. Baxter Civic Center, 313 E. 4th Street. Come and join us for a delicious barbecue dinner, meet the New Mexico Farm Bureau's new CEO Chad Smith, and hear Dr. Gopalan from NMSU speak on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)--Fact, Fiction and Fears. RSVP to George Jackson at 575-542-3660. Women's Salad Luncheon The Lordsburg Assembly of God "G.A.L.S. will host a Salad Luncheon for women of all ages on Monday, Novem- ber 9, 2015 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 701 Animas Street. Women are invited to join in fellowship and to bring your favorite salad. For more information con- tact Lucy at 575-534-5292 or Eileen at 575-313-6528. Benefit Dinner Oct. 22 tion contact Bobble Massey at, 575- 640-2370 or Alysha Wagley at alyshawagley@, (575) 649-7528. WCC hosts Family Night You are invited to a dinner and si- Valley View Community Church in lent auction to benefit Dara Moore in Cotton City is hosting a Fall Family Fun her fight against cancer on Thursday, Night on Thursday, November 5'h begin- October 22, 2015 form 5:00pm - 8:00pm ning at 5:30. We will enjoy roasting at the Animas School Cafeteria. You will hotdogs, campfire s'mores, and games. have your choice of chicken breast or A Teen Movie Night will begin at 7:00. pork tenderloin plated dinner with do- Please bring a side dish to share. nations of $10.00 adult and $5.00 child, ages 12 and under. For more informa- Continued on Page 3