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VOLUME 10 ISSUE44 r FRIDAY OCTOBER 29, 2010 SmallTown Papers 5026 California Avenue SW Seattle,WA 98136 Ihl,d,d,,,,il,,ll,,ll,,,JI,I Voters in Hidalgo County, nationwide, to make big decisions, on Tuesday Voters in Hidalgo County, across New Mexico and across the nation will head to the polls next Tuesday, No- vember 2, to cast their ballots in the mid-term election. According to Hidalgo County Clerk Carmen Acosta, voters are al- ready coming out in record numbers for this important election. Overall there are 2,941 registered voters in Hidalgo County. As of Tues- day, October 26, more than 500 of those had already voted early or ab- sentee, one of the best years Acosta has seen, , ' Locally, there are five offices up for grabs, that of Magistrate Judge, Hidalgo County Commissioner Posi- tion 1, Hidalgo County Commissioner Position 2, Hidalgo County Sheriff, Hidalgo County Assessor and Hidalgo County Probate Judge. Magistrate Judge candidates are former Lordsburg Chief of Police Mark Thomas, Democrat, going up against educator Republican Nyla Walter. Seeking the office of Hidalgo County Commissioner, Position l, are former Commissioner David A. Ramos, Democrat, and rancher, edu- cator Ed "Bim" Kerr, Republican. In the race for Position 2, local business- woman Darr Reynolds Shannon, Re- publican, is facing Democrat and lo- cal business owner Larry P. Martinez. Current Chief Deputy County As- sessor Judy Hatch, Republican, is run- ning for the office against City Finance Officer Theodoro Castillo, Democrat. The office of Hidalgo County ". Sheriff is being contested by current Undersheriff Saturnino "Nino" Madero, Democrat, and Republican Warren W. Walter. The office of Hidalgo County Pro- bate Judge is unopposed and incum- bent Lloyd V. Payne will retain his position. Other state offices local voters will be casting ballots on include Gover- nor (Martinez vs. Denish), U.S. Rep- resentative District 2 (Teague vs. Pearce), Secretary of State (Herrera vs. Duran) and State Representative Dis- trict 39, featuring incumbent Demo- crat Rodolpho Martinez up against Republican Linda Pecotte. In addition there are numerous bond issues that are on the ballot this year. For more information on thoe issues, see pages 12 through 15 of this week's edition Of the Hidalgo County Herald. The last day to early vote will be Saturday, October 30, 2010, when the Hidalgo County Clerk's Office will opeh from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Polls will open on Tuesday, November 2, at 7:00 a.m. throughout the county. Voting precincts are as follows: Precinct #1: Special Events Cen- ter, 502 W. 2 "d Street, Lordsburg Precinct #2: James H. Baxter Civic Center, 313 East 4 'h Street, Lordsburg Precinct #3: Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department, 710 East 2 "d Street, Lordsburg Precinct #4: Virden Community Center, 110 Richmond Ave., Virden Precinct #5: Rodeo Community Center, t3 Hickory Street, Rodeo Precinct #6: Animas Community Center, 21 Maverick Road, Animas Abselttee Pecct:: Hidalgo County Courthouse," 3U0 ..,',.-epear; Street, Lordsburg For more information on polling places, contact the Clerk's Office at 575-542-9213 or email U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman addresses theTask Force meeting. For more photos, see Page 9 of this week's edition. Southwest New Mexico Energy and Green Jobs Task Force holds meeting in Lordsburg The SouthWest New Mexico Energy and Green Jobs Task Force, an initiative spearheaded by U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman, held a meeting in Lordsburg last Friday morning at the James H. Baxter Civic Center. The Southwest New Mexico Energy and Green Jobs Task Force serves as an open, effective and ongoing forum through which a broad range of stake- holders address regional challenges in developing, prioritizing and implement- ing renewable energy and energy effi- ciency initiatives. The Task Force also works to create green jobs on a sustained basis in Catron, Grant, Hidalgo and Luna Counties. The Task Force first met on April 6, 2010 after it became clear to Bingaman and his staff that many entities in the four county area had similar goals and challenges related to energy efficiency and renewable energy. Due to the region's rural nature and the small size of the communities, Bingaman convened the Task Force as a forum through which the strengths and resources of each en- tity within the region could be leveraged and the work to achieve goals could be shared to increase the success of all. Senator Bingaman is the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and has a strong in- terest in moving energy efficiency and renewable energy projects forward as a way to increase self-sufficiency and eco- nomic development in the region, as well as protect the environment. To date, the Task Force has focused on identifying strengths, gaps and needs as well as identifying piorities within the region with regard to energy effi- ciency and renewable energy. The Task Force has also served as an instrument to facilitate learning about funding oppor- tunities, patterns in federal and state poli- cies and to share information on what projects communities have already un- dertaken. Senator Bingaman was able to make the October 22, 2010 meeting in Lordsburg The next Southwest New Mexico Energy and Green Jobs Task Force meet- ing will be held on December 10, 2010 in Reserve. There are numerous groups partici- pating in the Southwest New Mexico Energy and Green Jobs Task Force, in- cluding the City of Lordsburg, Hidalgo County, Freeport McMoRan, USDA, Zia Engineering, BLM and New Mexico Fi- nance Authority. Petition established to keep . The backpacking group County BYA youth participate in backpacking trip. Submitted by ERIC MOORE/BYA Coor- dinator On September 25, the Bootheel Youth Association (BYA) took 22 youth and three sfaff into the Chiricahua Moun- tains in Arizona for an overnight back- packing excursion. Youth and staff went into the area of Cave Creek, where they ventured up- stream on the South Fork of Cave Creek. Of the youth who participated, 15 were from the Lordsburg area and seven were from the Animas area. During the back- packing trip, tlte youth learned about nature, fire building and wilderness safety. At night the youth learned to cook pizza on the fire, which surprisingly worked out well. The Bootheel Youth Association's next excursion is Rock Climbing, which will occur on Saturday the 23 'd of Octo- ber. The BYA has hired a local rock climb- ing expert to guide this event for health and safety reasons. In the near future, please take no- tice of the BYA youth as they will be observed cleaning up the streets of Lordsburg, in a service learning compo- nent called Trash-a-thon. The BYA is open to all youth Tuesday -Thursday from 4-8PM. On weekends we are open Friday 4-12 midnight and Saturday8-12 midnight. murderer behind bars On March 8, 1981, Richard Bejarano, of Lordsburg, was killed in cold blood and his wife, Karen, was shot and seriously injured in a robbery-gone- bad at the Lordsburg Dairy Queen. According to his wife, Karen Will- iams Bejarano McDonald, "Richard was a good man and told the men that they could have all the money and our car if they would just leave us alone. Instead, they took us in the back room and opened fire on us. Richard threw himself in front of me and I know he saved my life. I was shot five times. This crime not only affected me, but also our two sons and our entire family. I have had con- tinuous health problems since the shoot- ing and Richard's mother was never the same, dying a sad woman." One of the men, Walter Scott Finnel, is coming up for parole on this murder charge. The hearing is slated for early next year. Twelve jurors gave Finnel the death penalty. One judge removed him from death row in an attempt to help him. Richard Bejarano's widow, Karen, is working very hard to keep Finnel in prison for life. In an effort to do that, a petition has been established and she is asking all concerned citizens to sign the petition. Petitions are available with McDonald, at Saucedo's Supermarket and at the Hidalgo County Herald. Anyone wishing to write a person- alized letter to be considered in the pa- role hearing, they can be sent to: Ella Frank, Director NM Adult Parole Board, 45 Penitentiary Road 87508 Santa Fe NM 87508 or Francine Garcia, Victim Services Coordinator for Dept of Corrections POBox27116 Santa Fe NM 87502 Deadline extended for troops and veterans to claim stop loss pay Submitted by SEN. UDALL'S OFFICE/ Washington DC U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., last week amaounced that the Department of Defense has extended until Dec. 3 the deadline for active duty service mem- bers, veterans, and beneficiaries of ser- vice members whose service was invol- untarily extended due to "Stop Loss" to apply for Retroactive &top Loss Special Pay. Under the 2009 War Supplemental Appropriations Act, compensation is available to service members of every military branch who had their enlistment extended or retirement suspended be- . tween September 11, 2001, and Septem- ber 30, 2009, due to "Stop Loss," a policy utilized during major conflicts to quickly retain and generate forces to surge. The original deadline for claims, October 21, 2010, was extended as part of the continuing resolution signed by President Obama last month. Eligible Service members will receive $500 for every month they were on active duty after their discharge date. UPCOMING EVENTS Court closure Magistrate Court will be closed for any court business from 1-4pm on Octo- ber 29, 2010. We will have an open house reception for Linda Kuenstler who is re- tiring after 12 years of service to the Magistrate Court. Please come by and wish her the best on her retirement. 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. Pearce to visit Saturday Congressional candidate Steve Pearce will be in Lordsburg on Saturday, October 20, 2010, at 5:I5 pm at the E1 Charro Restaurant. The visit is part of Pearce's bus tour making its way across New Mexico. 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. Flu Shot Clinic HMS will give flu shots at the Animas Clinic on Saturday November 6, 2010 from 10AM - 2PM or until sup- ply is depleted. Pizza eating contest Mama Rosa's Pizza will hold its 3 'd annual Pizza Eating Contest on Hallow- een, October 31, beginning at 8:00 p.m. There will be four age groups. Breast Cancer T-shirts The LHS Cheerleaders will be sell- ing breast cancer awareness t shirts for $15 for the month of October. Ask any cheerleader or call the high School. Walk of Angels T-shirts orders are now being taken for the 2 nd 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 Discovei" Hidalgo County. For more information call Mary at 575-956- 3227 or Becky at 575-590-0172. 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 call 575-537- 0248 ext. 227. t l I ,.