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VOLUME 11 ISSUE 43 FRIDAY OCTOBER 28, 2011 75¢ Hidalgo County I Football & Volleyball are underway in Hidalgo Countyl Support our youth athletlcsl NM senators introduce bill to increase border commerce Courtesy submission Cards for Mexican nationals traveling U.S• Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall last week introduced legisla- tion to expand to 75 miles the zone in which certain Mexican nationals can travel into New Mexico to shop, con- duct business, and/or visit family. Currently, Mexican nationals hold- ing Border Crossing Cards, also known as Laser Visas, are permitted to travel 25 miles into the United States for a period of 30 days without obtaining additional permits. The initiative was created with the purpose of enhancing the ability of frequent, low-risk visitors to visit border communities and engage in economic activity. While this has had a positive impact on many border cities and towns in other states, in New Mexico the 25- mile limit keeps the state's three largest border cities -- Las Cruces, Lordsburg and Deming -- from receiving the same economic benefits. In 1999 the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) issued a rule that allowed individuals to travel up to 75 miles into the state of Arizona to visit Tucson. The Senators' legislation, the Southern New Mexico Economic Devel- opment Act of 2011, would expand the geographical limit for Border Crossing within the State of New Mexico to 75 miles - the same as in Arizona. "This legislation would encourage lawful border commerce, boosting eco- nomic activity in New Mexico border communities hit hard by the economic downtum and in a manner consistent with our border security needs," Bingaman said. "In these tough economic times, it is critical that we do all we can to help New Mexico businesses in our border communities. Currently, Border Cross- ing Card holders can travel to cities like E1 Paso, but not nearby Las Cruces, Deming or Lordsburg. This legislation makes a simple modification to boost commerce in important New Mexico communitieswith respect to our border security," Udall said. Bingaman and Udall have also writ- ten to Department of Homeland Secu- rity Secretary Janet Napolitano asking that the Department revise its regulations to extend the geographical zone in New Mexico. Biometrie Border Crossing Cards are only issued to those individuals who have undergone background, fingerprint and security checks. Don't let Autumn fool you-fire danger on Gila National Forest is high Submitted by GILA NATIONAL FOREST It is dry on the Gila National Forest; the current fire danger is High! Since early October, the Forest has had two human-caused wildland fires due to be- low average rainfall received this past summer and the dry winter of 2010/2011 when minimal snow was received• The most recent human caused fire was re- ported today and is called the Terry Fire; the other fire was the Gallinas Canyon Fire reported on October 2rid at 0.1 acre. The Terry Fire is located about 3 Vz miles northeast from the junction of NM 35 and Forest Road (FR) 150• It is on the west side of FR 150 and a mile past North Star Mesa. Fire fighters have been dispatched m suppress the fire. "Wildfires during the autumn months are not common as the monsoon rains of July through mid-September normally have passed with the summer rains greening up the forest. But with the below average summer rainfall and the past dry winter, the grasses, shrubs, and forest ground litter such as pine needles and branches are already dry and brittle," adds Forest Supervisor Russell. Fire prevention tips to follow when visiting the forest or other public lands: • When finished with the use of a campfire, completely extinguish it by drowning the fire with water,-stirring it, and drowningit again• Never leave a campfire unattended! • Be careful with outdoor appliances such as gas lanterns, barbeques, gas stoves, and anything that can be a source of ignition for a wildfire• • Park vehicles away from dry grass and avoid driving through tall grass. • Dispose of a lit cigarette or other smoking materials appropriately. LPD, Elks join forces against drugs The Lordsburg Police Department, along with the Lordsburg Elks Lodge #1813, teamed Up in honor of Red Rib- bon Week to distribute drug awareness items in the Lordsburg Municipal Schools Monday morning. Students at R.V. Traylor, Southside and Central El- ementary Schools received red rib- bons and coloring books. Pictured above are Lordsburg Chief of Police Greg Martinez, R.V.Tray!or Elementary School Principal Allie Pelayo, Elroy T. Elk, NM Elks State Drug Awareness Chairman Suehaye Marquez and Lordsburg Elks' Americanism Chair- man Julie Montenegro. At right, Chief Mrtinez and Mary Silvas hand out drug awareness coloring books to pre- schoolers at RVT.The Elks' is also spon- soring a door-decorating contest at RVT and third and fourth graders were invited to entert a poster contest in which the winning drawings become part of the Elks' Drug Awareness col- oring books. Lordsburg and Animas Schools are holding Red Ribbon activi- ties all week. Herald staff photos BYA climbs Knights Peak Last Saturday, October 22 "d, fifteen local youth and BootheelYouth Association (BYA) staff climbed Knights Peak (6602 ft.) a mountain located approximately 12 miles north of Eordsburg. Groups of climbers used two-way radios to communi- cate health and safety concerns back to base camp, approximately 1.5 miles away and 1000 feet below. During the event, the youth practiced the Project Venture Core Values, which included, taking care of self and others; being here; being honest; setting goals; and being safe. At the Peak, youth found a jar with a small notebook in it, where they logged their names. During the event, two different species of rattlesnake were observed including the Mohave rattlesnake and the Western Diamondback rattlesnake. Pictured above are the youth at the outset of the excursion with 12 feet of submarine sandwiches. Courtesy photo NM Cattle ,drawers to meet in Lordsburg Noi,e0000ber 10 The New Mexico Cattle Growers Association (NMCGA) will hold its southwest regional meeting in Lordsburg at 6 p.m. on Thursday, No- vember 10 at Kranberry's Restaurant, 1405 Main Street. "We invite hope anyone who is. in- terested and/or involved in the cattle in- dustry, whether or not they are NMCGA members, will join us in Lordsburg," said Bert Ancell, NMCGA President, Springer. "The program will include important information for cattle producers, and we hop.e, will give people a chance to learn more about the Association." Getting information into the hands of producers will bethe focus of the meet- ing, with updates on issues including animal traceability, wildlife issues, ani- mal welfare, renewable energy, Outstand- ing Natural Resource Waters designa- tions, the Department of Labor's Child Labor Law proposed rule. The group will also discuss the upcoming 20t 1 Joint Stockmen's Convention and 2012 legis- lative session "It's critical for today's cattle pro- ducers to be welt-informed, both about the cattle business and outside influ- ences that have such a big impact our operations and the industry as a whole," Ancell said. "We look forward to shar- ing our information with local ranchers, and receiving input from them on issues important to their operations." For more information, or to reserve a seat, please contact the NMCGA office at (505) 247-0584. Pearce applauds County f0r taking a stand on FOB Courtesy information Last week, Congressman Steve Pearce issued the following statement in regard to Hidalgo County's resolution asserting their preferred site for the For- ward .Operating Base that will be built in the county; "I commend the Hidalgo County Commission for listening to constituents and passing a resolution to let Border Patrol know of their preferred site for the Forward Operating Base," said Pearce. "Border issues are of great concern to New Mexicans, and they have the right to be involved in the decision making process. The people are best served when everyone is at the table on decisions such as these. Cooperation between local and federal government is imperative to en- sure that the voice of the people is heard." On October 12'h, Hidalgo County Commissioners voted on a resolution to assert their preference of the Forward Operating Base closest to the border. UPCOM NG EVENTS Arts & Crafts festival An Arts and Crafts Festival spon- sored by the Mixed Nuts will be held on November 19, 2011 at the Rodeo Com- munity Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch will be available• Local and area artisans and vendors welcome. For more information call 575-557-2311 or 575- 557-2372• Veterans Officer 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 Friday October 28, 2011 at the Lordsburg City Hall. Office hours will be from 10am-3pm. For better assistance., please bring a copy of the veterans' dis- charge papers. More information is available by calling Reggie in the Sil- ver City office at 575-538-2377. Fall Festival The Assembly of God Church will be hosting a "Fall Festival" from 3:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. October 29, 2011 at the Student Invasion Building, 1032 E. • Motel Drive. The event is free and open to the public• There will be an Illusion Show, in addition to free: games, face painting, cake walk, pumpkin pie eat- ing contest, and a harvest family photo• All food is free and there will be a candy handout• Come and join the fun! Holiday Art Show The Chiricahua Gallery will hold its 25th Annual Holiday Art and Artisan's "Show with an opening at 10 am On Sat- urday, November. 19 and continuing through December 31. Fine arts and crafts by over 35 local and regional arts will be on display and for purchase. Open also on Sunday, November 20 and Tues- day through Saturday through Decem- ber. SHNH trick or treaters Sunshine Haven Nursing Home will host a Halloween Trick or Treat night on October 31, 2011 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Community trick or treaters are invited to stop by. This Week at FUMC Pastor Richard Dorsey's sermon this week is titled, "How Do I Love Thee?" Most of us remember the first few lines of this favorite poem. The rest of the" first line is...."let me count the ways. We will examine the many ways God delivered, or saved people from difficult situations. A message of hope awaits you on the corner of 3rd and High Streets at 10:00 AM. Also on Sunday evening, FUMC will host the Bootheel Ministerial Alli- ance Fifth Sunday Sing at 6:00 PM. Come and join us as we thank God through our singing. Refreshments will follow after the service. "Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors...We are the people of the United Methodist Church. Continued on Page 3