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Email us at hcherald @ o~ hcherald @ + 1 0 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2010 United States Army begins work on 1871 mansion By SARAH MARLOFF I Preser- up." Restoring the building to- ration Magazine - Online I Sept. mint condition will cost the Army 15, 2010 $5 million. \However, "we can do Quarters One, the U.S. a lot for a lot less," Himsl says government's "We just in- second-larg- spected the est house af- roof. It's in ter the pretty good W h i t e condition, so House, is of- we don't ficially back need to re- in the place it right Army's care. now." Repairs be- T h e gan this Army's long- month on term plan for the 51-room Quarters One mansion, lo- is to make the cated on an first floor a island in the "community Making a point The Hidalgo County DWI Program has put up a new sign discouraging youth from drinking alcohol. According to program director Lindy Kerry, the billboard brings attention to the importance of youth caring for themselves by making wise choices. Underagedrinking and Mississippi River be- tween Dav- enport, Iowa, and Rock Island, Ill. Built in 1871 on Rock Island Arsenal's Quarters One is now an events center. Photo Credit: U.S. Army Herald staff photo Rock Island Arsenal, the four- story Italianate house was de- signed by General Thomas Rod- man. Every Arsenal commander since Rodman resided in the Quarters until 2008, when Washington,' D.C.-based Federal Development LLC began leasing the house. But after leas- ing it for two years, the Army has regained operational control of the propej-ty. Joel Himsl,' garrison manager of Rock .Island Arsenal, says that while Quarters One is in good condition, the work in- cludes "basic cleaning and re- pairs .... Our plan is to start with the first floor and work our way activity cen- binge drinking are not wise choices because of the effect alcohol has on the mind, body and, ultimately, life, meetingCanter where Wehon~! Continental Divide Trail Alliance,. Silver City Ranger military,eVentsfrsldiers'District host Volunteer Work ProJect Nov. 6+ families, etc.," Himsl Submitted by GNF/Silver City or meet at the site on Saturday at pruners. Workers should wear Richard Martin at 858-997-4271. says. The 22 The Silver City Ranger Dis- 9:00 a.m. gloves, long-sleeved shirts, long To inquire about upcoming vol- trict of the Gila National Forest, in conjunction with the local Continental Divide Trail (CDT) Alliance, is organizing a one-day volunteer opportunity on Satur- day, November 6m, for people in- terested in a short-term volunteer event, mixing a day of work and fun with meeting new people~ The event will be hosted by Ri- chard Martin, a local CDT Alli- ance "Adopter", who maintains a stretch of the CDT from the Redrock Road (Forest Road (FR) 851) to Burro Peak. The volun- teer work will take place on a portion of the Burro Mountain section of the CDT. A local campsite for the vol- unteer group will be set up on Friday evening, November 5th, at the junction of FR 4090C and FR 4248Y, off the Burro Mountain Homestead Road (FR 136). Any- one wishing to participate is wel- 'come to join the overnight camp,. To reach the campsite/stag- ing area, turn west off NM State 'Hwy. 90 on the Burro Mountain Homestead Road. Travel 7.6 miles to FR 4090C. Turn left (south) and travel 0.6 miles to the junction of FR 4090C and FR 4248Y. The staging area is at the road junction. Caution is advised when traveling this route. The road is rough and requires either high-clearance 2-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive vehicles to reach the junction/staging area. The hike is classed as "mod- erate" and requires the ability to hike 2 to 4 miles round-trip on the CDT, carrying tools, personal gear, and drinking water. Trail maintenance will include brush- ing, lopping, and some blow- down tree removal to clear the trail. Participants are asked to bring any of the following tools: brush loppers, hand saws, and/or pants, and boots. Remember to bring drinking water, a sack lunch, hat, sunscreen, and work enthusiasm. For in.formation related to the November 6th volunteer event on the CDT, please contact unteer events on the Silver City Ranger District or on the upcom; ing CI)T volunteer event, please contact Lynette Brown at 575- 388-8413 or Ricky Sedillo, 575-' 388-8421. PIERCIrIE Located inside the Cotta House, 214 E. Motel Drive, Lordsbul bedrooms will eventually be rented out. as suites for the island's visitors, including mili- tary, Department of Defense employees, retirees, and civil- ians. The furnace is currently being repaired, bathrooms wilt be added,' and the house will be refitted to meet requirements set by the Americans With Disabil, ity Act. The project is set to be completed in several years, but the house is being used for spe- cial events in the meantime. Local preservationists like Diane Oestreich are relieved that the house is back under military care. "Certainly the Army has been a good custodian over the past 140-odd years," she said in an e-mail. "This may well be the single most significant house in the area, because of its stone construction, size, location, in- tegrity and, of course, its his- tory." / t a free service if: Hidalsfo Medical to help with the prevention and early detection of diabetes, a disease with deadly consequences. Call today for free on how to live a healthier life. ' I IS + "m'""'"" H 5"/5-5;31t-02118 "~. " or 866-633-7773 HIDALGO MED!(. l,L SERVICES ~,,+~.m+.,,mm,......,.J.,.1,~ ........ "+fll~ .... Z Z. +,. +.+ .+