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VOLUME 14 ISSUE 46 FRIDAY NOVEMBER 14, 2014 75 liTown paperS sma . . rota street Hidalgo County m LOCALLY & OPERATED 575-494-1385 www.ppcnm.com Hidalg County oys for laun cam n Courtesy submission Hidalgo Toys for Tots recently launched its campaign to gather toys and donations to be able to serve nearly 400 children around Hidalgo County who may not have a toy under the tree if not for this program. In 2013, former coor- dinator Dick Davis reached out to Chris- tine Ortiz at SPIRIT of Hidalgo to ask if she would ensure that program con- tinued in Hidalgo County. After ap- plying with the National Toys for Tots Foundation ,,, be the local coordina- tor, undergoing a full background and credit check, and attending mandatory Elementary students ride the rails to Deming Second graders at R.V. Traylor Elementary School in Lordsburg enjoyed a field trip on Monday--taking the Amtrak train to Deming. Before heading back to Lordsburg, the students had a treat at Sonic in Deming. Amtrak, founded in 1971, just completed a year of record ridership. Courtesy photo New County Manager has Hidalgo County After many years away, Bob Hill has come home to Lordsburg, taking on the role as Hidalgo County's newest Man- ager. Bill, a 1976 graduate of Lord~btrrg H'igh School, says he is excited to be back in his hometown and is looking forward to tak- ing on the challenge of his new position. "I always had it in the back of my mind that I would come home one day and give back to the community that helped shape me," Hill said. After being away from his fam- ily, which includes parents Allen and June Hill, for 35 years, Hill said that this opportunity was too good to pass up. "While the pace may be slower here than in Salt Lake," Hill said, "there is never a dull moment in my office!" Hill's first day on the job was October 22, and he says he has been busy meeting with elected offi- cials and county employ- ees and touring county facilities. His main objective, he says, is to create an rans Thanksgiving Dinner Nov. 15 The Lordsburg Elks Lodge will host a Thanksgiving Veterans dinner on Sat- urday, November 15, 2014 at 6:00 p.m." If you are a veteran and would like to attend, please RSVP to the Hidalgo County Herald, 575.542.8705 or Brenda Hood at 575.590.0377 (leave message) or email lordsburgelks@yahoo .com or contact Julie Montenegro at 575.590.0179. Veterans of all ages and a guest are invited to attend this free event. environment where he can positively interact with all department heads and pool resources for the overall betterment team. After high school, Hill went on to earn an Associate of Arts degree in Busi- ness from Eastern Arizona College, where Bob Hill is already hard at work. of Hidalgo County. In his capacity as County Manager, Hill says he sees the importance of fo- cusing on economic development, jobs creation and an overall increase in rev- enue for both the City and the County. Hill has many years of supervisory and management experience, having worked for 27 years in the federal stu- dent loan industry with EduServ Tech- nologies and Utah Higher Education Assistance Authority as a supervisor, manager, and Director of Operations. During this time, Hill managed a nearly $2 billion portfolio. He has als0 worked in management capacities for Xerox Ser- vices, on a Verizon Wireless project and for Black Turtle Services on a federal government health.care project in 500 seat customer service call centers. While attending LHS, Hill was ac- tive in sports and was a member of the 1974 State Basketball Championship them." Without the haunted house pro- ceeds (due to a policy issue with .... fundraising at a county building), the ~ i!',i campaign is starting off $822 behind: ia~,(i :i 'if year's campaign. "We have received dO~ii nations in the amount of $222 so far this year," says Ortiz. "Our toy donations ..... were really low last year, compared to orevious years, In or- er to servel all of he families that re~ quest toys; we will o need more toys and/or more money to fill the need." Donations can be made at Western Bank, Saucedo's, the HC Herald, and El Charro. Toy boxes training in Washington DC, Ortiz con- are at these locations and Dollar Gen- ducted a successful campaign in 2013, eral. For updated information, watch the thanks to the generous donation of the Hidalgo Toys information box every haunted house proceeds, community week for thecountdown, toys tally, hum- donors, and many local businesses who ber of children, and donation location~. had boxes for toys and jars for cash do- "I am confident that we will havei~ SiaC- cessful campaign" said Ortiz. ~b!!~ne nations. All cash that is received is turned thing that Hidalgo County does 5~S~ i~ into a money order and forwarded to the take care of each other." Christine 0~iz Toys for Tots Foundation, who then adds can be reached at 520-507-0455 or it to the Hidalgo County account credit hidalgotoys@ yahoo.com. card. "We were able to raise about $1500 last year, in-addition to a couple of small shipments of toys from the Foundation, books from Scholastic, and a generous match of $1000 credit at Toys R Us" said Ortiz. All purchases using the card are then tracked by sending copies of re- ceipts and purchase requisitions to the regional accounting manager, Tammy We/ttherholz, at the Foundation. The only expenses allowed, other than toys, is for batteries, bags for the toys, and money order fees. Gas expenses, build- ing costs to store and sort toys, or time reimbursements are not allowable. he also played basketball. Following a The Toys for Tots Foundation also two-year church mission in Guayaquil, insists that donations and toys that are gathered ]n-~mmumty stay m that Ecuador, Hilt graduaf6d from South- ......... ~'~ ~ ...... community: ~ Recently, a representative ern Utah University~ in 1982 with a Bachelor of Scien~:::degree in Busi- from a Grant County group, calling them- ness Administration and minor in Span- selves Toys for Tots mistakenly came to ish, which he became fluent in while Hidalgo County, supposedly to serve in Ecuador. Hidalgo County. In order to find the Hill and his wife of 31 years, An- authorized coordinator for Toys for Tots drea, have two children--daughter in any county across the country, visit Teeq, 18, and son Xane, 15. Andrea, www.toysfortots.org and search for your an elementary school teacher, is fin- area. You will find the name and contact ishing up the school year in Salt Lake info of the coordinator and how to re- City and will join Bob and Xane when quest toys for children that live in that her obligations are met there. Xane is service area. ~We have already contacted a sophomore at LHS and Teeq is a the misguided individuals from Grant drama student at Southern Utah County," says, Ortiz. "This may result in future collaborations, but only if we are University.The Hills ar'e active mem- bers of the Church of Jesus Christ of 100% confideilt that Hidalgo children Latter-day Saints. and families will be served fairly, With Hill signed a three-year contract no losses to the community. These folks have not beenauthorized by the Toys with Hidalgo County. He replaces former Hidalgo County Manager John for Tots Foundation, and until that hap- Salazar. . pens, we will not be able to work with We couldn't have had a successful city cleanup without the help of every- one who participated--first and fore- most, the residents of Lordsburg who gave up their Saturday morning to im- prove the city Of Lordsbur& It was a fan- 'tastic event this year! Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make this the amazing event that it Was! E~eryone wants to live, work, and play in a clean and green community.. : and it's up to everyone to make it pos'sible and im- prove the overall quality of life for us all. Several areas of the city were picked out for cleaning. After four hours of clean- ing, everyone met at the Lordsburg Spe- cial Events Center for lunch and prizes. The lunch and prizes were provided by joseph and Ashley Hood from the E1 Charro Restaurant, Loves Travel Center, Edgar Gomez from La Frontera NM, Lordsburg PAL, Mayor and Dora Smith, City Councilors Alex DeLaGarza and Freddy Morelos, County Commissioner Richard Chaires and City Code Enforce- ment Officer Oscar Martinez. Drinking iwater and gloves were donated by Continued on Page 3 Mavericks are 3A District ChampiOns The Lordsburg High School Maverick football team was crowned 2014 3A District Champions after defeating rival Tularosa Wildcats last Friday night on the road, 35-20.The Mavericks, seeded number two in the state, will be facing the winner of next weekend's Tularosarrexico game at home on November 21 or 22 in the State Quarter Final Game. For the complete story, see Page 5 of this week's edition. Photo courtesy COURTNEY DEFOORILordsburg Christmas Bazaar The Annual Animas Christmas Ba- zaar sponsored by Omega Alpha of Epsi- Ion Sigma Alpha International will be at the Animas Community Center from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. on Saturday December 6, 2014. Come do your Christmas shopping and enjoy a delicious Green Chile Stew or Bean Burrito lunch. Bring your dull your Holiday Gift shopping and a Green Chile Stew Lunch. If you would like to reserve a vendor table, please call Donna @ 557-1400. Holiday food boxes SPIRIT of Hidalgo has Thanksgiv- ing boxes. Please call Lupita at (575) 654-3660 to get on the lisL Boxes will be delivered on November 15, 2014. to think! TEFAP Commodities TEFAP commodities, sponsored by HMS, for.persons age 18 and above, will be distributed on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 from 10 AM to noon or while sup- plies last at the back of the old senior center, 317 E. 4th Street. Lordsburg Bountiful Baskets scissors and knives to be sharpened. BYA Tutoring The Bountiful Basket food co-op Arts & CraftsFestival The BYA will be open for tutor-program has begun in Lordsburg. Re- "/'he Rodeo Arts and Crafts Festival .ing Tuesdays- 4th-6th grades from 4 cipients receive fresh, high quality pro- will be held Saturday November 22nd to 6 pm and 7th -12th grades from 6-8 duce baskets'every other week. Other from 9 am till 3 pm. Please join us for pm. Please bring books and be prepared items, such as bread and season pro- duce, Tare a,eailable. Organic baskets are available. For more information or to sign up, visit www.bountifulbaskets. com or call Shannon Graham at 575- 519-0361. TeamKids Team Kids youth group will be meet- ing every Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Lordsburg, cor- ner of 3~ and Animas Streets. Team Kids is open to kids grades 1-6. HMS collecting glasses Hidalgo Medical Services is cur- rently accepting eye glasses that are no i longer being used. They will be recycled for needy patients. If you would like to donate, drop them off at the Family Sup- port Department at HMS. Lighted Christmas Parade The Lordsburg Fire Department Moonlight Madness and Lighted Christmas Parade is scheduled for Fri- day, December 5, 2014 at dusk. Indi- viduals, businesses and organizations are encouraged to" participate in this annual event. Continued on Page 3