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t 2 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19.2010 LHS Drama Team LHS Drama places second at statecompetition ByMINCE RUIZlLHS On November 3. 2010 Lordsburg High School Drama class left to attend the annual Four Corners Theatre Festival and NMAA One Act Play Competition at San Juan College in Farmington. This competition is divided mto two divisions. Ath- ens for bigger schools, and Sparta. for small schools. LHS participated in the Sparta divi- sion. The competition was held November 4 through 6. Individu- als could also attend workshops, which aided students in develop- ing their talents for the different Call for artists--NM creates centennial commemorative art New Mexico-based artists and artisans are invited to submit proposals for special commemo- rative pieces for the upcoming statehood Centenriial. A wide range of artistic media will be considered, including glassware. jewelry, basketry, pottery, and fi- ber arts (both wearable and deco- rative). The work should be in- spired by the New Mexico Cen- tennial. New Mexico Creates. a pro- gram of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation, is working in partnership with the NM Cen- tennial Foundation to promote the "New Mexico Creates/Cen- tennial Commemorative Art" line. The sixteen-month com- memoration period begins fall 2011. "We are pleased to be able to showcase New Mexico's artists and highlight their work both within and beyond state borders." said Jodi Delaney, Director of New Mexico Centennial. "The Centennial is an important oppor-- tunity to share the state's many gifts, especially the rich diversity of artistic traditions that make Senior Citizens Lunch Menu Monday, November 22 Baked Chicken Wild Rice Carrot/Raisin Salad Biscuit/Margarine Mandarin Oranges Tuesday, November 23 Frito Pie Pinto Beans Lettuce/Tomatoes/Onions Angel Food Cake Wednesday, November 24 Hot Beef Sandwich Mashed Potatoes/Gravy Carrots/Margarine Pears Thursday, November 25 Center Closed for New Mexico so umque.'" Works chosen will convey some of the state's centuries-old craftsmanship traditions as well as the ongoing intern[ttional ap- peal the state holds for artists and artisans. Items will encompass a myriad of styles from traditional to contemporary and even cutting edge. "We anticipate that, through our statewide network of contacts in the artist community, we'll be getting top-notch work." says John Stafford. Director of Retail Operations at the Museum of New Mexico Foundation. "We are delighted to take part in New Mexico's Centennial to celebrate and promote some of our finest artists and artisans." The "New Mexico Creates/ Centennial 'Corflmemorati~ee Art" items will be sold at MNMFShops museum retail outlets in Santa Fe. and via the New Mexico Creates w e b s i t e Some artwork will be chosen for licensing and manufacture, with the approval and participation of the selected artists. For more information and an application, visit, or call 877-567-7380. "New Mexico Creates/Centennial Commemorative Art" products will be available for sale starting January 6. 2010. The application deadline for the first selection is Dec. 10. 2010. Applications will also be accepted after that date as merchandise will be selected through 2012. The "New Mexico Creates/ Centennial Commemorative Art" is a special collection of the suc- cessful New Mexico Creates im- tiative of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation Shops (MNMFShops). Since 2003, New Mexico Creates has enhanced the livelihoods of over 1.000 artists. artisans and authors through a model of economic self-suffi- aspects of theatre. After weeks of relentless practices. Lordsburg's versatility in theatre paid off. They placed 2"d in the Sparta division for the one act play competition, but ironically won the sweepstakes. a competition that encompasses monologues, duets, one act play, stage management, costuming, lighting and sound. Individual students achiev- ing awards were: Cory Sprott/ 15' place serious monologue Alex Bejarano/2nd place serious monologue Vince Ruiz/ 3'd place humorous monologue Zach Tecca and Cory Sprott/ 2"~ place humorous duet Alex BeJarano and C.J Wh{tmore/ 3rd place serious duet Alex Bejarano/3rd place stage manager Marissa Talavera and Demitria Jarrott/2"d place set and props Emily Alvarez and Miranda Gomez/ 3rd place make up and hair Kris Montenegro and Javier Alvarez/ 2nd place lights and sound nnauncementJ Zoey Lynn Alba Zoey Lynn Alba Jaxor/ Alba is the ,proud brother of a baby sister, Zoey Lynn Alba, born on August 25. 2010. She weighed in at 6 pounds, l l ounces and was 19 inches long. Zoey's proud parents are Zane and Lezley Alba of Eagle Pass. THANKSGIVING ciency. Over the last seven years. Texas. Grandparents are Daniel Friday, November 26 the program has paid directly to and Kathy Atba of Rodeo, NM Center Closed for the artists and their families of and David and Carolyn Whipple THANKSGIVING New Mexico over $6 million, of Lordsburg, NM. We have a,, the too]s to keep your ;u~~ss INTHE C We offer Professional Sernees for all aspeets of your small business! Including" Payroll #Monthly, Quarterly & Tax Preparation Annual # Financial Statements Bank Reconciliations 575-542-3125 212 E. Motel Drive * Suite A *. Lordsburg Letters to the Editor The Hidalgo County Her- ald urges readers to voice their opin- ions by writing in. Letters can be mailed to 212 E. Motel Drive. Ste. B. or can be e-mailed to Only let- ters that are signed by the au- thor will be considered for publication. All-letters that are published should be consid- ered the opinion of the author. and not .necessarily that of the Hidalgo County Herald Read- ers are encouraged to practice their First Amendment right of free speech. Shame on you Madam Editor: I confess. I am a cowardly li- oness. I sat back. hoping to re- main one of the many anonymous disgruntled, displeased, dis- gusted, and saddened people of Hidalgo County. I was more than willing to allow someone else to speak out and put his/her name to a 'Shame on You' very strong and to the point letter. That didn't happen so I am stepping up to the plate to speak out. To what anal referring? Party Line DIRTY POLITICS~-- plain and simply put. I was in a position to overhear many com- ments on. and long before, elec- tion day. I believe some fine democratic candidates lost con- siderable voting power impact. from the time of the primary elec- tion elimination process to gen- eral election selection day. I cannot say with certainty that local elected official winning outcomes would have been dif- ferent, but I can say with certainty that I overheard, many times over. that smear campaign politics changed votes in a negative man- ner. I can say with certainty, how- ever. that should this type cam- paign behavior continue in the ~future. it will continue to affect my very own votes. With intent to change some- thing negative to something posi- tive. I speak sincerely. Sherri Arredondo Lordsburg Fund Education! Dear Editor, As I believe all of us recog- Committee. which wields huge power in New Mexico's legisla- tive process, has spent the last 3- 4 years targeting public educa- tion, The LFC's elected leader- ship and paid management have worked long and hard during that time to demonstrate that public education receives far more fund- ing than it needs. And their ef- forts fly in the face of a legisla- tively funded study (about $2.000.000 in cost) that clearly demonstrated that in 2006. pub- lic education in New Mexico was UNDERFUNDED by about $350.000.000! Governor Richardson ap- pointed a Government Restruc- turing Task Force this past Spring, whose duty has been to study sce- narios in State government and make recommendations for changes in government structure that can effect reduced needs for funding. Interestingly, even though public education funding in the State accounts for over 40% of the general fund. a task force of 25 individuals included only ONE representative from the public education arena. The Task Force has consid- ered many aspects of government for potential reorganization. Their most recent recommenda- tions focus primarily on public education and include measurds that will either make no impact upon cost or that will devastate schools. The recommendation that promises to most adversely affect Lordsburg Schools and other small school districts in the short-term is the elimination of small school and small district funding factors from the funding formula, which formula was adopted in 1974 to equalize stu- dent opportunities across the State. This recommendation will become a bill for consideration in the legislature. If passed, the measure will be a deadly blow to operating funds for Lordsburg Schools. as it will cost the Dis- trict about $1.300.000 each year! ON TOP OF THAT. the Leg- islative Finance Committee is talking about the need to imple- ment statewide budget cuts of 5- 6% for fiscal year 2011-12. With declining enrollment, that could mean about $125.000 from Lordsburg Schools' annual bud- get. Governor-Elect Susana Martinez has promised the vot- ers "'no new taxes." so the pend- ing budget cuts are very likely to nize. economic times are tough, cent budget reductions through "Belt tightening" is something'- 'drastic measures and because that is having to occur for almost every family in Hidalgo County. We all end up forced to prioritize and make tough decisions. But really, how dare anyone set pri- orities-that eliminate a decent fu- ture for kids? Not just in the schools, but in life. so much of what we decide, act upon, etc., must be focused on the future, and the kids ARE the future. During the past couple of years Lordsburg Schools has been forced through budget cuts to (1) eliminate staff and program positions. (2) become almost mi- serly with operational expendi- tures, and (3) avoid any pay in- creases to personnel. From 2009- 10 to 2010-11. we experienced a 12% decrease in operational bud- get (about $750.000). which doesn't even take into account decreases in other revenues. While special grant and bond funds have allowed us to accom- plish some great things in facil- ity improvement, professional development, and library im- provements, our operational dol- lars are dwindling rapidly. The Legislative Finance State law! Our local voters are SUP- PORTIVE of the public schools. They supported a bond issue to address athletic facilities needs and construction of an automo- tive shop. They have supported the two-mill levy that funds costly maintenance of facilities and purchase of equipment, do- ing so EVERY YEAR since the law first made the levy possible. They voted in favor of Bond Is- sue B in the recent election. which will provide additional funds to both school and public libraries. In short, the citizens of the Lordsburg Municipal School District would "'give the shirts off their backs" to make sure the kids have a quality school experience. Now. WE MUST BE HEARD in Santa Fe. It will take every one of us contacting our legislators to ensure that they know we can- not afford to sacrifice our kids' educations to the State's unwill- ingness to sufficiently fund pub- lic education in New Mexico. We cannot afford to sit idly by and allow the Stateto continue hammering the one real ticket our kids have to a secure future and to future choices. Please join me in contacting our legislators and voicing this plea on behalf of the children: FUND EDUCATION! Thank you. Jim Barentine Superintendent Lordsburg Municipal Schools occur. We l~e-wemhered~:rther re ......... Jimmy DaVid Lopez Jimmy David Lopez Jimmy David Lopez, 42. former Lordsburg resident, passed away at his home in Tuc- son. Arizona surrounded by fam- ily on November 4. 2010. He is survived by his parents, Matias and Rosalina Lopez, of Lordsburg; his wife of 18 years, Debbie: three brothers. Hector. Michael and Danny; four sisters Gloria, Lisa. Esther and Corrina; daughter Vanessa; two sons, Ricky and Patrick; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by ono son. Joseph, 17. in 2007. Words cannot express the sorrow of the loss of our beloved father, son. brother, husband, fa- careful budgeting over the past half decade built a "rainy day" cash balance that is now being eroded. Programs for. and ser- vices to. students will be pared back hurtfully if the 5-6% reduc: tions occur! We cannot survive the reduction that will occur if the small school and small dis- trict factors are removed from the funding formula! It will become impossible to provide a good quality educational experience for our students! It will become impossible to provide extracur- ricular activities for our students! It will become impossible to ad- here to the many many require- ments (programmatic, fiscal, re- porting, etc.) of both Federal and ther and uncle. February 1, 1968 November 4, 2010 904 East Motel Dr. Lordsburg 542-3030 HOURS: Closed Mondays Tues-Sat 9 AM - 8 PM " 8 AM - 2 PM I1~= Additional toppings 45each I ,4-