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VOLUME 13 ISSUE 47 FRIDAY NOVEMBER22, 2013 75 Hidalgo County SmallTown Papers 217 West Cota Street Shelton, WA 98584 Ihl,,h,l,,hl'h'h'h'hlh'l 9 AM to 3 PM Saturday, November 23 Rodeo Community Center Handmade decoratiott, art. ('anch' .lewlo; ba&,d goods, tamale.. .jams, jellws and man,! I, aamcla Adlallie 5-2311 lot more io Producers anticipate payment reductions due to sequester Submitted by USDA/Lordsburg USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) is reminding farmers and ranchers who participate in FSA programs to plan ac- cordingly in FY2014 for automatic spending reductions known as seques- tration. The Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA) mandates that federal agencies implement automatic, annual reductions to discretionary and mandatory spend- ing limits. For mandatory programs, the sequestration rate for FY2014 is 7.2%. Accordingly, FSA is implementing se- questration for the following programs: Dairy Indemnity Payment Program; Marketing Assistance Loans; Loan Defi- ciency Payments; Sugar Loans; Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Pro- gram; Tobacco Transition Payment Pro- gram; 2013 Direct and Counter-Cyclical Payments; 2013 Average Crop Revenue Election Program; 2011 and 2012 Supplemental Revenue Assistance Pro- gram; Storage, handling; and Economic Adjustment Assistance for Upland Cot- ton. Conservation Reserve Program pay- ments are specifically exempt by statute from sequestration, thus these payments wilt not be reduced. "These sequester percentages reflect current law estimates; however with the continuing budget uncertainty, Congress still may adjust the exact percentage re- duction. Today's announcement intends to help producers plan for the impact of sequestration cuts in FY2014," said FSA Administrator Juan M. Garcia. "At this time, FSA is required to implement the sequester reductions. Due to the expira- tion of the Farm Bill on September 30, FSA does not have the flexibility to cover these payment reductions in the same manner as in FYI3. FSA will provide notification as early as practicable on the specific payment reductions. " For information about FSA pro- grams, visit your county USDA Service Center or go to GNFto offer Christmas tree permits beginning Nov. 25 Submitted by GILA NATIONAL FOREST/ Si/ver City Permits for cutting Christmas trees on the Gila National Forest will again be available at all Ranger District offices starting Monday, November 25, 2013. For this year's Christmas tree cut- ting period, the public can start purchas- ing the permits four days earlier than normal. By providing the additional ser- vice to Christmas tree gatherers, fami- lies can obtain their permit and cut the family Christmas tree during the Thanks- giving holiday along with any visiting family or friends and avoid the after Thanksgiving Day rush. Permits sell for $5.00 each with a Limit of one permit perhousehold; or free permits are available for the aromatic pifion trees. Any tree species up to 10': high may be cut. A Christmas tree tag, an information sheet on cutting regulations, and maps of designated cutting sites are included with the permits. To protect forest re- sources, tree cuttifig aeti.viti-es anot LPD assistsinAm00er Alert case allowed within wilderness areas, ripar- Lordsburg Police officers were involved in the reuniting of a missing California girl with her mother last Wednesday, ian (river and stream) areas, and areas within 200' of paved roads and devel- November 13. It began when LPD officers were dispatched to the Days Inn in Lordsburg in reference to an Amber Alert. oped recreation sites. According to LPD Chief of Police Greg Martinez, his officers encountered Medford Lewis Cole III and his one year old It is advisable for harvesters to check daughter, Kyliah Cole.The baby had been entered as a missing child out of San Bernardino, California. LPD officers later with local Ranger Districts for road and learned that Cole was involved in a domestic dispute with the girls' mother in California.The child was recovered and the weather conditions prior to going into mother and family members made the drive to Lordsburg to pick her up. No arrest was made inthe case. Pictured above the forest. During this time of year, the are LPD Officer Maria Sanchez, Kyliah Cole and her grandmotherTonia Cable, brother Elijah Cole and motherTiara Cole. Also pictured is Will Maguire, manager of the Hampton Inn which delivered meals to the baby and family at the Lordsburg Police Department during the custody transfer. Herald staffphoto weather can be unpredictable with rain or snow storms making dirt roads muddy, snow packed, or impassable. Forest us- ers are also asked to respect forest and private lands, dispose of litter in trashcans or "pack it out", and close M1 forest gates after passing through them. - Forest offices are Monday through Friday (except on y's) from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; the Black Range Ranger District is open 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Contact the local ranger district offices for further information on Chris;t- mas tree cutting. Homeless senior walking across America Charlie Goodloe, 80, stopped in Lordsburg in the midst of his cross-country walk in an effort to raise awareness for the homeless. Goodloe, who is home- less himself, says he is just one of tens of thousands nationwide who are on a fixed income that does not offer enough for housing. Disabled since 1993, Goodloe kicked off his cross-country trek in Newberg, Oregon in July and plans to complete it in Florida. Due to health issues, Goodloe took a few days off while in LordsbuLq erate. Herald staffphoto Letter to Governor protests water diversion from Gila By JIM OWENISilver Daily Press SILVER CITY - Eleven sportsmen groups have sent a letter, t9 Gov. Susana Martinez, urging her to oppose propos- als to divert water from the Gila River. The organizations, which represent 20,000 New Mexicans, favor "long-term solutions that protect rivers" rather than diversions, according to a news release. It stated that "protected and flowing riv- ers are essential for New Mexico's world- class elk habitat and gold-medal fisher- ies, which support a $2.89 billion river- related recreation economy." New Mexico ranked tops in combating prescription drug abuse Submitted by NM DEPT of HEALTH/ Among New Mexico counties, Rio At issue is how southwestern New Mexico will use $66 milli'on from the Arizona Water Settlements Act. As much as $128 million could be available, if authorities decide to divert up to 14,000 acre-feet of water per year from the river. The Interstate Stream Commission has a December 2014 deadline by which to notify the U.S. Department of the In- terior whether New Mexico will develop Gila River water. Three diversion proposals and 16 other plans, including conservation ef- forts, are under consideration for fund- Santa Fe New Mexico received 10 out of 10 possible indicators of promising strate- gies to help curb prescription drug abuse according to a new Trust for American's Health (TFAH) report. New Mexico and Vermont are the only two states nationwide scoring the highest, with a 10. Nationally, 28 states and Washington, D.C. scored six or less. "The report reflects the hard work New Mexico Department of Health and its partners are putting into combating our state's prescription drug abuse prob- lem," said Department of Health Cabi- net Secretary, Retta Ward, MPH. "There is clearly still work to do, but initiatives aimed at preventing drug overdose deaths appear to be working." New Mexico initiatives cited by the report Prescription Drug Abuse: Strate- gies to Stop the Epidemic include the state's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP), ID requirements for dispensing controlled substances, sup- port for substance abuse treatment ser- vices and doctor shopping laws, prohib- iting patients from withholding informa- tion from health care providers about prior prescriptions. New Mexico had the second high- est drug overdose mortality rate in the United States in 2010, and in 2012 there were 486 drug overdose deaths in New Mexico with a rate that dropped 7 per- cent from 2011 to 24.2 deaths per 100,000 people. The report found be- tween the years of 1999 and 2010, drug deaths in New Mexico increased 59 per- cent. Arriba had the highest drug overdose death rate in the state with a 2008-2012 average of 67.2 deaths per 100,000 per- sons. Second highest was Mora County (65.0), followed by Sierra County (44.8). Among the most populous counties, the Bernalillo County rate was 28.7, the Dona Anna County rate was 18.5, and the Santa Fe County rate was 26.4. ing. One of the more controversial ideas is to dam the river and pipe water to the Deming area for municipal and indus- trial uses. The diversion could involve a water-storage facility five to 10 times the size of Bill Evans Lake. A municipal water-conservation See DIVERSION on Page 2 Toys for Tots announces 33 days to Christmas Submitted by HIDALGO COUNTYTOYS FO R TOTS With only 33 days until Christmas, donations of money and toys around the county have been slow. All gifts and money collected in Hidalgo County go to children in Hidalgo County, and are supple- mented with other toys and money donated to this county by the Toys for Tots Foundation. However, other than the donation from the haunted hos- pital, Toys for Tots has collected only $222, 40 toys, and 45 stocking stuffers. In past years, Toys for Tots in Hidalgo County has served about 400 kids. There is still a very long way to go. Organizations that want to contrib- ute can host a bring-a-toy Christmas party to help with collections. Or a group might all want to pitch in and purchase a few toys together. To help stretch' holi- day spending locally, Dollar General of- fers a 25% discount on toy purchases over $75 from September to December. Toys and money can be donated at the following locations: Lordsburg: Loves Travel Center, Western Bank, Lordsburg Chamber af Commerce, WNMU Learning Center, Lordsburg High School, Corner Mart,.Saucedo's Supermarket, and Dollar General. Animas: Valley Mercantile, Panther Tracks Cafr, and Animas School. Distributions to parents and organi- Zations are scheduled to begin Decem- ber 16tg.just 4 short weeks away. Join Toys for Tots because "Every child in Hidalgo County deserves a little Christ- mas." UPCOMING EVENTS Are you thankful? The Hidalgo County Herald will be publishing citizen expressions of thank- fulness in next week's edition. If you would like to share what you are thank, ful for this holiday season, please call 575-542-8705 or email hcherald@ by next Tuesday, November 26. Women's Conference The Assembly of God Church will host a free Women's Conference this Sat- urday, November 23, 2013 from 2 to 4 p.m. Guest speakers will be Theresa Bui and Elisa Marquez from Los Angeles. Women are invited to a place of healing where their journey and life will be hon- ored while experiencing an extraordinary time of refreshing, encouragement and fellowship. OCC movie nights Movie nights to support the Opera- tion Christmas Child will be held at the Valley View Community Church on No- vember 21 at 6:00 p.m. and at 2:00 p.m. at the Lordsburg Church of Christ on November 23. Schedule of events will include shoebox packing, soup supper, fellowship, movie showing, and prayer over the shoeboxes. The movie to be shown will be Merry Larry and the True Light of Christmas--the new Veggie Tales Christmas movie. For more infor- mation or drop off times for shoeboxes contact Joni Kerr 575-313-4917 - Community Tree The Community Christmas Tree lighting will be held on Thursday, De- cember 6, 2013, complete with Santa Clause and refreshments. To make dona- tions to the community event, contact Carmen Acosta at 575-542-3433 or 575- 542-9080. K of Cmeeting The Lordsburg Knights of Colum- bus will hold an important meeting on Sunday, November 24, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. at the St. Joseph's Parish Hall. All members are strongly encouraged to at- tend this important meeting. Operation Christmas Child Operation Christmas Child has a goal set in Hidalgo County of 250 boxes. Community participation is urged in this worthwhile project. For more informa- tion, call 575:SI37agT77 Thanksgiving boxes available. With the holidays coming up, SPIRIT of Hidalgo is taking requests for Thanksgiving or Christmas food boxes. SPIRIT is working this year with other organizations around the county to try and fill the need for as many families as possible, without duplication. For more information, to make a donation to this program, or to request a box, call Chris- tine Ortiz at 520-507-0455 or Lisa Lopez at 575-493-0109. Continued on Page 2 I I IIII "' :