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- " VOLUME 10 - ISSUE49 FRIDAY DE(;EMBER 3 2010 5O Hidalgo Counw Moonlight Ma , Light Girl Scouts making their mark Animas Girl ScoutTroop #678 is on a roll this year.The group currently has 12 girls enrolled in the troop and meets every Tuesday after school until 5:00 pm in the Girl Scout room.The girls have been involved in different activities, including a Family Picnic that was held at the City of Rocks, pumpkin carving, earning badges and preparing for the upcoming cookie sale.The girls are also learning the Girl Scout Law, Girl Scout Promise and what it means to be a Girl Scout. Courtesy photo City Council The Lordsburg City Council was updated on the on-going Road Map Project at their November 1 1 regular meeting. Annette Morales. representing Me- dius Inc.. gave a Power Poim presenta- tion on her groups findings .to date. in- cluding infrastructure housing, land and zoning, economics, demographics, and an educational review. The primary goal of the Road Map Bingaman votes for bill that enhances nation's food safety Courtesy submission U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman this week voted to approve bipartisan legis- lation aimed at ensuring only safe foods enter our nation's food supply. The mea- sure passed 73-25. The bill passed by the Senate today, called the FDA Food Safety Moderniza- tion Act. provides new food safety tools and updates safety standards to detect contaminated foods. "'High-profile outbreaks in recent years revealed major cracks in our nation's food safety system. The aim of this legislation is to ensure that Ameri- cans are consuming only safe foods," Bingaman said. The legislation does the following: Requires hazard analysis and pre- ventive controls: Facilities must iden- tify, evaluate, and address hazards and prevent adulteration via a food safety plan. In certain circumstances, gives the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) access to these plans and relevant docu- mentation. -Requires access to facility records: Expands FDA access to a registered facility's records in a food emergency. Requires 3rd party testing: Pro- vides for laboratory accreditation bod- ies to ensure U.S. food testing labs meet high quality standards and, in certain circumstances, requires food testing per- formed by these labs to be reported to FDA. Allows FDA to enable qualified 3rd parties to certify that foreign food facili- ties comply with U.S. food safety stan- dards. See FOOD SAFETY on Page 2 update on Road IVl p project is to identify projects and economic de- velopment opportunities. Morales stated that the city has many water lines that were still 2" pipes and recommended that they be increased to at least 6" and that thev be installed prior to any future pav- ing projects. Furthermore. Lordsburg does not have a modeling system in place, which Morales says is very beneficial to moni- tor water pressure and shows what areas need to be worked on. She further rec- ommended that the city review and up- date water rights and encourage water conservation measures. She also sug- gested that the City attempt to extend natural gas services beyond the city lim- its. replace aging electrical, water, and gas infrastructure. She also suggested that the City assist residents in urban sprawl areas in cleaning up their neigh- borhoods. Another project to consider in attracting developers, according to Mo- rales, would be to offer broadband ser- vices. The City is currently awaiting Mo- rales' final draft of the Road Map project. Cynthia Morales. representing the City's auditing firm of White- Samaniego-Campbell. appeared before the council to clarify why the City of Lordsburg has been put on At Risk sta- tus with the State Auditor's office. According to Morales. there are nu- merous non-compliant entities state= wide. many of which have been placed At Risk until audits are completed. City Finance Officer Theodoro Castillo told Councilors that there are still some grant documents that need ~o be reviewed by auditors that ccmld not be located. Engi- neers have been contacted for copies of these documents. This may be due, in part, to the fact that there are still many boxes being housed in the old City Hall building that have not made the move to the new facility. The Council made it clear they would like to see all docu- ments moved to the new building as soon as possible. John Holdridge, representing A.I.R. (Alternative Energy Resources) ap- proached the council with a solar power presentation. A.I.R. would be solely re- sponsible fo~ installing and maintaining the solar power panels. The city would be paying a fixed rate for up to 15 years for the power, this fee along with the re- newal energy credit and federal and state funding would pay for the financing. At the end of the 15 years the city has the option to purchase the solar panels and would not be paying any electricity. The panels have a 25 year warranty. In other business. L0rdsburg School Superintendent Jim Barentine ap- proached the Council asking for contin- ued use of the softball field by the dis- trict. The request was approved unani- mously. The Council voted to award the Natural Gas Distribution bid to Shell Energy North America. the only bidder. An easement was granted to PNM for the Nuevo Valdon project in the amount of $1. The Council accepted resignations from Juanita Luera and Robert Gomez. New City hires included Orlando Talavera. UPCOMING EVENTS Coats for Kids The Lordsburg Housing Authority is accepted coats at the LHA office through December 3, 2010 for Coats for Kids. Beef raffle DTMS Student Council is raffling off two chances to win 150 pounds of beef. Tickets will be sold from Decem- ber 1~' through January 5'h. The draw- ings will take place on January 7'h. Tick- ets are $5 for two chances. You can pur- chase a ticket from any DTMS Student Council member or call 542-980& Christmas carols Saucedo's Shur-Sav Supermarket will be presenting Danielle Ramirez, who will be singing Christmas carols for the holiday season on Saturday Dec. 4, 2010 from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Commodities Dec. 6 & 7 TEFAP Commodities for persons 18 and over will be distributed on Monday, December 6 at 1:30 p.m. Please do not , arrive early. Care To Kid Inc-CSFP com- modities for seniors over age 60 and chil- dren five and under will be distributed to kickoff Holiday Lordsburg residents and visitors from surrounding communities will be out in force this Friday night for the 2010 Lordsburg Lighted Christmas Parade. followed by Moonlight Madness at the Special Events Center. In addition, several local businesses will be open late to accommo- date holiday traffic. Businesses that have confirmed later hours include Goldhill Outpost and Verla's Western "Wear. The annual event is the official kick off of the holiday season in Lordsburg. The parade, which will feature numerous intricately decorated lighted floats, will begin at dusk. The parade route will begin at the Hidalgo" County Fairgrounds and will travel west along Motel Drive to Main Street where it will travel south on Main Street. For more information on the Lighted Christmas Parade. contact the Lordsburg-Hidalgo County Chamber of 3n Friday one wishing to enter the parade is en- couraged to do so by showing up at the fairgrounds just before dark. There is no theme established for this year's parade. Moonlight Madness will be held at the Lordsburg Special Events Center once again this year. located at 502 2na Street. The center will be transformed with bustling shop- pers visiting numer- ous booths that will be offering gifts, arts and crafts items, home- made food items, games and more. For more informa- tion on Moonlight Madness. contact the Special Events Cen- ter at 575-542- 8844. In addition to Moonlight Madness, several local businesses will stay open late to accommodate shoppers. "This year's Light Parade and Moon- light Madness will offer the same enter- tainment and excitement as in years' past," said Lordsburg Mayor Frank Rodriguez. "Our community looks for- t Commerce at 575-542-9864. Float en- ward to this event...a terrific way to kick tries do not have to pre-register and any- off the holiday season!" 1 3 deadline to pply for t Farm Bill financial Submitted by USDA, NRCSILordsburg New Mexico farmers, raIichers, pri- vate forest landowners, and others inter- ested in financial and technical conser- vation assistance have until Dec. 3. 2010 to apply for two key Farm Bill programs funding. The Environmental Quality Incen- tives Program (EQIP) and Wildlife Habi- tat Incentive Program (WHIP) are volun- tary programs to help improve and en- hance the condition of soil. water, wild- life habitats and other natural resources on private and Tribal lands. Conserva- tion planners at your local NRCS field office will help you determine how these programs can help you improve agricul- tural production and natural resources on your land. With EQIE agricultural producers may receive financial and technical as- nce sistance to develop and implement work, ing lands conservation measures. These activities'include a variety of structural and management practices, such as irri- gation efficiency upgrades; forest man- agement; manure transfer; grazing man- agement; water control structures: and prescribed burning. A portion of EQIP funding is set aside for certified organic producers or those transitioning to or- ganic production. Farmers. ranchers, private non-in- dustrial forest landowners, producers on Tribal lands, and Tribal governments are eligible to apply for EQIE Agricultural producers with federal land grazing per- mits are also eligible to apply for finan- cial assistance to implement approved practices on their federal allotment. See ASSISTANCE on Page 2 t LHA holds food drive Courtesy photo The Lordsburg Housing Authority hosted aThanksgiving Food Drive. All food collected was picked up by Hidalgo County Undersheriff Saturnino Madero to be distributed by the DARE Program. Pictured above are LHA Executive Director Esperanza Tarango and Undersheriff Madero. on Tuesday, December 7, at 10 a.m. Se- niors please bring photo ID and senior CSFP card. If recertifying bring proof of income and utility bill. For children five and under not on WIC, parents should bring their photo ID, proof of income, utility bill and dhild's birth certificate. Both commodity distributions will be held at the Special Events Center, 502 West 2"~ Street in Lordsburg. VFW 50/50 raffle The Lordsburg VFW will be hold- ing a 50/50 raffle on Friday, December 3, at the Special Events Center. Moonlight Madness The annual Moonlight Madness event is set for December 3, 2010. For booth information, contact the Special Events Center at 575-542-8844. Magistrate Court Closed With the approval of the Chief Jus- tice and the Administrative Office of the courts, the Hidalgo Magistrate court will be closed on Wed. Dec 8th and Thurs. December 9th, 2010. There is a Jury trial scheduled on Dec 8th at 9:00 a.m. and Jurors are still requested to report. This closure is to allow the staff to work ~y on data entry. Regffiar o~fice hours will resume on Friday, December 10, 2010 at 8:00 a.m. Animas Christmas Bazaar The Annual Animas Christmas Ba- zaar sponsored by Omega Alpha of Epsi- lon Sigma Alpha International will be at the Animas Community Center from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. on Saturday December 4, 2010. Come do your Christmas shopping and enjoy a delicious Green Chile Stew or Bean Burrito lunch. Santa will drop in from 2 p.m. - 3p.m. Continued on Page 3 t .q i i l