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VOLUME 11 ISSUE 50 FRIDAY DECEMBER 16, 2011 75 Hidalgo Counw Sma}lq own Papers 217 West Cota Street Shelton, WA 98,594 II,hd,,ha'l'h'h'hd'll'd \(3 When at all possible, SHOP HOME Make A Difference. er Patrol announces d Submitted by US CBPIE/Paso U.S. Customs and Border Protec- tion (CBP) this week released year-end data on fiscal year (FY) 2011 border enforcement and management efforts, highlighting trends that reflect the Administration's ongoing commitment to securing the border and facilitating legitimate trade and travel through tar- geted operations, enhanced partner- ships and unprecedented deployment of personnel, technology and infra- structure along the border. "In 2011. CBP made important contributions to our nation's homeland security and economic vitality," said CBP Commissioner Alan D. Bersin. "These numbers illustrate the invest- ments made by CBP to improve bor- der security, increase efficiencies and facilitate the flow of legal travel and trade through our nation's borders and land ports of entry." in pprehension collaboration with federal, state, local. tribal, and international partners we can identify and combat individuals "involved in Transnational Criminal Or- ganiZations that pose a threat to com- ] munities on both sides of the border. 1 This decline in criminal activity has greatly contributed to the increase in the quality of life for border commu- 1 nities within the E1 Paso Sector." ] Though apprehension figures con- 1 tinue to drop in the E1 Paso Sector. agents in West Texas and New Mexico continue to face other challenges in the form of smuggling of human cargo and criminal activity across the south- ern border. A "risk based" approach utilizing actionable intelligence is prov- ing successful ili addre'ssing these chal- lenges, yet there is still work to be done. The continually changing meth- ods that the Transnational Criminal Organizations have had to adopt is an In the E1 Paso Sector, of which indicator of our success in adjusting to , Santa stops in at C0mm unity Tree Lighting the Lordsburg station is a part of, the these challenges and serves as third- i volume of apprehensions of undocu- party indicators of a well planned and The Lordsburg Community ChristmasTree was officially lit lastTh ursday evening, complete with a visit from Santa Claus, mented immigrants made by agents of executed strategy. ! followed by hot chocolate and cookies.The same community group that organized the Christmas tree, located north of the U.S. Border Patrol declined to CBP's primary mission continues 1 Western Bank on Main Street, is currently working on a luminaria project. Sand will be placed at the park area at the 10.345 in FY 20,11. For i~Y 2010, the to be the prevention of terrorists and circular underpass at the Motel/Duncan Highway intersection. Citizens are welcome to usethe sand to create luminaries, number of recorded apprehensions was terrorist weapons from entering the which will be placed around the park area and lit on Christmas Eve.The Community Christmas Tree is expected to stay 12.251 The volume of apprehensions United States while facilitating legiti- Iit throughouttheholidayseason, in the area has declined steadily since mate trade and travel. Attorney I Herald staff photo to help protect NM consumers...cell phon privacy at stake Submitted by NM AG OFFICEIAIbuquer- allow debt collectors and other busi- means only "random or sequential taum- que nesses to send automated "robocalls" to ber generators" are prohibited while "tar- 2006. This latest FY 201t apprehension total for E1 Paso Sector pales in com- parison to previous years, including the all-time record set in 1992 when more than 312.000 apprehensions were re- corded. "This reduction of apprehensions can be attributed to the hard work of Pearce rep. to be in Lordsburg December 20 Attorney General Gary King is urg- consumers on their cell phones. Addi- geted" calls to individuals would be el- the Men and Women of the El Paso ing Congress to give a thumbs down to tionally, House Resolution 3035 would lowed. Sector and their success in executing A field r'epresentative from Con- federal legislation that would allow tele- preempt state laws regulating junk faxes, Tile letter sent to Congress today the National Border Patrol Strategy," gressman Steve Pearce's office will be phonic junk mail to be sent to cell unsolicited text messages, Do Not Call states, "Currently, federal law bans stated Chief Patrol Agent Scott A. holding mobile office hours in Lordsburg phones, at consumers' expense, registries, and automated calls. In many robocalls to cell phones unless the con- Luck. "This strategy allowed the Bor- on Tuesday, December 20~ at Lordsburg In a letter sent on December 7, 2011, cases, the unsolicited calls would cause sumer gives prior express consent. H.R. der Patrol to utilize and place into prac- City Hall, located at 409 W. Wabash from AG King joined'54 state and territorial consumers to unwillingly pay for the use 3035 would change the law and under- tice the right mix of technology, in- 12:00-3:00 pm. Attorneys General asking federal law- of their cell phone minL~tes mine federal and state efforts to shield makers to reject the Mobile lnforma- AG King is concerned that H.R. 3035 consumers from a flood of solicitation. tional Call Act of 2011 [H.R. 3035]. The . also narrows the definition of what con- marketing, debt collection and other measure would amend the Telephone stitutes an illegal "'automatic telephone unwanted calls and tex~s to their cell Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and dialing system." The proposed definition phones." PNM to delay closing of New Courtesy information Public Service Co. of New' Mexico, the state's largest electricity provider, is holding off a plan to close walk-in pay- ment centers, including Lordsburg, while state regulators eXamine it. The company is a unit of PNM Re- sources Inc. The move comes after the Public Regulation Commission heard testi- mony last week from PNM and custom- ers at a meeting in Albuquerque. PNM announced recently that it was planning to close to payments centers just before Christmas but now says it will wait until March 31. PNM said it can save more than $500,000 a year by closing down its eight remaining payment centers. New Mexico regulators said last month it would launch an investigation payment centers into PNM's plan over concerns about stat- utes and commission rules and whether it's in the public's best interest. to delay. postal facility closures Submitted by SEN. TOM UDALUS OF- FiCE/Washington, DC Fifteen Senators from around the country Tuesday announced that the U.S. Postal Service has voluntarily agreed to put in place a 5-month moratorium on closing postal facilities, including the Hachita Post Office, giving Congress more time to enact postal reform legisla- tion. During the moratorium, scheduled to end on May 15, 2012, the Postal Ser- vice will continue to study the impact of proposed closures on service and costs and to solicit community input. The announcement follows a meet- ing between several Senators and the U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe frastructure and personnel to appre- During mobile office hours, those hend those that illegally enter the wishing to discuss an issue with a fed- United States. Additionally, by foster- erat agency should come prepared to sign ing a whole of government approacha privacy releaseand with all relevant to Border Security and increasing our documents. and the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors Chairman Thurgood Marshall, Jr., in which Senators ex- pressed concern over, the impact of re- duced service and the loss of thousands of jobs. Elks holding ale Sale Saturday The Lordsburg Elks Lodge is hold- ing a fund raising tamale sale this Satur- day, December 17, 2011 with pick up from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tamales are $11 per dozen. Also In September, the U.S. Postal Service Light 5" announced plans to review its mail pro- Parade held in Lordsbur available will be red chili sauce for $4 a pint. cessing network in the hopes of reduc- The 2011 Lordsburg Light Parade, hosted by the Lordsburg Fire Department, was held last Friday night, a week later than Pro-orders are encouraged by call- ing costs. USPS is also considering the originally scheduled due to bad weather. I-}ghUng Dock Geothermal, of Animas, sponsored the prizes for the parade elimination of overnight delivery and ing Julie Montenegro at 575-590-0179, studying the possibility of closing 3,700 entries.The winners were Ibarra Friends & Family (1"t---$150), above, Church o| Christ (2""--$100) and Assembly of God Suehaye Marquez at 575-956-5345 or mostly rural post offices and 252 mail Church For more photos of last Fridays annual event, see Page 10 of this week's edition. Brenda Hood at 575-590-0377. processing facilities. Herald staff photos Christmas Service ing Center from lpm to 3pm. We are also taking nominations for additional First United Methodist Church will Holiday Food Boxes that will be dolly- hold a special Christmas Memorial Ser- ered to families on Friday, Dec 23rd. For vice Thursday December 22nd at 7:00 more information, call Christy at 520- pm. It is open to the entire community 507-0455. who have lost family and friends during Angel Tree the year or during the Christmas season. There will be a reception after the ser- vice. Hidalgo Food Coop SPIRIT of:Hidalgo and the Lordsburg AmeriCorps Team will be dis- tributing Holiday Commodity Boxes on Monday, Dec 19th at the Hidalgo Learn- mas. For more information call City Hall at 542-3421. Santa letters Anyone wishing to send a letter to Santa Claus can do so at Santa Claus, PO Box 9998, North Pole, USA 88045. The City of Lordsburg will be host- Cocoa and Cream Social ing an Angel Tree this holiday season. The Lordsburg AmeriCorps Team is Pick up your angel information for gift- hosting an Open House on Friday, Dec ing at City Hall. The City is also cur- 16th at 7pm at the Whistle Stop Co-op rently taking names of needy children. The deadline to submit names to Theresa located at 208 E Motel Drive. You are at City Hall is December 2. LPD and the invited to come and share an evening of LFD will distribute just before Christ- fun, games, and music and enjoy a hot Health Start meeting cup of cocoa with plenty of whip cream. For more information, watch for our flyer or call Christy at 520-507-0455. Healthy Start will have its monthly Holiday Art Sh0w meeting on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the The Chiricahua G{tllery will hold its Healthy Start Office. This month's topic 25th Annual Holiday Art and Artisan's will be "Fire Satety". These meetings are Show with an opening at t0 am on Sat- open to the public and are free of charge, urday, November 19 and continuing also you receive a 1 V2 credit for those of through December 31. Fine arts and you that participate in the food program. crafts by over 35 local and regional arts For more information please contact will be on display~and for purchase: Open Olga Neave at 575-542-8722 at the also on Sunday, November 20 and Tues- Healthy Start Office. day througti Saturday through Decem- ber. Continued on Page 3