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VOLUME 10 ISSUE50 FRIDAY DECEMBER 10, 2010 50 Hidalgo County SmallTown Papers 5026 California Avenue SW Seattle, WA 98136 II,l,d,,I,,,,ll,,ll,,ll,,,,ll,I Border security and private property rights focus of 2010 WIFE Convention For more information contact: Sheila Massey, WIFE Media Relations RO. Box 70 Animas, NM 88020 575- 548-2420 masseyfarm @ Women Involved in Farm Eco- nomics (WIFE) a grassroots organiza- tion held their thirty-fourth annual con- vention in Billings, Montana, Novem- ber 1%21, 2010. Tammy Basel, Na- tional President, Union Center, South Dakota, stated "WIFE continues to educate, network and prepare ourselVes to promote what we do best, and that is feed a hungry nation and world. It is the livestock and crops we produce that provides the building blocks on which a healthy America is built." Basel stated "our nation's true wealth comes from the land the family farm- ers and ranchers are the backbone of our country." A variety of speakers and work- shops were provided for convention attendees. Those included a med workshop; a banking panel addressed the subject of accessibility of financ- Annual Community Christmas Potluck and Sing December 12 The Bootheel Ministerial Alliance is happy to announce their second an- nual non-denominational Community Christmas Potluck and Christmas Music Sing to be held at Lordsburg First United Methodist Church, 3 rd and High on Sun- day evening, December t2, 2010. Pot- luck will bein at 6:00 PM in the fellow- ship hall (basement) of the church, with Christmas music to begin atT:00 PM. Each participating church is invited to supply no more than two musical se- lections as special music by its members to be presented during the program. Upon arrival, each musical group or in- dividual should contact Jim Culbertson to be placed on the program. There will also be congregational singing of Christ- mas music from hymnals to augment the program. The public is 'invited to attend as we celebrate the reason for the season. For more information, please contact Dick Davis at (575) 590-0143. ing for farmers and ranchers; a pre- sentation about "Turning Fuels into Fertilizer." The keynote address was given by Leo McDonnell, Director Emeritus of the United States Cattleman's Association. Private Property Rights and Bor- der Security was the focus as mem- bers developed policy and priority is- sues for the coming year. Policy was passed regarding the abuse of the Fxiual Access to Justice Act (EAJA) by radi- cal environmental groups with WIFE requesting more oversight and action to prevent the misuse of this act. A graphic and fact filled presen- tation dedicated to Sue Krentz, the widow of slain rancher Rob Krentz, provided by WIFE members from New Mexico and Arizona told the story of living on America's Southern Border. The stories told of trafficking of guns, drugs and humans by the large cartels who have become commonplace in the southland. WIFE went on record de- manding the U.S. President and the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security stop declaring our southern border more secure than it has ever been as facts prove it is not. WIFE will be writing letters to the President of the United States, the U.S. Congress, and all branches of law enforcement de- manding immediate action be taken by the U.S. Armed Forces to secure our borders and take back America from the Mexican Cartels and others posing a threat to the safety of Americans. WIFE Members held a fundraising event to benefit Sue Krentz who in September, while leaving church services in Douglas, Arizona was hit by a drunk driver. Sue's con- dition was critical for some time but the good news now is she hopes to ex- perience a full recovery. The fundraising efforts raised over $1000 for Sue who is continuing with physi- cal therapy to regain full use of her body. Women Ifivolved in Farm Eco- nomics elected new officers for the year 2011 : Deb Dressier, President, Richardton, North Dakota; Diane McDonald, Secretary, Inkster, North Dakota; and Treasurer, Shana Baisch, Glendive, Montana. Area Directors elected were: Area I - Mary Ann Murray, Jordan, Montana; Area II - Sheila Massey, Animas, New Mexico and Area III - Kay Zeosky, Lowville, New York. Lordsburg VFW Post #3099 Commander Ray Martinez gave Tony the Vet a donation to help continue his cause. Cross country walk to raise awareness for veterans Tony the Vet made a pit stop dur- ing his pilgrimage across the United States this week to visit with local clubs and organizations. Anthony A. LoBue, 68, set out on foot from San Diego, California, on September 11, 2010 and will arrive at Ground Zero in New York City on Patriot Day, September 11, 2011, for the 10-year anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center. Tony the Vet says he decided to walk across America in an effort to promote Support Our Veterans Asso- ciation (SOVA), an association that H.E.L.P.S. all veterans, theft" families, friends and their communities. SOVA does this through Health and Wellness, Empowerment, Legacy, Protection and Advocacy and Social Network (HELPS). He walks 10 to 15 miles per day, which takes him about 4 hours. He dedicates the rest of his time to the public relations aspect of the Walkathon Across America. He makes himself available to speak to organizations and groups. In addition to raising awareness to veteran issues, Tony the Vet is work- ing with legislatures to create a f2-point veterans petition he hopes to present to law makers lit the federal level. Items Here comes Santa Claus! Santa made an appearance in last Friday's Lordsburg Lighted Christmas Parade. The parade wad part of Lordsburg's annual Moonlight Madness celebration, the official kick-off of the holiday season in Hidalgo County. For more photos from the parade, see Page 10 of this week's edition. on the list include veterans exemptions, benefit extensions for life, additional retirement homes, cemeteries, health service centers, clinics and mobile units. He is also pushing for additional vet centers, courts and homeless vet domiciliaries. His plan also includes a veteran economic stimulus and a man- datory 15% surcharge on all military funding for a Veterans Trust Fund. Tony the Vet is a senior disabled wartime veteran and founder of SOVA. He has a PhD in Interdisciplin.ary Fine arts, a master's degree in Art and The- atre and a bachelor's degree in English and Creative Writing. He entered Army ROTC in 1960 and became ac- tive in the United States Army in 1964. After his service was complete in 1966, Tony the Vet continued to be active in the Texas Army National Guard, U.S. Army Reserve and has dedicated many hours to veteran-related organizations. During this time he worked as an En- glish teacher and even traveled to West Africa with the Peace Corps. Tony the Vet intends for the con- sumer-driven, grass-roots movement to help all veterans, their families, vet- eran support groups and communities. For more information on Tony the Vet, visit Lordsburg Elks to host annual Hoop Shoot this Saturday Local competition for the 36th Annual Elks "Hoop Shoot", the na- tional free throw shooting contest for youngsters ages 8 through 13, will be held at the Special Events Center in Lordsburg on Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. Over three million youngsters from throughout the country entered last year's competition for boys and girls in age IBm categories 8-9; 10-11; N and 12-13. Each contes- tant has 25 shots at the hoop. The boy and girl in each age group with 'the best scores advance through four tiers of competition to qualify for the national finals in 2011. Local winners will compete against other contestants in the regional event in Las Cruces in January 2011. Names of the national winners will be inscribed on the Elks National "Hoop Shoot" plaque, on permanent dis- lay in the Naismith Memo- rial Basketball Hall of Fame in Spring- field, Massachusetts. Today there are nearly a million members of the Elks in 2,100 local Lodges found throughout all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Over the years, these lodges have evolved into the primary building blocks of the highly decentralized Elks organization. They provide recreational facilities for the entire family, but the lodges are also the focal point for the many com- munity service and charitable programs that have become an Elks tradition. The Elks devote a great deal of attention to youth programs. Lodges and individual members today spon- sor more than 1,000 Boy Scout troops and 3,000 Little League teams, as well as Boys' & Girls' Clubs and Campfire Girls. But one of the p .mst important youth , programs in recent years has been the an- nual Elks "Hoop Shoot", a national free throw shooting contest for boys and girls from ages 8-13. Over 3 million young- sters from all 50 states participated in last year's "Hoop Shoot", from local contests to national finals where six champi- ons were named. The program, now in its 37th year on a national basis, provides spirited competition and the chance for youngsters to develop new friendships. Winners and their parents also travel to state, regional and na- tional competition, courtesy of the "Hoop Shoot." Participants in Saturday's Lordsburg Hoop Shoot must present a birth certificate when registering. Reg- istration begins at 10:30 a.m. A lun- cheon/awards ceremogy will follow at the Elks Lodge. For more information call 575-542-9951. UPCOMING EVENTS Santa to visit Santa will be at Western Bank, 140 E. Motel Drive on Thursday, December 16, 2010, from 4-5 p.m. All kids are wel- come. LMS Winter Concert The Lordsburg Municipal Schools high school and middle school bands, high school choir and percussion en- semble will hold their Winter Concert in the LHS Gymnasium at 7:00 p.m. on December 14, 2010. The public is invited to attend. Beef raffle DTMS Student Council is raffling off two chances to win 150 pounds of beef. Tickets will be sold from Decem- ber 1 't through January 5% The draw- ings will take place on January 7 . Tick- ets are $5 for two chances. You can pur- chase a ticket from any DTMS Student Council member or call 542-9806. Donations sought Sarah Goodman, of Lordsburg, will be visiting South Africa, Milowi, Tanza- nia and Uganda next month and plans to take much-needed items to the needy people there, including clothing, toys, shoes, etc. She is currently taking dona- tions of items. For more information, Goodman can be reached at 575-654- 4016. Diabetes support group There will be no Diabetes Support Group for November and December, since everyone will be busy for the holi- days. Happy Holidays to our Support Group and their families and see you next year! Step Aerobics The Active and Alive Step Aerobics class is held at 6 PM at Central Elemen- tary School on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information call 575-537-0248 ext. 227. Suicide prevention Suicide Prevention meetings are held the first Monday of each month at the Hidalgo Complex in Lordsburg at 7:00 p.m. The public is invited and en- couraged to attend. Cancer support group Hidalgo County Health Consortium is offering a free on-line support group for those dealing with cancer or other medical needs. This support group of- fers support to survivors and caregivers or family and friends. The group leader is PLTC (peopleliving through cancer) trained and is a survivor as well. Please email the following to chat or for more info: hidalgosurvivors group @yahoo.corn Continued on Page 2