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2 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2010 Steve Pearce visits with constituents at the Civic Center. Pearce's Listening Tour stops in Hidalgo County what their messages were during this last November 2, 2010 elec- tion. Americans revealed to the government that they do not like the things our government is do- ing, and they do not think our government listens to the people. • Pearce knows that Americans are fed up with the government regarding the economy, unem- ployment, wasteful spending of taxpayers money, and most im- portant the government, triesto By DARR SHANNON/Lordsburg Sieve Pearce, U,S. Represen- tative - elect for New Mexico stopped in Lordsburg last Thurs- day as part of his listening tour. Baxter Civic Center was the meet- ing place, with about 40 people attending, including elected of- ficials, and area citizens. Pearce allowed the audience to ask ques- tions and tell him what their fears and concerns were. Americans made very clear Pearce visits with County residents Jim and Dinah Culberson. tell Americans that we aren't smart enough to make our own decisions, so they will just make those decisions for us. Pearce said he clearly under- stands these messages, and knows that'our broken government is not working as it is. He knows that less government regulation will create more jobs and government spending needs to be cut but NOT IN EDUCTION. Pearce stated that fraud in Medicare and Medicaid is around $150 Billion and MUST be addressed because there is no accountability in these en- titlement programs. There is a duplication of many agencies, and at the end of the big pict/ire ..... they work on the same problems with different results. Pearce stated that the border issue is one of upmost importance and must be addressed. He is fully aware of the difficulties in resolving the problems on the border, and he will strive to make prudent decisions with the wel- fare of Americans as a priority. STEVE PEARCE IS LIS- TENING and will continue to lis- ten. Feel free to contact him at steve @ or 575/392-2016/ State reports first confirmed influenza case in NM Submitted by NM DOHISanta Fe The New Mexico Depart- ment of Health reported today that it has confirmed the state's first influenza case for this year's flu season. The Department's Sci- entific Laboratory confirmed an influenza B case in a 4-year-old boy from Bernalillo County who was not vaccinated against the flu. He is recovering. "It's the beginning of our flu season, and it is critical for people to get ,accinated against influ- enza now so they can be healthy throughout the holiday season and winter," said Health Secretary, Alfredo Vigil, MD. "Flu can cause serious complications, and vac- cine is the best protection for you and your family." The Department has 26 pro- viders and 32 laboratories that report influenza-like illnesses from October through May. Pro- viders that participate in the Sen- tinel Influenza Surveillance Net- work reported at the end of last week that 2.8% of their patient visits were for influenza-like ill- ness. "We expect to see low levels of influenza at this time of the season," said State Epidemiolo- gist C. Mack Sewell, Phd. "If you are not already vaccinated, now is the time. It usually takes two weeks for vaccine to take effect and immunity lasts at least one year." The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is recom- mending for the first time that everyone older than 6 months get their flu Vaccine to prevent the disease from spreading. This year's flu vaccine protects against three viruses (an H3N2 virus, an influenza B virus and the H1NI virus that caused so much illness last season)• So far this year, the Depart- ment of Health has shipped 312,200 doses of vaccine to pub- lic health offices and private pro- viders for children. The Depart- ment orders for its public health offices and its long-term care fa- cilities and for private providers who care for children. Providers for adults order on their own. New Mexicans should con- tact their health care providers to receive flu vaccine. The Department's public health of- fices provide vaccine to people who are at high risk for se)ious illness or death and people who have no health insurance. Public health offices are listed in the phonebook's blue pages under state government. Contact infor- mation for public health offices is listed at For information about the flu and flu clinics, call toll-free at 866-681-5872 or look up the Department of Health's website, flu.shtml. While everyone should get a flu vaccine each flu season, it's especially important that people in the following groups get vac- cinated, either because they are at high risk of having serious flU- related complications or because they live with or care for people at high risk for developing flu- related complications: • Pregnant women (any tri- mester) • Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old • People age 65 and older • People Of any age with cer- tain chronic medical conditions like asthma, diabetes, and lung or heart disease • People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities • People who live with or care for those at high risk for compli- cations from flu, including health care workers and caregivers of babies younger than 6 months • American Indians and Alas- kan Natives, who last flu season seemed to be at higher risk of flu complications • People who are morbidly obese This year, the Department of Health ordered 70,000 doses of adult flu vaccine (for high-risk adults) and almost 282,000 doses of children's flu vaccine, which includes 122,000 doses of a na- sal spray for ages 2 through 18 years. The Department continued its school vaccination program this year with 300 schools par- ticipating statewide in October and November. To avoid catching the flu or passing it on to others, people should frequently wash their hands, cover their mouth and nose when sneezing and coughing and stay home when ill. Many of the people at high risk for flu complications should also get a pneumonia shot if they have never had one. People who need to have the pneumococcal vaccine are: age 65 and older, and adults 19 and older who smoke, or have chronic health condi- tions, such as asthma, diabetes, cardiovascular or lung disease, cirrhosis, chronic renal failure or immunocompromised due to lymphoma, organ transplant, multiple myeloma or Hodgkin disease. UPCOMING EVENTS We have all the tools to keep your Business ON TRACK & IN THE BLACK We offer Pro00ssional Services for all aspects of your small business! Including: # Payroll 00Monthly, Quarterly Tax Preparation Financial Statements Bank Reconciliations & Annual 212 E. Motel Drive * Suite A * Lordsburg 2011 Grassland Reserve Program (GRP) batching date announced Submitted by NRCSILordsburg fences, and watering facilities ested. The US Department of Ag- riculture (USDA) will rank all Grassland Reserve Program (GRP) applications received by January 21, 2010 in the only an- ticipated 2011 batching period. The GRP uses a continuous sign-up, like other USDA pro- grams, so applications received after that date will be consid- ered in the next batching period. The following Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) can address the issues of most con- cern to New Mexico private land agricultural producers: What land is eligible for GRP? • The overall emphasis for FY 2011 enrollment is on pre- serving native and natural spe- cies. Eligible land includes grasslands; land that contains forbs; shrub land (including improved rangeland and pastureland); or land that is lo- cated .in an area that historically has been dominated by grass- land, forbs, or shrub land when these lands have the potential to serve as wildlife habitai of sig- nificant ecological value. Land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) with an expiring contract in the next 12 months is also eligible for en- rollment in GRP. Who may participate in the pro- gram? Only landowners may sub- mit applications for easements. As proof of ownership, land- owners must' provide USDA with a copy of the deed. Both landowners and operators may participate on rental contracts. Operators must provide USDA proof (e.g., written lease) of control of the land for the du- ration of the rental contract. How will my adjusted gross in- come affect my eligibility for GRP? The adjusted gross income (AGI) provision of the 2008 Farm Bill impacts eligibility for GRP and several other pro- grams. Individuals or entities that have an AGI exceeding $1 million for the three tax years immediately preceding are not eligible to receive prlgram ben- efits or payments. However, an exemption is provided in cases where two-thirds of the AGI is derived from farming, ranch- ing, or forestry operations.' What is the application process? To participate, interested persons should submit an appli- cation to their local (NRCS) or Farm Service Agency (FSA) office in their servicing USDA Service Center. Applications for the program are accepted at anytime. What are my enrollment op- tions? Enrollment options are per- manent easements and 10-year, 15-year, and 20-year rental con- tracts. Can I graze my grassland while enrolled in GRP? All enrollment options per- mit: Common grazing prac- tices that maintain the viability of the grassland. Haying, mowing, or harvesting for seed production, subject to certain restrictions during the nesting season, as de- termined by NRCS. Fire rehabilitation and the construction of firebreaks, and practices that protect and restore the grasslands functions and values. Do I need a grazing manage- ment plan and conservation plan? All participants in GRP will be required to implement a grazing management plan, con- servation plan, or both, ap- proved by USDA to preserve the viability of the grassland enrolled in the program. What do GRP contracts or ease- ments prohibit? GRP contracts and ease- ments prohibit the production of crops (other than hay), fruit trees, and vineyards that require breaking the soil surface and any other activity that would disturb the surface of the land, except for appropriate land management activities included in a conservation plan. How is the contract or easement value determined? The value of an easement will be the fair market values of the land less the grazing value as determined by the lowest of' (1) an appraisal or market sur- vey, (2) geographical area rate cap, or (3) the landowner offer• For rental contracts, the par- ticipant receives not more than 75 percent of the grazing value in an annual payment for the length of the agreement. Graz- ing values will be determined based on local prevailing rental rates. Is there a payment limitation? Rental contracts have a $50,000 annual payment limi- tation per person per year. Easements do not have a pay- ment limitation• What should eligible applicants do if their GRP application is not funded? Once funding has been ex- hausted, eligible applicants whose applications were not funded will be considered when additional (whether in the cur- rent or next fiscal year) fund- ing becomes available if they have informed their local NRCS office that they are still inter- Who will administer the GRP? Both the NRCS and FSA handle program implementa- tion. Applications will be ac- cepted by either agency on a continuous sign-up basis. For More Information If you need more informa- tion about GRP, please contact your local USDA Service Cen- ter, listed in the telephone book under U.S. Department of Ag- riculture, or stop by your local conservation district. You can also visit the NRCS New Mexico website at: http:// grams/grp.html. The Natural Resources Con- servation Service provides lead- ership in a partnership effort to help people conserve, maintain, and improve our natural re- sources and environment• NRCS is an Equal Opportunity Pro- vider and Employer. Senior Citizens Lunch Menu Monday, December 13 Green Chile Hamburger Lettuce/Tomato/Cheese Onions & Pickles French Fries Cottage Cheese Peaches Tuesday, December 14 Irish Stew Stewed Tomatoes/Green Chili Cornbread & Margarine Pears Oatmeal Cookie Wednesday, December 15 Chicken Tenders/Gravy Spinach Mashed Potatoes/Gravy WW Roll/Margarine Jell-O/Fruit Thursday, December 16 Grilled Cheese Sandwich Vegetable Soup Crackers Apricots/Topping Friday, December 17 Beef Enchilada Lettuce & Tomato Pinto Beans Jalapeno, Onions & Salsa Crackers Chocolate Pudding• Continued from Page 1 Medicare Part D Enrollment Rosa Torres will be in Lordsburg again on Tuesday, De- cember 14, 2010, in the HMS Conference Room, 530 E. DeMoss St., from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., for those who haven't yet enrolled for Medicare D. Please bring your Medicare cards, Medi- care D cards, & all you medica- tions with you. Sign-in Sheet will be available to all arrivals to best serve everyone. For more infor- mation, please call Gloria Vargas @the HMS Family Support Of- fice @542-3047 or 542-8384 ext: 408. VFWWreaths A special ceremony for the Wreaths Across America will be held this Saturday at noon at Veteran's Park. Walking & Activity Club The Active and Alive Walk- ing & Activity Club meets from 12-2 PM at the Special Events Center on Mondays and Wednes- days. For more information call 575-537-0248 ext. 227. VFW Meeting Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post #3099 will hold meeting on Friday, December 10. at 6:00 p.m. All members are en- couraged to attend. Line Dancing The Active and Alive Crooked Halos Line Dancin t classes are held from 5-6 PM fol intermediates and 6:15-7:30 PM for adxanced at RV Traylor El- ementary School on Mondays and Wednesdays. For more infor- mation call 575-537-0248 ext. 227. AA/NM Meetings Alcoholics Anonymotls (AA3 meetings are held on Monday al 3 p.m. at the Kokopelli Office and on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Firsl Methodist Church. Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings are held Mondays at 5 p.m., Wednes- days at 3 p.m. and Thursdays al 11 a.m. at Kokopelli and on Sat- urdays at 5:30 p.m. at the Firsl Methodist Church. For more in- formation contact Kokopelli al 575-542-3304. participants must brin r" birth certificate at E) A Refreshime I follow Hoop Shoot For more int ........ ion call 542-99!