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VOLUME 9 ISSUE 50 FRIDAY DECEMBER 11, 2009 Hidalgo County ihh,l.h,,,IhJl,,ll"'lhl allTox'n Papers O26 California Avenue SW Seattle WA 9g136 10.1Wings. & 2 Liter SQda ;USDA reminds producers of upcoming Livestock Disaster :Assistance deadlines i3ubmitted by USDAILordsburg . State Executive Director for the New /lexico Farm Service Agency (FSA), :Salomon Ramirez, last week reminded eligible ranchers and livestock pr0duc- ers in Chaves. Dofia Ana, Eddy, Harding, idalgo, Grant, Lincoln, Luna, Otero, Sierra and Union counties of the Decem- Lordsburg, Virden :elections slated for March 2 The City of Lordsburg will hold an election on March 2, 2010; Up for grabs will be the position of mayor, three city ]zouncil seats and the office of Munici- ]al Judge. i Lordsburg Mayor Arthur Clark' Smith has already announced that he plans to run for re-election. The current City Councilors who will be up for re-election are Mayor Pro- Tern Alfredo More!os, Art Talavera and ,Eddie Lopez. The three council seats are i  f0ur-year terms. .... . Potential candidates must throw their hat into thering by filing with the :Hidalgo County Clerk on January 5, '2010 between 8 and 5 p.m. The Village of Virden will be hold- iing an election the same same, electing a new mayor and three new councilors .as well. Filing date in Virden. is also Janu- ary 5 at the Virden Community Center. While the election for both commu- nities will be held on March 2, absentee voting will begin January 26 at City Hall , .in Lordsbrg:alad. a.t, th...gtrtglxtli.y .... Center in Virden and will ;conclude on February 26. Early voting will be from February 10-26 at the same locations. The last day to register to vote in either election is February 2 at the Hidalgo County Clerk's Office, located in the Hidalgo County Courthouse, 300 Shakespeare Street in Lordsburg. her 10 deadline for applying for benefits under the provisions of the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) for grass production losses incurred during cal- endar year 2008. For losses incurred dur- ing the 2009 calendar year, the deadline for producers in Chaves, Eddy, Lea, Lin- coln and Otero tO apply for benefits is January 30, 2010. LFP provides payments to eligible livestock producers that have suffered livestock grazing losses due to qualify- ing drought or fire. Fire losses apply only to federally managed rangeland. Eligible livestock under LFP include beef cattle, alpacas, buffalo, beefalo, dairy cattle, deer, elk, emus, equine, goats, llamas, poultry, reindeer, sheep and swine.. In order for an LFP applicant to qualify for program benefits, the appli- cant must have purchased insurance cov- e.rage through FSA's Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) or meet the requirements of a Socially Dis- See LIVESTOCK on Page 2 Wreaths Across America ceremony Sat. The Lordsburg VFW Post #3099, in collaboration with the United States Border Patrol Color Guard, will hold a special Wreaths Across America cer- emony,ol Saturday, December noon at the Special Events Center in Lordsburg. Following the ceremony, all who have pre-ordered live wreaths for fallen veterans will receive their wreath. Refreshments will be served.'The public is invited and encouraged to at- tend. Kicking off the holiday season The Lordsburg Volunteer Fireman's Light Parade was held last Friday night at dusk, featuring many unique, brightly lit floats..Above, Santa trades in his sleigh for a vintage firetruck in observance of the annual event. For more photos from the Light Parade, see Page 10 of this week's edition. Governor Richardson higt ights more than $100 million to be invested in alternati00'e fuels project Courtesy submission Governor Bill Richardson last week commended Sapphire Energy, Inc. for a successful application to the U.S. Depart- ment of Energy for a grant to launch a new multimillion dollar algae biofuels demonstration project in Luna County, New Mexico. Sapphire Energy has been awarded a $50 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy as well as a loat) guaramee.o[ $545, miltio from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The San Diego-based company plans; to build a demonstration project in Luna County near Columbus and Deming. The com- pany also has a research and develop- ment complex in Las Cruces. The grant award is part of the Ameri- can Recovery and Reinvestment Act and It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! People of the Animas Valley enjoyed an afternoon of Christmas shopping when they went to the Annual Christmas Bazaar. Sponsored by Omega Alpha, the Bazaar was held on Saturday, December 5, in the Animas Community Center. More than thirty vendors displayed beautiful and unique Christmas gifts ranging from candles to jewelry, wind chimes to baked goods, and even western art to cookbooks! The sorority served a delicious green chile stew for lunch, and Garrett Massey added to the, Christmas spirit by playing Holiday music on his keyboard. Everyone had a great time and came away with plenty of surprises to tuck under the ChriStmas treel By ELIZABETH RICHINS/Hidalgo County Herald the loan guarantee is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Biorefinery Assistance Program, authorized through the 2008 Farm Bill. "Investments in advanced biofuels are crucial to improve America's energy independence and to keep energy dol- lars at home," Governor Richardson said. "This project will create jobs, invest in new technology and boost the economy in rural New Mexico," The project is be- ing funded to demonstrate the technol- ogy developed by Sapphire Energy to produce a large scale algae facility which cultivates algae in open ponds to produce Green Crude which can be re- fined into fuels. The project is expected to create 750 direct and indirect jobs. Sapphire has an option to buy roughly 2,200 acres of land near Columbus. With the infu- sion of capital from the American Re- covery and Reinvestment Act, the com- pany plans to build a demonstration project to validate the economics of large scale algae to energy production. As part of the project the company also plans to set up an extraction facility to convert the oil from the algae into Green Crude which can be refined into a vari- ety of fuels. "Governor Richardson js a true ad- vocate for smarter energy resources," Sap- phire Chief Executive Officer Jason Pyle said. "His leadership has played a cru- cial role in the federal grant funding for our algae-based fuel work. This is a win- win for New Mexico, Luna County, and Sapphire Energy." City C )rner by Mayor Clark Smith I'tl"T'I'Mll BIIl-IIlt IIWe,llllb After many out of town meetings and training sessions, the City of Lo?dsburg has bided out the 2009 ARRA Main Street (State Road 494) Project. This project includes paving over one mile of heavily traveled street, seal coat and re-stripping. This is a $450,000 street improvement project. The City will 'open bids on December 23, 2009 and award the bid January 7, 2010. The City needs to be contractually committed (un- der contract) with a contractor before January 15, 2010. Con- struction will be for an estimated 70 days. The City has worked hard to get this grant. As we move along I will keep you posted. Just received word Santa Clause will be in Lordsburg on Christmas Eve. The Lordsburg Fire Department will be es- corting Santa Clause around the City giving our goody bags filled with candy and oranges and apples. The Lordsburg PAL'S are helping out and invited Santa Clause to come to Lordsburg. Thank you to the Lordsburg Fire Department members again for organizing the light parade, the Special Events Center staff for hosting the Moonlight Madness event and the Chamber of Commerce and most of all thank you to everyone who got involved. These are the type of projects that make our community great, having fun and working as a team. Wreaths Across America welcomes' you in our mission to honor Veterans on December 12 th at noon at the Special Events Center. The City of Lordsburg and VFW Post #3099 will hold a ceremony and hand out wreaths that have been purchased by citizens. The Toy for Tots Program is in need of our help. The primlary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a shiny new toy, at Christmas a message of hope to needy youngsters that will motivate them to grow into responsible, productive, patriotic citizens and coinmunity leaders. And the biggest objective of Toys for Tots is to help children throughout the United States, and right here in Lordsburg and Hidalgo County, to experience the joy of Christmas and to play an active role in the devel- opment of one of our nations most valuable natural resources of our children, to unite all members of our community in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign and to contribute to a better Lordsburg and Hidalgo County in the future. For more information contact Dick Davis. Lots to do, so have fun, be safe and please get involved in your community and help support our local youth in their athletics and academics in the Lordsburg and Animas schools. UPCOMING EVENTS Letters The Lordsburg Post Office is accept ing letters to Santa. Letters can be sent 1;o Santa Clause, PO Box 9998, Lordsburg, NM 88045. Santa will re- each letter. PAL Basketball PAL Basketball registration will be held on Thursday December 10, 2009 at the Special Events Center from 4 to 7 p.m. All volunteers, coaches, and assis- tant coaches must register as well. There will be a coaches meeting on Wednes- day December 16, 2009 at the Special Events Center g at 6p.m. The meet- ing wilt cover the draft date as well as discussion of playing all games on Sat- tirday mornings. Smoking cessation TUPAC Smoking Cessation Classes will begin o n Monday, January 11, 2010, through March 1, 2010, consisting of 7 classes held on Mondays with the ex- ception of 1 class on Wednesday, Febru- ary 3, 2010. Class time will be @5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. & will be held @Hidalgo Medical Services Conference Room @530 E. DeMoss St., in Lordsburg. To enroll or for more infor- fft-, p-ealTffUYff G-I-6-H-YVhgas or Danielle Gomez @the HMS Family Sup- port Office @542-3046 or 542-3047. We will not be accepting new enrollees after the 3  Class. If yOu're ready to commit to quit smoking, we're ready to commit tO helping you quit! Tyrone demonstration Join us on December 13th, for an exiting demonstration of "Fabric Bas- kets" by Jan Wagner. These baskets are beautiful, functional & affordable. The demonstration will be held at l:00pm. in the Tyrone Mercantile and baskets, large and 'small will be available for gift gving or personal use. Light refresh- ments will be available, free to the pub- lic. 575-534-3911. Winter coat collection Lordsburg Schools is currently seek- ing coat donations, new or used, to be distributed within the Lordsburg School District to needy children. Drop off coats; or cash donations, to Alice Webb at Southside Elementary School. Winter Concert The Lordsburg High School and DTMS Band and Choir programs will perform at their Winter Concert on De- cember 10, 2009, at 6:00 p.m. at the LHS Gymnasium. The public is invited to at- tend. Ladies Salad Luncheon The Ladies Salad Luncheon will be held on Friday, December 11, 2009, at the Assembly of God Church, 701 South Animas Street. Ladies are invited to bring a salad and a friend. The guest speaker will. be Carmen Rodriguez of Deming. See UPCOMING EVENTS on Page 2