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VOLUME 10 ISSUE51 FRIDAY DECEMBER 17, 2010 Hidalgo County SmallTown Papers 5026 California Avenue SW Seattle, WA 98136 i,l,,h,h,,llh,ll,,Ih'"lhl Hid= Ig County Commission holds final meeting in ,Two Hidalgo County Commission- based on adventure therapy that helps ers sat in on their last meeting last week before leaving office at the end of the month. Commissioners Harold Kuenstler and Anthony J. Mora were recognized at the conclusion of the Commissioner meeting for their years of service to the county. They will be replaced next month by Ed Kerr and Dart Reynolds- Shannon. Eric Moore, Bootheel Youth Asso- ciation (BYA) director, was in attendance at last week's meeting to give an update on his program. According to Moore. the program is threefold. It not only gives youth a place to go and hang out, but it also features Project Venture, which is By Mayor Frank Rodriguez We, here at the City of Lordsburg, would like to wish everyone a wonderful Holiday Season. We would like to thank ~11 of the organizations & volunteers who made Moonlight Madness & the Light Parade a great success: special thanks goes out John Hill and Cici Gomez for their efforts in organizing a successful event. The Christmas Lights are up and we would like to thank Tommy & Gloria DePaoli for their assistance this year. Commander Ray Martinez presided over the Annual Veteran's Wreath Ceremony, which was a great success again this year. Special thanks to all those who made this Honorable Celebration possible. The ground breaking of the new Border Patrol Station is a welcome and much needed addition to our community; congratulations to Mr. Mangusing and all of his agents. We also welcome the opening of the new Motor Transporta- tion Division Building named after Sena- tor John Arthur Smith. We are pleased to announce the suc- cessful completion of both the Water Tank and G Street Projects. Have a Won- derful and Safe Holiday Season! to teach critical thinking skills. Service is the third component of BYA. Currently BYA is hosting a trash-a-thon in an ef- fort to not only clean up the community, but also to create a sense of pride in the youngsters. On average, Moore said the BYA is seeing 80-85 students per week, approxi- mately 20 per day, These numbers are up significantly from last year, he said. Structured activities are also able to in- corporate students from the Animas School District. A BYA Open House is planned for early next year in an effort to recruit ad- ditional student participation. In other business the Commission approved a Solid Waste Ordinance that has been in the works for several months. One item that was pointed out to Com- missioners is that no household waste can be burned within the county and all controlled burns must be reported to Hidalgo County Dispatch. At this time. the ordinance does not include any col- lection or transportation fees. but it was made clear that fees can be added at a later time by resolution. Hidalgo County Manager Roger Ellis gave Commissioners an update on the new jail construction. He said the project is moving along quickly and all walls will be up on the facility before Christmas. There will be up to 70 em- ployees on site within the next few weeks working on the long-awaited facility. There were several change orders that had to be approved by the Commis- sion on the jail project. An additional $2,800 was approved to allow for tech- nical hook ups in the video arrmgnment room. A designing glitch forced the Com- mission to purchase five additional stain- less steel toilets at approximately $5,000. The heavy duty commodes originally purchased are designed to have mainte- nance done from behind, specifically in the cells. The. five toilets in question are not in the cells and designs did not fa- cilitate maintenance to be done in this fashion. The County intends to seek ret- ribution on this unforeseen cost from the engineer on the project. Another unfore- seen cost was approved for caulking on the exterior perimeter of the cells. The vendor foods/commissary ser- vices contract was awarded to Summit Foods Services out of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Years of service recognized Port of Entry officiallyopen for business A ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house was held Monday night for the all-new, state-of-the-art Lordsburg Port of Entry. Hundred of local citizens gathered at the east-bound facility for the ribbon cutting, followed by refreshments and live mariachi music. Pictured above officially opening the port of entry are Motor Transportation Division Officer Greg Kerr, MTD Director Lt. Col, Mark Rowley, Jeannette and Senator John Arthur Smith, Jeremie, Danica and MTD Major J~J, Salazar and NM District #39 State Representative Rodolpho Martinez. For more photos from the event, see Page 2 of this week's edition. DHS Secretary Napolitano d with border sheriffi security Submitted by US DHSIWashington, QC Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today held a quarterly conference call with sher- iffs and police chiefs from 30 jurisdic- tions along the Southwest border to dis- cuss the Department's ongoing support for state and local law enforcement in their efforts to keep their communities safe from violence and other threats. On the call. Secretary Napolitano underscored the vital role played by state and local law enforcement agencies in securrng the U.S.-Mexico border and emphasized DHS' commitment to work- ing with them to confront ongoing bor- der challenges. Since January 2009. DHS has corn- nd police chiefs Hidalgo County elected official~ who will be leaving office in January were recognized for their years of public service at last week's Hidalgo County Commission meeting. Pictured above are Hidalgo County Commissioner Anthony J. Mora, Sheriff Robert Hall and Commissioner Harold Kuenstler. Sheriff Hall has held his office for the past 16 years while the two commissioners are leaving after two four-year terms. Not in attendance for the plaque ceremony was Assessor Tonya Lowery. mitted unprecedented resources along the Southwest border. The Border Patrol is better staffed today than at arty time i rr its 86-year history~ having doubled the number of agents from approximately 10.000 in 2004 to more than 20.500 to- day. In addition, Immigration and Cus- toms Enforcement (ICE) has doubled the number of personnel assigned to Border Enforcement Security Task Forces: in- creased the number of intelligence ana- lysts working along the U.S.-Mexico border; quintupled deployments of Bor- der Liaison Officers: and begun screen- ing 100 percent of southbound rail ship- ments for illegal weapons, drugs, and cash--for the first time ever. Secretary Napolitano also high- lighted critical programs that assist state and local law enforcement in making their communities safer, In July, DHS announced more than $47 million in fis- cal year 2010 Operation Stonegarden grants for Southwest border states. Based on risk. cross-border traffic and border- related threat intelligence, 82 percent of 2009 and 2010 Operation Stonegarden funds went to Southwest border states up from 59 percent in 2008. DHS has also expanded the Secure Communities initiative which uses biometric information and services to identify and remove criminal aliens in state prisons and local jails from 14 jurisdictions in 2008 to more than 800 today, including all jur!sdictions along the Southwest border. In fiscal year 2010. ICE set a record for overall removals of illegal aliens. Half of those removed more than 195,000 were convicted criminals. These statistics represent an increase of more than 81.000 criminal removals compared to fiscal year 2008 a more than 70 percent increase in removals of criminal aliens from the previous admin- istration. of Health Report released, highlights d cade of health trends Submitted by NM DOHISanta Fe A new report by the New Mexico Department of Health found that in the last decade rates for smoking, teenage births and uninsured adults have all de- creased while injury deaths, obesity rates and hospitalizations related to suicide attempts have increased. In its latest "State of the Health in New Mexico 2011" report, the Department of Health analyzed health trends from 1998 to 2009. The majority of health indicators did not change significantly. "It's important for us to track data over the years to better understand and address New Mexico's challenges." said Health Secretary Alfredo Vigil, MD. "This report goes beyond the statistics and includes information on what is be- ing done to improve each health mea- sure and what needs to be done." For example, in the maternal and infant health section, the report high- lights the Text4baby program, which provides free text messages to help preg- nant women deliver healthy babies, and the Cocoon Project, which immuntzes mothers and care givers of infants against pertussis. To further improve maternal and infant health. New Mexico needs to increase support of home visiting pro- grams and develop strategies for provid- ing culturally appropriate care for hard= to-reach populations. Improving health trends: Current smoking rates: 23.6 percent of adults smoking in 2000 and 17.9 in 2009 Teenage births: Births to 15-17- year-olds were 52.9 per 1,000 girls in 1992 and 32.9 in 2007 Youth binge drinking: 35.4 percent of high school students in 2003 and 25.0 percent in 2009 Infant mortality: 6.6 infant deaths per 1000 live births in 2000 and 5.0 in 2009 Worsening health trends: Drug-induced death rate per 100.000:15.6 in 2000 and 20.7 in 2009 Adults obese or overweight: 49.4 percent in 1995 and 62 percent in 2009 Young adult deaths per 100,000 (age 25 to 34): 138.2 in 2000 and 166.0 in See HEALTH TRENDS on Paqe 2 UPCOMING EVENTS Christmas music Come and enjoy the holiday sprit at Saucedo's Supermarket with live Christ- haas carol music by Danielle Ramirez on Saturday Dec. 18, 2010 from 10:30A.M.- 5:00RM. also sign up for our free give- 9ways. Everyone is welcome. Candlelight Service Lordsburg Assembly of God will hold a Candlelight Service on Thursday, December 23, 2010 at 6:30 p,m. Refresh- ments will follow service. The public is invited to attend. VFW Christmas Party VFW Christmas Party for veterans at Sunshine Haven Nursing on Sunday, December 19, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. All mem- bers are encouraged to attend. NMSP Checkpoints NMSP Officers will be conduct- ing Saturation Patrols and Checkpoint Operations over the holiday weekends. Operations will be conducted in Grant. Hidalgo and Luna Counties. In addi- tion to added patrols officer will be working underage enforcement opera- tions in all counties. We want to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday sea- son. Santa to visit Santa will be at Western Bank. 140 E. Motel Drive on Thursday, December 16, 20113. from 4-5 p.m. All kids are wel- come. Beef raffle DTMS Student Council is raffling off two Chances to win 150 pounds of beef. Tickets will be sold from De- cember 1~t through January 5% The drawings will take place on Januarv 7% Tickets are $5 for two chances. You can purchase a ticket from any DTMS Student Council member or call 542- 9806. 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. 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. Continued on Page 3 I