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VOLUME 15 ISSUE 51 FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2015 75 Hidalgo County SmallTown Papers 217 West Cota Street Shelton, WA 98584 LOCALLY OWNED & OPERATED 575-494-1385 www.ppcnm.com Community Sing-Along draws big crowd On Sunday, December 13, around 45- 50 people gathered around the Christmas Tree on Main Street and came together for the first Annual Community Sing-Along. It was directelby Reverend Joseph Hill and his beautiful wife; Amanda, from the Assembly of God Church. It was truly a wonderful gathering of voices singing traditional Christmas hymns and classic Christmas Carols. Three beautiful young ladies, Maya Olivas, Marlana Rendon and Kiara Young, blessed the group with an A Capella song each. Roger Payne also entertained the group with a short Christmas Story. Because the breeze was a little cold and brisk, the LVFD offered their ladder truck to help block the wind, which worked wonderfully! After the program, everyone gathered around for hot cocoa, wassail and some delicious homemade cookies and treats. A special thank you to everyone who helped organize and participated in the Sing-Along, and for those who came to listen. A big thanks to those who brought refreshmentsLto share.The community islooNng forward to doing this again next year. Submitted by MARSHA HILLILordsburg Hidalgo Chamber of Commerce Director Patrol seize nearly one million in meth and marijuana,Lordsburg station involved Submittc:~ by USC&BPIEI Paso Sector the nardotics is estimated at $516,000. Border Patrol Agents assigned to the Border Patrol Agents in New Mexico were busy intercepting law vio- lators over the weekend, in- cluding one subject attempt- ing to smuggle illegal narcot- ~ ,-ics througb.a-ti'affic check- point. Late Saturday morning, a green SUV pulled up to the 1- 10 checkpoint west of Las Cruces, NM. During the im- migration inspection, the driver became suspicious to agents because of his manner- isms. The agents detected in- consistencies in his travel in- formation and his demeanor, which led to continued ques- tioning. The vehicle was re- ferred to secondary inspection where a Border Patrol canine conducted a non-intrusive search, and alerted to the pos- sible presence of narcotics. Further inspection by agents on the 2002 Chevrolet Suburban re- vealed 13 tape-wrapped bundles and a total of 16 pounds of methamphetamine hidden within the gas tank. The value of in The driver, 33-year old Francisco Javier Paez Sianez from Mexico, was arrested. 144.6 pounds of marijuana in three bundles and 4.8 grams of cocaine were seized during the arrest of Alexis Elizabeth DeSanto in Hidalgo County. DeSanto and the drugs were handed over to the DEA. The vehicle and bundles of methamphet- amine were seized and turned over to the DEA in Las Cruces. In another event two hours later, mine annual dividend By BENJAMIN FISHERISilver City Daily hundred will remain on-site to operate Press leach mining and eventual reclamation SILVER CITY -- Freeport- efforts. McMoRan, Inc. -- owner of the Tyrone According to a press release from the and Chino mines in Grant County -- company, the corporation is having announced recently that they would trouble in the oil and gas industry, which close the Sierrita mine outside of Tuc- it entered in 1998. In the late 2000s, F/VII son, Ariz., a result of continuing weak- grew its oil and gas branch, only to see it ness in copper prices, hit by the oil price crash of the last sev- The Sierrita mine has been produc- eral years. The release said that, "follow- ing 102,000 metric tons per day in its ing an ongoing review, capital expendi- concentrator operation, and together tures for 2016 and 2017 have been re- with other mining operations there has duced further from $2.0 billion per year employed around 1,280 people, accord .... to $1.8 billion in 2016 and $1.2 bil- ing to the FMI website and a company lion in 2017." statement. Similarly, the release announced that Public Information Officer Eric mining operations will also be cut sig- Kinneberg wrote that the closure an- nificantly; "a 25 percent reduction in its nouncement would affect only 450 em- capital spending for its mining business ployees, however, because the company for 2016 (from $2.7 billion to $2.0 bil- had already informed 580 people there lion, including $0.6 billion in sustain- that they would be reduced. A couple See FREEPoRTTO CLOSE on Page 2 Lordsburg Station discovered five bur- lap backpacks totaling 229 pounds of marijuana, valued at approxi- mately $183,000. In separate incidents, Border patr~| Agents from southern New Mexico seized a total of 257.9 pounds of marijuana: On Friday, December 11, :;,: -.~:< a Border Patrol Agent as- signed to the Lordsburg, New Mexico Station, stopped to '.. -, assist a motorist who had a fiat .... tire. As the agent was talking to the driver, he noticed that there were two large, burlap wrapped bundles that re- sembled bales of marijuana located in the rear storage compartment of the vehicle. The driver was identified as 28-year-old Alexis Elizabeth De Santo, and was placed un- der arrest. When the Agent searched the vehicle, a third bale was found tucked behind the driver's seat. The Agent also found 4.8 grams of co- caine in De Santo's purse that is believed to belong to her. In total, 144.6 pounds of marijuana were found in the vehicle, carrying a value of $115,600. Special Agents from the Drug Enforcement Ad- ministration (DEA) responded and took custody of the driver and contraband. The Horse Patrol Unit from Deming, New Mexico were also called on Friday to assist Santa Teresa Agents in tracking two people in the desert. After the Horse Patrol Unit discovered their footprints, they followed and found two men asleep underneath a mesquite bush. As the Agents dismounted the horses, they could see that the men were also sleep- ing on two burlap wrapped bundles, which they suspected was marijuana. The Agents identified the men as: 22- year old Alain Barrio Barrio and 25-year old Oscar Vital Silva, both from Mexico. The men stated they were carrying the marijuana bundles as payment for ille- gally crossing into the United States. They were placed under arrest and trans- ported to the station for prosecution. The DEA took custody of the subjects and contraband. Shortly after 2:00 a.m. on Decem- See MARIJUANA on Page 2 \ C0u ncil res01 uti0 ns, U Courtesy submission The Lordsburg City Council met in regular monthly session December 8, 2015 at City Hall. Several resolutions were presented during the meeting, including resolution 2015-27 that authorizes the execution and delivery of a colonias infrastructure project fund loan/grant agreement with The New Mexico Colonias Infrastructure Board, The New Mexico Finance Author- ity and the City Of Lordsburg. The City Of Lordsburg was awarded $687,792 grant with a city match of $68,779 to replace existing sewer lift stations on Highway 70 and Collins Drive and at the west end of the City near Days Inn Motel. The Council approved Resolution 2015-29 authorizing and approving sub- mission of a complete application for fi- nancial approval to the New Mexico Fi- nance Authority for the colonias Infra- structure fund to complete the main wa- ter line at the Lordsburg Housing Au- thority, Pyramid Village, and the main water line by Veterans Park on Main Street. Resolution 2015-30 authorizing the submission of a New Mexico Commu- nity Development Block Grant applica- tion to the Department of Finance and Administration Local Government Divi- sion for a $500,000 grant to pave Moun- tain View Road was approved by the Council. All Resolutions-were passed and gave the go ahead to Mayor Smith to submit these requests. ,, In other business, Ordinance 96-40 was passed, adopting to the 2015 changes to the New Mexico uniform Traf- fic Code of the City Of Lordsburg mu- nicipal Code. Council also approved using lodgers tax funds and citY build- ing maintenance funds to fund a Cham- ber Of Commerce Historical Photo Gal- lery. This gidlei-y will feature historical photos of Lordsburg and Hidalgo County at the Chamber of Commerce at the old City Hall at office at 206 s0~h Main Street. Mayor Smith was also given ap- proval by the Council to lobby at the 2016 Legislative session in Santa Fe. Mayor Smith will be seeking funding for See CITY COUNCIL on Page 2 City to u to electric water Courtesy submission The City of Lordsburg has been awarded a $242,950 Municipal Conser- vation grant that will be used to purchase 1,250 electronic water meters and equip- ment. According to Mayor Clark Smith, the City is responsible for a 15 percent match on this grant, totaling $42,870, which will come from the water fund. The electric water meters, once in- stalled, will allow fbr drive-by meter reading via a hand held wand. They are more accurate, easier for the employee to use, quicker and require substantially less maintenance. The new meters are expected to help the City conserve water by being able to pinpoint leaks' in the system and at cus- tomer use point in real time, according to Mayor Smith. The grant funding comes from the 2004 Arizona Water Settlement Act's Municipal Conservation projects, with preference for projects that include pub- lic education, public water conservation goals, increasing block rate structures, outdoor water restrictions and leak de- tection programs. AES students advance to Hidalgo County Spelling Bee Animas Elementary School students participated in a School Spelling Bee on December 8, 2015. The finalists will go on to compete in the Hidalgo County Spelling Bee on January 22, 2016. Students who advanced are - Caitlin True (4th), Sisaly Krick (1st), Ryan Estrada (2nd) and Michael Hillibert (3rd). Courtesy photo L PC()M NG EVENTS WC Christmas Program Wolf Pack out Valley View Community ChurchWolf Pack will be out watching for invites you to its annual Christmas Pro- underage drinking parties during this gram and Sing-Along at 5:30 on Sun- Holiday season, and we thank you for day, December 20. Refreshments will not giving or selling teens alcohol. Have follow, a Happy and Safe Christmas and New Family in need Vear Mountain View luminarias The Lordsburg Motor Vehicle De- partment is sponsoring a local CYFD Luminarias will once again be set family this holiday season. The family up at Mountain View Cemetery in consists of mom, a 6-year-old boy and Lordsburg this year. The organizing an 8-year-old girl. A collection box is at group is seeking volunteers and would the MVD office, 809 Main Street, and appreciate any and all help. If you are interested in helping, please contact any donation is appreciated. Debbie Greene at 575-542-3125 or Glenda Greene at 575-639-2484. The group will be meeting at 1:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve at the cemetery. Drink tabs collected Ms. Arredondo's 4th Grade class at R.V. Traylor is collecting drink tabs for the Ronald McDonald House in Albu- querque, NM. If you have any tabs you have been saving, please send them with your child or drop them off at R.V. Traylor Elementary School by Thursday, De- cember 17th. Please continue saving them as we will be collecting them throughout the school year. Thank you very much for your donation! For more information you may visit the website http://www.rmhc-nm.org/pop-tabs.html. Holiday lights The Herald will feature local homes that are lit up for the holidays in the Christmas and New Year editions. If you have a picture you'd like to share, send it to hcherald@ gilanet.com, or if you have a suggestion for us, call 542-8705 and leave the address and we will get a photo of the home. Commodity Distribution RRFB Mobile Food Pantry, spon- sored by Coordinated Home Health Care and SPIRIT of Hidalgo, distributes com- modity foods at the Old Hospital in Lordsburg, 524 E DeMoss St, on the 3rd Monday of every month, 11 am - 2 pm. Recipients must self-declare need. The next distribution is December 21, 2015. HC Democrat meeting The Hidalgo County Democratic Party will meet the second Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at the James H. Baxter Civic Center. Meeting dates will be January 13, February 10, March 9, April 13 and May 11. Keep New Mexico Blue. Continued on Page 3