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VOLUME 14 ISSUE 51 FRIDAY DECEMBER 19, 2014 75 Hidalgo County SmallTown Papers 217 West Cota Street Shelton, WA 98584 II'I"I,,I,,I,I,I,,I,,I,,I,ii,,i m l LOCALLY & 0PRAT00J00 575494-1385 www-ppcnm-c, m, , Santa makes holiday stop at Western Bank Santa Clause made Western Bank in Lordsburg one of his stops last Wednesday afternoon, where he vis- ited with nearly a hundred youngsters. Each child shared their holiday wish list with old St. Nick and [eceived a candy cane and stuffed animal in re- turn. Above, two Lordsburg youth get their list ready for Santa, while, left, Ryan Barker is awed by the jolly old elf.Western Bank's Bootheel Founda- tion has also been busy spreading holi- day cheer, handing out $22,000 to area agencies. For a complete list, see page 10 of this week's edition of the Hidalgo County Herald. Herald staff photo Border Patrol nabs four smugglers, Lordsburg agents seize nearly half-million in marijuana Submitted by USC&BPIEI Paso Sector Deming, New Mexico - U.S. Bor- der Patrol Agents' diligence paid off this week in New Mexico when multiple smugglers were apprehended shortly af- ter they' entered the country illegally with marijuana. On Tuesday, December 9, agents using night vision technology spotted Herald to have early holiday deadlines Due to the Christmas holiday, the deadline for that week's Hidalgo County Herald will be Monday, December 22 at noon. The deadline for the New Year's edition will be Tuesday, December 30 and the paper will be distributed as nor- mal on Thursday morning. For more in- formation, contact the Hidalgo County Herald at 575-542-87,05 or hcherald@ two people walking north toward 1-10, just west of Deming. Agents were guided to the location where they.discovered two subjects, 33-year old Gerardo Gutierrez-Rivas from Mexico, and 36- year old Mexican National Arturo Gonzalez-Perez, trying to conceal themselves in the desert brush. A con- tinued search of the area led agents to backpacks containing bundles of mari- juana. The combined total of the bundles was 92.4 pounds, with a street value of approximately $73,000. Both of the subjects and contraband were turned over to DEA and are pending prosecution. The same day in a separate smug- gling attempt, U.S. Border Patrol Agents assigned to the ATV Unit in Deming were able to track and appre- hend two men carrying 96 pounds of marijuana, valued at $76,000. The subjects were identified as 34-year old Alejandro Torrez-Hernandes, and 21- year old Javier Guerrero-Gonzalez, both nationals of Mexico. Both sub- jects along with the Contraband were also turned over to DEA pending pros- 6cution. Lordsburg, New Mexico - On De- cember 10, Border Patrol Agents in Lordsburg seized a total of 388.6 pounds of marijuana in separate sei- zures. The total estimated value is $310,000. The bundles were found in various locations throughout the Lordsburg area while Border Patrol Agents conducted their daily patrols. The seized marijuana will be trans- ferred over to the DEA. These incidents demonstrate how vigilance by U.S. Border Patrol Agents and the ability to rapidly respond to areas is combating the furtherance of illicit drugs into our community, while keeping our nation's borders safe. U.S. Customs and Border Protec- tion is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control, and protection of our Nation's borders at and between the official ports of en- try. CBP is charged with keeping terror- ists and terrorist weapons out of the coun- try while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws. Reps. welcome passage of bill to fund N.M. priorities, PII.T program Courtesy submission Last week, U.S. Sena.tor Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich joined the full Senate in vot- ing 56-40 for a so-called "omnibus" ap- propriatio'ns bill to fund the government, including critical New Mexico pro- grams, through September 2015, the end of the Fiscal Year. The bill includes full funding for the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program, which helps pay for law enforcement, schools, roads and other local govern- ment services New Mexicans rely on. It also provides over $100 million in addi- tional funding to continue recovery from the radiation leak at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), as well as continued work on the B61 Life Extension Project (LEP) at Los Alamos and Sandia national labs; construction and projects at Kirtland and Cannon Air Force bases; technology transfer to help stimulate job growth; rural water projects; and public lands programs. Udall said: "This bill includes criti- cal funding for New Mexico, to sustain our national labs and military bases, con- tinue .xecovery at WlpP, .and ensure New Mexicans can count on basic govern- ment services like schools, public safety, roads and so many other needs. I'm ex- tremely disappointed that this bill also contains measures that weaken campaign finance laws and roll back Wall Street reforms. Our duty is to the American people--not Wall Street. billionaires and 0 bankers. But at the end of the dhy, I could not risk a government shutdown. I will continue to do everything I can as a member of the Appropriations Commit- tee to get Congress back to working for Nev;, Mexico and the American people. The American people deserve better than this broken process. They deserve a Con- gress that works--that is open and de- liberate--not last-minu, te deals and gim- micks for special interests. We cannot keep getting in just under the wire." Heinrich said: "After careful con- Candidates sign up for County school board elections There were nine candidates who signed up on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 to compete in the upcoming Feb- ruary 2, 20t5 election. The following threw their hat into the ring and will appear on the ballot: Animas Position 1 Levi S. Klump Position 3 William Swift Position 5 Jared D. Fralie Lordsburg Position 1 , Lisandro "Ali" Salinas Jr. Maria C. Sanchez Position 2: Vincent Ruiz Alfredo "Fr, eddy" Morelos Jr. Position 3: Stephanie T. Marquez Ruben R. Gomez Potential candidates who did not sign up can still do so as a write-in can- didate. Declaration as a write-in candi- date must be submitted to the Hidalgo County Clerk by December 30, 2014. The last day to register to vote in the February 3, 2015 election is January 6, 2015. For more information contact Hidalgo County Clerk Melissa DeLagarza at 575-542-9313 or email hidclk@ ideration of this bill, I've decided that the good outweighs the bad. New Mexico relies heavily on these federal investments. Home to military bases, national laboratories, and WIPP, our state serves the nation in many ways. Federal dollars help fund critical edu- cation initiatives, infrastructure projects, and other vitally important economic drivers. This appropriations bill also includes funding for our nation's response to the Ebola epidemic and to combat the threat presented by the terrorist organization ISIL. "It is very unfortunate that the bill includes policy riders that I don't sup S port and which don't belong there - including ones that would open the floodgates to special interest money in-. fluencing our elections and undo re- forms to protect hardworking taxpay- ers from having to again bailout Wall Street bankers. I'm also opposed to an  amendment that could compromise the retirement security of hardworking families. While I'm pleased that PILT 'funding was included in the final pack- age, I will continue to push for full and dedicated funding for Secure Ru- ral Schools to give our counties the budget certainty they need. Our economy desperately needs long-term stability. It doesn't need another gov- ernment shutdown. We must continue to work together and be willing to com- promise in ordqr to get things done for the American people and New Mexico" Ernest Carmona Lordsburg man convicted on sex crimes A jury trial on Wednesday, Decem- ber 10, 2014 in Hidalgo County resulted in Ernest Carmona, 49, of Lordsburg, be- ing found guilty on sexual molestation charges. "Justice has been served by the con- viction of Ernest Carmona," said 6  Ju- dicial District District Attorney Francesca Estevez. Carmona was found guilty on two counts of sexually molesting a child-- second degree criminal sexual contact with a minor under 13 years of age. According to Estevez, the court may sentence Carmona between a mandatory minimum of 3 years up to 15 years on each count. While the prosecuting attor- ney requested that Carmona be immedi- ately remanded into custody until the sentencing hearing, Judge JC Robinson allowed Carmona to remain free on bond and conditions of release. The case was prosecuted by Deputy DA Nancy Clopton, and was investigated by Lordsburg Police Officer Maria Sanchez, who both did a very good job" said DA Estevez. Carmona still faces trial on charges of possession of child pornography. Luminarias at lountain View Cemetery A group of Community members will be getting together at noon on Christ- mas Eve, December 24, to set up luminarias at the Mountain View Cem- etery north of Lordsburg. For 'more in- formation, call Glenda Greene at 575- 639-2484. Toy pick up Thursday Toys for Tots pick up will start Thurs- day December 18, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. Parents are asked to wait for TFT staff to call you when it's your turn come pick up toys at 207 Shakespeare street. FUMC Christmas Eve First United Methodist Church will celebrate the birth of the Messiah on with a Christmas Eve Service. Service starts at 6:00 PM on the 24th, corner of 3rd and High Streets. Come join us for Ch:istmas music, carols, the Christmas story, and an evening of celebration, joy, and worship. Team Kids Team Kids youth group wilI be meet- ing every Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Lordsburg, cor- ner of 3 rd and Animas Streets. Team Kids is open to kids grades 1-6. Step Aerobics The Active and Alive Hot Steppers Aerobics class is held at 6:15 PM at Cen- tral-Elementary School on Tuesday and Wednesday. For more information call Fabiola Cano 575-542-2356. HMS collecting glasses Hidalgo Medical Services is cur- rently accepting eye glasses that are no longer being used. They will be recycled for needy patients. If you would like to donate, drop them off at the Family Sup- port Department at HMS. HMS collecting glasses Hidalgo Medical Services is cur- rently accepting eye glasses that are no longer being used. They will be recycled for needy patients. If you would like to donate, drop them off at the Family Sup- port Department at HMS. Insurance assistance HMS is currently offering health insurance enrollment assistance. Certi- fied counselors are available Monday- Friday at the HMS. clinic in Lordsburg. Those seeking assistance must briiag a photo ID, proof of residency, tax returns or one months  pay stubs and social se- curity cards for all household members. For more information call HMS Family Support t 575-542-8384. Saucedo'sHoliday hours Saucedo's Shur-Sav Supermarket will be closing at 5 p.m. on December 24 and will be closed on. Christmas. The store will hold a free drawing for an RCA 40" television set. Come into the store to sign up. Continued on Page 3 0