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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2014 5 Add some sparkle to your holiday dOcor By MELINDA MYERS Liven up your holiday dOcor with lights, a bit of glitz and some colorful blossoms this season. Start by gathering greenery from your landscape. Use needled evergreens like pines and firs, broadleaf evergreens like box- wood, holly and evergreen mag- nolia as well as junipers and ar- borvitaes to create wreaths, swags, centerpieces and garland• And don't forget to include cones, holly berries, crabapples and the bluish-colored fruit of junipers• Be selective as you prune your trees and shrubs when c01- lecting these materials. Use sharp bypass pruners that have two sharp blades and will make a clean cut that closes more quickly. Make your cuts above a healthy bud, where the branches join another branch, or back to the main trunk. Take only a few branches from each tree or shrub to maintain the plants' beauty. Place freshly cut greens in a cool location away from heaters, fireplaces and open flames. Set them on colorful fabric or paper to catch thesap and avoid dam- aging your woodwork and fur- nishings. Check your greenery for freshness every few days. The needles, leaves and stems should bend, but not break. Replace dried greens with fresh materials. Then brighten up the display with some cool burning LED lights. Create a mantle display or centerpiece with the help of LED pillar lights. Or add a string of LEDs to your garland. Look for something unusual like pinecone string lights ( to add sparkle and charm to your display. If you have artificial greens that could use a facelift, add fresh berries, cones and seedpods for a more natural look• Increase the glitz with the help of silver and gold metallic paint or glitter. Paint milkweed, lotus and other pods and then tuck them into the greens. Painting allium seedheads white will add the ap- pearance of flowery snowflakes in your indoor arrangements and outdoor container gardens. And don't forget the fresh flowers and flowering plants• Poinsettias are a long-time favor- ite, but you may want to change things up with Amaryllis, spring flowering bulbs and lily of the valley. Look for unusual variet- ies or combinations to increase your enjoyment. Combine large flowered amaryllis with small flowering bulbs like star of Bethlehem. Or go for a unique size shape or flower color like that of the Honeybee Amaryllis with its beautiful yellow flowers that are sure to brighten your days. Add a few flowers to your greenery and houseplants for some instant color. Stick your greenery and flowers in damp- ened floral foam to create a long- lasting holiday centerpiece. Or place cut flowers in floral picks and set them in dish gardens and houseplants to brighten things up. Then swap out the flowers as they fade. And consider making a few extra planters or centerpieces to give as holiday and hostess gifts this year. Now is the time to put on your gardening shoes, grab the pruners and get started decorat- Hoop Shoot participants advance to District The Lordsburg Elks Lodge held its annual local Hoop Shoot last Saturday at the Special Events Center. Players who will advance to the District competition in Darning on January 17, 2015 will be Cody McCants (12-13), James Widby (8-9), Alycia Jacquez (10-11) and Quincy Connor (10-11). They are pictured above with Lordsburg Elks Hoop Shoot Chairman Glenda Greene and co-chair Beth Cox. Herald staff photo ing for the holiday season ahead• ilrel Courte., N 4 Gardening expert, TV/radio Dept. of Health announces Hantavirus 'host, author & columnist Melinda Dept. of| Myers has a master s degree in Fishing, Repor00 ="'1 horticulture andhaswrittenover death of McKinley County man 20 gardening books, including Velveeta cheese and Power Bait. Bill Evans Lake: Trout fishing was good for anglers using cheese, Power Bait, Pistol Pates and salmon eggs. We had no re- ports on other species. Cabaflo Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week. Elephant Butte Lake: Fishing was fair to good using slab spoons and blade baits for white bass. Fishing for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass was slow with just a few largemouth bass caught by using jigs. We had no reports on other species. Escondida Lake: Fishing was good using garlic scented Power Bait, Velveeta cheese, Pistol Petes and Kastmasters for trout. We had no reports on other species. Gila River: Water flow on the Gila as of this past Monday was 83 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week. Glenwood Pond: Fishing was good using Power Bait for trout. Lake Roberts: We had no .reports from anglers this week. Percha Dam: We had no reports from anglers this week. Quemado Lake: We had no re- ports from anglers this week. Rio Grande: We had no reports from anglers this week. Snow Lake: Fishing was good using salmon eggs for trout. Young Pond: Trout fishing was very good using rainbow and chartreuse Power Bait and Velveeta cheese• We had no re- ports on other species. Can't Miss Small Space Garden- ing and the Midwest Gardener's Handbook. She hosts The Great Courses "How to Grow Any- thing" DVD series and the nation- ally syndicated Melinda's Gar- den Moment segments. Myers is also a columnist and contribut- ing editor for Birds & Blooms magazine. Her web site,, offers gardening videos, podcasts and monthly tips. Presenters sought for APS Career Fair The Animas Public Schools is currently seeking presenters for the district's Career Fair on Janu- ary 12, 2015. The Career Fair will be held in the AHS Gymnasium from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The agenda will include presenters visiting with students from all grade levels. Each presenter will be given a table to set up on, if needed. The goal is that students will learn from personally interacting with the presenters. Anyone interested in being a presenter is encouraged to RSVP by December 31, 2014 to Counselor Kasey Rudiger at 575- 548-2296 ext. 247 or email krudiger @ animas k 12. net. Submitted by NM DEPT OF HEALTHSanta Fe The New Mexico Depart- ment of Health announced last week a 28-year-old man from McKinley County has died of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS). A 49-year-old man from Otero County is still hospitalized with HPS but is improving. In- cluding these recent cases, New Mexico this year has had a total of six HPS cases• Three of them resulting in death• Hantavirus is a deadly dis- ease transmitted by infected ro- dents through urine, droppings or saliva. People can contract the disease when they breathe in aero- solized virus. The deer mouse is the main carrier for Sin Nomhre virus, the Hantavirus strain found in New Mexico. "Each year our state has a few cases of Hantavirus," said Department of Health Cabinet Secretary, Retta. Ward, MPH. "While cases are rare, they often have tragic consequences. There are important steps people can take to lower the risk of contract- ing this dangerous illness." "People are usually exposed to Hantavirus around their homes, especially when they clean out enclosed areas that have lots of mouse droppings," said Dr. Paul Ettestad, the Department of Health's public health veterinar- ian. "With the cold weather, mice may try to enter buildings for food and shelter, so it is impor- tant to seal up homes and other structures that are used by people. Mice can squeeze through holes the size of a dime?' The Department of Health urges health-care workers and the public to familiarize them- selves with the symptoms of Hantavirus. Early symptoms of Hantavirus infection include fever and muscle aches, possi- bly with chills, headache, nau- sea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain and cough which progresses to respiratory distress• These symptoms de- velop within one to six weeks after rodent exposure. Although there is no specific treatment for HPS, chances for recovery are better if medical attention is sought early. Important steps to follow to prevent contracting Hantavirus include: • Trap mice until they are all gone • Clean up nests and drop- pings using a disinfectant • Don't sweep up rodent droppings into the air where they can be inhaled • Put hay, wood, and com- post piles as far' as possible from your home • Get rid of trash and junk piles Don't leave your pet's food and water where mice can get to it The other 4 of the 6 cases of HPS in New Mexico in 2014 include a fatal case in a 67-year- old woman from San Juan County, a 32-year-old woman from San Juan County who re- covered, a fatal case in a 59- year-old man from McKinley County, and a 50-year-old man from San Juan County who re- covered. Since it was first discovered in 1993, New Mexico has re- ported a total of 100 lab-con- firmed HPS cases with 42 deaths, the highest number of cases for any state in the nation• Nationally, since 1993, the Cen- ters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported a total of 639 cases with a fatal- ity rate of 36 percent• For more information about Hantavirus, visit the Department's website: http:llnmhealth.orgl aboutlerdlideblzdplhpsl This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been gener- ated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities• CATCHES OF THE WEEK: • Monastery Lake: Dec. 14, Frank Jaramillo caught a 4-pound rain- bow trout. He was using a home- made wax worm fly tied on a size 10 hook. • Escondida Lake: Dec. 14, Tony Zamarron of Albuquerque caught a 22.5-inch and a 21-inch rain- bow trout. He was using his home- made monster bait. Ute Lake: Dec. 13, Jim O'Conner of Amarillo caught a 4.91-pound walleye. He was us- ing a blade bait. ..... If'you laave a catch of the Week story or just want to tell us about your latest New Mexico fishing experience, send it to us at We may include your story in our next report• For catches of the week, include name, date, and location, type of fish, length and weight if possible and bait, lure or fly used. SOUTHWEST AREA Alumni Pond: Trout fishing was very good using olive and black Pistol Petes and salmon eggs. Bear Canyon: Trout fishing was fair to good using salmon eggs, Lordsburg High School  II II  Lordsburg High School =  11 II Ougan-Tarango Middle School  I Lady Maverick Basketball i II IIk4Maverck Basketball MCCall I 0,_0s Basketball i;l . 2owzo15  II II r'r "" zo1,,o15 r,,, ,-II II 7th/Bth Grade Boys 'q00P' I Date Opponent Timell IIDate Opponent Time/I II Date Opponent Time I Thurs-Sat, Oec. 4-6 Lady Maverick Fiesta IV) rll IIThurs-Sat, Oec. 4-6 @ Cliff Roundup (V) 1-BA/I I Tues, Jan. 6 @ Animas 3:00/7:00 ! Thurs-Sat, Dec. 11-13 @ Cloudcroft Invite (V) TBAII IlThurs-Sat, Deck. 11-13 @ Tularosa Basin (V) -IBA/I II Thurs, Jan. 8 vs Snell 4:0o/5:0011 Tues, Dec. 16 @ Morenci 5:30/7 PM II II Thurs' Dec. 18 @ Animas (JV/V) 4/7 PM/I II Sat, Jan. 10 @ Darning 10:00/11:30 I Thurs, Dec. 18 @ Animas (V) 5:30PMII IITues, Dec. 30 vs. Silver (JV/V) 5/6:30 PM/I II Mort, Jan. 12 @ Ciff 5:3oll Fri, Dec. 19 vs. Cobra (JV/V) 5:00/6:30 PM II II Thurs-sat' Jan. 8-1o Maverick Stampede TBA/I II Tues, Jan. 13 vs Animas 3:00/7:00 II Thurs-Sat, Jan• 8-10 @ C"ff Roundup mail I/Tues' Jan. 13 @ Hot Springs 5/6:30 PM II II Thurs, Jan. 15 vs Darning 4:00/5:30 II Tues, Jan. 20 vs. Animas (JV/V) 5:30 PM II I1 Thurs-sat' Jan. 15-17 @ Dexter Invite TBA II II Sat, Jan. 17 @ Mvcs 10:oo/11:3oll Fri, Jan. 23 vs. Cliff (JV/V) 4:30/7:30 PM II I/Tues, Jan. 20 vs. Animas (JV/V) 4/7 PM II II Thurs, Jan. 22 @ Hatch Valley 4:00/5:30 I Mon, Jan. 26 vs. Morenci 5:30/7 PM II IIFri, Jan. 23 vs. Cliff (JV/V) 4:30/7:30 PM II II --- - .... 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I,v/vl 2/SPM II I/sat, Jan. 31 @ Cliff (JV/V) 3:30/6:30 pM II II II Date Opponent Time Tues, Feb. 3 @Mvcs(JV/V) 2/SPMII I/rues, Feb. 3 " vs. MVCS(JV/V) S/6:30PMII II-- Timell Tues, Jan 6 @ Aromas 5 30 Fri, Feb. 6 @ Capitan (JV/V) 5:00/6:30 PM II I/rhurs, Feb. 5 e Cobra 5/6:30 PM II II • " : II Thurs, Jan 8 @ Snell 4 00/5 00 Tues, Feb. 10 vs. Tularosa (JV/V) ° 5/6:30 PM II I/Fri, Feb. 6 vs. Capitan (JV/V) 5/6:30 PM II II • : : II JV Sat, Jan 10 vs Darning 10 00/11 30 Thurs, Feb. 12 vs. Silver City (JV/V) 5/6:30PMII IITues, Feb. 10 @Tularosa(W) :3OPMII II • " : : II 5 Mon, Jan 12 @ Chff 4 00 Fri, Feb. 13 ' vs. MVCS(JV/V) 5:00/6:30 PM II I/Fri, Feb. 13 e MVCS(JV/V) :00/6:30 PM II II " " : II Tues, Jan 13 vs Aromas 5 30 Tues, Feb. 17 @ Tularosa (JV/V) 5/6:30 PM II IITues, Feb. 17 vs. Tularosa (JV/V) 5/6:30 PM II II • " : II Thurs, Jan 15 @ Demmg 4 00/5 30 Fri, Feb. 20 vs. Capitan (JV/V) 5:00/6:30 PM II IlFri, Feb. 20 @ Capitan (JV/V) 5:00/6:30 PM II II • " : : II Sat, Jan 17 vs MVCS 10 00/11 30 Feb. 24-Mar. 1 District Tournament TBAII IIFeb. 24-Mar. 1 District Tournament TBA II II • : : II Fri, Mar. 6 ltRoundStateTourn, rll IlSat, iar 7 lStRoundStateTourn  II |1Tues'Jan.22 vs Hatch Valley 4:oo/5:3Oll Tues, Jan 27 @ Hatch Valley 4 00/5 30 Mar. 10-14 StateTournament IIMar. 11-15 State Tournament Albq II I : : II -- I ..... 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