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VOLUME 10 ISSUE52 FRIDAY DECEMBER 24, 2010 5O | I I Hidalgo County ,, a, J,," ' '' J''' '/ '/ Lt. Gov. Sanchez visits Hidalgo County Herald staff photo Lieutenant Governor-elect John Sanchez made the trip to Lordsburg last week to meet with local business owners. Sanchez later met with constituents at the Chamber of Commerce, where he, along wlth Governor-elect Susana Martinez, vowed to continue working for the small business owners of the state. He added that a common sense approach to repairing the flailing economy will be taken by the upcoming administration. Above, Sanchez (center) visits the one of the oldest established businesses in Hidalgo County, theEl Charro Restaurant. He is pictured with employees Billy Burt, Lisa Lopez, Lordsburg Mayor Frank Rodriguez and owner/manager Joseph Hood. Lordsburg wraps up brighter Christmas for 95 needy children .worldwide 95 colorful shoe boxes filled with toys, school supplies, and other items were dropped off at the collection,sitein Lordsburg during National Collection Week. It was National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child, and the gift-filled shoe boxes are now in the pro- cess of being shipped to needy children around the world. Even though National Collection Week is over, it's not too late to pack a shoe box. Operation Christmas Child has launched "Build A Box" an online tool offering a personalized and convenient way to send Christmas gifts to even more children. Guy. allocates $3.1 million to "One more shoe box means one more child---one more life that can have hope this Chr.tmas," said Southwest egional Director AndreaUhi, who has personally helped hand out shoe box gifts with Operation Christmas Child in Ukraine. "The power of a simple shoe box gift is incredible." The "Build A Box" process is simple: At www.samaritans, donors select a child's age and gender; shop through an online selection of toys, necessity items, and school supplies; and finish it off with a personalized note of encouragement. The gift boxes will be assembled by volunteers at Operation Christmas Child's processing center in Charlotte, N.C. Through tracking tech- nology, donors can "follow the box" to find out where it will be delivered. "In just minutes, you can highly customize your gifts to bring hope to a child in a desperate situation," said Jim Harrclson, vice president of Operation Christmas Child. "This process is un- like anything we've ever done, and it will allow even more children to receive gift- filled shoe boxes. We want each of these children to know the true meaning of Christmas." Operation Christmas Child--the world's largest Christmas project--is part of the international Christian relief and evangelism organization Samaritan's Purse. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has delivered more than 77 million gift-filled shoe boxes to needy children in more than 130 coun- tries. For information on Operation Christmas Child, call (303) 745-9179 or visit NM Tech launching Border Security Training Program Submitted by NM TECHISocorro The killing of a Border Patrol field agent Tuesday is a tragic reminder that American law enforcement officers are increasing in peril as they combat bor- der-area violence, said David Williams, Director of the Border Security Center, a division of New Mexico Tech with train- ing operations in Playas, N.M. The Border Security Center was formed earlier in 2010 to first conduct an assessment of training needs of Tribal, state, local enforcement officers in the Southwest, and then to offer law enforce- ment training courses, which will begin in 2011. Williams said violence related to organized crime is escalating in bor- der regions and the recent killing is an unfortunate confirmation of the Center's initial assessment. Four suspects were arrested Wednes- day after U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian A. Terry was shot and killed about 10 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border, A statement from U.S. Customs and Border Protection said, "Agent Terry's murder is a tragic reminder of the ever- present dangers U.S. Customs and Bor- der Protection officers, Air & Marine and" Border Patrol agents face as they protect our nation's borders." According to a report on, FBI Special Agent Manuel J. Johnson said agents were patrolling a very remote and rugged area just north of the border town of Nogales Tuesday night, Dec. 14, when they encountered several armed individuals. Initial information shows there was an exchange of gunfire, he said. Williams said law enforcement of- fleers like Terry face increasingly vio- lent situations as they patrol. Training programs under development at New Mexico Tech will help those on the front lines. New Mexico Tech has a decade of experience training the nation's first re- sponders in responding to terrorist at- tacks. Through several Department of Homeland Security-sponsored classes, law enforcement officers from every state have attended classes and demonstra- tions in Socorro and Playas, N.M., in or- der to prepare themselves for potential terrorist attacks. "We have proven that we have ex- ceptional training capabilities," Will- iams said. "New Mexico Tech is the nation's leading training destination for police officers and firefighters. Now, we are expanding our offerings to include a curriculum specific to border security work. The U.S.-Mexico border area is increasingly becoming a war zone. Col- lectively, we need to be prepared for gue- rilla warfare tactics." Williams recently presented details about Tech's training and research capa- bilities at a premiere nationwide confer- ence. He was invited to speak at the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance Annual Conference, which was December 6 to 8 in Washington, D.C. More than 1,000 key criminal jus- tice officials attended the conference. Featured speakers included Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. "This conference was especially beneficial because we were able to com- municate to a broad spectrum of poten- tial training recipients," Williams said. "I received a lot of positive feedback. People were asking us, 'When are we going to start?' and 'How do they get into the class?' " Williams s'poke on threats from Mexican drug trafficking organizations perating in the Southwest and the need for accelerated training to counter Mexi- can cartel violence. Last year a New See PLAYAS on Page 2 Six sign up for county school board elections Tuesday was sign up day in 'Hidalgo County for both the Lordsburg Munici- pal Schools and Animas Public Schools board of education races. Each district had three positions open. There will be no contested races, as only one candidate filed to run for each position. Running in Animas are Levi S. Klump (Position #1), William A. Swift (Position #3) and Jared D. Fralie (Posi- tion #5). In Lordsburg it will be Lisandro (All) Salinas Jr. (Position #1), Alfredo (Freddy) Morelos Jr. (Position #2) and Maria C. Sanchez (Position #3). Animas will have a Public School Capital Improvement Tax Question on its' ballot. The last day to register tovote in the February election is January 4, 2011. Absentee voting will be held in the Hidalgo County Clerk's Office from January 7 to January 28, 2011. The regu- lar election will be held February 1,2011. state budget Courtesy information Governor Bill Richardson last week announced he is putting an additional $3,136,407 of stimulus funds into the state budget to help offset cuts to ser- vices and prevent any possible furloughs or layoffs. The funds represent the re- maining balance of discretionary money made available to Governor Richardson as part of the American RecoVery and Reinvestment Act. "In order to balance this year's bud- get, we had to make necessary cuts to 'state services and programs," Governor Richardson said. "I am putting this ad- ditional money into the general fund to offset some of those cuts to our most criti- cal services and hopefully prevent any furloughs or layoffs the new administra- tion might propose when they take of- fice January lst." Governor Richardson also an- nounced today that the state is no longer moving forward with a plan to purchase the Ortiz Mountain Ranch to expand Cerrillos Hills State Park and establish a wild horse sanctuary. Final details of the project appeared unlikely to be com- See BUDGET on Page 2 Candidates take' oath of office Herald staff photo Hidalgo County Commissioners-elect Darr Reynolds-Shannon (above left) and Ed "Bim" Kerr (above right) took their official oath of office before Hidalgo County Magistrate Judge Doug Hall lastThursday afternoon.The two commissioners will sit in on their first meeting in January. Hidalgo,County Sheriff Saturnino Madero, Assessor Jody Hatch, Probate Judge Lloyd Payne and Magistrate Judge MarkThomas have all already taken their oaths. UPCOM NG EVENTS Santa to be in town PAL and the Lordsburg Fire Depart- ment invite Lordsburg children to see Santa Claus as he makes his way through town on his sleigh handing out Christ- mas goodies. Republican Convention The Republican Party of Hidalgo County announces the Biennial Organi- zational County Convention to be held on Friday, January 7, 2011. It will be held at 6 p.m. at the E1 Charro Restau- rant in Lordsburg. Dinner will be on your own and you can order from the menu. The purpose of this convention is to elect new county central committee members, new county officers and a new county contingent of members of the State Cen- tral Committee of the Republican Party of New Mexico. All registered Republi- cans are invited and encouraged to at- tend. For more information contact Sheila Massey at 575-548-2420 or email at Candlelight Service Lordsburg Assembly of God will hold a Candlelight Service on Thursday, December 23, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. Refresh- ments will follow service. The public is invited to attend. Court closed Hidalgo Magistrate Court will close at noon on Thursday, December 23, 2010 and all day Friday, December 24, 2010. The court will also be closing at noon on Thursday, December 30, 2010 and all day FridaY December 31, 2010. NMSP Checkpoints NMSP Officers will be .conducting Saturation Patrols and Checkpoint Op- erations over the holiday weekends. Operations will be conducted in Grant, Hidalgo and Luna Counties. In addi- tion to added patrols officer will be work- ing underage enforcement operations in all counties. We want to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season. Beef raffle DTMS Student Council is raffling off two chances to win 150 pounds of beef. Tickets will besold from Decem- ber 1  through January 5 'h. The draw- ings will take place on January T". Tick- ets are $5 for two chances. You can pur- chase a ticket from any DTMS Student Council member or call 542-9806. Cancer support group Hidalgo County Health Consortium is offering a free on-line support group for those dealing with cancer or other medical needs. This support group of- fers support to survivors and caregivers or family and friends. The group leader is PLTC (people living through cancer) trained and is a survivor as well. Please email the following to chat or for more info: hidalgosurvivors group @yahoo.corn Continued on Page 2