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VOLUME 14 ISSUE 52 Hidalgo County SmallTown Papers 217 West Cota Stree l/ Shelton, WA 98584 II,l,,I,,I,,I,l,l,,I,,I,,I,II,,I \ FRIDAY DECEMBER 26, 2014 75¢ Hidalg County to receive Short Park dedication ceremony held Dec. 18 .era O The 2914 Lordsburg Keep New Mexico Beautiful project, spearheaded by La FrOntera NM, wrapped up last week with a dedication ceremony at Short Park. The project was a joint effort between various local agencies and included the planting of 63 trees, installation of ten horseshoe pits, a volleyball Court and two tetherball poles. In addition, tables, benches, trash barrels and the basketball courts were all spruced up in Maverick colors. New playground equipment was included in the rehab project and will be installed by City crews in the near future. Pictured above at the dedication ceremony are Edgar Gomez (La Frontera local director), Crystal McDaniel (ADC Team), Darr Shannon (Hidalgo County Commission), Julie Montenegro (La Frontera), Maria Sanchez (Lordsburg School Board and Lordsburg Police Depart- ment), John Hill (City of Lordsburg), Glenda Greene (Lordsburg City Council), Mayor Clark Smith (City of Lordsburg) and Jeannie Palacios (Lordsburg City Clerk). Plans are currently underway for the 2015 Keep New Mexico Beautiful grant. Dq pt. of Health reports decline in teen birth Submitted by NM DEPT of HEALTH/ Santa Fe The New Mexico Department of Health's Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics 2013 vital records data reveals a 10% drop in one year (2012 to 2013) in the state's birth rates for both 15-17 and 18-19 year old teens, The decline is the latest in what has been a substantial decrease in teen birth orne By Lordsburg Mayor Arthur Clark Smith Myself, Dora, Lordsburg City Council Members and all City Of Lordsburg employees wish all the resi- dents of the City Of Lordsburg a Merry Christmas. The festive season is in full swing. It is a time for all of us to enjoy the festive season• It is time of happiness. It is time of joy. It is a time to be with our families and friends• It is time to share gifts• It is a time to have furl. At this time of the year, let us not forget those who are vulnerable• Let us extend a hand of human solidarity to care for the sick, the destitute and starv- ing fellow human beings. The festive season should be full of hope for the better. Those of you, who will be travel- ling to visit relatives and friends out- side of the city, please drive carefully on the roads• For those who will be in the city, including the tourists and visitors, there are plenty of activities and programs around the city to enjoy• There are places, of interests to visit including historical and tourist attractions, which includes our museum. The City Of Lordsburg will ensure that you enjoy the festive season in a safe and secure environment• Ou/" law enforcement officers will be deployed all over to ensure that we are all safe during the festive season and will adopt a zero tolerance on anti-social behavior and drunken driving• Once again, I wish you all a Merry Christmas full of joy and happiness• rates in New Mexico in the last 15 years. Birth rates for teens between the ages of 15 to 17 years old have fallen 56% since 1998. Birth rates for teens 18-19 years of age have also fallen 36% from a rate of 108.8 to 69.3 per 1,000 females in that age group. Despite the latest year-to-year de- crease, the New Mexico teen birth rates continue to be above the national rates in each teen age group• According to a 2012 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report (the most recent data available), New Mexico has the highest birth rates for teenagers, ages 15- 19, in the nation. "Though we have made progress in reducing teen pregnancy over the past 15 years, still far too many teens are hav- ing babies. Teen pregnancy significantly increases school dropout rates, poverty, and poor health outcomes for mother and child," said Department of Health Secre- tary Retta Ward, MPH. "Preventing teen pregnancy protects the health and qual- ity of life of teenagers and thei'r families. Reducing teen pregnancies is one of the Department's priorities." New Mexico's teen pregnancy pre- vention programs include: • The BrdsNBz, a text messaging service in which teens can text "NMTeen" and parents can text "NMParent" to 66746 to opt-in to the service. From there, they can text their sexual health questions to 66746 and get medically accurate answers within 24 hours. New Mexico in 2013 became the second state in the country to offer this service statewide. • The Teen Outreach Program (TOP), which reaches teens in grades 6 through 12, has been proven" Zuccessful in preventing teen pregnancy and in- creasing academic success by increasing life skills on a number of different top- ics, including healthy relationships, com- munication, values clarification, exam- ining influences, goal setting, decision making, sexual health, and community service learning. • iCuidate! is.a Hispanic culturally- based program reducing HIV risk among teens ages 13 to 18. iCuldate! means "take care of yourself" in Spanish and emphasizes risk reduction strategies such as sexual abstinence and correct condom use through interactive activities• • Raices y Alas (Roots and Wings in Spanish) is an education workshop which works With the most important educator of sexual health for teens - their parents. The skill building program helps parents learn how to have more conversations with their teens about sex and sexual health and make those conversations positive. Other findings in the new 2013 vi- tal records data center oia the number of deaths statewide: • For 2013, 16,780 New Mexico resi- dent deaths were reported. The age-ad- justed death rate was 750.9 deaths per 100,000 standard population• This is highest number of deaths ever reported for the state, and resulted in a slight in- crease in the death rate over the previ- ous year. • Far more men died last year in New Mexico than women. For 2013, the over- all age-adjusted death rate for New See BIRTH RATES on Page 7 ? in federal PILT funding Information courtesy SEN.TOM UDALL'SStarting in 2011, Udall, along with OFFiCE~Washington, .DC then-Sen. Jeff Bingaman, helped lead the U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Mar- fight in the Senate for mandatory, long- tin Heinrich last week announced coun- term support of PILT and Secure Rural ties in New Mexico are set to receive up- Schools funding to give local commu- proximately $37 million as part of the nities assurance that they can depend on 2014 Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) this lifeline for long-term planning• program, an over 8percent increase from Heinrich, then a member of the House, 2013. Of thatS37 million, Hidalgo sponsor.ed a companion bill, which County is slated to receive $768,743. would have fully funded the PILT pro- gram for an additional five years• Last PILT is administered through the year, Udall and Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY), Department of the Interior and provides along with Heinrich, wrote the chairs and funding for mostly rural counties that ranking members of the Senate Appro- have a limited ability to levy taxes due priations Committee and Interior sub- to the amount of federal property in their committee calling on them to fully sup- jurisdiction, including Bureau of Land port and fund PILT. Management land, national parks and According to the Interior Depart- forests and military bases• Local govern- ment, the annual PILT payments are merits use PILT funding to provide many computed based on the number of acres crucial services to residents, of federal entitlement land within each "I am pleased to announce PILT county or jurisdiction and the popula- funding is on its way to New Mexico tion of that county or jurisdiction• The lands include the National Forest and counties," Udall said. "I fought hard to National Park Systems, the areas man- make sure these critical payments con- aged by the Bureau of Land Manage- tinued this year and I will keep fighting ment, those affected by the U.S. Army until they are permanently funded• PILT Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Rec- is an important program that helps New lamation water resource development Mexico's communities create jobs and projects, and others• In 2013, New pay for services people rely on, like pub- Mexico counties received $34,692,967 lic safety, schools and roads. And as a in PILT Payments• member of the Senate Appropriations BERNALILLO COUNTY - $200,973 Committee, I'll continue making the case CATRON COUNTY - $636,506 in Congress for why we must fund it well CHAVES COUNTY - $3,067,778 into the future." CIBOLA COUNTY - $1,805,780 "PILT funding is critically impor- COLFAX COUNTY - $158,022 taut to rural New Mexico, and I~am DE BACA COUNTY- $108,141 DONA ANA COUNTY - $3,044,935 pleased that we were successful in secur- EDDY COUNTY - $3,403,656 ing funding for this year's payments," GRANT COUNTY - $2,061,555 Heinrich said. "This program helps coun- GUADALUPE COUNTY - $156,731 ties across our state avoid budget short- HARDING COUNTY - $120,607 falls and maintains the economic HIDALGO COUNTY.- $768,743 strength of rural communities who rely LEA COUNTY - $1,081,050 on these funds for infrastructure mair, te- LINCOLN COUNTY - $1,691,372 nance, law enforcement, and other criti- LOS ALAMOS COUNTY - $85,962 cal local services. The PILT program LUNA COUNTY - $1,906,263 also helps prov!de safer roads, better MCKINLEY COUNTY - $883,217 schools, and thousands of local jobs. I MORA COUNTY - $222,494 will continue to push for full, permanent OTERO COUNTY COMMISSION - funding for PILT and the Secure Rural $3,121,124 Schools to give our counties the budget QUAY COUNTY - $4,623 certainty they need." RIO ARRIBA COUNTY - $2,195,446 ROOSEVELT COUNTY - $27,568 After years of funding PILT incon- SAN JUAN COUNTY - $2,208,656 sistently, Congress in 2008 fully and au- SAN MIGUEL COUNTY - $810,475 tomatically funded PILT for five years. SANDOVAL COUNTY - $2,382,945 In a 2012 transportation bill, full fund- SANTA FE COUNTY - $698,926 ing was extended for another year, lear- SIERRA COUNTY - $1,203,605 ing the future beyond 2013 uncertain• SOCORRO COUNTY - $1,407,754 Earlier this year, Udall and Heinrich suc- TAtS COUNTY - $1,654,881 cessfully pushed for PILT funding to be TORRANCE COUNTY - $328,267 included in the Farm Bill, and have con- UNION COUNTY - $151,090 tinued to be strong advocates for steady, VALENCIA COUNTY - $78,754 full funding• STATE TOTAL - $37,677,905 Explorers help with veteran project The Lordsburg Border Patrol Explorers volunteered to help in Silver City recently with the Wreaths Across America program. Wreaths Across America is a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring and thanking our veterans for their service and sacrifice. The Wreaths Acros~ America mission is to "Remember, Honor, and Teach". The annual wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery started in 1992 is now performed around the country. Courtesy photos LJPCOMING EVENTS Team Kids Team Kids youth group will be meet- ing every Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. at the • First Baptist Church of Lordsburg, cor- ner of 3~d and Animus Streets. Team Kids is open to kids grades 1-6. Bountiful Baskets The Bountiful Basket food co-op program in Lordsburg will be taking or- ders in December on the 8 and 9 only. Baskets will be picked up on Saturday, Dec. 13. Recipients receive fresh, high quality produce baskets every other week. Other items, such as bread and sea- son produce, are available• Organic bas- kets are available• For more information or to sign up, visit www.bountiful or call Shannon Graham at 575-519-0361. The program will con- tinue with regualr dates in January• 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 bring 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• 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 Cant 575-542-2356• H MS collecti ng glasses 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. K of C meetings Hidalgo Medical Services is cur-The Lordsburg Knights of Colum- rently accepting eye glasses that are no bus will be meeting on the fourth Sun- longer being used. They will be recycled day of each month at the St. Joseph's Par- for needy patients• If you would like to ish Hall at 4:00 p.m. The meeting dates donate, drop them off at the Family Sup- are December 28, January 25, February 22, March 22, April 26, May 24, June 28 and July 26. Literacy Program The Hidalgo County Literacy Pro- gram (HCLP) offers 1-to-I/class tutoring for basic reading~ language, math and computer skills• HCLP also offers tutor- ing in English Second Language (ESL) and pre-GED/GED prep. Office location is 317 E. 4th St., Ste. B. Entrance to HCLP is located off the alley, second door to the right• Contact Program Director, Sherri Arredondo at 575-313-7738 or 575-542-9407, email Continued on Page 3