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VOLUME 12 ISSUE 52 FRIDAY DECEMBER 28, 2012 75 Hidalgo County launches Pertt public awareness campaign Submitted by NM DOH/Santa Fe The New Mexico Department of Health has launched a public awareness campaign to remind New Mexicans to Sen. Jeff Bingaman Bingaman delivers farewell get vaccinated against pertussis, also known as whooping cough. This year 703 cases of the bacterial infection have been reported in New Mexico, up from 277 patients in 2011. Two children, in- cluding a 2-month-old girl from San Miguel County and a 4 year-old boy from Bernalillo County, have died this year as a result of pertussis. "Many adults do not even know that they have pertussis, and then they pass it on to children," said State Epidemi- ologist Michael Landen, M.D., MPH. "Getting vaccinated against pertussis is the best protection, especially if you are going to be around a baby." The public awareness campaign in- cludes 24 billboards statewide, and a public service announcement in Span- ish airing on television. The campaign is just one of many outreach efforts the Department has participated in to remind New Mexicans to get vaccinated. The 5 counties with the highest rates of pertussis are San Miguel, Valencia, Bernalillo, Santa Fe and McKinley, but pertussis cases have been reported from every area of the state Infants (less than one year of age) have the highest rates of any age group. The rate for Hispanics has been twice the rate of non-Hispan- ics. Rates are used to describe disease activity of cases over a given period of time. Rates take into account the differ- ent population sizes of demographic groups or geographic areas so that mean- ingful comparisons can be made between groups and areas. New Mexicans can contact their health care provider or pharmacy to get vaccinated. Public health offices offer the vaccine to those without insurance. There are two types of pertussis vaccine: DTaP and Tdap. DTaP is the vaccine for infants and children, and Tdap is the pertussis vaccine for older children, ado- lescents and adults. The Centers for Dis- ease Control and Prevention recom- mends cocooning, which is vaccinating everyone who comes into close contact with an infant - including daycare work- ers, family members and any others car- ing for infants. Children under the age of one are most at risk for severe illness and death due to pertussis. The New Mexico Department of Health recommends the following to help reduce the spread of pertussis: All infants and children should re- ceive the primary series of pertussis vac- cine, called DTaP, at 2, 4, 6 and 12-18 i Local youth receive Angel Tree gifts floor speech Courtesy submission Sanchez are ready to make the deliveries. On December 13, 2012, U.S. Sena- Bingaman Udall tor Jeff Bingaman delivered his farewell address on the Senate floor. Below is an excerpt of the speech. "I consider it an honor and a privi- lege to have represented the people of New Mexico in the Senate for the last 30 ment of Homeland Security (DHS) to years. I thank the people of my state for provide New Mexicans with immedi- their confidence in electing me and sup- ate assurances that their travel plans porting me during the time I have served early in the new year will not be dis- here. I thank the very capable and corn- rupted by a federal law governing driv- mitted men and women who have worked ers' licenses. on my s~aff both in Washington and in While the senators - support New Mexico during these 30 years, strengthening the standards governing "And I thank all my colleagues here in the Senate for their friendship and help IDs, they are concerned that as many to me during this period, as 38 states - including New Mexico - "Of course I thank my wife, Anne will not be able to meet the January and our son John and his wife Marlene 15, 2013 deadline to comply with the for their support that allowed me to serve law. DHS has previously told the sena- in the Senate. tors that New Mexico drivers' license "To all my friends and colleagues holders will still be able to travel do- who will be here in the next Congress mestically and enter federal buildings and in future Congresses, I hope you can using the state licenses but has not made find the common ground necessary for a public announcement of its plans re- our Country to effectively move forward garding REAL ID implementation. and meet its challenges. The endeavor is In a letter to Homeland Security a worthy one and I wish you every suc- See PERTUSSIS on Page 4 Secretary Janet Napolitano, the sena- cess." Thanks to the generosity of local citizens, approximately 40 area needy children received holiday gifts via the AngelTree at City Hall in Lordsburg. Above, Lordsburg Police Department officers Joseph Marquez, Joseph Flores and Maria Courtesy photo answers on REAL ID Courtesy submission tors said enforcing the January 15 dead- wrote. U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and line could cause a significant disrup- In 2005, Congress passed legisla- Tom Udall last week asked the Depart- tion in air travel. In their letter, the tion -- called the REAL ID Act -- senators urged DHS to quickly clarify requiring states to tighten requirements its plans regarding the implementation related the issuance of drivers' licenses of the REAL ID Act: because they are used as a standard "The lack of guidance by the De- form of identification for a variety of partment of Homeland Security is cans- federal purposes, including air travel. ing a great deal of anxiety for our con- In 2009, DHS extended the REAL ID stituents, who are seeing news reports Act compliance deadline until January that they may need a passport in order 15, 2013. to fly on domestic flights after Janu- "If the Department intends to ex- ary 15. We have been expecting an tend the deadline, please make such an announcement that your Department announcement immediately. If the De- will extend the deadline or delay en- partment does not intend to provide forcement of the Act, but to date there such an extension, please issue a pub- has been no statement either way. Such lic statement as soon as possible to re- delays mean that many people may al- assure the traveling public that you will ter or cancel their travel plans or bear work to mitigate the adverse impact the expense of obtaining a passport they of REAL ID," Bingaman and Udall do not need," Bingaman and Udall wrote. P bill to offer driver Acosta, Chavez recognized for service Hidalgo County Commission Chairman Richard Chaires recognized outgoing officials for the excellent service they provided to county residents while in office. Pictured above are Hidalgo County Clerk Carmen Acosta, Chaires, and Hidalgo CountyTreasurer Patsy Camacho. Both women will be leaving their respective offices January 1, Courtesy photo y to individuals over 50 Submitted by AARP NM age 50 and above can take advantage AARP New Mexico will be work-of the course and receive an insurance ing closely with lawmakers this legisla- discount." five session so that more people can ben- "AARP's research shows that with efit from taking driver safety courses, some training people can adapt to driv- Current state law allows individuals ing as they age and refresh their skills age 55 and older, who take approved to be safer and feel more confident on classes, to receive an auto insurance the road. This has been a beneficial premium discount, resource for people - both AARP mem- Because refresher courses can help bers and the general public," Varela people stay safe on the road, AARP said. wants to expand the law to individuals "By changing the legislation we age 50 and older, a measure that takes can give more people the opportunity legislative approval, to take advantage of this program and In 2006, the New Mexico Depart- thereby make our roads safer," he said. ment of Transportation Traffic Safety The legislation will be sponsored Bureau approved AARP Driver Safety by newly elected Rep. Tomas Salazar, classes, both in the classroom and D-Las Vegas. online, as an approved accident pre- "We are also asking people that vention course, for individuals age 55 support this change to call the legisla- or older. The approval was based on tive switchboard at 505-946-4300 and state statute adopted in 1987. Individu- indicate their support for this bill," als who complete the course are also Varela said. eligible for a discount on their auto. For more information on the leg- insurance, islation visit www.aarp.org/nm "In 2002, AARP lowered its For more information about AARP's Driver Safety class eligibility from age Drive Safety class, visit www.aarp.org/ 55 to 50," said Gene Varela, AARP New drive or for tips on driving safely visit Mexico State Director. "We want to the AARP New Mexico Facebook page change the state statute to reflect that at www.facebook.com/AARPNM change so that New Mexico residents UPCOMING EVENTS Extension Office closed The Hidalgo County Cooperative Extension Office will be closed from December 24th through January 2"d so employees may spend time with their families this holiday season. The office will reopen at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Janu- ary 2, 2013. We wish everyone a happy holiday and a joyful new year. NMSP checkpoints The New Mexico State Police will be conducting Checkpoints and Satura- tion Patrols for the upcoming holiday season. Information received is that two to three times more people are killed by drunk drivers during the holidays than any other time during the year. It is for this reason that we ask people to desig- nate a driver, monitor their speeds and make sure you ensure everyone is prop- erly secured by a restraint device. 1988 Class Reunion The Lordsburg High School Class of 1988 is currently planning a 25th re- union, to be held in Tucson Memorial Day Weekend. To make sure the com- mittee has your contact info, or to vol- unteer to help, contact Don Keller at dkeller.keller@gmail.com or Brenda Hood at 575.590.0377 or brendajhood @gmail.com. P0s01e Sale A Posole Sale will be held on New Year's Day, January 1, from 9 AM to 1 PM at the Civic Center. Proceeds will benefit an upcoming band trip. Coats for Kids The Lordsburg AmeriCorps Team is gathering new and/or gently used coats and jackets to be given to children that do not have one for this winter. If you have a coat that you would like to do- nate, contact DD Murillo or Christy Ortiz at 520-507-0455 or hidalgospirit@ yahoo.com. Donations can also be dropped off at the Herald office at 214 Motel Dr or at the WNMU Learning Cen- ter at 520 W 2nd St. New MVD hours Beginning January 2, 2013, the Lordsburg Motor Vehicle Division will be open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fri- days from 9 AM till Noon and 12:30 PM- 3:00 PM. The office will be closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Probate hours to change Hidalgo County Probate Court hours of operation will change from Tues- days to Mondays, or by appointment, ef- fective January l, 2013. HCSD Notice The Hidalgo County Sheriff Depart- ment will do Road Tests and Fingerprint- ing on Wednesday's, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. ONLY. Please call 575-542-3833 to schedule an appointment. Continued on Page 3