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f VOLUME 15 ISSUE 7 FRIDAY FEBRUARY 13, 2015 75 SmallTown Papers 217 West Cota Street lg Shelton, WA 98584 l00tida o County ,,,,,,,,,,,,,, ,. ,I LOCALLY OWNED & OPERATED 575-494-1385 wwwppcnm.com Bootheel Fiesta, Museum fundraiser, this Saturaay This is the twenty-second year the awarded all during the gathering. That Lordsburg Hidalgo County Museum has is, if you can get them out of the hands rounded up a select group of entertain- of M.C. Steve Hill, who is likely to put ers for the Bootheel Fiesta. The event is them up for sale before you lucky win- recognized throughout the ners can get your hands on them. Southwest as a fine enter- During the evening you are likely tainment gathering. Ev-  to hear some original songs by two ery year we have per- ffit d  gifted.song writers. You formers who present their'lllltllwill definitely hear works for your pleasure  ,,llwg jlll original poetry by all who also occupy slots on mll"  poets in the panel, and the big stages of thei  it is for certain that you no country. This year is will be graced with some exception. So, in addi- award-winning poetry by tion to free hamburgers and soft drinks furnished by Saucedo Super Market, and prepared by the Lordsburg Volunteer Fire Dep'artment, you will have the opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the top stars of the cowboy poetry circuit. Most perform- ers will have C D's, DVD's, books, etc. for sale, so the event can have a larger spot in your memory as you use them from time to time. Door prizes will be exuberantly some of our performers. All in all, a fine evening of enter - tainment is in store for cowboy poetry and Western music fans. Everything starts Saturday, Febru- ary 14, at 5:00 p.m., but you'd better be there a little bit early so you won't miss the fun. Get your $12.00 adult and $8.00 student tickets at Verla's Western Wear, 980 E. Motel Dr. or at Goldhill Outpost, 1000 Birchfield. Don't miss this event Board extends Sup. Piper's contract for another two years The Lordsburg Board of Education voted at their regular meeting Monday to extend Superintendent Randy Piper's contract-for another two years. The Superintendent Evaluation, which normally occurs in January of each year, was tabled last month and put on this month's agenda. Following an hour- long executive session, the current Board resumed in open session to discuss Piper's evaluation. Board member Manuel D.V. Saucedo motioned to extend Piper's contract for one year with no increase in pay. This motion died due to lack of a second. Board Secretary Maria sanchez then motioned to extend his contract for two years with no pay increase. This motion was brought to a vote by President Tina Hayes and was up- proved 3-2. Voting in favor of the con- tract extension were Sanchez, Hayes and Ruben Gomez. In opposition to the mo- tion were Saucedo and Ali Salinas Jr. Supt. Piper told the Herald Tuesday that he is pleased to be leading the dis- trict for another two years. He added that if the Board had offered him an exten- sion with a pay increase he would not have accepted it unless the raise was across the board to all staff members. "I am excited about the next two years," Piper said. "I am also looking for- ward to working with the new Board on improving student achievement. We are a team and will do whatever'S-best for our students." Newly elected Board members Sali- nas, Gomez and Alfredo Morelos Jr. will take their oath of office in March. Local church spreads love at outreach event The Lordsburg Assembly of God Church hosted their annual "Cup of Love" event at Saucedo's Super Market last Saturday morning.The event featured free hot chocolate and cookies, along with live inspirational music and offerings of prayers to those in need. Herald staffphoto In NM, 44,4"100. people are signed up for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace; deadline is Sunday Submitted by US DEPT of HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES Nearly 75 million consumers se- lected a plan or were automatically re- enrolled through the HealthCare.gov platform as of Jan. 30, 2015, including 44,431 in New Mexico. Today's Weekly Enrollment Snapshot for the first time also includes people who selected a plan or were automatically reenrolled within select Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs). This localized data provides another level of detail to better under- stand total plan selections within local communities ahead of the Feb. 15 dead- line. As of Jan. 30 - 18,962 consumers in the Albuquer- YVC donates care package to SASS The Lordsburg Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC) wrapped up their Silver Regional Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS) community project last week when they presented the 16 care packages they have been working on. Pictured above are Melissa Lopez, Samantha Meza, Katherine Gauer (SASS Advocacy Crisis Coordinator), Jasmine Contreras, Alyssa Palacios, Nati Gomez, Cody McCants and Brandy Roark.The packages were made possible from local donations.The El Charm Restaurant was a donor not mentioned last week.YVC worked hand in hand with the LHS Leadership Class on this project, which showed the youth the rewards of dedicating themselves to a community project, from start to finish, and the impact they can haye on the world they live in. For more information on YVC, or to join, contact Natasha McCants at 575-642-0480 or Jessica Sanchez at 575-313-0821. Courtesy photo que, NM local area selected or were au- tomatically enrolled in a plan "There arejust eleven days before the February 15 deadline and the end of this year's Open Enrollment," HHS Sec- retary Sylvia Burwell said. "Time is run- ning out. Consumers should shop at HealthCare.gov for an affordable plan that fits their budget and health needs and join the 44,431 individuals in New Mexico who have signed up to date. 76 percent of New Mexico consumers who have signed up for coverage qualify for financial assistance to help lower the cost of their premiums?' MSAs are geographic areas desig- nated by the Office of Management and Budget and have populations of at least 50,000. A number of MSAs cross state lines. In the cases where MSAs cross into states using their own enrollment plat- forms, only data from the portions of the MSA using the HealthCare.gov platform are included. As we near the Feb. 15 deadline and end of Open Enrollment, officials from HHS are available for print, radio and television interviews. Satellite TV inter- views are also available. To request an interview with an of- ficial from HHS, email press@cms.hhs.gov. Five Facts about Open Enrollment in New Mexico: 1. Since Open Enrollment began on Nov. 15, 44,431 New Mexico con- sumers have selected a plan or were au- tomatically re-enrolled. 2. In the first two months of Open Enrollment, 76 percent of New Mexico consumers who selected health insur- ance plans were determined eligible for financial assistance to lower their monthly premiums. 3. In New Mexico, consumers can choose from 5 issuers in the Marketplace in 2015 - up from 4 in 2014. 4. New Mexico consumers can choose from an average of 43 health plans in their county for 2015 coverage - up from 36 in 2014. 5. 70 percent of New Mexico Mar- ketplace enrollees as of Dec. 2014 could obtain coverage for $100 or less after any applicable tax credits in 2015. Help is available: We're working to meet consumers where they are, whether that's online, over the phone or in person. Online: Information is avail: able at HealthCare.go v or CuidadoDeSalud.gov. By Phone: Marketplace call center representatives are available to help all day, every day at 1-800-31.8- 2596. TTY users should call 1-855-889- 4325. Assistance is available in 150 lan- guages. The call is free. In person: Consumers can find local help at by visiting: Localhelp.healthcare.gov About the Health Insurance Market- place: ,, ,: Open  Enrollment for the Health In- surance Marketplace for 2015 began Nov. 15, 2014, and runs through Feb. 15, 2015. Consumers should visit HealthCare.gov to review and compare health plan options and find out if they are eligible for financial assistance, which can help pay monthly premiums and reduce out-of-pocket costs when re- ceiving services, To sign up for individual and fam- ily coverage, visit: https:// www.healthcare.gov/apply-and-enroll/ For more information about Health Insurance Marketplaces, visit: www.healthcare.gov/marketplace C00king0ut0fthe Garden class to be held Feb.26 The Hidalgo County Cooperative Extension Office will be hosting the sec- ond classes in the Cooking out of the Garden Series on February 26  from 5:30 pm to 8 p.m. at the Baxter Center in Lordsburg. Participants in this class can expect to learn how toprepare cool season greens such as Kale, Swiss Chard, and spinach as well as some new and excit- ing ways to prepare cauliflower. It is en- couraged to come hungry so you can enjoy all the dishes made. Participants will also take home recipe cards and some cool season greens plant starts to get their gardens started. This is a free workshop and is open to anyone of any age. Please call the Hidalgo County Ex- tension Office at 575-542-9291 and let us know you're coming so we can have plenty of supplies. UPCOMING EVENTS Early Deadline in May The Hidalgo County Herald will have an early deadline for the Mayl5, 2015 edition. The deadline that week will be noon on Monday, May 1 I. The paper will be distributed as usual on Thursday morning. For more information call 575.542.8705. Women's Salad Luncheon The Lordsburg Assembly of God G.A.L.S. will host a Salad Luncheon for women of all ages on Monday, February 23, 2015 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 701 Animus Street. Women are invited to join in fellowship and to bring your favorite salad. For more information con- tact Lucy at 575-534-5292 or Eileen at 575-313-6528. TEFAP Commodities TEFAP commodities, sponsored by HMS, for persons age 18 and above, will be distributed on Monday, February 16, 2014 from 1-3 PM, or while supplies last at the back of the old senior center, 317 E. 4th Street. Insurance assistance HMS is currently offering health insurance enrollment assistance. Certi- fled 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 at 575-542-8384. Commodity Distribution RRFB Mobile Food Pantry will dis- tribute commodities every third Monday of the month at Special Events Center, 10 AM to 2 PM. Recipients must self declare need. The next distribution is February 16, 2015. 70s reunion meeting A reunion is in the planning stages for the Lordsburg High School classes of 1970-1979. A meeting will be held at the E1 Charro Restaurant on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. A repre- sentative is still needed from the classes of 1972, 1977 and 1979. DWI meeting Feb, 19 The regularly scheduled DWI Plan- ning Council will meet on February 19, 2015 at 11AMin the DWI Conference Room located at 317 East 4 th Street, in Lordsburg, NM Bountiful Baskets Bountiful Basket food co-op pro- gram participants in Lordsburg receive fresh, high quality produce baskets ev- ery other week. Other items, such as bread and season produce, are available. Organic baskets are available. For more information or to sign up, visit www.bountiful baskets.org or call Shan- non Graham at 575-519-0361. The dead- line for the Feb. 21 distribution is Mon- day, February 16 starting at 10:00 a.m. on the website. Continued on Page 2