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2 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2015 Stidham receives award from NMBE Lordsburg Municipal Schools' Principal Tom Stidham was the recipient of a 2015 Excellence for Student Achievement Award from the New Mexico's Boards of Education. The award seeks to enhance and focus on efforts to improve student achievement in school districts throughout New Mexico.The award recognizes recipients for their role in improving student achievement at the local district level. Lordsburg Board of Education President Manuel D.V. Saucedo presented Stidham, above, with the award at the last regular meeting. Courtesy photo ressman Pearce introdu bill to NM southern-border Courtesy information ensure our safety. This bill does Last week, U.S. Rep. Steve not change the size of, or, the Pearce issued this statement an- monument. It simply ensures that nouncing the introduction of the United States Border Patrol H.R. 2467, legislation that will has unfettered access to the monu- help protect New Mexico's local ment to serve the people of south- communities, secure its southern ern New Mexico and safeguard border and strengthen national our nation. I call on my col- security, leagues in the House to move this "It has been one year since important legislation as soon as the President misused the Antiq- possible," Pearce added. uities Act to unilaterally seize The Organ Mountains- 500,000 acres in southern New Desert Peaks National Monument Mexico," said Pearce. "Not only Corrections Act (H.R. 2467) guar- did this monument designation antees that federal, state and lo- disregard the concerns of the cal law enforcement including people in southern New Mexico, the U.S. Border Patrol, have un- it also has prevented proper bor- fettered access to the national der security measures from being monument - an area that covers carried out. We have seen this is- 500,000 acres. sue play out in Arizona at the Or- H.R. 2467 has strong support gan Pipe Cactus National Monu- from the local community and law ment, which has become a human enforcement, as evidenced by and drug smuggling corridor." endorsements from the Greater "We cannot afford for this to Las Cruces Chamber of Com- happen in New Mexico and we merce, the Las Cruces Hispanic must not restrict the access of Chamber of Commerce, Luna border patrol agents who work to County, and the National Border Patrol Council. "The National Border Patrol Council supports efforts like H.R. 2467 to clarify that our agents have the unfettered access re- quired to do our jobs in federally controlled areas like the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Monu- ment area." said Brandon Judd, :he Council's President. Bullying can affect you tn many ways. You may lose sleep or feel sick. You may want to skip school. You may even be thinking about suicide. 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Hurting landowners and wast- ing environmental resources "Habitat designations mean significant -- sometimes crip- pling -- restrictions on property owners and managers, both pri- vate and public," said PLF Senior Staff Attorney Tony Francois. "They also compete for the lim- ited money and resources avail- able for environmental protec- tion. "Clearly, the government doesn't have the luxury of care- less overreach when it comes to roping off property as critical habitat," he continued. "But that's exactly what we see with the jaguar habitat designation in New Mexico. The bureaucrats have cordoned off tens of thou- sands of acres for a phantom spe- cies. This amounts to reckless regulating, and a heavy-handed power play against landowners. "At most, only two jaguars have been credibly sighted any- : where in the state over the past four decades," Francois noted, "There are no breeding pairs or evidence of resident jaguars in the state. This species' connec- tion to New Mexico is a matter of distant memory, not recent real- ity. There is no justification for bringing down the regulatory fist on property owners, and wasting scarce environmental resources." Jaguar regs' threat to fire pre- vention A significant portion of the New Mexico habitat designation lies within the Coronado National Forest -- creating an impediment to fire-prevention and fire-fight- ing initiatives in that region. Indeed, the FWS's "Final Critical Habitat Designation" for the jaguar admits that the desig- nation of critical habitat creates new regulatory hurdles for forest- fire management strategies, such as "fuels-management activities, and some prescribed fire." "Over and above the legal issues, it's simply poor public policy to designate a fire,prone National Forest as critical habi- tat for an animal that isn't there," said Francois. "Important projects to reduce fire risk will be impeded by new layers of bureau- cracy and a time-consuming ap- proval process. It will be harder to implement effective, flexible fire-prevention strategies. This means increased danger of cata- strophic wildfire, with potentially devastating impacts not just for people, property and natural re- sources -- but also for species. That's right: The environment is at greater risk because of unjusti- fied regulations by the very bu- reaucrats who are paid to protect the environment. "The jaguar habitat designa- tion can also impede develop- ment of community infrastructure like road improvements and pipe- lines, and range improvements for cattle ranches that are impor- tant to the local community and economy," he noted. Statement from the New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau "Food producers in New Mexico are under the gun as the federal government continues to endanger their livelihood," said Chad Smith, CEO of the New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bu- reau. "The designation of tens of thousands of acres of prime New Mexico ranch lands as critical habitat for endangered jaguars is one more example of how endan- gered species have taken prece- dence over people. We must re- store balance, and members of the New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau ask the federal govern- ment to ensure a successful future for ranchers in Southern New Mexico by overturning the des- ignation of jaguar habitat." Filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of New reports prog Mexico, the lawsuit is New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bu- reau, et al. v. Jewell. More infor- mation, including the complaint, may be found at PLF's website: About Pacific Legal Foundation Donor-supported Pacific Le- gal Foundation is the leading le- gal watchdog organization that litigates for limited government, property rights, and a balanced approach to environmental regu- lations in courts across the coun- try. in fight gainst Ebola Submitted by NM DEPT of were muted by thoughts for all HEALTH~Santa Fe those who have diedand suffered The World Health Organiza- as the result of this disease. The tion (WHO) declared Liberia free WHO is aiming to control the from Ebola on Saturday after 42 outbreak in Guinea and Sierra days without a new case of the Leone by June. virus, which killed more than The New Mexico Depart- 4,700 people there during a year- ment of Health has continued to long epidemic. A total of 11,005 actively monitor all returned trav- people have died from Ebola in elers from countries with Ebola, the three West African countries staying in contact with them and of Liberia, Sierra Leone, and monitoring each one for fever or Guinea since the outbreak began other symptoms for 21 days. The in December 2013, according to Department of Health has a com- the WHO. prehensive Ebola Virus "Many New Mexicans have Disease Response Plan that has volunteered and spent consider- been used around the state to able time in these West African make sure that both local govern- countries helping in the fight ment and health care facilities are against Ebola," said New Mexico prepared to deal with a potential Department of Health Secretary Ebola patient. Retta Ward, MPH. "Some have "Along with individual New volunteered as health care work- Mexicans volunteering in West ers in Ebola treatment units, tak- Africa, hospitals and emergency ing care of the sick; while others medical services (EMS) around have helped with the training of New Mexico have stepped up and local police, advising on infra- spent numerous hours preparing structure projects, or education of to take care of an Ebola patient, the general public." should someone returning to New Liberia was documenting Mexico from one of the countries hundreds of new cases a week at with Ebola fall ill during their the peak of the outbreak between monitoring period. We want to August and October of 2014, caus- thank them for their time and ef- ing alarm throughout the region forts in helping to deal with this and the rest of the world. Celebra- deadly disease," said Secretary tions in Liberia and elsewhere Ward. for nt bicycle attendance Valerie Guerrero, a student at R.V. 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