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VOLUME 15 ISSU E 36 FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 4, 2015 75¢ Hidalgo County HERALD Fri * Sat * Sun Only Labor Day Special Any Lam 1-iopplng Tejano Fiesta set to entertain September 5-6 in Lordsburg Herald report The Lordsburg Tejano Fiesta is re- turning after several years away, accord- ing to longtime organizer Roberto Gonzalez. The two-day event will be held at North Park on Saturday, September 5,and Sunday, September 6, and will feature lots of live music, food, games and ven— dors. One highlight of both days’ festivi- ties will be the presence of ex—NFL stars Gato Negro, is an American Tejano mu- sic performer. Beginning his music ca- reer in the late 1960s, Ruben’s fame as has grown throughout the years as he formed his own distinct sound of music. Ongoing throughout the two-day event will be various food booths (gorditas, carne asada tacos, corn, Indian fry bread, etc), games for the kids (me- chanical bull, spaceball, etc) and numer- ous merchandise vendors. The Maver— ick Lounge will be hosting a beer gar- Darryl Clack den each (Dallas Cow- evening. boys) and Marmot“ mam T 1 c ke t s Marsharne ,, . can be pur- Graves (Denver . _' * ‘ M'mMaViP 9'10"“? chased in ad- B r o n c o s ) . 3i PM L“ Mavs Performan vance for $15 Clack and 6:30-7:00 PM Jessica Juarez . for adults at Graves will ap- 7:30-900 PM Hugo Cortez the Corner Efaih‘: figgfig 9:30-1 1 :00 PM Arizona Norte Igggisburgn Fiesta where 11:30 AM'1 AM Angel Norteno Tickets will they will visit be $20 at the with the public, Sunday, September 6 gate day of 51g“ autographs 9:00 AM Car Show Registration the even" and sell memo— I _ . . KldS under 5 tabilia. 3.00-4.00 PM Angelica Padilla ‘ are free and 6_ Saturday’s 4:095:00 PM ‘ CarShQWAWQde 13 are $10 festivities will ., .( 5:006:30 3 (XS Band" ‘ I each. kick off with i if musion ' For more Mariachi los ’ 3‘ ‘ r d e t a i l s , Diamantes’ per- formance from 1-2z30 p.m. "1i em ‘ .- E g. f 3 , Gonzalez can be reached at 575-574- Also slated to perform that afternoon are the Lil Mavs, the Mini Mavs and there will be lots of DJ Music. The live music will begin at 6:30 p.m. will Jessica Juarez, followed by Juan Gabriel impersonator Hugo Cortez at 7:30 p.m. He will be followed by Ari- zona Norte and the evening will wrap up with Angel Norteno set to take the stage at 11:30 p.m. Sunday’s festivities will include a Car &' Bike Show that has such catego— ries as Sport/SUV, Low Rider, Pre-70s Low Rider, Luxury, 4x4, Rat Rod Car/ Truck, Street Rod/Hot Rod, Muscle Car, Cycles/Sport, OG Bike, Custom Bike and Rat Bike. Cash prizes will be awarded throughout the event. Regis— tration will be at 9:00 am. The winners will be announced at 4:00 p.m. The gates will open at 2 p.m. on Sunday and live music will kick off at 3 p.m. with Angelica Padilla, followed by XS Band at 5 pm . Also slated to perform Sunday evening are Illusions, Louie Marinez and the headliner of the event, Ruben Ramos, will close the show start- ing at 11:00 p.m. Ruben Ramos, also known as El 5382. For more information on the Car & Bike Show, contact Vincent Ruiz at 575-915-4614 or Daniel Ramirez at 575- 513-5513. This year’s Tejano Fiesta is spon- sored by the City of Lordsburg, Saucedo’s Super Market, Corner Mart, Hidalgo County Herald, Smith Ford, El Charro Café & Maverick Room, Motel 6 and Ramona’s Café. if orde Pr from the Lordsburg Staioae completed te rigorous Horse Patrol Unittraiing ‘7 Lordsburg Station’s Border Patrol Horse unit offers unique border security in Hidalgo County Herald staff report Six agents from the Lordsburg, Bor- der Patrol Station, El Paso Sector, have conquered a grueling six-week training course and are now certified to serve on the coveted Horse Patrol Unit. According to Lordsburg Patrol Agent in Charge (PAIC) Jose Gardea, this training program is a rigorous one that takes its toll on the candidates. With nine prospective agents sign ing up for the training, only six made it through the course, which consists of four weeks of arena training and two addi- tional weeks on the job training. During this training, agents have a myriad of situ- ations thrown at them while on horse- back, including being ambushed, escap- ing detainees and situations that spook the horses. Of the six men who completed the arduous training, several had absolutely no riding experience prior to this class. One agent said that as a patrol agent he would see the horses on duty and ad- mired them and their riders. The course, he added, was much more difficult than he imagined but he is looking forward to his new position. “After sitting on a horse six to eight hours a day, these agents are sore and hurting—especially during the training phase,” said Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Gerald Hancock, who oversees the Lordsburg Horse Patrol Unit. “It’s better than walking, but it’s still not an easy thing to do. It takes a lot out of you physi— cally.” See HORSE PATROL on Page State, federal requirements draining City coffers, make rate increase necessary Herald staff report Lordsburg Mayor Clark Smith ap— proached the City Council over the past few months with suggestions to increase utility rates in an effort to keep the City afloat. Following several hearings, these rate increases were voted on by the Coun- cil and became effective September 1, 2015. In June 2015 the New Mexico De- partment of Finance and Administration (DFA) issued a letter to the City about the 2016 Fiscal Year Budget that was submitted, warning officials that the gen- eral fund cash balance is being depleted and ordering the municipality to take action. . For example, the beginning balance of the General Fund in the 2014-2015 budget was $2,078,083. The projected 2015—2016 beginning balance is $909,428 and the ending balance, is an- ticipated to be approximately $48,177. With this information in hand, the City Council raised utility rates, in some cases, for the first time in many years. The most recent increase was in 2013 in the sewer department, but garbage rates had not been increased in 17 years (1998). Water and gas rates were in- creased in 2007 and 2006, respectively. The rate increase is anticipated to generate an additional $813,000 in rev— enue over the next year. :1 w-eafisygglgg'igggfls‘: AYL County Fair Pet Show draws many contestants The Animas Youth League (AYL) sponsored a Pet Show at the Hidalgo County Fair. Children of all ages enioyed showing both live pets and stuffed animals. AYL would like to thank Mr. Bill Cavaliere for judging the event and Animas Valley Excavation Electric, LLC and Cyrq Energy for sponsoring the event. Stay tuned - Dance and Kickball are next! ' Courtesy photo UPCOMING EVENTS HCSO driving tests The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting driving tests on Fri- days only, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. To schedule a test, contact the HCSO at 575— 542-3833. HMS parenting class HMS and NMGRADS is offering a “Parenting with Love and Logic” pro— gram, which is presented to give practi- cal, easy-to-use techniques that work to promote positive changes in your child’s behavior. The classes will be held from 12:00 noon until 1:00 pm beginning September 15‘h and concluding in Octo- ber. Join us at the HMS Conference Room. Free lunch will be served. To reg- ister call 542—2341. 1985 LHS Reunion Come and renew old friendships and share old memories as the Lordsburg High Class of 1985 gets together for our 30th reunion, Labor Day weekend. Sept 4-6, 2015. We would like to display pho- tographs and other memorabilia from our school days at the dinner dance, so please plan to bring your favorites. For more information or to register call Martha Rodriguez Montoya 480-266-9092, Gina Sanchez 520-576-7188 or Irma Saenz 520-668-1193. Fall Free For All The Assembly of God will be giv- ing away gently used clothes, shoes, and some misc household items from 10 AM to 2 PM on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at the Assembly of God Church, 701 Animas Street. 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, Septem— ber 21,2015 from 11:30 am. to 1:30 p.m. Mayor Smith attributes the rapid increase in expenditures to several things, including increased mandates from state and federal agencies. Once the City was issued a federal EPA compliance order to get the aera- tors up and running at the Wastewater Treatment Plant, electricity at the site skyrocketed to more that $30,000 per month. This, ac cording t( Smith, is Simpl) Customer A-Low User running the 2:?" minimum of 9 0: Sam the 24 aerator: Gab,“ on srte. F e d e r a Customer B~Medlum User mandates on the Water water system are Gas expensive to 0p Sewer crate, in addi- “am” tion to contin- ued monitoring “mm” c322: US" of the landfill or Gas ‘A’ Street. Smitl We, added that no- 53mg match grants are a thing of the Customer D-Commerclal past, so in order Water to qualify for an} 53‘ grant assistance 5"” municipalitie: Gama“ must be willing to fork over a percentage in matching funds. Ongoing required training is an- other expense that is hurting the City budget. The City is spending approxi- mately $20,000 per year just to keep gas department employees up to code, in addition to training required for all other departments. Smith said that the solar project ini- tiated by former Mayor Frank Rodriguez is still in the works. Once up and run- ning, City Hall, the Wastewater Treat- ment Plant and the water pumping sta- tions will be self sufficient, which is an- ticipated to save the City immensely. The holdup, according to Mayor Smith, is in working out details with PNM. at 701 Animas 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. Women’s Bible Study Terrific opportunity to grow in God’s Word! There will be a women’s Bible study on the book of James, nar- rated by Beth Moore in an 8—week video series. The study will begin on September 2 at 4:00 pm at the Church of Christ on 5th and Pyramid. All women are welcome! Please call Lindy Kerr at 575-538-8446 to regis- The biggest utility increase was in the sewer department, with the residen- tial per 1000 gallon used rate increasing from 35¢ to $3.45—a 866% increase. Local utility customers will definitely see a difference on their October bill. (See box) While the new rate schedule is go- ing to affect Lordsburg resi- dents in the pocketbook, Mayor Smith says there are ways both citi- zens and the City can con- serve energy. “I encour- age citizens to cut back on wa- ter and gas use whenever pos- sible,” he said. “This will not only save the citizen money, but will also cut back on City 1a- bor expenses.” According to City of Lordsburg Fi— nance Director Patricia de Naranjo, all City departments across the board are operating on a bare- bones budget. They have beefed up the quote process to ensure the City always gets goods and services at the lowest price. The Mayor recently proposed and the City Council approved a flat three- percent across the board pay raise for all City employees. While Smith says this may not be very popular at the moment, he feels a responsibility to treat City employees well and reward them for their loyalty—especially after so much has been invested in their training. The rate increases became effective September 1, 2015 and cannot be raised again for three years. ‘ ter so we can get enough books. There is no cost for the study. Saucedo’s holiday hours Saucedo’s Shur Sav Super Market will be open on Labor Day, Monday, September 7, from 8:30 AM till 2 PM. Emergency Food Emergency food is available at the Recovery Management Center, 618 Pyra- mid Street in Lordsburg, Monday-Thurs- day from 9 AM till noon. For more infor- mation call 575-542-8447. Continued on Page 2