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Lordsburg, New Mexico
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2 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2015 Border PatrolAgents who rduted to the hrse ptr trining program wre Julian Rodriguez, Javier De Anda, John Roberts, Justin Hall, Efren Perez, and Alberto Guzman. Courtesy photo Lordsburg Border Patrol Horse unit offers unique border securityin Hidalgo County Continued from Page 1 Currently there are 210 agents assigned to the Lordsburg Station, with only 25 agents who are horse—certified. Only ten of time to the Horse Patrol Unit. Last week’s graduation of the six new members will greatly boost this important presence along the bor— der. . those agents are assigned full sea-Ki . “With the rough terrain in Agents in horse patrol training learned everything from the basics of saddling their horse, above, to techniques of apprehension and ambush avoidance, below. Herald staff photos L a am In November 2014 agents assigned to the Lordsburg Stations Horse Patrol Unit, aided by the BP Air and Marine units, tracked illegal crossovers for three days and ultimately arrested four sus- pects and seized 412pounds of marijuana with a street value of $638,000. Denver Broncos (1984~l985) Photo courtesy cbp. gov will be available both days for & will have merchandise available for sale. photos. autographs southern Hidalgo County, the horses are an invaluable asset,” said SBPA Hancock. “They can get us there quicker in a lot of cases than the Vehicles and ATVs.” “When we come up to a group of illegal immigrants,” SBPA Hancock added, “they usu- ally immediately surrender be- cause the horses are pretty intimi- dating.” Agents on horses can navi- gate rough ground quickly and quietly. Furthermore, when it comes to patrolling on ranch and farm property, they are more en— vironmentally friendly and Hancock reports that most land- owners see the horses as a posi— tive enforcement option. “They’d much rather have us tracking on their property on a horse than on an ATV or in a truck,” ' SBPA Hancock said. The Lordsburg Station is home to 19 horses, six Quarter horses and 13 mustangs. They are housed in a state-of—the—art facil- ity at the new Lordsburg Station, are well—cared for'and considered to be age'nts. ' Two horse units are sched- uled to patrol per day and are al- ways standing ready to assist other agents when situations arise. Nationwide, there are 300 horse teams deployed daily. ‘ According ‘ to SBPA Hancock, his horse unit is lead- ing the El Paso Sector in narcotic seizures. The Border Patrol has used horses to navigate areas along our nation’s borders since the agency’s creation in 1924,. Origi— nally, the agency was founded to secure the United States borders against liquor smugglers and un- lawful immigrants. In 2014, Border Patrol na- tionwide officers arrested 8,013 individuals wanted for serious crimes and stopped 223,712 in- admissible aliens from entering the United States (an increase from 2013). In New Mexico alone, BP agents made 8,675 apprehen— sions and seized 44,028 pounds of illegal drugs and $969,830 in currency. The Lordsburg Station’s area of responsibility consists of 80 miles of international border and 4,256 square miles in the south— western part of the State of New Mexico. Effie/€42 I aspiration him/girl 70' you lg; .YI’IRI'I of Hidulgrr and Hit/alga Canny Herald "Do the best you can, and don’t take life too serious." "Wild Eagew Both Graves & Clack ewrsaesa natty: cuter Dallas Cowboys (1986—1989) Advance tickets available at CORNER MART $15 Adults ($20 at gate day of event) Sent. 5-6. 2015 NOI‘III Park. lfll'flSlllll‘B. NM Hearst Gallery to celebrate four-day weekend Submitted by GCAG/Si/Ver City Major holidays are always open days at the Grant County Art Guild’s Pinos Altos Art Gallery! That makes this Labor 7 Day Weekend a big four days of art. and fine crafts at the Guild’s seasonal gallery, lo- cated at 14 Golden Avenue in the historic Hearst Church. On Friday, September 4, through Monday, September 7, there will be a featured member art— ist to greet you and show you their special exhibit as well as answer your questions in regard to the exhibits of the other 40- plus members of the art guild. Come anytime between 10 am. and 5 pm. those days and you can check out the art, as well as the interesting old church building that was built in 1898 during the Pinos Altos mining days. I On Friday, September 4, Thia Utz will be the featured artist at the gallery. Among Thia’s art shown in the gallery are her popular miniature oil paintings. Thia has taken classes from local artist and art instruc- tor, Tom Holt. Linda Reynolds will be at the gallery on Saturday, Septem— ber 5, with a special exhibit of her latest and best work. Linda says that she is inspired by na- ture and the work of other artists. She has a degree in art from WNMU, enjoys taking classes and is always excited to learn new methods and art forms. Pottery is very popular with visitors to the gallery. Our fea- Ceferino Altuna Ceferino Altuna Ceferino Altuna (Junior) passed away on August 10, 2015 in Tucson, Arizona. He was born July 12, 1931 in Valedon, NM. ' He was a graduate of Lordsburg High School, class of 1950. He lived in Tucson, AZ, where he worked for Southern Pacific Railroad until his retire- ment. Junior is survived by his wife, Angie; three sons, Mike (Mary Lou), Marc and Dino; two granddaughters, Alyssa and Nevaeh; three sisters, Cecilia Altuna, Mary Mora and Irene Anayai; many nephews, nieces and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ceferino and Maria Altuna; siblings Luis, Eloy, Audelina, Eddie, Arthur; Alfred, Stella, Robert and Olivia. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force. Junior loved all sports, espe- cially golf, which he enjoyed with his brother and friends. Memorial services were held on August 29, 2015 at St. Pius Catholic Church in Tucson, AZ. tured artist on Sunday, Septem- ber 6, is Letha Cress Woolf, the newest of our members who are working in clay. She says that she Linda Reynolds’s oil painting “Bushel of Apples” loves the process, shaping the piece, mixing the glazes she uses and firing in her own kiln. Her miniature teapots are real origi— nal pieces of art! A very versatile artist, Cindy Lindhorn, makes handcrafted whimsical jewelry, paints in encaustics, much of her work featuring delightful animal caricatures. Cindy and her art will be featured on Labor'Day, Mon— day, September 7. It is a great time to stop in and see some of her latest work. Browsers as well as buy- ers are always welcome at the Pinos Altos Gallery. The gallery will be open on Fri- day, Saturday, Sunday and major holidays through Oc- tober 18. Mark your calen- dar for September 22, 5:30 pm, for the opening recep- tion for the Guild’s 30th An— nual Purchase Prize Show, open to entries from artists across New Mexico. All are invited to come and meet the artists, enjoy some finger foods and see who has won the blue ribbons. For more informa- tion on Grant County Art Guild’s membership, gallery and shows, see their website at Mollie Pressler Pressler featured in NMHC Chautauqua program A New Mexico Humanities Council (NMHC) program will new feature the historical work of local historian Mollie Pressler. "‘ ‘Thé’N'MHC Chautaulqfia is a program in which non-profit groups (501 (c)_}) can order up to six programs per year. The pro- grams will then be brought to the booking group and presented to the public. The topics range from archaeology to cultural dif- ferences, from regional an indi- vidual histories to land use issues. Each program consists of a fasci- nating lecture that provokes ques- tions and discussion. Overall, the Chautauqua fea- tures a rich roster of specialists who speak with understanding and passion on topics which in- terest New Mexicans year after year. Recently added to the list of presenters is longtime Lordsburg resident and educator Mollie Pressler. Pressler has been tapped by the NMHC for her extensive knowledge and research on the World War II Lordsburg Inter- ment/Prisoner of War Camp. Pressler’s research of the Lordsburg camp has been ongo- ing since 1976. A recognized his- torian, author, and authority, she has been a presenter at the Uni— versity of Washington, University of Montana, New Mexico and Arizona Historical Societies, New Mexico Japanese American Citi— zens League, New Mexico Hu— manities Council, Western Insti- tute of Lifelong Learning (WILL), 9th nnul 5K Ema/3.5 In; Walé saturday, Sept. 5, 2015 8 AM at Shakespeare Cemetery Registration at 7:30 AM Entry Fee £20/perron (inc/rides r—s/iz‘rr) Men's Women's Categories-ist, 2nd & 3rd place awards This year proceeds will go to Mikey/a Contreras, who is raising money for an upcoming gymnastics competition. Western New Mexico University, various area schools, and numer- ous civic organizations. A teacher in the Lordsburg schools for twenty-seven years, she holds a master?s degree in English (and history from WNMU and has served as an adjunct professor there. She is secretary to the Lordsburg-Hidalgo County mu- seum, and is also an accom- plished artist. With a collection of slides, artifacts, and historical accounts, Mollie Pressler shares a multilay— ered overview of when the small town of Lordsburg became very big in the war effort. An Army camp built there would hold Japa- nese resident enemy aliens 1942- 43, Italian prisoners of war 1943- 44, and German prisoners of war 1944-45. One is taken back to the personal experiences of Ameri- cans on the home front, learning as well the effects of the situation on the prisoners. / Chautauqua was a lakeside village in upstate New York, where the idea of traveling hu- manities programs originated in the late 1800’s. An NMHC Chautauqua program brings his- tory to life at your event with a performance by a scholar/per- former posing as a historical fig- ure or an expert speaker on an intriguing topic. A lively discus- sion follows each show. For more information on the NMHC Chautauqua program, or to book a guest speaker, visit flocag 2. lope; “wre-ll- H.» «t l l l