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Volume 2,  Number 96
June 15, 2007
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Weather information provided by:
Wendell L. Malone,
Area Skywarn Coordinator
Eddy & Culberson counties
Artesia Public Library
Summer Reading Program
Schedule - June 2007
Monday, June  11             1:30 p.m.  Storytime
Tuesday, June 12             2:00 p.m.  Zoo to You
Wednesday, June 13        Craft - Artesia Clean & Beautiful  
              10:30 a.m. - Ages 3 - 5
                2:00 p.m. - Ages 6 -  8
Thursday, June 14            Craft - Artesia Clean & Beautiful
                2:00 p.m - ages 9 and up
Friday, June 15                 Lapsit - Time to be announced
               Call 746-4252
Saturday, June 16          10:30 a.m. Teen Talk
               1:00 p.m.  Storytime
Monday, June 18              1:30 p.m.  Storytime : Officer Beasley
& Kasey                         
Tuesday, June 19             2:00 p.m.  Ron Grimes Chautauqua :
"Wayne Grimes: Echoes of the Bugle"  at Artesia Center   612
N. 8th Street
Wednesday, June 20      10:30 a.m.    Mask Workshop Ages 10
and up
               1:30 p.m.  Storytime
Thursday, June 21          10:30 a.m.  Mobile Dairy
Friday, June 22               11:00 a.m. Lapsit (newborn -10
              11:30 a.m. Lapsit (11 months – 2 years)
Saturday, June 23             1:30 p.m. Storytime        
                2:00 p.m.  Activity ages 6 and up
Monday, June 25               1:30 p.m.  Storytime
                2:30 p.m.  Craft ages 3-5
Tuesday, June 26              2:00 p.m.  Andy Mason Ages 3-8
Wednesday, June 27       10:30 a.m.  Storytime
                 1:30 p.m.   Mask painting
                  Ages 10 and up (continued from last week)
Thursday, June 28           10:30 a.m.  “A Dragon Mystery:
Legend of Istaban’s Gold” puppet show at the Artesia Center,
612 N. 8th Street
Friday, June 29                11:00 a.m.  Lapsit (newborn -10
               11:30 a.m.  Lapsit (11 months – 2 years)
Saturday, June 30              1:00 p.m. Storytime               
Area Skywarn Coordinator Wendell Malone captured this lightning
strike during a severe thunderstorm  8 miles west of the Indian Basin
Gas Plant at 8:04 p.m. Saturday, June 9. The storm produced cloud-
to-ground lightning strikes at the rate of over 1,800 strikes per hour.
Continuous lightning was observed as the thunderstorm moved
southeastward at around 10 mph.
Lakewood lightning
Council approves
development ordinances
ARTESIA - The Artesia City Council Tuesday night passed three new
ordinances pertaining to development in the city.
The first, passed as Ordinance 758, approved the replat of a one-acre tract
of land near Artesia General Hospital at the corner of North Tenth Street
and Memorial Drive.  The property was sold to Eddy County by the Hospital
District for the construction of a new Health Office.
The second ordinance, Ordinance 759, approved the Artesia Parc
Subdivision Plat, a portion of the Pitch Energy Boundary Replat.  The tract
of land contains just over 15 acres north of Richey Avenue between the
Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and the Loma Vista Addition.
The subdivision will be Artesia's first gated community.
Passage of the ordinance was contingent on secondary access being
provided to the development to allay safety concerns put forward by the
police and fire departments and trash collection and water supply issues
raised by the Public Utilities Department.
Finally, the council passed Ordinance 760, approving the annexation plat of
two tacts of land containing over 16 acres at the northeast  corner of Mill
Road and Pecos Avenue, east of and adjacent to the Artesia Industrial
Park.  Mark Jorgensen, developer of the project proposed for the site, had
earlier appeared before the council requesting its support in the
annexation.  He was instructed to receive support of at least one property
owner with property adjacent to the city limit at Pecos Avenue.  Jorgensen
received that support from Pedro and Maria Leyva, owners of a tract at the
corner of Mill and Pecos.
All three plats previously received the approval of the Artesia Planning &
Zoning Commission at its May 16 meeting.
In personnel matters, the council approved the following hires:
Barry Goldstrom, Human Resources Department, to the position of
Information Technology Supervisor at the salary of $3,960 per month;
Christian Nielson, Water Department, to the position of Technician at the
salary of $1,714 per month.
Also approved was the hiring of Valinda Szychowski, Clayton Herring,
Nathan Worley and Isaiah Mendoza as lifeguards at the salary of $6.50 per
hour and Jimmy Hamilton as temporary cashier for the Natatorium, also at
the salary of $6.50 per hour.
Human Resources Director Bill Thalman commented that the city received a
record number of applications for its summer youth employment program
this year, and praised the efforts of Administrative Assistant Lisa Johnson
and Receptionist Cammie Agour in assisting to process of assimilating
summer workers into their new positions.
"We've got a good group of kids this summer and everything is working out
real well," he said.
Approval was also given to reclassify the position of Geraldine Dosalua,
Artesia Public Library, to Librarian II, a reclassification deemed appropriate
due to Dosalua's having recently obtained a master's degree in Library
Following an executive session to consider limited personnel matters, the
council voted to change to employment status of Chris Garcia, Artesia Fire
Department, from administrative leave with pay to administrative leave
without pay effective June 13.  They also upheld the suspension without
pay of Larry Norsworthy of the Artesia Airport, effective June 5.
Photo by Ray Mounts
The History Of Flag Day
THE FOURTH OF JULY was traditionally celebrated as America's birthday,
but the idea of an annual day specifically celebrating the Flag is believed to
have first originated in 1885. BJ Cigrand, a schoolteacher, arranged for the
pupils in the Fredonia, Wisconsin Public School, District 6, to observe June
14 (the 108th anniversary of the official adoption of The Stars and Stripes)
as 'Flag Birthday'. In numerous magazines and newspaper articles and
public addresses over the following years, Cigrand continued to
enthusiastically advocate the observance of June 14 as 'Flag Birthday', or
'Flag Day'.
On June 14, 1889, George Balch, a kindergarten teacher in New York City,
planned appropriate ceremonies for the children of his school, and his idea
of observing Flag Day was later adopted by the State Board of Education of
New York. On June 14, 1891, the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia held a
Flag Day celebration, and on June 14 of the following year, the New York
Society of the Sons of the Revolution, celebrated Flag Day.
Following the suggestion of Colonel J. Granville Leach (at the time historian
of the Pennsylvania Society of the Sons of the Revolution), the
Pennsylvania Society of Colonial Dames of America on April 25, 1893
adopted a resolution requesting the mayor of Philadelphia and all others in
authority and all private citizens to display the Flag on June 14th. Leach
went on to recommend that thereafter the day be known as 'Flag Day', and
on that day, school children be assembled for appropriate exercises, with
each child being given a small Flag.
Two weeks later on May 8th, the Board of Managers of the Pennsylvania
Society of Sons of the Revolution unanimously endorsed the action of the
Pennsylvania Society of Colonial Dames. As a result of the resolution, Dr.
Edward Brooks, then Superintendent of Public Schools of Philadelphia,
directed that Flag Day exercises be held on June 14, 1893 in Independence
Square. School children were assembled, each carrying a small Flag, and
patriotic songs were sung and addresses delivered.
In 1894, the governor of New York directed that on June 14 the Flag be
displayed on all public buildings. With BJ Cigrand and Leroy Van Horn as
the moving spirits, the Illinois organization, known as the American Flag Day
Association, was organized for the purpose of promoting the holding of Flag
Day exercises. On June 14th, 1894, under the auspices of this association,
the first general public school children's celebration of Flag Day in Chicago
was held in Douglas, Garfield, Humboldt, Lincoln, and Washington Parks,
with more than 300,000 children participating.
Adults, too, participated in patriotic programs. Franklin K. Lane, Secretary
of the Interior, delivered a 1914 Flag Day address in which he repeated
words he said the flag had spoken to him that morning: "I am what you
make me; nothing more. I swing before your eyes as a bright gleam of color,
a symbol of yourself."
Inspired by these three decades of state and local celebrations, Flag Day -
the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777 - was officially established
by the Proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson on May 30th, 1916.
While Flag Day was celebrated in various communities for years after
Wilson's proclamation, it was not until August 3rd, 1949, that President
Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14th of each year as
National Flag Day.
Cold front approaching,
severe thunderstorms
CARLSBAD - A stubborn upper level low is parked over the Oklahoma
Panhandle this morning and is forecast to slowly drift to the south today into
the weekend towards West Texas. It will be the first of next week before the
low lifts northeastward out of Central Texas. A fairy strong lobe of vorticity is
forecast to rotate southeastward into West Texas later this afternoon in the
northwest flow aloft on the west side of the upper level low.
A stationary front was draped across Eastern New Mexico and West Texas
and will move slowly southward into Southeastern New Mexico later today
before becoming stationary across the area tonight. Low-level upslope flow
from the east will gradually increase behind the front today with dew point
temperatures in the mid 50s to mid 60s.
Doppler radar shows scattered rain showers and a few thunderstorms
breaking out over eastern and southeastern New Mexico this morning along
and near the stationary frontal boundary. As the front sags southward
toward and the upper level short wave approaches from the north scattered
thunderstorms will break out over the area this afternoon and evening. The
best chances for measurable rainfall will likely be east of the Pecos River
eastward. Chances of measurable rainfall are 20 percent today into
Sunday. Our afternoon high temp’s will reach up into the mid-upper 90’s
today, the low 90s Saturday and the mid 90s again on Sunday. High
temperatures Monday are forecast to be near 100.
A few of these thunderstorms may become severe, producing large hail and
damaging thunderstorm wind gusts in excess of 60 mph along with frequent
deadly cloud-to-ground lightning. The best chances for severe
thunderstorms appear to be along and east of a Hobbs-Pecos, Texas-
Lajitas,Texas line this afternoon. Additionally, a severe thunderstorm or two
cannot be completely ruled out over the Pecos Valley region this afternoon
and evening.
Photo: Ray Mounts
Domenici backs passport
changes as Committee
approves Homeland
Security bill
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Pete Domenici Thursday voted
to approve to approve funding for homeland security work in
New Mexico, and cosponsored an amendment to provide more
time to implement restrictive passport rules for American
Domenici serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee that
today approved the FY2008 Homeland Security Appropriations
Bill. The bill is now set for consideration by the full Senate.
In light of recent problems experienced by New Mexicans
applying for passports, Domenici cosponsored an amendment
to delay full implementation of the Western Hemisphere Travel
Initiative (WHTI)—the troubled passport program being
administered by Department of Homeland Security and the U.S.
State Department.
The committee accepted the amendment which restricts
implantation of the passport program until June 1, 2009, or
when technology and manpower are in place to properly carry
out the passport program.
“WHTI is a worthwhile security measure that should be
implemented, but not until the Departments of State and
Homeland Security have a workable plan to do so. My
constituents have made it clear that the program is not working
now," Domenici said.
"We are providing more time to put the manpower and
technology in place to do the job right and to ease the burden
on U.S. citizens seeking to travel for legitimate reasons,” he
Since WHTI took effect in January, Domenici’s office has
received volumes of calls from frustrated citizens experiencing
significant passport application delays.
WHTI requires U.S. citizens traveling anywhere outside of the
country, including Mexico and Canada, to have passport. The
State Department and DHS established WHTI at the
recommendation of the National Commission on Terrorist
Attacks Upon the United States, also known as the 9-11
The overall measure contained funding requested by Domenici
for the National Infrastructure Simulation and Analysis Center
(NISAC) at Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories, the
Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) at Artesia,
and New Mexico Tech’s participation in the National Domestic
Preparedness Consortium.
“The federal funds set aside for New Mexico in the homeland
security bill will equip NISAC, the Border Patrol Academy at
FLETC-Artesia, and the First Responder training program at
New Mexico Tech, with the resources needed to continue to
play an integral role in our nation’s security,” said Domenici,
who serves on the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations
Artesia360 file photo