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Ruidoso Free Press

April 24, 2012

COPE cashes in with inaugural Casino Gala By Ingrid Fowler

The Center of Protective Environment, Inc. (COPE) hosted its 1st Annual Casino Gala on the evening of Friday, April 13 at the Swiss Bar and Grill of the Swiss Chalet Inn. Those in attendance played blackjack and roulette, bid on silent and live auction items, and enjoyed good food, good music and good company. COPE’s Lincoln County Advisory Board spearheaded this event to support the nonresidential services provided by COPE for survivors of domestic violence and their children at its office at 1204 Mechem, Suite 12. “This is the first time we have done anything like this event,” said Kay Gomolak, COPE’s Executive Director, “and our figures are still preliminary but we believe we netted $9,000.” Twenty-five live auction items included outstanding artwork from local artists, gift certificates for lodging, golf lessons, rounds of golf, “a day at the races,” Spencer Theater tickets, and a beautiful basket of wine and food items that was donated by the Spencer Theater ushers. In all, $3,000 was raised from the live auction which was conducted by Perry Champion with able assistance from COPE’s Advisory Board members. The silent auction featured more than 100 items, including artwork, jewelry, gift certificates and unique items donated by local businesses and individual artisans.

The silent auction was held on the top floor of the Swiss Bar and Grill, and those who went up to bid on the silent auction items also enjoyed a magnificent view of the mountains. On the main floor, more than 150 people enjoyed the music of Susan Kolb, hors d’oeuvres, and played Blackjack and roulette throughout the evening. “We want to thank everyone who donated items and volunteered their time to help with this event,” said Mike Mauldin, chairman of COPE’s Advisory Council in Lincoln County. “Our efforts will help to keep a vital service in our community alive for those who need it.” Since Courtesy photo 2002 COPE has provided domestic Casino Gala attendees try their luck at the roulette table during the violence services to survivors of COPE (Center of Protective Environment) fundraiser held April 13 at domestic violence and their children, the Swiss Chalet. reaching more than 200 people each year. In addition to counseling, advocacy and legal services for domestic violence survivors fied 52-week program for domestic violence offenders in and their children, COPE operates the only state certiLincoln County.

County commissioners get down to business By Sue Hutchison Reporter

Detention center bond refinancing public hearing

After significant discussion and with a unanimous vote, commissioners proceeded with the next step in refinancing bonds for the detention center which originated in 2002. Step one was initiated at the February commission meeting, adopting a refunding option for the Lincoln County Detention Center that would reduce interest rates from 5.06 percent to 3.02 percent, saving the County nearly $1 million over the life of the debt. The maturity of the debt would be reduced from 2030 to 2026. Step two, the adoption of an Intent Resolution Allowing Publication of the Notice of Meeting and Intent to Adopt Ordinance for the Refunding Option for the detention center was accomplished at the March Commission meeting. Step three took place at this meeting at a public hearing, the official adoption of Ordinance 2012-02 which defines param-

eters for the Bond Ordinance. The county treasurer and manager have the authority to enter into agreements with Modrall Firm as bond counsel, and First American Financial Advisors, Inc., and RBC Dain Rauscher as underwriters. A “special limited obligation bond” is typical in cases like Lincoln County’s according to Chris Muirhead of the Modrall Firm. He states it allows refinancing to occur. Interest rates and county rating will be presented in May with a target of June 1 for refunding/refinancing.

County to change towers

Nita Taylor, country manager reported from the Smokey Bear Ranger District Report a rejection of the county’s request to add another radio tower to Buck Mountain for the county’s use. Citing the fact that Holloman Air Force Base is requesting installation of a taller tower, Lincoln County can choose to share their space. “Once Holloman’s tower is erected, we’ll move our equipment to their tower and will link us into their system without delay,” stated Travis Atwell, Emergency Services Director. Taylor asked if our current contract noted fines that would be levied should

the county move tenancy before the end of the contract. Atwell indicated the county most likely needed to give 30 days’ notice. Commissioner Kathryn Minter asked about current ordinances which indicated mandatory inspections, and Atwell responded the ordinances related to safety issues.

Orio Fire report

Eddie Tudor and Atwell reported on the Orio Fire (named in memory of Jack Orio, volunteer firefighter), which burned approximately 830 acres east of Capitan on April 1. Several fire crews were dispatched. The Incident Status Summary provided by State Forestry reported the fire began around 4 p.m. and was fully contained April 4 at approximately 6 p.m. Cost of fighting the Orio fire is estimated to be $60,000. An air tanker, previously ordered for Mescalero was in the area and assisted in containment. Atwell reported there are only 11 air tanker planes nationwide in use currently, and are sourced from Boise, Idaho. Commissioner Jackie Powell remarked about the endangered species status claims which may impede firefighters by limiting access; however no structure threat was present.

The final incident report lists equipment use as the general cause of the Orio Fire.

Lodger’s tax activities and applications

Commissioner Kathryn Minter opposes giving any money to events at the Inn of the Mountain Gods, stating events held there should apply for Otero County assistance. She was outvoted by three to one and commissioners voted to fund $5,000 for advertising at the Golden Aspen Motorcycle Rally, stating the event brings in millions of tourist dollars to Lincoln County. Minter also opposed funding $1,000 for the annual Christmas Jubilee, and opposed the request for $2,500 for advertising in New Mexico and Texas for Tour de Ruidoso Bike Race. Both passed with Battin, Doth, and Powell voting for and Minter voting against. Other Lodger’s Tax applications funded were: $3,500 for Ski Apache’s Disabled Skier Program; $1,000 for Ruidoso Sprint Kids’s Triathalon; $800 for Alto Artist Studio Tour; $1,500 for Porto Potties Advertising; $4,000 for Aspencash Motorcycle Rally and $1,575 for Zia Rides.

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