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Susan Southwick
Chairperson
Jardineros project Is Your Number Up?

Help emergency vehicles find you.

In October, volunteers in the Is Your Number Up? project, a service provided by members of Jardineros De Placitas in cooperation with the Placitas Volunteer Fire Department and the Sandoval County Zoning Board, will distribute the reflective property-identification numbers required by Sandoval County. The law states that large (minimum three and a half inches high) reflective or illuminated address signs must be easily visible from the end of your driveway or the access road to your house.

Jardineros volunteers will be giving away numbers in front of the Merc from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays October 9 and 23. The numbers are free of charge and are supplied by the Sandoval County Zoning Board.

Stop by and select what you need. Numbers are also available at the zoning-board office in the Sandoval County Courthouse.

 

International Criminal Court educator will speak on United Nations Day

On October 18 New Mexico will celebrate United Nations Day at the UNM Student Center Ballroom with a speech by John Washburn, convener of the American NGO Coalition for the International Criminal Court, an organization that is educating the American public about this extension of American judicial concepts. From his office in New York City, Washburn travels and shares information about the court. Following his presentation there will be time for discussion.

Sponsored by the United Nations Association, the New Mexico Alliance for the International Criminal Court, and many other groups, the event will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Of local interest, the Placitas Mountain Band will provide entertainment for the first hour. Roger Schense, a cofounder of the NMAICC, joined the Placitas Mountain Band about a year ago. The band has shared with him the specialness of the community that is Placitas. He has witnessed this area's high level of interest and involvement in local, national, and international events. Schense hopes many of you will attend the U.N. Day event and participate in the good discussions that will follow John Washburn’s speech.

The focus of this year's event is the International Criminal Court. This court was created in Rome in July of 1998 when 167 nations, including the United States, met and drew up the Rome Statute. By the December 31, 2000, deadline, 139 nations had signed the treaty and by April 11, 2002, sixty-six had ratified it. This was six more ratifications than were required for the treaty to take effect. The ICC came into being on July 1, 2002. The court is now investigating its first two cases: the Lord's Resistance Army, a rebel group in northwestern Uganda that has kidnapped children as a means of filling its ranks; and the civil war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which has left over three million people dead in the last twenty years.

The purpose of the court is to deal with crimes against humanity, war crimes, and genocide on behalf of those nations that belong to the court. This happens only when those members are unable themselves to deal with the alleged crimes. The idea for such a court has been discussed since the end of World War II. As the United States was a major player in the tribunals at Nuremberg, so it has been involved in the creation of the ICC. In light of current events in the world, the relevancy of such a court is apparent.

 If you have any questions about the event, please call Roger or Mary Schense, New Mexico Alliance for the International Criminal Court, at (505) 298-4544.

 

Corrales to receive firefighting funding

U.S. Representative Tom Udall announced that the Corrales Volunteer Fire Department will receive $28,503 as part of the Firefighter Investment and Response Enhancement Act, which provides competitive grants to assist local fire departments.

These funds came about because of the FIRE bill that Udall cosponsored and passed in 2000. Now administered through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Administration distributes these grants based upon a competitive process that assesses need.

The funds were awarded to the Corrales Volunteer Fire Department for Operations and Firefighter Safety. The awards presented to fire departments can be used to increase the effectiveness of firefighting operations, fund firefighter health and safety programs, acquire new firefighting equipment, enhance emergency medical service  programs, and conduct fire prevention and safety programs.

Overall, fire is responsible for killing more Americans than all natural disasters combined. Many of those who die each year in fires are children. Fire kills more than a hundred children under the age of fifteen every year. In addition, every year, fires in the home injure nearly forty-seven thousand children fourteen years old and under.

 

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