Welcome to Hidalgo County,
New Mexico

Located in the deep southwest along the borders of Arizona and Mexico, Hidalgo County began as farming, ranching, and mining communities long before statehood in 1912. With a population of 4,894 and an area of 3,445.63 square miles., it averages 1.4 persons per square mile.

Hidalgo County was formed from Grant County in 1919, with the county seat in Lordsburg. It was named in honor of Miguel Dolores Hidalgo, who led the revolution in Mexico in 1810, which eventually led to its independence from Spain. The county “towns” are Virden, Lordsburg, Cotton City, Animas, and Rodeo.

Panoramic mountain horizons and spectacular views of the sky are only part of the county’s appeal. It boasts two ghost towns, a geothermal electricity generating plant, birdwatching, ranch tours, and hiking.

Latitude 32.35   Longitude 108.709

Enchantment Begins Here!

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               Employment Opportunities




The Hidalgo County Central Dispatch Center is accepting applications for Full Time Dispatcher Position.  Applications may be picked up and returned to the Hidalgo County – County Managers Office at 305 Pyramid Street Monday thru Friday from 8am to 5pm.  Applications may also be obtained and completed on line at hidalgocounty.org website.  Applicants must be able to operate multiple phone lines, multiple radio frequencies, proficient with computers, have proficient typing skills and the ability to multi task is a priority.  Applicant must be able to work shift work.  The applications will be accepted until February 9th, 2017 at 5pm.  Hidalgo County is an equal opportunity employer.   




Position Title:  Part Time Surveillance Officer

Posted:  9/29/16 @ 8:00 am, Closes: When position is filled

Letter of Interest and Resume are preferred but not required.    

Salaried(Y/N) : N

Salary Range: $18.00 hourly  

Shift:  up to 12 hours a week

Location:  Public schools, the participant’s home, and the JPO office.

Department: Juvenile Justice Continuum of Services

Program: Surveillance Program

Supervisor: Chief JPPO, 6th Judicial District JPPO Office


See more information about this in the Job Description.

Economic Injury due to Drought

SBA Release Number AZ 14804-01, “SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to Arizona Small Businesses,” sent to media today by the SBA Disaster Field Operations Center-West.  Small, nonfarm businesses in one neighboring New Mexico county, Hidalgo, are eligible to apply.  Application deadline: April 10, 2017.  See the attached files below.




News & Announcements



The links below provide school board election information for Lordsburg and Animas public schools.





Gila National Forest Plan Revision

Gila National Forest planners have provided more information about the plan revision.  The following is an email with information and a website to visit.



On a road trip up the East Coast, White Rock resident Charli Hicks stopped with her family at a bakery in Maine to grab a slice of blueberry pie. Asked where they were from, Hicks’ daughter replied that she was from Texas and her mother was from New Mexico. Perhaps anticipating a “Missing” moment, they clarified that New Mexico is in America, between Arizona and Texas, and below Colorado.

The clerk said she knew exactly where the Land of Enchantment was, and understood the need to clarify—she reported that several patrons each week popped into the bakery wondering whether Maine was a part of Canada. Clearly, more than one of our 50 is missing.

Reprinted here with permission from New Mexico Magazine

Rodeo Events

Mark your calendars::::::::::::

 Tuesday February 14, 2017 is Valentines day.  We will put out the menus soon.  We will start serving at 4:00

 Friday February 17, 2017 starting at 6:00 is the SOCK HOP!  It will be great fun.  No cover charge--we will be doing shakes, banana splits, hot fudge sundaes, and hamburgers with little fries in baskets

 Coming soon is the concert on March 4th.   St Paddy’s day will be on March 11th.  we will be serving corn beef and cabbage and also Irish stew.  We will be hosting a painting class on March 18th

 Thank you for your continued support

Rob and Debbie


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Animal Control Officer

Capture and removal of stray or dangerous animals will be handled by contacting the Hidalgo County Dispatch office at 575-542-8827.  Please provide a good description and location of the animal.   

  If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of a reader, amplifier, qualified sign language interpreter, or any other form of auxiliary aid or service to attend or participate in the hearing or meeting, please contact Tisha Green at (575.542.9428) at least one week prior to the meeting or as soon as possible.


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