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Cubs Scouts add Algodones

—Suzann Owings

“After a very successful winter and spring, we’re getting ready to expand our Cub Scout Pack to include Algodones Elementary School,” says Pack Master David Gardner.

In other Scout news, Mikey Bane won third place in the Pinewood Derby at the District’s wolf level competition in March. The Pack also participated in the Coronado Optimist Club’s Bike Safety Rodeo to help youngsters learn road signs, test their agility, and check their brakes, helmets, and seat heights. The cub scouts finished March with a swimming event.

The Pack meets 5:00 to 6:00 p.m., Wednesdays, at the Sergeant Joseph Harris Building at the Railrunner Station in Bernalillo. Pack meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month.

For further information, contact David Gardner at 867-4689 or Snow Watson at 867-2047.

Applications for Sandoval County’s Summer Youth Employment Program now available

—Bernadine Thompson

Applications for the 2015 Summer Youth Employment program (SYEP) will be available from March 16 through April 3. The SYEP program allows eligible youth to earn money while gaining meaningful work experience, skills-oriented training, and career exposure. Youth from each of the County’s five commission districts will be selected to participate in the SYEP program.

Participants will work twenty hours per week for government and not-for-profit employers in all areas of Sandoval County, and will earn $7.50 an hour. Permanent residents of Sandoval County who are between the ages of 15 and 17 on or before June 1, are eligible to apply for this highly successful program.

Applications are available on the Sandoval County website at or during normal business hours at the following locations:

  • The Sandoval County Human Resources Office, located on the first floor of the County Administration Building, 1500 Idalia Road, in Bernalillo
  • Senior Centers or Community Centers in Cuba, Jemez Valley, or Peña Blanca
  • The Cochiti Pueblo Tribal Office

Applicants must identify their County Commission District on the application. Assistance identifying the correct County Commission District is available from the Bureau of Elections at 867-7577. Completed applications must be returned in person by youth applicants to the Sandoval County Human Resources Office, located at 1500 Idalia Road, Building D in Bernalillo, any week day between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Deadline for applications is 5:00 p.m. on April 3. Selection of eligible applicants will be made by lottery drawing, which will be held on April 7, at 4:00 p.m., in the Human Resources Office. Applicants are invited to attend.

Selected applicants will be notified of job placements by the first week of May and begin work with a mandatory orientation session on June 1. The program will run through July 24.

For more information about the Summer Youth Employment Program contact the Sandoval County Human Resources Office at 867-7505 or visit the County’s website at

Coronado Optimists celebrate “Friends of Youth”

—Suzann Owings

Bernalillo Public Schools has selected Suzie Padilla, Ishana Norman, Animal Control Officer Lawrence Tafoya, and Officer Scott Calcutt as this year’s “Friend of Youth” Award recipients.

Ms. Padilla is a Social Studies teacher at Bernalillo Middle School. Deputy Superintendent Norma Binder says, “Ms. Padilla is always involved in extra activities that enrich the personal and academic lives of the students.” Additionally, Ms. Binder says that Ms. Padilla’s entire family is involved with the Bernalillo Public Schools. Her husband is a BPS teacher and her children BPS students.

Ms. Norman is the school counselor at Carroll Elementary School. “Ishana cares for the students and staff at Carroll, and she cares for their families,” says David Gardner, COC Vice President, and Pack Master of Cub Scout Pack 708. “Ishana has helped the Cub Scouts and the Optimists better our serve our community, and these are just two of the many community groups she works with for her students’ benefit.”

“Officer Tafoya goes out of his way... to help the citizens of Sandoval County,” says Sgt. Hunt. “Tafoya has a big heart, truly loves animals, and his attitude is always great in the work place, according to Hunt.

Officer Calcutt was assigned as the school resource officer for Bernalillo High School where he has helped to foster more positive relationships with the students, the school, and the police department.

The Friends of Youth Awards will be presented at 6:00 p.m., on April 15, at the Range Cafe in Bernalillo. The public is welcome.

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