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Bernalillo High School hosts NMAA Basketball Tournament

—Bernalillo High School Staff Writer

Bernalillo High School was recently the site of the 2016 Quarter and Semifinal Boys and Girls Class A and Girls Class 2-A Basketball Tournament. This year marked the twelfth consecutive year the District has hosted the tournament which took place on March 8, 9, and 10.

Despite the challenges of hosting the event around an active construction site, the three-day event was a huge success. Participating teams and their families and fans from      various school districts including Logan, Magdalena, Tatum, Ft. Sumner, Melrose, Ramah, Mora, Dora, Floyd, Springer, Grady/House, Cliff, Evangel Christian Academy, Walatowa, Elida and Cimarron all converged on the Richard Joseph Kloeppel Gymnasium for three days of spirited competition. 

Bernalillo High School is a favored venue for hosting the annual basketball tournament due to its central New Mexico location and proximity to the interstate highway. NMAA Executive Director Sally Marquez said “Bernalillo always does a great job hosting the tournament and the small districts look forward to playing at Bernalillo High School.”

The thousands of attendees and the proceeds they generate through meals and lodging are also a welcome boost to the Bernalillo economy. Superintendent Allan Tapia said he is optimistic that Bernalillo will continue to host the tournament in the future and also acknowledged the numerous BPS staff and volunteers for making the state tournament special, especially for the participants. 

The Bernalillo Public School District wishes to thank each and every tournament participant, family member, and fan for another successful tournament.

Technology innovation lab for students

—Sidney Hill

The Sandoval County Business Development Department has formally announced its partnership with local scientist and educator Dr. Rod Sanchez in the formation of a laboratory in which college and high school students can get real world experience in the burgeoning field of digital media. The formal announcement of the New Mexico Innovation Laboratory (NMIL) was made at a recent meeting of the New Mexico Chapter of NAIOP, the commercial real estate development association.

The NMIL will build on work Dr. Sanchez has been doing in classroom settings for a number of years. A former Intel employee, who also has experience doing special effects and animation work in the film industry, Dr. Sanchez has taught digital media production courses at several universities, including the University of New Mexico and New Mexico Highlands University. Dr. Sanchez plans to helping students learn to turn their lab projects into actual business ideas and products.

To learn more about NMIL, contact Sandoval County Business Development at 867-8687.

Pinewood derby winner correction

From Pack 708, the following Tiger Den members competed and won at the District competition: Noah Bane (First place), Samuel Albumbaugh (second place), Hunter Alumbaugh (third place).

Cub Scouts make cheerful music

“This month’s Boy Scout of America core value is cheerful and our theme for the month is music,” says Pack Master David Gardner.  Pack 708’s cub scouts will make their own musical instruments and practice making their own cheerful music.

Additionally, the Bear den will take a field trip to a veterinarian’s office. The scouts in the Wolf den and the Webelos will take a three-mile hike where they will practice nature identification.

The cub scouts also will be preparing for their participation in the Memorial Day Parade in May.

Pack 708’s meetings are held at the LDS Church Center in Bernalillo, west of I-25’s Exit 240. The weekly meetings occur 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesdays. New scout members always are welcome in the Pack.  Planning meetings with parents are held on the month’s fourth Tuesday.

For further information about the Cub Scouts, contact David Gardner, 867-4689 and/or Snow Watson, Coronado Optimist Club’s Scout Liaison, 867-2047.

Applications for Sandoval County’s Summer Youth Employment Program

—Michelle Jones

Applications for the 2016 Summer Youth Employment program (SYEP) will be available until April 1. 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, 2016, 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 and 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 weekday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Deadline for applications is 5:00 p.m. on April 1. Selection of eligible applicants will be made by lottery drawing, which will be held on April 5.

Selected applicants will be notified of job placements by the first week of May and begin work with a mandatory orientation session on June 6. The program will run through July 29.

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

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