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(far left and far right) Legislators John Sapien and Derrick Lente play in Hoops 4 Hope charity basketbal game

“Hoops 4 Hope” Legislative basketball game raised $30K+ for cancer research/care

—Dorothy Hornbeck

The annual “Hoops 4 Hope” legislative basketball game took place on March 1 in Santa Fe. The charity game takes place each year during the legislative session and pits the Senate against the House of Representatives to raise money for the fight against cancer in New Mexico.

This year the Senate “Lobos” team was coached by University of New Mexico football coach Bob Davie, and the House “Aggies” team was coached by New Mexico State University women’s volleyball coach Mike Jordan. The Senate continued its winning streak, beating the House for the fourth consecutive year with a final score of 36 to 29.  Sandoval County legislators John Sapien (District 9) and Derrick Lente (District 65) participated in the event.

This year’s “Hoops 4 Hope” game raised $30,486 to support cancer research and patient care at the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center. Throughout the past seven years, the game has raised more than $130,000 to help deliver cutting-edge, compassionate care to New Mexicans fighting cancer.

The UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center is the Official Cancer Center of the state of New Mexico and the only National Cancer Institute designated cancer center in the state.

Outreaches assist veterans in securing earned benefits

The New Mexico Department of Veterans Services (NMDVS) will host veterans’ benefits outreaches in the Albuquerque metro area this spring. NMDVS staff will be at the following locations to help veterans with their VA or state veterans’ benefits needs:

  • Bernalillo (April 7, May 5, June 2). Held at the Sandoval County Administration Building, 1500 Idalia Road from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Placitas (April 14) at the Placitas Community Center, 453 NM-165, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Rio Rancho (April 27) held at Meadowlark Senior Center/4330 Meadowlark Lane SE, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

These outreaches are part of an ongoing effort by the NMDVS to assist veterans who may have difficulty reaching out to the agency for help with their veterans’ benefits.

“We realize many veterans and their families live far from our seventeen field offices—or don’t have the time during their busy day to come to these offices,” said NMDVS Secretary Jack Fox. “We want to make sure these veterans get the assistance they may need in filing for, or updating, the benefits they’ve earned through their military service for our country.”

Veterans are asked to bring a copy of their DD-214 military separation papers in order to help expedite any filing assistance processes. Spouses, family members, caretakers, and transitioning active-duty or national guard/reserve personnel are also encouraged to visit. No appointments are necessary. Service will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, contact DVS Veterans Health Specialist Joseph Dorn at or 383-241.

Strike Out Hunger bowling tournament registration in April

On April 29, there will be a bowling tournament fundraiser at Starlight Lanes in Santa Ana Casino. Sign in starts at 12:30 p.m. Teams of four are encouraged to register and participate. The cost per person is fifty dollars, which will go towards reducing hunger in New Mexico. Registration form and money must be received by April 14. For more information, go to

Submit completed registration form to Strike Out Hunger, 3900 Paseo del Sol, Santa Fe, NM 87507, or contact Dolores Gonzales at doloresg@ncnme or 395-2678.

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