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Pictured Left to right:  Laynee Kuenstler, Charles Woodall, Anne Meyer-Miner, and Jalana Roberts

Placitas youth elected State 4-H Ambassador

Anne Meyer-Miner of Placitas was inducted as a 4-H State Ambassador during the annual 4-H Senior Leadership Retreat in Albuquerque on January 17.

Anne is a junior at Early College Academy in Albuquerque.  She has been a 4-H member for eight years and has participated in projects ranging from archery, baking and photography, welding, dog obedience and sewing.  She is the president of the Starbucks 4-H Club and has helped organize the spring horse show.

Outside of 4-H she participates in the math club, astronomy club and yearbook staff, and enjoys biking, caving and kayaking.

She joins Laynee Kuenstler of Caballo, Jalayna Roberts of Portales and Charles Woodall of Las Cruces as the 2009 state ambassadors. “I wanted to be an ambassador to take on a larger leadership role,” Meyer-Miner said. The senior 4-H members will share the ambassador responsibilities, which include assisting with the parade and tours at the New Mexico State Fair, planning and conducting Senior Leadership Retreat in conjunction with the 4-H State Diplomats, and assisting with the State 4-H Conference and providing training and support to county ambassadors.  They will also represent New Mexico at the National 4-H conference in Washington, D.C., and assist the New Mexico 4-H Youth Foundation in donor contacts and public relations.

The four person team was selected from applicants who were judged on their public speaking on the topic of how to attract more 4-H members to the senior leadership retreat and on how they performed during a group project where they built a bridge from newspapers and tape that would sustain the weight of a coffee can.

For more information on the Sandoval County 4-H program, contact Steve Lucero, New Mexico State University 4-H/Agriculture Agent at 867-2582.



Students invited to compete in Junior Duck Stamp art contest

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s annual Junior Duck Stamp art contest is once again underway in New Mexico. Students in kindergarten through twelfth grade are invited to submit their unique designs of North American waterfowl on or before the Monday, March 16, 2009 deadline.

The Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design contest is an art- and science-based program developed for schools by the service to teach students about wetland habitat and waterfowl conservation. This program incorporates scientific and wildlife management principles into a visual arts curriculum, which crosses cultural, ethnic, social, and geographic boundaries to teach greater awareness of our nation’s natural resources.

Entries will be judged at the state level in four grade categories: K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. Each age group will recognize first-, second-, and third-place winners.

From the twelve winners, judges will select a Best of Show. The Best of Show winner will receive a $500 scholarship and his/her entry will be entered in the National Junior Duck Stamp Contest. The National first-place winner receives $5,000 and a trip to Washington, DC to participate in the First Day of Sales ceremony in late June/early July. Best of Show entries will be displayed at waterfowl festivals, wildlife museums, and art galleries throughout the United States.

Each year, a Federal Junior Duck Stamp is created from the first-place design from the national contest. The stamps are then sold for $5 each by the post office, national wildlife refuges, major sporting goods stores, and on the Internet. Proceeds from the sale of the Junior Duck Stamps go towards supporting conservation education and providing awards and scholarships for the students, teachers, and schools that participate in the program.

Students interested in submitting a design can get information and contest entry forms for the National Junior Duck Stamp Program by visiting Students may also request contest information from the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge at (575) 835-1828. Entries will be judged according to design requirements specified in the contest information.

Entries should be submitted to Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, PO Box 280, San Antonio, NM 87832, Attn: Daniel Perry, by Monday, March 16, 2009.



Don’t miss out on the fun!

Join in the activities at Esther Bone Memorial Library

•A Paper Folding Program

Making paper airplanes, kirigami, and just fun with paper are planned at Tale Spin, a story/activity program being held on February 4 at the Esther Bone Library from 3:00 to 3:45 p.m. for children in grades one through five. Children will listen to stories, make paper airplanes, learn about the art of paper folding and discover the fun possibilities of a piece of paper.

The library is located at 950 Pinetree Road SE in Rio Rancho. Registration is not required for this free program. For information, call 891-5012, ext. 4.

•After Hours at the Movies

The Esther Bone Memorial Library continues its After Hours at the Movies series with the film Desk Set on Friday, February 6 at 7:00 p.m. This wonderful romantic comedy stars Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, and was directed by Walter Lang and originally released in 1957.

Hepburn plays the role of the librarian for the Federal Broadcasting Network who does not see the need for computerizing the company’s research department. The film runs 103 minutes and is not rated due to its age.

Doors will open to the library’s program room for admittance to the movie at 6:30 p.m. There is no admission charge and tickets are not necessary. Snacks and drinks are allowed. The library is located at 950 Pinetree Road SE in Rio Rancho. For more information, please call 891-5012, ext. 3128.

•Art programs

Two art programs for students are being offered at the Esther Bone Memorial Library, 950 Pinetree Road SE in Rio Rancho. On February 7 at 10:00 a.m., students between the ages of eight and seventeen will receive personalized instruction from an artist from the Rio Rancho Art Association to learn how to paint using a live model dressed in Anime costume. No prior skills are needed. Call 891-5012, ext. 3128 or stop in at the library to sign up for this art workshop.

On February 14 at 10:00 a.m., students between the ages of ten and twenty years of age will learn how to photograph a live model dressed in Anime costume. Personalized instructions will be provided by photographers from the Rio Rancho Art Association. Students must provide their own cameras and must indicate what type of camera they have when they register. Call 891-5012, ext. 3128 or stop in at the library to register for this photography workshop.

Space is going fast for both of these workshops, so don’t delay!

•Reenactment of mountain man’s life

To celebrate Black History Month, on February 3 at 6:30 p.m., Edward Wallace will present a reenactment of the life of Jim Beckwourth, Mountain Man, at the Esther Bone Memorial Library. Beckwourth lived in the 1800s as a trapper, trader, soldier, scout, explorer, and chief of the Crow Nation. This educational and entertaining program is free for all ages, with no tickets or prior registration required.

The library is located at 950 Pinetree Road SE in Rio Rancho. For information, call 891-5012, ext. 3128.



Girl Scout peanut butter cookies are safe

Good news for all peanut butter fans! Neither of the licensed bakeries for Girl Scout cookies, ABC Bakers and Little Brownie Bakers use peanut butter from suppliers involved with the salmonella food outbreaks.

The FDA and other regulatory agencies have indicated that Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) is the focus of their investigation concerning the recent Salmonella outbreak thought to be caused by tainted peanut butter. PCA does not supply peanut butter used in any variety of Girl Scout cookies.

In fact, the FDA has audited Hampton Farms, the supplier for ABC Bakers, within the past week and there are no issues with the product. If consumers have concerns, they can freeze or refrigerate the ABC Girl Scout peanut butter cookies purchased until the FDA has definitively identified the specific products to be avoided.

Please do continue to enjoy the popular Girl Scout Cookies that bring a smile to thousands and thousands across the country.




—Greg Leichner

• occultism (1881)—belief in or study of the action or influence of supernatural or supernormal powers: I’ve distilled my occultism down to my two favorite phenomena, synchronicity and grace.

• ocelot (1774)—a medium-sized American wildcat that ranges from Texas to northern Argentina: Mad scientists at the University of Las Vegas have successfully crossed the cheetah with the ocelot, thereby creating the cheetalot.

• octothorpe (1971)—the symbol #: “If you want to hear more about our mortgage programs, press octothorpe now.”

• offbeat (1938)—eccentric; unconventional: When it came time to choose one God and one Heaven, Wally gave the nod to the spooky tender Rod Serling and his offbeat nirvana, The Twilight Zone.

• off-ramp (1954)—a ramp by which one leaves a limited-access highway: The people grew weary of the king’s twisted dream, and in great numbers, they took the off-ramp to the parallel universe we now call New Sanity.

• off-the-books (1980)—not reported or recorded: Fifty percent of American big business and fifty percent of Washington, DC politics is off-the-books.

• ogre (1713)—a hideous giant of fairy tales and folklore that feeds on human beings: Over the last few months, we the people have taken one giant leap toward a clearer understanding of the appetites and machinations of the ogres at the top of our food chain.

• oligarchy (1542)—a government in which a small group exercises control, especially for corrupt and selfish purposes: “… and the Oligarchy of the Year Award once again goes to… the United States of America.”

• omphaloskepsis (1925)—contemplation of one’s navel as an aid to meditation: Throughout the ashram’s predawn omphaloskepsis, Baba Blacksheep chanted to his devotees, “Become the lint. Become the lint…”

• oologist (1863)—a person specializing in the study of birds’ eggs: As a child, Shakespeare, a closet oologist, titled his first play “Omelet.”

• oomph (1936)—personal charm or magnetism: “Got oomph?”






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