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It’s the little things that count

—Linda McClain

Casa Rosa, an outreach of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, in alliance with the broader community of Placitas, provides food, services, and other life needs to empower the people of Placitas. Community support and volunteers have always been a vital part of Casa Rosa. Here are some little things that you can do to help—and they won’t cost you a cent.

  • Are you an Amazon shopper? You may know that Amazon will donate a small percentage of your purchase to Casa Rosa Food Pantry. Go to and, when prompted, enter Las Placitas Presbyterian Church as the selected charity. After that, always shop through Amazon/Smile rather than regular Amazon, and the Amazon donations will be electronically deposited directly into the independent checking account for Casa Rosa Food Pantry.
  • If you travel, would you be willing to donate those small toiletries that are amenities at hotels and motels?
  • Similarly, if you have been in the hospital, would you be willing to donate those items that were automatically issued to you that you have not opened (e.g. tooth brush, baby powder, shampoo, lotion)?
  • We also need gently used clothing, bedding, or household items that you don’t want anymore.

Drop off items for donation at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church on Hwy 165 any weekday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Volunteers will be there to accept your donations and to provide you with a donation tax form. Thank you for not dropping off items at Casa Rosa when no one is there.

Rebel Run, a success

—Elizabeth Hackett, Sandoval County Extension Services

On November 16, 2014, the second annual Rebel Run, organized by the Sandoval County Rio Grande Rebels 4-H club, took place with 91 runners braving the chilly weather in 5K and 10K events. The Rio Grande Rebels 4-H Club consists of only ten members, ages 5-17. More than three thousand dollars was raised for the UNM Children’s Hospital Cancer Unit and the Rebels 4H Club. The run would not have been possible without the many generous donations from local businesses.

The Rebels are looking forward to organizing the third annual Rebel Run set to be held November 8, 2015. To be a part of this great community event, contact the Rio Grande Rebels 4-H Club or better yet, sign up to run. You’ll receive a Rebel Run t-shirt and a chance at winning an award. If you’d prefer to support this cause without getting your running shoes on, sponsorships of all types and amounts are greatly appreciated and needed to keep this event going.

 Go to to sign up or to donate. Or call Wendy Wolfe (our organizational leader) at 301-9052.

Nearly $1.4 million dollars awarded to New Mexico and Pueblo of Acoma for irrigation channel repair

Nearly $1.4 million dollars was awarded recently to the Pueblo of Acoma in New Mexico by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for repair of the Anzac Irrigation Channel System.

Nearly five miles of the concrete-lined channel received severe damage as a result of torrential rains and severe flooding in Cibola County in July and August of 2010. Structural flaws and damages were revealed following the removal of accumulated silt from the channel.

“We remain committed to assisting tribal nations as they recover from natural disasters and rebuild critical infrastructure,” said FEMA Region 6 Administrator Tony Robinson. “The Pueblo of Acoma has a strong agricultural heritage. Rebuilding the channel will ensure necessary irrigation for tribal farmlands in the future.”

This grant is part of $3.7 million dollars obligated to the Pueblo of Acoma, and part of more than $11.6 million dollars in Public Assistance grants that have been obligated to the state of New Mexico related to the severe storms and flooding in the summer of 2010. The funding awarded represents a 75 percent federal cost share. FEMA awards funding for projects directly to the state of New Mexico and the state then forwards the grant to the eligible applicant.

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