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Peanut Butter and Jelly kids

PB&J Family Services helps children like these to grow to their full potential in nurturing families within a supportive community.

PB&J Family Services celebrates twenty-Five years in Bernalillo

For over twenty-five years, PB&J Family Services has not only served the residents of Bernalillo, but has at some point provided services in every community within Sandoval County.

PB&J envisions a world where children are no longer victims of violence and live in safe and supportive homes. In efforts to achieve this vision, families are provided with therapeutic support, case management, counseling, parenting classes, health care, nutrition instruction, and food.

PB&J began in Bernalillo with a handful of children and their moms as a model therapeutic preschool and later expanded to provide home-based services. The agency now serves families throughout Bernalillo, Placitas, Rio Rancho, Corrales, the San Felipe Pueblo, and as far as Santa Domingo Pueblo. PB&J began in 1972 in Albuquerque’s South Valley and opened its doors in Bernalillo in 1983 when it was offered space within Roosevelt Elementary. The town of Bernalillo later purchased and renovated, through a Community Development Block Grant, the Loretto Complex Building, which serves as its existing space on Camino del Pueblo.

Most people know PB&J for its Therapeutic Preschool and parenting groups, which have been held in various communities, including most, if not all, of the pueblos of Sandoval County.

“PB&J has been there for me and my family through some tough times. I don’t know where me and my girls would have been without them and what the outcome would have been without them in our lives,” says PB&J client Jivonne Estrada.

Doris Baldonado, another client of the agency, notes, “PB&J has been a good opportunity for me and my grandson because it has given us the strength to deal with some very difficult situations. PB&J has helped us deal with my grandson’s anger issues, has helped us grow closer as a family, and we have learned so much. Parent group has helped me understand me and my problems and how to deal with them. The staff has been real helpful for my family and they are so wonderful. They have been supportive from day one and I know that they will be here for us until the end.”

For fifteen years, PB&J had also offered home-based services in Cuba and the checker-board area of the Navajo Reservation (near Cuba). The agency had to limit its outreach due to the high fuel costs associated with sending staff out there on a daily basis.

PB&J Family Services in Bernalillo celebrates many accomplishments this year, including having been awarded Accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). According to the Accreditation Report from the Academy for Early Childhood, PB&J’s Bernalillo site was commended for being one of the first programs in New Mexico, as well as one of the first in the country, to be awarded this recognition under the revised NAEYC Accreditation process—a rigorous process that has raised the bar for program quality. The agency received one-hundred-plus percent in nine of the ten categories, including quality of teachers, honoring the families, nurturing the parent-child bond, and fostering an outstanding partnership with the community.

“The relationships and support we have from Bernalillo’s Town leaders, past and present, as well as with the leadership of Sandoval County is what has allowed us to provide services to thousands of families in the twenty-five years we’ve been in the community,” says Troy Martinez, Executive Director of Operations.

“PB&J wants to thank this community and every year has served Thanksgiving meals to the Bernalillo Community. This year, PB&J served 350 people Thanksgiving meals and provided blankets, jackets, toys, and relief of food and household items to more than one thousand children and their parents through their Holiday Gift program,” says Martinez.

“PB&J could not have survived this holiday season or the year without the help of its committed partners through the churches, businesses, and many volunteers, such as those at Our Lady of Sorrows, the Bernalillo United Methodist Church, the Elks Lodge of Rio Rancho, and the Rio Rancho Rotary Club.”

“Intel, Victoria Secret Direct, and The Range have long-standing relationships with PB&J Family Services, and we look forward to upcoming projects with Flying Star and the Cottonwood School in Corrales this spring and summer,” says Martinez.

PB&J Family Services reports that their waiting list has grown tremendously this year. “Research has shown that domestic violence and child abuse increases exponentially when economic hardship impacts a family. Our strategy is to remain focused on our mission of helping at-risk children grow to their full potential in nurturing families within a supportive community. To do this we rely on our partners—that is, the town of Bernalillo, Sandoval County, the business community, churches, and the many volunteers and donors to our agency. As the expression goes, ‘it takes a village.‘ We at PB&J are proud of the village of support and with that we welcome the next twenty-five years in Bernalillo,” says Troy Martinez.

“I’ve never known a program like PB&J Family Services. I have learned new skills that I never thought I was capable of. They’ve helped me to overcome my anxiety and being afraid of the world, to remember that I am a person like everyone else, to be strong. I hope that they would never close their doors. I’ve made friends and they’ve opened many doors for me,” says Brenda Perez, a PB&J client who came to the agency for support in helping to raise her grandson.

Crystal Bustos, another PB&J client, says, “PB&J has become my second family—a family who always supports my son and I, a family who thrives on hope and success.”

As a lifelong resident of Sandoval County and the Town of Bernalillo, Martinez says that nothing makes him happier than knowing that he is working for “this amazing agency, which has allowed me the opportunity to give back to a community that has given so much to me.”

To learn more about PB&J or to make a donation to support the work of PB&J Family Services in your community, call 877-7060 or visit online at www.pbjfamilyservices.org. To inquire about receiving services in Sandoval County, call 867-2356.


Bowling for Literacy at Tenpins and More

ReadWest’s annual Bowling for Literacy Fundraiser will be held on January 31 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the popular Tenpins and More Bowling Alley in Rio Rancho. Each year, the bowling alley is full, trophies are presented, and the laughter is heard around the block!

ReadWest serves adults and their families in Rio Rancho, Bernalillo, and West Albuquerque by providing free tutoring in reading, writing, GED preparation, and English. Even though ReadWest receives funds from United Way, Dollar General, and the NMCL, fundraising is necessary to meet the costs to provide free services to over four hundred students a year in the Adult Literacy Program.

ReadWest is presently teaching a group of parents at a local elementary school, and soon they will be able to better communicate with their children’s teachers, help their children with homework, and become better role models for their families.

If you would like to join this fundraiser, you need a team of four people and only $25 each. It doesn’t matter if you are a good bowler, because at this event, if you knock just nine pins down, you get a strike! It is called Nine Pin Alley. Trophies, donated by Accolades Trophies, will be awarded to each player on the team that comes in first and to the team that is the top fundraiser. The latter is new this year and definitely optional. You are invited to collect pledges of support from your coworkers and friends based on your score (example: one penny per point x 450 (three games) = $4.50). Pledges need to be turned in on January 31.

If you wish to sponsor a team of students or volunteers, donate a door prize, register for this event, or need more information, email readwest@earthlink.net or call 892-1131.


Martin Luther King breakfast

“Keeping the dream alive: a day on, not a day off!”

—Frank Jerabek

The thirteenth annual breakfast commemorating the life and ideals of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be held January 19 at 8:00 a.m. at the Marriott Pyramid North Hotel, 5151 San Francisco Road NE, Albuquerque, in the Journal Center.

Dr. King has had a profound impact on our country, inspiring us to examine our humanity. Instead of playing on the fears and prejudices of both people of color and white people, he emphasized the importance of love, nonviolence, and shared community.

These memorable quotes embody the themes of Dr. King’s life:

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”

“Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice. Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love.”

“Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.”

Generous corporations, organizations, and individuals throughout the Albuquerque metropolitan area fund scholarships that will be awarded to qualified young people at this breakfast. The commemorative program includes a speaker, recognition of community supporters, and the scholarship presentations.

The cost for breakfast tickets is $25 for adults and $20 for students with ID and youth eighteen years of age and under. For tickets or information, call Frank Jerabek at (505) 867-0513 or Galvin Brown at (505) 293-1300.


 Ashley Armstrong

Ashley Armstrong, the catering manager at the Tamaya, shares her tips for throwing the perfect party...without all the stress.

“News you can use” for the holiday season

The holidays are a time for celebration, festivities, and parties with friends and families. However, they can also be a time of stress if you are hosting a party. Ashley Armstrong, catering manager for the Hyatt Regency Tamaya, has several tips on planning a holiday party, making it less stressful and lots of fun.

Preparation—Plan in advance. Don’t let the last minute details get you down. Determine which aspects of your party are the most important to you and be sure to have those taken care of well in advance.

Ask for help—Santa doesn’t do it all himself and neither should you! The holidays are a time for giving and sharing, and this applies to the party you’re hosting as well.

Do what inspires you—Don’t try to please the masses; do what makes you happy.

Entertainment—Whether you’re throwing a party for five or five hundred, think about the type of music or entertainment you’d like to incorporate. Will your party be cocktails and mingling, warranting upbeat holiday tunes? Are you hosting a sit-down dinner deserving a lower volume conducive to dinner conversation? Do you have guests ranging in age that may enjoy a holiday movie or puzzle?

Don’t forget the little ones—Children enjoy the holidays more than anyone, so if your party is appropriate to invite guests of all ages, be sure to have some entertainment for the little ones too.

Décor—You can decorate well in advance. Don’t be afraid to dive in and get it done. It will be one less thing to worry about the day of your party.

Scents—A light scent can help set the mood from the very beginning. The Hyatt Regency Tamaya uses a scent of cedar and pine throughout the resort to inspire tranquility and a sense of the resort’s surroundings. Finding a soft scented candle or light incense can evoke festive moods and inspiration for cuisine.

Menus and serving—If you are not utilizing a caterer, be sure to keep the menu simple and geared towards food that can be prepared ahead of time, helping you to avoid last-minute messes in the kitchen. If you’re planning an open house with guests arriving at varying times, be sure to select items that will hold well and be delicious throughout your event.

Favorite recipes—Hors d’oeuvre recipes can be prepared easily and ahead of time. Sesame Seared Scallops with Eggplant is one of my favorites. (Recipe on the right.)  It’s easy to make, healthy, and will help keep off those holiday pounds.


Scallops with Eggplant

Stay fit with this delicious recipe

—Ashley Armstrong, The Hyatt

—Sesame Seared Scallops with Eggplant
Serves 4

For the Eggplant Puree:

10 oz. Eggplant, roasted
2 tbsp  Olive oil
½ tsp  Chopped garlic
3oz  Silken tofu
1 tsp Sesame oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Cut the eggplant in half lengthwise, and then rub with salt and pepper, olive oil, and garlic. Roast in a 350-degree oven, uncovered, until soft. Cool; then peel off the skin and place the eggplant meat into a food processor. Puree until smooth, adding the tofu, and adjust the seasoning to taste.

For Marinated Cucumbers:

4 slices English cucumbers, sliced lengthwise, ¼” thick, 3” long
4 tbsp Pickled ginger
1 cup Rice wine vinegar
8 ea Black peppercorns

Warm the vinegar with the ginger and peppercorns to infuse the flavors. Set aside to cool. Place the cucumber slices in this marinade one hour prior to service.

For the Dish Assembly:

8 ea16/20 scallops
16 tbsp Eggplant puree
8 slices Marinated cucumber
1 oz Daikon sprouts
2 tbsp Olive oil
1 tsp Sesame oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Heat the oils in a non-stick pan until very hot. Place scallops in the pan and sear to create a beautiful brown color, about one minute. Turn the scallops over and sear the other side, about one minute. Set aside to rest. Place the marinated cucumber slices on a plate, top with a scallop and spoon the eggplant puree to the side. Garnish with the daikon sprouts.


Tamaya Grant

Hyatt Regency Tamaya provides grant to Special Olympics

At a special ceremony in December, Jerry Westenhaver, general manager for the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa, presented an oversized grant check in the amount of $7,500 for the Special Olympics Athlete Leadership Program and Global Messenger-Athlete Input Council to Randy Mascorella, executive director of the Special Olympics of New Mexico. The grant is being awarded under the Hyatt Corporation Community Program, which helps support non-profit organizations that promote youth development or improve the environment in the community where Hyatt employees live and work.


New Mexico Rail Runner passengers offered free admission to state museums and monuments

The New Mexico Department of Transportation, the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Mid-Region Council of Governments have teamed up to offer Rail Runner passengers and commuters free admission to select museums and monuments within the New Mexico Rail Runner Express corridor between Belen and Santa Fe beginning in December.

“Rail service to Santa Fe has been a long time coming,” said Transportation Secretary Rhonda Faught. “Through this partnership, we are providing an economic alternative form of transportation, in addition to showcasing some of New Mexico’s finest sights. Commuters, including tourists, will have an opportunity to experience the rich cultural diversity of New Mexico’s museums and historic monuments just by presenting their fare ticket.”

“The Rail Runner will offer New Mexicans inexpensive and carefree travel,” said Cultural Affairs Department Secretary Stuart Ashman. “Our state-run museums in Albuquerque and Santa Fe are natural partners for this exciting new travel experience. We invite New Mexicans to ride the train and then enjoy free admission to their favorite state museum or monument on the Rail Runner route.”

“We tend to get in our own routines when we’ve lived in a place for many years, and I suspect that many New Mexico residents have never been to one of our state’s fine museums—nor tried the New Mexico Rail Runner Express,” said Lawrence Rael, Executive Director for the Mid-Region Council of Governments. “This will give them a chance to experience both facilities, and perhaps enlighten them as to some of the great places and services they have access to—right in their own backyard!”

Rail Runner passengers are required to produce their tickets for the day they plan to visit the museums or their train passes to gain free admission.

The following museums and state monuments are offering this deal for the next three months:

Santa Fe

New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors
105 West Palace Avenue, on the Plaza
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tuesday – Sunday
10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Fridays

New Mexico Museum of Art
107 West Palace Avenue, on the Plaza
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tuesday – Sunday
10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Fridays

Museum of International Folk Art
706 Camino Lejo, Museum Hill
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tuesday – Sunday

Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
710 Camino Lejo, Museum Hill
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tuesday – Sunday

Albuquerque

New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
1801 Mountain Road NW, near Old Town
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily, except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day, and on holiday Mondays in January and September

National Hispanic Cultural Center
1701 Fourth Street SW
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tuesday – Sunday

State Monuments

Coronado State Monument
485 Kuaua Road
Located in Bernalillo, I-25, Exit 242
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Wednesday – Monday

Jemez State Monument
Jemez Springs Highway 4, forty-three miles north of Bernalillo
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Wednesday – Monday

Commuter service into Santa Fe began on Wednesday, December 17, 2008, with weekday service and late night Friday and Saturday service available. The New Mexico Rail Runner Express also provides free weekend travel for New Mexicans each weekend through January 3 and 4. Free admission to the listed museums will be available for the first three months, through March 2009.


Continental Divide

Historic marker on Highway 550 north of Cuba

 Continental Divided

Roads may be snow-packed and hazardous

The Continental Divide Trail

—Margaret M. Nava, Signpost

If you made a resolution to get more exercise in 2009, why not start the year off right by taking an invigorating hike on the Continental Divide Trail (CDT)?

The Continental Divide is a continuous ridge of mountain summits that separate the watersheds of the Pacific Ocean from those of the Atlantic. Along the east side of the ridge, rivers drain into the Atlantic; on the west side, they drain into the Pacific. Running north to south from Canada to Mexico, it follows the crest of the Rocky Mountains through Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico. While there are other divides within North America, the Continental, or “Great” Divide, is perhaps the most significant because it crosses five ecological life zones and is considered by many to be the backbone of the North American continent.

In 1968, conservation-minded members of the Appalachian Trail, the Rocky Mountain Trail Association, and the Colorado Mountain Club proposed the creation of a National Scenic Trail route along or near the Continental Divide of the Rocky Mountains to “make available to recreationists a primitive and challenging stretch of country possessing awesome scenic grandeur, great aesthetic value, and significant historic interest;” and to provide enthusiasts with the opportunity to experience the unique and incredibly scenic qualities of the area. Ten years later, the Congressional Oversight Committee of the National Trails System designated the CDT as a National Scenic Trail and designated a fifty-mile-wide corridor on either side of the Continental Divide in which to locate the final route.

Although only 770 miles in length in New Mexico, the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail traverses a portion of the Florida Mountains; passes by the old mining town of Shakespeare; heads north through Silver City, Pinos Altos, and the Aldo Leopold Wilderness; wanders through Pie Town, the El Morro and El Malpaís National Monuments; continues past Mount Taylor; and finally exits the state north of Chama, once the mining and transportation hub for much of the New Mexico Territory. Closer to home, the Trail can be accessed from either the Piedra Lumbre segment near Cabezon Peak or the Santa Fe National Forest segment near Cuba. Signs, water, and facilities are limited, so contact the BLM Rio Puerco Field Office at (505) 761-8700 or the Cuba Ranger District at (575) 289-3264 before venturing out.

One of the easiest and most family-friendly access points is to drive to a trailhead located in the 41,000-acre San Pedro Parks Wilderness Area about ten miles outside of Cuba. To get there, follow Highway 550 to Cuba, turn east on NM 126 and drive ten miles to the cutoff for Forest Road 70. Turn left (north) on FR 70 and go about three miles to a small campground where you’ll find a large parking area, picnic tables, vault toilets, and water when the weather permits. Adjacent to the parking lot, a half-mile forested trail leads to forty-acre San Gregorio Lake, a man-made wonder favored by local anglers. Nestled in a 9,400-foot-high blue spruce forest, this area can also be reached from Fenton Lake, however, that road is often snow-packed and hazardous during winter months.

Exploring trails in winter exposes a hiker to greater challenges and dangers, but with proper planning and preparation, it can be a safe and enjoyable experience. Here are some important considerations:

For safety, never hike alone, especially if you are an inexperienced hiker.

Daylight hours are short in the winter and the sun goes down quickly. Begin your trip early in the day and be prepared with a headlamp and extra batteries. Lithium batteries are more reliable than alkaline ones in cold weather.

Leave a trip itinerary with a friend who knows who to call if you are late in returning.

Deep snow may obscure trail markers. Topographical maps, a compass, and knowledge of how to use them is essential. Do not rely on a GPS.

Be prepared to keep warm with nothing more than the clothing you carry. Dress in layers and include extra dry clothes and an emergency shelter in your pack.

Stay alert for the signs of hypothermia or frostbite. Know the symptoms and how to treat them before you set out.

Eat and drink frequently. Dehydration hastens the onset of hypothermia. Do not underestimate the amount of food you’ll need and always carry water.

Because of its remoteness, the Continental Divide Trail provides a unique experience almost any time of the year. During winter months, snow creates an ideal backdrop for observing animals. Here in Sandoval County, observant hikers are likely to spot mule deer, elk, bear, coyote, and squirrels. Bobcats and mountain lions are more elusive, but their tracks are well worth searching for. High in the sky, eagles, ravens, and hawks float on thermals and search for food. In the spring, sudden thaws produce mud-soaked trails but within a few short weeks, wildflowers fill the surrounding meadows with vibrant yellows, pinks, greens, and blues, while native cutthroat trout leap for freshwater insects. By early September, shimmering aspen leaves and autumn grasses herald the advent of winter. It’s a never-ending cycle of incredible beauty and diversity. Get out and enjoy it.


Daniel and Kelly Vallo

Daniel and Kelly Vallo receive theirNew Mexico 4-H Hall of Fame inductee plaque from Frank Hodnett, 4-H state director, during the annual induction ceremony at NMSU on December 10. The couple has been active with the Sandoval County Fair for more than 15 years.

Sandoval County couple inducted into New Mexico 4-H Hall of Fame

— Jane Moorman

A Sandoval County couple is among the 4-H leaders and supporters who were inducted into the New Mexico 4-H Hall of Fame recently at New Mexico State University. The induction ceremony included individual recognition for the inductees, an unveiling of new nameplates on the hall of fame plaque and a reception.

The hall of fame, established in 2002, honors 4-H members, volunteer leaders, fair superintendents, advisory board members, 4-H Foundation trustees and former faculty with NMSU’s Cooperative Extension Service, which administers 4-H statewide.

“These 16 individuals have given cumulatively more than 436 years of service to the New Mexico 4-H Program,” said Frank Hodnett, department head of the Extension Service’s 4-H youth development. “Including this group of inductees, we have inducted 146 individuals and couples into the hall of fame.”

Daniel and Kelly Vallo of Sandoval County are among this year’s inductees along with Laura Caffey, Nona Cottrell and Charlie Ortiz, all of Bernalillo County; Jessie Fitzgerald of Cibola County; the late LaHonda Fox and the late Billy Jeff Kyle, both of De Baca County; Larry Foster of Dona Ana County; Johnny Ogden and the late Clara Franklin, both of Roosevelt County, Beatriz Gonzales, Gilbert Segura and the late Mary Baca Olguin, all of Taos County; and Lilly Joy Moon and the late Cecil E. Moon of Quay County.

Daniel and Kelly Vallo have always supported the 4-H program. They have helped with construction of water lines, arenas and buildings at the county fairground. They have served for 15-plus years and continue to serve as small animal superintendents for the Sandoval County Fair. They also served as members of the junior livestock rules committee and have helped organize the county fair parade.

The Vallos recognize the effort and talent that the youth put into their projects. They helped form SSS Buyers Club to reward these kids. They say they enjoy working with kids and their reward is “the smiles on kids’ faces.”


Placitas Girl Scouts

Placitas Junior Girl Scout Troop 2296: Kelly Hughes, Amy Coen, Taylor Evanko, Miranda Faust, Jacqueline Greene, Sunny Gensler, Marissa Hopkins, Sydney Kizer, Corey Kizer, Mercedes Madrid, Sara Watson, Emi Mondragon

Girl Scouts and A & E Foods and Cafe sponsor local “Giving Tree”

Signpost Staff

Placitas Junior Girl Scout Troop 2296, together with A & E Foods and Cafe, sponsored a "Giving Tree," as their annual community service project. The donations requested were for bags of non-perishable food items, toys, and gift cards. The recipients of those items were Casa Rosa Food Bank in Placitas, Placitas Senior Center, and local families.

The event had cards that were decorated and hung on a Christmas tree by Girl Scout troop 2296.  Community members then came into the cafe, choose a card, and returned with a gift or food item that was then placed under the Christmas tree.

The donations of gifts and food were then delivered on Friday, December 19, to Casa Rosa. The Girl Scott Troop unpacked the bags, stocked shelves of food, and sorted gifts according to age and gender.

Troop leaders Linda Hughes and Amy Coen say that this is one of many activities in which Girl Scout Troop 2296 is involved. The girls started in the troop as first-grader Brownies, and are currently 4th and 5th Graders at Placitas Elementary School.

Other projects and activities they have been a part of include collecting toiletries for the men's homeless shelter in Albuquerque, and raising and lowering the American Flag daily at Placitas Elementary School.

Girl Scout Troop 2296 thanks the community of Placitas for their support and want to remind residents that Girl Scout cookie sales start January 9th, 2009, with “Cookie Tables” at The Range and The Merc in late February.


New Mexico awarded settlement in Airborne supplement health claims

Attorney General Gary King joined more than thirty other Attorneys General from around the country in a monetary settlement with the makers of Airborne over charges of deceptive advertising; the agreement includes a promise to change marketing practices.

Airborne Health, Inc., the Florida-based maker of the Airborne Effervescent Health Formula, and its founders and current owners, Victoria Knight-McDowell and her husband Thomas John McDowell, agreed to pay $7 million to the Attorneys General to settle allegations that the defendants made unsubstantiated and unlawful marketing claims concerning their products. The $7 million payment is the largest payment to date in a multistate settlement with a dietary supplement producer. New Mexico’s share is $150,000.

Airborne–Original is the number-one-selling dietary supplement in its category and is sold at most major retailers. It consists of Vitamin A, E, zinc, selenium, and large doses of Vitamin C.

The charges allege that Airborne made health-related claims in the marketing, packaging, advertising, offering, and selling of their line of dietary supplements that were not substantiated by reliable and competent scientific evidence at the time the claims were made. The Attorneys General charged that the producer explicitly and implicitly claimed to sell a cold prevention remedy, a sore throat remedy, a germ fighter, and an allergy remedy without adequate substantiation to prove that the products could perform as advertised at the time the claims were made. The Attorneys General also alleged that Airborne failed to adequately warn consumers about potential health risks to select populations, including pregnant women, under old formulations of Airborne that contained five thousand International Units of Vitamin A per dose. Currently, the level of Vitamin A in Airborne is two thousand International Units.

Under the settlement, the makers of Airborne products are prohibited from saying “take at the first sign of a cold symptom,” and other claims that imply that Airborne can diagnose, mitigate, prevent, treat, or cure colds, coughs, the flu, an upper respiratory infection, or allergies. By law, advertisements for dietary supplements like Airborne cannot make such drug claims even if they can provide substantiation, unless and until they have been approved as a drug by the FDA.


Santa Ana Pueblo receives tree-planting grant

The Forestry Division of the New Mexico Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department has awarded $8,000 in Forest Re-Leaf grants to the Pueblo of Santa Ana for tree-planting as a part of the Pueblo’s Bosque Extension Project.

The Santa Ana Pueblo award is part of the 2008/2009 Forest Re-Leaf grant allocation, totaling $31,780 for four projects around the state. The tree-planting will provide native vegetation through an ongoing restoration effort along the Santa Ana Bosque. The project will provide educational opportunities and beautification within the historic bosque floodplain.

“The New Mexico Forest Re-Leaf Program provides much-needed resources to support community tree-planting efforts across the state,” says New Mexico State Forester Arthur “Butch” Blazer. “Projects like the Santa Ana Pueblo Bosque Restoration will help enhance public appreciation and understanding of the importance of trees while also improving the quality of life throughout the community.

Awards for up to $8,000 per community were awarded to four communities across New Mexico. These funds, raised through private and corporate donations and administered by New Mexico State Forestry, will support valuable community tree-planting efforts aimed at improving the environment, educating citizens, and beautifying public places.

New Mexico Forest Re-Leaf was established in 1990 to provide a tree-planting grant program for public entities such as public schools, cities, towns, counties, soil and water conservation districts, rural fire districts, and others. Since its inception, Forest Re-Leaf has distributed more than $500,000 for tree-planting and education efforts.

Forest Re-Leaf is funded through private donations from individuals, businesses, and corporations. Donations can be made through a “Forest Re-Leaf” check-off box on the New Mexico Individual Income Tax Form, Schedule D. There is also a donation check-off box on the Forestry Seedling sales order form.

 

     

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