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(l. to r.) Perf Tafoya, Phyllis Bobb, Gilbert Sandoval, Jim Niner, Martha Montoya, Erlinda and Ralph Martinez. During the 60 years since graduation, they have had 12 reunions.

Sixty-year class reunion of Bernalillo class of 1949

—Kevin Bobb

In the fall of 1949, a group of young freshman, the pioneer class of Bernalillo High School, began their four-year venture through high school at the new high school in Bernalillo. I was one of them. We had to wait for the new school building to be finished. Mr. Manuel P. Olguin was the Superintendent and Mrs. Carmen Diaz was the sophomore class sponsor. Mr. Dave Rostro was the B team coach, and Mr. Robert Esparza was the varsity team coach. This was the year the Spartans got their name and the year the school colors were chosen—cherry and gray.

A picnic was held on the eighth of September at the home of Jennie and Gilbert Sandoval in Jemez Springs to celebrate our sixty-year class reunion.


Staci Trehern

Staci Trehern—2013 Sandoval County Fair Queen and 2014 New Mexico State Fair Queen

Sandoval County State Fair Queen named

—Jessica Lance

Staci Trehern, the 2013 Sandoval County Fair Queen, was crowned the 2014 New Mexico State Fair Queen on September 22, 2013. Staci also won the prestigious horsemanship award, as well as the personality award. She is the daughter of Glenn and Elizabeth Trehern of Ponderosa. Her father is the Deputy Chief of Los Alamos Fire Department.

Staci lives in the Jemez Mountains, which has allowed her to chase her dreams of rodeo, and live the cowboy way of life. Staci is currently working on her bachelors of Science degree in animal science, and with that, she hopes to obtain her doctorate of veterinary medicine, focusing on equines. Staci would like to own her own practice in the land of enchantment and specialize in colic surgery.

Staci says that being the title-holder of rodeo queen gives her the opportunity to reach people she could not otherwise reach. Being the New Mexico State Fair Queen gives her the opportunity to share her love of rodeo, educate the general public on the cowboy way of life, and explain the cowboy code of ethics. Staci has also has had the opportunity to bring people together. The once-a-year State fair and rodeo is a place where all ethnicities, beliefs, and differences are set aside and people come together to enjoy all that our state has to offer.


Thank you for sharing blessings

—Nancy Hawks and Fran Stephens, co-chairs, Blessing Day Committee

Members of St. Vincent de Paul Society, San Antonio Mission, Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, Our Lady of Sorrows, individuals & businesses, and former members of Sandoval County Sheriff’s CPU Unit, Jardineros de Placitas came together to help 130 families from Placitas, Bernalillo, Algodones, Rio Rancho, Santo Domingo, San Felipe, and Santa Ana Pueblos.

Children received gifts of clothing, toys, and their families received a Holiday turkey dinner. This was the thirteenth Blessings Day, in which those who could shared their blessings with those in need. We started Blessings Day thirteen years ago sharing gifts with twenty-five families and have grown each year. Due to the economic times, the number of families that were helped was again large.

We would like to thank all our generous donors and volunteers for making this Blessings Day a success. One hundred and thirty families from the greater Sandoval County Area had a happier Christmas because of your generous donations of time, money, and most of all, generous giving spirit.
 
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