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Mark Ersfeld makes deanís list at Notre Dame

Mark J. Ersfeld, son of Kit and Jim Ersfeld of Placitas, has been named to the deanís list at the University of Notre Dame for outstanding scholarship during the spring semester. The deanís list is made up of students who have succeeded in maintaining a scholastic average of 3.4 or above during the past semester.

Ersfeld, a 2000 graduate of Albuquerque Academy (and long-ago graduate of Placitas Elementary School), will be a junior in the fall of 2002 in the Universityís College of Arts and Letters, majoring in psychology and Spanish.


Swimming classes at UNM

The University of New Mexicoís Recreational Services is offering swimming lessons this summer. All classes will focus on teaching primary skills and will be individualized to your childís needs. Class sizes are small, with an instructor-to-participant ratio of one to six. Beginning, advanced beginning, intermediate, and advanced classes are held Mondays through Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and 10:05 a.m. to 10:35 a.m. Session Three runs from July 1 through July 12 with no classes on July 4, and Session Four runs July 15 through July 26. The cost is $40 per session. Register at UNM Recreational Services, Room 1102, Johnson Center, on the UNM campus or call 277-0178 for further information.


Kids, energize your summer with free meals

There is such a thing as a free lunchóand breakfast, too. The Bernalillo Public Schools Food Service Program provides free summer meals for all children eighteen years old and younger according to the following schedule:

  • Bernalillo High School Cafeteria will be serving breakfast from 7:45 to 8:05 a.m. and lunch from 11:15 to 11:45 through July 18.
  • Bernalillo Community Center will be serving breakfast from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. through August 2.
  • Bernalillo Rotary Park will be serving lunch from 11:30 to 12:45 through August 2.
  • Cochiti Elementary School will be serving lunch from 11:30 to noon through July 3.
  • Santo Domingo School will be serving lunch from noon to 12:30 through July 2.

There will be no meal service on Fridays at Bernalillo High School, Cochiti Elementary, or Santo Domingo School or on weekends at any site.

For more information, please call the Bernalillo Public Schools at 867-7802.


Optimist Club plans summer fun

óJoan Lucero

The Optimist Clubís plans are now in place for a vacation fun week from July 15 to 19 for children ages five to twelve. Reading, writing, crafts, art activities, games, learning excursions, and a swim day will be included. We are limited to fifteen children, with some spaces still available. The cost is $20 for the first child in a family, $15 for a second child. The program will run from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and snacks will be provided. Please send a sack lunch with your child.

We invite interested adults to visit our meetings on the first and third Mondays of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the San Antonio Community Center. We would love to tell you more about the Optimist Club de Sandoval. Our Placitas youth need your support.

Look for us in the Placitas Fourth of July Parade. Rumor has it that Uncle Sam will be in town!

For further information about the Optimist Club de Sandoval, please contact our president, Nancy Hawks, at or Joan Lucero at 867-2011.


County line

óElizabeth Johnson
Chairman, Sandoval County Commission

A smart decision is like the comfort of a favorite chair or the value of a good education. They all seem to improve with age.

I wasnít on the Sandoval County Commission in 1995 when our elected representatives began the extremely complex task that eventually led to the $8 billion industrial-revenue bond issue for Intelís Rio Rancho plant. While that action drew attention as the largest industrial-revenue bond issue in our nationís past, its lasting value is the benefits it offers county residents, especially our students.

The commissionís endeavor seven years ago to sift through volumes of testimony, documents, and often-conflicting economic projections worked. The result is a well-structured framework for environmental safeguards, improved job opportunities, educational enhancements, and other measurable assurances that were either mandated by the commission or self-imposed by Intel.

The steps Intel takes to meet or exceed those requirements are detailed annually in the local plantís update to county residents. Even the yearly status report is a requirement of the bond agreements as a way to help keep county residents informed of Intelís progress.

While Intel has proven to be a good, hard-working neighbor in many aspects, the company has been exemplary in its dedication to strengthening educational systems for our youth and working adults.

As noted by the companyís status updates to the commission, Intel in the past few years has contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars, donated extensive amounts of computers and other hardware, and readily shared its technology expertise in each of the five school districts that serve Sandoval County. Likewise, the company has continued its strategic partnership on workforce development with New Mexico community colleges and has invested extensively in scholarship programs throughout the state.

Next fall, students returning to classes in the Cuba and Jemez school districts will have access to an additional $100,000 in computer components. The equipment and technology was accepted by the commission this spring as Intelís payment for not meeting hiring goals established for the Rio Rancho plant. The past year was a very turbulent time for all U.S. businesses, and Intel, for the first time, came just short of meeting the commissionís requirement that 60 percent of all new hires at the Rio Rancho plant must be New Mexico residents of one year or more. The $100,000 will be divided evenly between the Jemez and Cuba school districts and is in addition to grants and donations from Intelís ongoing educational and community-assistance programs. Last year alone, the company trained 220 teachers in Sandoval County and 2,400 across New Mexico on how to integrate technology into classrooms, and, separately, donated more than $112,000 to Sandoval County schools through various educational programs. The company also donated 3,358 computer components to schools and nonprofit organizations statewide, including 672 computer components to Sandoval County schools.

For the future, Intel is continuing to expand its worldwide network of highly practical and educational ďComputer ClubhousesĒ as a way of providing a safe and creative after-school environment where students in underserved communities can access the latest technology. The company already has opened three of the award-winning Clubhouses in New Mexico and a fourth will open this fall at Bernalillo High School.

Questions or comments for Commissioner Johnson can be mailed to her in care of Sandoval County Administrative Offices, P.O. Box 40, Bernalillo, 87004.