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Scouts collect canned food

—Suzann Owings

“Our successful fundraiser last month will pay for a summer day camp and overnight camping,” reports Cub Master David Gardner of Pack 708. This and other money from the Coronado Optimist Club also will pay for scout scholarships. 

“Some families don’t have the extra money to afford scouting, which is where our scholarships come in,” says COC Treasurer Venus Sanford.

Pack 708’s next planning meeting will be at Carroll Elementary School on November 20, at 7:00 p.m. Weekly scout meetings continue at Carroll Elementary on Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m., and at Placitas Elementary School on Fridays, also at 3:00 p.m. 

The scouts have distributed yellow canned food collection boxes to seven locations: the US Bank in Bernalillo, Walgreen’s in Bernalillo, the U.S. Post Office in Placitas and Bernalillo, Bernalillo Feed, T&T Market, and the Bernalillo Town Hall.

The last pick up day for the can food drive is November 15.

The Coronado Optimist Club provided the boxes and yellow paper; the scouts provided the artwork and covered the boxes. The Optimists will collect the cans weekly. They will sort the cans and combine them with fresh produce and ham or turkey to create Thanksgiving baskets.

Monetary donations to the Coronado Optimist Club are welcome to help purchase the additional food.

For further information, contact David Gardner, 867-4684.


New money-generating plan for education from Commissioner Powell

—Karin Stangl

New Mexico State Land Commissioner Ray Powell is proposing a sustainable solution to generate more money for education while creating jobs and without putting the Land Grant Permanent Fund at risk.

The solution is to grow the pie, rather than slice it into smaller pieces. He believes the answer is to generate additional revenue and earmark the money specifically for early childhood education and other important educational needs.

This win-win-win could be accomplished by having the state acquire a small percentage of federal lands that are designated as “disposal lands,” or lands that no longer fit the mission of the Bureau of Land Management.

These lands have gone through an exhaustive public review process and have been determined to be unsuitable for recreational access, conservation, or preservation. He does not support, however, the liquidation of federal public lands beyond these BLM “disposal lands.”

 
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