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Local cub scouts learn swimming safety and participate in the Pinewood Derby, a favorite activity for scouts and parents.

Cub Scouts promotes lasting friendships

“The boys in these pictures were in Troop 708 years ago,” notes Snow Watson, Sam’s mother. “They’re now in different middle schools, but all still good friends.”

Our boys seem to be proving the addage that belonging to the scouts helps a boy find his way to becoming a good man.

Pack Master David Gardner welcomes new and returning cub scouts at their meetings each Friday, from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m., at Placitas Elementary School.

For further information, contact Snow Watson, president of the Optimist Club de Sandoval, the Cub Scouts’ sponsoring organization at 867-2047.

New Options New Mexico provides new ideas for job-seeking youth

New Options New Mexico is a new employment initiative aimed at supporting New Mexico’s youth. The goal of New Options NM is to help young adults gain marketable skills while building bridges for young job seekers to connect to employers.

In a new economy, employers are seeking to hire youth whose skills and talents are often overlooked by traditional hiring practices. New Options NM provides several tools to assist youth on their path to work and economic success.

New Options NM offers free assessments for youth and adults to help them identify their skill levels and then provides an online tool to match those skills with current job openings in New Mexico. More importantly, New Options NM provides training modules to help individuals prepare for the assessment.

WorkKeys assessments are administered in English and Spanish and can be completed in just a few hours. Those interested—aged 16 to 24—can set up a profile at It’s free and confidential.

For more information about New Options NM, go to

Youth celebrate one hundred years of 4-H at Sandoval County Fair

—Elizabeth Hackett

Sandoval County 4-H youth along with thousands of other 4-H members from throughout the state are celebrating one hundred years of 4-H in New Mexico. “Catch the Clover” is the theme for all activities and events commemorating this celebration.

World-wide, 4-H is a youth development program recognized for teaching youth the importance of citizenship, community service, and leadership through a “learn by doing” philosophy.

In Sandoval County, the 4-H program continues to grow and strengthen, evident by the increased enrollment in the program and increased participation in the indoor exhibits, as well as small animal and livestock shows at the county fair. There are nine Sandoval County 4-H Clubs and over 330 members and leaders.

The Cooperative Extension office and the Sandoval County 4-H Amigos would like to thank the Sandoval County Commissioners, Sandoval County Fair Board, buyers, donors, and volunteers who continue to provide support to this worthwhile program.

A special thank you goes to Intel for the seed grant that funded the improvements to the small animal barn and exhibit display cases. Also thanks to the Jemez Mountain Stallions 4-H Club for preparing the luncheon for the buyers.

For more information on the Sandoval County 4-H Program, contact the New Mexico State University Sandoval County Cooperative Extension office at (505) 867-2582 or toll free (800) 678-1802.

4-H Sandoval County Camp

— Jayne Clifton Fife

Each year Sandoval County Extension hosts 4-H County Camp from June first to the third. Sixty-six Sandoval County 4-H members from Cuba, Regina, La Jara, Torreon, Jemez Springs, Placitas, Rio Rancho, Corrales and Bernalillo camp at the Valles Caldera National Preserve in the mountains for the weekend. Nicole Lujan, Steve Lucero, Tim Harrmann, Dennis Trujillo, John Swigart with the Valles Caldera, and Mike Krabbe from Charlie’s Sporting Goods and his wife Lisa, and 4-H parents Jon Marr, Colleen and Robert Felsch, David Zamora, and many other parents also made this years County Camp possible.

4-H is a program that teaches about agriculture, helps kids to grow up to be good consumers, helps the community, and much more. As national 4-H says on their website that their goal is to “Prepare young people to make a positive impact in their community and the world.”

This year, activities included archery, fly-fishing, a nighttime scavenger hunt, cards to decorate for kids in the hospital, survival skills training, and sun oven made nachos. Ava Marr from the Corralitas 4-H club says, “ I really liked the County Camp this year. It was fun!” Eva Wilson said that archery was her favorite activity at County Camp.

If you are interested in joining 4-H or becoming an adult leader call 867-2582, email, or visit

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