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Cooling off in the ruins at Jemez Historic Site
Photo credit: —Courtesy of Jemez Historic Site

Stories from the Land Program

~Matthew J. Barbour

From July 5-8, Jemez Pueblo Community Library and New Mexico Historic Sites, with the support of numerous State and Tribal agencies, partnered to provide the children/youth of Jemez Pueblo with an opportunity to travel to Jemez Historic Site and participate in hands on learning activities. “Stories from the Land Program” is in its fourth year of implementation and serves as a means to enable the children of New Mexico the opportunity to visit and experience our historic sites, while continuing to develop their reading and writing skills.

This program continues to be a great success with over 25 Jemez Pueblo children/youth participating in 2016. Prevalent throughout the four-day program was an immersion in Jemez culture and language, as well as reading and writing in English. Jemez Pueblo Community Staff mentored each child/youth in writing and illustrating their own story drawn from what they learned each day.

The event was anything but “just work.” Other activities included a storytelling presentation by renowned Native American children’s author Emmet “Shkeme” Garcia, a discussion of Jemez History with Christopher Toya, and instruction in the traditional stickball game of shinny by Marlon Magdalena.

A big “Thank you” goes out to all who contributed and/or participated in Stories from the Land Program 2016. Special recognition must be given to Jemez Pueblo Community Library staff, especially Maureen Wacondo, Arlan Sando, and Bryan Shendo. Without your participation, this program would not have happened. Also, I would like to thank Marlon Magdalena, Instructional Coordinator at Jemez Historic Site, along with the Jemez Pueblo Community Staff for the careful lesson planning and coordination. We look forward to continuing the program for many years to come.

Cub scouts prepare for the Sheriff’s Posse Parade

Scouts ready for school and popcorn

~Suzann Owings

“We’re ready for more activities this autumn and our annual popcorn fundraiser,” predicts Cub Master David Gardner. The money from popcorn sales pays for the boys’ scouting fees and summer day camp.

In the last parade of the summer, the Cub Scouts of Pack 708 won the First Place Float trophy in the Sheriff’s Posse Parade. In uniform, the boys rode bikes and were trailed by their van, decorated in the pack’s banner from its sponsor, the Coronado Optimist Club.

The cub scouts’ full September program includes a Friday visit to the flight simulator at the Southwest Aeronautics, Mathematics, and Science Academy. Another week, the scouts will distribute bags of candy to the Bernalillo Police Department to thank them for all they do to keep the community safe.

On September 24, the scouts will enjoy the state’s free fishing day and are considering going up the Jemez or Tingley Beach.

As the Pack’s Webelos move into Boy Scout troops this month, new Tiger cub first-graders will join the pack.

Pack 708’s meetings are held at the LDS Church Center in Bernalillo. The weekly meetings occur on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. New scout members are always are welcome in the Pack. Planning meetings with parents are held on the month’s fourth Tuesday. For further information about the Cub Scouts, contact David Gardner at 867-4689 or Snow Watson at 867-2047.

Gabrielle Lovato (above right) of Algodones with her grand Champion Lamb. Elizabeth Mandeville (above left) exhibited the Reserve Grand Champion Lamb.

Lillian Parker (above left) of Corrales with her Grand Champion Swine. The Reserve Grand Champion was exhibited by Clara Maxam (above right). Both young women are from the Corralitos 4-H Club.
Photos credit: —Courtesy of Evangeline Chavez

Sandoval County Fair a success

The annual Sandoval County Fair was held from August 1 through August 7 and drew a record attendance of over 4,800 people. It was a good time for all.

Fair Board president Timothy Johnson said, “The fair continues to grow and get better each year. Thanks to all the donors and sponsors. A big thank you to all the volunteers and staff for their countless hours and  dedication.”

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