Thursday, August 6, 2009

Area Briefs

Ranger District Sells Fuelwood

The Magdalena Ranger District of the Cibola National Forest is offering a commercial fuelwood sale in Patterson canyon. The sale is located about three miles south of Magdalena.
Trees to be cut are piƱon and juniper (cedar), less than 14 inches in diameter. Cutting units vary in size, from 11 to 39 cords. The price is $5 per cord. Access to some of the cutting units could be difficult because of gullies and lack of road access. Permits are being sold at the Magdalena Ranger District office located on 203 First Street.
For more information, visit or contact the Magdalena Ranger District office or call Susan Schuhardt at 575-854-2281 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Golf Scramble To Benefit CASA

Rio Grande Valley CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates) will hold its eighth annual golf scramble Saturday, Aug. 29, at the New Mexico Tech Golf Course.
Registration will start at 7 a.m., and the event will begin with a shotgun start at 8:30 p.m. There will be an awards lunch at 12:30 p.m. “A” players will tee off from the blue tees, “B” and “C” players will tee off from the white tees and seniors and ladies will tee off from the gold tees.
Cost is $60 per person or $240 per team and includes practice balls, green fees, gift bags, carts and awards luncheon. Mulligans will go for $20 per team. There will be a casino hole for double or nothing.
To register, call the Tech Golf Course pro shop at 835-5335.

STARS Program Meets Aug. 18

The Healthy Family Initiative’s STARS (Socorro Teens Are Reaching Students) – STAT (Socorro Teens Against Tobacco) after-school program for students in sixth to 12th grades will meet Tuesday, Aug. 18, at First Baptist Church, 203 Spring St.
The meeting will run from 6 to 8 p.m. If interested, call Richard or Laura at 835-8707.

AARP Offers Driver Safety Classes

AARP is offering driver-safety classes in Socorro and Catron counties, and participants will receive a certificate entitling them to an auto insurance discount.
Cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non members, per person, by check or money order made out to AARP, paid at the session.
The class is the nation’s first and largest classroom for motorists age 50 and older that helps them become better and safer drivers, according to a press release from AARP. Older drivers become more aware of changes that occur because of aging (vision, hearing and reaction time) and how to adjust driving accordingly.
One class is scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 10 at the Quemado Senior Center. Contact Diana Simpson at 575-773-4820 for reservations or more information. It is a one-day course.
AARP will offer the class at the Socorro Senior Center from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26. Seating is limited. Call the Socorro Senior Center at 835-2119 or Tom at 835-1369 to reserve a seat.

Fur And Feather Hosts Fundraiser

Fur and Feather Animal Assistance will have two live bands as part of its second annual fundraiser, which will go from about 10 a.m. into the evening of Saturday, Aug. 8, at Jackson Park in Pie Town.
There will be dancing in the park pavilion, as well as food, raffles and a cakewalk. Fur and Feather also will have a few dogs for show.
The organization thanks Pat Henry for her efforts all summer and all who patronized the table she set up at the Datil Flea Market this summer.
The total money raised at the table was $1,017.35.
Coming to the fundraiser? A bag or cans of dogs or cat food would be gratefully accepted.

Catron Dems Meet At 4 p.m. Aug. 8

The Democratic Party of Catron County will have a planning and organizational meeting at 4 p.m. Aug. 8 at the Catron County Courthouse in Reserve.

Mag Fire Dept To Host Fireman’s Ball

The Magdalena Fire Department is hosting its inaugural Fireman’s Ball this Saturday, Aug. 8, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the WPA Theater (the gym building) on Main Street.
Fire Chief Tim O’Neill said the dance is free to the entire community.
“We wanted to do something everybody could enjoy,” O’Neill said. “The Murrillo Brothers will be playing and there will be water, sodas and chips. The idea is to provide an enjoyable atmosphere where the community could get together and have a good time. You don’t have to dance. There will be tables and chairs set up outside where you can hear the music and just visit.”
He said all members of the Fire Department will be recognized.
“We want everybody to be aware of who is taking their time to be a volunteer. This includes all fireman, who are also qualified as EMTs,” O’Neill said.
“We’d like to encourage some of the young people in town to get involved, and this way they can get to know who is doing it,” he said.
Attendance is free for the Fireman’s Ball and no donations will be requested.
“We feel like we want to start putting on events like this every year,” O’Neill said.

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