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Luna seeks agreement with Guard for ball fields

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By David Giuliani

Luna Community College is working on an agreement with the New Mexico National Guard to lease land for softball and baseball fields, an official said last week.

Luna President Pete Campos said the National Guard has land near the campus that the school wants to use for its baseball and softball teams. Now, the college is playing on fields at the city’s Rodriguez Park.

He said he hopes to have a draft agreement before the Board of Trustees by as early as September.

He said that if the school enters a lease with the National Guard, it hopes to get the fields set up within 12 to 18 months.

He said the project would also likely include an area for training for motorcycle-riding and school bus driving, as well as space for National Guard training.

In another development, Campos said Luna is looking at development a program that would help address the demand for jobs in the growing racino industry in New Mexico. Just last week, the state approved a proposal for a new racino in Raton.

Campos said many people are going to an Arizona school for education in the horse-racing industry and a school in Colorado for the veterinarian aspect of racinos. He said that with the growing New Mexico industry, it’s important that a state school take on that role.

“The bottom line is that we need jobs if we’re going to keep people here,” he said.

He said some of Luna’s other projects are to expand its agricultural program and set up the Luna Academy, a charter school. He said the academy would help encourage high school students to continue their education by attending college courses.

“We will be aggressive in developing programs to serve the area,” said Campos, who became president this summer.