Mora County Notebook: Mora County youths perform well at fair

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By Ruth Fort

The Mora 4-H members showed what a hard working skilled group they, their parents and leaders are when one sees the results of the judging at the Mora/San Miguel County Fair. There were champions in several categories. Also the Fair Queen and Princess were from Mora.

The Ashe Ranch of Mora was the winner of the Ranch Rodeo.

Other winners from Mora were grand champions and reserve grand champions in goats, meat rabbit, and steers. Those who are the recipients of the honor were: Bryan Salazar — grand champion goat, Jayde Smith — reserve champion goat, Reybekah Roybal — grand champion steer, Ariana Romero — reserve champion steer, Bailey Montoya — reserve grand champion meat rabbit pen.

In the horse show Isaac Montoya was the novice champion and Jett Smith was the junior champion.

The Mora/San Miguel 2013 County Fair Queen was Anastazia Alvarez, daughter of Monica Pino and Diego Rivera  and the princess was Bailey Montoya, daughter of Amanda Montoya.

Congratulations to all of those who are the recipients of these honors. Mora is proud of you.

Mora leadership institute planned

The Mora County Board of Commissioners along with citizens committees are sponsoring a Leadership Institute to be held this fall.

During the summer three strategic planning sessions were held, in which the interested citizens, and commissioners and other organizations that are concerned about the economic, health and welfare of the citizens of Mora County. The facilitators for these sessions were from the RCAC (Rural Community Assistance Corporation).

After the three sessions were held, the plans and dreams of the group were pinpointed. One of the plans proposed was to have a health coded community kitchen for the public to make “value added” food products for the market place.

As a follow up to these sessions the RCAC will present a leadership program which will provide training, building communication skills, confidence and effectiveness in groups as well as individual, and working with other community members to lead Mora and the surrounding area toward a healthy future.

Local residents and young adults are invited to participate.

The program is offered as a scholarship, so will be free to all who apply. It will be held one and a half days once a month for four months. The classes will begin on Sept. 133.

A certificate of completion will be awarded to those who complete the institute.

This program is facilitated by the RCAC whose mission is to respect the goals and visions of rural communities while providing  the training and technical support they need to be successful.

Mora has been working on plans for many years with the Comprehensive Land Use Plan.

It is good that the people in Mora have a voice and can give in-put on plans that effect future generations.

To apply for the Mora Community Leadership Institute, call Ellen Drew at 575-421-0261 or e-mail her at edrew@rcac.org. Space is limited so apply soon.

Ruth Fort is a Mora County correspondent. She may be reached at (575) 387-6523 or ruthfortchacon@yahoo.com.