Mora County Notebook: Mora Eagles have successful season

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By Ruth Fort

The Mora Eagles YAFL team had a very successful season. The team members are in either third or fourth grade. In all the games they had seven wins and a sole defeat came from  a much larger Santa Fe team.  

The dedicated team earned its championship at the 2011 YAFL Las Vegas League.

They have played four different teams in the league and made a good showing as seen in the statistics.

Head coach Carlos Arellano said the success  was made possible by the team effort of the three coaches, players and especially the parents who saw that their children got to practice and to the games.

The players come from the Mora area. The team practiced on the Mora school baseball field since the Mora football field is not finished yet.

Coach Arellano said, ”I am very proud of these boys because they are very eager to learn the game.We had a very good season due to the fact that the boys were cooperative and a majority of them are new to the game. They worked hard and all of them are very good students.”

He thanks the parents for getting them to practice and games. A special thanks to the other coaches, Anthony Vaughn and Louis Pacheco, for their support and cooperation.

Sheriff department year in review

Mora’s Sheriff Department has had a very busy year.

Sheriff Thomas Garza has reported the activity of the sheriff’s department for last year.

The people of Mora appreciate the work of our sheriff and his deputies and staff.

At present they have four deputies and two openings. There are two dispatchers who have the office covered in two shifts.

This past year the office has issued 926 traffic citations, handled 62 auto accidents, 281 process serves, handled 143 various incidents including domestic violence, DWI, burglaries, etc. and transported 81 prisoners.

Additionally, Garza said that all sheriff’s officer vehicles were maintained and new in-dash cameras and radar equipment were installed. They also acquired audio/video cameras for officers to use when they are out of their patrol units. New dispatch center equipment, as well as other equipment was purchased or donated to the department.  

Garza said that starting this month the department will create a monthly blog of any incident and violation the department is called to in Mora County.

“Its been a year since I've been in office and I would like to thank and express my sincere gratitude to all the citizens of Mora County for giving me the opportunity to serve them,” Garza said.

The department is also planning to have a volunteer deputy reserve program.

An aspiring person can go through this program after he or she signs up with the sheriff to work for one year. A person can eventually go to the police academy in Santa Fe for 22 months and graduate as a regular police officer.

The sheriff’s department not only serves the community in keeping order and helping in emergencies. Sheriff’s deputies are present at large functions, direct traffic at the crossing  after school is out, at the highway after a game or other large function and at funerals. And they provide many more services that the public does not see.

They also do things that have to do with extra community service.

This year the department held an Easter egg hunt with more than 100 children and parents participating. At Thanksgiving the department prepared 31 food baskets with help from Mora County, magistrate court and the Mora Valley Chamber of Commerce. The baskets were given to the people whose names were drawn from a list of people who had signed up.

“It has been a great challenge getting situated but all in all it has been a very successful year,” Garza said.  “We have accomplished a great deal and I am looking forward to serving you all in 2012.”

An apology and correction

In Dec. 30, on the Mora page there was a grave mistake on the article “VFW Waiting for Inspectors.” I misunderstood the information given to me.

It is wrong that they are waiting for the architect and inspector. In the first place the architect has finished his job and is not involved.

The VFW has been building the addition in stages. As the contractor and his subcontractors finished their part the inspector came to give the stamp of approval on the work and then the next phase was begun. The contractors L.D. Vigil and Karen Weathers have followed the code consistently. In the next phase the inside will be finished as soon as the VFW gets the money.

The commander and vice commander stated that the contractor and the inspectors have done a wonderful job and in a timely manner.

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