Mora County Notebook: Mora students enjoy new archery program

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By Ruth Fort

Mora School students have been enjoying a new National Archery School Program sponsored by the New Mexico Game and Fish Department. 

Tyson Sanders of the New Mexico Game and Fish Department has been teaching Mora students how to use the bow and arrow in archery for sport and hunting.

Jeannie Abeyta, Mora High School physical education teacher and coach, is also teaching archery. She has gone through training to be certified as a teacher of archery.

Sanders and Abeyta spend extra time at the school teaching participants the skill of archery.   

Sanders brings the equipment for the students to use. It has been borrowed from the New Mexico Game and Fish Department for two weeks. The scores the students make each time are kept and are averaged out for the students to qualify for the state tournament at the end of April. Participants from Mora have worked very hard and are doing very well.

Sanders has been with the New Mexico Game and Fish Department for two and a half years. He is in charge of the Mora District which includes: Las Vegas, Wagon Mound, Black Lake, Chacon, Sipapu and Mora and all of the places in between.

Sanders graduated from Eastern New Mexico University with a bachelor of science degree in wildlife and fisheries sciences.

Sanders said the new program is a great program and hopes it will continue for years to come.

Sanders also helps with the Hunter Safety Program that is taking place in Mora Valley.

He feels that it is important to let the young people and their parents know that he is not the “bad guy” but a person who is interested in helping the community and willing to use his skills to teach young people.

Sanchez begins manager role

Tomas M. Sanchez took over the duties of Mora county manager on March 28.

Sanchez is a Mora native living in Buena Vista. He is the son of Tomas and Mary Lou Sanchez.

He graduated from Robertson High School in 1998. He received his bachelor’s degree in education at New Mexico Highlands University and taught Spanish at the middle school level in Socorro for six years. He was the assistant football coach there as well.

He taught Spanish and was football coach at Robertson High School for a short time.

Sanchez was most recently employed by the Mora Valley Community Health Services as the Manager of the Mora/Wagon Mound Senior Citizens’ Centers.

He is currently studying to receive a masters degree in administration.

He is very active in community affairs as a Buena Vista volunteer fireman, mayordomo of the church in Buena Vista and precinct democratic chairman for his area.

Sanchez is married to Shaunmarie who is a teacher of language arts and girls basketball coach. They have a daughter named Ariana.

He would like to thank the employees of the senior citizen centers and the county employees for their cooperation and helpfulness in making the transition from his work as director of senior center to the county manager job. He said the transition is almost complete, and he feels comfortable in his current position.

Sanchez said his desire is to provide the taxpayers and constituents of Mora County with positive and effective government.

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