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• The Citizens Watershed Monitoring Team announced a new name that will emphasize its focus on the local area. The group’s new name is Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance. Lea Knutson, the group’s Executive Director, made the announcement. “Hermit’s Peak is instantly recognizable to everyone around here,” she noted, “so the new name will provide instant recognition that we are a local group. “At the same time,” she went on, “we wanted a name that didn’t seem to limit us to just one watershed like that of the Pecos or the Gallinas.” Under its former name the group has been active for several years conducting classes in schoolrooms and outdoors in wildlife identification, sponsoring bird counts and monitoring logging operations.
• A fund has been set up for Antonia Apodaca, a longtime local musician whose house was destroyed in a fire. Contributions can be made to the fund at Community First Bank.
• Brain Injury Support Group, meets at 1 p.m. first Thursday of the month at El Centro Medical Clinic, 1235 Eighth Street. For more information, call Duane at 505-699-2491 or call the Brain Injury Association of New Mexico office at 505-292-7414.
• The Grand Avenue project was suspended on Friday, Dec. 17 and construction operations will resume in March 2011 contingent on winter weather according to NMDOT District Four and Fisher Sand & Gravel. For more information, call Anthony Martinez, project manager, at 454-3690 or Kenny Lujan, District Four public information officer, at 617-5900.
• The San Miguel County DWI Safe-Ride-Home Service new hours of operation. Our service will now operate Wednesday through Saturday from 8 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. For service, call 429-0336 .
• The Northeast Regional Education Cooperative, based out of New Mexico Highlands University, is recruiting recent area high school dropouts. If you are a recent dropout and are interested in taking free online courses to complete your diploma, contact Student Outreach Specialist Lorenzo E. Márquez at 426-2232. There are currently 59 courses offered from IDEAL-NM. The courses are all taught online by New Mexico certified teachers. Current high school students wishing to take credit recovery courses, advanced placement courses or select electives may also qualify.
• DVDs of Robertson High School’s 2010 graduation are available for purchase. For more information, call the school’s office at 454-5770, ext. 212, or 429-2897. Proceeds of the sale will go to the 2011 graduating class.
• The United Community Soup Kitchen at the First United Methodist Church at Eighth Street and National Avenue is open serving meals from noon to 12:45 p.m. Thursdays.
• Samaritan House provides shelter, food and other services to local homeless people. The group is looking for volunteers to help staff its shelter. For more information, call (575) 613-0100.