May 13, 2006 Notable Notes

Town hall meeting Friday

Six cabinet secretaries from Gov. Bill Richardson’s administration will hold A Healthy New Mexico town hall meeting as part of a spring tour to hear from New Mexicans about issues in their communities.

The meeting will be held from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Tucumcari Convention Center.

The focus of the meetings will be to hear from New Mexico citizens about health and human services and education issues in their communities. Hosting the meetings will be the secretaries, or their designated representatives, from the departments of Aging and Long-term Services; Children, Youth and Families; Public Education; Health; Higher Education and Human Services.

Heritage award nominees sought

The Nara Visa Cowboy Gathering is taking nominations for the Buck Ramsey Heritage Award, to be presented Sept. 23 at the annual gathering.

The award is given to an individual, family or ranch that reflects the spirit of the West. Nomination criteria and guidelines are as follows:

Someone from northeast New Mexico or northwest Texas, if the family homesteaded in the area, a long-term commitment or active participation in ranching and livestock, retention of western traditions and cultures, multi-generation ranching involvement, community involvement, agriculture production, rangeland improvement and neighborly qualities.

Previous recipients include Melvin Keith of Nara Visa and I.V. (Vince) Crisp of Clayton.

Nominations should be made in story form, depicting the qualifications for the award. Send nominations to the Nara Visa Cowboy Gathering, Box 3 or Drawer 6, Nara Visa, NM 88430. Nominations are due July 1.

Drought workshop offered in Roswell

The New Mexico Drought Task Force and National Drought Mitigation center is holding a free one-day workship on May 23 at the Roswell Convention and Civic Center.

The event features tools to understand climate and agricultural risk in the coming year. Presenters will include Tim Darden of the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, Victor Murphy of the National Weather Service and others.

Sessions wil focus on livestock producers, online tools for making agricultural decisions and climate monitoring information.

To register in advance, contact Ann Fletcher at (402) 472-6707 or afielder2@uni.edu or Anne Coleman at (505) 646-2642 or acoleman@nmda.nmsu.edu. Registration includes a continental breakfast and lunch, but seating is limited.