Youth to go to Harvard, GTEDC to create new jobs, Nara Visa Cowboy Poetry Gathering

Summer at Harvard…
A former Logan student, Levi Collins, has been selected to attend the People to People Leadership Summit at Harvard University/MIT in Boston. All students who are accepted into the 2008 summer program have to meet rigorous academic and leadership requirements. A seventh-grader, Levi is the son of Chad and Barbara Collins of Aubrey, Texas, and the grandson of Margaret Collins of Logan. Margaret Collins said she plans to accompany the family on the Boston trip. Levi attended Logan schools from the first through fifth grade. At the summit Levi will join other outstanding student leaders from around the globe to focus on leadership, team building, community service, college admissions and professional aspirations.

GTEDC’s job challenge…
The Greater Tucumcari Economic Development Corp. says its Aug. 30 mailing that its setting a stage for significant job growth.
It’s targeted several industries over a five-year period that are considered promising for job creation.
“With your support we will create 595 high paying jobs with benefits within the next five years,” wrote GTEDC’s executive director, Patrick Vanderpool.
The GTEDC will hold its annual meeting and board elections at 5:15 p.m. on Monday at the Tucumcari Convention Center. Two at-large private sector positions are open for re-election.
Members of the community are encourage to become involved or renew their current membership.

Poetry Gathering…
Want to hear the cowboy’s way with words? The regular Poetry Sessions are at 7 p.m. on Sept. 21 and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sept. 22 with a $5 admission.
There will be a lunch on Sept. 21 and cake and ice cream at 5:30 p.m.
On Sept. 22 there will be a chuck wagon steak dinner at 5:30 p.m. and a dummy roping at 4 p.m.
On Sept. 23 there will be Cowboy Church and breakfast.
Gary Hunt, a horse trainer from Canada, will be demonstrating horse breaking throughout the weekend’s festivities. Hunt’s demonstrations will be at 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and at 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 21 and 22, and at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 23.
All times will be CST and all events will be at the Nara Visa Community Center, which is the old school house. Hunt’s and daytime events are free.
Here’s the way Hunt tells his story:
“I was raised west of Williams Lake, BC in the Chilcotin area. At an early age, I started riding bulls and turned pro in 1973.
“All through my rodeo career I broke horses for various ranches just to pay my entry fees. In 1984, I retired from rodeo and got serious about breaking and training horses.
“It was about that time a good friend of mine introduced me to Dave Manning. He was 6 times Canadian Working Cow Horse champion and also was runner-up in the world one year. … After I left Dave’s I had the opportunity to manage a thoroughbred farm where I started breaking 2 year olds for the race track. After a couple of years, I began training race horses myself and did so for 10 years.
“For the last 13 years I’ve been starting horses at my ranch just outside of Black Diamond, Alberta.”