Scholarhsips donated, birthday, retirement and VFW Valentine queen

Donor provides for scholarships
Because of the very positive image presented at Mesalands Community College’s Dinosaur Museum, an anonymous donor has given a $20,000 donation to be used for scholarships.

The donor, a geologist living in the Midwest, wanted to make a contribution that would help students at Mesalands for years to come.
The funds are endowed, meaning that the principal amount must remain untouched, and that all scholarships to be awarded will come from interest earned.

“We are very grateful for people like this donor who want to help others progress in their education at Mesalands,” said Phillip O. Barry, president of Mesalands.
VFW Valentine queen crowned
Laura Tenorio was crowned the 2008 VFW Post #2528 Valentine Queen on Feb. 9.VFW members celebrated after her coronation by dancing until midnight to the live music of the band “Recuardo.” Tenorio raised over $800 in her campaign and said she was thankful for all the support she received with her campaign.

Sandoval retires from U.S. Air Force
MSgt. Ronnie C. Sandoval, a 1986 graduate from Tucumcari High School, has retired from the U.S. Air Force. He is married to Rosie Sandoval and they are living in Marysville, Calif., along with their children Tina, Christian and Raven. Sandoval is the son of Vincent and Mary Sandoval of Tucumcari.

She’ll be celebrating the nines
Cristal Hernandez will celebrate her ninth birthday today at 2:30 at the Pizza Hut. Her mother Carolina Hernandez and her brother Cesar, sister Adriana, grandparents and other family members will be there to help her celebrate. Cristal was born on Feb. 16, 1999 in Tucumcari. She’s a fan of Disney’s “High School Musical” and enjoys karaoke with her cousin Bobby, sister and brother.