The spring Youth Conservation Crew (YCC) offered by Aldo Leopold Charter School (ALCS) provided paid internship positions for 35 students from January to mid-May. And, the ALCS Youth Conservation Corps will provide 86 summer jobs for area youth May 23-June 10.
Under the direction of Jon Bjornstad, the trail crew has focused on putting the final touches on the outdoor classroom and recreation area at Ritch Hall on the WNMU campus and moved on to create garden terraces in the Big Ditch Park near the Kelly Street entrance. Bjornstad brings 14 years of trail building experience for the US Forest Service. In the summer he looks forward to building a trail to connect the historic Waterworks site to Georgia Street.
April 2022 – Speak Up Talk Radio announced the winners of 2022’s first quarter FIREBIRD BOOK AWARDS contest.
Two of the winning entries were from New Mexico author Marty Eberhardt whose book titled DEATH IN A DESERT GARDEN won the Western Fiction Award and the Second Place Cozy Mystery Award.
Authors and publishers from around the world submitted their work to the Firebird Book Awards. Two judges from a select panel of 23 judges read each book in its entirety and independently scored each entry. All judges commit to a set of standardized criteria that evaluates the quality of the writing as well as production aspects. Only entries with the highest of scores were awarded the coveted Firebird.
Patricia J. Rullo, founder of the Firebird Book Awards, says, “the number of entries this quarter exceeded our previous quarters. It looks like 2022 will be the year of a steady stream of new and important books. This increase allowed us to send even more pillowcases and other handmade gifts to the homeless shelters. The charitable component to our awards allows all entry fees to be tax-deductible to the author."
By Frost McGahey
On Monday, April 11, Representative Luis Terrazas met with voters at Arby’s.
When asked why he ran for office in 2020, Terrazas replied, “I was tired of what was going on around me. There was also talk of closing the mines, which would have devastated our economy. Also, I didn’t think Rudy Martinez shared our values of family, hard work, and patriotism.”
He went on to discuss what happened up in Santa Fe in the 2022 legislative session. “I worked with Rebecca Dow and other legislators from across the aisle to obtain funding for Grant County. The governor originally vetoed this money, but then we were able to secure it in the special session.” He listed the projects:
The Aldo Leopold Charter School (ALCS) restoration projects are a monthly experiential education activity that incorporates ecological restoration, youth leadership, and ecologist Aldo Leopold’s land ethic. These projects provide a place-based, shared experience for contextualizing core class content and enhance the development of skills such as problem-solving, self-discipline, ecological awareness & leadership in a fun way.