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Los Lunas Valencia County News Newspaper Archives Jul 26 1973, Page 1

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Los Lunas Valencia County News (Newspaper) - July 26, 1973, Los Lunas, New Mexico Valencia county volume i no. 8 los Lunas Nai. 87031 20 pages july 26. 1973 youth care Center looks at future at the site of the new youth Center planned by the Rio Grande youth care program Are. From left. Esther Tafoya Jane Mcdevitt youth representative on the Board Frank Gurule censer director Stanely Tafoya. Victoria Lopez Peter Tafoya and Reuben Chavez youth worker. Gurule and miss Mcdevitt Are checking the sketch of the new building which will be moved to the site. Animal Assn. Open meeting set tuesday by and county optic gals have been in i cd to attend the open meeting of the v Alencia animal w Elfare Assn. At k . July .1 at the los l unas Trade school. The new in formed organization. A hich is trying to obtain land on which to establish an animal shelter invites anyone interested in the project to attend. Lime will be Alo led to each person what has any comments or suggestions on the project. Petit its Are currently being circulated for support of the . These vill be presented to the county commission. The t Rani action is designed to promote humane treatment of animals and to solve the problem of stray animals la is seeking support for Tom both the Village of Lis i unas and the county. Mrs. Joanni Aliaga said. A we re interested in solving the problem of stray animals not Only to protect our children irom dog Biles and the consequent rabies treatments bul also to protect the we Are hoping it it n l take an incident of some child being badly mauled by a stray dog. B r people it Lake some Cliv mrs. Aliaga said membership Iii the association is s5 per year. Bul those wishing to join May of Lucieer their Lime in place of the Money. Junior is Socialino also is planned Abr youngsters Ages. 10-15. Anyone planning to attend the july a meeting who wishes to comment will be allowed to minutes. They May Contact mrs. Amiga Al to be put on the Agenda rile association has applied Lor some land Al the new Mexico correctional i acini in. South of i of i unas. I he Board of corrections is expected it make a decision on the request in a Pugusi. A a a e Hope a Heidi we it it obtain some land that there it ill be volunteers who will donate Lime and materials for the shelter a mrs. Arlivea said. The Rio Grande youth care program staff is Busy making plans for moving a 26 by 140-foot building onto the land which will be leased from the new Mexico correctional facility South of los Lunas. Youths involved in the program Are eagerly awaiting the Day when they can help remodel and decorate their new youth Center. Plans for expanding the youth care program to provide More recreation arts and crafts and projects which will enable the youths to become responsible working citizens Are contemplated. Besides the recreation which helps to keep troubled youth occupied the possibility of Small business ventures which can give the youth experience As Well As income is being studied by the program staff. Among projects being considered Are a catering service which would provide lunches for employees in a variety of businesses and government agencies throughout the Village. Another is a miniature Golf Enterprise. Even a restaurant has been mentioned. Intent on her Bead work is Bobbie Sangre who is attending summer school arts and at Isleta. Additional photos on Page 8. Craft Frank curule program director said application May be made through Macil. La i gel one of these projects started. A eared to preventive techniques in dealing with pre delinquency and delinquency the youth care program has provided counselling with youths experiencing behavioural problems drug abuse education tutoring for students with Reading and math difficulties and a variety of recreation activities. In the ten months it has been in operation the program has served 248 youths 80 of them females and 168 males. Seventy eight have been under 12 years of age. The majority Are Between 12 and 17 years old. One Hundred ninety eight had Spanish surnames 50 were a Anglo and four were Indian. Principal problem areas have been truancy drug abuse and unemployment. More than too were listed under Only six have been involved in some criminal activity. Five were listed As incorrigible. The los Lunas schools have referred the greatest number of these youths to the Center 102 of them. Other referrals came from parents and relatives Law enforcement officers the juvenile probation officer and her agencies while 51 of them were those Odio heard about the Center from other youths who had been helped. Changes in attitudes and taking responsibilities Are two of the most notable differences in youngsters who have been assisted by the program according to staff members. Quot they Are beginning to relate to other people Quot said Charles Maez. Youth worker Quot some have changed in their attitudes toward their parents and they Are More open in talking about their problems. Quot of can see them changing. Now some Are working and saving Money instead of using it on other things. Some now have goals where goals did t exist before. They have matured a lot Quot Maez said. He added. Quot i think they have become More aware of the drug problem. They used to laugh Al you when you talked about it. Saying they knew More about drugs than you did. Now. It s not funny to them anymore. It s a reality and they re doing something about Quot now they want to give of Maez said. A a they la help you in any Way they can. It s great to know they Trust curule agreed that one of the most important accomplishments is gaining that Trust. Quot they Trust us and what we stand for Quot he said. Quot they have come to recognize that we Are Here to help them to help them better a with most of them we have Given them the Benefit of the Gurule said. Quot be have been working with them on a full Lime basis not just part time and w e follow up on with school drop outs youth workers try to gel them Back in school to Complete their education. Fifty six of them did return. Some would not. Quot these we tried to place in programs where they fit Gurule said. Quot be have used different agencies such As Job continued on Page 71

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