Easter Can­tata: Thank You

Catron Courier - - News - Up­date— by Rhonda List

Ge­orge Esqueda, En­gi­neers Inc., said the project is at a stand­still due to lack of ease­ment on a por­tion of pri­vate prop­erty on Man­zanita Street. The land owner does not want to give or sell an ease­ment, but would rather sell the lot to the county for $30,000. The op­tion is to move to an­other part of Ran­cho Grande Es­tates and re­visit this area at a later date.

Beer Gar­den at Fair­grounds—

Leisil Luera, Vice Pres­i­dent, Un­cle Bill’s Bar, pre­sented a pro­posal to es­tab­lish a Beer Gar­den at the Fair­grounds be­tween the stands of the Rodeo Arena. The pro­posal in­cludes fenc­ing, se­cu­rity, limited sales and hours of op­er­a­tion. A for­mal re­quest will fol­low in the fu­ture.

Ca­tron County Com­mis­sion on Aging—Se­nior Cen­ters—

Louise Menges, Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor, pre­sented a re­quest for the County to con­sider tak­ing own­er­ship of all Se­nior Cen­ter prop­er­ties and ap­prove an in-kind joint pow­ers agree­ment be­tween the County and the Com­mis­sion on Aging. Re­cent rein­ter­pre­ta­tion of the “Anti-Do­na­tion Clause” of the New Mex­ico Con­sti­tu­tion, Ar­ti­cle IX, Sec­tion 14 makes it im­pos­si­ble for the Com­mis­sion on Aging to re­ceive any State or Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment sup­port un­less the prop­er­ties are owned by a State or Lo­cal agency. Based on the County Health Pro­file and As­sess­ment pre­vi­ously pre­sented, more and more of Ca­tron Coun­ties pop­u­la­tion is be­ing served by the Se­nior Cen­ters in Re­serve, Glenwood, and Que­mado.

Ac­tion Items

Ca­tron County Com­mis­sion on Aging—

Mo­tion was made by Com­mis­sioner Allred to di­rect staff to pro­ceed to re­ceive deeds and with as­sis­tance of County At­tor­ney’s de­velop and sign nec­es­sary agree­ments and/or con­tracts with the Ca­tron County Com­mis­sion on Aging. Mo­tion car­ried. All voted Aye.

Or­di­nance 002-2015— Prop­erty Tax Re­bate Ben­e­fit­ting Low-In­come Tax­pay­ers—

Mo­tion made by Com­mis­sioner Hand to not pass Or­di­nance 002-2015 per rec­om­men­da­tion of County At­tor­ney Nance. Mo­tion car­ried. All voted Aye.

Res­o­lu­tion 036-2015— Bud­get Ad­just­ment—

County Manger Fletcher re­quested this Res­o­lu­tion be tabled un­til the next meet­ing when all items that need to be ad­justed can be rec­on­ciled. Mo­tion made by Com­mis­sioner Hand to ta­ble Res­o­lu­tion 036-2015. Mo­tion car­ried. All voted Aye.

Ap­prove Changes to the Scope of Work for the Ran­cho Grande Road Project—

Mo­tion made by Com­mis­sioner Allred to ap­prove the nec­es­sary changes in Scope of Work on the Ran­cho Grande Road Project as determined by County Road Su­per­vi­sor Mark At­wood, En­gi­neer Ge­orge Esqueda and County Manager Fletcher. Mo­tion car­ried. All voted Aye.

Ap­prove An­nual Fire Depart­ment PERA Re­ports—

Mo­tion made to ap­prove the An­nual Fire Depart­ment PERA Re­ports. All voted Aye.

Ex­ec­u­tive Ses­sion—

Mo­tion made to go into Ex­ec­u­tive Ses­sion to dis­cuss per­son­nel and/or pending lit­i­ga­tion. Mo­tion car­ried. All voted Aye.

Mo­tion was made by Chair­man Grif­fin to re­turn to Regular Ses­sion stat­ing that no ac­tion was taken in Ex­ec­u­tive Ses­sion. All voted Aye.

Regular Ses­sion—



On the evening of Satur­day, April 4, the Que­mado Chris­tian Com­mu­nity Choir per­formed our Easter Can­tata at the Que­mado First Bap­tist Church, and af­ter much con­cern about whether we were re­ally ready to pull this off, we did a bang-up job! Even though our choir, which is made up of mem­bers from sev­eral of the com­mu­nity churches and the com­mu­nity as well, is small... (could use more mem­bers, please) ... we put on a pro­gram that any mother would be proud of. We work hard to bring the com­mu­nity a good pro­gram, and we sac­ri­fice lots of hours to do so...some­times stand­ing on our feet longer than most of us would like. We go over, and over again, the songs that we just can't quite get right...or notes that we have trou­ble find­ing...or rhythm and tim­ing that doesn't seem to work out. On the out­side, we are fight­ing colds and flu, fam­ily emer­gen­cies, jobs that take prece­dence...but we keep right on prac­tic­ing be­cause this is our pas­sion. And we wouldn't be able to do this with­out the help of oth­ers as well. But some­times we get so in- volved in our own con­cerns that we fail to re­mem­ber to thank those who helped us get through it all.

For this Can­tata, we had three nar­ra­tors—Paul Tem­ple­ton, Karen Jar­dine, and Mike Bennett—who helped us share the story that "Je­sus is alive!" con­nect­ing the story with our mu­sic. Then there is our sound co­or­di­na­tor, Richard Parker who, with his train­ing and knowl­edge, puts us in sync with the mu­sic, and the mi­cro­phones, and the speak­ers, so that the sound we send out to you will be just right. Our thanks to all of you.

More im­por­tantly, we need to thank Jerry Arm­strong, our direc­tor, who seems to find the time to bring us to­gether for re­hearsals and prac­tice, when he has so many other job and fam­ily obligations to deal with. He should be proud to know that he can per­form mir­a­cles with some of us.

But most im­por­tantly, our thanks to the Good Lord for help­ing us to get past all of our fears, hit the right notes, and sing His praises. Through our faith, and His sup­port and grace, it al­ways seems to work out just fine. Happy "He is Risen" to ev­ery­one!

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