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Bronc riding group eyes Moriarty and update on Boys & Girls Club

The Independent of Edgewood, New Mexico

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An uneventful city council meeting last week in Moriarty included a request to bring a bronc-riding competition to the city's rodeo arena and an update on possible location of the Boys and Girls Club at Mountainview Elementary.

Tim Sheppard is a local man who agreed to ask the city council if the Southwest Bronc Riders Association could have the fee waived for renting the Heritage Arena for a bronc-riding event in April.

After discussion, the city council agreed to sponsor the event, keeping all gate fees up to $300, which is what it costs to rent the arena. Sheppard said he would take the information back to the group to see if they agree.

Gabby Anaya asked the city council for a letter in support of bringing Boys and Girls Club to the area. She said the group is interested in using part of the Mountainview Elementary School building. The Moriarty Edgewood School District voted in December to close Mountainview and Edgewood elementary schools, and district superintendent Tom Sullivan has said he wants to put the buildings to some kind of "positive use."

Mayor Ted Hart has been attending meetings with Boys and Girls Club along with Anaya and others, including Torrance County Commissioner Lonnie Freyburger.

The Club could create five to seven staff positions, Anaya said, and would include very low-cost programs for children and possibly intramural sports like basketball, tutoring, and a summer recreation program for the school district.

The city agreed to send a letter in support.

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Original Publication Date: January 15, 2014

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