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Central Valley Electric reporting busy year

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ARTESIA ­— Children of members of the Central Valley Electric Cooperative in Artesia will be learning more about the government process later this year.

CVE’s service area covers a major chunk of territory in both Chaves and Eddy Counties and the kids will be participating in the Government in Action Youth Tour according to Leah Boone a customer services representative.

“It’s a statewide opportunity, so there’s kids from all over the state, we had such a good pool of kids to choose from this year, that we’re actually partnering with Holly Energy to send five kids instead of two,” Boone said.

Boone said the young people will start their trek in Santa Fe in June and they will then go to Washington, D.C. to participate with other youth from across the country.

“We have kids from Roswell High, Hagerman High, Dexter High and Artesia High,” Boone said.

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Besides the trip, Boone said CVE has some other activities that will be taking place for their members for the rest of this month and next.

On Feb. 24, Boone said CVE will be participating in an emergency prepardeness fair that is being hosted by the City of Artesia at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at 2519 W. Hermosa Drive.

“It’s the first for them just to kind of see how they can get the word out about how to be more prepared for different types of emergencies,” she said.

“We have been so fortunate not to have any horrible situations happening in our part of the world. But in other parts of the United States, there’s been so many types of emergenices and weather issues. We’ve got some information to share with anybody that comes through there,” she added.

Boone said CVE’s annual coloring contest recently concluded. This has been going on for a number of years and she said coloring sheets were passed out to school kids from Dexter to Artesia.

“We take a head count of students from each class room for 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade and those are the only three grade levels that get to enter into the contest,” she said.

Boone delivered them in December and picked them up last month and she said they will be judged by those who are expert artists.

CVE is governed by an appointed board of trustees. The nominating committee will meet on Feb. 13 at 9 a.m. in the board room in Artesia. Trustees will be nominated from District 3, which is the Cottonwood/Lake Arthur area and District 6, which is north of Roswell.

“The nominating committee meets every year prior to our annual meeting,” Boone said. “If there’s any board members that are up for re-election, then they must be re-elected by their nominating person.”

The annual meeting for all CVE members is set for Mar. 17 at 1:30 p.m. at the Estelle Yates Auditorium in Arteisa.

“We would like to encourage everybody from the Roswell area, Dexter, Hagerman, Lake Arthur, Artesia, Hope, Loco Hills, wherever to come this way on Mar. 17 and have lunch with us with 11:30 a.m. at Artesia Jr. High and then registration for the meeting starts at 12:30 p.m. at the Estelle Yates Auditorium,” Boone said.

Boone said CVE members in Artesia, Dexter and Roswell may call the main office at 746-3571 for more information. Members in Hagerman may call 752-3366.

General assignment reporter Mike Smith can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 307, or at sports2@rdrnews.com.