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New Mexico Human Services Department E-News September 24, 2010

Microsoft Office 2007 is on the Horizon for HSD Staff!

Microsoft Office 2007 is coming! The Microsoft Office 2007 rollout will replace your Office 2003 software suite and bring HSD staff tools that will better enable collaboration among each other and other agencies using Office 2007 documents, such as Word 2007 or Excel 2007. The rollout to field offices is planned for October after a pilot rollout in the Santa Fe HSD field offices beginning today. (They deserve a super thanks for helping the HSD ITD to build a solid deployment process.) If the pilot goes well the rollout will continue in Rio Rancho, followed by the NE Albuquerque ISD office. "As the rollout progresses staff will receive regular announcements via email that will list the next offices on the list to get Office 2007," said ITD's Jerry Gallegos. To minimize interruptions during business hours, ITD will install Office 2007 through the HSD network beginning at 5:00 p.m. Friday and ending the following Monday morning. Back in June 2010, HSD staff were encouraged to prepare for Office 2007 through the TeachUComp training and the HSD Training and Professional Development Blackboard and IDEAL-NM eLearning website. You can refresh your Office 2007 background at any time by visiting \\ditsfaww030\TeachUComp for TeachUComp training, or hsd.blackboard.com to reach the HSD Training and Professional Development Blackboard site. New employees may contact their supervisor or OHR's Cheryl Thompson or Sue Goldman for information on these training resources.

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Socorro ISD Office Staff Spawns a King and a Queen

Socorro High School Homecoming was extra special this year at the Socorro County ISD field office because both the king and the queen were ISD workers' children. Vanessa Jojola, daughter of Line Manager Michelle Jojola, was voted Homecoming Queen, while Jared Marquez, son of Administrative Secretary Margie Marquez, was voted Homecoming King. Margie has worked at the Socorro ISD office for 12 years and Michelle has worked there for 13 years.

HSD Employee Wins Ribbons Again at State Fair

Peggy Montoya again this year took home first place ribbons at the State Fair, this time for her Coconut Crème and Cheddar Pear pies. "I also took a Best in Show for the Coconut Crème Pie! It was the best pie out of 68 pies! I've never gotten a Best in Show before, so I'm pretty proud, said Montoya. Overall, Montoya has won 48 State Fair ribbons for her pies, candies and cookies. She began entering the annual competition in 1997 with candy entries; later, in 2006 she began entering her pies. In a note to office staff, co worker Victoria Hernandez said, "I'm so happy and excited to report that our very own Peggy Montoya took home two First Place Ribbons at the State Fair for her pies. Maybe she'll make these award-winning pies for us someday."

Dispose of Your Old Prescription Drugs Program Available Tomorrow

"Prescription drug abuse is a significant public health issue in our country," said Tony Martinez, Associate Director, Office of

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Intergovernmental and Public Liaison, Executive Office of the President in a letter to colleagues about a new program for helping people dispose of unwanted prescription drugs. "Because they are legal, prescription drugs are easily accessible and often kept in home medicine cabinets long after they are needed, making them readily available to people who might misuse or abuse them." The Take-Back Program is one way to ensure the proper disposal prescription drugs. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and others will hold prescription drug "Take-Back" events across the country. At these events, DEA and local partners will collect potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Visit the following link for New Mexico collection sites: http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/takeback/.

Albuquerque CSED Offices Hold Homeless Vets' Fund Raiser

The two Albuquerque CSED offices held Frito Pie and bake sale events on September 10 and 16th to assist with the Homeless Veteran's Stand Down-Hands Up event that will take place on October 22 and 23 in Albuquerque. Together the offices raised $645. HSD offices in Santa Fe and other parts of the state are also collecting used clothing for the event. "Please remember the sacrifices the men and women of our Armed Forces have made and continue to make every day; we can raise ourselves up by helping those who now can use a hand," said CSED's Mark Youtzy.

Congratulations! From the Office of the Secretary

Congratulations to MAD's Felicia Halford. HSD Secretary Kathryn Fall received a letter from a client saying, "... Ms. Halford helped my disabled son and I navigate the complex system to get him re-instated into the Working Disabled Individual (WDI) Program without a break in service. She followed through with telephone calls to the extent of setting up a three-way call with the Anthony ISD office, herself and my son and I to clarify the appropriate WDI manual section making my son eligible for re-instatement. She made a complicated system of various rules and agencies navigable ..."

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Congrats to Rudy Sias from the East Doña Ana ISD office for collecting $13, 887 from a Medicaid Income Diversion Trust.

Here's What's Happening Across New Mexico This Weekend and Beyond

Last Weekend for State Fair Fun ­ Tomorrow, players from the UNM Men's Basketball Team will make a special appearance at the New Mexico State Fair for an hour-long Meet `n' Greet with fans. The Lobos and coaching staff will be at the State Fair on Avenue of the Governors near the fountain across from the Food Court from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., where they will sign autographs and talk to fans. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta October 2 through 10, 2010 ­ The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a worldrenowned attraction and destination for kids of all ages. For more than three decades, the first week in October brings the smell of roasting chiles and the beautiful, magical moving picture show of hot air balloons sailing silently through the crisp fall air. For information on daily events visit http://www.balloonfiesta.com/. Fort Union Tour is Tomorrow from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ­ In recognition of National Public Lands Day, Fort Union National Monument will present its first fort tour. There were two other forts built before the present one in the same area. This is the only time during the year that the First Fort site is open to the public. Guided tours are given approximately four times during the day. Fort Union National Park is located 26 miles north of Las Vegas off Interstate 25. For more information please see http://www.lasvegasnewmexico.com/calendar/2010/docs/First_Fort. pdf. Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Fall Foliage Rocky Mountain Express, Chama ­ Take a ride on the Cumbres & Toltec, enjoying fall colors as you go. Aspens and cottonwoods by the thousands line the route with their changing leaves turning light yellow to brilliant gold to dark orange. This train ride is a great opportunity to enjoy a brisk fall day in the mountains of northern New Mexico. Be sure to bring a light jacket or sweater. Train leaves at 11:00 and returns at 3:00 p.m. cost Fares start at $39.00. Visit http://www.cumbrestoltec.com/ for more information. Pancho Villa State Park Hosts 5th Annual, Pancho's Car Show September 25 ­ Pancho Villa State Park will host Pancho's Car Show from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. tomorrow, with vintage to late model show cars, motorcycles, and choppers. Enjoy music, food and drink with door prizes and a raffle. For more information, call 575-531-2711 or visit www.nmparks.com.

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Fall Colors in Taos Through October ­ The majestic backdrop provides an ideal setting for photographers, artist group and weddings. The perfect weather, scenery for hiking and horseback riding. For more information call Taos Ski Valley Chamber of Commerce at 575-776-1413. Santa Rosa Hosts the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit 'New Harmonies-Roots if American Music ­ Santa Rosa, New Mexico hosts The Smithsonian Institution's New Harmonies Root's of American Music September 25 through November 6, 2010 at the Historic Ilfeld Warehouse in downtown Santa Rosa. The Smithsonian explores American music including the Hispanic music of the southwest. Local exhibits, interpretive and educational programs, fiddle workshops, art, quilting, and live entertainment accompany the program. Call 575 472- 3763 for more information. Explore a Seven-acre Corn Maze; Plus, a Hay Bale Labyrinth for the Kids ­ The Maize Maze attracts thousands of visitors to Rio Grande Community Farm at Los Poblanos Open Space, 1701 Montano Road NW. The corn grown through the summer becomes 6 feet or taller and has paths precisely cut by GPS technology to form the maze. This event runs Friday-Sunday until Oct 31. For more information, visit http://www.riograndefarm.org/programsevents/maize-maze/. National Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrations in Albuquerque ­ The celebrations begin this month and continue into October for National Hispanic Heritage Month. o Sept. 28 at 11:30 a.m. ­ Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce Hispanic Heritage Luncheon, Hyatt Regency, 330 Tijeras SW. Tickets, $30 per person or $300 for a table for 10. For information call 505-842-9003. o Oct. 1 ­ 3 ­ "La Casa de Bernarda Alba,": a play by Federico Garcia Lorca, at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 Fourth SW. Tickets are $15, $20 and $25. For information, 505-246-2261. o Oct. 9 ­ 10, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ­ Hispanic Art Expo, Hard rock Hotel & Casino, 11000 Broadway SE. Free. For information call 505-730-1950. o Oct. 10, Noon to 6:00 p.m. ­ National Hispanic Cultural Center, 10th anniversary parade and public opening of the Torreon, 1701 Fourth SW. Parade starts at noon on Central and Fourth SW and ends at the Cultural Center. For information, 5050246-2261. o Oct. 15 at 6:00 p.m. ­ De Colores Leadership Banquet, hard rock Hotel & Casino, 11000 Broadway SE. Tickets are $75 per person or $750 for table of 10. For information call 505-7301950.

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Betina Gonzales McCracken HSD Communications Director [email protected]

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