Students Learn About Being A Pony Express Rider

PINE-STRAWBERRY

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The ad read: "Wanted, young, skinny, wiry fellows. Not over 18. Must be expert riders. Willing to risk death daily.Orphans preferred.Rider Pay -- $100 per month."

Austin Waterman, a student at Pine-Strawberry Elementary would have met some of the requirements for a Pony Express Rider, but he was declared an honorary Hashknife rider on the merit of being the only student sporting a cowboy belt buckle to the Hashknife Pony Express assembly held Thursday, Jan. 17 in the Pine-Strawberry school gym.

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Pine-Elementary School student Austin Waterman participated in an all-school assembly along with Hashknife Pony Express riders Chuck Jackman and Matt McRae.

Decked out in chaps and an official Hashknife bandanna, Austin assisted Hashknife riders Matt McRae and Chuck Jackman during the afternoon all-school assembly. McRae and Jackman educated students on the history of the Pony Express and the heritage of Hashknife. he pair also brought items of interest including a Hashknife, branding iron and a mailbag used by riders to carry the mail.

The young football fans in the audienceheered when the football that will be carried by the riders from Holbrook to the Super Bowl was presented.

At the end of the assembly, students were given the opportunity to win prizes by answering questions on the presentation.

The Hashknife riders will arrive at the Pine post office between 1-2 p.m. Jan. 30. The public is invited to greet the riders.

Water vote

On March 11, the Pine-Strawberry WID will hold a special election.

It will be a "vote by mail "election.Official ballots will be mailed to each qualified elector beginning February 18.

Because, election materials cannot be forwarded, it is important your voter registration information is current.

Voter registration deadline for the election is February 11, 2008

If you have questions or to determine if your information is current call Gila County Voter Registration at (928) 402-8734 or (800) 291-4452

Our water supply is an ever-present issue and we all have many questions and concerns.There are two Web sites that offer information to help with your decision.

Rim Country Water at www.rimcountrywater.org and Water for Pine Strawberry at www.WaterForPineStrawberry.com

Gila Community College classes in Pine

Gila Community College is offering classes in Workforce Readiness at Pine Elementary School. A personal assessment class, CSL 104 is scheduled January 9 through February 28. he two-hour class held on Tuesdays and Thursdays begins at 5:30 p.m.

COE 101 Job Seeking Strategies, a cooperative education class, begins March 18 and continues through May 1.The class begins at 5:30 p.m.

For those who want to improve their computers skills, two upcoming classes are on the agenda.Computers for Beginners will be March 3 through March 26.It is a three-hour class, 8:30 a.m. to 11: 30 a.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Introduction to Computers begins March 3l and continues through May 5 Classes will be held 1 to 5 p.m. Monday and Wednesdays. All classes will be held at Pine Elementary School.

Military help

A state tax credit similar to the familiar Credit for Kids takes effect this month for the 2008 through 2012 tax years.

Arizonans interested in providing financial help to military families now can reap a state tax break by donating to the Military Family Relief Fund. Single taxpayers can reduce their tax by $200 and joint filers $400.

The Arizona Department of Veterans Services will manage the legislation, signed in December by Gov. Janet Napolitano.

The credit combined with other efforts by the state will help ease financial burdens caused by long-term deployments. The fund will assist families with emergency travel and lodging expenses in the event of a death or injury of a member of the armed forces.

State forms are not available yet but will be prepared when the 2008 tax-filing documents are prepared later this year. redits are dollar-for-dollar reductions in your tax bill not deductions; however, you do not have to itemize deductions to donate. he credits are not refundable but will reduce your tax liability. The program is set to expire in five years or as soon as $1 million in credits are made.

Donations have begun and assistance will be following in the coming months.

Mail your check or money order to: Arizona Department of Veterans Services, Attn: Director, 3839 N. Third St., Suite 200, Phoenix, AZ 85012.

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