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Get rid of unused, expired drugs

People who want to safely get rid of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs will have a chance Saturday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Smith’s Food & Drug and the Drug Enforcement Administration will accept medications for safe disposal during that time at two Smith’s locations in Santa Fe: 2308 Cerrillos Road and 2110 S. Pacheco St.

The service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked. Personal information may be blacked out on prescription bottles or medications may be emptied from the bottles into bins provided at collection areas.

CVS caught selling alcohol to minors

Only one location in Santa Fe was cited for selling alcohol to minors during a compliance operation Friday by Department of Public Safety agents, the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office and Santa Fe Police Department.

Minors who were part of the operation visited 21 locations. The one that sold alcoholic beverages to a minor was CVS Pharmacy, 511 W. Cordova Road, according to a law enforcement news release. The server will be referred to the district attorney’s office for selling or giving alcoholic beverages to minors.

Also, minors asked 25 males and six females at two locations to purchase alcoholic beverages for them. None of them agreed to do so.

Retired judge to handle lawsuit

Mark A. Macaron, a retired district judge from Albuquerque, will preside over a lawsuit filed by the Eldorado Community Improvement Association against households with chickens in the subdivision.

Macaron was appointed by the New Mexico Supreme Court after all First Judicial District Court judges took themselves out of consideration because of potential conflicts of interest, according to a news release from the law firm representing the ECIA: Cassutt, Hays & Friedman, P.A.

Joy Harjo to speak at commencement

A Muscogee Creek poet, author and musician will give this year’s commencement speech at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe.

The school says the graduates selected alumna Joy Harjo to deliver the address at the May 10 ceremony.

At 16, Harjo enrolled there to study painting and theater. She graduated in 1968 and went on to receive degrees from the University of New Mexico and the University of Iowa.

Harjo has published seven poetry books and has received several awards, including the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.

The institute will also award an honorary doctorate to Navajo artist Tony Abeyta.

IAIA President Robert Martin says Abeyta and Harjo are examples of what the school’s visionaries sought to create — revolutionary artists who push innovation and imagination in Native arts.

Learn more about the SWAN Park

Residents will have a chance to learn and ask questions about the future Southwest Activity Node Park during a public meeting on April 30 at 5:30 p.m.

It will be held in the Southside Library community meeting room, 6599 Jaguar Drive. The purpose of the meeting is to present the Phase 1 schematic design. Construction on the SWAN Park, estimated at $5 million, is expected to begin in early winter.

Ranchers can get help with claims

Hispanic and female ranchers who want to learn more about filing a discrimination claim with the U.S. Department of Agriculture can get assistance from trained advocates at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in Room 132, Joseph M. Montoya Administration Building, Northern New Mexico College, 921 Paseo de Oñate in Española.

The federal government has established a claims process to access at least $1.33 billion for cash awards and tax relief payments, plus $160 million in farm debt relief for Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who can prove the USDA denied their applications for a loan or loan servicing assistance for discriminatory reasons between 1981 and 2000.

The deadline to file a claim had been extended to May 1.

Seedlings for sale Thursday, Friday

The State Forestry Conservation Tree Seedling Program will offer its remaining seedlings for sale from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday at its seedling center, 3250 Calle Princessa Juana.

The seedlings usually are available only in lots of 25 or more to owners of an acre or more of land.

Some of the bare-root tree species offered at this year’s sale include lilac, buffalo berry, prairie sky poplar, native plum and Nanking cherry.

Other species in various sizes include: Afghanistan pine, Apache plume, Arizona cypress, Austrian pine, bigtooth maple, blue spruce, bristlecone pine, Douglas fir, fernbush, hoptree, lacebark elm, limber pine, littleleaf sumac, mountain snowberry, New Mexico foresteria, New Mexico locust, peachleaf willow, piñon, Rio Grande cottonwood, skunkbush sumac, white fir, smooth sumac, southwestern white pine and Scot’s pine.

Bare-root trees are $20 for a bundle of 25; small containers are $1 each (minimum of 10); and large containers are $2 each (minimum of five).

All trees are first come, first served and cash and carry. UPS shipping will not be available and online orders will not be accepted.

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