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Thursday, February 20, 2003

State Fair Appointees Approved by Committee

By Kate Nash
Journal Capitol Bureau
    SANTA FE New Mexico State Fair Commission appointees, who pledged to work together to boost interest and participation in the annual event, won the approval of the Senate Rules Committee on Tuesday.
    The seven members must still be confirmed by the state Senate. They are:
   
  • Carol Cloer, an alfalfa farmer who lives in Bloomfield. A former high school principal, Cloer also is a professor at New Mexico State University. She will serve a five-year term.
       
  • Terry L. Cone, a certified public accountant from Portales. He has been a 4-H leader in Roosevelt County for 25 years. He will serve a three-year term.
       
  • Bob Frost, a San Jon rancher. He is past president of the New Mexico Cattlegrowers Association and serves on the San Jon Board of Education. He will serve for two years.
       
  • Sandy Jones, a rancher from Truth or Consequences. He will serve a four-year term.
       
  • Luke Otero, a Santa Fe consultant and lobbyist who works on regulatory service issues. He will serve a two-year term.
       
  • Rena Salazar, a former elementary school teacher who is a member of San Juan Pueblo. She is involved in the Institute of American Indian Arts and the Office of Indian Affairs. She will serve for a year.
       
  • Frank Tabet, a former vice chairman of the State Police Board who lives in Belen. He will serve a one-year term.
        The appointees said they are looking forward to improving the fair.
        "If we can leave it better just one day after we start, we're doing our job," Otero said.