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Wells Hired as San Juan County Extension Home Economist

LAS CRUCES -- Linda Wells began work Aug. 3 as the home economist for New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service in San Juan County.


Wells will be in charge of adult Extension home economics programs for the county. She said that she aimed to bridge the gap between experienced homemakers and those newer to the tasks of running a household.

This is the second time Wells has worked for Extension. In 1973 and 1974, she worked as the home economist in Roosevelt County before returning to her native Torrance County to work in ranching, retailing and wholesaling.

From 1989 to 1998, she taught in Estancia Public Schools at both elementary and secondary levels. She won the New Mexico Vocational Home Economics Rookie Teacher of the Year award in 1990 and took the exemplary program award from the same group in 1992. In 1994, she was named a master adviser for the state Future Homemakers of America/Home Economics Related Organizations and was listed in the Who's Who Among American Teachers.

Wells served a four-year term as commissioner of the New Mexico State Fair starting in 1991.

She said her family is well-steeped in Extension. Wells was a state officer in 4-H and both she and her daughter were delegates to the national 4-H conference. Her mother is a 60-year veteran of Extension homemaker clubs.