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Gnatkowski Hired as Lincoln County Program Coordinator

LAS CRUCES - Pete Gnatkowski began work Jan. 25 as Lincoln County's 4-H program coordinator with New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service.

"I am really looking forward to working with the kids," he said. Gnatkowski is returning to Extension after 22 years. He worked as the 4-H agent in Otero County from 1975 to 1977.

Since then, he has operated his family's ranch near Carrizozo. He also worked on a ranch in Yerbanis, Durango, Mexico for two years.

"My goal is to increase 4-H enrollment in Lincoln County. I think the 4-H program has the potential to do a lot for the kids in this area," Gnatkowski said. "I plan to work more in the Ruidoso area to get the southern end of the county more involved."

He has volunteered as the wool judging coach for the county's 4-H team and the Corona and Carrizozo FFA teams for several years. He took two state-champion 4-H judging teams to the national competition in Sonora, Texas.

Gnatkowski received a bachelor's degree in animal science from NMSU in 1972.

He is a member of the Corona Board of Education and the Lincoln County Public Lands Use Advisory Committee. He's also assistant superintendent of the wool show at the New Mexico State Fair.

Gnatkowski is a past president of the New Mexico Wool Growers Association and served as co chair of the Lincoln County Fair's Junior Livestock Sale for many years.