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Anderson Joins Eddy County Extension Office

LAS CRUCES ­ Starley Anderson is the new Eddy County agent for home economics with New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service.

Anderson plans to rebuild local Extension home economics programs and restart the Extension Food and Nutrition Education Program in Eddy County. Her other goals include holding educational programs on diabetes and expanding local Family and Community Education clubs' outreach to young women. She will also assist with Extension's 4-H program.

Anderson, a 4-H member growing up in Wyoming, was a national winner in forestry. She had a childhood dream of becoming a home economist, starting at age 10.

"We lived on a ranch 36 miles out in the country, and the county home economist visited to help me with a sewing project," Anderson said. "I knew I wanted to be a home economist some day. It just took a long time to get here."

Anderson spent last year as a Peace Corps volunteer in South Africa. She has logged 15 years with agricultural statistics services in Wyoming, Nevada and Texas, serving as a field assistant and office supervisor.

To support her three children, Anderson held a variety of jobs, including stints as a newspaper reporter and freelance writer. Once her children were in college, she pursued her own higher education, earning an associate's degree in arts and sciences from Laramie County Community College in Wyoming. She attended the University of Wyoming on scholarship, earning a bachelor's degree in 1987. In 1990, she received a master's degree in home economics from the University of Nevada-Reno.

A member of Western Writers of America, she has been a freelance writer since 1973, writing mostly nonfiction. Her historical articles and personal profiles have been published in the Denver Post and a number of livestock publications.