Business Digest 12/9

Some state land open for tree cutting
Commissioner of Public Lands Patrick H. Lyons has announced he is opening state trust lands for the cutting of Christmas trees during the holiday season, at no cost to the public.
Ten parcels of state trust land will be opened for tree cutting through Christmas Eve. Beginning Friday, permits and maps can be picked up at Land Office headquarters in Santa Fe, located at 310 Old Santa Fe Trail, or from district resource managers. Each permit allows individuals to cut up to two trees, a news release from Lyons’ office said.

Bank and TV station collect charity coats
Wells Fargo Bank has teamed up with KOAT-TV to collect new and gently used coats for needy children and their families. Collection boxes are in all Wells Fargo locations and throughout New Mexico through Saturday.
Donations of cash may also be made at any Wells Fargo Bank into the “American Red Cross KOATS for KIDS” donation account, a news release from Wells Fargo said.
The American Red Cross is helping KOAT-TV collect the cash donations that will be used to purchase additional coats for distribution.
For information, call 884-6290.

Dept. of Agriculture to assist farmers
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service has announced the agency is accepting applications for financial assistance under its Environmental Quality Incentives Program. The application deadline is Feb. 13, said Rosendo Trevino, state NRCS conservationist.
“Farmers and ranchers in the Central Curry Soil and Water Conservation district can benefit from these funds that support installation of conservation practices. The program is entirely voluntary and we work with each farmer and rancher to help them meet their specific needs,” said Rachel Armstrong, district conservationist.

Business Digest is compiled by CNJ staff writer Jack King. He may be contacted at 763-6991, or by e-mail: