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SANTA FE (AP) — Gov. Bill Richardson wants New Mexicans to help prepare for the state's centennial by volunteering for community projects. The governor announced the initiative Wednesday at a celebration in the Capitol of New Mexico's 98th anniversary of statehood. Richardson said the goal is to recruit 30,000 volunteers for 500 community projects, such as cleaning up trash and graffiti as well as services to the elderly and children. The governor said volunteer work is one of the best ways New Mexicans can serve their state. Communities and volunteers can contact the state's centennial office in the Department of Cultural Affairs on how to participate in the public service initiative. New Mexico became a state in 1912.