Youth Board gets down to business

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By Katy Korkos

The county's newest board is also its youngest, with none

of the five volunteers older than 18. The young advisors hit the ground running

at their inaugural meeting Monday, and have taken the first steps toward

creating a work plan, setting up subcommittees and developing tasks for the

year ahead.

Colin MacArthur was elected chair and Ariana Rowberry

co-chair at Monday's meeting, which was attended by the all of the approved

board members. The board is comprised of Nat Gustafson, Ben Batha and Adrian

Figg as well as MacArthur and Rowberry. Two more members will be added to

create a full complement of seven, with interviews taking place on Thursday.

Capt. Kevin Purtyman of the Los Alamos Police Department

is the staff advisor to the group, and Councilor Nona Bowman is the council

liaison, and both were in attendance Monday. MacArthur conducted the orderly

meeting, turning to Bowman and Purtyman only for advice on completing a work

plan and staying within council's guidelines for boards and commissions.

The board's foremost task is to advise council on

youth-related issues, but before the board can advise council, they will

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