Jenny Kane/The Daily Timesat the Annual ConocoPhillips charitable luncheon, Thursday
Jenny Kane/The Daily Times at the Annual ConocoPhillips charitable luncheon, Thursday (Jon Austria)
FARMINGTON — ConocoPhillips on Thursday announced $689,440 in donations to nonprofit groups, educational organizations and local government agencies in the San Juan Basin.

The total included a $300,000 check for San Juan College's School of Energy building that is expected to break ground this fall. The building will bring together in one location the school's programs, now located at various sites around the Farmington area.

Donations also went to organizations such as the Special Olympics of New Mexico, Bloomfield Fire Department and the Farmington Boys and Girls Club. The grants were announced at ConocoPhillips' annual philanthropic luncheon at Courtyard By Marriott.

"As the state's leading oil and gas producer, ConocoPhillips is pleased to support many outstanding organizations in this are," Michelle Ahlm, philanthropic coordinator for the company's San Juan Business Unit, said in a prepared statement. "The commitment of these organizations and the work they do to help the community benefits all of us. ConocoPhillips is proud that we are able to give something back tot he communities where we operate."

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