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Kate Nelson named Managing Editor of New Mexico Magazine

—Elaine Sullivan

Kate Nelson is taking over as managing editor of New Mexico Magazine, the state’s official travel guide for 94 years. Kate has lived in Placitas since 1990, has been on the board of Las Placitas Association, and is currently on the Placitas Community Library’s gardening committee. An award-winning journalist, Kate most recently worked as the marketing manager for the New Mexico History Museum and Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe.

Kate has freelanced a number of feature stories for New Mexico Magazine. Last year, she won a Silver Award from the International Regional Magazine Association for a body of her work that included stories about LaFonda Hotel, Zuni Pueblo, and the rescue of Las Vegas’s Castaneda Hotel. Kate has an interest in all things historical and cultural and has written many fascinating pieces about these facets of New Mexico. She recently published a book about the late artist Helen Hardin, A Straight Line Curved, to positive critical acclaim.

Although Kate has hiked in Ireland, Canada, and Alaska, she says her favorite trail starts at her back door in Placitas.

Reconciliation and forgiveness in the real world

—Pepi Strahl and Gail Goldstein

“What do reconciliation and forgiveness look like in the real world?” These are the words written on the jacket of the film, Beyond Right and Wrong.

The Placitas Holocaust Remembrance and Genocide Awareness Group is sponsoring a showing of this timely and relevant film for this year’s program to commemorate Yom Hashoah. Beyond Right and Wrong is a powerful documentary seven years in the making. Filmmaker Lekha Singh presents the stories of people who have experienced loss, and the stories of people who have caused that loss. From the Rwandan Genocide, to fighting in Northern Ireland, to the Israeli Palestinian Conflict, people from different sides of violence tell their stories

The film is a meditation on justice and its role in national and personal healing. As difficult as the stories are to hear, we come away from the film with a renewed sense of hope for humanity.

The showing will take place at the Placitas Community Library on April 30, at 2:00 p.m., with a discussion to follow.

Placitas Sage open house

On April 30, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., on Forest Lane in Placitas the “Placitas Sagers” will host an open house. Since Placitas Sage doesn’t have a “house” yet, they are putting up a couple of artists’ canopies and inviting folks to come and meet them to hear about cohousing and the future plans of the Placitas Sage cohousing complex. For further information, visit

Optimists hear from BBBS, essayist

—Suzann Owings

“Daniel Stouffer with Big Brothers and Big Sisters (BBBS) will detail current activities and suggest ways BBBS and the Coronado Optimist Club can work together,” says Venus Sanford, COC’s charter member and club treasurer about the club’s next meeting. “We will also hear our essay contest winner—Bernalillo High School student Ansel Bejos—read his essay and receive his club awards,” says Past President Snow Watson.

The meeting, held from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., on April 12, at the Range Cafe will include the induction of new members and an opportunity to debrief their March activities. Optimist International is a community service organization that operates through its Optimist Clubs of volunteers. The Coronado Optimist Club usually meets at the Range Cafe in Bernalillo, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., on the second Tuesday of the month. Community members are welcome. For further details, call 867-2047, or visit the COC’s website at

Bernhard Richmann—1940-2016

Bernhard Richmann, 75, passed away at his home in Caballo, New Mexico, on March 10, 2016.

He was born in Bonn, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, on June 2, 1940, to Wilhelm and Anna (Niklas) Richmann.

Mr. Richmann was a retired cement plant general supervisor and is survived by his daughter, Renee Arner of Truth or Consequences, NM, and sons William Richmann and Dominic Richmann, both of Albuquerque; his sisters, Monica R. (Gene) Ortega and Maryann Richmann; his long-term partner, Carole Vosburgh; stepson, Jacob Vosburgh, and stepdaughter, Jessica Hiemenz; along with numerous great and great-great grandchildren.

The viewing was held in the Chapel of Kirikos Family Funeral Home on March 11, at 2:00 p.m. For online condolences, visit Cremation arrangements were by Kirikos Family Funeral Home, Inc., in T or C.

Bernhard Richmann and Carole Vosburgh lived along Las Huertas Creek in Placitas for many years before moving to southern New Mexico.

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