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Interest in cohousing grows

—Joyce Thompson, Placitas Sage Cohousing

Based on the response to our public meeting on July 20 at the Placitas Library, many Placitans are interested in creating a cohousing community for seniors here in Placitas. Thirty-one people attended the community meeting to learn more about cohousing and how it might be implemented in Placitas. We showed a video produced by the national cohousing board on developing cohousing, followed by a presentation by three members of Sand River Cohousing, a senior community in Santa Fe, with questions and open discussion.

Our local exploratory group has chosen a name: Placitas Sage, and created a web site:, where more information is available. Our newly created mission statement states:

The mission of Placitas Sage cohousing community is to create and maintain a small cooperative style housing community for seniors who share expenses, skills, and visions in mutual support and friendship. We are a participatory community grounded in the principles of conscious aging, decision making by consensus, environmental stewardship, and a connection to place.

For potential cohousing residents to get better acquainted, we have planned a potluck picnic dinner on August 24, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Placitas Library. All who are interested in exploring the possibilities of a senior cohousing alternative in Placitas are welcome. Come and join us, bringing a dish to share, your drink, and dinnerware. For more information, contact us at or Joyce at 404-8553.

Donations taken for loss in Bernalillo fire

On July 15, 2013, the home of Jonathan and Eufelia Baldonado in Bernalillo burned to the ground as was reported in the Albuquerque Journal. The adjacent barn, with tools, machinery, a vehicle, and alfalfa, belonging to Anthony and Olivia Baldonado, was destroyed in the fire, as well. Wells Fargo Bank has set up an account for the family to receive donations in order to help them recover their losses. Donations can be made at any Wells Fargo Bank to Jonathan and Eufelia Baldonado in care of Anthony and Olivia Baldonado.

Postcards from the Rio Bravo border

—Judy Gajkowski

Daniel Arreola, a Placitas resident, will discuss and share photos from his new book, Postcards from the Rio Bravo Border, at the Placitas Community Library on August 24 at 2:00 p.m.

Daniel is a Professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning and an Affiliate Faculty with the School of Transborder Studies at Arizona State University.

Between 1900 and the late 1950s, Mexican border towns came of age both as tourist destinations and as emerging cities. Commercial photographers produced thousands of images of these towns, which were reproduced as photo postcards. Daniel has amassed one of the largest collections of these border town postcards, and, in this book, he uses this amazing visual archive to offer a new way of understanding how the border towns grew and transformed themselves and how they were pictured to attract American tourists.

Postcards from the Rio Bravo Border presents nearly two hundred images of five significant towns on the lower Rio Bravo: Matamoros, Reynosa, Nuevo Laredo, Piedras Negras, and Villa Acuna. Using these images, he tracks changes both within the cities as places and in the ways in which the cities have been pictured for tourist attraction. He makes a strong case that visual imagery has a shaping influence on how we negotiate and think about places, creating a serial scripting of the place. This innovative visual approach demonstrates that historical imagery, no less than texts or maps, can be assembled to tell a compelling geographical story about a place and time.

Join us at the Placitas Community Library on August 24 to learn how postcard images, when systematically and chronologically arranged, can tell us a great deal about how Mexican border towns have been viewed over time. For more information, call 867-3355.

Gene Grant live at Esther Bone Library

—Rob Nankin

Gene Grant, host and commentator from New Mexico in Focus, will appear at the Esther Bone Memorial Library on August 6 at 6:30 p.m. His talk is called “The Governor’s Race: A Discussion on the Money, the Issues, and the Stakes for New Mexico.” The PBS show, New Mexico in Focus, is now in its ninth season and airs every Friday night. In addition to being the host of the show, Mr. Grant is also a columnist for the Weekly Alibi, opinion page writer for the Albuquerque Journal, and has appeared on PBS News Hour. 

If you have never been to one of Gene’s talks at the library, this is your opportunity. As in the past, a lively discussion will ensue.

The Esther Bone Library is located at 950 Pinetree Rd. SE in Rio Rancho. Call 891-5012 and select option 3 for more information or directions to the library.

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