Rear view architectural rendering of proposed active-adult lifestyle
community planned for Bernalillo.
Centex Homes begins sales of Bernalillo adult community
In November Centex Homes celebrated the opening of an active-adult
community in Bernalillo. Central New Mexico’s first active-adult
lifestyle community, Alegria has officially opened its doors for
business. Saturday, November 5 marked a festive event at the Hyatt
Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa for local dignitaries and over four
hundred prospective home buyers from throughout the country.
The evening was highlighted by welcoming presentations from Centex
vice president of Lifestyle Communities, Ted Lowe, Bernalillo town
manager Les Swindle, Mayor Charles Aguilar, and Sandoval County
Commissioner Bill Sapien.
The award-winning Albuquerque-based architectural firm of Dekker/Perich/Sabatini
was chosen to design the clubhouse, which will be the centerpiece
of the 376-home Alegria community. The clubhouse will feature indoor
and outdoor swimming pools and a fitness center, as well as rooms
for hobbies and entertaining. A full-time lifestyle director will
be available to assist with planning events and activities for residents.
County Commissioner Bill Sapien went on the record saying, “Alegria
is destine to have a dramatic and positive economic impact on the
town of Bernalillo, Sandoval County, and the state of New Mexico.
We are honored to have a company of Centex’s stature come
into our area and invest in our community by creating Alegria, which
will ultimately lead to the creation of jobs and increase revenues
for our coffers”.
For more information on Alegria, visit alegriacentex.com.
County small-business center opens
If you've been dreaming of opening a small business in Sandoval
County or expanding your current business, help is on the way.
The brand-new Sandoval County Small Business Development Center,
and its director, Howard J. “Ward” Hickey Jr., invite
you to a grand-opening celebration on Tuesday, December 13. The
open-house celebration begins at 3:30 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting
ceremony at 4:00 p.m. and continues until 6:30 p.m. The center is
at 237 South Camino del Pueblo, in Bernalillo, and shares space
with UNM-Los Alamos Bernalillo Site. UNM-LA will act as the host
of the Sandoval County SBDC.
“We're delighted to be involved with this project,”
said UNM-LA executive director Carlos Ramirez. “Sandoval County
is growing fast and the scope for economic development is enormous.
UNM-LA is happy to offer assistance to small-business owners who
want to take advantage of the county's potential.”
With the opening of the Sandoval County center, there are now
nineteen local SBDC centers around the state. Visit www.nmsbdc.org
to learn more about the services they offer.
The new center was made possible through a grant from the state
of New Mexico, with the assistance of the Small Business Administration.
“The Sandoval county commissioners felt it vital to establish
a full SBDC center in the county and they authorized me to help
obtain the funding,” said Gayland Bryant, Sandoval County
director of public affairs. “We worked with the SBDC to support
their recommendation to the state legislature. This will be a great
thing for our county and we're delighted that the legislature agreed
with that opinion.”
Donna Wylie, director of tourism and economic development for
Sandoval County, agreed. “We had strong support from our state
legislators,” she said. “This is a one-time grant. Within
a year, we must prove that we're up and running. We feel confident
that the legislature will reauthorize funding. Sandoval County has
been an underserved county and the potential here is enormous.”
Maria Rinaldi, director of community development for the town
of Bernalillo, is looking forward to working with the new SBDC.
“The center is critical for business development and business
expansion here in Bernalillo,” she said. “It's something
we've been desperately lacking.”
Ward Hickey wants the people of Sandoval County to know the office
is open for business. Call the Sandoval County SBDC, at 867-5066,
to contact Hickey or Nicola Feathers for entrepreneurial assistance.
La Casita Café owners buys property for
a bigger building
La Casita Café is ready to rise from the ashes now that its
owners can buy an alley from the Town of Bernalillo.
Restaurant owners John and Donna Montoya said they needed the
alley so a new, slightly larger building could be located farther
from the back fence. The alley, twenty-five feet wide and ninety
feet long, covers .05 acres and separated the restaurant from the
parking lot on an adjacent parcel.
Fire gutted the building in July, and the former store and home
has since been razed. The Montoyas opened the restaurant on Bernalillo's
main street in 1982.
The investigation determined the fire was electrical in origin,
John Montoya said.
The sale was delayed while the town researched whether the property
could be sold directly to the Montoyas or would have to be put up
for bid, said town administrator Lester Swindle. While surplus equipment
must be auctioned, state law allows real estate to be sold after
proper appraisal, he explained.
Since the Montoyas said they only needed about ten feet of the
alley, the town is retaining an easement of fifteen feet for future
utility needs. The town also required a letter from the owner of
the parking lot supporting the sale.
The Montoyas told the Signpost that once the sale is completed,
they can move on to financing the new building and beginning construction.
They hope to reopen next spring, they said.
Dr. Bob creates Chiles Soulamente
Local epicurean chiropractor Bob Dubin has searched for twenty-five
years to develop a blend of dried New Mexico chiles. He spices everything
from sauces and soups to pizza and nuts. He is now marketing Chiles
Soulamente at the Merc, the Rockin' R Gallery, the Coronado Restaurant,
and online at www.soulofthechile.com.
You can also taste it at the Piñon Café in Placitas.
Bob says, “Chiles Soulamente has a unique flavor, combining
the heat of the habanero with the smokiness of the chipotle and
the sweetness and tanginess of the anchos and cascabels. Adding
the bouquet from the remaining peppers adds up to a taste you will
not soon forget.” Adding from personal experience, “Whatever
you do, do not touch any sensitive part of your body before washing
Chiles Soulamente from your hands!”
The product is processed at the Truck Farm in Las Cruces, which
does about ten tons of chiles a year and has been running since
1988, originally as Tia Rita's.
It was a family affair to produce this tasty blend. Bob’s
daughter, Heather, who is a part-time graphic artist, designed the
label, the Web site, the business cards, and the letterhead for
Bob’s attorney cousin, Michele Crown, of Washington, D.C.,
is an expert in food labeling and made sure the label was FTC compliant
for interstate commerce.
For more information, call 771-9833 or visit www.soulofthechile.com.
Attorney General Madrid announces settlement with
Attorney General Madrid announced today that Western Union Financial
Services has entered into an agreement with New Mexico and forty-six
other states and the District of Columbia in response to concerns
about the use of the company’s wire-transfer services by fraudulent
telemarketers. Under the agreement, Western Union will, among other
things, fund an $8.1 million national consumer-awareness program
and set out very prominent consumer warnings on the forms used by
consumers to wire money.
“My office receives frequent calls from consumers who have
been contacted about claiming winnings for lotteries they have not
entered. The callers are typically persistent, calling consumers
repeatedly in an effort to convince them they have won money. Callers
tell consumers they must wire money to pay taxes for their winnings.
Nationwide, people routinely fall for these scams. In 2002, it was
estimated that American consumers lost $113 million to frauds perpetrated
from Canada,” said Madrid.
The problem of fraud-induced transfers is substantial. Based on
a survey conducted by seven states, it was estimated that over 29
percent of Western Union transfers in excess of $300 from the U.S.
to Canada were fraud-induced, representing 58 percent of the total
dollars transferred and an average of over $1,500 per transfer.