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Highway maintainer Chris Martinez of the state Department of Transportation rearranges orange barrel protecting freshly poured concrete in the middle of Camino del Pueblo, also known as NM313, in Bernalillo. 

Highway maintainer Chris Martinez of the state Department of Transportation rearranges orange barrel protecting freshly poured concrete in the middle of Camino del Pueblo, also known as NM313, in Bernalillo. The state is installing a crosswalk in front of the Range Café that includes a concrete median, striping and warning signs. When completed, town police are expected to watch for motorists who fail to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk.


Historical society hosts former Oklahoma senator Fred Harris

The Sandoval County Historical Society February meeting will be held on February 6 at 3:00 p.m. at the DeLavy House Museum in Bernalillo. Fred Harris, a professor of economics at the University of New Mexico and former U.S. Senator from Oklahoma, will speak about his new novel Following the Harvest, set in 1943 Oklahoma. The book will be on sale at the meeting. The DeLavy House Museum is on SR 550, west of Coronado Monument on Edmond Lane. The meeting is open to the public.


Monument talk informs of history prior to 1680

The Friends of Coronado State Monument presents “So Far From the Eyes of Prying Neighbors ... : Rio Grande Spanish Colonial Settlements prior to 1680.” David H. Snow will give this talk and show slides on Sunday, February 27, at 2:00 p.m. at Coronado State Monument.

Dr. Snow recently retired as curator of historical collections at the Museum of New Mexico, Palace of the Governors. He has been an archaeologist and ethnohistorian for thirty-five years in New Mexico, specializing in the Pueblo and Spanish Colonial Period of the Rio Grande Valley. He will give a brief history of the Spanish Colonial settlements in the central Rio Grande corridor up to 1680 and relate their wide distances from each other to the startling success of the Pueblo Revolt. The presentation will combine historical and archaeological findings.

Event admission is $5; free to The Friends of Coronado State Monument. Reservations are required by calling Katherine at 867-6115. The Coronado State Monument is located off I-25, Exit 242, west of the town of Bernalillo.


El Rinconcito espańol


Freno dorado no mejora el caballo.
(A bit made of gold doesn’t improve the horse.)

Juramentos de amor y humo de chimenea, el viento se los lleva.
(Oaths of love and chimney smoke are carried away by the wind.)

No hay mejor hermano que un buen vecino al lado.
(There’s no better brother than a good neighbor close by.)

Submitted by SOS-panyol, Placitas—Spanish instruction that focuses on oral communication skills.


Anasazi Fields to host Valentine dance to benefit Presbyterian church expansion

A Valentine dance sponsored by the Milagro Expansion Project of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church will be held on February 11 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Anasazi Fields Winery in Placitas. Live music and entertainment will be provided, along with mystery guests for additional excitement.

Tickets include an enchilada supper prepared by the Range Café in Bernalillo. Wine, other beverages, and desserts will be available for purchase.

Tickets may be purchased at $20 at the Presbyterian Church office in Placitas on SR 165 on Mondays and Wednesdays through Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; at the Anasazi Winery on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4:30 p.m.; or at the door on February 11. For further information, contact 867-5795.

Anasazi Fields Winery is located about six miles east of the I-25 interchange on SR 165, Exit 242. Funds from this event will be used to aid in the Las Placitas Presbyterian Church’s structure enlargement.


Goings-on at the Placitas library

Anne Frost
Vice President
Placitas Community Library Association

It seems that Santa Claus arrived at our little library on Christmas Eve. He swooped in and took our charming Bonnie, the library cat, with him for a little R & R. She returned bedecked with a red rhinestone collar and ready to resume her mousing duties.

We had a fabulous response to the Friends of the Library fund-raising letter. The donations will cover our expenses for 2005 if we continue to be frugal. We are especially grateful to Dan Dennison of Diamond Tail Ranch for a most generous donation of $1,000.

Please let us know if you are interested in serving on the board or in any other volunteer activity. www.PlacitasLibrary.coim

February events and services:

  • Thursday, February 10: 7 p.m. Genealogy Night. Anyone interested in tracing their family tree is invited to join Suanne Bryden for discussion and direction. Experts and beginners welcome.
  • Saturday, February 12, 10 a .m.: Children’s Valentine Party. Join us for card and cookie decorating, stories and treats.
  • Saturdays, 10 a.m.: Story hour with Joe Gonzales or Margaret Palumbo for story hour. (To be a storyteller or reader, please call Anne at 867-5340).

Library Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays

Library Services: book, audio, and video checkout, high-speed Internet, word processing, copier, interlibrary loan.

New Books at the Placitas Library

Twisted, mystery fiction, by Jonathan Kellerman

Night Fall, mystery fiction, by Nelson DeMille

William Clark and the Shaping of the West, by Landon Y. Jones

Don't Know Much About History: Everything You Need to Know About American History but Never Learned, by Kenneth Davis

The Know-It-All : One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World, by A.J. Jacobs, often heard on NPR. 

Santa Fe: A Modern History, 1890-1990, by Henry Jack Tobias and Charles E. Woodhouse






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