This six-foot bison in the Sandia Resort
and Casino lobby is on loan to the Pueblo of Sandia by La
Mont's Wild West Buffalo, out of Bosque Farms.
Bernalillo mayor announces Christmas parade
“Parades delight the child in each of us, and this
year community members were enchanted by the creativity, diversity,
and number of the floats in the parade,” stated Bernalillo
Mayor Patricia A. Chávez, as she announced the winners
of the town’s twenty-second annual Nighttime Christmas
Parade, held along Main Street on December 2.
In the Youth category, the Girl Scout Troop 3217, towing
a very festive Hawaiian float, took top honors. Bernalillo
Middle School cheerleaders placed second, and Village Academy
Charter School placed third.
Water King, a local water supplier, took first place in
the Commercial category. The Range Café followed solidly
in second place, and third place went to Vigil’s Jerky,
a food distributor from Algodones.
Bernalillo Motorcycle Toy Run, an impressive group of mostly
Harley riders who make sure children in the community have
bikes and toys for Christmas, took first place in the Noncommercial
category. Cub Scout packs 707 and 708, led by Scout Master
David Gardner, finished second, and Romero’s Thunder
took third place.
In the Vehicle entries, first place was awarded to the Classic
Chevy Car Club, with the nostalgic cars led by local resident
Daniel Garcia. Deception Car Club, mainly rambunctious youth
from the area, took second place, and Bernalillo’s own
volunteer fire department placed third, with its newly acquired
The overall Best of Theme grand award went to TaGrMo True
Value. The Range Café was in second place, and the
Bernalillo High School drill team was awarded third place.
Proceeds from parade entries and generous donations from
area businesses and individuals fund the Children’s
Christmas Fund, established to brighten the holidays for children
in Bernalillo who might not otherwise receive gifts. To contribute
to the Children’s Christmas Fund, please contact the
Office of Community Development, at 771-7118.
The town of Bernalillo culminated its holiday festivities
on Christmas Day, with Santa Claus visiting children of the
community. Hosted by the Town of Bernalillo Volunteer Fire
Department, Santa Claus and his helpers gave stockings filled
with candy and goodies.
Historical society to present a talk on “Pioneer
Women,” paintings by Eisenstadt and Karni
The Sandoval County Historical Society will hold their annual
meeting, election of officers, and program planning for the
coming year at the Delavy House, located off highway 550,
west of the Coronado State Monument, north of the Warrior
gas station, on January 7 at 2:00 p.m. Norma Libman will speak
on “Pioneer Women,” and oils and watercolors by
Pauline Eisenstadt and Michaela Karni will be on view. The
meeting is open to the public, and refreshments will be served.
Sandia Ranger District Office: schedule changes
and picnic-ground closures
The Sandia Ranger District has changed to its winter schedule
due to seasonal decline of visitors and budget cuts. Operational
hours will be Mondays through Fridays, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.;
the office will be closed Saturdays and Sundays.
Picnic Area Closures: The following areas are closed for
the winter until May 1, 2007: north of I-40—Las Huertas,
Cienega, Sulphur, Upper Doc Long, Capulin, and Nine Mile;
south of I-40—Pine Flat, Dead Man, Oak Flat, and Cedro
Group Camping Reservation area.
Weather permitting, the following picnic areas and hiking
trailheads will be open during the winter months. Lower Doc
Long, Tree Springs, Dry Camp, Balsam Glade, 10K Trailhead,
Ellis Trailhead, and Sandia Crest are open year-round. Severity
of the winter and snow depth may cause additional areas to
be temporarily closed.
When hiking in the Sandia Mountains, have a good map of
the area, understand where you will be hiking, be prepared
for changes in the weather during fall and winter months.
Make sure you carry waterproof gear, extra clothing, snacks,
and water. Notify someone of where you will be hiking and
the time you will be returning. Winterize your car with extra
blankets, emergency items—including snacks—and
For additional information on trail conditions and winter
in the Sandia Mountains, call the Sandia Ranger District office,
Master gardener program starts in January
The Sandoval County Cooperative Extension Service will offer
a master gardener volunteer training program to residents
who have been gardening for a few years. It is designed to
educate and assist the residents of Sandoval County in all
aspects of gardening. To become a master gardener you must
complete forty hours of classes, including tests, thirty hours
of volunteer work, and ten hours on the hotline.
The eleven-week course begins on January 9. Classes will
be on Tuesdays from 1:00 until 5:00 p.m. at the Destiny Center
(2003 southern Boulevard SE in Rio Rancho).
The program is limited to twenty-five students. Deadline
to apply is January 5. For more information and a master gardener
application, contact the SCCES at 867-2582 or 1-800-678-1802.
El Rinconcito español
• Ajo, cebolla y limón y déjate de
Garlic, onion and lemon or lime, and forget about shots.
• Desayunar como rey, comer como príncipe
y cenar como mendigo.
Eat like a king at breakfast, like a prince at lunch, and
at night like a beggar.
• A quien come muchos manjares, no faltarán
One who eats a lot of rich, sweet treats won’t be lacking
Submitted by www.sospanyol.com,
Placitas—Spanish instruction that focuses on oral communication
Capulin Snow Play Area opens
The Capulin Snow Play Area, approximately eight miles up
the Sandia Crest on Highway 536, was opened when crews and
the highway department were able to clear roads and parking
area after December’s first heavy snowfall.
To check on the status of the area, contact Sandia Ranger
District, at (505) 281-3304 or www.fs.fed.us/r3/cibola/sandia.
The Capulin Snow Play Area is unsupervised and offered at
your own risk. Rental equipment is not available.
The following are prohibited at the Capulin Snow Play Area:
• Skis (downhill and cross-country); sleds made
of wood, metal, molded plastic, or other hard materials;
• Alcoholic beverages and glass containers
• Sliding out of the defined area
Please note that sliding, sledding, and tubing are prohibited
at the trailheads and slopes associated with the following
• Tree Springs Trailhead
• 10K Trailhead and the hairpin curve on State Highway
536 below Tree Springs Trailhead
PLAY IT SAFE
• Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep out
of closed areas.
• Before starting downhill, look above, below, and
to the side of you, and yield to others.
• People below you have the right of way. It is your
responsibility to avoid them.
• Maintain control, in order to avoid other people
or objects (rocks, trees, etc.)
• Do not stop where you obstruct a slope or are not
visible from above.
An amenity fee of $3 per vehicle ($10 per vehicle with capacity
of fifteen or more) is required. Self-issue fee envelopes
are available on site. The Sandia Annual Pass is honored
at the site, and can be purchased for $30 at the Sandia
Ranger Station, in Tijeras, and at the Cibola National Forest
Supervisor’s Office, REI, Charlie’s Sporting
Goods, Two Wheel Drive, and Wal-Mart sporting-goods departments.
For more information, contact the Sandia Ranger District,
Placitas MoveOn.org group invites public to
town hall meeting
MoveOn.org has organized locally to promote change in the
new congress and to help turn our country in a new direction.
On January 7 at 3:00 p.m. the Placitas MoveOn.org will host
“Mandate for Change,” a town-hall meeting, at
the Placitas Fire Station. The public is invited to attend
to hear U.S. Senators and Representatives and their staffs
answer questions by attendees. Refreshments will be served.
For more information, contact Dan Gips, at 867-4801, or
Streit, at 867-5644.