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Principal Michael Carrillo and Edward Gonzales

Principal Michael Carrillo and Edward Gonzales

Principal Michael Carrillo and Edward Gonzales

 I Pledge Allegiance, a painting by Edward Gonzales, was on the cover of a
 U.S. Senate report on Hispanic education in 2002 and the cover of the White House
invitation to Hispanic Heritage Month events in 2003.

School named to honor Edward Gonzales

On June 16, the Albuquerque School Board voted unanimously to name the city's newest school for artist Edward Gonzales. Edward Gonzales Elementary, on Albuquerque's west side, is scheduled to open in August with approximately nine hundred students.

Gonzales was nominated by the school's principal, Michael Carrillo, in recognition of the artist's contribution to education through his many posters promoting learning.

Gonzales will participate again this year in the Contemporary Hispanic Market in Santa Fe on July 24 and 25 at Booth One.

Paintings, giclée editions, and posters by the artist may also be seen and purchased at the Edward Gonzales Heritage Gallery in Corrales (897-3203) and at


Amanda Gabaldon

Local teen to explore career in medicine

Amanda Gabaldon of Placitas recently enrolled in the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine in Arizona, and joined 350 other high-school students from around the country who demonstrated academic excellence, leadership potential, and an interest in a career in medicine.

Amanda was recommended by Kerrie Sena of Saint Pius High School and nominated by the National Youth Leadership Forum to attend the forum. Her parents are Paul and Roberta Gabaldon of Placitas. Amanda will be a senior this fall. Her favorite hobbies are basketball, softball, and dancing.

NYLF is a nonprofit educational organization that brings various professions to life, empowering outstanding young people with the confidence to make well-informed career choices. NYLF has provided programming to more than fifty thousand young people. For additional information, visit


Magicienne Diane Shepard and assistant Nate Patterson entertain children

Magicienne Diane Shepard and assistant Nate Patterson entertain children
at the Summer Kids’ Reading and Enrichment Program at the
Placitas Community Library (every Friday from 9 a.m. to noon).

Magicienne Diane Shepard and assistant Nate Patterson entertain children

Magicienne Diane Shepard and assistant Nate Patterson entertain children

Joseph Trujillo of Bernalillo and Angelica Guerara of Placitas, winners of the essay contest "Why I Deserve a New Bike," sponsored by the Optimist Club de Sandoval and the Greater Bernalillo Chamber of Commerce. 

Storyteller Liz Mangual of Tales and Trails brings a bunny puppet to life during a children’s presentation at the Placitas Community Library.

Sandoval Optimists busy with kids camp, reading

Elaine Sullivan

The Optimist de Sandoval Club is proud to be sponsoring a Childrens Reading Group that meets from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Fridays at the new Placitas Library. Children of all ages are welcome. For more information, please call Snow Moore Watson at 867-2047. 

The Optimist Summer Camp for Kids will be held at the San Antonio Mission Church Hall from 9:30 to 1:30 during the week of July 5 through 9. Plans include Explora and the Atomic Museum and many more fun things. The fee for the week is $30 for kids that are new this year and $25 for those returning. There is a discount for multiple children in the same family. For more information, please call Nancy Hawks, 771-4931.

We are looking forward to our wonderful Placitas Fourth of July Parade and wish all area residents a wonderful summer.


Sandia Pueblo receives Head Start grant

Sandia Pueblo has been awarded a federal grant of $134,371 for its Head Start program.

The preschool program was created to increase early childhood development for low-income children by teaching them the basic colors, shapes, numbers, and letters of the alphabet. They are also taught socialization skills such as sharing with others and learning to interact in a group. In addition, the program helps parents with child care, training, understanding, and support.

Head Start, administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, serves low-income children ages three to five and their families, while the Early Head Start program serves children up to the age of three. Head Start also benefits working families who need the support of these programs so they can continue to work and provide for their families.


Sandoval looks for its Queen, Princess, and Sweetheart

Three young ladies are needed to represent Sandoval County as Queen (age sixteen to twenty-three), Princess (age twelve to fifteen), and Sweetheart (age nine to eleven). Candidates must have resided in Sandoval County for the last twelve months.

While basic horsemanship is needed, sportsmanship and overall presentation are the larger part of the competition. All candidates are expected to be present at the Sandoval County Fair and Rodeo in Cuba from July 29 to August 1 to help award ribbons and prizes, ride in the County Fair Parade on Saturday morning, and make a “Queen’s Run” before the crowning at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday.

The Queen and Princess will also be expected to ride in other parades and rodeos throughout the year. As goodwill ambassadors for our county, the Queen, Princess, and Sweetheart will do community service and guest appearances, help with fund-raisers, attend at least three fair board meetings, and participate in next year’s royalty competition.

This year’s contest will be hosted by the CWW Feed Store in San Ysidro on Saturday, July 17, at 9:00 a.m. Further information and applications are available at the County Extension Office in Bernalillo (867-2582), and at the CWW Feed Store (834-7038). The application deadline is July 10.

Spectators and supporters should purchase a $10 Queen’s luncheon ticket in advance, either from a contestant or from CWW Feed Store. The luncheon will follow the competition at approximately 12:00 p.m. on July 17.




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