The parking lot at the Rail
Runner Station in Los Lunas has been overflowing with cars
in June as commuters clamor to get a seat on the train.
Swimming pool opens
The Bernalillo swimming pool
is now open Tuesdays through Saturdays between 11:00 a.m.
to 4:00 p.m. Certified lifeguards are on staff. Admission
is $1.00 (age 0-12), $1.50 (age 13-18), $2.00 (age 19-61,
$1.50 (age 62+), and fifty cents for non-swim adults. For
further information, contact Jason Soto at 238-0689.
limits open burning
On June 8 the Sandoval County
Commission passed an ordinance to limit open burning and fireworks
in the unincorporated areas of Sandoval County. Due to the
high fire hazards caused by dry conditions, the following
types of open burning are prohibited without a permit: campfires,
open fires more than three feet high and three feet wide,
and open burning of vegetation or rubbish.
The ordinance bans the use
of all fireworks within wildlands in its jurisdiction and
limits the use of fireworks to areas that are paved or barren
and have water readily accessible. Fireworks are defined as
“any device intended to produce a visible or audible
effect by combustion, deflagration, or detonation.”
Any violation of this ordinance
is punishable by a fine of not more than $300 and/or up to
ninety days in jail.
In The Park”
Bernalillo Recreation and
Police Departments partner to organize another “Cops
In The Park” event on July 27, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00
p.m. Law enforcement and emergency agencies from surrounding
communities will be available to interact with our youth.
These agencies collectively present a positive image and are
definite role models for youth.
This free event is free for
all Bernalillo youth and families and will be held at Rotary
Park. Refreshments will be provided.
The Town of Bernalillo is
accepting resumes and applications for the following positions:
Executive Secretary-Housing, fire fighters, Grants Coordinator,
IT Administrator, MVD Clerk (PT), Public Works Director, receptionist,
and waste/water operators.
To apply or obtain more information
on qualifications, contact Yolanda Mora, Director of Human
Resources, at 771-7112.
passenger numbers force Rail Runner to add extra train cars
Rider numbers on the New
Mexico Rail Runner Express jumped approximately twenty-three
percent by mid-June, causing an extra train car to be added
to several routes to accommodate the increased passenger load.
pretty sure that escalating gas prices are a big contributing
factor,” says Lawrence Rael, Executive Director of the
Mid-Region Council of Governments. “The other factor
to consider is that it’s summertime and people are looking
for ways to have fun, but keep costs down.”
A new summertime schedule
went into effect over the Memorial Day weekend, which extends
Rail Runner service on Fridays into the evening, and all day
on Saturdays through Labor Day weekend.
“It’s great to
see people embracing Rail Runner on weekends,” says
New Mexico Department of Transportation Secretary Rhonda Faught.
“The Rail Runner takes the hassle out of getting around
in the region and offers an affordable way to do it.”
The parking lot at the Rail
Runner Station in Los Lunas has been overflowing with cars
the past few days as commuters clamor to get a seat on the
“We just expanded the
parking lot at this station, and already we need more spaces
to accommodate all the rail commuters!” says Los Lunas
Mayor Louis Huning. “The Rail Runner is proving to be
a great way for people—especially young people—to
travel safely throughout the region, not to mention inexpensively.
We’re glad service has been extended to include Saturdays
For more information on fares
and the new summer schedule, visit www.nmrailrunner.com.
says ‘Keep downtown Bernalillo from becoming a new traffic
At an open house at Our Lady
of Sorrows Church on June 20, representatives of the town
of Bernalillo stated that they support the revamping of US
550 and oppose a south corridor through the town. The meeting
allowed everyone who had missed the first open house to find
out what’s going on and to make it clear that Bernalillo
doesn’t want a south corridor of any kind.
“This study has started
the conversation on the work on 550 and the intersections.
That’s a start,” Bill Sapien said. There are basically
five options to fix the traffic problems created by Albuquerque,
the West Side, and Rio Rancho.
The first option would be
a road through downtown Bernalillo somewhere between the existing
exits. One man pointed out that if they paved the entire river,
there would still be a traffic jam between Albuquerque and
Rio Rancho. Other people were more concerned for property,
archeology, sacred ground, wildlife habitat, noise, and more.
“The south corridor proposals would go right over my
parents’ home. They live by the railroad tracks. It
would be tragic for them to lose their home after all this
time,” Arul Aragon said. His family is not the only
one to be affected by a south corridor route.
The second option would be
making improvements to the existing road and increasing the
capacity of the four intersections through the town. This
would slow traffic during construction and all the traffic
would still be concentrated on one route.
The third option would be
a new south corridor through downtown Bernalillo for a bus,
a train, or another high-capacity transit mode. This alternative
would affect homes, the bosque, etc., because it is still
a south corridor route.
The fourth option would be
the construction of a US 550 high-capacity transit mode that
would connect to the Rail Runner, a Park-and-Ride, and/or
a bus stop on the other side of the river. Of all the options,
this would actually keep traffic off the road without taking
out homes, heritage, or bosque.
The final option would be
to not build at this time. As it stands, traffic is congested
through Bernalillo at rush hour; however, it probably will
not fail in the next couple years.
Nothing has been decided
and no money has been appropriated for the project. A resident
of Bernalillo, Clara Satriana said, “I think the ideal
solution that would make everyone happy is if the Sandia Pueblo
would just give up some of its land and build a toll bridge…
everyone would be happy, and it’s pretty direct. The
south corridor would affect homes and fields and property.
There are no right-of-ways across the river anywhere; getting
across is always going to be problematic.”
Sandia Pueblo has already
expressed that they don’t want a highway on their land:
they have sacred land, bosque, wildlife habitat, and fields
they would like to keep in the family like everyone else.
The people commuting are
the people bothered the most by rush hour traffic. Locals
say they just don’t drive at those times, yet commuters
have not attended the meetings in any great numbers despite
signs on the road. The people who live in south Bernalillo
are worried the road will end up in their backyards and that
is why community participation is so important. Without it,
there is no hope for a beneficial resolution to the traffic
Patricia A. Chávez,
mayor of Bernalillo, on behalf of the town, thanked everyone
who attended the open house. “Your views and concerns
about the project are very important and much appreciated.
Please provide any written comments to the Department of Transportation.
Their staff will make every effort to keep you informed,”
to explode in Rio Rancho
The city of Rio Rancho will
once again have the state’s biggest fireworks show on
Independence Day, Wednesday, July 4.
Loma Colorado Park, located
at 555 Loma Colorado Boulevard in Rio Rancho, will be the
prime viewing location to watch this nationally-recognized
display that will fill the city’s skyline. The park
will open to the public at 4:00 p.m., with parking available
at neighboring Rio Rancho High School and the Loma Colorado
Main Library. The parking fee will be $5 per car or vanload,
with proceeds benefitting the high school booster club, Rams,
Once at the park, visitors
will find live musical entertainment, beginning with Groovement,
on stage from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The Rio Rancho Symphonic Band
will perform from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., and Tennessee Skinny
will conclude the night’s entertainment when they perform
from 8:00 to 9:15 p.m. The fireworks show will begin at approximately
Visitors have live music
to enjoy before the fireworks, and there will also be activities
for children and food available for purchase. O’Hare’s
Grill and Pub will have foot-long hot dogs, hamburgers, bratwurst,
curly fries, cotton candy, popcorn, Pepsi products, and Hawaiian
This event is sponsored by
the city’s Cultural Enrichment Department. The event
is free to the public. The fireworks show and its start time
are subject to weather. This is an alcohol-free event.
For more information, call
(505) 891-5015 or visit www.ci.rio-rancho.nm.us.
El Rinconcito español
• Cuando la fuerza
manda, la ley calla.
When power commands, the law keeps silent.
• Cuando te sople
bien el viento, aprovéchalo.
When a nice breeze is blowing, take advantage of it.
• El buen juez
por su casa empieza.
The good judge begins in his own house.
Submitted by www.sospanyol.com,
Placitas—Spanish instruction that focuses on oral communication
Felipe Farmers’ Market to open July 4, many traditional
The San Felipe Farmers’
Market will kick off its season Wednesday, July 4, in the
west parking lot of the San Felipe Casino Hollywood. The market
will be open from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. every Wednesday, and will
feature produce, fruits, and other products from the fields
of local pueblos and farmers between San Felipe and Peña
This largely Native American
market is an offshoot of San Felipe Pueblo’s Farm Services
Program, which is the facilitator of a renaissance of agriculture
at San Felipe. Many of the products sold here are traditional,
including dried white and blue corn, pintos, beans, salsas,
and grains. At its peak, the market draws about twenty-two
farmers, but in July, during the early season, there are fewer.
Early produce includes peas, cherries, and mulberries, but
later in the season, onions, garlic, a variety of fruits,
tomatoes, squash, and cucumbers will fill the tables.
Market Manager Felice Lucero
says that vendors accept WIC coupons from young mothers, as
well as special tribal vouchers from eligible seniors. The
senior program is a result of a USDA pilot grant to the pueblo.
It’s one of the finest things the USDA has done,”
says Lucero. “About ninety-five percent of our elders
have used the coupons since the market started.”
Produce sold at the market
must be grown by the vendor, and vendors must be certified
through the Farm Services Program. For more information on
how to sell your product, call Felice Lucero at 771-9972.
Village of Placitas
water wins taste test
DELARA, LAS ACEQUIAS DE PLACITAS
Las Acequias de Placitas,
the official name for the water system in the village of Placitas,
is closely involved with New Mexico Rural Water (NMRW) Association.
This year, water board members attended the NMRW annual conference
and our drinking water was entered in the Annual Water Taste
Test. Our water took the honors of the Best-Tasting Water
in the State in 2003 and 2005. We are delighted to report
that we won again in 2007. The water is judged on bouquet,
taste, and clarity. This year’s judges were Lieutenant
Governor Diane Denish, Diane Anderson from Channel 13, and
Ryan Gleason, State Director of Rural Development, USDA.
The prize for winning Best-Tasting
Water in the State of New Mexico is $1500, to go towards attending
the eighth Great American Water Taste Test on Capitol Hill
in Washington, DC. The water board members could not get away
and by a process of elimination, Dean DeLara (Water System
Operator) and his father Charles DeLara were chosen to attend.
The water was mailed ahead of time and was kept nice and cold
for the contest.
The Acequias de Placitas
representatives met with Senator Domenici, Congresswoman Heather
Wilson, Congressman Steven Pearce, and Congressman Tom Udall
in Washington. Issues of safe drinking water in smaller rural
communities were one of the main topics. There was much discussion
and many stories about the on-site technical assistance and
training provided by NMRW.
Charles and Dean hope that
Congress prioritizes funding for the small communities’
water problems. Funding from Congress allows the Rural Water
network of nonprofit state rural water associations to better
serve each state’s small and rural utilities, which
are constantly being challenged by expanding regulations and
everyday environmental conditions.
The Great American Water
Taste Test was great fun and very exciting. The folks that
run the contest, NMRW, and National Rural Water were very
hospitable and made sure everyone had a good time. A terrific
luncheon was served and was followed by the water contest,
but alas, we did not place in the top four. The first place
winner was the state of Massachusetts, a water system called
Three Rivers Fire District. Maybe another time, New Mexico
will take the honor.
Thanks to the New Mexico
Rural Water Association and to Rob Richardson, President of
Bohannan Huston, Inc. for funding the prize money for the
Every year, the New Mexico
Environmental Department requires that Las Acequias de Placitas
mail the Consumer Confidence Report to every household in
the village of Placitas. If any paying or non-paying member
in the village did not get a water report, please call 867-5536
and request that a report be mailed to you.