What’s new at the Placitas Recycling Center
The Placitas Recycling Association is hosting an open house at the recycle center on June 10. The event is part of the New Mexico Recycling Coalition's tour scheduled during its statewide meetings June 8 through 10. Everyone is invited to drop in and see the new expanded site and meet the association's newly elected officers. The recycle center is on the north side of Highway 165 just east of Interstate 25 and across the street from the Comcast facility.
At its April meeting, the Placitas Recycle Association's board of directors elected Len Stephens as its new president and Carmen Ketchum as the new vice president. Fran Stephens will continue as secretary-treasurer. During their tenure over the past year, outgoing president Frank Sciacca and vice president Jim Conder saw the recycle center through its expansion and continued growth in serving the Placitas community.
Starting on June 12, the Placitas Recycle Center will again expand its services and begin accepting copier, inkjet, and laser-printer cartridges for recycling, as well as mixed paper. Mixed paper includes magazines, shredded paper, color construction paper, envelopes with windows, and non-corrugated cardboard such as cereal boxes and cardboard tubes from paper towels (as long as all the paper towel has been taken off). Items that are not acceptable as mixed paper include paper with wax or plastic coating (such as the backing from stickers and stamps), laminated paper, photographs or photo paper, paper towels, and tissues.
The center will also continue to recycle segregated white ledger paper, newspapers, and corrugated cardboard. Other materials accepted for recycling include aluminum, clear and translucent No. 1 and No. 2 plastic, and polystyrene peanuts.
The association is still looking for assistance with grant writing, and we always welcome new board members and volunteers. For more information or to volunteer your assistance, call Len Stephens at 867-3077.
LPA workshops on harvesting, managing rainwater
The Las Placitas Association will present two free Saturday workshops in June. On June 5, the topic will be rainwater harvesting, including how to calculate needs and collection capacity, water-treatment system design, and a list of suppliers and installers. The June 26 workshop will teach about storm-water infiltration practices on your land. You will learn to create ideal conditions so that most rainfall and snow melt will be absorbed by soils and taken in by your vegetation, and very little runoff will occur. Rainwater is one of the purest sources of water available. Its quality almost always exceeds that of ground- or surface water, and it is free.
Both presentations are from 9:00 a.m. to noon and are open to the public. For further information, visit www.lasplacitas.org or call 771-1171.
New BLM environmental assessment for San Pedro quarry
A new environmental assessment will be completed for a ninety-two-acre rock quarry project in the San Pedro Mountains east of NM 14 in southwestern Santa Fe County, according to Edwin Singleton, manager of the Bureau of Land Management field office in Albuquerque.
The original EA was completed and reviewed internally by the BLM. Because the project was small in scope, located in historic and active mining areas and communities, and conformed to the approved Resource Management Plan, it was deemed that public input was sufficient and additional input was not necessary. Singleton explained, “We’ve heard the public concerns and we are moving toward a new EA with full public participation.”
The new EA process began with a public scoping meeting on May 25. The purpose of the meeting was to collect data that will be used to determine what issues will be looked at in the analysis of the rock quarry. The quarry will provide a long-term supply of construction aggregates, primarily for use in the rapidly developing east mountain area of Santa Fe, Sandoval, and Bernalillo counties.
A Web site has been created to update the public on meeting locations, dates, and times, and the process regarding the San Pedro Rock Quarry EA. To access the information, go to www.nm.blm.gov and under programs click on Planning/NEPA.
AG vows to make corporate water polluters accountable
Attorney General Patricia Madrid's statement on the outcome of the South Valley Superfund case
Following the judgment in the South Valley Superfund case by U.S. District Court judge Bruce Jenkins, Attorney General Patricia Madrid said, "Naturally, we are disappointed in today's ruling by this out-of-state judge. I disagree with his judgment that the contamination of the Rio Grande aquifer has caused no permanent damage to the drinking water in the South Valley. Nevertheless, we are unbowed. We have always known it is an uphill battle to make some of the nation's largest corporations accountable for their pollution of our water, but it is a battle that I will continue to fight for the citizens of New Mexico."
Madrid continued, "From the beginning, we have maintained that this judge has fundamentally misunderstood New Mexico's laws regarding the use and value of the state's water. We have also argued that because this matter concerns fundamental issues of state water law it should have been tried before a New Mexico judge in state court.
"Of course, the next step will be for the state to appeal this ruling to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals," said Madrid. "As the judge acknowledged, his decision today will allow for an expedited review of the legal choices he has made with which the state strongly disagrees."
Bernalillo Farmers Market parking lot
Bernalillo Farmers’ Market opens July 9
The Growers’ Market Committee for the Bernalillo Farmers’ Market announced this week that the market will follow its established schedule of opening the first Friday after the Fourth of July—this year on July 9.
The market’s selling hours are from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. This year should be a little more productive than last year because of the unusual spring rains and cool weather during Easter week. Local fruits and vegetables will be featured, but vendors also sell local honey, home-baked goods, and locally grown plants and herbs. All of the items must be New Mexican in origin. The Sandoval County Master Gardeners also staff a booth with information about New Mexico plants, pests, and watering, and related publications from the New Mexico Department of Agriculture.
The market grounds are just south of Our Lady of Sorrows Church on the west side of Highway 313 (Camino del Pueblo) in Bernalillo, and a block south of the intersection of U.S. 550 and 313. Customers can park on the street or inside the market grounds.
There have been some improvements to the Market Grounds this year—notably the addition of gravel at the vendor’s stalls and an improved entry area.
Anyone who wishes to sell at the market can get information about fees, rules, etc., by calling Emily MacLeod at 550-0234.
Market vendors may also accept W.I.C. (Women/Infants/Children) coupons issued by the New Mexico Department of Health to be used in lieu of cash for fresh fruits and vegetables.
Many market customers view the market as a place to visit with friends and meet neighbors from Sandoval County’s smaller communities as well as the surrounding Indian pueblos. They can also pick up recipes and cooking tips and try heirloom and unusual varieties of fruits and vegetables. The market operates until the first heavy frost shuts it down, generally in mid- to late October. Other Sandoval County markets are held in Corrales on Sunday mornings and at San Felipe Pueblo late Wednesday afternoons.
Growers’ market opens in Corrales
The Corrales Growers' Market is open Sundays from 9:00 a.m. until noon and on Wednesdays from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Visitors to the market are encouraged to support local farmers by choosing from a selection of fresh vegetables, flowers, fruit, herbs, meat products, soaps, jam, and more. The market is just south of the post office on Corrales Road with plenty of free parking.