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Summer Saturdays at Coronado Historic Site

—Charron McFadden

In June and early July, we will feature “Timeless Technologies” at Colonado Historic Site, Highway 550 and Kuaua Roadin Bernalillo. All demonstrations begin at 10:00 a.m. Admission for adults is three dollars, Children 16 and under are free, and Friends of CHS are free. The events are as follows:

  • June 4: Pueblo Textile Day
  • June 11: Flint Knapping Day
  • June 18: Yucca Textile Day
  • June 25: Native American Flute Day
  • July 2: Ancient Pueblo Pottery Day

For more information, go to, or call 867-5351.

Coronado Historic Site is open daily, except Tuesdays, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday admission for New Mexico residents with ID is free. Wednesday admission is free to New Mexico Seniors (sixty plus) with ID. Coronado Historic Site is part of the New Mexico State Historic Sites, a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs.

Coronado Historic Site includes the partially reconstructed ruins of the ancient Pueblo of Kuaua, a Tiwa word for “evergreen.” This monument is named for Francisco Vasquez de Coronado who is thought to have camped near this site with his soldiers in 1540 while searching for the fabled Cities of Gold. The Kuaua Mural Hall houses 15 panels of the original murals excavated out of one of the rectangle kivas.

NM Water Dialogue gives award honoring the Pueblo of Sandia and Audubon New Mexico

NM Water Dialogue

What you believe in ought to guide what you do, which is why the New Mexico Water Dialogue presented an award this January to the Pueblo of Sandia and Audubon New Mexico, two partners in an unique agreement that gifts environmental water to a thirsty river. “We don’t always recognize when good things happen,” Dialogue President Jason John says, “but this small agreement is actually big in the way of planning and managing water in New Mexico.”

Last November, the Pueblo of Sandia made the first donation—one hundred acre-feet of stored water to augment environmental flows in the Rio Grande in 2016—as part of a pilot project to enhance stream flow and riparian health for the Rio Grande. The contribution resulted from a roundtable hosted by Audubon New Mexico to discuss a pilot project to do just that for the state’s largest river. In a unanimous vote, Sandia’s Tribal Council decided to donate water to the cause in hopes others will also make a pledge to the increasingly strapped system.

Sharon Wirth, Freshwater Program Manager for Audubon New Mexico, says, “We have many different partnerships, beginning with this amazing donation from the Pueblo of Sandia. [The Bureau of Reclamation and the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District] have shown real flexible thinking about water storage, delivery, and best environmental use of this water for 2016.”

Pueblo of Sandia Lt. Gov. Stuart Paisano accepted the Dialogue award on behalf of Gov. Isaac Lujan, the Tribal Council, and the community. He acknowledged tribal staff members James McCook and Jessica Tracy of the Pueblo’s Water Resource Division; Frank Chaves, Director of the Environment Department who initially presented the Tribal Council with some options for utilizing the hundred acre-feet of water the tribe received last year under an agreement with the Bureau of Reclamation and the MRGCD.

“The Council made the decision to donate the water,” Paisano says, because “water is culturally sensitive to us, and to other Native American communities. It is life to us, and we can’t place a monetary value on it. The only thing we’ve asked of Audubon is to put the donation to use within this reach of our river, for the fish, the birds, the animals, and to replenish the aquifer... We have to do our part to preserve and protect future generations. This is one small step in trying to do that, for the betterment of not just our community, but of everyone else in this region.”

In recognizing the project with an award, the New Mexico Water Dialogue believes, as it always has, that communication, relationship, and shared vision are the keys to innovative policy and better stewardship of water. The 2016 award may be the first of its kind for the Dialogue, but good citizens willing, it won’t be the last.

Reprinted with permission from Dialogue, Spring 2016—a quarterly publication of the New Mexico Water Dialogue,

EPA Grant helps New Mexico manage pesticides

—Jennah Durant

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $261,033 dollars to the New Mexico Department of Agriculture’s pesticide program. The grant will help fund activities including pesticides enforcement, certification and training, worker protection, proper pesticides containment, and protecting water quality and endangered species.

Pesticides can be used to control insects, weeds, rats and mice, bacteria, mold, and more. EPA regulates pesticides so they are safe when used according to label directions to ensure that human health and the environment are protected. One of EPA’s most important priorities is protecting agricultural workers who prepare pesticides for use, apply pesticides, or work in areas where pesticides have been applied. Other priorities include protecting endangered species and pollinators such as bees, and reducing the amount of pesticides that drift away from the application area on wind currents.

EPA’s website provides many resources for pesticide registration, use, enforcement, and safety. You can also learn about how to manage pests in your own home, business, or school using non-chemical techniques.

Find out more about EPA’s pesticides program:

Original Lavender Festival returns to Los Ranchos

The popular original Lavender Festival returns to Los Ranchos on July 16 after a two-year hiatus. Presented by Lavender in the Village, the event will take place from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at 4920 Rio Grande Boulevard NW, the Agri-Nature Center in Los Ranchos.

From fresh-cut bouquets and plants of lavender to lavender-infused products of every variety, the festival fosters the love of lavender, which is featured in a wide variety of products as a source of relaxation and serenity. In addition, many arts and crafts vendors will offer unique items showcasing lavender. For those whose lifestyle is generally harried and stressful, the Festival is an opportunity to de-stress, enjoy the beautiful outdoors in a semi-rural setting, and take time to “smell the lavender.”

Vendor registration is open and online at:

A variety of options await those interested in participating and the deadline to register is June 10. The most recent event brought over four thousand people to the Festival, offering an opportunity to introduce new products and services to a large audience.

The Lavender Festival is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization.

The transforming story of figs

—Emily Stovel

Did you know that fig trees love the New Mexico climate? On June 11, fig tree expert Lloyd Kreitzer, also known as the “Figman,” will explain how to grow fig trees locally and successfully in this playful program. Mr. Kreitzer says: “There is a special joy about being with figs because they are so ancient and so patient.”

Hear stories of New Mexico’s history intertwined with interesting fig facts. We will also discover the many medicinal uses of fig leaves and taste them. Be entertained and enthused by the man that loves the fig in all of its forms. This program is free and begins at 2:00 p.m.

Casa San Ysidro is open for free, self-paced tours on the same day, June 11, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. The house museum is located at 973 Old Church Rd in the historic Village of Corrales.

For more information, call 897-8828 or go to

Bernalillo Farmers’ Market open June 17

The Bernalillo Farmers’ Market is a vendor-managed and operated Market, made up of growers and craft people from Placitas, Corrales, Rio Rancho, and Bernalillo. We are seeking venders to provide our communities with the freshest and most flavorful fruits and vegetable, herbs, baked goods, eggs, and artistic crafts. Vendors are charged five dollars per day or thirty dollars for the season. The Market will be open June 17 through October 28 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., at the Pavillon at Rotary Park, off Don Tomas in Bernalillo. Rotary Park is an accessible and family friendly place to buy fabulous food and visit with your neighbors. We will be accepting checks from WIC, SNAP, and other supplemental food programs. For more information, contact Bonnie Hill at

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