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Orlando Lucero

Lucero elected  to conservation district board

~Signpost Staff

Voters in the Coronado Soil and Water Conservation District last month elected Orlando Lucero of Bernalillo to an open seat on the board of supervisors. Lucero is a well-known figure in Bernalillo as a retired educator, frequent volunteer and past member of the Sandoval County Commission. He also is a candidate in the June 6 election for the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District board position occupied by state Rep. Derrick Lente of Sandia Pueblo. Lente is seeking reelection.

In the Coronado district Lucero defeated Richard Reif of Placitas 174-140. Lucero's was the only name on the ballot as Reif ran as a write-in candidate.

The Supervisor Position 4 seat had been held by Gary Miles of Placitas. He chose not to run for reelection.

Board chair Lynn Montgomery also was up for reelection, but because he drew no opposition, his name did not appear on the ballot.

The Coronado district is part of a national 1930s federal program set up to preserve watersheds and topsoil and reducing erosion. Its territory covers the southeast corner of Sandoval County east of the Rio Grande below Bernalillo and expanding west of the river to north of Cochiti Lake.

The district is sponsoring a free wood-chipper day on Saturday June 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Placitas Community Library to help clean up properties but also as part of its project to reduce the threat of wildfires.

Wood Chipper Day in early June

On June 3, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the Coronado Soil and Water Conservation District (CSWCD) will provide a wood chipper machine and crew at the Placitas Community Library. The chipper can handle branches up to six inches in diameter, and bundles of dead and dried limbs and twigs, the tidier the better. Avoid still-green and moist leaves that tend to clog the chipper. Sandoval County residents can bring multiple loads, and the resulting wood chips are free for immediate take-away, or can be picked up from the parking lot for a few days following the event. CSWCD appreciates voluntary donations for this service, suggesting $5 to $10 a load, depending on the size of your vehicle or trailer.

Bernalillo Farmers’ Market opens

~Nancy Kellum-Rose, Huertas Canyon Farm

The vendor-operated Bernalillo farmer’s market opens on June 16 and will be held every Friday afternoon, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., at the Pavillon at Rotary Park in Bernalillo, just west of the corner of Camino Don Tomas and Calle Don Francisco. After a successful 2016 market at this site, the Board is looking to expand with new customers and vendors.

The market will offer fresh local fruits and vegetables at reasonable prices. Parking is easy, the playground is close, and the Pavilion offers protection from both sun and rain. There is a $5 daily fee for vendors. If you have enough to sell during the June-October season, sign up for the whole season for $30 and get a permanent space.

Most venders will accept WIC checks and “Double Up Food Bucks” for Food Stamp recipients. The Master Gardeners of Sandoval County will have an information table and good advice for your gardening problems. They will be doing cooking demonstrations using local produce from the Market with samples for everyone. Venders also sell fresh flowers, horno bread, and other baked goods, tamales, burritos, homemade jams and jellies, and local honey. We have free recipes and great ideas for using our produce and a free book exchange for children. Early in the season, many vendors sell starter plants, offering locally proven tomato, pepper, and herb varietals.

Summer reading at Rio Rancho libraries

The City of Rio Rancho and its Library and Information‘s online registration begins at via its website at, on June 1. The Summer Reading Program kick-off date is June 7 at the Loma Colorado Library and June 8 at the Esther Bone Memorial Library. The program will run until July 31.

This year, the summer reading theme is “Build a Better World.” Throughout the summer there will be programs, activities, and prizes focused on this theme.

The Loma Colorado Main Library is located at 755 Loma Colorado Boulevard and the Esther Bone Memorial Library is located at 950 Pinetree Road. More information visit the website or call 891-5013 for Loma Colorado or 891-5012 for Esther Bone.
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