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(Above top) Mystery guests Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd attended the Valentine’s Dance at Anasazi Fields Winery in Placitas in February. (Above bottom) An enchilada dinner was served to guests and donated by The Range Café. The Valentine’s Dance was a benefit that raised over $2,000 for the expansion of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. This expansion will allow more space for public meetings and events, as well as church functions. [See La Campana to left.]


Property owners support new library

Sue Strasia
Placitas Community Library

The survey sponsored by the Sandoval County Commission appears to show 85 percent of returns from Placitas property owners strongly supporting a library.

Thanks to your show of support, Senator Cravens, Senator Beffort, Representative McCoy, Representative Madalena, and Commissioner Sapien are working hard to find building funds for the Placitas Community Library. Our legislators have collectively applied for $400,000 to build the library from capital-outlay funds. You are invited to meet with the library board to tour the library sites that are currently under consideration. We will begin at the fire station on Highway 165 starting at 5:00 p.m. on March 2.

The Placitas Community Library Mission Statement clarifies why the library is such an important building block for our community. It states, "We provide a hub for library services and activities connecting our community to the world in a warm and friendly atmosphere." Join us in asking for support in making this dream come true. If you have a chance, put in a good word to Governor Richardson and let him know how important it is to fund this project.

Welcome to our new board member, Darlene Dean. Darlene has taught English in technical schools, colleges, Arizona State University, and the University of Sousse in Tunisia. Darlene was a Peace Corps English professor and found the Tunisians friendly and courteous. She is currently working on her doctorate in North African women’s literature. Darlene’s expertise in presentations will be an advantage in publicizing the benefits of a library in Placitas.

Thanks goes to Gary Priester for keeping the Placitas Community Web site up to date and Larry White for hosting our Web site. If you want to know all the details of what’s happening in the library, check out

Upcoming Events:

  • Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. to noon: Children’s reading program.
  • Wednesday, March 2, 6:30 p.m.: The Placitas Community Library Board of Directors rescheduled their monthly meeting for this month a week earlier at the library, on Tierra Madre #1. All meetings are open to the public.
  • Saturday, March 5, noon: There will be a reading of Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya, at the Placitas Community Library. This reading is in support of the freedom to read. Come hear this classic New Mexico story of a boy's coming of age. Bring your copy and join in the reading.
  • Wednesday, April 6, 10:30 a.m. to noon and 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.: Placitas Community Library's first book discussion!! We will discuss The Da Vinci Code. Share your ideas about this thought-provoking book. There are several copies available for checkout.

Call 867-3355 for information during library days: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

New Books Now Available:

I am Charlotte Simmons, the most recent novel by Tom Wolfe.

Founding Mothers, by Cokie Roberts, about the women who raised our nation.

Fodor’s Guide to Spain 2005

Fodor’s Guide to Germany 2005

Shadow Divers, by Robert Kurson, a suspenseful, intriguing, dangerous underwater investigation of a mystery U-boat.


Sandoval County Line

William Sapien
Sandoval County Commission

Residents of all areas of Sandoval County share deep commitments for their communities. Like their friends and neighbors elsewhere, the more than thirty-four hundred people who live in the Placitas area also can readily voice hundreds of ideas to improve their neighborhoods and community.

There's no crystal ball and it's never an easy task to gauge the interests of such a diverse area as Placitas. For several months I've been meeting with Placitas volunteers who have a lot of different but common goals such as developing library services, building more trails, and constructing recreation facilities.

During those meetings, we decided to conduct a mail-out survey to property owners as the best way to obtain opinions from as many residents as possible. The survey was taken last fall and more than nine hundred survey forms were returned to Cyndie Tidwell of CCT & Associates, the contractor for the project. Cyndie recorded the responses and more than 350 written comments. The high rate of return gives us a reliable understanding of what people would like to have.

In order to fully discuss the survey results, I'm holding a public meeting at the El Zócalo compound in Bernalillo on Wednesday, March 16, at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will allow us to explore the options and opinions being voiced by Placitas residents.

Perhaps the time is ripe, too, to start a master planning process for the Placitas area that will celebrate the long history of the village, protect historic and cultural resources, and encourage development of amenities that residents would like to have. Now we need to explore the options and see how we can meet some of the needs identified in the survey.

Questions or comments for Commissioner Sapien can be mailed to him in care of Sandoval County Administrative Offices, P.O. Box 40, Bernalillo, NM 87004.


Believe in a New Mexico girl

The New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women is calling on businesses, organizations, and individuals to help make the April 8-9 Year of the New Mexico Girl: Believe in Me conference available to all New Mexico girls by contributing to the Amiga Scholarship Fund. The conference, hosted by the New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women and designed with the young women of our state in mind, is free and open to all girls ages thirteen to eighteen in New Mexico, but is limited to the first five hundred who register. It will be held at the University of New Mexico, Student Union Building in Albuquerque.

"By sponsoring a girl with an Amiga Scholarship we are telling the girls of New Mexico we care about them and their futures," says Kathi Brown, Year of the New Mexico Girl coordinator for the commission. "There are countless ways in which girls will benefit from this conference. It is meant to inspire, educate, and celebrate the girls of New Mexico. The scholarship fund guarantees all girls can participate, regardless of their family's economic ability."

The Amiga Scholarship of $100 not only covers the cost of the participant's admission and meals but also exposure to opportunities for higher education, encouragement to look at nontraditional and high-tech careers, information on prevention of relationship violence, and ways to increase self-esteem and self-worth. Contributions are tax-deductible and will assure no girl who wants to participate will be left out. The deadline for registration is March 18

For more information about the conference and participating agencies, contact the commission office in Albuquerque at 841-8920 or toll-free at 1-800-432-9168. TTY/TDD users may call NM Relay at 1-800-659-8331. Additional information is available on the commission's Web site at

The event is sponsored in part by KISS-FM, Comcast Cable, Sandia National Laboratories, and the Albuquerque Journal.


Corrales grower speaks on grape varieties

The Sandoval County Master Gardeners invite the public to attend their ongoing Gardening with the Masters lecture series on March 7. This month’s lecture is “Grape Varieties of the Middle Rio Grande,” by speaker Rex Franklin, a Corrales grape grower and award-winning home winemaker. The program is from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Esther Bone Memorial Library, 950 Pine Tree Road, in Rio Rancho. Admission is free. For further information, call the Sandoval County Extension Office at 867-2582.


Rose pruning demo coming up

Sandoval County Master Gardeners invite the public to a rose pruning demonstration on Wednesday, March 30, at 10:00 a.m. Susan Wachter, horticulture landscape designer and author, will prune with emphasis on successful late Spring pruning techniques for spectacular summer roses. Meadowlark Senior Center, 4330 Meadowlark Lane SE in Rio Rancho. You may call the Sandoval County Extension Office at 867-2582 for more information.






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