Lawrence Gutierrez, governor,
Scott Paisano, lieutenant governor,
Sandia Pueblo announces new leadership
—AMBER FLORES JORDAN, PUBLIC
RELATIONS DIRECTOR, SANDIA PUEBLO
Sandia tribal leaders have appointed Lawrence Gutierrez as governor
of Sandia Pueblo for 2006. Scott Paisano has been named lieutenant
governor. Daniel Aragon is the new war chief and Charles Trujillo
has been named the lieutenant war chief.
An installation ceremony for the appointed
officials and their officers was held on January 6 at the Saint
Anthony de Padua Catholic Church in Sandia Pueblo.
Governor Lawrence Gutierrez is the former lieutenant
governor of the Pueblo of Sandia. He served under Governor Stuwart
Paisano for the past two years, before being appointed governor
on December 30, 2005, by the religious leaders of Sandia Pueblo.
Upon being named lieutenant governor, in 2004,
Governor Gutierrez was a communications technician for one of the
nation's largest phone companies for thirty-one years. His appointment
to the new position meant retirement from his phone-company job
and new responsibilities to the tribal council and community members.
Speaking on the subject of his style of governing, Governor Gutierrez
says, “I have the thoughts of my people in mind. The needs
of my people come before everything else.”
Lieutenant Governor Scott Paisano is the younger brother of former
Governor Stuwart Paisano. At twenty-five, he is the youngest lieutenant
governor in Sandia Pueblo history. He was working as acting sergeant
for the Sandia Pueblo police force when he was called upon to serve
his community. Paisano will perform his duties as lieutenant governor
while continuing his academic pursuits. He is very close to receiving
his bachelor's degree in information security systems from ITT Tech.
Historian seeks old photos of Placitas
Arcadia Publishing, the leading American publisher of local and
regional history, and Sandia Mountains historian Mike Smith are
desperately searching for pre-1960 photos of the towns of the Sandia
Mountains for inclusion in a forthcoming book. Photos are especially
needed for the communities of Placitas, Ojo de La Casa, and Tecolote,
as well as for the entire northern end of the Sandia range.
Smith is looking for historic images of these towns or their people—photos,
sketches, paintings, postcards, matchbooks, wanted posters, business
licenses, maps, and any other early images associated with this
Smith ensures, “Any photos used will be scanned into a computer
and returned immediately. Everyone who contributes images will be
repaid with complimentary copies of the book and a thank-you in
the book itself.”
If you have something which could be included in the book or would
like further information, please contact Mike Smith, at 505-281-0151,
extension 41, or e-mail him, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Historical society presents program on pioneers
The Sandoval County Historical Society meets Sunday, March 6,
at 2:00 p.m. at the Delavy House Museum. Dick Ruddy, photo archivist
of the Museum of Albuquerque will present a slide show and speak
on “Old Town-New Town Pioneers,” and John Ray and Rosa
De Aragon will display their bultos. Refreshments will be served.
The program is free and open to the public.
The Delavy House Museum is off Highway 550, just west of Bernalillo,
between Coronado State Monument and Santa Ana Star Casino.
Bernalillo-Placitas broadband to start up in late
Sandoval County has tapped the highest-speed Internet available,
although the county's contractor is not ready to take the system
“We do have a connection to LamdaRail and are providing
over a hundred megabits to Bernalillo,” Jonathan Mann, of
AQV, Inc., said. “The bandwidth is being delivered and is
The system is being tested in several county buildings, and Mann
said he has begun talking to commercial Internet providers about
retailing access to the network. Still pending is a final agreement
to use LamdaRail, a new national network with fiber-optic cable
and high-tech clients in the Rio Grande Valley, he added.
The terms “bandwidth” and “megabit” refer
to the speed at which digital data move through cable and wireless
networks. The AQV connection is roughly two hundred times faster
than sending computer data over a dial-up phone line and requires
being within range of a wireless transmitter.
Mann said the initial wireless service in Bernalillo and parts
of Placitas is on schedule for late spring, with expansion to Cuba
and a mobile medical center partnered with UNM and Intel by early
summer. The county has touted the system as a way to bring commercial,
public, and educational services to smaller communities and rural
The $2 million in seed money comes from payments the county receives
for brokering a $16 billion bond issue for Intel in 2005. About
$50 million in other projects is underway or pending, with the county
receiving a total of as much as $95 million during the life of the
Eventually the county expects to recoup its $2 million investment
by selling the system to a private provider, Mann said.
Taxpayer support for wireless broadband is not without controversy,
as newly deployed municipal systems in other states compete with
the private providers. County officials have stated they don't want
to be in the utility business, while Rio Rancho has issued a franchise
to a private contractor who built and operates its wireless system.
“The reason you build a network is because people are going
to use it,” said Bobby Bounds, owner of Higher-Speed Internet
of Placitas. “Private enterprise is not going to pay the county
for this network built out in the middle of nowhere, or they are
not going to pay much for it.”
Bounds, who began selling wireless access to the Internet three
years ago, said Mann met with him late in February to discuss the
project and how his company could tie into it the county system.
Without details on costs, agreements, and other issues, Bounds said,
he remains skeptical.
Mann said the county is acting because the private sector wasn't
“If we go out and stimulate enough demand, the private sector
has an interest in coming in,” he said. “Then the county
will bow out gracefully.”
February food drive a timely benefit to Storehouse
The Democratic Women of Sandoval County conducted a food drive
on February 11 at the Raley’s Supermarket in Enchanted Hills
to benefit Storehouse West, a nonprofit organization in Rio Rancho
that provides food and emergency help to the needy.
Carol Nesbitt, director of Storehouse West, commented, “It’s
so good to have a food drive in February because food supplies start
getting low after the holidays.”
Elaine Lambert, a member of DWSC and the organizer of the food
drive, said, “The food drive was a big success, the customers
at the Enchanted Hills Raley’s were very generous, and we
were able to provide an additional service by registering voters
from all parties.”
The Democratic Women of Sandoval County plan to hold another food
drive at the Enchanted Hills Raley’s on Saturday, March 11,
and one again in April. Everyone is invited to contribute nonperishable
food and toiletries to this worthwhile cause.
Library breaks the 10,000-book mark
The Placitas community library is pleased to announce that it has
achieved exciting new benchmarks. As of February 15 the library
had registered over a thousand patrons and the book collection now
exceeds ten thousand volumes. Members of the volunteer staff have
attended special New Mexico State Library training programs on topics
ranging from cataloging to community demographics to Internet resources
for librarians. Other volunteers are taking training classes to
become state-certified librarians. Several professional librarians
already volunteer on a regular basis.
The library now has available the latest selections for the Los
Jardineros book clubs and a selection of recently published fiction
and nonfiction. The March and April book-club selections are as
March: The Mermaid Chair: A Novel, by Sue Monk Kidd;
The Tortilla Curtain, by T.C. Boyle; The House at Otowi
Bridge: The Story of Edith Warner and Los Alamos, by Peggy
Pond Church; On Beauty, by Zadie Smith
April: Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight, by
Alexandra Fuller; Oryx and Crake, by Margaret Atwood; Traveler,
by John Twelve Hawks; The Tender Bar : A Memoir, by J.R.
Nonfiction group: Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on
an Imperfect Science, by Atul Gawande.
CONCERNS ABOUT COUNTY PLANS
Contrary to what was implied in the February issue of the Signpost,
the Placitas Community Library's relationship with county planning
for the twelve acres that are not dedicated to a library site will
only encompass the acreage devoted to library use. The library's
only commitment is to overseeing the development of the library
and its operations. The library board anticipates that the county
will use the 2004 community survey, as well as current community
input, to determine the most appropriate use of the remaining twelve
In regard to the potential placement of recreational facilities,
there has been conversation of the possible creation of a special
taxation-assessment district for Placitas. The Placitas Community
Library Board voted not to support a special taxation-assessment
district at this time.
PLACITAS TALKS: Thursday, March 9 at 7:00 p.m., at the library.
“A Dialog with Charlie Christmann on Amateur Radio in the
21st Century.” Many of us know Charlie from his wonderful
“Night Sky” articles in the Signpost and from his great
astronomy discussions for Placitas Talks.
Amateur radio operators have been an extremely effective part
of recent disaster-relief efforts after both the tsunami and Katrina.
This hobby also allows you to explore electronics and make friends
all over the world, and using Echolink, licensed ham operators can
now access radios through their computers. Join us for a fascinating
Library hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays,
and Saturdays; 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Sundays. We are on the
Web at placitaslibrary.com.