• Año de nieves, año de bienes.
Year of snow, year of prosperity.
• Más vale riqueza de corazón que
riqueza de posesión.
Richness of heart is worth more than richness of possession.
• La memoria es como mal amigo; cuando más
falta te hace, te falla.
Memory is like a bad friend; when you need it most, it fails
Submitted by www.sospanyol.com,
Placitas—Spanish instruction that focuses on oral communication
Pancho Villa State
Park highlights ‘Forgotten Faces’ of Chinese
Nearly 91 years after the infamous “Pancho Villa raid”
on Camp Furlong in Columbus, New Mexico, Pancho Villa State
Park hosted an event about the “Forgotten Faces”
of the Punitive Expedition, in which several Chinese refugees
played a significant role in aiding General “Blackjack”
Pershing and his troops as they pursued Villa into Mexico.
On February 17, Mexican resident Blanca Chinolla spoke about
the contributions that the Mexican-Chinese community made
to US troops while encamped for nine months in Colonia Dublan,
Mexico. Chinolla (whose family name is “Chew”)
relayed to visitors little-known historic contributions made
by the Chinese, through her ninety-year-old fathers’
recollections. In the early 19th century, her father relocated
from the state of Sonora, Mexico to Chihuahua, Mexico with
his parents, who worked for Pershing’s troops.
Legal immigration had been stopped in 1882 in adherence
to the Exclusion Law. Nevertheless, in 1917, an estimated
527 Chinese refugees followed Pershing and his troops out
of Mexico and into the United States, after Pershing had put
in a request with President Woodrow Wilson to permit the entrance.
Pershing’s request was granted, under the condition
that the refugees would work for the US army.
Known as “Pershing’s Chinese,” hundreds
of Chinese supported General Pershing’s expedition into
northern Mexico, providing the army with food and supplies
in an otherwise hostile countryside. The Chinese also freighted
in supplies to Colonia Dublan and reportedly fought alongside
the soldiers on one occasion.
Chinolla spoke at the park museum, which houses artifacts
and exhibits about Pancho Villa’s raid on Camp Furlong,
the Mexican Revolution, and the subsequent Punitive Expedition
led by Pershing.
Pancho Villa State Park will commemorate Pancho Villa’s
1916 raid and the subsequent Punitive Expedition during the
4th annual “Camp Furlong Day” event on March 10.
For more information, call Pancho Villa State Park at (505)
531-2711 or 888-NMPARKS (888-667-2757). Visitors can also
obtain information at www.nmparks.com.
Sacred chants retold as Origins stories
On March 4 at 2:00 p.m., the Sandoval County Historical
Society will present Sunny Dooley, who will tell Blessingway
stories with the blessing of her family, clans, and elders.
These Origins stories present the worldview of the Diné
people and their relationships with their surroundings. They
are the social versions of the sacred chants and are told
only from October through about early March (first thunder).
Featured artists Pauline Eisenstadt (former State Senator)
and Michaela Karni will exhibit framed watercolor and oil
paintings for sale. Fifteen percent of their sales will be
donated to the Society.
The program will be held at the Delavy House Museum building,
just west of Jackalope on US 550 in Bernalillo.
“Thar’s gold in them thar hills”
Friends of Sandia Mountains and the Sandia Ranger Station
are proud to sponsor “The Gold of the Ortiz Mountains,”
a lecture by author and historian Bill Baxter. He will talk
about how the Santa Fe Trail changed New Mexico and caused
the West’s first gold rush. Attendees will hear about
the forgotten towns of Dolores and San Pedro, as well as the
boom towns of Golden, Madrid, and Cerrillos.
The lecture will be held on Tuesday, March 6 at 7:00 p.m.
at the Sandia Ranger Station in Tijeras. To get there, take
I-40 seven miles east of Albuquerque to Tijeras (Exit 175);
then travel south half a mile on Highway 337 (Old South 14).
Enter from the outside door on the north side of the building.
The meeting is in the north conference room.
For further information, call the Sandia Ranger Station
Alternate One plan for proposed Bernalillo
MainStreet enhancement project
Town poised to gussy-up
During their February 12th meeting, the Bernalillo Town Council
approved by a vote of 3-1 a MainStreet Enhancement Project.
Town engineers of record, HDR, presented the Council with
two plans. “Alternative One” would add some landscaped
medians, slightly narrower drive lanes, new “retro”
lampposts and “bulb-outs” for the sidewalks at
the end of blocks. Sidewalks would remain at their current
six-foot width and parking would remain on both sides of the
street. “Alternative Two” called for eight-foot
sidewalks with the “bulb-outs” and lampposts,
wider drive lanes, and a wider median, but parking on one
side of the street, alternating up and down its length. Both
plans would accommodate ADA (American with Disabilities Act)
requirements. A committee, made up mainly of Camino del Pueblo
business owners, recommended Alternative One by a vote of
5-1. The committee rejected earlier plans with bike lanes
and single traffic lanes.
Councilor Santiago Montoya asked if a combination of the
two plans was feasible. HDR Engineer, Tim Archibeque, replied
in the affirmative. After a brief question period, Councilor
Marian Jaramillo made a motion “to accept Alternative
One and implement Alternative Two where we can.” Councilor
Edward Torres seconded the motion and it was passed with Councilor
Ronnie Sisneros voting no. Thus ended the town’s ten-year
struggle to agree to a plan to improve Camino del Pueblo.
The Council also approved the issuance of a beer and wine
license to the owners of La Casita Café, John and Donna
Montoya. Mayor Chavez warmly announced the approval and asked
Mrs. Montoya when the restaurant would reopen. “I’ll
answer you in a couple of weeks. Let’s put it that way.
Believe me, we can hardly wait to get back,” she replied
from the floor. The restaurant was destroyed by an electrical
fire in July 2005, and has been sorely missed.
In other business, the Council heard a report on the progress
of the arsenic treatment project and a suggestion from Orlando
Lucero concerning an alternative route across the Rio Grande.
They also approved the hiring of resident Margaret Valdez
as a full-time assistant planner.
Spring Equinox Celebration:
“The Spirit in Soil”
The Earth Care Committee of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church
will be celebrating the Spring Equinox with an evening vesper
service on March 19 at 7 p.m. in the church sanctuary. The
service will feature a presentation by agronomist Michael
Crofoot on “The Spirit in Soil."
The presentation will include slides and videos of beneficial
microorganisms active in the soil, with commentary on symbiotic
fungi-forming mushroom roots, the various bacteria-forming,
nitrogen-fixing nodules, and other fascinating microbes found
in the soil and the roots of plants.
Accompanying the talk will be "microbial music"
to help convey the marvels of the living soil as scientists
discover ever more fundamental principles governing this largely
hidden world of microbes that encircles the globe.
The service will be held in the church sanctuary. All are
welcome. For further information, contact Leland Bowen, chair
of the Earth Care Committee, at 867-2731.
UNM proposes wellness center at Coronado State
The Friends of the Coronado State Monument are concerned about
the future of a strip of land adjoining the boundary of the
Coronado State Monument and the Rio Grande River. They worry
that approximately 26.57 acres running the full length of
monument property right up to Santa Ana Pueblo land could
be sold or developed by the University of New Mexico.
In February, James Conder, President of the Friends of Coronado
State Monument, along with several members of the organization
met with former State Director of Monuments Ernesto Ortega
to discuss the history of the monument area and how the land
surrounding the historical site was acquired. The parcel in
question is part of the “El Ranchito Grant” deeded
to UNM in 1906 for archeological study. The deed contains
vague language and lacks sufficient documentation to protect
the monument in perpetuity. The 26 acres, although archeologically
significant, is not officially part of the monument.
Because of it’s great historical and cultural significance,
the organization is asking for legislative action to grant
full and undivided interest in these properties to the Museum
of New Mexico.
After all the discussion about the land and it’s significance
to the community, UNM presented their case for development
of the property. Amidst cries of protest from the Friends,
Dr. Arti Prasad, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine
at UNM’s Health Science Center, presented blueprints
for buildings they would like to build on the land. Dr. Prasad
has envisioned a traditional wellness center being built on
the of the property. now occupied by the Coronado Campground.
The UNM medical center would occupy approximately fifty thousand
square feet of space utilizing a total of seven to ten total
acres of land for buildings and parking. According to Dr.
Prasad, the buildings would be restricted to UNM property,
however, the parking area would stretch onto Monument property
taking over a portion of the present campground.
Questions about traffic problems and Monument access were
discussed with tentative assurances by Dr. Prasad that part
of the study for the center included traffic and accessibility.
UNM has allotted two million dollars for a feasibility study
to determine if the project can become a reality.
Last month, the Coronado Grill turned the upstairs meeting
and private party space into a sushi bar. Owner Bobby C’de
Baca said that he has enjoyed eating sushi for many years.
He got to know long-time sushi chef “Take” while
dining in Albuquerque. “Take,” he said, is one
of a dozen or so chefs trained in Japan and has been instrumental
in training local chefs at several Albuquerque restaurants.
Bobby and “Take” agreed that the Coronado Grill
would be a fine place for a Rice ‘n’ Roll. It
has great views of the Sandias and the Rio Grande and is right
on US 550 which overflows with commuters of sophisticated
Owners Bobby and Nick C’de Baca are expanding and
covering the upstairs patio in anticipation of spring rolls
in the springtime.
Nick built the restaurant, originally called the Coronado
Cantina, in 1990. Bobby, a longtime restaurateur, ran it until
it sold in 1996. The brothers bought it back in April of 2006.
They changed the menu to include their grandmother’s
New Mexican recipes and a number of weekly specials.
They are in the process of expanding year-round outdoor
seating capacity and are happy to bring sushi to Bernalillo.
For further information and hours of operation, call 867-3939.
Santa Ana Star Casino settles with jackpot
On January 26, Bernalillo town councilor Marian Jaramillo
was playing a “Triple Hot Zesty Peppers” slot
machine when the machine looked as though it had hit the top
award. From the initial investigation, it was determined that
a machine malfunction had occurred and she was offered a lower
amount. Ms. Jaramillo declined this amount and availed herself
of the Resolution of Customers’ Disputes as presented
in the Pueblo of Santa Ana Gaming Regulatory Commission (PSAGRC)
regulations. This process is available to any patron of the
Santa Ana Star Casino who has a dispute.
The issue was investigated and forwarded to the Tamaya Enterprise
Inc. (TEI) management board that oversees the Santa Ana Star
Casino operation. Upon reviewing the facts of the occurrence,
the TEI board met with Jaramillo and an acceptable resolution
was achieved. The entire process was followed and monitored
by the PSAGRC.
“I am delighted with the management board’s
decision, and very impressed with Santa Ana Star Casino’s
fairness and how professionally my dispute was handled. As
a frequent guest of the casino, I can honestly say that this
is my casino and I will be back,” said Jaramillo.