County line—See Sandoval
—JOSHUA MADALENA, CHAIRMAN, SANDOVAL COUNTY COMMISSION
Hot off the presses is the latest See Sandoval, the County’s
free 2008 visitor’s guide that offers opportunities to see
parts of Sandoval County and New Mexico that some long-timers may
The expanded, forty-six-page full-color guide is packed with information
on County attractions, cultural events, historic sites, and more.
Photos display many of the County’s scenic and cultural wonders
and a two-page map showcases many of our County’s offerings.
Included in the guide are summaries of our area’s outdoor
recreational spots for activities ranging from camping and fishing
to soccer, golf, and mountain biking. The guide offers suggested
day trips along the five scenic byways crossing Sandoval County,
as well as information on our local monuments and parks. Thumbnail
sketches are included of the culturally-rich and historic pueblos
that play prominent roles in Sandoval County’s past and future.
Copies of the guide are available for free at local businesses,
information centers, and chambers of commerce throughout our region.
Better yet, stop by the El Zócalo complex in Bernalillo that
houses the County’s Visitor’s Center. There, you can
meet the knowledgeable staff who can provide in-depth personalized
travel information and even give a quick tour of the recently restored
historic El Zócalo convent building.
Copies of the guide also are available by calling the Visitor’s
Center, 867-TOUR, or (800) 252-0191, or by visiting the Sandoval
County website, www.sandovalcounty.org,
where you also will find travel information and updated sightseeing
suggestions. You can even download a copy of the highly popular
and very scenic screen saver featuring photos of many County attractions.
Spring is always a special time in Sandoval County. It also marks
the beginning of our prime tourist season when visitors spend needed
tourism dollars that, in turn, vitalize the financial well-being
of County residents.
The tourism industry is the State’s largest private sector
employer, providing jobs for more than one hundred thousand workers
statewide, including thousands of our friends and neighbors who
depend on tourism for jobs in Sandoval County. Statewide, those
jobs provide more than $10 billion in salaries each year that roll
through all aspects of our State’s economy.
The County’s Tourism and Economic Development staff has data
showing that the average tourist spends $130 a day visiting Sandoval
County, with an average length of stay of four days. Each year,
lodger taxes imposed on motel rooms and commercial accommodations
in Sandoval County generate more than $350,000 to help fund and
promote recreational opportunities throughout our area.
The Sandoval Easy Express (SEE) is a new travel option for visitors
this year, as well as a year-round transportation alternative for
County residents commuting to jobs, school, or medical appointments.
The SEE is the County’s first rural public transit system,
and it is a project that I am very proud to have helped implement,
especially as service was extended to the Cuba area just last month.
In addition to the Cuba route, the Easy Express last April began
service along the Jemez corridor from Bernalillo to Jemez Springs
and along the I-25 corridor from Bernalillo to Cochiti Lake, with
stops provided at communities along both routes. All SEE routes
provide service to the Rail Runner commuter train system at the
Sandoval County / US 550 Station in Bernalillo and links with City
of Albuquerque bus lines that provide travel throughout the metropolitan
For more information on SEE schedules or fares, call 1-877-660-1110.
Questions or comments for Commissioner Madalena can be mailed to
him at Sandoval County Administrative Offices, PO Box 40, Bernalillo,
El Rinconcito español
• Ve despacio y no llegarás cansado.
Go slowly and you won’t arrive tired.
• No es amistad la que siempre pide y nunca da.
It isn’t friendship, that which always asks and never
• De casi no se muere nadie.
Nobody dies of “almost.”
Submitted by www.sospanyol.com,
Placitas—Spanish instruction that focuses on oral communication
Photograph, “Friend or Foal Exhibit,”
by Dry Heat Photography
Art gallery show benefits New Mexican Horse Project, wolves
Stay tuned in April as Art Gallery 66 continues to distinguish
itself as both a center for community enrichment and as a home for
exceptional fine art and photography.
On April 5, Art Gallery 66 hosts “Friend or Foal,”
a large-scale benefit show sponsored by Dry Heat Photography and
featuring special guest photographers David Cramer and Julie Rybachek.
“Friend or Foal” will feature photographs from the Wild
Spirit Wolf Sanctuary in Ramah, New Mexico, and the New Mexican
Horse Project in Escondida, New Mexico.
The Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary provides a safe, secure, and permanent
home for wolves and wolf dogs that have been rescued from abusive
domestic situations. Their mission is to educate the public that
wolves should never be kept as pets and deserve to remain protected,
wild, and free. The New Mexican Horse Project is the largest wild
horse sanctuary in North America and provides a safe home for a
select herd of wild mustangs, all of whom have been proven, via
DNA testing, to be descended from the original horses brought to
the Americas by the Spaniards in the late fourteen-hundreds. Their
mission is to protect and preserve this breed of wild horse known
as the New Mexican and to establish preserves where those horses
that are proven to be New Mexicans may live and prosper as free
animals without interference from human intervention.
To further enhance the show experience, Leyon Cougar, executive
director of the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary, will be on hand with
an ambassador timber wolf to talk with the public and field questions
regarding wolf conservation. In addition, Carlos LoPopolo, director
of the New Mexican Horse Project will be in attendance and will
be accompanied by a New Mexican horse. This is a rare opportunity
to meet both of these passionate activists at the same event.
The show will open on Saturday, April 5 from 12:00 noon to 6:00
p.m. Art Gallery 66 is donating twenty percent of the proceeds back
to the sanctuaries. Gallery co-owner Darryl Willison says, “This
is a unique and educational event to enjoy with the whole family,
so be sure to join us for an afternoon of stunning photography and
Corrales presentation explores U.S. Highway 60
On March 9 at 3:00 p.m., the Corrales Historical Society and Historical
Society of New Mexico will present “Ocean to Ocean, an Exploration
of U.S. Highway 60.” The event takes place at the Old San
Ysidro Church on Old Church Road across from Casa San Ysidro in
The present U.S. Highway 60 was originally known as “the
Ocean-to-Ocean Highway,” running from Virginia Beach, Virginia,
to Santa Monica, California. It was the first true transcontinental
road. The history of this “super” highway will be explored
by Dr. Spencer Wilson, Professor Emeritus of History at New Mexico
Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro. Fascinating facts
and romantic recollections will be revealed in his speech, bringing
to life this legendary highway that hosted “ocean-to-ocean
member garages” and many wonderful road-trip stories.
In New Mexico, the road ran from Clovis, through towns west to
a junction east of Belen, south to Socorro, and west to Magdalena,
Datil, Quemado, and on to Springerville, Arizona. U.S. Highway 60
dates from 1926 when federal roads were first given numbers. The
New Mexico legislature has designated it as an historical road,
with several towns passing resolutions in support of this designation.
Dr. Spencer was born in Evanston, Illinois, to a family with deep
roots in New Mexico and the West. He grew up in Albuquerque, where
he attended public school. He graduated from Colorado Springs High
School. Returning to New Mexico, he attended UNM, where he received
his BA in History. He was commissioned Ensign in the Navy Reserve
and served two years in the Pacific during the Korean War. After
his military duty, he returned to UNM to earn his MA in History
with a specialty in the Civil War
The event is free and open to the public. No reservations are required.