Tire loses lease
Last month, Bernalillo Tire closed its doors, apparently out of
business after sixteen years of success. Owner Phillip Valverde
said that his lease was terminated. “We were in the process
of renegotiating our lease when Bob [Gross] passed away,”
explained Valverde. “Then they dropped the bomb on us and
we had thirty days to get out. Bob’s wife told me that the
Town Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Department put pressure on her—something
about us being an eyesore and wanting to put in some high-end retail.”
Valverde said that business was better than ever, even though the
new Wal-Mart was bound to hurt them eventually. He was convinced
that his specialty tires and hometown service would keep most of
his loyal customers. “I’ve been working with tires here
in Bernalillo ever since I was a kid,” he said. “I loved
my job and enjoyed sharing the things I collect with customers.
I thought it gave the place some character. We always tried to keep
it as neat as possible.”
Bernalillo Tire stood on US 550 in the former home of Bob’s
Bait Box. It was near the Rail Runner station and right in front
of the proposed Piedra Lisa townhouse complex that was denied a
permit by the town council in April.
Valverde said he has had no contact with any town administrators
over this issue. He said, “They’re trying to change
the town. They don’t care about the mom-and-pop businesses
that have made it what it is. I hear about another nightmare coming
out of P&Z every week. You used to be able to drop in and talk
with the mayor or the town administrator. Now they won’t even
Valverde said that he has received a tremendous outpouring of support
from customers. So far, he has been unable to find another location,
but has been selling some remaining inventory out of his van. Long-time
employee Richie Chavez will continue operating the mobile tire service.
“I want to thank all everybody that supported us over the
years,” said Valverde.
Saving photos, one picture at a time
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Taos earns Fair Trade Town designation
The town of Taos has earned the designation of a Fair Trade Town.
In February 2008, town councilors passed a resolution and enacted
stringent guidelines to prepare for the coveted designation. Taos
is the first Fair Trade Town in New Mexico, and the first in the
Western United States. There are already more than three hundred
communities in Europe recognized as Fair Trade Towns.
Fair Trade is a rigorous third-party certification guaranteeing
excellent products for consumers: goods produced in a sustainable
fashion; safe and healthy working conditions; no slave, forced,
or child labor; the encouragement of long-term relationships between
producers and buyers; and an internal structure for producers that
allows decisions about profits to be made democratically.
“We know the importance of Fair Trade and recognize our responsibility
to help educate others, including art and culture tourists, about
the importance of Fair Trade,” said Taos Mayor Bobby F. Duran.
“We view buying fair and buying local as objectives that are
not in competition, but are complementary. For example, in Taos,
customers can buy Fair Trade coffee through our local Taos Roasters—either
directly wholesale, or retail through our numerous coffee houses
or grocery stores,” continued Duran.
“Fair Trade is a market model that allows farmers and producers
of goods a fair price for their products, and establishes economic
sustainability and security for entire communities,” said
Chris Pieper, chair of the new Taos Fair Trade Steering Committee
and owner of the local Mudd ‘N’ Flood Mountain Shop.
“It is also a designation that means people are being treated
better relative to buying non-Fair Trade items,” said Steve
Gloss, founder of Sustaining Cultures, a nonprofit educational organization
in Taos focusing on cultural awareness.
For more information about locating Fair Trade products, visit
For more information on meeting city certification guides, visit
www.fairtradetownsusa.org. To view the town’s Fair Trade Resolution,