Kiva at Coronado State Monument
closes for a year’s repair
Historic kiva closes for restoration
On Tuesday, October 2, a forty-by-forty-foot
tent was placed over the historic Painted Kiva at the Coronado
State Monument in Bernalillo. Over the years, a countless
number of visitors have climbed the spruce wood ladder down
into the kiva and marveled at the frescoes painted there in
1938 by Zia Pueblo artist Ma Pe Wi.
The adobe structure’s rapid deterioration
led the project’s consulting architect, Lee Gamelsky
of Albuquerque, to recommend its immediate closure and installation
of the tent. Protected now from the elements, contractors
will remove the existing roof as well as stabilize and remove
Ma Pe Wi’s frescoes. The west and southern walls of
the kiva will also be replaced. Once the structure is restored,
the walls will be re-plastered, the frescoes restored, and
the kiva will be reopened to the public. This process may
require as much as a year of careful work, during which time
the kiva will be closed to the public.
Despite the kiva’s closure, Coronado State
Monument remains open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00
p.m. daily, except Tuesdays when it is closed. Admission is
$3 for adults; children under seventeen are free.
For further information, contact the monument’s
manager at (505) 867-5351.
Friends of Coronado State Monument
On November 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.,
the Friends of Coronado State Monument (FCSM) will sponsor
a wreath-making workshop on the portal at Coronado State Monument,
west of Bernalillo on Highway 550. Using Indian corn, raffia,
buffalo gourds, pine cones, chile, paint, and other embellishments
along with a large green wreath, you can create a one-of-a
kind creation perfect for your home or as a gift. Bring your
imagination and, if you wish, a sack lunch. The cost is $20
per person, which includes the workshop fee plus any and all
supplies needed to make and decorate one wreath. Space is
limited, so for reservations call Linda at 821-8432 after
6:00 p.m. or email FCSM_reservations@yahoo.com before November
On November 18 at 2:00 p.m., FCSM will sponsor
a presentation by Dr. Florence Weinberg about the little-known
“Chamuscado Expedition (1581-1582)” to what is
now central New Mexico. Dr. Weinberg is Professor Emeritus
of French and Spanish Literature and has authored four scholarly
books and numerous articles on the Spanish and French Renaissance
and, since her retirement, has written seven historical novels.
Her interest in the Chamuscado Expedition led to her recently
published historical novel The Seven Cities of Mud, released
in September 2007.
The program will be held at the Sandoval County
Historical Society’s DeLavy House, located on Edmond
Road in Bernalillo. To reach DeLavy House, take Highway 550,
slightly west of Coronado State Monument, turn north on the
west edge of the Phillips 66 Gas Station and Smoke Shop onto
a dirt road (this is Edmond Road). Follow the road to its
end. Signs will be posted. For reservations, call Gordon Forbes
at 771-3464 or email your reservation to FCSM_reservations@yahoo.com.
Admission is $5 per person, and is free to members of FCSM.
—DON LEONARD, SANDOVAL COUNTY
Voters in a large portion of southern Sandoval
County have a unique opportunity in the next few weeks to
enhance the economic prospects and quality of life of our
area for decades to come by expanding the district of Central
New Mexico Community College.
Northern Rio Rancho voters will likely cast
the deciding votes on whether CNM’s taxing district
will be expanded to include all of Rio Rancho. Currently,
Corrales and the southern portion of Rio Rancho are the only
areas in Sandoval County in CNM’s district, which also
includes all of Albuquerque.
Rio Rancho residents in the area generally north
of Northern Boulevard are currently outside of the CNM district.
Through the special election, northern Rio Rancho residents
will have to approve an additional property tax of about $119
for a home with an assessed valuation of $100,000. Homeowners
currently in the CNM district—generally defined as being
south of Northern Boulevard—already pay the tax.
The election is being conducted through mail-in
ballots for the two separate groups of voters—those
already in CNM’s district and those residing outside
the district. Both sets of voters must approve the expansion
in order for the district to be enlarged.
Mail-in ballots should start arriving at homes
in a matter of days. To be counted, the ballots must be received
by the County Clerk’s office by no later than November
If voters agree to expand CNM’s district,
the state’s leading community college already has forty
acres of land adjacent to the Rio Rancho City Center and $20
million in financing to begin building the first phase of
a proposed new CNM campus in Rio Rancho.
A CNM campus in Rio Rancho will provide a significant
economic boost to all of Sandoval County, along with a convenient
and high-quality option for residents to enhance their lives
and job prospects through education. A resolution expressing
formal support of the expansion will be considered by the
County Commission during our next regularly-scheduled meeting
on November 1.
CNM is committed to placing a strong emphasis
on providing associate’s degrees, occupational courses,
workforce training, skill development, and the first two years
of a bachelor’s degree to meet the growing need for
comprehensive higher education options in Rio Rancho and Sandoval
In addition to providing gasoline-savings and
an easy-to-reach location for county residents, CNM’s
Rio Rancho campus will offer programs tailored to specifically
fit the needs of our communities. CNM—the second-largest
postsecondary institution in our state – is recognized
for its ability to quickly respond to local economic needs
by developing degree and certificate programs that support
the workforce needs of growing businesses and industries.
CNM already is the biggest supplier and trainer
of employees for the burgeoning aviation and film industries
and its reputation as a strong ally for business and industry
will make CNM a valuable selling point in our county’s
efforts to attract businesses and industries to our area.
A successful election will also set in motion
the broader higher education plans for Rio Rancho and Sandoval
County. CNM and the University of New Mexico are working together
on ambitious plans that would allow students to access the
best of both institutions at one Rio Rancho joint-use campus
location. UNM owns land adjacent to the CNM property.
While a long list of statistics shows the many
ways CNM is working on behalf of residents, perhaps the clearest
indication of CNM’s value to our area is seen daily
in the paychecks of the thousands of CNM graduates who work
in Sandoval County.
For more information on the election, go to
Questions or comments for Commissioner Leonard
can be mailed to him c/o Sandoval County Administrative Offices,
PO Box 40, Bernalillo, NM 87004.
All Indian Pueblo Council launches
The All Indian Pueblo Council (AIPC), the oldest
tribal advocacy organization in the country, is utilizing
modern technology to strengthen its outreach efforts. Readers
may log on to www.19pueblos.org to view AIPC’s new website.
“We are taught by our elders that dialogue
about important matters should be done in person. I agree
with that perspective and believe it is the most effective
means of communication. We want this website to be a tool
for Pueblo Country to disseminate timely and critical information,
but it will not substitute for AIPC’s regular meetings
with Pueblo leaders,” said AIPC Chairman Joe Garcia.
AIPC represents the nineteen Pueblo Governors
of New Mexico, including the Pueblos of Acoma, Cochiti, Isleta,
Jemez, Laguna, Nambe, Ohkay Owingeh, Picuris, Pojoaque, Sandia,
San Felipe, San Ildefonso, Santa Ana, Santa Clara, Santo Domingo,
Taos, Tesuque, Zia, and Zuni. The offices of the All Indian
Pueblo Council are located at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
at 2401 12th Street NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104.
El Rinconcito español
Adonde el corazón se inclina, el
Where the heart leans, the foot walks.
La vida es corta y pasarla alegre, es lo
Life is short and to live it with joy is the important
El avaricioso nunca está contento.
The greedy one is never contented.
Submitted by www.sospanyol.com,
Placitas—Spanish instruction that focuses on oral communication
Bernalillo resident Gadzia:
creating healthy environments locally and worldwide
Bernalillo resident Kirk Gadzia will lead a
workshop on the “Ten Principles of Creating a Healthy
Environment” on Saturday, November 3 at 3:45 p.m. as
part of Holistic Management International (HMI)’s International
Gathering, “From The Ground Up: Practical Solutions
to Complex Problems.” The conference runs from Thursday,
November 1 through Sunday, November 4 at the Hotel Albuquerque
at Old Town, located at 800 Rio Grande Boulevard NW in Albuquerque.
Three- to four-hundred attendees from around the world are
HMI, an Albuquerque-based international nonprofit
founded in 1984, works on four continents with rural communities
and stewards of large land holdings (farmers, ranchers, government
agencies, environmental advocacy groups, and others) to restore
their lands to health, productivity, and profitability. Worldwide,
thirty million acres are currently under holistic management.
“From the Ground Up” will feature
keynote addresses by noted grass farmer Joel Salatin, animal
and autism expert Dr. Temple Grandin, Air America Radio broadcaster
Thom Hartmann, and HMI founder Allan Savory. In addition to
the keynotes, there are more than thirty round table discussions,
educational workshops, a children’s program and a Certified
HMI Educator track—with international experts on soil
health and desertification, sustainable farming and grazing,
animal behavior, and global warming.
The ten principles of holistic management are
the essence of and essential to its successful practice. Gadzia
will illustrate the principles with examples from his own
experiences in many different environments.
Gadzia owns and operates Resource Management
Services, LLC, a training and consulting firm based in Bernalillo.
The focus of his work is based on the holistic management
approach to agriculture and life. In this process, a “holistic
goal” drives the decisions that lead toward creating
both a rewarding life and profitability derived from the health
of the land. The model for making this work is mimicking natural
systems and balancing one’s lifestyle with realizing
long- and short-term goals.
Gadzia has extensive international experience
consulting with many agricultural operations throughout the
United States and overseas. He also provides customized training
and consulting to a wide variety of public and private business
and conservation organizations. He is co-author of the National
Academy of Science’s 1994 publication, “Rangeland
Health,” and is working to improve rangeland health
monitoring techniques in a wide variety of environments.
For more information about HMI or the international
gathering, call HMI at (505) 842-5252 or visit: www.holisticmanagement.org.
New wildflower book released
by Placitas author William W. Dunmire
Mountain Wildflowers of the Southern Rockies:
Revealing Their Natural History, co-authored by Carolyn Dodson
of Albuquerque and William W. Dunmire of Placitas, has just
been released by the University of New Mexico Press. Covering
the Sandia and Jemez Mountains and north to Wyoming, the book
is filled with color photos and line drawings.
More than a field guide, the book offers cultural
and botanical essays with fascinating facts about seventy-five
species of wildflowers, including strategies for survival,
plant evolution, origins of plant names, family characteristics,
and their role in human history.
Dunmire will be signing his book at the Anasazi
Fields Winery during the Placitas Holiday Sale on November
17 and 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.