The Sandoval Signpost

An Independent Monthly Newsmagazine Serving the Community since 1989


Annual autumn festivals return to Bernalillo

This October, in keeping with tradition, the Town of Bernalillo will again sponsor the Sandoval County Hispanic Music Festival and the Festival Otoño.

The Hispanic Music Festival, also sponsored by the Placitas Artists Series, will be held at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Social Center on October 19 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Musicians from Placitas, Bernalillo, Rio Rancho, and surrounding areas will have a chance to share their traditional music with the public. Family gatherings often produce three generations performing together—the essence of a rich heritage.

The fourth annual Festival Otoño will be held at Rotary Park in Bernalillo on October 26 from noon to 6:00 p.m. All ages are welcomed to enjoy carnival games, live entertainment, costume and carved-pumpkin contests. The twenty-foot La Jorrupa, a Spanish version of the boogie man, will be burned at dark.


Photo by: —T. Belknap

Friday afternoon at the Bernalillo Farmer’s Market on Camino del Pueblo

Almost pumpkin time

—Ann Rustebakke

The Bernalillo Farmer’s Market still has a few weeks to go until the weather shuts us down ‘til next year.

The new location has been a big success, with plenty of parking and vendors coming from Corrales, Placitas, Peña Blanca, San Ysidro, Cañon, the South Valley and the pueblos of San Felipe, Zia and Santo Domingo.

Not only are there opportunities to shop and stroll with your neighbors, but you can find items that are not available in any grocery store: “heirloom” varieties of fruits and vegetables and special kinds that are so perishable (and delicious) that they are only sold fresh, never shipped in. Best of all, there is no charge for the T.L.C. that goes into producing these delicacies. And you are doing your part to support New Mexico agriculture.

You can also visit with Sandoval master gardeners who staff a booth with literature and advice for your New Mexico “growing pains.”

New Mexico-based craft items are sold at the market, too, as well as some live plant materials.

Stop in and check out the Bernalillo Farmer’s Market on Fridays from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. It’s almost pumpkin time!


Rosalia de Aragon performs legend of La Llorona

On Monday, October 13, at 7:00 p.m. at the Old San Ysidro Church in Corrales, the Corrales Historical Society Lecture Series will present a one-woman performance by Rosalia de Aragon of the tragic story of La Llorona. This tale is drawn from folk stories of Spanish-speaking America. There are many different versions of the story of La Llorona, and the story continues to change and evolve. In this performance you will meet La Llorona as a young woman and will experience her transformation into a ghost. The moving story is beautifully told in dialogue, song, and dance.

Rosalia de Aragon’s background includes films, modeling, singing, and dance. She earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of New Mexico and has experience as a chatauqua traveling performer and at the Musical Theatre at the College of Santa Fe and the Sag Conservatory.

New Mexico families have passed this entertaining ghost story down through the generations. It is said that La Llorona’s spine-chilling cry can still be heard late at night as she roams dark valleys and waterways throughout New Mexico. Her unquiet spirit haunts everyone in the darkness of night, telling them to beware and not to stray into dangerous areas.

The program is free and open to the public. The church is fully accessible to persons with disabilities. Refreshments will be served after the program.

To get to the church from the intersection of Alameda Road (NM 528) and Corrales Road (NM 448), go north for three miles to Old Church Road, turn left (west) and proceed three tenths of a mile to the Old San Ysidro Church. For further information call 899-6212.


Happening at the Monument

A celebration of Native American and Spanish cultures will be held at the Coronado State Monument on October 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Well-known flintknapper Luther Rivera will be teaching the art of flintknapping (making stone tools and arrowheads). The staff will demonstrate atlatl throwing, games, carding, weaving, and how ancient people made hunting tools, and local artisans will display handmade arts and crafts for sale.

Participants in a history scavenger hunt will receive certificates of completion.

Parking is free. Admission is $3 for adults. Children sixteen and younger are free. The monument is off Highway 550; turn right on Kuaua Road just past Jackalope. For further information, call 867-5351 or see


Special Native American shows at Bien Mur

Beginning October 1 Bien Mur Indian Market Center, owned and operated by the Pueblo of Sandia, presents an exclusive showing and sale of art prints by world-renowned artist Avonna Lee Landwehr. In the Gliclée “Cloud Spirit” prints, ancestral spirit faces appear in cloud patterns that reflect the symbolism and shapes of the high desert, rock, storms, religion, heritage, and history.

Bien Mur Indian Market Center’s Seventh Annual Marketfest will be held October 6 through 11. This event was established to support and promote Native American arts and crafts and their creators. During the six-day period, the public can meet and purchase directly from more than one hundred Native American vendors.

During the week of Balloon Fiesta, Bien Mur will be hosting Jorge Quintana, master potter from Mata Ortiz, who will demonstrate methods of forming, decorating, and outdoor firing of pottery. Quintana will appear October 8, 9, and 10 and will have a selection of various Mata Ortiz pottery available for purchase.Other artists scheduled during the week are Andy Abeita, Isleta; Tony Eriacho, Zuni; Bonnie Jo Hunt, Lakota; and George Deertracks Tyler, Cherokee. For more information, call 821-5400.


Sheriff’s Corner

—Submitted by John Paul Trujillo
Sandoval County Sheriff

Girlfriend turns in pot-growing partner

On September 6 the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office was called out to investigate a domestic dispute in progress in Algodones. During the course of the investigation a female suspect showed above deputies several large marijuana plants which were growing in the backyard.

During this search eighteen marijuana plants were located on the property, the largest being approximately seven feet tall. Several plants were located in the barn area, where they had been placed to dry. The plants were photographed and taken into evidence. During the search, officers located a photograph of the male suspect standing by the large marijuana plant smoking what appeared to be a marijuana cigarette, and a pipe used for the inhalation of a controlled substance.

Both suspects were placed under arrest for trafficking a controlled substance by manufacture and booked into the Sandoval County Detention Center.


Meth lab under investigation

On August 26 the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office was called out to investigate a methamphetamine laboratory dump site on a dirt road north of Sea Road and west of Rainbow Road in Rio Rancho. Deputies of the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office as well as officers from the Rio Rancho Department of Public Safety and the Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force located what appeared to be a complete laboratory. There were two large plastic boxes and two cardboard boxes containing glass condenser tubes, plastic tubing, gas masks and filter, Red Devil lye, solvents, iodine crystals, hydrogen peroxide and red phosphors. There were also other items associated with methamphetamine laboratories present.

The above items created an extreme public hazard and were removed by Enviro-Solve.

The case is under investigation.


Saturation citations and arrests

A total of sixty-five citations were issued during saturation operations on August 16, as follows: 3-no driver’s license, 3- suspended DL, 11- no insurance, 2-child restraint, 38-speeding, 7-stop sign, 1-no headlights.

A total of one arrest and eighty-five citations were issued during saturation operations on September 1, as follows: 1-warrant arrest. Citations: 3-no drivers license, 1-expired drivers license, 7-no insurance, 5-no seat belt, 3-expired plate, 64-speeding, 1-stop sign, 1-no headlights.






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