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Michael Martin Murphey and Gary Roller of the Rockin’R Gallery in Placitas invite children onstage at library-wild horse benefit concert in Placitas.

Get to know the Placitas library

Sue Strasia
Placitas Library

We invite you to join us on October 12 starting at 6:30 p.m. for a get-acquainted social and work party. We are located just west of The Merc on Tierra Madre #1. Thanks to Alice Allen, our next-door neighbor, who is helping with hosting this event by making her house available to us. You'll get a chance to visit and choose a committee to get the ball rolling in planning events for this coming year.

Our first apple festival is scheduled to celebrate harvesttime and Halloween with an open house from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 30. There will be apples for bobbing, apples for eating, and apples for decorating. Ann Rustebakke and Don Clark have been gracious in providing apples. 

Don't miss out on our weekly Saturday Children's Story Hour featuring the Headless Horseman at 10:00 a.m. Come dressed as you are or dressed for the occasion—it’s up to you.

Thank you to Michael Martin Murphy and his band, McCole's, and the Rockin' R Gallery for hosting an incredible concert to help support the Placitas Community Library and WHOA (Wild Horse Observers Association). We also want to recognize Carolyn and Gary Roller, who organized the concert and a silent auction. We are indebted to the many local artists who contributed their talent and products in an incredible show of support. Proceeds will go a long way towards the library's overhead and expenses.

At the last board meeting we revised our by-laws to satisfy New Mexico State Public Library requirements. This entailed creating a library structure free of charge but able to support itself by establishing a sponsor group called the Friends of the Placitas Community Library. Friends are committed to providing yearly donations and conducting fundraising events. These donations go directly into utilities and operational fees. If you are interested in joining the Friends, please stop by the library and pick up a donation envelope.

Our library is now in a position to receive state and county bonds for books, computers, and software. In the coming election you will have a chance to vote on the state bond issue to support libraries statewide. Monies will be distributed to schools, universities, and libraries and will directly help everyone who takes advantage of these services. We will be entitled to $1,500, which will be applied towards computers and software if the state bond passes.

Another way we are looking into supporting the library is to see if the Sandoval County Commission can establish the Placitas area as a Special Development District to provide operational fees. If everyone would agree in supporting our library through this redistricting, then we can provide a library that would be responsible and reliable in being able to provide ongoing services to everyone in Placitas. We would only ask for minimum operational fees to cover utilities and a part-time librarian.

The Friends of the Placitas Library would then be able to work on matching contributions to provide a full-time librarian for after-hours to help out with an after-school study program. Please contact our Web site ( to voice your opinion about this issue, or call Sue Strasia at 867-0026.

Unfortunately, board member PJ Sumner stepped down from the board due to family illness, but we wanted to recognize PJ, who has been involved since the beginning of our incorporation. She has been an incredible support resource and continues to help out when possible.

We want to welcome Don Clark, who is taking PJ's place. Don represents the Las Huertas Land Grant Association and is committed to developing a local history exhibit. We are eager to develop this added feature through pictures of what Placitas was like, with people sharing their memories. Please let us know if you can help out with this exhibit.

The library is open on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., and Friday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to noon. We need volunteers to cover Wednesdays after 5:00 p.m. Don't forget we have a copier for your use. Last but not least, we are happy to announce that the library now has a phone at 867-3353.


Park for education, recreation proposed near Placitas Elementary

An exciting project sponsored by the Coronado Soil and Water Conservation District and led by Snow Watson and Suzanne Owings of Placitas is in the future for property recently acquired by the Placitas Education Fund near Placitas .

The nonprofit group proposes creating a park-like setting on seven acres with educational activities for schoolchildren and recreational opportunities for Placitas residents.

The initial objectives are to reduce erosion by improving vegetative cover; control water runoff from paved areas near the school, keeping as much water on site as possible; protect surface water quality by reducing overland velocities; improve groundwater quality by slowing water down to increase aquifer re-charge; restore riparian areas through native plantings; and Improve wildlife-habitat elements with all of the above.

The development of a coordinated resource-management plan will begin the process of improving the area. Elementary school students and parents will learn about the restoration effort as it progresses. Nature trails, water-harvesting education, and other outdoor learning opportunities are intended.

The New Mexico Soil and Water Conservation Commission has approved $10,000 for this project. Further funding will be sought by the PEF in the spring of 2005.

The Coronado SWCD board of supervisors meets at 9:00 a.m. every third Thursday of the month at the First Security Bank in Bernalillo. Meetings are open to the public for informational purposes. For more information, to be placed on the SWCD agenda, or for information regarding the Coronado SWCD’s agricultural sprayer, which is available for use throughout the district, contact Chairman Tony Lucero, 867-2011.


UNM-Los Alamos announces its director’s list

Ever semester there are a handful of students who make the grade, literally. These are the students that make the director’s list at UNM-Los Alamos in Bernalillo. They have a grade-point average of 3.5 and no grade lower than a C.

The following students made the director’s list at the 2004 summer session:

Amanda Lopez, Miriam Ramirez, Carla Cordero, Fabiola Martinez de Rivas, Francine Chavez, Angela Sosa, Elsa De La Rosa, Bendicto Leyva, Reynaldo Perez, Lucy Aragon, Miguela Chavez, Jane Montoya, Guadalupe Montano, Susan Duncan, Leonard Prairie, Maryann Aragon, Eloisa Carrillo, and Rayna Cordova.

If you are interested in joining these outstanding students at UNM-Los Alamos, either at the Los Alamos or the Bernalillo campus, call 662-0332 or go to




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