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Election Day—November 6, 2012

Sandoval County General 2012 Candidates

New Mexico State Senator • District 40:

Linda M Allison (DEM)
Craig W. Brandt (REP)

New Mexico State House of Representatives
• District 44:

No candidate (DEM)
Jane E. Powdrell-Culbert (REP)

• District 57:

Donna I. Tillman (DEM)
Jason Carl Harper (REP)

• District 60:

No candidate (DEM)
Tim Lewis (REP)

Sandoval County Clerk

Eileen (Moreno) Garbagni (DEM)
Paula Papponi (REP)

Sandoval County Treasurer

Laura M. Montoya (DEM)
David L. Bency (REP)

Sandoval County Probate

Charles J. Aguilar (DEM)
Lawrence D. McClain (REP)

Sandoval County Commission
• District 2:

Nora M. Scherzinger (DEM)
Michael H. Frese (REP)

• District 4:

Ramon M. Montano (DEM)
Glenn Walters (REP)

• District 5:

Darryl F. Madalena (DEM)
No candidate (REP)

Absentee and early in-person voting:

October 9: Voter registration closes at 5:00 p.m.
October 9 through November 2: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  • Absentee/By Mail: 1500 Idalia Road, Sandoval County Administration Building D, Bernalillo 87004
  • Absentee/In-Person: 1500 Idalia Rd. Sandoval County Transit Center Building C, Bernalillo

November 3: Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

  • Absentee/In-Person: 1500 Idalia Rd. Sandoval County Transit Center Building C, Bernalillo

October 20 through November 3: Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

  • Early/In-Person: 800 South Hill Road, Sandoval County Voting Machine Warehouse, Bernalillo
  • Early/In-Person: 3200 Civic Center Circle Rio Rancho City Hall, Rio Rancho
  • Early/In-Person: 4330 Meadowlark Lane, Meadowlark Senior Center, Rio Rancho
  • Early/In-Person: 1041 Commercial Drive, SSCAFCA Office Building, Rio Rancho
  • Early/In-Person: 4326 Corrales Road, Corrales Community Center, Corrales

October 23 through October 24: Tuesday through Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

  • Early/In-Person: 5 Cedar Road San Felipe Pueblo Senior Center
  • Early/In-Person (Alternate): Tesuque Street, Santo Domingo Pueblo Community Center

October 26 through October 27: Friday through Saturday,10:00 am to 7:00 pm

  • Early/In-Person: 255 Cochiti St. Cochiti Pueblo Community Center

October 30 through October 31: Tuesday through Wednesday,10:00 am to 7:00 pm

  • Early/In-Person: 135 Capital Square Dr. Zia

Pueblo Community Center

November 2 through 3: Friday and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

  • Early/In-Person: 5117 Highway 4, Jemez Pueblo Civic Center

Partial list of Sandoval County voting locations:

Pct. No.     Polling Location

  • Pct. #1: Carroll Elementary, 301 Calle Del Esquela (Bernalillo)
  • Pct. #2: Roosevelt Elementary, 842 Calle Don Tomas (Bernalillo)
  • Pct. #3: Bernalillo Auxiliary Gym, 301 Camino Del Pueblo (Bernalillo)
  • Pct. #4: Bernalillo Auxiliary Gym, 301 Camino Del Pueblo (Bernalillo)
  • Pct. #5: Placitas Elementary School, 5 Calle Del Carbon (Placitas)
  • Pct. #6: Algodones Elementary School, 395 Calle San Jose (Algodones)
  • Pct. #11: Corrales Senior Center, 4320 Corrales Rd. (Corrales)
  • Pct. #12: Corrales Recreation Center, 500 Jones Rd. (Corrales)
  • Pct. #13: Historical Old San Ysidro Church, 804 Old Church Rd (Corrales)
  • Pct. #19: Santa Ana Pueblo Community Center, 2 Dove Rd. (Santa Ana)
  • Pct. #29: Sandia Pueblo Community Center, 481 Sandia Lp. (Sandia Pueblo)
  • Pct. #51: Sandoval County Admin Building D, 1500 Idalia Rd. (Bernalillo)
  • Pct. #53: Corrales New Fire Station #2, 100 Paseo Tomas Montoya (Corrales)
  • Pct. #54: Sandia View Elementary School, 24 Academy Ln. (Corrales)
  • Pct. #55: Placitas Volunteer Fire Station, 463 Highway 165 (Placitas)
  • Pct. #56: Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, 7 Paseo De San Antonio (Placitas)
  • Pct. #57: Corrales Recreation Center, 500 Jones Rd. (Corrales)
  • Pct. #76: Placitas Volunteer Fire Station, 463 Highway 165 (Placitas)

For further information about voting in Sandoval County, see their website, or P.O. Box 40, 1500 Idalia Rd. Building D, Bernalillo, NM 87004, 505-867-7577. Normal office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Ceil’s melon, Placitas, 1972, Photo credit: Robert D’Alessandro

Another way of living: Placitas, NM 1971 to 1975

—Tony Hull

Opening September 29 at the Placitas Community Library, photographer and part-time Placitas resident Robert D’Alessandro will exhibit photographs from when he came to live here in the early 1970s.

This is a distinct photographic vision of that time, a story of people attempting to realize their ideas of community alongside an established traditional New Mexican community.

Unlike the media depictions we have generally come to associate with this era, what D’Alessandro gives us is a four-year slice of the everyday life of the people who chose to live in a different way during a time of cultural turmoil and change, when many Americans were searching for, and trying to create, an America they could believe in.

This show is a comprehensive view of the Placitas area at that time, a community of people scattered around a village living and doing many different things. Enough off the mainstream road map, Placitas was a place that made all sorts of personal, creative, and economic explorations possible; it was one of the many locations across the country where similar and varied reactions to events were played out during the 1960s and mid-70s. D’Alessandro says about his work, “this work is not meant to define hippies, communes, countercultures, or ‘the movement.’ These pictures are a personal diary of my experiences while living in Placitas at that time. Photographing was my way of trying to understand, learn from, and relate to the spirit of living I found here, which I know had existed long before I arrived.”

Here in Placitas, D’Alessandro was part of that life. We think his viewpoint is personal and universal, a heartfelt, optimistic statement that can speak to the present if we can listen to what we see.

I felt something was missing as I reviewed the summary above. When I asked Bob for further discussion for this article, Bob responded via email as follows:

Dear Tony, you asked me for more information about the pictures I am showing at the Library for your Signpost article, and I am not sure what else I can add or want to say to what has already been said. I hope the pictures will speak for themselves; mostly I would like people to have their own reactions to the pictures without a large load of words from me. This is the first time I printed many of these photographs. For many reasons I let them stay in my contact sheets and neglected to edit and face what was there. Looking back was not an easy thing for me to do. The era seemed to end with confusions that were hard to understand, much less reconcile at the time. But now, gladly, making this show has given me an opportunity to finally do it. I am pleased with what I found and how the work came together. The pictures were of the group of people with whom I related most easily. They were and still are my friends. Most of the pictures were taken in and around the village of Placitas where I lived and in the San Francisco Ranch Area of Placitas where I now live. Much has changed since those days. Back then people lived in different circles of their own ideas. I think the important thing we had in common was that we respected one another’s individual efforts to live as we chose. As long as you were who you said you were and dealt with things in an honest way, that was enough. One’s word and actions were one’s word and actions. Life was shared, we learned from each other, and we enjoyed ourselves openly. For me it was an alive and free time, very different from today.

I would like to express my personal reaction to D’Alessandro’s work in this show. I possess and have looked at a good cross section of photography from that period and Bob’s work is not the “same old, same old” hippie photography we are used to seeing. This is another slice from that period, otherwise largely undefined in the photographic record, yet relevant and rich in visual information. This work stands alone with an expression of sincerity true to my own experience then, even though the images are in rural Placitas, and I was in urban West Philadelphia. What I see here through D’Alessandro’s eyes is so different from most of the photography of the period that I have seen. I think what he shows makes a valuable contribution to more fully understanding that time.

The exhibit will be open from September 29 to October 24 at the Placitas Community Library (453 New Mexico 165 Placitas, NM 87043). There is no charge. There will be an artist’s reception on October 13 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Exhibit posters may be purchased at a nominal cost with all proceeds going to the Library general fund. For further information about this exhibit, and future Placitas History Project topics, contact Tony Hull at 771 8566, or

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