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Make your mark in history

The mission of the New Mexico State Monuments is to protect and preserve culturally significant properties that are designated as state monuments and to provide for their interpretation, use, and enjoyment by present and future generations.

Would you like to make a difference by helping preserve and interpret the site of Kuaua Pueblo? Coronado State Monument is seeking docents to lead guided tours of the site, help with the outreach program, and work outdoors on site preservation. Call the monument, at 867-5351, for more information.

Lecture explains restoring historic adobe buildings

The Corrales Historical Society presents “Restoration of Historic Adobe Structures in New Mexico,”an evening with Donna Vogel, executive director of Cornerstones Community Partnerships, on September 19 at 7:00 p.m.

Cornerstones Community Partnerships works in conjunction with communities throughout the Southwest to restore historic structures, encourage traditional building practices, and reinforce cultural values. Over the past fifteen years, Cornerstones has provided assistance to more than three hundred communities (primarily Hispanic and Native American) in New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, and Texas, in restoring their historic buildings. The organization has been recognized for its work by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the New Mexico Heritage Preservation Division, and the American Institute of Architects.

Recognizing that the next generation is crucial to preserving the cultural traditions of the community, Cornerstones has also developed special programs to teach young people traditional building skills. The youth programs include the Zuni Mentorship and Training Program, the Doña Ana At Risk Youth Training Program, the Mora Summer Youth Program, and a program in Socorro, Texas.

This program is free and open to the public. It will be held at the Historic Old San Ysidro Church in Corrales.

There will be a bus tour to northern New Mexico on September 24 to view historic churches and buildings that have been aided by Cornerstones restoration efforts. For further information, call 897-9109.


For the birds

See and learn about the birds in our area and explore the Placitas Open Space on Saturday, September 21, from morning until early afternoon. Las Placitas Association will be hosting a bird hike led by Hart Schwarz, a well-known naturalist and authority on birds of our region. Participants should meet promptly at 8:00 a.m. at the Merc in Homestead Village, Placitas, and then join the caravan to the west entrance of the open space. LPA suggests that you bring a hat, water, snacks, and sunscreen. For further information, please contact Elaine Sullivan at 771-1171.


Amazing corn maze in North Valley

Maize Maze 2002, Rio Grande Community Farms’ fifth annual corn maze, opens August 31 at 11:00 a.m. at Los Poblanos Fields Open Space in Albuquerque’s North Valley. The Leaping Lizard Corn Maze covers an eight-and-a-half-acre field north of Montaño Road.

The Adrian Fisher design contains over three miles of paths carefully cut through rows of corn and sorghum plants.

For the second year, Bohannon Huston donated a survey using twenty-first-century technology— global positioning satellite technology—to create the ancient art form. They were able to survey and stake the six-hundred-foot-by-five-hundred-foot corn maze in a few mornings instead of the hundreds of hours it took to make the earlier mazes at Los Poblanos Fields Open Space.

The Leaping Lizard Corn Maze journey takes approximately forty-five minutes. It will be open weekends from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. August 31 through October 19. The maze will also be open for Moonlight Maze Walks from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. on September 20 and 21 and October 18 and 19. Admission on weekends and evening walks is $6 for adults, $3 for children ages five through twelve, and free for children under age five. Field trips for aftercare groups and schoolchildren may be arranged on weekdays from September 3 to October 18 for $3 per student. Free parking is available at the parking lot west of the entrance to the Community Farms on Tierra Viva on the north side of Montaño Road, one mile west of Fourth Street.

Rio Grande Community Farms is a nonprofit organization formed in 1997 that manages fifty acres acres of the Los Poblanos Fields Open Space in partnership with the Open Space Division of the City of Albuquerque’s Parks and Recreation Department. Their mission is to demonstrate sustainable urban agriculture, provide urban wildlife habitat, research and interpret the relationships among people, food, and public land, create educational and training opportunities in agriculture, and celebrate the culture and traditions of agriculture.

For details, call 345-4580 or visit


County line—The lessons of 9/11

Elizabeth Johnson
Sandoval County Commission

The tragedies and loss of lives our nation endured one year ago have taught many hard lessons that all of us will carry forever. September 11 will join other critically significant dates in history and cause us to reflect on where we were and what we were doing when jetliners were hijacked by terrorists and crashed in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania.

It is a date we will always remember, as we most certainly should. For me, the events of a year ago are crystal clear. I vividly recall the shock and emotions I felt on that day as clearly as if they had occurred just yesterday.

All of us, I’m sure, feel a great sadness in the many losses suffered last year on 9/11. To honor victims of the terrorist attacks, Sandoval County will join in a national commemoration of the events that occurred early in the morning of September 11.

County residents are invited to participate in a brief service along with representatives of county government, our communities, and units from the fifteen fire departments and nine law enforcement agencies that serve Sandoval County. The event will be held directly in front of the American, state, and county flags located at the west entrance to the county Courthouse in Bernalillo.

At 8:05 on September 11, we will ring a traditional fire bell to mark the time of the collapse of the World Trade Center’s South Tower, that was struck by a hijacked airliner only minutes before. Flags will be lowered to half-mast in honor of the many victims who perished in the attacks. The bell will again be sounded at 8:28 a.m. to mark the time that the Trade Center’s North Tower collapsed.

Some of our county’s communities and local fire and police departments also are planning similar memorial events. I hope as many residents as possible have the opportunity to participate in those events or at least take time to reflect on the many instances of heroism, bravery, and generosity that have helped all of us since that day. Motorists also are encouraged to drive with their vehicle lights turned on as part of the national commemorative effort.

Of the many lessons our nation has learned from 9/11, the need to be prepared before tragedy strikes may be the most important. While it may appear that much of Sandoval County is isolated from the dangers of terrorism, county government is taking steps in several areas to help make our communities as safe as possible from terrorist activities or weapons of mass destruction.

County commissioner Bill Sapien, Sheriff Ray Rivera and fire marshall Clark Speakman recently participated in a program conducted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. From that, they have gained vastly important hands-on experience to help our county determine and allocate resources necessary to respond to a terrorist attack.

Additionally, Commissioners Sapien and Daymon Ely, and emergency services coordinator Jess Lewis represent county residents on a working group that also includes decision makers from the state environment and public health departments and the City of Rio Rancho. That group is developing plans and identifying needs for emergency preparedness if our county ever must respond to the use of weapons of mass destruction.

We all carry vivid images of the tragedy our nation suffered a year ago. No one ever wants to see those images recreated anywhere in Sandoval County. Yet terrorists and weapons of mass destruction do pose a real threat that we must confront. With proper planning and preparation, we hope to be able to prevent such a tragedy from occurring or in the alternative, at least minimize loss of life and property by responding quickly and effectively.

Questions or comments for Commissioner Johnson can be mailed to her in care of Sandoval County Administrative Offices, P.O. Box 40, Bernalillo, 87004.





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