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Noah Trujillo

Noah Trujillo

Noah Trujillo signs as catcher for Mississippi Valley State

Noah JR Trujillo has signed a national letter of intent to play Division I baseball as catcher for Mississippi Valley State University. Noah accepted a full-ride scholarship at Mississippi for the next two years. Mississippi Valley State competes in the SWAC conference. 

Noah is a 2002 graduate of Rio Rancho High School and completed a two-year scholarship program at Eastern Arizona College before leaving for Mississippi on August 15. He is the son of John and Cecilia Trujillo of Bernalillo.


Mexican consul to direct new adult-education program at UNM-LA, Bernalillo

The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos branch in Bernalillo, New Mexico, held an inauguration of the Plaza Comunitaria on August 17. The Plaza Comunitaria is an adult-education program bringing together the University of New Mexico and the Instituto de los Mexicanos en el Exterior.

Beginning September 13, a number of collaborative classes will be offered that will be of great benefit to the Spanish-speaking communities in the state and are appropriately set in the town of Bernalillo, which has a rich Hispanic heritage and tradition.

The program will be under the direction of Consul Juan M. Solana and Maria Dolores Limongi, of the Mexican consulate in Albuquerque.

Local artist Julianna Kirwin said about the program, “This multicultural program is going to be such a wonderful collaboration between the two institutions and makes a lot of things possible for people from both countries.”

Representing Mexico at the inauguration were the Secretary of Education, Ramon de la Pena Manrique; the director of IME, Candido Morales Rosas; the director of international affairs for the Instituto Nacional para la Educación de los Adultos, Patricia Ramos; and other dignitaries.

For further information, contact Michelle Ueland at 771-4071 or


New spaces—Placitas Pre-K Program

Snow Watson
Placitas Education Fund

As the summer slows down and the school year gets underway, we start thinking about our plans for the kids.

The fee-based Placitas Pre-Kindergarten Program is an international-award-winning program for three- and four-year-old kids. Don’t even think about making your kids commute to Albuquerque or Santa Fe, when local parents and community members have worked so hard to provide the same or better services right here in Placitas. Our new location will be much easier to get to for Placitans; it is at the old door-company building at the end of Doorco Way, a north turn off 165 before Small Tracks.

Placitas Education Fund is a fiscally sponsored project of the New Mexico Communities Foundation (NMCF is a 501-(c)(3) umbrella organization for PEF) and is supported by the local chapter of the Optimists de Sandoval. PEF was founded in August, 2002, for the purpose of starting a prekindergarten program in Placitas.

We will be kicking off September with our thematic teaching approach. The theme for this first month will be farms. Learning about farms will be interlaced in an easy-to-understand way for the kids with a field trip to the New Mexico State Fair. It is an exciting time for these little guys—full of discovery and adventure. 

Registration is ongoing; to preregister, please call or e-mail us. Classes begin on September 7, and coordinate with Placitas Elementary School. The school has a variety of slots to adjust your child into an academic program. 

Snow Moore Watson can be reached at, 867-2047, or at Post Office Box 393, Placitas, NM 87043. If your little one is not quite ready, we carry a continuing waiting list and will include you in our circulation of information throughout the year.




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