land conserved near Santa Fe
On August 22, the Trust for Public Lands and the Bureau of Land
Management celebrated the addition of one-hundred-seventy-eight
acres to the La Cienega Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC).
Totaling over forty-five-hundred acres, La Cienega ACEC provides
habitat for songbirds and other wildlife in cottonwood and coyote
willow trees that grow along the Santa Fe River. Etched into the
canyon walls is ancient rock art, most likely produced in the fourteenth-
through the seventeenth-centuries by the inhabitants of La Cieneguilla
Pueblo, a prehistoric site where visitors can still make out the
pattern of adobe rooms and see stone and pottery artifacts.
The Trust for Public Land conserves land for people to enjoy as
parks, gardens, and other natural places, ensuring livable communities
for generations to come, and depends on the support and generosity
of individuals, foundations, and businesses to achieve its land-for-people
La Cienega ACEC is located eight miles south of Santa Fe off I-25.
For more information, contact them at (505) 988-5922 or visit www.tpl.org/newmexico.
Find solutions at Solar Fiesta
This year’s Solar Fiesta will be held at Highland High School,
on September 15 and 16, all day. The school provides a larger indoor
exhibit area and greater workshop capacity. The public is invited
to come to learn about brighter solutions to enhance life.
You can meet professionals in the solar and renewable industries
and like-minded organizations face-to-face. Find qualified installers.
Get answers to your questions, from basics to the nitty-gritty technical.
See new products. Classes on renewable energy, energy efficiency,
and sustainable living are organized in a “track” approach.
Volunteer opportunities also abound. The organizers are looking
for a few good people to coordinate some activities. If you are
interested in helping to manage the Fiesta or other things, contact
the office at: firstname.lastname@example.org, 505-246-0400, 888-886-6765. No solar
knowledge needed. To volunteer over the weekend, contact John Salinas,
Nature Center invites public to ‘Banquet
in the Bosque’
As part of its ongoing twenty-fifth anniversary celebration, the
Rio Grande Nature Center State Park in Albuquerque will host an
evening gala event open to the public, “Banquet in the Bosque,”
from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 8.
“This will be a truly special evening and a unique way to
experience and enjoy the Bosque,” said Park Superintendent
The evening event will include a twilight dinner under an outdoor
tent near the garden, a no-host bar, live music by local dulcimer
band Apple Mountain Strings and Things, a silent auction, and remarks
by Tom Waddell, manager of Ted Turner’s Armendaris Ranch.
Auction items will include wildlife art and photography by well-known
artists, limited-selection wine, theater and symphony tickets, airline
tickets for two, a metal sculpture by artist O.K. Harris, an original
watercolor painting by Dan Stouffer, and a tour of the Armendaris
Ranch with Mr. Waddell.
Tickets are $50 per person ($25 is tax-deductible), with proceeds
to benefit the Rio Grande Nature Center’s education and restoration
programs. Reservations must be made by 5:00 p.m. on September 1.
“Banquet in the Bosque” tickets are available at the
Nature Center, by phone, and through mail order. To purchase tickets
over the phone using a credit card, call (505) 344-7240. Checks
can be mailed directly to Friends of the Rio Grande Nature Center,
2901 Candelaria Road NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107.
Natural Solutions Foundation-Codex Commission
June Trezza, a resident of Placitas, has been following the agenda
of the United Nations’ supported Codex Commission for the
past several years. Our own Food and Drug Administration has accepted
the recommendations of Codex, which resulted in two bills being
passed by our U.S. House of Representatives and Senate just before
Congress recessed. Codex, which is an arm of the World Trade Organization,
is slated to go into effect in this country by the year 2009. It
threatens the very existence of our right to choose what supplements,
vitamins, minerals, and nutrients we desire for our own health.
It has plans for our food changes as well, such as making dangerous
growth stimulants (hormones) and antibiotics mandatory in all of
our meat and milk or permitting already banned pesticides to re-enter
the soil of our farms. These rules of Codex have already been adopted
in many countries throughout the world.
As a volunteer for Natural Solutions Foundation and Health Freedom
USA, Ms. Trezza is presenting various programs throughout the area
in order to spread the word of what will truly happen to our rights
and freedoms through Codex. She will be speaking on the subject
on September 13 at a meeting of the Italian Culturale Club [See
community calendar listing,
this Signpost, for details.] If you are interested in helping
the cause or want more information, call 1(888) 266-2027 or visit
Las Huertas Creek ripples through Upper Las Huertas
Las Placitas Association volunteers maintain trails
in the Placitas Open Space
Las Placitas Association hosts September outdoor workshops
—REID BANDEEN, LAS PLACITAS ASSOCIATION
The Las Placitas Association (LPA) will be hosting two
outdoor workshop projects during September. First, please join us
for our annual post-Labor Day weekend cleanup in Las Huertas Canyon
on Saturday, September 8. This is one of our favorite events—the
wildflowers and the meadows will be glorious. Meet at the Placitas
Post Office at 8:30 a.m. and we’ll carpool up to the Las Huertas
picnic area. Staff from the Cibola National Forest will be on hand
to assist us to keep our Canyon beautiful.
Then, on Saturday, September 22, we’ll be hosting another
workshop on trail construction and maintenance out on the Placitas
Open Space. We’ll be joined by a crew of trail specialists
from the City of Albuquerque, and will continue work on constructing
new trails and closing old roads in the Las Huertas Creek area.
This work is part of LPA’s continuing efforts to assist the
City of Albuquerque in implementing the Management Plan for the
Placitas Open Space. Las Placitas and the City of Albuquerque will
provide tools, drinks, snacks, and lunch for this event. Please
wear sturdy work clothes, and bring work gloves, a sun hat, extra
water, and some rain gear. We’ll meet at the Placitas Post
Office at 8:30 a.m., carpool to the site, and work until about 2:00
p.m. The area is beautiful this time of year, and your participation
helps to assure the viability of the Placitas Open Space.
For more information on the workshops and LPA, log on to our website
or call Lolly Jones at 771-8020.
We look forward to seeing you in September.
Bob Wessely to speak in Corrales on water, people,
The League of Women Voters Sandoval County Unit will meet at the
Corrales Community Center located at 4324 Corrales Road (across
from the Wells Fargo Bank) on Wednesday, September 19 at noon.
Longtime Placitas resident Bob Wessely will speak on the topic
“Growth and Development: Water, People, and Planning in Placitas
and Sandoval County.” Bob has served as an officer in the
Middle Rio Grande Water Assembly for over five years. He has been
active for ten years in water planning issues, after having co-founded
and led a high-tech systems engineering company based in Albuquerque
for over twenty-nine years.