Students participate in the Sandoval County State
Fair 4-H goat show.
Bernalillo to get $9 million for schools
The Bernalillo Public School District will get $9 million in state
funds to build a new elementary school, as well as design funds
to renovate Willanna D. Carroll Elementary School.
The Public School Capital Outlay Council voted to award the funds
to the school district after finding the district met the standards
of a priority-based funding formula.
The state awarded a total of $93.4 million in capital outlay funds
to twenty-three projects in fifteen school districts. New Mexico
funds public school capital outlay by issuing bonds on severance
tax revenue related to oil and gas extraction.
Under this process, all districts are eligible for state funds,
but voters must approve property taxes to raise a matching amount.
The level of the match varies with each school district. The matching
formula takes into consideration the assessed value of properties
in the district, property tax rates, and other factors that affect
the school district’s ability to pay for new construction.
An additional $15.7 million was reserved for possible future awards
to four projects in three districts; $7.1 million was awarded to
sixty-five charter and ten public schools in twenty-two districts
for lease payment assistance; $1.7 million was awarded to four districts
for charter school construction; and $2.2 million was awarded to
eight projects in six districts for demolition of abandoned facilities.
Total state funds awarded this year to school districts for facility
needs was $120.1 million.
Public vote will determine name for new elementary school
The Bernalillo Public School District is soliciting help from the
public to name the soon-to-be-constructed elementary school for
students in grades three through five. Currently, those students
attend Carroll Elementary. However, Carroll Elementary will be getting
a new home for the 2009-2010 school year. The new building will
be located just west of Bernalillo Middle School off Calle del Norte.
The existing building will be renovated and will become the kindergarten
through second grade school; however, the building will retain its
original name of Carroll Elementary.
Carroll Elementary Principal Keith Cowan said, “We are excited
about the move to the new school site and we want to involve the
whole community in the naming process. Students, parents, families,
staff, and community members are encouraged to participate.”
Superintendent Barbara Vigil-Lowder said, “Many exciting
changes are taking place within Bernalillo Public School District.
Upgrading our facilities is an important part of ensuring that our
students are prepared for learning in the twenty-first century.
Parent involvement is crucial for student success. I believe that
by helping us name the new building, the whole community can take
pride in and ownership for our educational system.”
Red, gray, and white (the school colors), along with the Little
Spartan mascot, will remain when the new school building opens.
Please submit name ideas to the main office at Carroll Elementary
no later than September 12, 2008. Submissions will not be accepted
after that date. The top three names will be selected and submitted
to the school board during the September meeting. The new name will
be announced prior to the anticipated ground-breaking ceremony in
October. Please visit www.Bernalillo-schools.org and click on Carroll
Elementary for current school information. All potential names will
be posted on the district website. Submissions can also be submitted
directly to email@example.com.
For more information, please contact Principal Cowan at 867-3366.
Placitas Community Library prepares for Books on the Bosque capital
On September 28, the Placitas Community Library will hold “Books
on the Bosque,” the kickoff for their capital campaign to
raise $1 million for Phase II of the new library’s construction.
The event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort, with
cocktails, a silent auction, and preview of live auction items starting
at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7:00 p.m., followed by the
live auction at 8:00 p.m. and dancing to “Cheap and Easy”
from 9:00 to 11:00 p.m. The auctions will feature more than 150
original works of art, jewelry, services, lodging, and dining options
donated by local and regional artists.
The fundraising goal for this event is $75,000. As an unincorporated
area, Placitas receives no operational funding to support a community
library. Chef Rocky Durham of the Santa Fe School of Cooking will
be the auctioneer for the “Books on the Bosque” live
auction, which will include a commissioned 32- x 40-inch chalk pastel
drawing by artist Darryl Willison valued at nearly $5,000; a specially
created Storyteller designed by noted Isleta Pueblo artist Robin
Velarde Teller valued at $2,200; a unique framed mirror made from
inlay stone and marble by builder and artist Joe Neas; a Susan Jordan
gourd art mask; a highly collectible vintage Indian print; a painting
done by an elephant in Thailand; and an early 1900s leather saddle
appraised at $1,000. For a listing of additional items for the live
auction, visit the library’s website www.placitaslibrary.org.
Anyone wishing to bid on specific live auction items but unable
to attend the event may call Susan Fullas at 867-1165 for a bid
number and provisions for phone-in bidding.
“Books on the Bosque” is not only a celebration of
the support for a public library in Placitas, but an effort to highlight
the community’s role in securing a permanent facility to support
community literacy and “a sense of place” for residents
in an area marked by its unique history and diverse interests to
relative newcomers. Groundbreaking for Phase I of the first 3,500
square feet of library space is slated for December 2008, with construction
scheduled for completion in the summer of 2009 at the location just
west of the Placitas Volunteer Fire station on Highway 165. For
tickets or information, contact Judith Austin at 771-0367 or Tina
Thomas at 771-1299.
Workshop: how to photograph your art work
The Esther Bone Memorial Library, in cooperation with the Rio Rancho
Art Association, is offering a workshop entitled “How to Photograph
Your Art Work.” This program will be held on Saturday, September
6 at 10:00 a.m. in the library at 950 Pinetree Road SE in Rio Rancho.
The program is free, however prior registration is required. You
can register by telephone at 891-5012, ext. 3128; in person; or
by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pat Berrett will be conducting the presentation. The emphasis will
be on 2D work, but Pat will also briefly discuss 3D work.
Dragon tales at Esther Bone Library
Tale Spin, a story program for children in grades one
through four, will return to the Esther Bone Memorial Library in
September. This after-school program, featuring stories, music,
games, and more will be held the first Wednesday of each month beginning
September 3 at 3:00 p.m. “Here There Be Dragons” will
be the first program featured. Registration is not required. For
information, contact Vaunda Nelson or Lori Snyder in the Youth Services
Department at 891-5012, ext. 4. All children’s programs at
Rio Rancho public libraries are free to the public.
Placitas Community Library hosts Equinox Festival
—ANNE FROST, PLACITAS COMMUNITY LIBRARY
This year the Placitas Community Library is offering a
multifaceted Equinox Festival on Sunday, September 21 from 2:00
to 5:00 p.m. Placitas Master Gardener Carol Horner will speak at
2:30 p.m. on “Putting your Garden to Bed—Organically.”
She will discuss topics such as fall pruning (and what not to prune!),
what to plant this fall, and feeding and watering over the dormant
season. We hope to have some xeric perennials and bulbs for fall
Be a hero: Give blood! Our Equinox Festival will also feature a
Blood Drive. United Blood Services provides all the blood to save
lives in New Mexico and their supply comes from our donations. Tragedies
occur every day, as this community knows, so please give. It is
an easy and fairly painless way to really help your neighbor. The
Blood Mobile will be on hand from 2:00 -5:00 p.m. on September 21
during the Festival. To schedule your appointment, call me at 867-5340
or sign up online to http://www.Bloodhero.com
and enter zip code 87043. You can also drop by on Sunday to donate.
All donors will get a free lunch as well! The Library will be hosting
a barbeque on Sunday, so stop by for burgers, kosher dogs, and more.
Not able to donate? $5 will get you lunch, including drink and dessert.
Plans and elevations for the new Library building will be on display
as well. Munch a little, learn a little, give a little, and get
to know your community.
Kudos go to the readers and volunteers in our fabulous Summer Reading
Program and Reading Challenge. Together the children read over a
thousand books, watched butterflies and praying mantises hatch,
and much more. If you and your children would like to become involved,
please see the children’s article in this issue for more information
on upcoming fall and winter programs. You may also call 867-3355
to find out more.
You won’t want to miss the Friends of the Library signature
event, “Books on the Bosque.“ This dinner plus live
and silent auction will take place at Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort
on September 28. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Dancing to Placitas band,
Cheap and Easy, begins at 9:00 p.m. Our generous and talented artists
fill this event with high quality, one-of-a-kind items, and you
set the price! This is a fabulous community party to kick off fundraising
for Phase II of the new building. It is also your chance to see
the plans and elevations. For tickets ($75) and information, see
the ad in this issue. Check out the list of September events at
the end of this article and you’ll learn just what amazing
programs and services this all-volunteer operation is offering and
just how much we need that new space.
UPCOMING LIBRARY EVENTS:
•Equinox Festival: Sunday, September 21 from 2:00 to 5:00
•“Books on the Bosque“ dinner and auction: Sunday,
September 27 at 5:30 p.m.
•Preschool story time: September 4 and 18 at 10:30 a.m.
•Bilingual story time: September 9 at 3:00 p.m.
•Children’s book club: September 16 at 3:00 p.m.
•Children’s pottery class: September 11, 18, and 25
at 3:00 p.m. (pre-registration required)
•Adult book group meets the first Monday of each month at
4:00 p.m. Call 867-3355 to verify date and location. Books for September
and October are as follows:
September 8: The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester
October 6: The Wild Girl by Jim Fergus
•Voter registration: each Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00
•Veggies on sale to benefit the library: Every Wednesday
at 1:00 p.m. and most Saturdays at 1:00 p.m. as well.
For library hours call 867-3355, or visit wwwplacitaslibrary.com.
Placitas Community Library announces children’s events
—NANCY GUIST, PLACITAS COMMUNITY LIBRARY
The Summer Reading Program ended with a grand celebration for children
and adults alike. Exotics of the Rainforest put on a marvelous program
led by Carolyn and Sparky Newell. The audience was captivated by
parrots, reptiles, snakes, and amphibians—everything from
a colorful scarlet macaw to a python, which gently wrapped itself
around Sparky. Children were thrilled to have various birds of the
rainforest perch on their arms or even their heads! The morning
was also marked by recognizing all those children who participated
in the Summer Reading Challenge with prizes as well as a free book
for each. 1,220 books were read by all! Over the summer, fifty-five
children attended the weekly summer reading programs.
The Placitas Library has several offerings coming up in September
for children. The Preschool Story Time will resume, but will now
be offered twice a month. It will be held the first and third Thursday
of every month at 10:30 a.m. The first story time will be on September
We will again be offering a Bilingual Story Hour once a month.
Stories in Spanish and English for elementary age children will
be read. The group will meet the second Tuesday of every month at
3:00 p.m. Come join us on September 9 when The Calling of the Dove,
El Canto de las Palomas will be the featured book.
Our Kid’s Book Club will kick off on September 16 from 3:00
to 4:00 p.m. It is geared for children in grades three through five.
We will be reading a variety of chapter books and having book chats
about each. We welcome all book-loving third-, fourth-, and fifth-graders!
A book list will be available at our first meeting.
We are most fortunate to also be able to offer an Intergenerational
Pottery Class. It is geared for children in second grade and older
accompanied by a parent, grandparent, or other adult. It will be
taught by Daisy Kates, a local potter. Class participants will be
making Native American burnished pots. The class will take place
over three sessions on Thursdays, September 8, 15, and 22 at 3:00
p.m. at the library. Preregistration is required. We have a few
slots still remaining, so if you are interested, please call the
library at 867-3355 and leave your name, phone number, and/or email
•vallecula (1859)—an anatomical groove, channel,
or depression, especially one between the base of the tongue and
the epiglottis: His last words were, “I am Count Vallecula,
the French-kissing vampire!”
•Valley Girl (1982)—an adolescent girl from the San
Fernando Valley: The Valley Girl stared into the camera and
said, “I’m, like, so not into school anymore, you know?”
•Vandyke (1754)—a trim, pointed beard: The Amazing
Karl was a low-rent Las Vegas magician living in a trailer with
his grumpy wife, a dryer full of tattered but colorful scarves,
and a stick-on Vandyke so crisp it triggered in his audience an
inner visual of a computer’s scroll-down icon.
•vanishing cream (1916)—a cosmetic preparation that
is used chiefly as a foundation for face powder: Thanks to the
1940s animated movie cartoons that became the 1950s TV content for
children, I grew up thinking vanishing cream could make me invisible.
•vaporware (1984)—a computer-related product that has
been widely advertised but has not and may never become available:
On the night of 26 June 2006, Johnny Law, the eccentric writer
of the corruption-sniffing vaporware LIARLIAR disappeared from the
face of the planet during Operation Vanishing Cream, a government
strategy so utterly effective, it was as if Johnny Law and hundreds
of other computer nerds had never existed.
•vegan (1944)—a strict vegetarian who consumes no animal
food or dairy products: In the year 2044, the Carnivores declared
war on the Vegans, a clash that ended in a draw at the Battle of
•Venus flytrap (1930)—an insectivorous plant: The
marriage between actor Jiminy Cricket and actress Venus Flytrap
lasted less than a week.
•veracious (1677)—truthful: “My veracious
streak compels me to confess that I was voracious and I ate the
whole pizza by myself.”
•vernissage (1912)—a private showing or preview of
an art exhibition: “The best thing about the Zak d’Flook
vernissage was the Footbolt Shiraz 2004 and the slices of Thai-spiced
vicious circle (1792)—a chain of events in which the response
to one difficulty creates a new problem that aggravates the original
difficulty: In the dark, The Amazing Karl raised the toilet
seat, then hid behind the shower curtain, waiting… waiting
for his wife Karla… waiting for the final chapter of his novel
Vicious Circle to write itself.