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Sandoval County 4-H goat show

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 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

For more information, please contact Principal Cowan at 867-3366.

Placitas Community Library prepares for Books on the Bosque capital campaign

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 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

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

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 planting available.

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 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.


•Equinox Festival: Sunday, September 21 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

•“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 noon

•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

Placitas Community Library announces children’s events

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 4.

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 address.


•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 Beef Stew.

•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 tuna steak.”

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.




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