On November 19, Village government will celebrate 50 years since incorporation as a municipality. Ceremonies will include opening of a time capsule sealed 25 years ago. It has been entombed in a crumbling concrete vault near the entrance to the Village Office. Opening of the capsule is set for 2 p.m. “We are not sure what we will find, and we will also be putting some items together to create a new time capsule for future Corraleños to enjoy,” Mayor Roake said. “What would you put in a time capsule? A mask, perhaps?”
On July 4, 1997, villagers gathered to place the time capsule which was to be opened September 22, 2021. (See Corrales Comment Vol.XXXIV NO.9 June 20, 2015 “Creepy, Crumbling Concrete Case Contains July 1997 Time Capsule.”)
In the early 1970s, villagers organized to incorporate as a municipality so they could have their own laws and land use zoning. They were motivated by fears that the farming community along the Rio Grande would soon be annexed by the then-developing Rio Rancho Estates.