Rancor rules. Infighting dominates… at the top of the tickets offered in the party primaries for which Election Day is Tuesday, June 7. But down-ballot it’s mostly pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake. Playing nice is likely to cease once  victors emerge and Democrat-Republican battle cries resound over the air,   through the internet and into mailboxes. Early and absentee voting is under way; absentee ballots must be returned no later than 7 p.m. June 7. If you plan to vote in person on Election Day, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Libertarians will have it easy if they follow through and vote in their party’s primary: aside from the contest for governor, no Libertarian candidates will be competing in this summer’s primary on the ballot facing Corrales voters. But if they choose to do so, Libertarians can opt to vote in the Republican or Democratic primary under new rules that allow a temporary, same-day

Corrales should be a shoo-in for state recognition as an “Arts and Cultural District,” and a $40,000 state grant to produce a Cultural Economic Development Plan has launched the process. But artists here, as elsewhere, are notoriously difficult to organize and some are inclined to quarrels and even back-biting. If that’s what happens as planning gets underway, maybe the

From June 10 to July 3, The Adobe Theater will stage the comedy Unnecessary Farce by Paul Slade Smith. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m., and a  “pay what you will” day on  Thursday June 30 at 7:30 p.m See http://www.adobetheater.org, call 505-898-9222 or contact at  info@adobetheater.org.

The Corrales Garden Tour has recovered from the coronavirus pandemic. Gardens at six Corrales homes will be shown as a fundriser for Corrales MainStreet Sunday, June 5. First established in 2010, the event was  cancelled in 2020 and 2021. Sites are at West Meadowlark, Perfecto Lopez, Corrales Road, Turner Court, Targhetta Road and Calle Contenta. Tickets are

The Corrales Antique Tractor Show  May 7 at the Corrales Recreation Center delighted young and old, but also drew blood. Blood donations at the event amounted to 24 pints, and $500 was raised in cash, according to one of the organizers, John

With party primary elections just ahead, you won’t be shut out just because you’re not registered as a Democrat, Republican or Libertarian. Come June 7, for the first time, New Mexicans who aren’t D, R or L will be allowed to vote in the primaries under new provisions in state law.

Anyone who is registered to vote in the general election can temporarily switch from “decline to state” affiliation to Republican, Democrat or Libertarian to choose  candidates in one of those parties’ primaries —and immediately switch back to

Congress has passed a two-year extension of the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA). The extension cleared both the House and the Senate with unanimous support. Without reauthorization, the RECA program would end in July. Over the past decade, Senator Ben Ray Luján has championed strengthening RECA to cover New Mexico

Corrales Elementary is having a “graduates walk”  and anyone who is graduating, at any level, who attended Corrales Elementary School is encouraged to participate. The event is May 25 at the elementary school, starting at 9 a.m. Graduates should meet with Coach Leah Dolan in front of the school, wearing their cap and gown. Contact her with any questions at

A meeting critical to advancing a post-2020 global biodiversity framework to safeguard nature will resume in-person in Kenya next month. The Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework will resume its work at the United Nations Complex in Nairobi June 20-26, seeking agreement on actions to reach the 2050 vision of living in harmony

Corrales author Benjamin Radford, Corrales Comment’s long-time movie reviewer, has a new book out, America The Fearful. “Combining media literacy, folklore, investigative journalism, psychology, neuroscience and critical thinking approaches, this book reveals the powerful fole that fear plays in clouding perceptions about the United States,” Radford explained. He said fears about crime, immigrants, police

The concept for a municipal performing arts center seems to be morphing into a mixed use facility that could even include a community kitchen for farmers and growers to use to process foodstuffs for sale. That was Mayor Jim Fahey’s guidance during brief remarks ahead of the Village Council’s adoption establishing  an ad hoc committee “to explore the possibilities of the Corrales Performing Arts Center.” Appointments to the seven-member committee are expected at the May 24 council meeting. They are likely to be drawn from Music in Corrales, Corrales Society of Artists, the Parks and Recreation Commission, the Corrales Arts Center, Corrales MainStreet, Inc. and villagers

With a $150,000  appropriation from the state legislature and an anticipated joint powers agreement between the Village of Corrales and the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District (MRGCD), a plan to transform the Corrales Interior Drain will be developed over the next two years. The 1.9-mile drainage ditch and ditch bank roads along it east of Corrales Road are owned by the Conservancy District which has long conceded that it no longer functions as intended when it was excavated in the 1930s. The property covers about 26 acres with an average width of 120 feet. It runs from Valverde Road on the north to the Corrales Riverside Drain on the  south, just beyond East Meadowlark Lane.

Village government will soon contract with a landscape architect to plan future uses of the long strip of land that forms a green belt between Corrales Road and the Corrales Bosque Preserve. Signing of a joint powers agreement with MRGCD is a necessary first step. The proposal was added to the Village’s infrastructure capital improvement project (ICIP) list last year. As requested, the 2022 N.M. Legislature

A man who grew up in Corrales, Raven Chacón, has won this year’s Pulitzer Prize in music for his composition “Voiceless Mass.” The piece uses a church organ, computer-generated sounds, percussion and wind and string instruments. Chacon is thought to be the first Native American to win a Pulitzer Prize. He is Navajo on  his mother’s side, while his father’s family is from Mora. His father, attorney Lorenzo Chacón,  died last year; his mother, Gayle Dineyazhe Chacón, a physician, still lives in Corrales.

At least 150 people participated in a bike fair and rodeo at the Corrales Recreation Center April 30 organized by  the Corrales Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission. Twenty-eight people volunteered by cleaning and maintaining bikes, helping the bike rodeo and distributing helmets and

The Friends of Corrales Library Spring Book Sale returns June 4 and 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in La Entrada Park, next to the library. Thousands of adults’ and kids’ books, CDs, DVDs and other items will be available for $1 to $2 each. And on Sunday, the $5 “bag sale” will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Bring your own shopping bag or purchase one from the 

A concert at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe June 18 will benefit families devastated by ongoing fires in northeastern New Mexico. The evening of acoustic music will feature performances by Robert Mirabal, Rahim AlHaj, Lara Manzanares, Rob Martinez and  Felix Peralta and SolFire Duo. The event begins at 7

Corrales coin collector Rod Frechette won an unusual distinction last month when he was chosen for two awards by the American Numismatic Association (ANA) at its meeting in Colorado Springs. “For only the second time in more than 40 years, the ANA is honoring one person with two national awards,” the organization announced. The first award was “Numismatist of the Year,”  while the second was its Glenn Smedley Memorial Award medal. Frechette will receive the awards at the ANA “World Fair of Money” in August. He has been a key member of the Albuquerque Coin Club for decades and has managed its coin shows twice a year for 12 years.

He started collecting coins when he was seven years old. “As a  little boy, my parents owned a paint store, and I would stock the shelves and get paid a penny or a nickel for my work,” Frechette recalled. I would hang around the cash register and look at all the strange coins. I also counted the milk money at school every day.”  (See Corrales Comment Vol.XXXIII No. 10 July 5, 2014 “Corrales Collector

By Phil Burnham
Gerald Cantrell grew up as a Cherokee, though no one ever bothered to tell him. One of only three “white” kids at a rural school in eastern Oklahoma, he didn’t have much to do with tribal ways as a boy. “When you grow up looking like Mayberry’s Opie Taylor, it’s hard to identify yourself as Indian,” he chuckles now. “But back then, it made no difference. My friends didn’t call me ‘white boy,’ I was just a neighbor kid.”

A new report from the United Nations details widespread degradation of soils, water and biodiversity around the world and where that is leading by 2050. The way land resources are currently mismanaged and misused threatens the health and continued survival of many species on Earth, warns a report from the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). It also points decision makers to hundreds of practical ways to effect local, national and regional land and ecosystem restoration. 

The agency’s Global Land Outlook 2 (GLO2) report, five years in development with 21 partner organizations, and with over 1,000 references, is the most comprehensive consolidation of information on the topic ever assembled.  It offers an overview of unprecedented breadth and projects the planetary consequences of three scenarios through 2050: business as usual, restoration of 50 million square kilometers of land, and restoration measures augmented by the conservation of natural areas important for specific ecosystem functions. It also assesses the potential contributions of land

A new analysis led by the Union of Concerned Scientists demonstrates that States can reliably meet 100 percent of their electricity needs with renewable energy. They need comprehensive energy policies to ensure the transition is equitable. The Union of Concerned Scientists joined with COPAL of Minnesota, GreenRoots of Massachusetts and the

A team from the New Mexico State University College of Engineering has been tasked with developing machine learning algorithms in support of national defense. Professor David Voelz has been awarded a two-year grant for nearly $300,000 from the Office of Naval Research for the project titled “Machine Learning-Based Turbulence Analysis and Mitigation

Corrales 4-H member Natasha Kwiatkowski  helped raise the organization’s flag outside the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the nation’s capital in March while on a scholarship to participate in the National 4-H Conference. The flag flew right below the American flag The Cibola High senior is a member of Los Corralitos 4-H Club. She was one of five New 

The peril for Corrales’ elderly from the deadly coronavirus continues. As elsewhere in New Mexico and across the United States, COVID-19 infections climbed this month. On May 16, a grim milestone was marked as deaths in the United States reached one million. Statewide, at least 7,600 New Mexicans have died since the pandemic began. On May 13, the N.M.

The ten projects were chosen through a competitive application process from a pool of 200 applicants for a screenwriting training program. The training will run for six months. Run by Stowe Story Labs founder and director David Rocchio and co-founder David Pope, New Voices New Mexico is designed to support

The New Mexico Humanities Council and New Mexico Listens will host thought leaders and policymakers from around the state in a virtual panel discussion that will address questions on voting politics in New Mexico. Most people believe that our elections are safe and secure, yet voters and election

Corrales’ Mike Garcia, a long-time employee of the Santa Fe Railroad, died May 7 at his home here. He was 94. For the first nine years of his life, he was raised by his grandparents, Román and Lucinda Garcia in San Ysidro and Cañon, followed by high school in El Rito. After graduation, he enlisted in the Navy and served in Asia and the Pacific. Returning to civilian life, Garcia went to work at the rail yard in Albuquerque until retirement in 1989. For most of his adulthood, he ranched family land around 

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