Corrales’ oldest recurring fiesta, honoring the community’s patron saint, San Ysidro, will return May 14-15. Saint Ysidro is known as the patron saint of farmers. A procession accompanying a statue of the saint from the Old Church to the new Catholic Church on Corrales Road will follow a 10 a.m. outdoor mass in front of the Old Church that Sunday. The procession along Old Church Road and Corrales Road will be led by the colorful  Matachines dancers.

The fiesta that follows at the parish hall behind the church will include traditional food, music, a 50-50 raffle and  a cake-walk referred to as a “sweets-walk.” An online silent auction fundraiser for the church will be conducted at sanysidroparish.org. Among the many items to be auctioned are: a chainsaw carved chair, silver candlesticks, a belt buckle,  a bow and arrow wall hanging, a clock and several gift certificates.

Corrales Heritage Day will trace this community’s history from 10,000 BC to the late 20th century through a display at the Old Church Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is presented by the

A budget is still being worked out for the Village of Corrales’ fiscal year 2022-23 which starts July 1.  A Village Council work-study session will be held

Tickets are on sale by Corrales MainStreet for the 2022 Corrales Garden Tour June 5.  The six gardens were chosen for their relative uniqueness, and, according to the Garden Tour website, “…different soil

The Corrales Antique Tractor Show will return Saturday, May 7 at the Corrales Recreation Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission and parking will be free. On display will be antique tractors and cars. Visitors can also take in the live music and festival food.

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

A talk at the Placitas Library Sunday, May 15 will explain Spanish land grants in this part of New Mexico along with the traditional acequia irrigation system. The presentation by land grant heir  Rebecca Correa Skartwed and land grant historian Jacobo Baca will begin at 2 p.m. The two presenters will talk about the irrigation system and those people entitled to used them, known as parciantes, as well as activities taking place in Placitas over the past 10 years.

After years of vague talk about establishing a performing arts facility here, there is finally movement… and it could eventually bring the Adobe Theater back to Corrales. At the April 26 Village Council meeting, Village Administrator Ron Curry reported he will move ahead with demolition of the Jones family residence west of the post office. 

By Jeff Radford

If the new time capsule is opened in 2046 or 2047, it will have been 75 years since this village incorporated as a municipality in 1971. Its existence as a community named “Corrales” goes back much, much farther, as well documented by the Corrales Historical Society, and farther back still to the time when it was called “Puraika,” the place of butterflies, by the Native American people in what is now known as Santa Ana Pueblo.

As editor of Corrales Comment newspaper for the past 40 years, I was asked by the Corrales Historical Society to trace developments in Corrales over the past 25 years, since the previous time capsule was sealed commemorating the Village of Corrales’ 25th anniversary of incorporation.

The account  below for the period 1997 to 2021 is far from exhaustive or inclusive,

May 14 is when bird lovers around the world will get outdoors to count. It’s also World Migratory Bird Day, for which this year’s theme is reducing night time light pollution. The first of these efforts, the bird count, is organized in the United States by the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology with its website ebird.org/globalbigday. It is a 

One by one, villagers spoke up during the April 26 Village Council meeting’s Corraleños Forum to demand that Animal Control functions be transferred from the Police Department to the Fire Department.

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

Water is flowing in Corrales’ irrigation ditches despite failure of the siphon that is supposed to bring water from canals east of the Rio Grande to the west side, and despite serious multi-year drought.

When school lets out at the end of this month, Corrales’ ditch bank trails are expected to see more users —but those should not include people on motor bikes, ATVs or cars and trucks. Even before summer recess, increased motorized vehicles along the ditches have villagers concerned about the risks of serious injury when drivers encounter horse riders, cyclists and walkers.

“We are having a serous problem with motorized vehicles on the ditch access roads,” according to Corrales Equestrian Advisory Commission’s Janet Blair. “Lots of folks apparently don’t know the law, or choose to ignore it.”

Corrales ordinances and Conservancy District regulations have outlawed driving on the ditch banks, but such abuses have persisted and grown worse in recent years.

“Someone could be killed or seriously injured with all these motorcycles and ATVs and golf carts careening around,” Blair cautioned.

Planning has started for the possibility of a gravity-operated sewer line along Loma Larga’s ditch bank that might eventually send sewage from west side homes to Albuquerque’s sewer and on to the wastewater treatment plant in the South Valley. An agreement with the City of Albuquerque would be needed. A contract to design such a

State highway officials want Village government to take over Corrales Road, and it would solve several problems for the Village if it did, but it just won’t happen. That was the bleak, but definitive, assessment that Village Administrator Ron Curry gave to the mayor and Village Council at their April 26 meeting. If that’s reality, it has several important, far-reaching implications —for the long-planned pathway in the business district, for the speed limit, for crosswalks for pedestrians, equestrians and cyclists, and for historic buildings in the most congested stretch of Corrales Road.

 Village officials are scheduled to meet again with N.M. Department of Transportation May 19.

“Their proposal, if we were to take over the road, is that they would provide no maintenance whatsoever going forward,” Curry reported from the previous meeting with NMDOT. “And if we take over the road, we also have to take over the liability for it.”

At 92, Jerry Allen died March 29 at his Corrales home where family members say his 35  hummingbird feeders probably changed the local ecosystem. He retired in 1990 from a 35-year career with the Los Alamos National Laboratory where he conducted research for weapons testing. His father had moved the family from Texas to Los

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