Mayor Pleads for Input on Village-Wide Development Changes, Gets 1 Response

Only one resident responded to village-wide changes

Nearly two months after Mayor Jim Fahey issued a call for public input for a much-delayedrevision of the 2009 Corrales Comprehensive Plan, just one response had been submitted.It was a heart-felt plea for relaxation of Corrales’ bed-rock policy restricting residential density tojust one dwelling per acre (or no more than one home on two acres…

Corrales Comment adds new weekly digital-only edition

The Corrales Comment is going digital – but still staying true to its print roots. Starting in November, the Corrales Comment is adding a new weekly digital edition to its already popular biweekly print edition.

The weekly email edition — available for free by signing up online — helps fill in the gaps between every other week print deadlines,” says Tierna Unruh-Enos, Publisher. It will also feature online only stories and profile upcoming local events through the new online events calendar available to local businesses and community organizations.

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COrrales

Long-time Dem Retires From State House 23, GOP Seizes Opportunity

After State House Rep Daymon Ely decided to step down from the seat earlier this year, Republicans saw an opening to flip the House District 23 seat held by Ely since 2016. Republican Alan Martinez bested Democrat Ramon Montano for the Democratic House seat in a 54-46 percent margin. Ely,…

From the Horse’s Mouth: Old Traditions, New Directions

Will horses return as a necessity for going to the post office and store?

By Steve Komadina This is a column that talks about horses and the Corrales connection. Itwas started as an initiative of Corrales Horse and Mule People(CHAMP) to help horse and non-horse owners to think about living in ahorse-oriented community. What will the New Year bring for our Corrales horse heritage?…

Arts Center Proposal Brought before Village Council

The ACE (Arts, Community, Education) Center Committee presented a proposal for a visual arts and performing arts center to the Village Council on Sept. 27. The Committee is eyeing the Jones property behind the library. If greenlit by the Village and funded by various sources including grants, the center is…

Corrales Chronicles: Treasures Lost and Reclaimed

Part of the “I didn’t know that!” Series

by Mary Davis, Corrales Historical Society Did you know that in 1959 this is what the north end of Corrales looked like? The aerial photo of his house was taken by photographer Dick Kent. The house, which he built in the early 1950s, sits all by itself in the white…

Harvest Festival 2022 Deployed 400 Volunteers For a Big Success

After a two-year hiatus, the ever-popular Corrales Harvest Festival returned last month drawingrobust attendance and -hopefully- profits to fund local causes. Expenses for the traditional two-day event September 24-25 are still coming in, so organizerswith Kiwanis Club of Corrales did not know in mid-October what funds will be available forgrants.…

Two Residents Escorted by Police Out of Village Council Meeting

During the Village Council meeting on Tues. Oct. 25, two Corrales residents, Curt Flora and Kenneth DeHoff, were escorted out by police after speaking out of turn during the public comment period of the meeting.  Both are calling for the termination of Planning and Zoning Administrator Laurie Stout.  Flora has…

Sandoval County

DEA Warns of Brightly-Colored Fentanyl Used to Target Youth

Sandoval County Sheriff Seized Over 20,000 Pills Last Month

The Drug Enforcement Administration is advising the public of an alarming emerging trend of colorful fentanyl available across the United States. In August 2022, DEA and law enforcement partners seized brightly-colored fentanyl and fentanyl pills in 18 states.  Dubbed “rainbow fentanyl”, this trend appears to be a new method used…

Sandoval County Gets 25K for Outdoor Rec Projects

The New Mexico Economic Development Department’s (EDD’s) Outdoor Recreation Division handed out more than $2 million to 20 projects statewide through its Outdoor Recreation Trails+ grant, according to a news release. This is Round 2 of grant funding this year, with Round 1 having been handed out in June. A…

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Los Ranchos

Bury Me Please

Begone Electric Wires, with Enough Money

By Carolyn Carlson Pleas for a lobbyist, a silly debate about the need for current Village transportation data and the dream of burying PNM lines were the most interesting moments during the rather sedate Village of Los Ranchos trustees meeting held Oct. 12. Spend Money To Get Money Apparently, Los…

Yay For Open Space!

Instead of boos, the Village of Los Ranchos governing table faced a happy crowd at its special meeting held Monday, Aug. 29. The single agenda item was an $8 million general obligation bond question for open space land purchases. The question will be put on the upcoming November ballot. Money…

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ARTS

Local Treasure: Yolanda Howren Jones

Her Paintings Imagine New Mexico Icons

Her process is deeply personal yet easy for any creative person to understand. “It’s all about how a window looks, sometimes a lace curtain, a line or a color,” said Yolanda Howgren Jones, recently selected a Local Treasure by the Albuquerque Art Business Association on the recommendation of Michael Lakoff…

A preview of upcoming Albuquerque, Santa Fe theatre season

From Lockerbie to London, Aim To Be Entertained

Theater-going Corraleños have much to make them applaud–their proximity to both Albuquerque and Santa Fe and to their local Adobe Theater on 4th St. NW. Opening at the Adobe on September 2 is The Women of Lockerbie by Deborah Brevoort and directed by Pete Parkin. It is the moving true story of…

Community

Help Shelter a Dog This Season by Donating to the Doghouse Drive

Donations Can Be Made at Kennel Kompadres in Corrales

Animal Welfare Department (AWD) is hosting The Doghouse Drive to make sure our furry friends aren’t left out in the cold. AWD is accepting medium to large dog houses, new or gently used. The Doghouse Drive will replenish the supply to our Animal Protection Officers for our community doghouse program.…

Peanut Wins Pet Mayor

Fundraiser for Corrales Harvest Festival picked our next “pet mayor”

A dog named Peanut has won the 2022 Corrales pet mayor election at the Corrales Harvest Festival last weekend. The money raised in this year’s election will help animal organizations in the Village care for domestic animals, wildlife and livestock. Peanut’s enthusiastic campaign slogan was “Go nuts! Vote Peanut for Corrales…

Commentary

Letter to the Editor: Vote Yes on Courthouse Expansion

Submitted by Jay C. Block, Sandoval County Commissioner, District II This letter is provided as opinion/commentary from the author. You can submit your own: editor@corralescomment.com Citizens of Sandoval County, I implore you this November to vote YES to the General Obligation Bond for the courthouse expansion for the 13th Judicial District Court. Our judicial…

Letter to the Editor: An Open Letter to the Mayor

Submitted by Rick Thaler, Corrales resident If you’d like to submit a Letter to the Editor, please email editor@corralescomment.com I’m a founding member of the Corrales Interior Drain committee and I live on Hansen Road near the drain. A couple of years ago I proposed via a letter in the…

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Fancies Bakery, Market and Eatery in Corrales still has not responded to News-y, after two attempts, though we now have the name of the company’s marketing person. There are weeks before its “Opening Fall 2022” expires so we will continue to sniff its photos of luscious pastries.  Charlene Spiegel, longtime owner of Corazon de Corrales…

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Gardening in the high desert

From The Horse’s Mouth

Rural living

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From the Historical Society

The Story Behind Today’s Indigo Crow Cafe

Submitted by The Corrales Historical Society Did you know—the Indigo Crow Cafe was once the grocery store and gas station shown in this photo? This photograph was taken in the early 1940s; since that time the building’s history mirrors Corrales history.   The store was probably built in the 1920s by Alejandro Gonzales Sr., perhaps to…