The stalwart volunteers who keep Corrales’ non-profit Seed2Need project going are stepping up again this growing season, but with a difference.
According to Manager Dom Tafoya, coronavirus circumstances meant the typical spring gathering of students and others at the usual greenhouse to plant seeds in seed beds could not happen. Instead, a few masked people picked up the plastic seed beds, plus seeds for tomatoes, chiles and some eggplant, cucumbers and zucchini, as well as soil, and carried everything home for planting.
They then dropped them off at the greenhouse, about a week later. “Everybody had to rinse off the outside of the returned beds —with about 32 slots per bed— in soapy water. And we used an alcohol spray as well.”
Remarkably, volunteers produced about 8,000 seed starts, similar to totals from years past, in spite of restrictions. “It was a big coordinated effort,” reported Tafoya.
Soon, a few Eagle Scouts will do the first drilling of the soil, separated and masked. It’s then likely that the founders of Seed2Need, Penny and Sandy Davis, will begin the planting, along with Tafoya, possibly joined by another small group of scouts. This year it will be scouts only, no family members joining in, no invited grandparents, no fun with little kids and dogs racing around.
And, all those working in the fields will be masked. “And it’s so tough to work outside in a mask,” as Tafoya put it.
Yet, as Tafoya underscored, “Never has there been a greater need for the produce Seed2Need grows and donates to area food banks. Many food banks really are hurting this year.” Tafoya aims to begin planting earlier than usual, after last year’s heat badly pummeled a good portion of tomato plants, which refused to form fruit. But since the farmers will be few, while Tafoya expects tomato plants will be caged, eventually, he doubts any will be covered in row cover this year, as that has to happen on day one or not at all. And that requires many coordinated hands. As he explained it, “Get one leaf hopper in there, and that’s like trapping a bull inside a china shop.”
Instead, the team will use neem oil or mineral oil on the plants as needed to combat pests. Seed2Need has donated over 500,000 pounds of produce to food pantries in both Sandoval and Bernalillo counties since 2010.
At a Village Council teleconference session last month, Sandoval County Commissioner Jay Block said the County landfill —which the Village of Corrales started more than 40 years ago— may be nearly full. Corrales started the landfill because Rio Rancho was not yet incorporated as a municipality but Corrales was, and State law mandated that local governments had to provide a sanitary landfill for their citizens. So Village officials made arrangements for Amrep Southwest to dedicate then-remote terrain for the dump under Corrales’ jurisdiction.
Another project the commissioner mentioned was that the U.S. Veterans Administration has proposed buying 200 acres in Sandoval County to establish a second large Veterans Cemetery, since the 78-acre Santa Fe National Cemetery also is running out of room. Earlier this month, Block clarified that he and a fellow commissioner were exploring options for the operation of the landfill in Rio Rancho along Iris Road, investigating whether to turn its operation over to a private contractor, instead of the County directly handling it.
While the landfill is getting crowded, it’s likely to be adequate for the next few years, Block said. A large Sandoval County Solid Waste Regional Center was proposed in 2017 as a solar-powered liquid extraction system, geosynthetic clay and a monitoring probe that would go 30 feet into the earth. That proposed project on a 500-acre remote Rio Rancho site evidently is still undergoing vetting.
The cemetery project, should it occur, would go in near the Rio Rancho National Guard Armory installation on Northwest Loop off Highway 550. A major obstacle to the establishment of the cemetery is the question of mineral rights beneath the surface. According to Block, the Veterans Administration wishes to buy a parcel of land from the New Mexico State Land Office (SLO) and the parties have agreed on the price and legal description of the site.
“However,” as Block put it, “The SLO, pursuant to State statutes, cannot transfer “mineral estates” to anyone except the Department of the Interior, or any connected agency. The SLO has only worked with the Bureau of Land Management on previous exchanges, except those for tribal transactions when they worked with the Bureau of Indian Affairs.”
Without those mineral estates in hand, the VA cannot begin the project. Block said the Bureau of Land Management team from New Mexico told the SLO and VA that it could not guarantee the delivery of the mineral estates to the VA within five years, and even mentioned it might be as long as 20 years.
“I have been in contact not only with our lobbyists in Washington, DC, but also our congressional delegation regarding this issue. This is unacceptable, and the VA was not happy about this bureaucratic red tape.”
He said it is “entirely a federal issue, not a County issue,” as Block put it, “This is a huge win-win for Sandoval County, and the City of Rio Rancho if we are selected as the next site to inter our nation’s veterans.”
The Santa Fe National Cemetery was established in 1870, along with many others in the country, designated initially for the burial of Union soldiers post-Civil War. Today the Veterans Administration operates 142 national cemeteries and 33 soldiers’ lots and monument sites in 40 states and Puerto Rico.
According to its website, “More than four million Americans, including veterans of every war and conflict, are buried in VA’s national cemeteries. VA also provides funding to establish, expand, improve and maintain 115 veterans cemeteries in 48 states and territories including tribal trust lands, Guam and Saipan. For veterans not buried in a VA national cemetery, VA provides headstones, markers or medallions to commemorate their service.”
Currently, due to social distancing requirements, the Santa Fe cemetery is not able to provide military honors, though burials continue. As for who can be interred in a national cemetery, burial is open to all members of the armed forces and veterans who have met minimum active duty service requirements, as applicable, and were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable.
“Members of the reserve components of the armed forces who die while on active duty or who die while on training duty under certain circumstances are also eligible for burial, as are service members and former service members who were eligible for retired pay at the time of their death. “A veteran's spouse, widow or widower, minor children, and, under certain conditions, unmarried adult children with disabilities, may also be eligible for burial. Eligible spouses and children may be buried even if they predecease the veteran.”
Back when Susana Martinez was governor of New Mexico, she started a veterans cemetery program in 2013 under the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services “to serve as a complement to larger national cemeteries. Her plan called for the construction of four veterans cemeteries over five years,” according to a report in the Santa Fe New Mexican. Her administration selected Gallup, Angel Fire, Fort Stanton and Carlsbad as possible sites. Apparently, three of the four cemeteries have been completed. In the interim Taos, not selected, initiated its own 20-acre Veterans Cemetery, beginning with a ground-breaking ceremony in the summer of 2017.
Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham eased up pandemic-imposed restrictions on “non-essential retailers” May 1, indicating that such retailers “may provide curbside pickup and delivery services if permitted by their business license. Liquor licenses, for instance, do not allow for curbside or delivery service. Child care may now be extended to people operating non-essential businesses.”
As of May 1, five cases of the coronavirus were reported in Corrales. The Fire Department’s Tanya Lattin said “Currently no first responders are ill with COVID-19 or have been within the village. The fire department is fully staffed. We have PPE [personal protective equipment] but we spend hours a day, both Chief Martinez and myself, looking for items as they become available to restock and maintain our level.
“Due to COVID-19 all EMS supplies and medications are difficult to locate and we are looking ahead several months to ensure we have the needed items for the village.”
But New Mexico set a single-day record for COVID-19-related deaths on May 3, when 12 more people were added to the death toll. At least 118 new cases of the disease were reported, bringing the total to 3,650 amid mounting pressure to ease restrictions imposed by the governor.
Mayor Jo Anne Roake is gathering input from local businesses regarding a gradual relaxation of restrictions. Frame-n-Art’s Suanne Derr said the mayor and Corrales MainStreet director Sandy Rasmussen had begun to survey business owners about re-opening. “I imagine Mayor Roake is in constant communication with the surrounding communities as well as with the Governor”s Office, and the responses we get from our own people will give her a better understanding of our particular needs, as well as how they fit with our neighbors,” Derr said.
On May 1, the mayor said, “We are entering a new era in our fight against COVID-19. Starting today, we are in the preparation phase. “The good news: non-essential businesses can do curbside pick-up and delivery, and you can play golf or get vet and pet grooming services.
“Harder news: from now until May 15 is a test for each and every one of us. If we do not adhere strictly to COVID-19 safe practices —if we flunk this test— we will not be able to move onto phase one and more openness.
“We are too smart to get caught in a cycle of re-infection and closures. We will show that we care enough for each other to control our own actions and keep others safe. We must do it together and for each other.”
Directives from the Governor’s Office applied to non-essential hair salons and cutteries as well, but Corrales’ Gail Horan, owner of Just For Looks Salon and Barbershop, was not eager to leap back into the up-close-and-personal world of hair styling, much as she loves it.
Horan, who said she was a germ-phobe who followed her kids around with Lysol back in the day, said the protocols for salons were intense, involving shoe covers and plastic face masks, as well as full body coverings. This would apply to customers as well as staff. Her colleagues and friends in Los Angeles and Colorado doubt the wisdom of opening up their shops, given the circumstances.
Horan has pondered more than once inviting customers just for haircuts, outdoors in the sun. But that is hard to arrange, too. “And even if the county were able to supply us with the gear we need to reopen safely,” Horan said, “the time and expense involved, with fewer customers, likely would not be worth it.” She added, “And my barber is 86, with a pacemaker, and with asthma so he cannot even wear a mask!” Look for Horan’s business to reopen, possibly, by the end of June.
With a much less intimate connection to its customers, even local electronics seller Best Buy, closed for weeks, took a day to get directives from corporate about re-opening. The company will take orders online and deliver that latest iPhone to your car in the parking lot. And when things evolve in another two weeks or so, the plan is for customers to make online appointments, get assigned to a specific employee, and then be allowed to enter the store and visit the appropriate department with that employee. Masked, presumably.
Additional changes in “non-essentials” via the State of New Mexico include the reopening of State parks “on a modified day-use-only basis, as staff is available. Camping and visitor centers are still closed. The Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department will notify the public of the parks that will be open in the near future.”
Federally licensed firearm retailers may open by appointment “only as needed to conduct background checks and to allow individuals to take possession of firearms ordered online.”Golf courses may open to golf only, so no dine-in or retail service.
Pet services —including adoption, grooming, daycare and boarding— are permitted to resume working, as are veterinarians.
A separate public health order addressing New Mexico’s June 2 primary election will allow polling locations to open, with limits. The order says no more than four voters or 20 percent of capacity may be inside a polling place at a time; mobile voting units may have no more than two voters at a time.
A third public health order “allows medical facilities to gradually resume non-essential but medically necessary procedures (including ambulatory and inpatient surgery) based on extensive guidelines from the Department of Health. The guidelines are designed to prevent a shortage of personal protective equipment and to safeguard the health of patients and healthcare workers.”
At its May 7 meeting the Sandoval County Commission considered a resolution urging the governor and secretary of the Department of Health “to allow those businesses, including non-profits to reopen immediately that do not fall within the Secretary’s definition of essential businesses and allow those businesses to implement those safeguards that have been imposed on essential businesses. These safeguards include, but are not limited to, setting numbers of persons per square foot permitted to occupy an office or business, setting numbers of persons who may gather, setting distance requirements, requiring the use of face masks and gloves when interacting with other persons, and any other safeguard necessary to ensure social distancing.
“These safeguards would further support the Health Secretary’s position that ‘social distancing’ is the sole way New Mexicans can minimize the spread of COVID-19, and currently constitutes the most effective means of mitigating the potentially devastating impact of the virus.”
But support for the governor’s new directives was not shared by all. New Mexico Republican Party Chairman Steve Pearce challenged the governor’s position. “Today’s comments by Governor Lujan Grisham continue to demonstrate that she favors out-of-state corporate giants over the little guy, the locally-owned mom-and-pop stores that drive New Mexico. While we appreciate that the governor is trying to move forward and ease some restrictions, her new changes fall far short of what’s needed.
“There is no equity of treatment for our businesses. Until small businesses have the same rules as the national chains, there’s favoritism and discrimination.
“This is something that not only cannot be tolerated, but will continue to destroy livelihoods and lives in New Mexico.”
The governor issued the following statement May 3.
“I know how badly each of us wants to reopen New Mexico so we can see our loved ones, get back to work and send students back to school. But as much as I want to tell you that New Mexico will fully reopen soon, local and national public health experts have indicated that the coronavirus itself will determine when we can safely open, and we must follow the science.
“Here’s the good news: We’re going to start the preparation phase of reopening certain parts of the state and economy. But let me be clear, data will determine the course of everything we do. Too much is on the line for New Mexico families whose health, safety and economic security depend on every one of us being diligent and using precautionary measures that keep us all safe.
“Fully reopening too quickly would be disastrously shortsighted. It will cost us more lives, and should we open too soon and be forced to return to shut down orders, it would devastate New Mexico’s economy, squandering all of the hard-won progress we’ve already made. It’s not just how New Mexico’s economy reopens: it’s how we stay open, and that means maintaining vigilance against the spread of this deadly disease.
“So here’s what’s new: I’ve extended the stay-home order to May 15. Pending that we continue to ‘bend the curve,’ after that date New Mexico will assess if we can enter ‘phase one’ of allowing certain parts of the state to reopen while continuing to use precautionary measures to keep people safe.
“During this preparation phase, we are allowing the reopening of non-essential retailers for curbside pickup and delivery, state parks (with limitations), animal services and golf courses. Let me be clear: If we see a backward trend, stricter stay-at-home restrictions may be necessary. The safety of our communities will remain our top priority.
“There are some important restrictions that will stay in place during the preparation phase until we ‘bend the curve’ enough to go forward on ‘phase one.‘ Offices, workspaces and retailers, dine-in restaurants and bars, indoor malls, gyms, salons, theaters, and casinos, and mass gatherings are still prohibited from opening. Once we reach ‘phase one,’ New Mexico will be able to reopen gyms, salons and other in-person businesses.
“Fortunately, there has been progress, thanks to folks like you working hard to limit contact with others, we are ‘bending the curve.’ Because of the dedication of New Mexico's medical and public health professionals, we’re ahead of the curve on testing too, after months of hard work securing critical supplies and setting up free testing across the state.
“But, even though we’ve moved the needle, to move on to the next phase of reopening, we need to continue to mitigate the spread of this virus This means making sure we have adequate and stable testing, contact trace infections and keep our health care capacity and PPE levels stable. I’m proud of the work all of us have done, but we still have a long way to go, particularly in the Northwest corner of the state.”
The governor’s May 3 message continued: “In fact, things are so serious there that I have honored the emergency request of the incoming and outgoing mayors of Gallup and ordered a lockdown of the City of Gallup in McKinley County to help stop the unmitigated spread of the virus.
“McKinley County as of Thursday had reported 1,027 positive cases of COVID-19, more than 30 percent of the state’s total positive COVID-19 cases and the most positive cases in the entire state, outstripping even far more populous counties. It is clear evidence that the fight against the virus is ongoing everyday and we are giving enormous support to Gallup, McKinley County and the neighboring county of San Juan, and we will not let up until we bend the curve there as well.
“We have a duty to our loved ones, our neighbors and our communities to keep up this fight every day— a fight that won’t be fully over until a vaccine and a treatment are accessible to everyone. We will be patient and deliberate, leading with data-backed advice from the public health professionals on the front lines.
“Our obligation is to safely and gradually reopen our businesses while maximizing practices to keep people safe from this virus. That’s why I created the Economic Recovery Council with public health experts and industry leaders to make sure we create a plan that gradually lifts regulations over time to mitigate the spread of this virus and prevent any future outbreaks. We’re also working day-in and day-out with the bipartisan mayors council to respond to the local needs of all New Mexico’s communities.
“I wish I could point to a date in the future when things will be back to normal. I promise to always be honest with you: about what we’re up against, and what we’re going to do about it. Our shared responsibility is to keep as many New Mexicans as we can safe from this deadly disease. But what is happening in the Northwest could happen in any part of our state. We must remain vigilant.
“Your support in this fight means so much to me, and I can’t thank you enough for helping our state to get through this crisis.
“If you’re in a position to give and want to help out New Mexico communities, make a donation to the All Together NM Fund, which is offering support across New Mexico.
Have you noticed how green the soccer fields are at the recreation center? Always a source of community pride, the athletic fields are now spectacular after recent re-seeing and grooming. Even Corrales Parks and Recreation Director Lynn Siverts thinks so.
“I’ve never seen them looking better,” he said at the end of April. But that’s partly because the fields are getting far less wear-and-tear than normal. The rec center has been closed since mid-April in compliance with directives by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and Mayor Jo Anne Roake.
Soccer teams are not playing, or even practicing, so the grass is recuperating during the coronavirus closures. “Being able to keep new grass seed moist by watering in small amounts more times day and lower foot traffic has got us looking better than ever,” Parks and Recreation Specialist Aaron Gjullin said April 29. “However, we are excited when people can start coming back and using our parks and facilities.”
Villagers are greeted by an eye-pleasing expanse of greenery as they drive past the field, but it’s not just the athletic fields that have been pampered this spring. Siverts said La Entrade Park, outside the library, is also especially green and healthy at this time, as is the Juan Gonzales Bas Heritage Farm adjacent to the park and west of Wells Fargo Bank.
All of the grassy areas have been top-dressed with compost provided an anonymous donor, Siverts said. With these public areas closed, Siverts and staff have been able to give more attention to improving the grass as well as other projects such as improving parking areas at the library and the Growers’ Market area.
Gjullin explained, “We added eight trees at La Entrada Park. We planted 33 trees at the Gonzales field, and we have started to mow the Gonzales fields as well. “We trimmed branches at the library parking lot; we added another entrance from the library parking lot tho the library breezeway and we fixed the parking lot fences at the library that had been hit by cars.
“Parks and Recreation has never had an opportunity like this to be able to do any of these projects before,” he added. But preparations to open the rec center swimming pool were put on hold to learn when it might be able to open to the public. “We are not really sure what the summer holds for us yet, but we are preparing case we do get the chance to open later this year. As of right now, we have delayed our registration that would normally begin on May 1 until we have more information about our ability to open, and what kind of restrictions we may be facing.
“We won’t have a good idea of anything until May 15 or possibly even later than that, depending on what the governor decides.” He invitee villagers with questions to contact him by email at agjullin@corrales-nm-org.
By Meredith Hughes
It’s a classic coronavirus tale. A guy hops a quick flight home to the Albuquerque area from Los Angeles to celebrate his niece’s fourth birthday, and to nd preside over a couple days of workshops.
But over a month later, he’s still there. And he has not yet seen his niece. Her mom, his sister, is a doctor, so there are lockdown issues. We’re talking about Corrales’ Alex Knight, son of Chris Allen and Paul Knight, improv meister who headed to LA about three years ago to find fame, fortune, or maybe just a few good parts in television and film.
He has not fared too poorly, laughing in a phone interview that his agent wishes he were younger. He’s 35. Right before COVID-19 hit, Knight and some fellow improv actors were building a stage in a rented space, getting set to commit to a decent lease. They were readying “The Improv Space” to open on Santa Monica Boulevard in West LA, busy defining the roles of assorted board members… but everything went belly up.
Knight began his acting career playing an alien in a Corrales Elementary school show at 10, then sang and danced in “A Chorus Line” at Sandia Prep. He jumped from elementary ed, to theater ed, to finally just theater, as his major at the University of New Mexico, from which he graduated in 2007.
Thereafter he worked for several years with Tricklock, an Albuquerque theater company established in 1993, which is dedicated to collaborative “innovative devised theatre,” as in creating plays/performance pieces, as well as international cultural exchange.
As a core company member of Tricklock, Knight traveled to Uganda, Poland, Ukraine and Serbia, acting, directing and teaching. He also tried out for a range of films made in New Mexico. appearing in a few of them. His latest gig was a role in “Narcos: Mexico,” a Netflix production.
Then came an unexpected prize for his role in an 11-minute film called “Home Movies,” created by Albuquerque filmmaker and director Keagan Karnes. It’s about a brother and sister who uncomfortably discover their recently deceased father had a hoard of porn films hidden in his belongings. The Las Cruces International Film Festival dubbed the flick “Best New Mexico Film.”
Improvisational, creative spontaneity is not a bad tool for these times, is it? Living for the time-being in Albuquerque with his girl friend, Knight has launched what he calls Alex Knight’s Weekly Improv Digital Bootcamp, a Zoom gathering focused on scene study and group discussion. It’s on Tuesdays, six p.m. MST. To sign up, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There’s also “The One Night Stanleys,” a gang of improv guys including Knight whose work turns up on twitch.tv, a live stream service. And the Home Alone Film Challenge on Instagram, wherein “you make a five-minute short in 50 hours.”
“Each filmmaker must write, direct, edit, act and submit a short by themselves.”
Knight’s is called “The Big Day.” He plays a handful of people, bearded, has murderous thoughts, and allows a cat and a dog a few seconds screen time as well. View “The Big Day” at https://www.instagram.com/p/B_QUAN5F7LY Another project in which Knight was to have had a role, that just has not (yet) happened, is a television series called “Evel,” starring Milo Ventimiglia. The USA Network limited project is based on the life of daredevil Evel Knievel, “as he prepares for his greatest death-defying feat —the legendary Snake River Canyon jump in 1974.” (Knievel broke only his nose on that one.)
Evidently two episodes were shot this year before everything imploded. More executive producers are listed in connection to the series than actors, but still, Knight said that most of his expenses, including rent on a shared small apartment in LA, are being covered by the residuals from his array of assorted TV and film appearances in recent years.
A Corrales parade has been arranged for high school graduates Saturday, May 23 in lieu of the traditional commencement ceremonies. The parade starts promptly at 10 a.m. at the Recreation Center and heads south to Coronado Road (mostly bypassing Corrales Road) and then goes west to Loma Largo before returning to Corrales Road from West Ella Drive where it ends.
Coordinator is Parks and Recreation Director Lynn Siverts, who explained “The parade may be viewed from any public easement along the route.
“Do not block any driveways, and do not park in areas labeled ‘No Parking.’ Spectators need to remain in the vehicle to ensure social distancing, and should only have family members they are currently living with in their vehicles.”
The Fire Department’s Tanya Lattin is helping coordinate. She said participating vehicles should convene in the rec center’s back parking lot by 9:45 a.m. “Decorate your vehicle to honor your school and classmates. Everyone gathering at the recreation c enter needs to remain in their car.
“Spectators, please watch from your car.”
Draft rules prohibit alcoholic beverages and revving of engines and burning rubber with vehicle tires. Candy or other materials should not be thrown or dropped from vehicles along the parade route by parade entries. “Participants who are not present and lined up by 9:45 a.m. will not be allowed to participate,” the draft rules stated. Spectators and parade entries are encouraged to review final rules as the event draws near.
The People’s Choice Award for Corrales Elementary School’s submissions for this year’s “Young in Art” show was won by fourth grader Delilah Muxworthy.
The award presentations and reception that traditionally have culminated the event had to be cancelled this year due to the pandemic. But judges were still able to evaluate submissions and declare winners in each grade level.
Taking first place were:
Joseph Wesslowski, kindergarten;
Duke Brodehl, first grade;
Zoe Padilla, second grade;
Layla Jabest, third grade;
Dixie Brodehl, fourth grade; and
Odin McKeown, fifth grade.
The Principal’s Choice award went to Dixie Brodehl.
Judges were Sandra Corless, Rick Snow, Mariana Roumel Gasteyer and Gail Tunberg. Organizer Sueanne Derr, of Frame-n-Art, said artwork would be available to be picked up at Corrales Elementqry after May 15 or when the governor’s stay-at-home order is lifted.
For this year’s competition and exhibition, four works of art were selected from each grade level, kindergarten through fifth. Subjects ranged from mermaids to pigs and colorful birds to flowing abstractions.
Among the subject matter was a fox with wings and a sleeping dragon.
Showing in this year’s exhibition were: Kindergarten: Lily McWenie, Nina Ward, Avary Werth and Joseph Wesslowski.
First grade: Duke Brodehl, Ondine Fehr, Janvi Kalsikam and Lyla Ward.
Second grade: Bellaluna Findley, Mary Grady, Elle Hanchett and Zoe Padilla.
Third grade: Annelise Daniels, Allessandra Gonzales, Layla Jabest and Devina Maestas. Fourth grade: Addilyn Blickinstaff, Dixie Brodehl, Chloe Langdon and Delilah Muxworthy. Fifth grade: Ella Burkett, Asia Chadwick, Isabella Holmberg and Odin McKeown.
By Meredith Hughes
Back a month or so ago, one of Corrales Comment’s readers was puzzled by all the action at Ideum, the touch table/screen software and hardware builder with two locations in the village. ‘How is this essential business?” he asked.
Its essential nature swiftly was verified by the Governor’s Office, as Ideum’s multi-touch tables and displays are used “by many government agencies, all branches of the U.S. military, national laboratories, municipalities and first responders. In addition, numerous other businesses considered essential by the State of New Mexico, such as the company’s customers in transportation, utilities, and medicine and research, rely on Ideum hardware.”
As the Ideum website puts it, “We are proud to support the government agencies, scientific institutions, municipalities, and first responders across the nation who rely on our hardware. In just the last few weeks, we’ve been working with the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Air Force, several national laboratories, police and fire departments, healthcare facilities, and utilities and other essential services. … Our hardware is being used for situational awareness, scientific visualization, telepresence and emergency response.”
Which means that company founder and chief Jim Spadaccini is not doing jigsaw puzzles at home. He’s working 50-plus hours a week, responding to change. “When these things happen,” he said, referencing COVID-19, “They change the world.”
And change ironically means that “touch” may no longer have the appeal it once did. A touch table in place in an education tent during the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, a large interactive table for an exhibition called “The Great Inka Road” at the National Museum of the American Indian in DC, and many other projects here and abroad may be segueing to what sometimes is called “high fidelity hand gesture” units.
Obviously, when people worldwide are wearing masks, and workers and other personnel are encased in full plastic body suits, touching is discouraged. “This is a real challenge because a lot of time and money has been invested in touch,” admitted Spadaccini, “And in a year or two it’s likely that touch exhibits will be back.”
And touch, whether for museums or corporations or national laboratories, is more efficient, according to Spadaccini, who has long worked with Intel and still talks with their engineers about twice a month. “From the start we have worked with organizations like Boeing, the U.S. Army, and a steady stream of clients from all branches of government.”
“Even the White House!” Sometime in 2016 a non-high security Ideum touch screen was installed right outside the Situation Room, the room made famous in 2011 by the photo of President Obama, Secretary of State Clinton and others, observing the actions that led to the demise of Osama Bin Laden. Spadaccini has no idea if it is still there.
The U.S. Navy, a client for three to four years, just acquired an Ideum installation that determines where planes should be placed on an aircraft carrier. “For years naval personnel moved around tiny model planes to complete this task,” said Spadaccini.
He added that Ideum makes mobile versions of such gear, installed in travel cases, and “it’s pretty fun, because there are thousands of them around the world. They have secret lives.” Even cruise lines have them, for “situational awareness of engine rooms,” apparently.
But increasingly, touchless interfaces are key. One motion and gesture-based exhibit Ideum produced has been in place at the Albuquerque Biopark BUGarium since 2015. The $8,000 “Be A Bug” setup was donated by the company, and the idea for it is this: choose a critter, either the bee, the beetle or the damsel fly, and then see a life-sized mirror image of the bug which tracks and replicates your own movements using a Kinect sensor, developed by Microsoft. You then flap your wings and take a 60-second flight through a fanciful imagined environment to find food.
One flaw, though: the visitor must indeed touch a screen to choose what insect it wishes to be. A newer project called “Chow Time” for the Biopark’s Penguin Chill exhibition is all motion-directed. As Ideum describes it, “Although the imagery and content are different, the structure of ‘Chow Time’ is similar to ‘Be a Bug,’ with visitors swimming to find food and leaning to control their direction. However, we also added predators and other dangers to the environment, so guests need to avoid those unpleasant surprises. A special pose gesture in which guests raise a hand and lean prompts the penguin to spin to evade danger.”
The company points out, however, that both these exhibits, and others like them, are single-user. Highly educational and fun, too. The next stop seems clear: “multi-user motion-based exhibits and immersive environments.”
Here again, “moving from single to multiple users in a gesture-based experience presents intriguing challenges. Depending on scale, it may be necessary to use two or more more motion-sensing devices, and the data gathered by these sensors will need to be combined so that tracking is consistent across devices. A social exhibit space with numerous visitors roaming freely, and perhaps gesturing and pointing, can present formidable programming challenges as movements are detected by several devices simultaneously.”
Dinosaurs are behind a 2016 project using all of the above, which was installed at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. It’s called DinoStomp, and it’s uncertain whether visitors or dinosaurs are in charge.
A 2019 setup in Santa Monica at the Caton Children’s Museum moves from day to night and back again in a continuing cycle. “During the day, flocks of butterflies appear, along with a watchful frog and curious dragonflies. By nightfall, the butterflies leave and fireflies begin to appear.”
“The overarching concept is that some natural cycles, such as the movement of the sun and moon, can’t be controlled, while we can affect other natural events. All of the insects and animals in the experience are characters in a dynamic scene and are affected by motion and sound. If visitors are too active or loud, the butterflies and dragonflies fly away, the frog disappears into the water, and the fireflies stop flashing.”
While touch seemingly is touch-and-go right now, Spadaccini is happy to say that there have been no layoffs among the 45 employees of Ideum, and no reduction of hours. Software, exhibit design, and administrative staff are working remotely. Hardware builders are wearing masks and respecting distancing requirements.
“In this culture, we are not afraid of change,” said Spadaccini. “We reinvent ourselves so often.” Familiar with laser cutting of plastic, recently the company attempted to get into the manufacture of plastic masks for medical personnel, which it planned to donate, but there literally was no raw material available.
“We’re making adjustments, the software group is pivoting, we’re expecting a PPP, Paycheck Protection Program, loan soon, touchless is the primary focus, but thanks to existing clients —and we even are gaining new clients— we will keep everyone employed.”
A crucial bit of Corrales history likely will be stuccoed over in the weeks ahead as renovation of the old Corrales Valley Fire Station concludes. The frame-and-stucco building erected in the late 1970s as a fire-rescue station for the unincorporated territory in the Corrales Valley is being converted to house Village government’s planning and zoning offices as well as animal control operations.
The project is expected to be complete in July. Construction is being done by the Albuquerque-based Facility Build, which is led by Corrales’ Brian Kilcup, who also oversaw extensive renovation of two old structures in the Jones property adjacent to the Corrales Recreation Center. Those two shed are now used by the Village Public Works Department.
Decades before the property west of the post office was acquired by the Village, the barn and shed were used to house and maintain heavy equipment for contractor Harvey Jones’ construction operations. (See Corrales Comment Vol.XXXV No.12 August 6, 2016 “Jones Parcel Purchased.”)
Jones moved his business to Corrales, it was said, to avoid zoning restrictions in Bernalillo County. At that time, the Jones property of more than 20 acres between Corrales Road and Corrales Acequia was not within the Village limits, so Corrales’ regulations did not apply.
The Joneses quickly became respected and influential here, especially on flood control issues and the volunteer fire department. Both Harvey and Annette Jones were leaders on the old Corrales Watershed Board which was later absorbed by the Southern Sandoval County Arroyo Flood Control Authority.
But shortly after the community incorporated as a municipality in 1971, Corrales’ first mayor, Barbara Christianson, tried to annex the Jones property, along with all other Sandoval County territory along Corrales Road and west to the Main Canal.
Then-Mayor Christianson tried to pressure property owners, including the Joneses, to annex into the Village by threatening to withhold fire-rescue response to areas outside Village limits.
That implied threat enraged Annette Jones. She made a special lobbying appeal to the N.M. Legislature for funds to erect a separate fire station independent of Village government. She was successful, so the Corrales Valley Fire station was built. For years, it operated relatively autonomously, but became irrelevant when Village officials went ahead and annexed the Jones property and nearly all of what is now considered “Corrales” through a petition to the N.M. Boundary Commission.
(See Corrales Comment Vol.VII No. 7, 8 and 11, June 11, 1988, June 25 and
August 6, 1988 “Boundary Commission Will Be Asked to Annex Up to Rio Rancho.”)
The old sign along the facade remained even though the building has not had a use related to the Corrales Fire Department for decades. Instead, it has been a general purpose space used mainly by the Public Works Department.
Former Mayor Phil Gasteyer assigned high priority to relocating Public Works away from the municipal complex at the corner of Corrales Road and East La Entrada, which was the prime motive for purchasing the Jones property in 2016.
As prospects arose that the old building would be vacated by Public Works, a proposal was advanced that perhaps it could be converted into a “black box” performance space suitable for theater, concerts and other artistic functions.
Proponents envisioned the building connected to the old Community Center just east of it to create a Corrales arts center. But that idea fell amid concerns a few years ago about potential conflict with the N.M. Constitution’s “anti-donation” clause, prohibiting private parties from using public facilities without charge.
About a year ago, Mayor Jo Anne Roake decided to use the old Valley Fire Station for the Planning and Zoning Department and the Animal Services division of the Police Department.
Stormwater run-off from the east side of Intel’s property onto Corrales homes may finally be controlled. Extensive drainage control improvements, including concrete block walls, grading, plantings, spreading of gravel and creation of ponding areas and check dams, have been completed over the past year after consultations with engineers.
Intel’s Erika Edgerly have a presentation to Corrales’ mayor and Village Council at their council meeting April 28. After describing the tasks and showing photos of the work along the paved trail that separates Intel property from Corrales neighborhoods, Edgerly said Intel will continue monitoring how those changes function during expected monsoon rains this summer.
Mayor Jo Anne Roake later praised those efforts to address chronic problems created for Corrales homeowners in the sandhills below the escarpment. “The Village thanks Intel, and in particular Erica Edgerly, for her commitment to this project to not only preserve the trail but also increase resident’s protection against flooding during the monsoon season.”
A major stretch of the recreational trail, variously known as the Intel Trail or the Skyview Trail, has been graded and re-paved to direct stormwater run-off to the west rather toward Corrales.”The trail is canted slightly toward the west and a curb has been added along the east side,” she explained for the council meeting. “That will create a long holding area if water were to accumulate. Rocks have been added at the base of the wall to prevent erosion.”
Areas north of the new pavement have been terraced to slow run-off as well. Her presentation included a photograph of a new stairway from the Pueblo los Cerros condos up to the Intel Trail. “We’ve added in stairs to get to the trail, with a fence on either side to keep folks on the trail,” she said.
After he briefing, Councillor Stu Murray asked for how great a storm was the project designed. She replied: “It’s designed for a 100-year flood. And that was afser the designed was reviewed by Sandoval County as well as by Albuquerque.”
She did not specify, but the reference probably was to the Southern Sandoval County Arrohyo Flood Control Authority and the Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority.
Murray was concerned that the new construction included a break in the curbing that might allow flows into Corrales in the vicinity of Windover. Intel closed off its paved hiking and biking trail while construction and landscaping was underway. “For safety considerations, the trail has been closed, and the associated access points have been fenced off so that only those performing the work have access,” Erika Edgerly said January 15.
Corrales homeowners had complained for more than a decade about stormwater cascading down the east-facing slope into neighborhoods along Morning Sun Trail, Hop Tree Trail and other roads, causing thousands of dollars in flooding and sediment deposition. Finally, last year Intel called in consultants, including the Southern Sandoval County Arroyo Flood Control Authority, to assess the chronic problem for recommendations.
Intel’s Edgerly had given a detailed council at their June 18, 2019 session. The problem had existed for many years but apparently had worsened after Intel constructed the paved trail basically right on its property boundary with Corrales. (See Corrales Comment Vol.XXXVII No.18 November 24, 2018 “Homeowners Appeal to Village to Take On Intel Run-Off.”)
Edgerly said then that the new project should “get us back to our historical flows” leaving Intel property. She is Intel’s public affairs director for New Mexico and Texas.
On November 25, 2019 she responded to a Corrales Comment inquiry, saying, “As you know, one of Intel’s goals is to be an asset to our community, which includes engaging with our neighbors to address their concerns. This year, we updated our quarterly maintenance procedures for the east slope of our property based on recommendations from a third-party engineering firm.
In early summer 2019, she said, “We worked with our landscaper to install additional hay bales along the east slope to reduce erosion and control sediment. At that time, we also used sediment from key areas to make berms to catch storm water.
“We also had an Intel engineer walk the east slope weekly this summer to identify areas that need to be addressed. For the fall and winter, the engineer will walk the area monthly,” Edgerly explained.
“As I presented at the June 18 Village Council meeting, we have been working with local authorities and the third-party engineering firm to identify additional actions to maintain the east slope of our property in accordance with local ordinances. The engineering firm has completed their design and we have reviewed them with several interested neighbors and officials, including Ron Curry, the Village Administrator. We are hopeful that a majority of the work included in the design will be completed in the first half of 2020.”
A major improvement was to be achieved by grading land adjacent to the paved trail toward Intel, away from Corrales. In the past, Intel mainly had tried to stop the flow of stormwater into Corrales by placing a long row of straw bales along the property line.
In her presentation in June 2019, Edgerly said a new engineered check dam above Palacio Road “will stop the run-off from coming down and catch water and catch sediment and help the water to soak in a little bit,” preventing further flows downhill into Corrales neighborhoods.
An important component of the plan would be to re-visit the problem and solutions a year later, she said. “This will be a learning curve for us,” Edgerly said at the June council meeting. “We will likely do some work and see how it goes this summer. We want to make sure we are getting the results we want, and then go back and do some additional work next year.”
She described the proposed work above Hop Tree Trail this way last year. “For this section of the trail, especially since it is close to the property line now, we will end up having to move the trail so that work isn’t being done right up against the fence line. We will do more contouring here. We are also looking to increase the size of the ponds in this are as well as install a new pond once we move the trail.”
The mayor and council members seemed satisfied with the plan, which was a sharp contrast to Intel’s usual response to Corrales homeowners’ complaints. Typically, Intel officials would refuse to take responsibility for flooding damage into Corrales, but would offer to compensate for damage with a few thousand dollars.
In November 2018, two CorraIes homeowners appealed to Village officials to help them persuade Intel to effectively address the ongoing problem of stormwater run-off from Intel’s property.
Loren Keller and Allen Nickelson made their case to the mayor and Village Council during the Corraleños Forum portion of the meeting agenda November 13, 2018.
“I am here this evening to appeal to the Village for help with a problem we are experiencing with our neighbor… Intel,” Keller began. He is a homeowner along Palacios Road.
“The rains of late July  showed just what their uncontrolled water run-off can do,” he continued. “We experienced considerable damage and flooding, and thus incurred significant expense in repairs. They did allow us to file an insurance claim resulting in a settlement of $4,000.
“That seems to be their answer to the problem, since not one thing has been done to prevent a reoccurrence of our specific problem. They have placed strawbales in certain locations, but they simply do not work.”
He said the erosion from Intel’s property has created a channel as deep as four feet in one location. Keller said he had talked to an Intel representative, “but there seems to be little she can do.
“We built our home on this property in 2007. Our builder explained to us that we were legally responsible for controlling our own water run-off. We built holding ponds to accommodate that, and have made other adjustments as we learned the nature of the water flow. Does Intel not have that same responsibility?” Keller asked the mayor and council.
“This event showed I could not control both my property run-off and Intel’s. I have rough estimates from both an engineering company and a landscaper to address this problem. Their solution amounted to me making adjustments on my property to control Intel’s runoff at an estimated cost of $50,000.
“That simply does not make sense to me that I pay $50,000 to control their run-off.
“I know others in the village have experienced this problem. I also realize Intel is the 800-pound gorilla in the room, and we, acting individually, have little chance of getting their attention. We need your help!” he pleaded.
Nickelson said he has owned his property here for around 35 years. He pointed out that some time back, after the asphalt trail was constructed along Intel’s boundary with Corrales, straw bales were placed along the east side of the trail to mitigate run-off. “The walking path was built adjacent to our property with no consideration as to what that would mean about drainage,” he explained.
He was told Intel installed about 1,400 straw bales to be placed along its eastern property line. But only three bales were placed along his property, he contended.
Nickelson said then he was convinced that Intel “has no interest in correcting the problem.”
The men asked that the Village send a representative, along with council members for districts affected by the Intel drainage issues to an upcoming conference with Intel. It was suggested that someone from the Southern Sandoval Country Arroyo Flood Control Authority might also attend.
The authority’s executive director and chief engineer, Chuck Thomas, did participate.
There’s exciting news in the Corrales Bosque Preserve although not all critters will be thrilled. An active Swainson’s Hawk nest has been documented here, possibly for the first time ever, according to Hawks Aloft Director Gail Garber.
On May 1, she told Corrales Comment about occupants of a Great Horned Owl nest, Cooper’s Hawks and visiting osprey, “but the most exciting thing just happened today: a large nest we have been watching for years now has a Swainson’s Hawk.
“That is the first documented Swainson’s Hawk that we’ve found in the Corrales Bosque. I’m super-excited about this.” It was spotted by Joan Hashimoto, a long-time Hawks Aloft collaborator. It is much larger than the more common Cooper’s Hawk.
The large raptor has taken over a long-vacant, deteriorating nest at the top of a tree close to the levee. In weeks before, Garber and Hashimoto had noticed that new sticks had been added to the old nest, so they were expecting a new occupant.
It’s at the top of a tall cottonwood where it likely will be invisible from the ground once the tree is fully leafed out, Garber said. She had suspected larger hawks might be visiting the preserve here, but could never determine which. “The reason, I think, is that the nests are so well hidden in the tops of the trees.”
This year, the new hawk was spotted in the improved nest before the cottonwoods had fully leafed out. Garber said the Swainson’s Hawk spends part of the year in Argentina, some 6,000 miles away, migrating round trip every year. Among raptors, Swainson’s are among the last to arrive in New Mexico in the spring, Garber added.
“During the spring, they feed their young the same things the other raptors feed theirs. They eat lizards, snakes and other birds and small mammals and things like that. But when the grasshoppers bloom in the summer, they switch their diet to almost exclusively grasshoppers. So their nests are generally adjacent to open fields because that’s where they would find the insects they would normally eat. In the fall, when the grasshoppers die, they migrate back to Argentina, leaving here by September.
“The ones we spotted today will have 32 days from now tor their eggs to hatch and the young will be fledging in mid-July, and by September, they’ll be gone. And the young go before the parents.” As exciting as that discovery is for Corrales birdwatchers, they were a-flutter earlier when a Great Horned Owl nest near the Corrales Riverside Drain (“Clear Ditch”) produced newly-hatched chicks in early May.
“Eggs in the nest have hatched and the young owls are starting to come out of the nest,” Sarah Sadler reported May 4. “It has been quite the community event. I’ve been calling them the ‘royal owlets because their births were so highly anticipated. Best times to see them are about 7 to 8 p.m. before sunset. Best time to see the people seeing the nest are pretty much all day.”
Sadler said the nest is along the Sandoval Lateral irrigation ditch that parallels the Riverside Drain, south of Dixon Road. Garber had anticipated this past winter would be a “really good one for birds” as a result of prolonged flooding in the bosque. “We were expecting a bumper crop of berries on the Russian Olives and New Mexico Olive. But really that didn’t happen.
“Consequently bird number across the bosque were very, very low,” she said, cautioning that her observation is anecdotal, not based on statistical bird counts.
She and Hashimoto regularly survey the preserve for raptors from Dixon Road south to Alameda Bridge since 2004. But it’s hard to produce comparable numbers because conditions in the bosque change considerably from year to year, she explained. “Last yeat, of course, the bosque was largely flooded in that area, so we couldn’t even get to some of the areas very well.
“This year, we’re out there looking for raptors, and Cooper’s Hawks are just now starting to sit on their nests. That’s the most common raptor that we have in the bosque here.” Great Horned Owl chicks can scramble out of their nest within a few weeks of hatching. Using claws on their feet, they can climb into trees and shrubs to hide, Garber explained.
When grown, the owls “can eat everything, including people’s cats.They don’t see Fluffy as anything other than food. They also eat skunks… they have a very poorly developed sense of smell.”
Corrales physicians, like colleagues around the nation and around the world, find themselves in perplexing, somewhat contradictory circumstances.
As of May 3, the COVID-19 pandemic had killed more than 250,000 people worldwide and sickened at least 3.2 million, including 3,850 in New Mexico where 151 perished. Five cases were documented in Corrales.
At the end of April, the United States led the world in confirmed COVID-19 infections. Compared to other communities, Corrales has long had a relatively large population of doctors and other health care professionals. But the need for medical attention during the coronavirus outbreak has not necessarily increased the need for their services, nor the advisability of offering it.
Several doctors contacted by Corrales Comment expressed serious concern that the general public and their own non-COVID-19 patients are not getting critically needed medical attention. “COVID-19 has thrown a screwball at mankind, New Mexico included,” physician Fred Hashimoto replied. “It has stressed medical resources, so to have all hands on-deck seems helpful.
“However, having all hands on the front-line is not always the best course of action. My division at University of New Mexico Medicine believes that providers 65 years-old and over —I’m quite a bit over— should not be exposed to patients and should practice medicine remotely, by phone or videoconferencing.
“For the last five-plus years, I’ve been doing mostly geriatric medicine at UNM’s Senior Health Center. Over a decade ago, I thought that I’d retire but I’ve remained active part-time in medicine because I like patient care and believe that I bring value to that, COVID-19 or not.”
Although some heavily-stricken parts of the United States have issued a call for volunteer doctors, New Mexico has not, he explained. “New York has welcomed providers under the age of 50, to come help out on their front lines, but older folk are not solicited.”
“The reason for age restrictions is that older persons, including providers, are higher-risk to die if they get COVID-19. For the general public, mortality rates for people over 75 have exceeded 10 percent, with males higher than females. That’s relatively big.”
Hashimoto added that although the new coronavirus “causes significant morbidity and mortality, the pre-COVID-19 diseases of heart, lungs, diabetes, cancers, etc. still exist and need to be cared for.
“It’s been surmised that COVID-19 has caused more illness and death to persons who do not have that disease since less attention —by patients and providers— is being paid to non-COVID-19 problems. Older providers can help with taking care of non-COVID-19 patients, especially when younger co-workers are deployed to front lines.”
He said he has been making telephone “office visits” from his home for his regular patients. “I don’t know the status of insurance reimbursements for that, but I do it because I think it’s the right thing to do. Patients uniformly appreciate those calls because no travel time to clinic or waiting time in the clinic or physical examinations or one-on-one confrontations (like, “Are you still smoking?” They seem grateful that providers are reaching out and caring for their health and well-being.
“From a provider’s standpoint, telephone visits are not the optimal doctor visit, but they’re okay in a pinch and temporarily.
“If the COVID-19 hospital intensive care unit loads become heavier and some of my younger Senior Health clinic co-workers get pulled to the inpatient services, then I will fill in and also do what they have been recently doing in the clinic. So, although I’m not on the front lines in New York or taking care of hospitalized patients, I feel I continue to have medical value to my patients and others in need of medical help in these trying times.”
A long-time emergency room doctor, Bob Khanlian, said his continuing service at New Mexico’s rural hospitals is all the more appreciated in these difficult times. He has been commuting from his home in Corrales to a hospital in Clayton. When he stops in for lunch at the local restaurant, he said he is almost always greeted by well-wishers. Khanlian said he enjoys the long drive at the start and end of each week; he drives along in silence, savoring the opportunity to meditate.
Dayton Voorhees, a retired family practice physician, said he is unaware of any already retired Corrales doctors who have gone back to work. “I’m unaware personally of any retired Corrales Docs who are volunteering their services during this time.
“There is a clearinghouse for health care volunteering that is run through the N.M. Department of Health called the Medical Service Corps,” he explained.
“I’ve signed up with them, but as of yet the only requests that have come through are for volunteer stints that I was uncomfortable taking. They were asking for two weeks of 12 hours on-12 hours off working in a field hospital caring for lower level COVID-19 patients. I’m waiting for other opportunities to come through.”
He said the NMDOH administrator of that program is Bobbie Mackenzie, who can be contacted through email at email@example.com
“It’s really interesting, and sad, to me how this is affecting regular medical care,” Voorhees added. “My colleagues in the office where I worked are working mostly by telephonic interactions, and they are not busy at all.
“No one wants to come anywhere near a doctor’s office these days, and I’m certain that many chronic illnesses, and even acute ones, are going untreated, with probable long-term negative consequences. And it’s heart breaking to hear of medical staff layoffs while all this is going on.”
Steve Komadina, long-time metro area ob-gyn physician, said the medical malpractice situation in New Mexico deters doctors going back in to help in the current pandemic situation. “My understanding is that on one want back in because of the malpractice issue.
“One malpractice company said they would do it for free, but the State Insurance Commissioner said no.”
By Meredith Hughes
Here are brief updates, links and information we think may be of value during this period of closures.. Some of this is perhaps well known by now, some not. We keep updating this information.
Note that up-to-date information on businesses is likely to appear on their social media pages, rather than on their websites.
Health and safety
• Overview from the Office of the Governor: http://www.newmexico.gov
If you need help: http://www.newmexico.gov/i-need-assistance
• Coronavirus health hotline: 1-855-600-3453
• Coronavirus information hotline: 1-833-551-0518
• Covid-19 cases in New Mexico: http://www.cv.nmhealth.org
• New: Data site for New Mexico info by zip code: cvprovider.nmhealth.org/ public-dashboard.html
• Sandoval County info: http://www.sandovalcountynm.gov/covid19-information
• Village of Corrales: http://www.corrales-nm.org/clerk/page/village-corrales-taking-precautionary-measures-prevent-spread-covid-19
• Village in the Village: Contact the Call Manager, 274-6206.
Want to donate blood? Call 877-258-4825 or go to vitalant.org, a non profit blood supplier.
• PNM Good Neighbor Fund: PNM announced it would help pay electric bills for New Mexico customers who now find their household suddenly falls into a low-income status after their employer cut their hours or closed the doors due to COVID-19. Up to $150. Call provider at 967-8045.
Stay in touch with your neighbors via nextdoor.com.
• Corrales Parks and Rec Center reports it has “temporarily suspended our 2020 Swim Season Registration, which would normally have begun May 1.” All are hopeful there will be a summer swim season.
Businesses in or near Corrales
Food and drink, sundries
• Perea’s. Updated 4/20. Open for take-out orders Thursday, Friday and Saturday only, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 898-2442 or call John at 239-8440.
• Indigo Crow. Updated 4/18. Limited takeout or delivery within Corrales. New dinner menu is posted online each week and may be picked up from 3 to 8 p.m. indigocrowcafe.net, 898-7000.
• Casa Vieja Event Center and Brewery. Updated 4/18. Buy growlers, wine, for pickup by calling Maria at 363-5176. Buy gift cards: casaviejabrewery.com/
• Corrales Bistro Brewery. Updated 5/2 New menu here: cbbistro.com/ lunch-dinner/ Available for takeout/delivery from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. cbbistro.com 897-1036. “Going relatively well.”
• Village Pizza. Updated 4/18. Open at 11 a.m., ready for drive-thru takeout at noon. villagepizzanm.com 898-0045. Recently thanked locals: “We are working very hard to get the drive thru lanes perfected at the Corrales location, thank you for your patience as we navigate how to be take out only when we were not designed for it!”
• Flying Star. Updated 5/2. Walk-in, call in and online orders. Current promotion of roasted coffee from Satellite. “For for every pound we sell at $9.95, we’re donating $1 to the NMRA’s Serving NM Fund to help local hospitality workers that have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.” Offer extended through end of May. 8 to 8 daily. flyingstarcafe.com. Also via DoorDash, or the Flying Star app. 938-4717.
• Frontier Mart. Updated 4/18.Now under the new ownership of Elizabeth and Gabe Holguin, as the Waszaks settle into retirement. Open with adjusted hours, weekdays 6 a.m.-8 p.m. and weekends 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. 898-0311. Check the website for the latest: http://www.frontiermart.com
• The Westside La Montanita Co-Op has closed permanently.
• Hannah & Nate’s. Updated 4/18. Orders to go. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., weekends 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The proceeds are going to their employees. 898-2370.
• Candlestick Coffee Roasters. Updated 4/18. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily except Tuesday. ExNovo Brewery is now selling Candlestick Coffee Beans, along with its brews. As is SilverLeafFarmStand. Order by phone and Zack will bring your items out to you. Free delivery in Corrales. Call 720-557-0364 or order off their website, http://www.candlestickcoffee.com.
• Las Ristras. Updated 5/2. Appears to be closed. 433-4192.
• ExNovo. Updated 5/2. Package sales, 12-6 p.m. daily. “There’s a monster line right now!” Candlestick Coffee Beans, too. Call to order and for curbside pickup. 508-0547.
• Acequia Winery. Package sales only. Call 264-1656.
• Pasando Tiempo Winery. Updated 4/18. “We will be offering Curbside Pick up on all purchases of bottles/cases of wine. In addition we would like to offer our customers a 20 percent discount on all bottles.” Call ahead and they will bring your order out to you. 228-0154
• Milagro Winery. Updated 4/18. Order wines for pickup via new web presence, milagrofarmstand.com. And also, in collaboration with Silver Leaf Farms, you can order veggies, bread, cheese, local jams and coffees at silverleaffarmstand.com, and pick them up here Thursdays, from noon to 6 p.m. As well as package sales then, and during the week. Call ahead and they will bring it out to you. 463-8453.
• Corrales Winery. Updated 4/18. Package sales only, Saturday and Sunday 12-5 p.m. New: 10 percent off six or more bottles. Call 239-1496 to place an order.
• The Range Cafe. Updated 5/2. On Coors. All Range restaurants closed since March 29 are now open for carry-out and/or delivery. Every day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. rangecafe.com 835-5495.
• Whispering Bean. Updated 5/2. Near Sprouts. Open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Closed Sundays. Customers walk in, place the order, and walk out with same. No sitting down. You can order their fresh beans online, http://www.whisperingbean.com/coffee. 697-9919.
• The Village Mercantile. Updated 4/18 . Open, with hours from 8:30 to 5:30 during the week, Sundays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. You may also call 897-9328 to place your order, give credit card over the phone, allow them 20-30 minutes to get it together, call when you arrive and they will bring it to your vehicle. For plants and seeds, without entering the store, look around the outside garden area, make a list, leave it on a table near the door. Call from your car to finish the deal. New: Five items delivered within five miles, for $5. Other deliveries at varying prices. To keep up with the latest, visit: http://www.tinyurl.com/yb7v34gl.
• Red Paint Studio. Updated 4/18. Artist Laura Balombini is moving in early June, after three years at her Corrales Road location. Moving sales of art are underway. Call her at 207-266-9634, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Whimsy. Closed.
• Corrales Hemporium. Updated 4/18. Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 898-5252. They will deliver within five miles of the store.
• Thrive Chiropractic. By appointment only. 775-343-5350 or email email@example.com.
• Just for Looks and Hair Expose by Martha. Updated 5/2. Closed since March 17. Gail Horan thinks it unlikely they will reopen until mid-June, if then.
• EtCetera. email them at et.cetera@ comcast.net
• Frame-n-Art. Updated 4/18. Closed. But if you truly must get a project framed, you can call 898-0660 to make an appointment.
• Secondhand Treasures. Closed.
• Quilts Ole. Updated 5/2. Now doing curbside. Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, 10a.m. to 4 p.m. Some members have been making and distributing Covid-19 masks. 890-9416.
• Prized Possessions. Closed. Possibly available by appointment. 899-4800.
• Strat Academy. Open to current students only.
• Chocolate Turtle B&B. Open. 898-1800.
• Casa Perea Art Space/ Pachamama. Closed.
• Morningstar B&B. Open. 322-2177.
• Corazon de Corrales B&B. Open. 891-4408.
• Sandhill Crane B&B. Open. 898-2445.
• SW Therapy & Rehab. Updated. Closed. You can buy some of their products on Ebay, http://www.ebay.com/str/swtherapy.
• Saumya Ayurveda. Updated 4/18. Book a virtual consultation by phone. 612-743-4289. Online videos via Facebook page.
• Corrales Pharmacy. Open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 897-3784.
• Corrales Chiropractic. Updated 4/18. Open by appointment. Book here: tinyurl.com/y9hb7by5 or call 738-6897.
• Ideum. The Governor’s Office has verified that Ideum's hardware fabrication operations are considered essential services. Its multi-touch tables and displays are used by many government agencies, all branches of the US military, national laboratories, municipalities, and first responders. In addition, numerous other businesses considered essential by the State of New Mexico, such as the company’s customers in transportation, utilities, and medicine and research, rely on Ideum hardware. ideum.com/news/updated-message-from-ideum-covid-19.
• Wild Birds Unlimited, Near Sprouts on Corrales Road, and open now from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and closed Sundays. Place your order with your credit card by calling 717-1385. You may also order online at order.wbu. com/westalbuquerque. Call again when you arrive, and they will bring your order to your car and place it in the trunk. The store also is happy to deliver your order directly to your front door within a 15-mile radius.
Check online, as many stores are adjusting their policies
Instacart, at instacart.com, offers online ordering and home delivery for the following area businesses: Sprouts, Smith’s, Albertson’s, Costco, CVS Pharmacy, Natural Grocers, Sam’s Club and Petco.
• Trader Joe’s first hour of business is for seniors only. Daily, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
• Natural Grocers is open for seniors Sundays, 9 to 10 a.m. Daily 9 a.m. to 7:05 p.m.
• Albertsons, open for seniors until 9 a.m., Monday and Thursday. Daily 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
• Whole Foods delivers, via Amazon Prime. Stores open 8 to 8 daily, with seniors welcome at 7 a.m.
• Sprouts. Updated 5/2. Daily, now 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. No Senior hours.
• Smith’s. Updated 5/2. 8 to 8 daily.Senior hours, 7 to 8 a.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday.