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Talbott Auctions 

By Meredith Hughes

The ebbing and flowing of Corrales businesses can be mind-boggling, especially the movement at 4436 Corrales Road, whose patio-facing space has been the home in fairly rapid succession of Gypsies Courtyard Coffee and Tea, 2017, Perk Ranger Coffee House, summer 2018, and Dish by Trish, January 2019, until a couple months ago. The Dish by Trish venture evidently notched up some code violations, but owner Trish Gallegos continues her catering business elsewhere.

Reentering 4436, or repositioning herself there is Karleen Talbott, of Talbott Auctions Estate Sales and Consignments. Talbott rehabbed the end spot that became Gypsies Courtyard, while also reconfiguring her estate sale business. After shuttering the Courtyard business, she had a small office in the complex.

Today she and her overflowing array of "clear out” goods and consignment items occupy a long strip, including the former coffee shop, which will be her office and storage area. Talbott expects to hold auctions in the patio space, and sell lightly used clothing and shoes in a dedicated small room, proceeds to benefit Haven House in Rio Rancho. Haven House is described as “the only domestic violence services provider and emergency shelter serving all of Sandoval County.”






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Canyon Walls Along Corrales Road

Amid all the discussion about finding a “brand” for Corrales that could attract visitors and their dollars, little thought is given to finding ways to preserve the scenery here. Bucolic views along Corrales Road of pastures, horses, farms, orchards, vineyards and old tractors are central to this community’s character and perhaps even its economic vitality.

If you think that slight depression or swale in your backyard might make a good garden bed, or maybe a fish pond — think twice!

If your home is west of Loma Larga in relatively hilly terrain, that depression is likely to have been ex- cavated years ago to protect your home, or that of your downhill neighbor, from stormwater run-off flooding.

Modifications to your garden areas or landscaping generally can lead to costly damage or legal liability when summer rains create instant erosion that sends water and silt into homes or washes out driveways.

Hundreds of villagers on Corrales’ west side may not be aware that their property has, or is supposed to have, a stormwater ponding area that needs to be cleared of silt, weeds or other materials that compro- mise required


Those tireless veggie bros of Corrales, Aaron and Elan Silverblatt-Buser, owners of Silver Leaf Farms, are fi- nally paying themselves some salary. A bit.

After three years with none. As Elan explained in a re- cent conservation, “We’re still struggling, putting in the hours.”

Mind you, Silver Leaf is heading into a successful new year, on many levels. It was named by Edible New Mex- ico readers in February as one of its “Local Heroes 2019,” or best farm, “an exceptional individual, busi- ness, or organization making a positive impact on New Mexico’s food systems.”


New Mexico State University’s Master Food Preservation train-the-trainer course is now available online. Master Food Preservation is a volunteer program where people become trained in the areas of canning, freezing and dehydrating food, and then assist family consumer science Extension agents in various ways, such as helping during classes and having booths at growers’ markets to answer questions. The online course has also allowed people within New Mexico to participate without the additional cost of traveling to a central location. Currently, the Master Food Preservation programs exist in Bernalillo, Grant, Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Valencia Counties with 50 volunteers participating. For more information, visit

2019 Village Budget Update

Village government expects to take in $5.6 million for its general fund during the fiscal year that starts July 1. A preliminary budget is being prepared, indicating expenditures of $5,086,511. More than $1.1 million would go to the Police Department. Village Administrator Suanne Derr directed a work-study session with the mayor and Village Council before the March 12 council meeting. The council is scheduled to approve the budget in early May before submission to the N.M. Department of Finance and Administration. Most of the income would come from gross receipts taxes (tax imposed on the sale of nearly all goods and services) and Corrales’ share of property tax.

The Village gets a share of several kinds of gross receipts tax (GRT) revenue generated locally and around the state. For Corrales, $1,354,386 is from “municipal share,” while $1,118,438 is derived from “gross receipts municipal,” $326,931 is projected from “municipal hold harmless GRT,” $195,600 from “municipal infrastructure GRT” and $55,902 from “environmental GRT.”

Burgeoning Market For Growing Your Own Hops

“Grab those cones, separate them from the vines!” We’re talking hops, which old-time hops harvesters spent hours and hours dealing with by hand. An outdoor demo, part of the recent New Mexico Organic Farming Conference held in Albuquerque, showed off the prowess of the HopHarvester, a red-painted machine with a green hoppy logo designed and marketed by two engineers from New York State.

The equipment was acquired “to expand research activities based at the New Mexico State University Agricultural Science Center at Farmington and at Fort Lewis College ‘Old Fort’ at Hesperus, Colorado, and to catalyze a hop cooperative that could support a growing and thriving local craft beer economy,” according to conference background.

NMSU Professor Kevin Lombard introduced the machine, aimed at growers likely to have 10 acres, but possibly less, under cultivation.

Does Your Soil It Need Llama Dung?

By Carol Merrill
Have you analyzed your garden soil, shoveled in aged manure and compost, plotted out a good irrigation system, planted veggies and waited for the plants to emerge only to be horrified by stunted leaves, withered stems, and no fruit? To avoid this horror, check the source of all materials that amended your soil.
Sometimes a gardener will unwittingly use tainted vegetable matter to supplement compost unaware that herbicide had been applied to remove broad leaf weeds. Such an oversight may squelch your garden veggies.

For example, in the summer of 2004, the Friends House Retirement Community in Sandy Spring, Maryland. had a community garden that was failing. Gardeners noticed severe stunting, twisting, and distortion of foliage in tomato, pepper, squash, and bean crops.

Fruit Harvesting, Processing, Keeps Her Full-Time Fit

By Anita Walsh
Though I no longer work in a garden nursery and I no longer sell my herbs and fruit at the Growers’ Market, last spring and summer when all our fruit trees were heavy with their offerings we were taken by surprise with full-time fruit jobs.
The cherries were the kindest, although we needed to order a 13-foot ladder to almost reach them all, without much trauma, and a large fruit-pickers’ bag. But the cherries themselves were plentiful and wonderful, and able to be stored in large quantities in the refrigerator until eaten by us, or friends and family. One such kind friend came by and helped us pick, and took a few big bags of cherries home.

The apricots came next; first one tree constantly dropping the tender little ovals morning, noon and night. Most were very edible despite the fall, and ones we tried

Local Plants To Know When You Have Seasonal Allergies

By Sammi Carillo
Springtime brings new life and color into our yards, but along with the good: allergies.

The City of Albuquerque has banned and regulated a number of trees due to their allergen potential, but Corrales has no such list. According to Albuquerque’s Pollen Control Ordinance, Section 9-12-5, our neighbor city prohibits all cypress, mulberry and certain elm species. Other regulated trees are allowed to be sold, but only if they are labeled as “high allergen potential.” These include: Ash trees, such as American, red and fragrant Ash; Arizona sycamore; London plane tree; mountain, Lanceleaf and Rio Grande cottonwoods; quaking aspen; and American field and lacebark elm.

Some other allergy-aggravating trees common to Corrales are Arizona white oak, arroyo willow, ash-leaf maple, big sagebrush, box elder, Gambel’s oak, gray oak, gray willow, juniper, little walnut, narrow-leaf willow, park willow, parch-leaf willow, Scouler’s willow, shrub live oak and western poison ivy.

Hemp: The New Oil & Gas?

“America’s Most Trusted Horseman,” a trainer and rancher who wears gear distinctly marked Wrangler, Colorado’s John Lyons is now a full-tilt grower and processor and marketer of hemp products on his 70-acre spread.

At a presentation during the February New Mexico Organic Farming conference in Albuquerque, Lyons, owner of the Colorado Hemp Institute, was at once an avid promoter of hemp growing, and the guy putting on the brakes. This burgeoning “new” yet ancient farm plant was talked about at little gatherings throughout the conference.

Is the cannabis plant the new oil and gas?  Will it soar or will Big Pharma take it down? Can I make a profit on a couple of acres?

The 2018 Farm Bill passed by Congress removed hemp from the “controlled substance” list, and offered farmers weary of alfalfa and corn growing a different option. And a change in New Mexico regulations allows for the first legal hemp harvest in the state this year.

The Critical Migration of The Monarch Butterfly

By Sammi Carillo
Monarchs tend to get all the hype in the butterfly world, despite not having any more of an environmental impact than any other species of butterfly.

Monarchs, like all butterflies, are pollinators —though they are not as effective at pollinating as bees. Bees pick up pollen on purpose because they use it as a food source, and can transfer more pollen because of the specialized hairs that they have on their legs and all over their bodies. In helping monarchs, you help all pollinators, because they all are attracted to the same food sources, nectar-producing flowers and plants.

Monarchs migrate from southern Canada all the way down to Mexico and southern California. Because they cover such a large area through their migration and are easy to identify by their bright orange and black coloring, “they call attention to the dangers that all pollinators face because they are so widely recognized,” says Katie Carillo, local biologist and butterfly enthusiast.

Ponding? What Are Run Off Ponds? Why Are They So Important?

If you think that slight depression or swale in your backyard might make a good garden bed, or maybe a fish pond — think twice!

If your home is west of Loma Larga in relatively hilly terrain, that depression is likely to have been excavated years ago to protect your home, or that of your downhill neighbor, from stormwater run-off flooding. Modifications to your garden areas or landscaping generally can lead to costly damage or legal liability when summer rains create instant erosion that sends water and silt into homes or washes out driveways.

Hundreds of villagers on Corrales’ west side may not be aware that their property has, or is supposed to have, a stormwater ponding area that needs to be cleared of silt, weeds or other materials that compromise required protections against flooding. Now that Mayor Jo Anne Roake has hired a planning and zoning

Volunteer Fair, April 20

Corrales Volunteer Network (CVN) will host a Corrales Volunteer Fair on Saturday, April 20, at La Entrada Park next to the library from 1 to 4 p.m. The afternoon event invites interested volunteers to contact local organizations to see if their volunteer needs meet volunteer interests. The park is reserved, and the ads and flyers for volunteers will go out soon.

Let Michael Roake know the following information if you plan to promote your hard work to interested volunteers at this event: the group name and mission; the names of those working the table; contact information for same; what signs and handouts you will provide; and a list of volunteer opportunities.
Also bring your own table and chairs, info, signage, treats for visitors and shade shelter if required.

Respond with answers by April 5 to reserve your spot. Contact with your answers.


A local maid service, Green Sweep, wants to clean your home for free if you are battling any form of cancer. Company owner and president Molly Moran says she’s making the offer because it’s the right thing to do. It’s part of a nationwide, non-profit effort called “Cleaning for a Reason” which was founded by Moran’s mentor, Debbie Sardone, in Lewisville, Texas, in 2006. Since its inception, the non-profit has helped over 29,000 women with cancer with free house cleaning services valued at over $10 million. Locally, Moran, who joined the cause about a year ago, has provided 18 free, local cleanings and wants to do more. For more information, call 414-7887.

Youth Craft Days Led
at the Corrales Library

By Meredith Hughes
The job was advertised as “tech services” person for the Corrales Community Library. Melisa Chandler applied in September 2018, got it, and soon was named the Youth Services librarian, while Brynn Cole, formerly the Youth Services Librarian, took on tech services. Whatever works.

Chandler graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in environmental studies and anthropology, and currently is “one thesis away” from earning an advanced degree in environmental policy from the University of Denver, studying remotely. As in techishly. Prior to taking the Corrales job, Chandler worked at the Jemez Springs Public Library for two years, one of two employees, hence she was involved “doing a little of everything.” Even gardening.

Opera Southwest Date Shifted

Opera Southwest’s performance of Wagner’s Lohengrin has changed dates and venue. Due to a small fire and subsequent flooding at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, performances have been moved to V. Sue Cleveland Concert Hall in Rio Rancho.

The new performance dates are Friday, March 29 at 7p.m. and Sunday, March 31 at 2 p.m. Opera Southwest will call all ticket holders to exchange tickets and re-seat them in the new venue.

Opera Southwest requests that patrons be patient and wait for them to call as they have many people to re-seat —do not call Opera Southwest to exchange tickets. The cast will be the same as originally announced, and there will still be an orchestra. For more information, to make a donation or to purchase tickets, visit


Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined 43 colleagues in introducing legislation in the U.S. Senate to direct the Trump administration to meet the standards established by the historic Paris Climate Agreement. The International Climate Accountability Act would prevent the president from using funds to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord. Instead, the bill directs the Trump administration to develop a strategic plan for the country to meet its commitment under the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, which the United States joined with nearly 200 other nations.


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