A retreat to focus on implementing a master plan for Corrales trails is tentatively planned for late March.
Intended as a Village Council work-study session with representatives of trails-related boards and organizations, discussion is expected on recommendations from the Corrales Trails Master Plan submitted in 2009.
At its January 13 meeting, the council approved creation of a Trails Master Plan Task Force which is to issue a report by the end of May.
Another, perhaps final, draft of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) health consultation report on air pollution from Intel is undergoing internal review.
Still no time frame has been set for when the decade-long study will be final, but the agency has promised a public presentation of its findings within a week or two of its release.
“A few steps need to be completed before the report can be released to the public,” ATSDR communications officer Susan McBreairty said last month. “The draft is moving through agency clearance, and then it will receive external peer review. These steps are important to ensure that the document is scientifically accurate and responsive to the public health needs of the community.”
Two water well drillers from Bolivia have been training in Corrales to use a drilling rig purchased in Texas.
Observing well drilling at the Corrales Recreation Center by Rodgers and Company, Jaime Rosa Mamani and Felix Vargas Alanoca were brought to the United States by the non-profit organization Water Engineers for the Americas (WEFTA).
Engineers with Souder Miller and Associates are collaborating with the Bolivian organization Suma Jayma to improve development of water projects in that country’s altiplano region around La Paz, the capital.
Another attempt to create a commercial area along Don Julio Road in Corrales’ Far Northwest Sector is expected at the January 27 Village Council meeting.
After the council rejected Ian Caird’s request for commercial zoning on his five-acre tract adjacent to the Rio Rancho Industrial Park December 16, Caird filed an appeal in district court charging the decision was arbitrary and capricious. His acreage along the west side of Don Julio Road lies within the 70-acre “neighborhood commercial, office district” (NCOD) designated in the 2001 Far Northwest Sector Plan.
His requested C-zone was denied on a tie-break vote; several councillors who favored the zone change have asked that the matter be brought back for reconsideration.
Along with other citizens whose educational opportunities are set by boards of directors for Albuquerque Public Schools and Central New Mexico Community College (CNM), Corrales residents will vote Tuesday, February 3 for representatives.
For APS District 2, which includes Corrales and northwest Albuquerque, and CNM District 6, which includes Corrales, ballots may be cast at Corrales Elementary School, Cibola High and Taylor Middle School.
Running for the APS board are incumbent Kathy Korte and Peggy L. Muller-Aragon.
Seeking election for the CNM District 6 seat are Virginia Lopez Trujillo, a retired educator, and Jenny Leigh Lawson-Toulouse, mother of four sons who volunteers as needed at her children’s schools.
A neighboring state legalized marijuana; Republicans captured both houses of Congress; gasoline prices sank and kept dropping; the stock market soared; the Corrales real estate market perked up; Police Chief Ray Vigil retired after 35 years on the force; Phil Gasteyer stepped down as mayor after eight years; and Corrales’ sewer line finally went operational directed by a long-time sewer opponent, incoming Mayor Scott Kominiak.
Whether you’re energized or befuddled by what you experienced in 2014, you can expect more change ahead.
The year 2015 is shaping up to be, just maybe, the year that many long-dormant projects lift off. A number of local projects talked about for decades may finally be under way in the 12 months ahead.
A talk on how old-time Corrales families lost their claim to inherited land stretching westward to the Rio Puerco watershed will be given at the Old Church Sunday, January 25. The Corrales Historical Society’s Stan Betzer, a retired lawyer, will explain how what seemed to be legal trickery deprived Corraleños of their common lands to the west.
Betzer’s talk, “A.B. McMillen and the Alameda Land Grant,” begins at 3 p.m. It is free and open to the public.
In the article below based on his presentation at the Corrales Heritage Day last year, Betzer traces the maneuvers. He was a member of the Rodey Law Firm until 2004 when he retired. His practice in Albuquerque, Los Angeles and Tulsa concentrated on business law.
The Alameda Land Grant was originally awarded by the Governor of New Spain in 1710. Two years later, it was sold by the original grantee, Francisco Montes Vigil, to Juan Gonzales Bas —regarded as the founder of Corrales— “his children, heirs and successors.”