If Village officials go along with recommendations for a no-kill animal shelter, at least $500,000 would probably have to be found to buy land on which to build it.
Once operational, it might take more than $250,000 a year, even relying heavily on volunteers.
A final report from the Village-appointed Corrales Animal Shelter Task Force submitted September 30 stops short of advocating that such an animal shelter be operated as a municipal facility; it should instead be a “public-private partnership both for construction and operations.”
Corrales Comment Editor and Publisher Jeff Radford intends to keep putting out the twice-monthly newspaper for the foreseeable future.
A notice published in the August 23 issue of the Comment led some readers to assume the paper’s founder and editor would soon retire. Instead, Radford, 72, said his intent is to pass ownership of the community news medium to others so that its continuity is assured.
“I’ve always said I thought I could do this until I was 80,” he explained. “Even so, I’m going on 73 now, and at this age, weeks, months and years go by quickly, so it’s time to think about passing ownership on to a new person or persons.
“If I can accomplish that, I will rest easier knowing that the future of the community’s newspaper is secure.”
Anyone interested in discussing acquisition of Corrales Comment should contact Radford at 505-238-1217.
At current levels of advertising revenue, the purchase price should be recouped within three years, he advised. The newspaper’s revenues have remained strong and even increased throughout the Great Recession and recovery.
With the retirement of Police Chief Ray Vigil at the end of this month, Captain Vic Mangiacapra has been named interim chief.
Mangiacapra has been with the Corrales Police Department for seven years, following service with the Farmington police.
Ray Vigil had been an officer with the Corrales police for 36 years, the last 12 of which were as chief. Officially, his last day with CPD is October 31.
“While we will miss his steady on-duty presence, he is eager to enjoy his well-deserved retirement and time with his family,” Mayor Scott Kominiak noted. “Under Chief Vigil, Corrales has one of the lowest crime rates in the state.”
A review of Vigil’s long service in the Corrales police will be published in a subsequent issue.
Vigil’s wife, Police Dispatcher Mae Vigil, has served longer than he. She had already been hired to work as dispatcher and to handle municipal court matters before Ray Vigil came on board. They met while both were Village employees.
She is expected to retire also at the end of this year.
A member of Corrales Residents for Clean Air and Water has requested a public presentation of a report by the U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) on possible health effects from Intel air pollution.
In 2004, the agency began a community health consultation investigation on complaints by residents of Corrales and Rio Rancho about breathing industrial chemicals from the Intel factories.
The manufacturing complex on the mesa above Corrales was touted as the world’s largest microchip factory at the time.
As of October 6, still no date had been set for release of the final report. ATSDR communications specialist Susan McBreairty said, “Plans will also be made to hold a public availability session in Corrales and to participate in the Community Environmental Working Group monthly meeting.”
Corrales Residents for Clean Air and Water (CRCAW) formed in 1992 when Intel’s industrial chemical odors hung over much of Corrales. The group successfully negotiated a “good neighbor” agreement with Intel that led to installation of incinerators that burned off most of the hundreds of tons of volatile organic compounds (mostly solvents) that continuously had been dumped into the air.
As a new once-monthly column replacing Mary Davis’ “Corrales Remembered” offerings while she works on a new book, Corrales Comment will reconnoiter upcoming events in the metro area for readers’ entertainment selections.
Here’s an eclectic glimpse of some of “What’s On” in our area in coming days and weeks. If we’ve missed an interest or activity you’d like reported, do let us know.
• Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, UNM, Hibben Center, 277-4405. Oct 16 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. “China Then & Now.” Free. The Chinese of New Mexico, 1870s-1920s. “Anna Naruta-Moya, shares research that shed surprising light into the Chinese pioneers who helped build New Mexico in the late 19th and early 20th century.” Oct 21, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.Tapestries by Lin Lecheng. “By very special arrangement, one of the world’s leading tapestry artists, Lin Lecheng of China, will present a visual review of his work. Many of Professor Lin’s monumental scale tapestries hang in leading public and private venues in China.”
It was a fowl display, but people were clapping and beaming smiles throughout the contest at Village Mercantile’s first annual Poultry Fun Show.
More than 20 chickens in great variety were shown during the two-day Corrales Harvest Festival, September 27-28. Grand champion award went to Bricen Friewald’s Bantam, while Kate Cook’s “large fowl” went home with Reserve Champion designation.
Tallying during the two-day event for the “People’s Choice Award” favored Allison Ludi’s bird.
Judging the entries was Ira Roark, from the American Poultry Association. Most of the contestants were from the Corrales 4-H Club. Entries were judged on appearance and fitness as well as owners’ knowledge of the species.
Mercantile owner Drew Burr said he will sponsor the competition again next year during the Harvest Festival. Burr said he wanted the youngsters of Corrales to “have a fine venue to show their birds that they have put so much time and effort into raising.
“Our store has always strived to support the efforts of the 4-H and Future Farmers of America clubs, and to bring agriculture into the lives of young people. Shows like this can help reinforce the values of those endeavors.”
As Corrales braces for start-up of its long-delayed, liquids-only municipal sewer system now roundly criticized for not being a conventional sewer, it’s worth noting that the nearest connection to Albuquerque’s sewer system has been plagued with problems for the past seven months.
The Albuquerque sewage pumping station, or lift station, just south of Corrales’ border at Cabezon Road has been under repair since February and it’s still not functioning properly.
That lift station for the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority’s (ABCWUA) conventional sewer
system spilled raw sewage onto the shoulders of Corrales Road at Cabezon July 8 and apparently again on September 8. (See Corrales Comment Vol.XXXIII, No.11, July 19, 2014 “Raw Sewage Spills on Corrales Road.”)
The City-County water and sewer utility acquired the lift station and connections to it from N.M. Utilities, Inc. in a basically hostile take-over in 2008.
When Village officials were planning for a municipal sewer system here, they successfully negotiated an agreement with N.M. Utilities that Corrales’ proposed sewer line would discharge into the utility company’s lift station just outside the Village limits. The pumping station had originally been installed to serve the La Paz and Riverwalk apartment complexes along Calle Cuervo.
But after the private utility was acquired by ABCWUA, that deal collapsed; the new owner said the sewage pumping station just south of Cabezon could not accommodate projected flows from Corrales.