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FLOOD WARNING

The weather has been a bit wierd recently, warm and dry for the last few years, very dry recently in the area. All seems quite out of rhythm. One interesting thing, if a good "cloud buster" does come down in any of the right places, watch it wash away big chunks of some of the new, under-engineered RR developments. Teach them Easterners what "Unconsolidated Sediments" really means. Through the whole thing, whether it be the kind of flash flood that took out the bridge at 528 and Los Montoyas like a piece of chocolate cake a few years ago, or a long term drought that pits Intel against armed chile farmers, keep your eyes on the water.

I wrote the above some time ago. We have recently had a couple medium sized rains, and they managed to cause a fair bit of grief. Some places in Rio Rancho got washed out, and the Harvey Jones Channel filled up with dirt and threatened the some of the surrounding houses. Old Harvey is probably turning over in his grave. He was a decent engineer, and whoever designed the channel that bears his name didn't have much of a clue. Naturally, the fact that Rio Rancho lets anyone build anything anywhere didn't help. If there is ever a real serious rain in the drainage area up above Corrales, there may be some serious damage done. Let the suing begin, if anyone has the guts for it. Just for fun, anyone who lives in Corrales should go up to the edge of the break-away between Rio Rancho and Corrales, walk around for a while just below the massive earth moving operations and look at the unconsolidated sediment transport going on, downhill of course. Whoever gave the OK to that kind of development in a high energy envoirment should be tied over an anthill in a driving rain just downslope from the latest bulldozing.




Speed Traps vs Visitors

Here is something that brings up a rather hard spot between keeping things relatively safe and using traffic fines as a cash cow. Does Corrales really want to be seen as a speed trap mecca? This is something the business community ought to take a hand in, and rein in this kind of notoriety and "Old time money workin's". I know well about what is going on, but here is the email I got from a potential friendly tourist from Farmington that brought it back to the fore:

"Last Friday, Good Friday, we were travelling to Albuquerque via Hwy 528, when I said to my wife, "Let's cut off and go through Corrales". We were thinking of stopping at one of the galleries or shops on our way into town. Well, we were lucky enough to find the Corrales Police speed trap at the bottom of the hill coming from 528, and got a $69.00 speeding ticket for speeding as we passed the sign showing the lower speed limit. Three cars, all facing away from the street, with one guy out at the side of the road. I had actually started slowing down, but got a ticket anyway. I looked up Corrales on the Internet under Speed Traps, and guess what, there it was. One of the comments was "Avoid going through Corrales if at all possible". Well, I spent my money, and will never pass through your village again, (I know the way around). Thanks for the memory."

JB

And another one as of November, 2009:

Webmaster:
Would you please post this website address on your Village site for Corrales? http://www.corralesspeedtrap.weebly.com/index.html

Their reputation is growing and the only way we can see to change it is to have citizens voice their opinion.

Your own site reveals that there is feedback from others about this problem and that, thanks to the information age, the word will spread that this is not a "Friendly Village."

I used to teach "Customer Service" courses for small businesses and one thing is true. There is nothing better than a happy customer and nothing worse than a "dissatisfied one." Though we are not customers in this instance, the fact that your Police Chief and their exceedingly unfriendly staff have orders to "put the screws to everyone that passes through" will very likely come back to haunt your businesses.

Thank you! http://corralesspeedtrap.weebly.com/index.html


And another one, this came in December 13.

"Couldn't agree more about Corrales being a speed trap. I'm from out of town and unwittingly spent about 25 minutes in your glorious little town with fifteen of them waiting for a young, head strong officer to write out a ticket for going ten miles over the posted speed limit. This was in clear, dry, conditions with the officer allegedly clocking me from the opposite direction and making a U-turn in the middle of the road to chase me down.

How proud you patriotic residents must be with your gestapo little police force aggressively enforcing the law of the land, skimming off enough revenue to pay their own salaries with maybe a little left over for town services. I'm told by police officer C. Wichman who interrogated me as to why I was there, where I worked, and what I did for a living that you guys have a lot of children and horses and there are no sidewalks along the road making things dangerous. The only dangerous hazard on the side of the road last Saturday was my and the officers car needlessly pulled over on the side of the road. I didn't happen to see any children or horses. Perhaps they have already been trained to stay off the roadways designed for automobiles?

With all the money you collect on traffic fines I'm wondering why you don't have gold plated sidewalks along all your roadways? You can surely afford them? I'm told by the desk Sergeant on duty that day that your town does not receive any revenue collected from traffic fines. If that is true I'm wondering why checks need to be remitted to the Municipal Court, Village of Corrales instead of the State? I'm also wondering why there would be such a "zero tolerance" policy for driving through your town at a safe speed barely a few miles over the posted speed limit? If your town is indeed concerned about safety think about the amount of time a driver diligently trying to observe the posted speeds would have to spend looking down at ones speedometer and over to the side for the ever changing speed limit signs. This amounts to many wasted precious seconds or minutes NOT spent observing traffic around them or other potential hazards such as your children and horses. Is this policy REALLY about public safety? Having lived and driven all over the country without nary ONE speeding ticket for traveling ten over in a 32 year driving career, I certainly have my doubts.

Oh well, the law is the law as some may argue. True, and equally legal and just is my way of "getting even" by spending less money here. I will tip your hard working, low wage earning waitresses less, and will not contribute to the collection plate in your houses of worship. Your statement that Corrales is a great place to visit is an oxymoron and joke at best. My first 25 minutes in your town will be my last and I suppose that is how many of you want it. And by the way should you ever plan on visiting the attractions in Orlando near my neck of the woods, may frequent thunderstorms reign on your parade. And while you are there you may take heed as to how visitors should really be treated.

Mr. XXX

Permission to publish the above anonymously, as is, without editing of any kind unless first approved by me."


This seems to be a bit out of control, and the business community should do some discussion on this matter. As far as I can tell, most of the local businesses don't have the problem of over crowding, and anything that drives away even a portion of the traveler trade should discouraged. A reputation as a "speed trap" is bad, and marks a Village for a long time.


INTEL

Another thing of interest: Intel has gotten its certification as a minor emitter of pollution, and the Appeals Court has OK'd it. With this it qualifies for monitoring and reporting requirments that are much less stringent than those that were in place, which were hammered out at great effort and should not have been lightly discarded. It is amazing what kind of regulatory bliss that that much money may have been able to buy......

Intel now gets to report by the month, and average out the peaks. They do not want to do this as a service to Corrales residents, but as a cost cutting measure, and as a way to hide any big emission screw-ups. These guys are not your friends! This however, will help their profitability, and will take a lot of heat off them for the day to day running of the plant. A sudden emission can be dealt with on a much less urgent, and consequently less expensive, basis if the peak in emissions can be happily averaged out over time.

This will save them a bunch of money. With that money they should buy out anyone who has a house in the chemical plumes, and at a handsome price. Then they should make their middle management live in those houses......

Keep your eyes carefully on the reporting and control of what is coming out of those stacks, into and out of your ground water supply, and all them little chemical goodies that are heading towards you, down the hill.

If you are interested in the doings of Intel Vs. Corrales, there is a new book out, Boiling Frogs. It can be found at: http://boilingfrogs-intelvsthevillage.com. I have not had a chance to read it yet, but given the amount of interesting information around, if the author Barbara Rockwell has done her homework, it should be an fascinating read indeed.

Another thing of more long term Intel interest: Intel has been rumored to have had dealing, both first and second hand, in attempts to buy water rights in the disputed area just north of Elephant Butte Lake and elsewhere. Pay attention to this. If they do manage to buy Rio Grande water rights, they are not planning to truck water from somewhere else up to here. They will claim that these rights give them the right to suck more water out of our local aquifer. Watch very closely anything having to do with water and either Rio Rancho or Intel. Most of Corrales gets its water from the first hundred or so feet below the surface. Think of all the bizarre chemicals that rain down on the surface, then percolate down to your water source. Watch the producers of air and water borne chemicals. Remember, Corrales is downstream from Rio Rancho effluents, and down slope from Intel. Ten cuidado, watch your well and wash your lettuce.



SQUIRRELS AND RATTLESNAKES

There have been quite a few ground squirrels and other rodents around these last few years due to the generally mild weather. Keep taking all due Plague precautions, the Black Death is still around. Also keep precautions regarding smaller rodents and the Sin Nombre Hantavirus. Remember that the deer mouse is the one with the furry ears and tail.

Black Widows have also been very common. Always remember, if they are in a warm house, they may even be active in the winter. They can be vicious, especially if disturbed inside warm places, so don't pick up things without looking under them first, and check inside your shoes in the morning.

So far, I have not heard of a single Rattlesnake having been seen in Corrales proper in the last couple years. If anyone has seen one, please let me know. Unsavory as they possibly might be, it seems a shame if they have been finally driven out and/or eradicated. If they have been completely wiped out though, maybe we can get the guys who are putting wolves down in southern New Mexico to replenish the Corrales rattlesnake population.


BURR GRASS

There seems to have been a fair bit of an infestation of burr grass here and about in the fields of Corrales this last couple years. I don't remember it around much before, but it is a real pest, sticks to your clothes, your socks and your skin like little chollas. It is real mean stuff, I would hate to see it become common. I don't know what to do about it, but I do know I have seen it up in the Jemez in the last couple years around 8000 feet, so I know we are not going to freeze it out of here....

Is anybody looking at this problem? It might be a real good idea to call the county extension guy out in Bernalillo any time you run into these things, and make sure they know that this bad plant is around and about. If you don't know what burr grass is, it is a grass with seeds about 3/16 diameter covered with sharp, hard spines. You will find them on your pant legs, or your socks, and when you try to brush them off, they are like little balls of cactus. Very sharp spines and very unpleasant.

Here is good information, came in recently, on how to handle this stuff. To make it work, everybody around an infestation has to work at it, because it is a traveler.
----- Original Message -----
From: Kristin Willette
To: Webmaster, Corrales Website
Sent: Saturday, September 16, 2000 9:09 PM
Subject: burr grass

That Burr grass! It's also called sand-bur. The commonest species (there's several, quite similar) has the Latin name Cenchrus inserta. The trick to controlling it is: it's an annual. The plant will not live over, its all about seed production (and distribution -- that's where we come in.) If there aren't too many in your yard, collect the plants with all their burrs into a pile and burn 'em, BEFORE the burr/seed gets dry and drops off. Next year, pull 'em before they get so big! They become recognisable at about 4" tall.

If there are really a lot in the area, do the above this fall. Then, next year, water well and see if you can get the ones in the soil to sprout. Then till or spray with Roundup, killing all the young weeds. Then water again, sprout some more, and repeat until satisfied. This is by far the easiest and most environmentally-friendly way to be rid of them. It works on tumbleweeds too. Just had to tell you that.
-- a local weed enthusiast

Kristin Willette

Kristin- That sounds about right. Do all of that well because the stuff is prolific, and has lots of vector tranmission routes, us ect. Keep doing it, seed stays viable and some doesn't seem to germinate till a season or two has passed. Before you poison young tumbleweed, it is real good to eat when the young branches will snap crisply off plant. Boil in a change of water, likes butter. I'll put this advice on the Corrales Residents page.
Bruce



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Some time ago, Corrales Road was awarded Scenic and Historic Byway status, and an accompanying grant. There was a commitee appointed, and meetings and gatherings were held to determine how the grant money could be spent to best benefit the Village of Corrales. At that time, the Corrales Scenic and Historic Byway Website was added to the Corrales Village Website, and can be visited at:
Scenic and Historic Byway.Com Page

Since that time, we have tried to stay in touch with the Scenic Byways commitee, but have heard little of their progress. If there is anyone out there who would like to add some information to the Corrales Village Scenic Byways Website as to progress with the historic recognition projects, or the Scenic Byway tourist projects, or anything else pertaining to the Grant, please let us know. Someone should at least know the present status of the grant, money spent, money on hand for continuing projects, and benefits accrued to the Village from the money that has been spent so far.





The Newcomers Club


Corrales Newcomers' Club, a service/social organization, meets twice monthly. (See below for our schedule) Membership is open to all who are interested in the village of Corrales. This is a great way to learn about Corrales, to make new friends, and to become involved in this wonderful village. Call Bobbie Weinbaum 792-4735 or Martha Wilson 898-8648.

Programs will be announced.


Anyone who has any information about the history of Corrales street names, either present or past, is urged to contact Jeff at the Corrales Comment at PO Box 806, Corrales, NM 87048, or leave a message on the answering machine at 897-3700. Thank you.


For some reason, Corrales seems to attract odd signs. These were seen up at the north end of town recently.


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