As I write this column the Village is experiencing another magnificent fall with the changing colors, cooler temperatures and the flights of ducks, geese and cranes. Our Village is truly a special place to live, work, play and raise our families.
This is also the time of year of the annual Los Ranchos North Fourth Holiday Stop and Shop. The Stop and Shop will be held on December 6 and 7. This is a great time to get reacquainted with the diverse merchants that make our Village a special place to shop and dine. It is a great opportunity to give a unique gift or gift certificate to that special person for the holidays. From chocolates, ceramics, clothing, jewelry, wine, antiques, collectibles, decorator items, and fine art, there is something for everyone.
In October, Los Ranchos played host to what we hope what will be come the Annual First Responders 5k run/walk. Our beloved Bernalillo County sheriff deputy Robin Hopkins, was on hand to welcome and cheer on the participants. She remains an inspiration to all of us as she faces her injuries and recovery with grace and good cheer. Her motto has become "every step is a gift." We continue to support and encourage her. Read about the event on page 14 of the magazine by clicking here.
I am also glad to see the elections are over and we can now, once again, answer our home phones or go to our mailboxes and not be subjected to the negative energy that was put into this year’s election. Win or lose, an elected official has to have a thick skin and be devoted to public service and I want to especially congratulate the elected officials with whom we will be working closely over the next several years.
Bernalillo County will have a new Sheriff, Manny Gonzales. He is very familiar with our Village and is a well qualified law enforcement officer. We have worked well with Sheriff Gonzales in the past and look forward to his leadership once again. Commissioner O’Malley was re-elected and played an important part in the passage of the “open space” mil levy. Tanya Giddings was re-elected as County Assessor.
Ms. Giddings understands the diverse nature of our Village. In House District 15, Sarah Maestas Barnes won in a hotly contested race. I look forward to working with Representative Barnes. She grew up in the north valley and attended Taylor Middle School and resides in the north valley.
As many of you may have noticed, we have been doing a considerable amount of roadwork and stripping as well as extending the bike lanes on north Rio Grande. We appreciate your patience and understanding while these projects are completed.
Our Fourth Street Revitalization project continues to take shape and I appreciate all the input from our residents and businesses as we try to develop a long-range plan to make our business community more sustainable.
I wish everyone a very prosperous and safe holiday season!
- Larry P. Abraham, Mayor