Welcome Summer in the Village!

The Los Ranchos Grower’s Market is off to a successful start and we wish all the growers a productive and bountiful season. Come out each week and make the Saturday morning market a part of your summer routine. Check the market page for the schedule and list of special events.

Speaking of growers, more specifically, future growers, the Village is hosting a summer farm camp for children ages 5 – 12. The April spring break farm camp was a great success. See the photos and article about spring camp in this issue. We are pleased to be able to use the Agri-Nature Center for such a fabulous program. Consider the Los Ranchos Farm Camp for your children or grandchildren this summer.

As we are all well aware, availability of water is a concern. Whether is be acres of alfalfa, rows of tomatoes or the beautiful trees that line the Village, water is a must. I am sure that most of us have water conservation on our mind. As well, we all probably share a concern for the number of dying trees and drying fields in the Village. There are no easy solutions but we are searching for informational resources on best practices for drought conditions. As we find helpful information, we will pass it along through the Vision.

Regarding the 4th Street Revitalization Planning, in April, we received the completed right-of-way survey and topographical mapping of 4th Street from Schulte Road north to Ortega Road.  At this writing, we anticipate that we will be able to have the planning process underway in early June.

I would like to thank and recognize Bernalillo County. Over the years, we have enjoyed a unique and highly beneficial relationship with the County. Our ties include partnerships in open space, building services, law enforcement, fire and emergency response. The merger of the Los Ranchos Fire Department with that of Bernalillo County has turned out to be a success for both entities. Our relationship with the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office continues to be strong and promises to be even stronger with the addition to our staff of Sergeant McCoy. We have designated a portion of the old fire station at Village Hall to the Bernalillo County Fire and Rescue Department for use as a sub-station. The remainder of the building is being used by the Bernalillo County Sheriff to house several SWAT vehicles and the DWI Unit has moved their entire operation to the Village. To the employees and elected officials of Bernalillo County we offer our gratitude for the opportunity to partner with them to the benefit of our residents.

Enjoy the summer and I will see you at the market.

- Larry P. Abraham, Mayor

Posted on May 28, 2014 .