La Cienega Valley Association

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November 30 and December 1, 2013

LCVA News – October 29, 2013


Don't forget the community breakfast 9-11 a.m. this Saturday, November 2 at the community center featuring good food, great conversation, displays by our studio tour artists and a conversation about the history of the Santa Fe River Basin led by JJ Gonzales.

Looking for set up, clean up and kitchen crew. After costs are covered for the breakfast all contributions go toward supporting the cost of the newsletter.

Our apologies for the Las Estrellas notice sign still being down.


The carnival was a true community event, it was fun, it was a lot of fun. With an estimated attendance of 80 adults and kids of all ages in a range of costumes, there was a lot of mask making, face painting and corn husk doll making. The "guts and gore" table and the cupcake walk were hits with lots of laugh and the storyteller told many stories, led a small drumming parade through the crowd toward the end of the evening and everyone won the costume contest. The volunteer fire department tours of the fire truck were an unexpected and well received highlight of the evening.

Mark your calendars! We have all agreed to do it again next year, the Saturday before Halloween with the addition of a haunted house!

National Monument

There will be a presentation by Dianne Elise Strauss, Executive Director of the Coalition to Protect La Bajada Mesa, regarding a proposal to establish the La Bajada Mesa National Monument on Thursday, November 7 at 6:30 p.m.

This is an important meeting please try to attend to express your concerns and provide your input on the proposal. The LCVA has not taken a position on the proposal.

La Bajada Ranch Open House

The La Bajada Ranch Steering is planning an open house at the ranch on November 23. The tentative time for the event is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The purpose of the open house is to solicit additional input and comments from residents throughout the County on possible uses of the property.

Look for more details soon, the LCVA is considering providing refreshments and there is the possibility of residents making presentations on the history of the ranch, past and present. Please plan to attend, the ranch isn't open to the public very often.

Water Monitoring

The meeting with Stacy Timmons of the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources on water monitoring was extremely informative. Please look for more information on the water monitoring plan after the November LCVA Board meeting.