Mayor's Message for January 20th, 2023

Picture of adult and baby penguins

Today, January 20th is Cheese Lovers Day and Penguin Awareness Day. Look out for those penguins!

I’m sure if we had penguins here in Corrales, they would appreciate the cold front that is moving in through next week! Overnight temperatures are expected to drop into the teens. Wrap your household pipes and try to stay warm…. Brrrrrrrr....

January 21 is National HUG Day and Squirrel Appreciation Day. Although, I think the hawks appreciate squirrels more than I do!

At the village council meeting on Tuesday, January 24 at 6:30pm, Jason Casuga, executive director, and chief engineer for the MRGCD, will present the plans for the Corrales Siphon going forward. He will tell us the short-term plan to keep the irrigation flowing for the next season or two and then what is planned for the long-term so a situation like last year doesn’t happen in our lifetime. Unless there is no water. You can zoom in and watch his presentation. The link is available on the village web site.

Work on the village administration complex has been delayed for now because an appeal was made to the P&Z regarding the approval of the village site development plan. Unfortunately, that also delays our progress on an Animal Services Center and impacts our progress toward a commissary kitchen. The administration can’t do anything on the site until all appeals are addressed. There is a public appeal hearing scheduled before the Village Council on Tuesday, February 21st @ 6:00pm. This will be an in person and zoom meeting, link will be available on the Village website.

Work on the Meadowlark Road bicycle, pedestrian, and equestrian path is also on hold until all parties on Meadowlark Road agree to provide a safe line of sight from their driveways. This is the same standard applied throughout the village, following our existing ordinances.


At about 2:00AM on Thu. 01/12 Officers responded to a burglar alarm activation at a business on the 4500 block of Corrales RD and discovered the premises to have been forcibly entered, items damaged within and the suspect(s) gone. The proprietor later confirmed that merchandise had been stolen. Patrols of the area have been increased and, although the alarm may have deterred more extensive damage and theft, it wasn’t enough to thwart this incident altogether. It’s advisable to utilize layers of protection to help safeguard your home / business, to include alarm systems, security doors / windows, surveillance cameras, motion-detector lights and sturdy safes which are bolted down for the storing of valuables.



We are still seeing high cases of upper respiratory viruses throughout the State of New Mexico. Covid is still with us. Be sure to get your 2nd booster. It provides greater protection for the variants that are out there now. As a reminder, FREE Covid home test kits are still available at Village Hall, Corrales Fire Station, and the Corrales Library. Protect yourself and your family: please remember to wear a mask indoors (especially in crowds), social distance, when possible, wash your hands frequently and stay home if you feel sick. The FDA has increased and updated the shelf life of most home tests. To check the tests that you may have at home, the FDA website can be found on the Village of Corrales website under COVID – 19 Resources.

Upcoming Events in the Village –

Saturday, January 21stMusic in Corrales concert featuring tubist Richard Antoine White & Friends at the historic Old San Ysidro Church @ 7:30pm. For more information visit:

Tuesday, January 24thRegular Council Meeting in Council Chambers at the courthouse @6:30pm.

Sunday, February 5th, First Sunday Arts in the Village throughout the village business corridor.

Sunday, February 5th, Corrales Growers’ Market – Winter Market from 11am – 1pm.

The Corrales community is invited to the San Ysidro Parish golf tournament at Top Golf, 1600 Desert Surf Circle, NE ABQ, on February 16, 2023. Check in time is at 11:45 am with tee time at 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Cost is $125.00 per person to enter and includes lunch, bay cost and goodie bag. Late registration will be $135.00 after February 6, 2023. Golf clubs are available or bring your own. Mulligans are $5.00 each or 5 for $20.00 available day of the event. Teams are encouraged to register! All male, all female, or Coed teams accepted! There will be awards! Come and enjoy raffles, food, drinks, and plenty of fun! Please register at


Please stay safe & warm!


Jim Fahey

Corrales Mayor