Mayor's Message for January 6th, 2023

Snow covered Sandia Mountains

Corrales had rain and a light dusting of snow this past weekend. Even though our rainfall is greater than average this year, we will still need more rain to combat the drought we have been facing in our farming community.

The 60-day legislative session is scheduled to begin at noon on January 16, adjourning on March 18 at noon.

The Village is making funding requests for several projects. Those include: The fire suppression system, which is our biggest priority. With the recent fires in Northern New Mexico this past year, we want to make sure the Village of Corrales is protected from losses when a fire erupts in our Bosque. Part of that “ask” includes water lines throughout the village, the Angel Hill water tower, and additional equipment for the fired department. The goal is to make us all safe from the ravages of wildfires that have consumed many areas of our state. We need to be prepared.

Another item on our wish list is expansion of the wastewater system. Included in that is a relatively small MBR (membrane bioreactor) to treat limited amounts of the STEP system water to a level of safety so it can be used for irrigation on the soccer fields, on the dusty roads, and in the Bosque to provide sprinklers for irrigation as well as fire control.

The Arts, Community, and Education (ACE) Center is starting to take shape. We are requesting funds for the design to construct. Having a design makes it easier to apply for the funding necessary (perhaps $8 million) for construction.

Other less costly items are included in our requests for funding, because you never know how much money may be available. Nationally, infrastructure rebuild is the focus and is also the current focus in the State of New Mexico.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the new gym at the recreation center will be January 10, 2023 at 1 PM. The funding for this construction came from the bond approved by the village (80% of voters voted in favor of this bond) in 2020. Construction time will be about a year and a half.

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events in the Village….

  • Sunday, January 8th will be a Corrales Growers’ Market – Winter Market from 11am-1pm
  • Sunday, January 8th there will be a Corrales Pre-Legislative Session Town Hall at the Village Council Chambers from 3:00pm – 5:00pm with Representative Kathleen Cates and Senator Brenda McKenna.
  • Tuesday, January 10th will be the groundbreaking ceremony for the new gym at the recreation center at 1:00pm.
  • Tuesday, January 10th there will be a work study meeting at the Village council chambers at 5:00 pm followed by a regular council meeting at 6:30 pm.
  • Sunday, January 15th at 2:00pm there will be a CHS Speaker Series “Los Arabes of New Mexico” presentation at the Historic Old San Ysidro Church – This is a FREE event!
  • Monday, January 16th is Martin Luther King Jr. Day – Village Offices will be closed.

The administration has been informed that an individual has allegedly been harassing and stalking horse owners, denigrating the care and management of their animals. This person purports or claims to be an expert and says that she is going to report these horse owners to the livestock commission for mistreatment of their animals. This is a bullying and intimidating tactic and will not be tolerated. Should anyone get one of these anonymous letters, please contact the administration immediately and provide us with all the information you can, including a copy of the letter.  Corrales is an animal-friendly community, but there are proper channels for handling claims of animal cruelty and mistreatment, and we do not condone residents being accused by anonymous “experts.”


On December 31ST , 2022 a resident on El Camino Campo informed police that his unlocked pool house had been entered and numerous collectible items had been stolen. Remember to always lock your doors and invest in other home safety measures.

On January 1st, 2023 a resident reported that their identity had been stolen and a credit card had been obtained and used in their name by unknown person(s). Tips on how to keep your personnel information safe and what to do if you suspect your identity has been stolen can be found at:


As a reminder, FREE Covid home test kits are still available at Village Hall, Corrales Fire Station, and the Corrales Library. Please remember to wear a mask in crowded areas (indoors or outdoors), social distance, when possible, wash your hands frequently and stay home if you feel sick.

Stay safe, stay warm and look out for each other,

Jim Fahey

Corrales Mayor


If you have received an anonymous letter stating your animals are not being properly taken care of, please contact the Village administration.