Sheriff Candidates to Speak at ANVA Meeting September 20

Manuel Gonzales

Manuel Gonzales

Everyone in the community is invited to a meet and greet with the candidates for Bernalillo County Sheriff on Thursday, September 20 at 7:00 p.m. in the Raymond G. Sanchez Community Center (9800 4th St. NW)

Manuel Gonzales and Lou Golson, the two candidates for Bernalillo County Sheriff will attend the meeting to discuss issues of concern to the Alameda North Valley Community. This will not be a formal candidate forum.



Lou Golson

Lou Golson

Lou Golson, the republican candidate for sheriff has lived his entire adult life in Albuquerque. He and his wife April have five children, three of which are working in the field of law enforcement. His son Scott is a Bernalillo County Sheriff’s deputy.

Golson began his career in Albuquerque as a Law Enforcement Specialist assigned to Kirtland Air Force Base. He joined the Albuquerque Police Department and spent his career in a number of positions with the department. Golson formally retired, then returned to work with the department. In 2015 during a traffic stop, Golson was shot four times and severely injured. He returned to the Albuquerque Police Department on light duty but in November 2016 was informed by his doctors that he would physically be unable to return to duty as a uniformed officer, and left the department.

Manuel Gonzales III, the democratic candidate for sheriff is a lifelong resident of Albuquerque. He and his wife Elaine have three children. A former marine, Gonzales joined the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s office in 1989, working his way through the ranks. He was appointed by the Bernalillo County Commission to fill a vacancy created by the departure of Sheriff Darren White in 2009. Gonzales ran for sheriff during the next election cycle, but was defeated. He ran for election again and was elected in 2014.

Both men are well known in the local community. The Alameda North Valley Association plans an informal meeting and residents will have an opportunity to discuss crime and issues of interest to the Alameda area.

Candidates for other offices are welcome to attend, but will only be allowed time to introduce themselves.

State Legislators to Speak on March 15

Sen. Bill O'Neill

Sen. Bill O’Neill

Rep. Sarah Maestas-Barnes

Rep. Sarah Maestas-Barnes









Our state legislators, Senator Bill O’Neill and Representative Sarah Maestas-Barnes will address the Alameda North Valley Association on Thursday, March 15 at 7 p.m. at the Raymond G. Sanchez Community Center.

Senator John Sapien was invited but will not be able to attend due to a trip with his family.

The meeting will be informal allowing for questions and conversation.

Our Legislators will tell us about what happened at the recent legislative session. This year lawmakers had more funds than in the past and they need to let us know how that money will be used.

Work by our Legislators has either been signed or vetoed by the Governor.

How was the work by our Legislators impacted by the Governor’s actions?

How will our community be impacted?

Will we have serious and comprehensive items or fluff projects for the area?

This is your opportunity to meet and speak with your local legislator about any issues of concern you might have.

At the end of the Legislative review, we will have an Alameda North Valley Association Board of Directors Election. Members in good standing with dues paid are eligible for election.

County Commissioners to Speak on Feb. 15

Debbie O'Malley, District 1 Commissioner

Debbie O’Malley
District 1 Commissioner

Lonnie Talbert, District 4 Commissioner

Lonnie Talbert
District 4 Commissioner









Bernalillo County Commissioners Debbie O’Malley from District 1 and Lonnie Talbert from District 4 will be the featured speakers at the Alameda North Valley Association meeting on Thursday, February 15. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the Raymond G. Sanchez Community Center.

They will give updates on Commission activities and answer concerns and questions from the community. This is your opportunity to hear about Commission plans and to talk one on one with your commissioner. Please join us for this important meeting. Everyone is welcome.


Changes for Alameda Blvd.?

An Open House scheduled for Wednesday, August 2 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. will be our first opportunity to see changes that may be coming to Alameda Blvd. between I’25 and Edith Blvd. The open house will be held on the second floor of the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum in the Pugash Hall.

There have long been rumors of a proposed widening by Alameda Blvd. but the meeting announcement makes no specific mention of what changes are proposed.

Pleas take time to go by the open house and learn what is planned and how it might impact people who live near Alameda Blvd.

The City of Albuquerque, the New Mexico Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration are jointly sponsoring the meeting.

ANVA to hear from Sheriff, Fire Department on Thursday

There will be a meeting of the Alameda North Valley Association (ANVA) on Thursday, February 16 at 7 p.m. at the Raymond G. Sanchez Community Center (9800 4th St. NW)

There will be updates from:

Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department – Sheriff Manny Gonzales

Bernalillo County Fire Department – Chief Chris Celaya

Questions are welcomed and information will be provided.  The meeting will be a low-key informal meeting that will allow the Sheriff and Chief to meet some residents and allow them a chance to learn about some of your ideas and concerns.

The meeting is open to the public and the media is invited.

Please try to attend and please share this information with your neighbors.

Albuquerque School Board Election Feb. 7

Early voting has started!  Here is info on the school board election that will be held on February 7, 2017. 

Eligible voters may cast a ballot early at any of the 12 Early Voting Convenience Centers. These locations will be open Tuesday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., beginning Wednesday, January 18 until Saturday, February 4.  You may vote at any of the 12 locations. For a list of early voting convenience center locations, go to the Bernalillo County Clerk’s Office election website.

*Only registered eligible voters in APS districts (positions 3, 5, 6, & 7) and CNM districts (positions 1, 3, 4,5 & 7) will be able to cast a ballot.

The CNM Board election is also that day. Please note: The north valley area in CNM District 6 is not up for election until 2019.

Candidates for APS District 3 representing the North Valley and downtown are:

Ali Ennenga

Lorenzo L. Garcia (incumbent)

Amy Legant

Charles W. White

Kathleen (Lueras) Chavez

You can find out more about the election at these websites.

Here’s a comprehensive article on the race from the Albuquerque Journal.

ANVA Candidates Forum well attended

More than 60 people attended the recent Alameda North Valley Association Candidates Forum. The candidates from New Mexico House of Representatives District #15 and New Mexico Senate Districts #9 and 10 were all in attendance.

Ane Romero

Ane Romero

One of the surprises of the event was in the District 15 race were comments by democrat Ane Romero and republican Sarah Maestas Barnes. Both candidates spoke in support of Solar Energy Tax Credits for homeowners. The tax credit has expired and both candidates voiced support for its reinstatement in the New Mexico tax code. Maestas Barnes carried a bill supporting reinstatement of the tax credit, which passed in a recent legislative sessions, but it was vetoed by Governor Susana Martinez.

Romero said she is especially interested in state support of behavioral and mental health issues. She expressed concern for local residents who are afraid to open their doors to strangers in the wake of recent burglaries, and said she wanted to find a way to make the area safer. Romero also mentioned an interest in bringing long-term economic investment to New Mexico.

Sarah Maestas Barnes

Sarah Maestas Barnes

Maestas Barnes reiterated her ongoing interest in issues that involve children. She said she is especially concerned about child pornography and will support efforts to increase penalties for pornographers. She also discussed her work to expand the amber alert system. Maestas Barnes said she would address the financial shortfall lawmakers must soon solve by pulling money set aside for positions within state government that have not been filled. Maestas Barnes also mentioned that she is working with community members on North Edith to try to address infrastructure concerns about access to the Albuquerque Bernalillo County wastewater system.

Aubrey B. Dunn

Aubrey B. Dunn

In the Senate District 10 race, newcomer Aubrey B. Dunn, a republican, is running in his first political campaign. He said the state budget can no longer be done in the same way. He spoke about the need to emphasize vocational education and to give farmers and ranchers greater support. Dunn also voiced support for a vibrant logging industry. Dunn also said he supports term limit for lawmakers.

Bill O'Neill

Bill O’Neill

Incumbent Bill O’Neill, a democrat, said he is running again because he has unfinished business. He talked about the polarization in the New Mexico Senate and said that is why he plans to again carry a bill for an independent redistricting commission. O’Neill said he would also carry legislation to remove the question about prior felonies from job applications. He believes it is important to give people who have served their sentences a second change. O’Neill said he would also sponsor a bill that would prevent lawmakers from becoming lobbyists for four years after they leave the legislature. He believes the biggest priority for the North Valley is improved infrastructure.

Diego Espinoza

Diego Espinoza

In Senate District 9, republican Diego Espinoza is running against democratic incumbent John Sapien. Espinoza said the biggest problem in the district is the number of people who can’t find a job. That’s an important issue to him, he said because his family is from Mora, New Mexico but they had to move to the Albuquerque area because work is scarce in Mora. Espinoza said that experience showed him it was important for everyone to have better access to the job market.  He said he does not have the experience his opponent does, but will look to people to help him answer the problems the state is facing.

John Sapien

John Sapien

John Sapien emphasized his experience as a small business owner and talked about the way he supports his employees. Sapien said he would like to find a way to turn the economy of New Mexico away from oil and gas and to build a stronger infrastructure for the state. He also spoke about his work as chairman of the Senate Education Committee. Sapien noted there are many problems with inadequate sports facilities for young people.

The meeting at the Raymond G. Sanchez community center adjourned early to allow members of the audience to discuss individual concerns with the candidates.