Weekly Village Update

  1. For Week Ending August 18, 2018

    This week in the Village...
    • The Los Lunas Infrastructure Investment News Conference was held on Friday, August 17th, in partnership with the Mid-Region Council of Governments (MRCOG). The purpose of the news conference was to announce a $1.3 million federal economic development grant for the Village of Los Lunas to be used to install a 21,000-foot water line to serve the BNSF/Central NM Rail Park. The ceremony was attended by U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, Jorge Ayala, Regional Director of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), Los Lunas Mayor Charles Griego and several members of the Village Council, as well as many other dignitaries from around the County and region. The Village will provide a 50/50 matching amount of $1.3 million, which has been included in this year’s budget.
    • On August 14th, DWI Program Coordinator Ginny Adame was a guest presenter for the Bernalillo DWI Prevention Team where she shared a collaborative opportunity to work together to bring Antwone Fisher, whose life inspired the film, Antwone Fisher, starring Denzel Washington, and Rick Miller, founder of Kids at Hope, to our communities. The presenters provide inspirational stories and share the data supporting the great success of communities/schools/institutions that have implemented the Kids at Hope cultural construct. It is our hope by bringing this presentation into our communities, we will gain additional community buy-in for furthering the Kids at Hope model that has been shown to positively impact truancy, delinquency, bullying, and school dropout rates.
    • Reading Challenge classes began this week with Mrs. Velasquez at the Los Lunas Public Library. This class is a classroom setting where the children are introduced to reading through sight words and phonics. Mrs. Velasquez also teaches them the days of the week, numbers, colors and other preschool activities in English and Spanish.
  2. For Week Ending August 11, 2018

    This week in the Village...
    • The Village recently hosted the legislature’s Transportation Infrastructure Revenue Subcommittee (TIRS) Meeting in Los Lunas on Tuesday, August 7th, at the Transportation Center. The Village gave a presentation on current and future economic development and transportation projects in Los Lunas, was well as an update on the I-25 Interchange and East-West Corridor Project. The presentation was well-received, and we responded to many questions, and suggestions for assistance.   
    • National Night Out occurred on Tuesday, August 7th, and was incredibly successful. The Village thanks everyone that assisted with National Night Out, especially LLPD Detective Nikki DeAnda and Police Clerk Misty Shiplet who organized the event. We were able to provide approximately 500 kids with backpacks and school supplies to start their school year. Albertsons graciously donated enough food and drinks to feed 1500 people! Our officers working the car seat clinic inspected numerous car seats and provided free new car seats to those individuals using expired ones. R&R Glass in Los Lunas donated 5 bicycles that were raffled off during the event.
    • The first Los Lunas Tourism Task Force meeting was held on Monday, August 6, 2018. It was attended by over 50 people from Valencia County, representing local businesses and area agencies. There were also representatives from the Village Council and P&Z. Overall, there was a lot of support for regional tourism with participants agreeing to meet once a month. Several other agencies have already offered to host an upcoming meeting.
    • The Range Café is coming to the Village of Los Lunas. It will occupy the former Henrietta’s Restaurant. Total investment, two million dollars, 50-60 jobs, opening first quarter of 2019.
    • Sakura Japanese restaurant opened Thursday, August 9th. Located in the Los Cerritos Shopping Center east of Applebee’s.
  3. For Week Ending August 4, 2018

    This week in the Village...
    • Village staff met with John Pate from Molzen Corbin to continue our space needs analysis (programming evaluation) for Village Hall and the Library. Staff will present conclusions and recommendations to the Governing Body when ready.
    • Los Lunas Open Space Park Rangers located two individuals caught in a lighting and rain storm on the Los Lunas Preserve about a mile and half from the trailhead. The individuals were driven back to their vehicle at the trailhead.
    • The Summer Reading Program at the Library held it’s last events for the Summer. The events consisted of a packed house for Bob Martin’s Houdini Magic Show, Painting with Terry the Paint Fairy, and a talent show.

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