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June 20, 2021

Help Prevent Fires This Summer!

Given the extreme heat and fire danger, the Fire Prevention Committee requests that you please respect the danger.

Open Fires: Avoid use of open fires such as firepits unless a spark arrestor is used.On BBQs with open flames, keep away from the home and vegetation. Always have a hose or fire extinguisher available.

Fire Torches: Never use fire torches or firesticks to get rid of weeds. These techniques are only used by professional Forestry personnel in controlled situations, and not in our neighborhood.

Fireworks: Aerial fireworks are not allowed at any time in High Desert.If you hear any, call Security or 242-COPS or 911. 

Red Flag Days: On windy days and when Red Flag days have been declared, any use of outdoor fire should be avoided.

We cannot take any chances in our high-risk community located in this Wildland Urban Interface. While we may not be able to prevent wildfire started by nature, we can prevent those started inadvertently by careless use of fire. With proper precautions, we can protect our homes and neighborhoods through our actions. 

            City of Albuquerque Restrictions

“We are in critical Fire Weather conditions with the on-going drought, high heat, and lack of precipitation,” said Fire Chief Gene Gallegos. “We as a community have a shared responsibility to keep our Open Spaces safe for all to enjoy.”

The following fire restrictions are established for all open space areas in the municipal boundaries of the City of Albuquerque or owned by the City of Albuquerque. Increased fire restrictions shall be determined by the Fire Chief and shall be based upon current fire indices, fire behavior predictions, current and expected weather conditions, drought indices, human factors, ignition factors and local factors that would cause undue strain on local fire agencies in the event of a fire.

  • No camping or stove fires; no camping
  • No smoking
  • No fireworks or other pyrotechnic devices
  • No off-roading
  • No operating a chainsaw or other equipment powered by an internal or external combustion engine
  • No operating spark-emitting equipment
  • No welding or operating an acetylene or other torch with an open flame

Each violation shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $500 or by imprisonment for not more than 90 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

Whereas we can't impose the same restrictions on the lots that interface with open arroyos, High Desert residents should consider it an issue for their own properties, including when they hire someone to do construction/maintenance (smoking and certain equipment).

Let's make this fire season and Fourth of July the safest ever for High Desert.



Reminders and Notices

April 07, 2021

Thank You, Homepage Photographers!

We owe a big debt of gratitude to the following people for contributing fabulous photographs to our homepage slideshow. They give it life and show us all how beautiful High Desert is. We'll change these pictures as time goes on and new seasons emerge.

Thanks to:
John Ledwith
Kathryn Lombard-Thomas
Judy Pierson
Raychel Sanner photo by Michael Paul

September 17, 2020

Attend Albuquerque City Council Meetings Remotely

Albuquerque residents can attend government meetings remotely, including Albuquerque City Council meetings, on GOV-TV by clicking on this link:

GOV TV is the local government television channel for Albuquerque and Bernalillo County. GOV TV provides real-time streaming video of local government programming 24 hours a day. Programming includes live coverage of government meetings, recorded news conferences, and a wide variety of locally produced TV shows about public services, facilities, employees, officials, and events.

August 05, 2020

Voting Members Informed by Board that Vote to Change Bylaws Failed

Voting Members learned at their quarterly meeting January 23 that the Board declared the recent vote by Voting Members to amend the bylaws as “officially failed.”  Voting members were asked to approve changes to the by-laws to meet state law. They were also given the option to individually accept or reject two optional provisions. Clay Wright, Board president, told Voting Members that 43.9 percent voted in favor of the change and 37.1 percent against. Since High Desert bylaws can only be changed by a 75 percent vote in favor, the change to the bylaws failed.  “At this time, the Board has no plans to conduct another vote,” he said, citing the expense and time to mail ballots, collect and tally the votes.

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The Board proposed  one optional change to allow quicker revisions to bylaws without going through the process of a full vote each time the state passed a change that did not agree with the High Desert bylaws.  The association is, according to its own bylaws, required to abide by state law.  Allowing the Board to pass changes bringing the association and its bylaws into compliance with state law would streamline the process, Board members felt. The Board would not be permitted to change the bylaws for any other reason except to bring the association into compliance with state law.

“The Board will continue to follow state-mandated changes to the bylaws,” Clay told Voting Members.  “As a result, our governing documents will remain in conflict with state law.” One of the changes that are in conflict with the law involves state-required notification to homeowners when a policy change is under consideration by the Board.  “We are publishing notification online right now even though it is not required under our current bylaws,” Clay said.  The state also requires open Board meetings which are not required in the bylaws. Board meetings are currently open, Clay told Voting Members.  Violations notifications should be 14 days, according to state law.  High Desert, which used to give 30 and then 10 days notification, now gives 14 days notification.

Voting Members asked if there were any consequences to High Desert if the bylaws remain unchanged.  Clay said as long as the association follows state law anyway, there will probably be no official problem, but he could not guarantee that.

“Why does the state want to be involved with our governing documents?” asked one homeowner.  Clay responded, saying, “The state wants some control over what homeowner associations do.  They don’t want us overburdening residents with overly restrictive rules on dog walking, grass growing and parking.  That’s their rationale.”

Another Voting Member asked if another vote could be taken, saying the ballots came during the holidays and were too easily put on the back burner.  Clay said the board had no plans to have another vote.

Financial Report
Board Treasurer Tom Murdock presented the financial report to Voting Members saying he was currently working on the fiscal year 2020-2021 High Desert budget.  He will be holding two meetings for homeowners in Gated Villages to garner input about their village’s budget needs.  “This is your opportunity to have real input,” he said.  Homeowners will be notified of their gated villages meeting date. The final budget will be approved or denied by Voting Members at their April 23 Annual Meeting.  A final budget will be mailed to all homeowners in early May. Following his presentation a Voting Member spoke, commending Tom for his association work. Voting Members applauded.

Annual Meeting
Neil Wetsch, Board Director, and Nominating Committee Chair, asked Voting Members to consider running for the four open positions on the Board of Directors. Statements of Interest must be submitted to the Nominating Committee by February 14. (Click here to fill out an online version.Interviews by Committee members of homeowners interested in election will be conducted in March and April, he said.  A slate of four nominees will be presented to Voting Members at the Annual Meeting.  Nominations can also be made from the floor.  Any homeowner in good standing can run for election.

Wildland Fire Prevention Working Group Update
Camille Singaraju, High Desert homeowner and chair of the Wildland Fire Prevention Working Group, spoke to Voting Members about its recent activities. The group was formed last year in response to several recent fires in High Desert.  The group is working closely with Albuquerque Fire Rescue to identify areas of High Desert that pose increased threat of destruction by fire through excessive brush, weeds and deadfall. Camille asked Voting Members to make sure their represented homeowners all have evacuation plans if a fast-moving wildfire begins.  “Also,” she added, “if there is a fire somewhere in High Desert, please don’t drive up to see it.  Your car will block the bigger trucks that come in to fight the fire.”  Homeowners should clear excessive growth three to five feet away from their home’s walls.  “We’d like to extend it out to 10 feet,” she said.  “And we are looking at different ways to manage growth in the arroyos.”

Added Clay, “Look after yourselves. Have a plan.  If there is an issue, fire services will be taxed.  You must take care of yourself.  If you don’t want a fire in your backyard, don’t leave stuff around to burn.  Don’t store firewood up against your house.  Don’t leave gasoline stored in your garage.”  He also encouraged homeowners to contact their legislators to purchase another brush truck for Albuquerque Fire Rescue.  The trucks cost $185,000 each.

Communications Group
Homeowner Russ Rhodes told Voting Members that he recently spoke with the Board and different Voting Members about forming a smaller co-group of four or five homeowners to discuss pertinent issues and resolve differences. He said he first considered forming the group when he observed “increasing tensions and anxiety” between Voting Members and Board Directors.  “We want to get any tensions out of the way and get a good conversation started between the two groups,” he said.  He said the initial group will be made up of Board Directors Dave Williams and Robin Troy, and Voting Members Harrison Jones, The Trillium, and Eric Frow, The Legends. Responded one Voting Member, “Great idea!  We do need more discussion.”  Voting Members did not vote on the proposal but did offer general agreement

July 25, 2020

Albuquerque Reopening Plan

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The office of Neighborhood Coordination

April 16, 2020

Assessments Still Due During Pandemic

Assessments Still Due During Pandemic But Board Issues Resolution to Waive Late Fees and InterestNote: Annual Meeting Rescheduled for August 6

Hello everyone,
Thank you. Thank you for following the directives of our elected officials and health authorities. By doing what you are supposed to, you are playing an active role in fighting the virus that causes Covid-19. Keeping yourself mentally and physically strong during the pandemic is a service to our community. We are together in our isolation.

Please continue to follow the links on this page to the latest information from city and state officials. This information is updated continually.

Please know that your Board of Directors is working hard to keep things running. By adopting prudent measurers, we are managing to keep all our vendors employed. This is good for them, it is good for our economy, and it maintains a continuity of service to our entire Association.

One of the services we have been asked about is CC&R compliance. We are continuing enforcement activities and assessments. Many residents are using their newfound spare time to clean up their yards and fix other appearance issues. Keeping our property looking good is something we all agreed to when we moved into High Desert. It is one of the most important steps we can take in maintaining aesthetics and property values.

Another question concerns assessments. We are continuing assessments. Assessments provide the revenue necessary to keep our community functioning. That said, the Board does understand that the current situation does present a financial burden for some. To ease that stress, the board has adopted a resolution that offers relief by waving late fees and default interest resulting from late payment of assessments. The Association will temporarily defer sending delinquent accounts to the collection attorney. Read the full board resolution by following the attached link.

Board of Directors Resolution Regarding Late Fees and Default Interest

HDROA committees have adopted the appropriate measures and continue to do their work.

The Annual Budget will be mailed to all residents on time. This meets both state requirements and our own governing documents.

Thank you. Be safe.

Clay Wright
President, HDROA


News & Articles

April 27, 2021

Adopt-a-Highway Success!

What do a fuzzy Chistmas reindeer antler, a Sunset Mesa second grader's report card, and an endless number of Albertson's receipts have in common? 

They are all items found during our recent Adopt-a-Highway event, where a record breaking number of High Desert residents volunteered on Saturday, April 24, to clean up miles 9 and 10 of Tramway Blvd. We started at the Albertson's, with half of the volunteers working south from Academy to the bridge at Bear Canyon, and the other half working north to the bridge at Simms Park Road (the Wolinskis even opted for extra credit, going all the way to San Rafael!). We accumulated 25 full bags of trash, as well as some large pieces of lumber and other construction materials. 

Please join me in thanking the following volunteers for their efforts:

Dan Kropp (Canyons) 
Bob and Kitty Lind (Chaco Compound)
Meghan List (Chamisa Trail) 
Curt Jacobson (Desert Song) 
Susan Camp (Desert Highlands) 
Charlotte, Donnie, and Jadyn Trone (Desert Mountain) 
Ed Arata, Ashley Harvey (Legends) 
Janet Brierly, Theodore Arriington, Geoff Schuster (Sunset Ridge) 
Sandy and Ralph Jacoby, Julie and Steve Hartig, Shirley Scott, Jackie and Mike Thompson, Tom and Sofia Wolinski, Jake Lesher (Overlook) 

To keep our adoption active, we are committed to holding a formal event twice a year. I am thinking our next cleanup will be sometime in October 2021. If you are interested in volunteering, please email at and I will add you to my list! 

Michele Lesher

April 20, 2021

Notice of 2021 Annual Meeting

This is a copy of the cover letter sent to Voting Members and Alternate Voting Members.

Dear Voting Member or Alternate Voting Member:

Pursuant to Article II, Section 7 of the Second Amended and Restated By-Laws of High Desert Residential Owners Association, Inc., you are herewith notified that the annual meeting of the High Desert Residential Owners Association will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 29, 2021 via Zoom. At this meeting, Voting Members will vote to fill four (4) open Board positions. The nominating committee has interviewed a number of interested candidates and proposed a slate of candidates, which has been approved by the Board.

Register in advance for this meeting:

It is very important that you register for the Zoom meeting in advance to ensure you receive your Zoom invitation.


The agenda is enclosed for your review. In an effort to minimize mailing costs a blast e-mail will be sent to all voting members with various documents for your review. The e-mail will include: a copy of the 2021-2022 budget, 2020 draft minutes, the statements of interest for the candidates for the Board of Directors, and the resolution to be adopted for the 70-604election. If you do not receive these items via email, or if you wish to obtain a printed version, please contact my office.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation. If you need additional information or have questions please contact us by phone or e-mail.

Lynnette Rodriguez, CMCA, AMS
Community Association Manager
High Desert Residential Owners Association

March 27, 2021

Notice of Termination of Landscaping Contract

March 26, 2021
Subj: Notice of Termination of Landscaping Contract

The HDROA Board of Directors has provided 60 days’ notice of termination of the Professional Services Contract between High Desert Residential Owners Association and Leeco Grounds Management, Inc. The notice was given pursuant to Paragraph 1 of the Professional Services Contract.

The Board reached this decision after much consideration. We will be pursuing a new contract in the next 60 days.

Reg Rider
Board President

March 20, 2021

Tramway Cleanup Day!

Hi Everyone,

I hope you are well and looking forward to Spring! I would like to have a Tramway Cleanup Day on Saturday, April 24th. I think this is an activity that can be done in a socially-distant manner (it is outside, and folks are very far apart). However, if you are at high-risk for COVID OR not feeling well the day of the cleanup, please sit this one out. We will have another Tramway Cleanup Day in October. I've been scoping out our 2 miles and there is no shortage of trash out there!   

We will start at 10:00 a.m. at the Albertson’s parking lot. If you will be able to make it, please let me know so I have enough supplies. Please bring a pair of gloves and a mask. I will have the bags and stylish orange vests for everyone! You will be doing a great favor for awesome Tramway Blvd, which has the beautiful Sandias as its backdrop! 

Also, please share this news with anyone you think might be interested.   

Thank you!  

Michele Lesher 

Tramway Cleanup Committee Chair and NM 556 Miles 9-10 Adopt-a-Highway Lead!! 

March 11, 2021

March 16th Policy Discussion

At the March 16, 2021 High Desert ROA Board of Directors Meeting the Board will discuss the proposed by-laws amendment to bring High Deserts documents into compliance with state law.

February 19, 2021

New Town Hall Monthly Meetings

Board President Reg Rider has begun a new way to communicate directly with High Desert residents. For the first time in association history, regular Town Meetings are being held each month for the Board to hear directly from homeowners about their concerns. Unlike Voting Member quarterly meetings or Board monthly meetings, which use an agenda, Town Meetings (now held via Zoom) are generally more free-wheeling with Reg and other Board members who might attend fielding questions from homeowners as they arise.

“We only ask that people be civil and not bring up personal issues and complaints that do not concern the association as a whole,” Reg said. Residents can email their questions before the town meetings if they prefer.

More than 50 homeowners attended each of the two previous meetings in December and January. Topics ranged from gate malfunctions to the spate of recent vehicle break-ins at High Desert Park and the trailheads.

“I was hearing that these vehicle break-ins were of major concern,” said Reg. “I asked Ray Berg (Board Treasurer) on the spot if we had enough money to pay for extra patrols for a trial period. He said we did. I brought it up the next week at the Board meeting and we voted to have extra patrols for a 90-day period. We will evaluate after that. The input we got from the January Town Meeting was instrumental in getting things moving.”

Reg, a retired brigadier general with the Air Force, said he decided to use the forum of an open Town Meeting while he was serving as a Wing Commander at an air force base that was closing down. “Closing a base is difficult and everyone had concerns and questions,” Reg recalled. “We decided to hold a base-wide town meeting and I stood up and just fielded questions. We got great input, people were satisfied that they were being heard and we were able to solve some pressing concerns. I wanted to use the same forum here and so far, it has worked just as well.”

Check our Calendar for upcoming Town Meetings. Residents should contact HOAMCO at 505-314-5862 to register to receive a Zoom meeting invitation.

(A longer version of this article first appeared in the February 2021 Apache Plume newsletter.) 

February 15, 2021

Global Announcement

Please review and follow all Fire Safety Guidelines!

January 13, 2021

January 19th Policy Discussion

The Board of Directors will meet on January 19th 2020 at 2pm via Zoom. Policy Discussion is as follows:
1.       Policy Discussion to suspend the HDROA Investment Policy
2.       Policy Discussion to suspend Roberts Rules of Order
3.       Policy Discussion to adopt the drafted policy regarding: Gated Village Entrance Area, Wall and Landscaping Maintenance


Gated Village Maintenance Policy

High Desert Residential Owners Association

Policy on Gated Village

Entrance Area, Wall, and Landscaping Maintenance

I. Authority

This policy is adopted in accordance with

Section III.C. Paragraphs 3.15 and 3.16 of the HDROA By-Laws, which set forth the

general powers and duties of the Board of Directors with respect to the

administration of the Association’s affairs:

  • Article V Paragraph 5.1 of the CC&Rs, which assigns to the Association the responsibility to maintain and keep in good repair the areas of Common Responsibility, including all perimeter walls and fences
  • Article V Paragraph 5.3 of the CC&Rs, which assigns Village’s the costs of maintaining any signage, entry features, right-of-way and open space between the Village and adjacent public roads and private streets with the Village. References to “perimeter walls” and “community walls” in this policy shall be consistent with the definitions of such walls in the Guidelines for Sustainability for Village Homes and in the CC&Rs.

II. Background and Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to establish a common, equitable policy for addressing costs

of maintenance within and around Gated Villages in High Desert Residential Owner’s

Association. However, any process described in this policy is subservient to the High

Desert governing documents (ByLaws, CC&Rs, and Guidelines for Sustainability.)

III. Rules and Procedures regarding modifications and maintenance of village assets

Gated Village Maintenance. The High Desert Residents Owners Association shall maintain

common property inside and outside of the Gated Villages located in the High Desert

Residential Properties.

The costs of maintenance outside the gates of Villages shall be charged to the

Association, including:

  • The monuments located at the entrance to each village that identify the name of the applicable village.
  • Landscaping around entrances exterior to the gates.
  • Structural features and surfaces of those portions of perimeter walls, fences and other boundary controls on top of and facing the exterior of Villages and that are not adjacent to Owners' lots.

The costs of maintenance inside the gates of Villages, including the gates and related

structures shall be charged to the Owners of Units within the applicable Village, including:

  • All costs associated with gate maintenance, operation, inspection, repair, and replacement.
  • Structures that are associated with the Gates, such as guardhouses.
  • Structural features and surfaces of those portions of perimeter walls, fences and other boundary controls facing the interior of Villages and that are not adjacent to Owners' lots
  • Maintenance of all other features within the respective Village that are common property

The costs associated with those parts of the interior sides of walls that are adjacent to

Owners' lots shall be paid by the respective Owners.

Adopted by the Board of Directors on January 19, 2021

Signature: ________________________________________________ For the Board

December 09, 2020

December Board Meeting

At the upcoming Board Meeting (via Zoom) on December 15, Board members will discuss: 

1. Policy on Community Wall Modification & Maintenance 

2. Statement of Investment Policy Regarding Operating & Reserve Account Funds 

3. Resolution of Right to Deviate from Robert’s Rules of Order

4. Transparency in Communications

October 24, 2020

Board Approves Two Changes to New Construction Committee (NCC) Policy

Members of the Board of Directors voted at the October meeting to alter charges levied by the New Construction Committee (NCC). Since the early days of High Desert, prospective home builders were required to pay a “ deposit” (technically, a fee) to cover all of the phases that the NCC must monitor during a home’s construction. These fees are passed from builders to homeowners. For custom (Estate and Premier) homes, which typically take one year to build, the required “deposit” is $8000. For builder homes, which normally are completed within six months, the “deposit” is $4000. This “deposit” also covers professional fees, such as the cost of an engineer’s report and city permits. Typically, a significant portion of that money was returned from NCC to the builder after construction was completed. 

The NCC is responsible for monitoring all aspects of new home construction in High Desert, and the NCC used to be solely run by volunteers, who spent hours assuring that new homes conformed to standards laid out in our governing documents. The last volunteer chair of the NCC was Brett Rayman. When he moved out of state, the Board failed to find any volunteers to assume the mammoth task of chairing the NCC. Therefore, the Board was compelled to hire a construction professional (Rob Montoya) to perform the job. Rob’s hourly fees are commensurate with his qualifications and he carries his own insurance. The advantage of having a licensed professional chair the NCC is that it gives the High Desert Residential Owners Association an extra layer of protection from liability arising from misinterpretation of the governing documents. 
This shift from volunteer to professional chair of the NCC is a policy change. Therefore, the Board wants builders and home buyers (new construction) to recognize that there will now be additional expenses incurred during the NCC’s oversight of their home construction, meaning less of the “deposit” will be returned, as compared to the past.

The second change that Board members made to NCC policy applies to home modifications. As High Desert ages, more homeowners want to make significant modifications to their home, such as major additions. Some of these even require city permits. Up until now, the fees incurred were assumed by our Residential Owners Association, which is clearly unfair. Moving forward, significant modifications that are deemed outside of the purview of the Modifications Committee (MC), and therefore referred to the NCC, will require the fee be paid by the homeowner. This fee may be partially refundable. It will be based upon the size of the project and estimated construction and professional costs.