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Thursday, May 12th @3:00 p.m.
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Latest COVID-19 Information 

Please continue to monitor the news, this website, The office of Neighborhood CoordinationNewMexico.gov  and cabq.gov and cv.nmhealth.org

May 13, 2022
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Meeting Recording Link & Chat, May 12, 2022

Reminders and Notices

July 29, 2021
NOTICE

Party in the Park Postponed

The annual High Desert Party in the Park event has been postponed until next summer. Brenda Gossage, homeowner and coordinator of the event, decided to postpone given the amount of pre-planning involved and the current coronavirus crisis and possibilities of extended closures. She consulted with Board President Clay Wright before making the decision in late April. 

July 29, 2021
NOTICE

Albuquerque Reopening Plan

Continue to monitor the news on these websites:
The office of Neighborhood Coordination
NewMexico.gov
cabq.gov
cv.nmhealth.org

July 29, 2021
NOTICE

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:  www.cabq.gov/culturalservices/govtv

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.

April 07, 2021
NOTICE

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:
Joseph Coston
John Ledwith
Kathryn Lombard-Thomas
Judy Pierson
Raychel Sanner
Singletracks.com photo by Michael Paul

August 05, 2020
NOTICE

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

 

News & Articles

May 09, 2022
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Upcoming Town Hall

Hello Everyone,

 

A town hall meeting will be held this Thursday, May 12th, 2022 at 3pm via Zoom.  The registration for this meeting is below:

 

You are invited to a Zoom meeting. 

When: May 12, 2022 03:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada) 

 

Register in advance for this meeting:

us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYvdOGvrjMpHdTmlNzQAB_iMu8MxAemG4Od

 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

May 04, 2022
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City of Albuquerque Invitation!

The City’s Open Space Division invites you to a walking tour of Elena Gallegos Open Space to learn about a recent feasibility study the city conducted and discuss the possibility of an Education Center at the property. Registration is required and will be limited to 30 people.

Date and Time: May 14 and July 16 from 9–10 a.m.

You may find the events listed under Guided Hikes and Tours here. To register for the May 14th event, click here.

Project Background:

Elena Gallegos Open Space is in the Foothills at the base of the Sandia Mountains. The Open Space protects important wildlife habitat and offers majestic views, miles of multi-use recreation trails, picnic and event facilities, and access to the Cibola National Forest/Sandia Wilderness. In 2021, the Parks and Recreation Dept/Open Space Division began working with Dekker/Perich/Sabatini to study potential improvements at Elena Gallegos. The study identified needs at Elena Gallegos to maintain existing features and support public use and also investigated the feasibility for a small education center for visitors of all ages. The focus of the proposed facility would be to provide education services and programs to visitors of all ages (especially children) to promote discovery, enjoyment, and a sense of connection and stewardship for this special area of Albuquerque, City Open Space, the National Forest, and the natural world in general.

April 26, 2022
ARTICLE
By Michele Lesher

Sucessful Adopt-a-Highway!

To help celebrate Earth Day, 20 High Desert residents participated in our bi-annual Adopt-a-Highway cleanup of miles 9 and 10 of Tramway Blvd. My late-March reconnaissance of our two-mile stretch indicated that there was no shortage of trash and that it was high time for some Tramway TLC!  The day before our April 23 cleanup, we had crazy, 70 mph wind. So, either we were going to get more trash than I saw, or none at all (in the event it all blew away). I was happy to see that all the trash was still there waiting for us the next morning!

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. We accumulated 26 full bags of trash and a large amount of cardboard, metal pipe, and other construction materials. The median had been freshly mowed, making our job easier. It was amazing how much we got accomplished in just two hours!

Please join me in thanking the following volunteers for their efforts:
Rene and Marilyn Chartier, Tracy Bredeson (Enclave)
Howard Friedman (West Highlands)
Dan Kropp, Linda Otterson (Canyons)
Jim DeBlois (Tierra del Oso)
Ed Arata and Ashley Harvey, Christina and Joe Wilson (Legends)
Janet Brierley (Sunset Ridge)
Julie and Steve Hartig (Overlook)
Charlotte, Donnie, and Jadyn Trone (Desert Mountain)
Bob and Kitty Lind (Chaco Compound)
Krisan Smith (Mountain Highlands)

To keep our Adopt-a-Highway active, we are committed to holding a formal event twice a year. I am thinking our next cleanup will be sometime in October, 2022. If you are interested in volunteering. please email me at mlesher222@comcast.net and I will add you to my list!

 
Michele Lesher
April 25, 2022
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By Reg Rider

Pinion Tree Spraying

High Desert has an outbreak of Pinon Needle Scale. Yellowstone Landscape is mobilizing to control the outbreak.  An estimated 600 Pinon trees will be sprayed but not all are infected. About 530 trees are in the Common Areas and 70 in communities.  
 
The control agent to be utilized Safari 20sg Insecticide for the Pinon Needle Scale and is an Industry Standard and widely used by Yellowstone. The Active ingredient is Dinotefuran (N-methyl-N-nitro-N” {(Tetrahydro-3-furanyl methyl)guanidine}
 
Safari is a super-systemic insecticide with quick uptake and knockdown of pest and includes Scale (Armored and Soft) for Ornamental Plants and Forest Foliar or Broadcast Spray Application Outdoors for Christmas Trees in plantation including Conifers, Forests and Wooded areas. Safari is water soluble and applied as a foliar spray.
 

Safari is a particularly good choice when trees are heavily infested, especially when trees are already declining. It will control Infestation for one or two years.

 
Residents need to be aware of where and when the spraying will be done. Yellowstone will sign sprayed areas 48 hours before treatment. Signage will be left for 12 hours after spraying. A schedule of treatment will be provided by April 25, 2022.
 
Children and pets must be kept away from sprayed areas until the spray has dried, approximately 1-2 hours. 
March 29, 2022
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VM Nominating Process

The current Nominating Committee goal is to set up a more transparent and inclusive system for the High Desert homeowners to become Board Members.

We are following the Nominating Committee Charter, including collecting the Statements of Interest from candidates and ensuring they are in compliance. We are available to educate homeowners on Board responsibilities, duties, and time commitments. We will provide a forumm for all candidates to discuss HOA challenges and visions for the future.

If you or a friend want to learn about the Board, please contact Camille Singaraju, Nominating Committee Chair, so we can set up and informal meeting.

Voting Member Nominating, Election Schedule, and Process

  1. For questions and answers about the nomiation process, contact Camille Singaraju at bsingaraju@msn.com or 505-821-6887.
  2. Thursday, April 7, 2022, is the last day to submit a Statement of Interest.
  3. Nominating Committee will request the following information from the candidates: 
    a. Biography and responses to five questions
    b. During the first and second week of April, a Nominating Committee Forum will be scheduled
    for each candidate to:
    i.   Provide information on board members' responsibilities;
    ii.  Provide the committee an opportunity to ask questions/discuss candidate responses to the questions; and
    iii. Finalize the responses in preparation for distribution to the Voting Members.
  4. Saturday, April 16, 2022, distribute each candidate's biography and responses to questions to Voting Members through Google Discussions Group and encourage Voting Members to distribute these to all homeowners.
  5. Saturday, April 23, 2022, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. open Zoom meeting for homeowners to meet the candidates and ask questions.
  6. Thursday, April 28, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Voting Members meeting for Board member elections:
    a. Entertain nominations from the floor for additional candidates.
    b. Allow nominees from the floor an opportunity to discuss their qualifications and visions for the future (10 minutes each); and
    c. Allow prior nominees an opportunity for any further discussions (5 minutes each).
March 28, 2022
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By Michele Lesher

Upcoming Tramway Cleanup!

Hi Everyone,

I would like to have a Tramway Cleanup day on Saturday, April 23 (the weekend after Easter). I confirmed this date with NMDOT, so we are good to go! I have scouted our our stretch, and it looks like there is a large assortment of food wrappers, paper, etc., so our work will really make an impact.

We will start at 10:00 a.m. in the Albertson's parking lot. If you will be able to make it, please let me know so that I have enough supplies. If you wish, 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!

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

March 18, 2022
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Get “Reverse 911” Emergency Calls to Your Phone!

These automated calls direct from Bernalillo County alert you to wildfires, severe weather, crime, traffic, missing persons, etc.
 
 
Note: Bernalillo County uses the Nixie notification system, and FAQs regarding Nixie are available at: www.nixle.com/resident-faqs/
 
For additional information about wildfires and precautions that residents can take, please see our Fire Safety page.
 
Thanks to our Wildfire Preparedness Committee for finding this resource for us!
March 10, 2022
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High Desert Park Playground Renovation Continues

High Desert Park's playground renovation is actively underway. Although completion of the project is still a few weeks away, demo is completed and installation of new equipment has begun. Residents should be aware that the engineered wood fiber (EWF) surfacing will have a first load delivered on Monday, March 14th. As a result, the roundabout near the parking lot will be temporarily be blocked off, but the parking lot will remain open. This load of EWF will be removed from the roundabout area and placed within the play area that week. Then the roundabout will be open again. Note that this is just the first load of EWF. It’s anticipated that the next load of EWF will arrive closer to the timing of the equipment installation completion. The roundabout will be temporarily closed again when that occurs.

Thank you for your patience during this renovation!

March 02, 2022
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HOAMCO OFFICE REOPENS!

HOAMCO's office has reopened for in-person visits since Covid cases in New Mexico have been falling. That said, please consider the health of our High Desert office staff and conduct as much business as possible remotely. The office staff can be reached by emailing highdesertmanager@hoamco.com or by calling 505-314-5862. The office is now open for walk-ins Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Appointments are encouraged.

October 05, 2021
ANNOUNCEMENT

Global Announcement

UPCOMING TOWN HALL
Thursday, May 12th @3:00 p.m.
via Zoom. Register here!
ATTN GATED VILLAGES
If your gate call box does not respond, put your phone on speaker
and press 9 twice. Parts and update are on order.