First-Ever Rio Arriba Day at the Legislature a Success!

The first-ever Rio Arriba County Day at the New Mexico State Legislature was a big success on February 18th, with over 30 participants who hosted booths showcasing culture, art, tourism, health care, environmental sustainability and community-based programs. Hundreds flocked in to learn about some of Rio Arriba’s most abundant treasures and advancing endeavors. The public also got to enjoy live performances from the Ohkay Owingeh Ice Mountain Dancers and singer, Miguel Timoteo.

“As the Commission Chair of Rio Arriba County, it is a pleasure to have the public, esteemed dignitaries and noteworthy entities and organizations take part in this very special day,” said Commissioner Barney Trujillo during the event press conference. “Rio Arriba County day is one that will go down in history, not only for our County Government, but for the residents of our communities…Whether you came to learn about our top safety-rated hospital, or came to see the beautiful pieces from some of our most talented artists, one thing is for sure: you will leave here today knowing that Rio Arriba County is rich with people who are hard-working, passionate, traditional, joyous, full of life and giving by nature.”

“Rio Arriba is the place to be,” said Commissioner Montoya, as he commented on the food, culture and unique landscape that makes up the County.  

“Cooperativeness, investment and faith in what we can accomplish, are all things that have made Rio Arriba a place that residents enjoy and love,” added Commissioner Garcia.

Additional speakers included Representatives Debbie Rodella, D-Española, and Nick Salazar, D-Ohkay Owingeh, and State Senator Richard Martinez, all of whom honored County Commissioners, County Managers and County staff on the senate floor, while officially proclaiming February 18th as Rio Arriba County Day, recognized by the state.

“We were quite pleased by the outcome of this event,” said County Manager Tomas Campos. “Our staff worked diligently to coordinate it, and did a great job executing something that had never been done before. I believe it is events like this that our County can refer to with pride and joy.”

According to RAC Public Information Officer, Erika Martinez, plans are to continue this event annually.

Participants included:

  • Santa Clara Pueblo
  • Santa Clara Development Corporation (SCDC)
  • Puye Cliff Dwellings
  • Northern New Mexico College 
  • New Mexico State University Extension Office 
  • Abiquiu Inn 
  • Village of Chama 
  • RAC Fair Association
  • High Road Artisans
  • Abiquiu Studio Tour
  • Dixon Studio Tour 
  • El Rito Studio Tour 
  • Jemez Mountain/Santa Fe National Forest Partners
  • Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area  
  • El Centro Family Health 
  • Espanola Presbyterian Hospital  
  • Rio Arriba Food Policy Council 
  • Rio Arriba Health Council  
  • Espanola Farmer's Market 
  • Espanola Community Market 
  • Espanola Valley Womens’ Health 
  • La Clinica del Pueblo de Tierra Amarilla 
  • Rio Arriba Magazine 
  • Tewa Women United 
  • Hoy Recovery Program
  • F & R Martinez Orchards
  • Coop Weed Management Area for RAC 
  • Inside Out
  • RAC Indigent Program
  • RAC Recreation Department
  • RAC Clerk's Office 
  • RAC Senior Programs  
  • RAC DWI Program
  • RAC Health and Human Services 
  • RAC Sheriff’s Office

-Erika L. Martinez, February 2013