Notes From the Road: Ducklings and Bridges

Family of ducks at the Sunrise Springs Resort Pond

Sunrise News
Feathered friends: In the last few of days we have had a visit from a momma duck and her six teenage ducklings, and just yesterday another mother duck showed up with brand-new ducklings in tow. We figure they were hatched at a neighboring pond and visit the Sunrise Springs for the view and abundance of food.

Its official! The hydrotherapy area will be officially opened on July 2. Congratulations to all who were involved in the remarkable construction project.

When the Sunrise Springs property was acquired in 2013, there was no bridge across the pond. The only way to get from the “upper” to the “lower” property was to drive down or take the stairs (at the time, awkward and uneven) by the Moonhouse or the steps at the south end of the pond. It wasn’t easy. I remember the day the bridge arrived on a semi-truck. A crane expertly and carefully lifted the bridge and slowly maneuvered it toward its destination. There was a collective sigh of relief from the observers as the bridge settled into place. In that one moment, after many, many years, the upper and lower parts of Sunrise were finally connected.

Facilities Updates
After observing their work over the last three years, I can’t say how impressed I am with how quickly and efficiently our maintenance team works. They are the guys that fix the leaky faucets, replace light bulbs, and construct patio gates. Headed up by Facilities and the crew is overseen by his right-hand man. It is a good team and we should all appreciate their work. Next time you see them please thank them for all they do for Sunrise.

Community News
As do many communities in New Mexico, La Cienega has water problems. Ours are the result of an extended drought, the overuse of the aquifer, and by the proliferation of residential wells throughout Santa Fe. La Cienega is a spring-fed valley, the result of long ago volcanic activity that created a basalt wall on the northwest side of the valley. Underground water flows hit the basalt wall, pushing the water flow up and creating the springs that feed our ponds, creeks, wetlands, and acequias.

Over the last forty years, local ranchers and farmers have witnessed a gradual diminishment of water available for the area’s centuries-old agricultural traditions. What was missing in the farmer’s and rancher’s argument was scientific information to document their claims. Recently that has changed and the aquifer levels are now being monitored to measure fluctuations. This scientific information will be used to help enforce local watershed regulations.

Guest Comments from the Road

“Four days is not enough I am coming back to stay longer.”

“I believe all the Sunrise employees enjoy, and have a deep feeling, for the work they do.”

Carl Dickens

Carl Dickens, Human Resources Coordinator
Carl Dickens grew up in New Mexico, his parents having met and fallen in love here. After a brief stint in Alaska, the family returned to the warmth and light of the high desert. Carl was raised in the farming community of Los Ranchos, in the North Valley of Albuquerque, among alfalfa fields and arroyos. He began working at Sunrise Springs in 1984, the same year he and his young family moved to the valley. Carl remained at Sunrise Springs for five years, returning again in September of 2012. Carl is active in the local community and is passionate about the history of the area, preserving its agricultural traditions and water conservation.