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Editor’s note: The following information was taken from Rio Rancho Police reports. Names are withheld because one person charged was a minor and the adult’s records aren’t available on the New Mexico courts website. Because we don’t have those records, we don’t yet know if formal charges wer… Read more

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Some Rio Rancho residents have expressed concerns about dogs at the city animal shelter being wet after recent snow and about animals not appearing on the shelter Facebook page, but officials say the animals are being properly cared for and short staffing has hindered social media postings. Read more


For many sports fans, basketball season is a real pleasure to enjoy. And this winter, it’s been a pleasure for the city’s four varsity coaches, as all four teams are ranked among Class 5A’s top 10: Cleveland and Rio Rancho are ranked 2 and 7, respectively, in their poll, the Storm and Rams g… Read more


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Starting a new year, many of us find ourselves making resolutions or asking deep philosophical questions like, “Why am I here?”

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Should Rio Rancho consider a ban on single-use plastics, such as grocery bags and straws?

*Observer polls are not scientific.*

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