Labor Day Closures

In observance of Labor Day, City of Rio Rancho offices and facilities will be closed on Monday, Sept. 7.

Neighborhood safety

District 5 City Councilor Larry Naranjo is hosting a public meeting to discuss safety issues in neighborhoods. The meeting will take place at the Meadowlark Senior Center, 4330 Meadowlark Lane, on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

Personnel from the city’s Police Department will be on hand during the meeting. For information about the City of Rio Rancho, visit">

Club Culturale Italiano

Club Culturale Italiano will resume its general meetings on Thursday, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Lieutenant William Sibrava Substation, 10401 Holly NE, in Albuquerque, with parking on the east side of the building.

The club will be discussing forthcoming events and new ideas. Everyone is welcome. Beverages and dessert will be provided following the meeting.

For more information, call 828-2903.

Task force to meet

The Sign Ordinance Advisory Task Force is seeking input regarding the city’s sign ordinances.

Citizens are encouraged to attend a public meeting with the task force at 6 p.m. on Thursday, at Rio Rancho City Hall, 3200 Civic Center Circle NE. 

The Sign Ordinance Advisory Task Force and its membership were established by the Rio Rancho City Council with the purpose of reviewing sign ordinances to ensure that the needs of citizens and businesses are being met. Upon completing their review, the task force will provide a list of recommendations to the council for consideration.

For more information about the task force including future meeting dates and times, visit the city’s Web site,">

Development manual

A draft version of the City of Rio Rancho’s Development Manual is available via the city’s Web site,">

The document will be available for review and comment — using the e-mail address — until September 30.

At the conclusion of the review and comment period, a final version of the Development Manual will be placed on the city’s Web site. The Development Manual contains policies and procedures routinely used by the city as well as design criteria that allow for the development of the city in an orderly manner ensuring public health, safety and welfare.

‘Cop Talk’ on the air

A new episode of “Cop Talk” is now airing on RioVision, the City of Rio Rancho’s public, education and government cable channels.

In this latest installment, host Officer John Francis provides tips for parents including information on stranger danger, the Amber Alert System and the Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

“Cop Talk” episodes air daily on RioVision — available to Cable One subscribers — on cable channel 15 at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Channel 22 shows this program at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

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Police efforts pay off

The Rio Rancho Police Traffic Unit conducted a School Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (S.T.E.P) from August 17 to August 28, concentrating on school zones. The unit issued a total of 133 citations. Of those citations, 71 were for speeding, six were for seat belt, five were for child restraints, one for a suspended/revoked license, 17 were for uninsured motorists and 33 other type of traffic violations.

With enforcement efforts in those areas, no crashes were reported in and around school zones during school hours.

Women Make a Difference

Women Make A Difference will host “Money Attitudes: How Your Money Personality May Be Sabotaging Your Business Success,” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Friday, Sept. 18, at Tanoan Country Club, in Albuquerque.

Speaker Kelly Chicas, from Albuquerque Family Counseling will host the event. Cost is $27 per person. For more information, contact Val Romero at 362-8546.

History initiatives at the library

The Local History Room staff announces two new initiatives: monthly programs on local history and a revived Rio Rancho Historical Society.

The first program will be local author and historian Don Bullis speaking on “Rio Rancho: Its Place in New Mexico,” on September 19, at 10:30 a.m. in the Loma Colorado Main Library auditorium.

Immediately following the program at 11:30 a.m. will be the first meeting of the Rio Rancho Historical Society, revived now so that those with an interest in local history can work together to ensure the preservation of Rio Rancho’s past and present.

The original Rio Rancho Historical Society was founded as the Rio Rancho Historical Committee in 1998 and renamed the Rio Rancho Historical Society in 2003. The committee collected and preserved materials from the early years of Rio Rancho and worked with Judge Richard Wiles to complete his three volume history of the city, “Rio Rancho, New Mexico: A Record of Progress,” now available for consultation in the library’s Local History Room. The committee disbanded in 2007 following the deaths of founding members Judge Wiles, Homer Knearl, and Glenda Mowry’s husband, and the collection and its papers were given to the Local History Room by Glenda Mowry.

The society is looking for speakers on topics related to Rio Rancho and New Mexico history, donations of Rio Rancho memorabilia, early residents with stories to tell, and people to help in the Local History Room. Donations the society covets are any items relating to the history of Rio Rancho, including old photographs, school yearbooks, phone directories, posters, flyers, and committee minutes.

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Fall BBQ time

Enchanted Hills Neighborhood Association holds its annual Fall BBQ on Sunday, Sept. 27, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Mountain View Park, 6441 Grayson Hills Dr NE, in Rio Rancho. The event is free for Enchanted Hills residents. For sponsor and vendor information, contact Cheryl Everett by e-mailing or visit">

Mayor’s talk show

The latest episode of Mayor of Rio Rancho Tom Swisstack’s talk show has begun airing on the city’s public, education and government cable channels.

In this installment, Mayor Swisstack interviews Dr. V. Sue Cleveland, superintendent for Rio Rancho Public Schools, and Mrs. Rio Rancho, Nicole Bent.

Conversations with Mayor Swisstack can be seen on RioVision cable channels 15 and 22 for those Rio Rancho residents who are Cable One subscribers. The mayor’s talk show airs each day on channel 15 at 6, 7:30, and 11:30 a.m. and 5 and 8 p.m. Channel 22 shows this program daily at 8 and 11 a.m., and 6 p.m.

Approximately every four weeks, a new episode airs on both cable channels in their regular time slots. In addition, episodes are posted to the city’s Web site,">, shortly after a new episode debuts on RioVision.

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