County’s Vehicle Maintenance Manager Driving into Retirement

In 1994, with the housing industry in midst of a downturn, James Aguilar closed his Santa Fe-based home framing business and returned to his roots as a mechanic. He accepted a job with Sandoval County because, “I decided it was time to get something stable.” Twenty three years later, Aguilar, now the county’s manager of vehicle maintenance, is scheduled to … Read More

St. Felix Awarded County Contract to Provide Mobile Food Pantry

The Community Services Division is privileged to announce our expanded partnership and support of St. Felix Pantry, a Sandoval County based nonprofit providing essential services within the community for decades. To help provide low-income residents in rural regions with greater access to healthy foods, the Community Services Division will host the Mobile Food Pantry according to the following schedule: The … Read More

County’s El Zocalo Center hosting rural economic development forum

The last in a series of forums focusing on economic development in rural central New Mexico communities will take place in Bernalillo on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. This forum will focus on the challenges, barriers, smart goals, and assets to formulate a concise framework for the drafting of a regional economic development plan. The meeting is part of a collaborative … Read More

Meeting on artwork for the new Bernalillo Senior Center is Nov. 6

Public officials are in the process of choosing artwork for the new senior center that’s scheduled to open next spring in the Town of Bernalillo—and they’re seeking public input. The only thing decided at this point, is that as much of the art as possible will be works by Sandoval County artists, and they should convey a sense of community. … Read More

Most Sandoval County taxpayers will pay less property taxes this year

The Sandoval County Commission will approve 2017 property tax rates this week—and county taxpayers will be pleased to know those rates are lower than they have been in many years. These lower rates are due largely to two specific factors: Sandoval County voters decided in last year’s election to discontinue the 4.25 mill levy going to local hospitals The Sandoval … Read More

Dr. James F. Holden-Rhodes officially assumes District 1 commission seat

Dr. James F. Holden-Rhodes took the oath of office to assume the District 1 seat on the Sandoval County Commission on Thursday, September 7, 2017. He then immediately participated in his first commission meeting. That marked the first time the commission has operated with a full complement of members since former Commissioner James Dominguez resigned from the board in mid-June. … Read More

New District 1 Commissioner to be sworn-in

The new county commissioner for District 1 is scheduled to be sworn in on Thursday, Sept.7, 2017. The ceremony will take place at 5:50 PM in the county commission chambers. New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez appointed James Holden-Rhodes to the county comiision on August 28, 2017. Holden-Rhodes retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel after 31 years of military service … Read More

County Commission proclaims April Senior Volunteer Month

With very little notice—and no pay—a dedicated group of senior citizens is constantly working to make Sandoval County a better place to live. Each year, this dedicated group volunteers thousands of hours serving other Sandoval County residents, primarily through one of three programs: Retired Senior Volunteer Program Senior Companions Foster Grandparents. The Retired Senior Volunteer Program, also known as RSVP, … Read More

County Manager Rios retiring May 31, 2017

Sandoval County Manager Phillip Rios has announced his intention to retire from public service on May 31, 2017. Mr. Rios has worked for Sandoval County for nearly 20 years, serving as director of community services and public works, respectively, before being named interim county manager in April 2011. In October 2011, Mr. Rios signed his first contract to become permanent … Read More