Homemakers reach out to clients in quarantine

By Amy Byres Sandoval County homemakers know how to make a house a home. According to county Frail and Elderly Program Manager Raymond Gonzales, a “homemaker” is someone who visits the frail and elderly and provides the following services: light housekeeping, laundry, assistance planning and preparing meals, and shopping for groceries and other items. They also provide a respite service, … Read More

County jail keeps virus cases low

By Amy Byres The Sandoval County Detention Center has not had a COVID outbreak come from within the facility since the start of the pandemic, said jail Director Gilbert Armendariz. According to the New Mexico Corrections Department, there have been over 2,440 COVID cases in the state’s correctional facilities, with over 25 deaths, as of press time, and 209 active … Read More

Businesses get millions in CARES funds

Nearly $3 million has been allotted in grants from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act to local businesses in Sandoval County.According to Director of County Business and Economic Development Dora Dominguez, from the CARES Act, Sandoval County was awarded about $965,000 and local municipalities were awarded the following amounts: • City of Rio Rancho: about $466,000,• Town of … Read More

County hosts graduation ceremony for employee

Sandoval County Chairman Dave Heil handed Health Screener, Yatziri Carrillo, her High School Diploma in the Commission Chambers on December 16, 2020. Carrillo, who has been working for Sandoval County since the Covid outbreak, took all of her courses online due to social distancing regulations. Carrillo was informed in early December that she had received enough credits to graduate. To … Read More

Zia Pueblo Tribal leaders join SCFR Chief to usher in a new era of safety

A Press Conference was held at the Zia Fire Station on December 14th, 2020 to honor a cost sharing agreement between the Zia Pueblo and Sandoval County. This agreement will help hire six new first responders that will cover the five County fire districts that run through many of the unincorporated areas. Speakers at this event included: Sandoval County Fire … Read More

Emergency manager earns state award

In a year like 2020, it is safe to assume an emergency manager comes in handy. The state Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) has named Sandoval County’s Seth Muller as Emergency Manager of the Year. DHSEM Preparedness Bureau Chief Wendy Blackwel nominated Muller. “Seth is always working to be a leader and better the world, even when … Read More

New Temporary Animal Shelter

A new seven pen temporary animal shelter was placed on the north end of the Sandoval County Administration campus today 11/19/2020. The Sheriff’s Office, which is the animal-control authority in Sandoval County, will maintain the operations at the shelter. This new high-quality, climate-controlled tiny shelter is meant to house animals on a short-term basis before they’re returned to an owner … Read More