County OKs replenishing economic development funds

By Matt Hollinshead for the Rio Rancho Observer BERNALILLO — Seeing continued job growth it supported in recent years, the Sandoval County Commission unanimously approved a resolution to replenish the county’s economic development funds Wednesday. The new money comes from economic development projects, frequently payments in lieu of taxes that companies make under industrial revenue bonds. Commission Vice Chairman Dave … Read More

Commissioner serves with insurance authority

Sandoval County Commissioner Michael Meek has been elected to the New Mexico County Insurance Authority board of directors. NMCIA members vote on directors in three population categories Jan. 18. Meek was elected in the Class A population. All directors will serve a two-year term. NMCIA is a county insurance pool that provides coverage for workers’ compensation, property, liability and law … Read More

County wins first audit and accountability award

Sandoval County won its first audit and accountability award at the state level during Thursday’s New Mexico Counties Legislative Conference, according to a press release from NMC. NMC and State Auditor Brian Colón presented awards to Sandoval County and six other New Mexico counties for their work on financial audits for Fiscal Year 2020, per the release. The release also … Read More

The Importance of Community Medicine in a Rural Area

By Stephen Montoya It’s no secret that hospitals nationwide are experiencing an influx of patients given the scope of the global pandemic. With this knowledge firmly in place, a few Sandoval County Fire & Rescue personnel are at the forefront of a community medicine program that could help alleviate patient numbers at emergency rooms in the future. Lt. Shannon Farrell, … Read More

Rio Rancho Iron Works latest recipient of ARPA funding

“Better Than Donuts,” said, Rio Rancho Iron Works owner (Sharon Luna) and her son Nathanial Anaya pictured (left to right) who received $20,000 Sandoval County Small Business Continuity Grant (ARPA) early this morning. For Sharon these grant funds will support employee salary expense to ensure orders are filled. The operations continues to accommodate existing appointments with walk-in orders and follow … Read More

El Zócalo complex boasts history, event space, revenue

Story by Gary Herron of the Rio Rancho Observer El Zócalo is a historical building Sandoval County now uses as an event space and visitors center. Gary Herron photo. BERNALILLO — How does that old phrase go? “What was old is new again,” or something like that? That wording can adequately describe what’s going on the with historic El Zócalo … Read More

Galloping Goat Pumpkin Patch celebrates its 15th anniversary

What has become a City of Rio Rancho staple in October is turning 15 years old this Friday 10.1.2021. The Galloping Goat Pumpkin Patch began in 2006 as a way to offer families a wholesome and fun atmosphere nearby, said GGPP Founder Max Wade. “After sitting out for a year, due to the pandemic, we fine-tuned a few things for … Read More

County clerk, students film ad to increase turnout in school elections

Story and photo by Matt Hollinshead with the Rio Rancho Observer BERNALILLO — Taking center stage showcasing Sandoval County schools ahead of the local elections, several local youth enjoyed being part of that greater cause. The youngsters went in front of a camera Sept. 17 at Bernalillo Elementary School for a public service announcement overseen by the Sandoval County Clerk’s … Read More

Family ranch offers diverse backdrop for filming

What was originally purchased as free roaming ranch land in the 1600s has become one of the most active filming sites in Sandoval County. The Baca Ranch, located on NM 313 in Algodones has been host to several movies and TV shows, which include Breaking Bad and Terminator Salvation. Currently, the Baca Ranch is being used to film the ABC … Read More

American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funding

Sandoval County currently has $1 million of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding, which can be used to address the negative economic impacts caused by the public health emergency. Grants will first be prioritized to those businesses that did not receive County CARES Act Funds due to unavailability of funds or for businesses with costs that exceeded the $20,000 limit … Read More