Going through the process again

(Kaktus Brewery owner talks about reopening business) By Stephen Montoya BERNALILLO – its standing room only on a sunny Friday afternoon in April, as Kaktus Brewery Owner, Dana Koller, prepares to open his business for a second time.   Koller had to close his brewery back in November of 2020 because of social distancing guidelines mandated by the state during … Read More

An optimistic view for the future

                                         (Bernalillo Mayor takes stock in his community’s history) By Stephen Montoya BERNALILLO – It’s nearly been eleven years since town of Bernalillo Mayor Jack Torres was elected into office. In that time, Torres said he has seen his fair share of change take place throughout a town he has called home since he was a child. “Growing up here … Read More

Bernalillo’s drive-thru shot clinic sings its last hurrah

Story and photos by Amy Byres with the Rio Rancho Observer About 5,000 COVID-19 shots have been administered in Bernalillo at a drive-thru shot clinic at the town’s recreation center. Sandoval County Fire Rescue Chief Eric Masterson said the demand has almost been met in the demographics targeted, making Thursday’s drive-thru event the last. However, if demand increases, Masterson can … Read More

Economic Gardening garners praise from local businesses

Story by Amy Byres with the Rio Rancho Observer The Sandoval Economic Alliance “Economic Gardening” pilot program participants marked it a success.At the SEA virtual luncheon March 25, participants discussed their experiences.Kristin Browning-Mezel is an owner of Mezel Mods, a manufacturing company that uses 3D printing to modify pinball machines. The Rio Rancho-based company has five employees and was established … Read More

Staying connected in Cuba, New Mexico

Superintendent of Cuba Independent Schools, Dr. Karen Sanchez-Griego sits on a stone that will act as student’s chair for an upcoming outside classroom in Cuba, New Mexico. Sanchez-Griego has worked hard in the last three years since becoming the Superintendent of Cuba Schools to help kids get laptops and reflective reading material.

Sandoval County chaplain retires after a decade of service

Story and photos by Amy Byres with the Rio Rancho Observer After a decade of helping Sandoval County first responders cope with the sacrifice of serving, Senior Chaplain Kathy Thibodaux is retiring.Thibodaux started the chaplaincy program in 2011 under late county Fire Chief Jon Tibbetts. Before that, she worked as a hospice nurse for 30 years and a disaster chaplain … Read More

Second Gentleman visits Santo Domingo Health Center

Photo provided by Roberto Rosales with the Albuquerque Journal The Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff toured a COVID-19 vaccination site at the Santo Domingo Health Center in Kewa Pueblo on Wednesday 3/17/2021. New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and Kewa Pueblo Governor Sedelio Tenorio, Sr. joined him on the tour. Mr. Emhoff highlighted how the American Rescue Plan will ramp up … Read More

Meet Sandoval County’s first deputy county manager

Story and photos by Amy Byres with the Rio Rancho Observer BERNALILLO — The new deputy county manager said he is the best at being the second in charge.Robert Doucette began the new position in January.“I was taught a long time ago — and I think it’s great advice — when you go into a new organization, if you go … Read More