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Rio Rancho homes in NM 528 area to experience water shutoff

From April 25 at 9 p.m. until April, 26 at 5 a.m., the City of Rio Rancho will be working on utility lines on Kim Rd. Northern Blvd, and NM 528.

At that time, houses east of NM 528 and between Northern Blv and Idalia Rd, and west of NM 528 in locations of Northern, Saratoga Dr, Kim Rd, Pasilla Rd, and Idalia Rd will have no water service or will experience low water pressure.

Crews are performing maintenance on infrastructure as part of the Industrial Loop Water Line Project. Click here to view additional information on the project.

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Rio Rancho’s newest ‘suite’ spot

This is a rendering of what will be The Suites at Rio Rancho, a 32,000 square foot skilled nursing facility on Westside Boulevard, which should be open by the end of May. (Rendering courtesy of Adam Herrington)

Construction on a new 32,000-square-foot skilled nursing facility on Westside Boulevard is well underway, according to Adam Harrington, chief financial officer for the project.

According to Harrington, the new building, named The Suites at Rio Rancho, has been under construction for six months with plans to open by the end of May.

The Suites at Rio Rancho is being constructed with a $6.5 million construction budget, and is planned to have 47 beds upon completion.

Harrington did not comment on how many jobs this facility may create.

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She Smiles Through Cancer Diagnosis In Charming Instagram Posts

RIO RANCHO, NM — What would Marge Simpson, G.I. Jane and Fräulein Maria from "The Sound of Music" do if they received a breast cancer diagnosis? Beth Pendergrass, of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, is portraying those characters and others in Instagram posts to help lift her spirits as she fights the disease.

Pendergrass has channeled Lucille Ball, Barbra Streisand, Robin Williams’ Mrs. Doubtfire, Marilyn Monroe and Sleeping Beauty. Her favorite impersonation is the silent film icon Charlie Chaplin, who wrote one of her favorite songs, "Smile," which is particularly apropos given her goal with the Instagram posts.

Her parade of stars on Instagram started as a joke last year after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She began losing her hair, so she cut it short...

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House Republicans propose budget plan with rebates

SANTA FE — In a rare move for the minority party, House Republicans have unveiled an alternative spending plan to a Democratic-backed $7 billion budget proposal that’s expected to be voted on tomorrow by the full House.

House GOP members acknowledged it’s unlikely their plan will move forward, as Democrats hold a 46-24 majority in the chamber.

But the Republicans said New Mexicans should at least be presented with an alternative to a budget bill they described as unsustainable.

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“We are being asked by families in our districts to be the rational voices in Santa Fe,” Rep. Jason Harper, R-Rio Rancho, told reporters.

The $6...

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Ornamental chitalpa may have a downside

READERS: Last week I answered a question for J.M. in Rio Rancho about planting a chitalpa tashkentensis in his landscaping. As an ornamental they sure are pretty, so I recommended yes, the chitalpa was a nifty tree. I’ve since been taught that the chitalpa stock available nowadays is very likely infected by an incurable disease called “Xylella fastidiosa.”

Ms. J.C. of Rio Rancho took the time and offered me, in a most pleasant, polite and informative manner, lots of pertinent information about the chitalpa. Evidently, she has several mature and young chitalpas and they were/are declining. So, she researched what could be the cause of her trees having lots of brown leaves and others in her “housing development landscaping” showing quite a bit of branch die-back.

On the NMSU website she foun...

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Letters to the Observer: Children should not pay to participate in or attend extracurricular activities

When I moved my family out here 30 years ago, this city gave me hope for the future. It was a city filled with the aged.

The problems addressed back in the ’80s were about the needs of the old. The ’80s brought new housing and young families. Children became a priority.

We built new schools that are the envy of APS. We have amazing schools with great new progressive teaching in robotics, art, academics and sports.

This is the best city to live in this state. We are still 48th in the nation in many poverty statistics.

Getting children involved in activities surrounding extracurricular activities costs money and family time and extra sacrifice. Many families cannot afford this because of the financial restraints among family resources and paying the rent, etc.

In order for all school childre...

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Let’s take a look at what happened here in 2018

From left, Rio Rancho Public Schools COO Mike Baker chats with RRPS Safety and Security Executive Director Mike Padilla and security guards Don Mangin, Larry Tafoya and Vince Valdez. Photograph By: Gary Herron/Observer

As we prepare to enter 2019, the Observer takes a look back at the biggest stories of 2018, including elections, a history-making approval of a Right-to-Work ordinance and debate over a county oil and gas ordinance.

Here’s our summary, compiled by Editor Argen Marie Duncan and staff writers Gary Herron and Diana Cervantes.

January

The public learned of the deteriorating state of Sandoval County Detention Center when county leaders spoke at listening forum local legislators held on Jan. 11.

County Manager Diane Maes and Special Projects Coordinator Fred Marquez said the jail ...

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Foreign students have nice apartments to live in

Students from all over the world have got dreams of getting admission in higher universities. They want to travel form one place to another in search of education. This s the best way of getting information and enhance your knowledge. The universities in Virginia also welcome the foreign students to take admission in them. There are apartments like Virginia apartments that give these students place to reside. These apartments are very much affordable and offer the students discounts as well. It depends on the students to buy them on contract or take them on rent.

Here are some tips for the foreign students to take these amazing apartments for themselves:

The students all over the world travel to newer places to study...

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Apartments in Virginia facilitate your journey

Nice flooring, open and wide terrace, huge rooms and baths, fully equipped kitchen and all other facilities, these are only a few facilities that are available with the apartments in Virginia. There are many people who love to stay in apartments because of these apartments. But apartments do not offer these facilities to only locals; the foreigners are also welcomed by these apartments. With the advent of the apartments, the tourist industry has also got some bonuses. Here we are going to discuss the basic benefits of apartments for the tourists.
Virginia is a nice place to visit and travel. Every year thousands of tourists come to see this place. It has got variety of fruits and flower plants that make this place more beautiful. The beaches are so clean and eye catching...

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