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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.


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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NM Tech Council Deborah Breitfeld CEO – Albuquerque Business First

The New Mexico Technology Council, an organization working to promote the growth of the state’s tech industry, has hired Deborah Breitfeld to be its new executive director, according to a press release Friday afternoon.

The leadership change comes just under two months after Dean Gallagher was hired to be the president and CEO. Gallagher had previously worked at the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce as senior vice president of membership development and sales, according to previous Business First reporting.

Gallagher left NMTC because he received another job opportunity, according to NMTC Chairman Curt Schatz. Schatz declined to disclose that opportunity.

Gallagher had no immediate comment, nor did Breitfeld.

Schatz also said Breitfeld has been on NMTC’s radar for some time...

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Sandoval County Candidates continued

Primary elections are coming up June 5 and early voting runs through June 2.

The Observer has asked Sandoval County magistrate judge candidates to answer a series of questions. We reproduce their answers here.

All candidates were held to a limit of 600 words. If anyone went over that limit, his or her answers were cut from the bottom to meet the limit exactly.

Q1. In your own words, what would you say is the biggest issue facing Sandoval County Magistrate Court today?

Q3. In your own words, explain why you want this position.

Q4. How can this position contribute to reducing crime in your district?

What is your political/ professional experience? First time candidate / Paralegal/ Legal assistant 19 years total experience NM 2nd and 13th Judicial District Attorney’s Office...

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The Latest: Hundreds of Aztec students gather for ‘walk-up’

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – The Latest on the nationwide student walkout in New Mexico: (all times local):

11:35 a.m.

Hundreds of students at a New Mexico high school still reeling from a deadly shooting in December gathered Wednesday to remember the 21 students who have died in school shootings across the U.S. in recent months, including two of their own.

Student leaders at Aztec High School had asked administrators for time to “walk up” rather than walk out. Many students donned the school colors and one held a sign that read “Time for Change.”

Jesse Smith was among the crowd. The 17-year-old senior said the event was not about protesting for gun safety but rather for honoring the students who have died and setting the stage for what he called a positive movement.

Part of that movement at A...

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Rio Rancho organization seeks support to expand unique tutoring program

Students at one elementary school will be getting a jump start on their reading skills all thanks to one local organization’s unique tutoring program. The Rotary Club of Rio Rancho wants to help more elementary school students improve their reading.

Start the conversation, or Read more at KRQE Albuquerque.

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Rio Rancho official proposes naming road after Sen. Pete Domenici

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RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) – A Rio Rancho city councilor wants to honor former U.S. Senator Pete Domenici with a road.

City Councilor Jim Owen has created a resolution asking the New Mexico State Transportation Commission to consider designating New Mexico 347/Paseo Del Volcan as Pete V. Domenici Memorial Highway.

New Mexico’s longest serving senator died earlier this month at the age of 85.

The full council is set to vote on the proposal during a meeting Wednesday night at 6 p.m.

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