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Rio Rancho city council approves controversial zoning change

RIO RANCHO, NM (KRQE) – The Rio Rancho city council unanimously approved a controversial zone change, during their Wednesday evening meeting.

Now, the developer is hoping it can work with neighbors in the area to smooth things over.

The Unser gateway in Rio Rancho is booming with more and more houses being built, and a long list of projects in the works.

"You look around and you still see an enormous amount of raw land, but underneath things are really starting to bubble," said Jeanie Springer with Springer 5 Investments.

One of those projects, Unser Pavillion West, is going to take place on the corner of Wellspring and 21st Street, right behind Unser Pavillion.

"We’re looking for some bigger users that are going to bring jobs and economic growth into this area," said Springer.

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Editorial: Why isn’t NM replicating its top-performing schools?

Albuquerque Institute of Math and Science has again been ranked by U.S. News as New Mexico’s top public high school and one of the nation’s 250 best.

A charter school that serves about 330 students in grades 6-12 from a broad geographic and socio-economic cross-section of the Metro area, AIMS has a stellar graduation rate and proficiency numbers in the 90s for math and reading. It can’t cherry-pick students, as by statute admissions are by lottery, and the waiting list is over 1,000.

So you would think state and local education and political leaders would be doing everything they could to replicate this kind of student success. And this being New Mexico, you of course would be wrong.

In fact, the Rio Rancho School District has been fighting tooth and nail to keep AIMS from establishing a W...

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Rio Rancho Animal Control Wish List

Rio Rancho Animal Control has created an Amazon Wish List where anyone can order food and supplies for dogs and cats at the shelter.

You can either send items directly to the shelter or have them shipped to your own address and drop them off yourself at 3441 Northern Blvd, Rio Rancho NM 87124.

To view the wish list, click here.

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Caught on camera: Teens steal gun from Rio Rancho truck

With the latest school shooting in Texas fresh on the minds of many, a Rio Rancho couple is worried after young thieves stole a gun from them. Amy and Jared Lawson said thieves didn’t seem to notice the security cameras while breaking into the truck parked in their driveway on Tuesday in a neighborhood near Unser and Northern.

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Rio Rancho’s biggest yard sale draws in community members

The city’s Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department coordinated the event at Cabezon Park Saturday for the town’s biggest yard sale. People KRQE News 13 spoke to say it’s a great way to clean out the garage while helping others find unique treasures.

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Rio Rancho Public Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Sue Cleveland on challenges and what works – Albuquerque Business First

Dr. Sue Cleveland has been the superintendent of Rio Rancho Public Schools since 1994 when the district opened. Born in Albuquerque, Cleveland graduated from Sandia High School and got her undergraduate degree at the University of New Mexico. She received her master’s at New Mexico State University and her Ph.D. at the University of Houston before moving to South Carolina, where she was superintendent of schools in Cherokee County.

Rio Rancho Public Schools went from 5,900 to 17,000 students in roughly 20 years. As of the 2016-2017 school year, Rio Rancho Public Schools has 17,082 students. It is also the only district among the largest five New Mexico school districts to receive a B grade. The district’s budget that year was $180...

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Santa Fe, Rio Rancho to vote in new mayors

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – New Mexicans are heading to the polls in several cities across the state Tuesday.

Santa Fe voters have a big decision on their hands in electing a new mayor. Current Mayor Javier Gonzales had originally planned to make a run for lieutenant governor once leaving his mayoral post. Those plans changed when he announced in February that his heart was not in the race and will be returning to the private sector once his term ends.

All eyes are on the capitol city as it rolls out a new “ranked choice voting” system, which means voters will rank their options for mayor. If no candidate receives 50 percent of the vote, then the candidate with the lowest amount of votes is taken out of the picture and the voters’ next choices are re-tabulated.

Rio Rancho is also looking to vote i...

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Rio Rancho gym to hold free self-defense class for women

RIO RANCHO, N.M. The moves being taught at G3 Combatives Training Center in Rio Rancho aren’t ones you’d ever want to use in a real-life situation. Grijalva teaches people how they can protect themselves and said if someone enters your home, you have to be prepared to think on your feet.

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There are 3 comments on the KOB-TV story from Friday Apr 20, titled Rape suspect’s arrest reignites pretrial detention debate. In it, KOB-TV reports that:

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. On Friday afternoon a man accused of brutally raping a 60-year-old woman faced a judge, who ruled that he stay behind bars without bond partly due to the fact he’s been arrested half a dozen times in just two years...

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William Sayner

William V. Sayner

William "Bill" V. Sayner Jr., AB ’57, SPH ’62, GSD ’63 passed away on January 12, 2018, at the age of 82. After completing his undergraduate degree at Harvard College, Sayner spent three years at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque as a Navy Reserve Officer before entering into the GSD’s Master in Architecture program in 1960. He soon, however, felt the call of service and left the GSD in 1963 before graduating to join the Naval Civil Engineer Corps in Vietnam. Sayner served in various posts throughout the world before retiring in 1978 with the rank of Commander. Thereafter he worked as an executive in burgeoning Silicon Valley while receiving a master’s from USC and license as a civil and industrial engineer...

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Builders ramping up for construction season

Builders are ramping up for construction of new single-family homes in the Albuquerque metro area just ahead of spring/summer homebuilding season.

DR Horton led in the number of homebuilding permits pulled in February, according to new numbers by the Albuquerque New Housing Market Letter, a monthly publication of DataTraq.

The report says Horton was issued 31 permits for its Enchanted Hills, Mariposa/The Peaks and The Trails/Taos subdivisions.

Pulte Group followed with 28 permits issued during the month.

Construction is underway at this DR Horton community on Albuquerque’s West Side. (Steve Sinovic/Albuquerque Journal)

Homebuilders requested 147 permits in February, 37 percent of which were for homes in Rio Rancho. The number was a slight increase from January, when there were 123 permits.

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