Deming High Lady Cats on softball tournament trail to Rio Rancho, NM

Lady Cats face Piedra Vista at 3 p.m. on Thursday in first-round action of 24-team bracket
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DEMING – Deming High Softball Coach Noel Nuñez is calling the Kristin Griego Invitational Softball Tournament larger and more competitive than the Class 5A State Tournament. “There will be a lot of premier Class 5A and 6A schools attending, and if you make it to the top five – you stand a good chance of getting into the state tournament and competing for a championship,” he told the Headlight in an interview on Wednesday, March 21.

The Lady Cats were scheduled to meet Piedra Vista High School at 3 p.m. in Thursday’s first round of the 24-team, three-day bracket. A first-round win would guarantee a five-game spread over the weekend. A loss would bring a four-game spread.

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Rio Rancho man’s custom truck lands him on new TV show

Matt Allen is among 50 truck owners competing to win $10,000 on the History Channel’s "Truck Night in America." Each episode features five drivers in their own customized vehicles going head-to-head in three challenges, testing speed, strength and handling.

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Deming Wildcat wrestlers show promise for next season

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DEMING – Seven teams were legitimate contenders for the Class 5A State Wrestling Championship, held on Feb. 16-17 in Rio Rancho, NM, and Deming High School was among the seven, according to DHS Coach Phillip Almanza. A sixth-place finish did not sit well with Coach Almanza and the Wildcats but he told the Headlight how tough he thought the tournament bracket was for team and individual titles.

“This is not where we wanted to be, of course. But if those teams were to wrestle today, there would be a different winner,” Almanza said.

Aztec claimed the state team title with 194 points. Los Lunas finished runner-up at 185.5 and Belen was third at 151 team points. Valencia scored 135, Farmington was at 128.5 and Deming totaled 127.

Sophomore Daniel Perez led seven Wildcat wrestlers who ...

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DON BULLIS Ellos Pasaron Por Aqui: Rio Rancho land has a rich history of ranching

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It is difficult to imagine, as one drives along NM 528 from Rio Rancho’s south limit to US 550, that the land on both sides of the road has a significant past dating back 8,000 years into pre-recorded history and more than 300 years when Spaniards began keeping land ownership records.

New Mexico historian Marc Simmons reported that when the area was excavated in the 1960s, more than 40 Folsom man (8500 to 7500 BC) campsites were found. Some have been excavated, many have not.

Early man departed and left little behind but desert: land adequate as cattle and/or sheep grazing land, and not much else.

But in 1710, about 100,000 acres of it (some sources say 89,000 acres) became the property of Spaniard Francisco Montes Vigil as a grant of land made to him by King Philip ...

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Rio Rancho, NM (87144) 10 Day Weather

DayDescriptionHigh / LowPrecipWindHumidityTonightFEB 17Mostly Clear–32°10%SSW 3 mph 69%SunFEB 18Partly Cloudy/Wind61°39°10%SW 23 mph 47%MonFEB 19Partly Cloudy/Wind56°24°10%SSW 30 mph 46%TueFEB 20Partly Cloudy38°17°20%W 16 mph 35%WedFEB 21Sunny43°24°0%SSE 9 mph 35%ThuFEB 22Partly Cloudy51°26°0%SSE 16 mph 37%FriFEB 23Mostly Sunny51°26°0%WSW 15 mph 34%SatFEB 24Partly Cloudy52°26°0%W 15 mph 27%SunFEB 25Mostly Sunny53°25°0%WSW 16 mph 28%MonFEB 26Sunny52°27°0%SW 11 mph 31%TueFEB 27Mostly Sunny54°26°0%SW 16 mph 29%WedFEB 28Mostly Sunny54°27°0%WSW 12 mph 28%ThuMAR 1Mostly Sunny55°29°0%SW 14 mph 31%FriMAR 2Mostly Sunny57°29°0%SW 11 mph 32%SatMAR 3Partly Cloudy58°30°0%WSW 14 mph 29%

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Service retailers lack e-commerce competition

This Massage Envy franchise near Paseo del Norte and Ventura NE is advertising for employees. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Whether it’s a large national chain like Bed Bath & Beyond shuttering a store or a small boutique such as soon-to-close Gallery One in Nob Hill, it sometimes seems nearly every week brings news of a retailer giving up the ghost or scaling back operations.

Brick-and-mortar businesses, especially those dealing in apparel and soft goods, are struggling to restructure and reinvent themselves in the face of e-commerce competition.

But the metro area’s commercial real estate industry players see a lot of opportunity in service-oriented businesses – restaurants, coffee shops and juice bars, gyms, barbershops, cellphone stores – to lease empty s...

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Black bear captured in Rio Rancho

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE)– New Mexico Game and Fish along with Rio Rancho Police have captured a black bear that was seen roaming around Rio Rancho.

The bear was captured late Sunday morning in the area of Wellspring Avenue and 20th.

Game and Fish says they believe this is the same bear that sparked an hours long hunt on Friday in the area of Rainbow and Tulip.

Officials say it took two tranquilizer darts to sedate the large bear.

According to Game & Fish, there have been no reports of damage or injuries caused by the bear.

The bear will be checked out and relocated back into the wild.

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Burned body found in Rio Rancho is a woman; Name not known

RIO RANCHO, N.M. — Sandoval County Sheriff’s officials say a burned body found in northwest Rio Rancho is an adult woman, but her identity still isn’t known.

They say the body was burned beyond recognition when a passer-by found it Saturday afternoon.

Sheriff’s officials say the incident is being investigated as a suspicious death.

The Office of the Medical Investigator is working to identify the woman and determine when and how she died.

Deputies also are looking through reports of missing people.

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Bed Bath and Beyond to close at Ventura Place in northeast Albuquerque – Albuquerque Business First

This story has been updated to include a statement from Bed Bath and Beyond.

Ventura Place, a shopping center on Paseo Del Norte in the Northeast Heights of Albuquerque, is losing one of its major tenants.

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. will close its location at 8850 Holly Ave. NE by the end of the month, according to Pegasus Group LLC President Anthony Johnson, who is the company’s New Mexico broker. Signage announcing the closure is up at the store too.

"[Bed Bath & Beyond] could not come to terms with existing ownership on a lease renewal rate," Johnson said about the Holly Avenue store’s decision to close.

The New Jersey-based home decor store was leasing about 28,000 square feet...

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