Large Shopping Center At 40th & Northern

According to the Albuquerque Journal, a 350,000 sq/ft shopping center, called Loma Colorado Crossing, is coming to Rio Rancho this Fall. It will be at northwest corner of 40th street and Northern.

The article also indicates that a Lowes might be built there. Whether or not it is, a large shopping center is needed around that area. Hopefully with a grocery store and a gas station.

Native New Yorker Coming To Rio Rancho

My favorite wing place from Arizona is coming to Rio Rancho (and Albuquerque).

A Gilbert-based restaurant chain is expanding outside Arizona. This year, Native New Yorker expects to start opening restaurants in New Mexico. Four eateries in Albuquerque and one in Rio Rancho are planned, said Mario Altiery, president of Upside Group, a franchise consulting firm working with the company.

“The Native” as we refer to it, was my favorite wing place. If only In-N-Out Burger would follow.

Burned Up Wire Nut

Near the end of last summer, I had a power outtage. After the outage my swamp cooler thermostat would show the temp of 22 degrees, which I assume was the lowest temp the thermostat can read. The damage was probably from a power surge.

swamp cooler power wire nutNow the thermostat seems to correctly read the temp, but I wanted to replace it anyways. So I pulled out the wiring and found wire nut that holds the main power wires together has burned up. It looks like it shorted out, for lack of a better explaination. Thankfully the wiring is all contained in a metal box becasue the inside of the box, near where the wire nut was placed, looks like was burned.

It’s very strange, this has to have happned since I moved in becasue I replaced the thermostat. Everything still works fine. What would cause a wire nut to burn up?

Housing Sales Fall

Monthly home re-sales continue to slip – New Mexico Business Weekly

The 14 percent, representing the sale of 741 homes last month vs. 861 homes sold during the same month last year, is for detached, single family homes and is a continuing trend that dates to mid-2006. With fewer buyers in the market, the average days on the market has gone from 72 days in February of 2006 to an average of 82 days this February. Month-to-month, there was a 3 percent decline in the number of new listings for sale, a dip from 1,952 in January 2007 to 1,897 in February.

There are three houses for sale on my street, they have sat there for a few months. Glad I’m not selling, wish I had some money to buy.

New Mexico Might Declare Pluto a Planet

What the hell? New Mexico Might Declare Pluto a Planet (Via Slashdot.)

“Wired and others are reporting that for New Mexico, the fight for Pluto is not over. Seven months after the International Astronomical Union downgraded the distant heavenly body to a ‘dwarf planet,’ a state representative in New Mexico aims to give the snubbed world back some of its respect. State lawmakers will vote Tuesday on a bill that proposes that ‘as Pluto passes overhead through New Mexico’s excellent night skies, it be declared a planet.’ The lawmaker who introduced the measure represents the county in which Clyde Tombaugh, Pluto’s discoverer, was born. For many of us old timers, and those who had the honor of meeting Clyde, this just causes a belly laugh and is pure fun. Not to mention a bit of poking a stick in the eye.”

USDTV Goes Out Of Business

USDTV was a service that gave out a set top box and sent cable channels over the air, using digital TV signals. Albuquerque was one of the few cities to have this service. They have announced the service is dead.

An Open Letter from USDTV

Dear USDTV Customers, Colleagues and Friends;

We are deeply saddened to inform you that we are ceasing operations and closing down the USDTV service. We are doing this after nearly four years of pioneering efforts to bring you a low-cost family friendly alternative to cable TV.

The closure is due to a funding withdrawal from our major investor, who has experienced a financial setback in another business.

We are giving you the option of keeping or returning your USDTV receiver.

We have made arrangements with a third party installation company to convert the USDTV set-top box so as to continue receiving free over-the-air local digital and high definition TV channels without the USDTV cable service.

For more information on the set-top box conversion or other items please visit:

We have made arrangements with other TV service providers to provide you with a special offer if you choose to subscribe to another service. Go to: Special TV Service Offer for more details.

If you have any questions please email us at:

We want to thank you for your loyalty and apologize for any inconvenience this closure may cause you or your family.

We also express appreciation to our colleagues and friends for their support and belief in us. They’ve helped our Utah-based team accomplish many historic firsts in the broadcasting industry. As a result thousands of you have enjoyed and benefited from the savings and family friendly programming USDTV provided.

Our passion was to help families save money on their cable TV bills and provide a service that had a higher quality of cable networks. We were and still are concerned about the increased availability of extremely violent and pornographic content now available on cable & satellite services.

Again, we thank you for your support and belief in us.


The USDTV Management Team

Dumping Skinned Coyote Carcasses Illegal, Skinning Them Not

Rio Rancho man accused of illegally dumping coyote carcasses (Via Free New Mexican).

A Rio Rancho man faces charges of illegally dumping about 20 skinned coyote carcasses in an arroyo west of the city.Coyotes are not a protected species in New Mexico, and it is legal to hunt the animals. However, Undersheriff Tim Lucero said it is illegal to dump carcasses in that part of Sandoval County. County ordinance makes violators liable to 364 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000 for dumping.