Rio Rancho Speed Vans Don't Know Where They Are

Apparently the City of Rio Rancho’s Robot speed enforcement van’s don’t know where they are.

The speed limit in the neighborhood is 25 mph and Trujillo was ordered to pay $100 for speeding. She was driving 41 mph on Idalia Road when the speeding van clocked her.
Rio Rancho police said it was a human error and they’re going to dismiss the ticket. Police said tat least three others have come forward and their tickets were also dismissed.

Only three people have come forward but how many were incorrectly ticketed? Will the city of Rio Rancho just keep the money unless someone questions their ticket? Clearly they don’t have officers reviewing these tickets from the speed vans (and perhaps the red light speed cameras) for mistakes, After all the purpose of the speed vans are a way for the city to make money.

Computers are only as good as their programming, and when you put a computer in charge of enforcing people to behave this is the results.

Albuquerque Craigslist Trucks: 1964 Ford F100, 1955 GMC, 1955 Chevy, 1936 Chevy and 1976 Ford F100

As my own 1997 Ford Ranger is about to hit 150,000 miles, I’m starting to think about if I want to keep it as major components are most likely to fail. Some old trucks on Albuquerque’s craigslist encourage me to hold on to it.

My dad had a 1966 Ford F100 longbed exactly like a 1964 F100 Longbed that is listed, including the “three on the tree” manual shifter. It’s what I learned to manual shift on and it’s why I will never own one (mostly because the clutch was screwed up). I also ran into the 1966 Ford with our Dodge Ram Charger. The owner wants $1350.

1964 Ford F100
1964 Ford F100
MUST SELL! 1964 FORD F100 LONGBED. BEEN PARKED FOR 20 YEARS BUT DOES RUN. GREAT FOR FINISHING UP THE RESTORATION. NEW CARBURATOR, BATTERY, BRAKE SEALS, MASTER CYLINDER, OIL PRESSURE SENDING UNIT…ETC.
THIS IS NOT A NEW TRUCK! BODY IS GREAT, NEEDS PAINT. ONLY RUST ON TRUCK IS ON THE FLOOR FROM THE WINDOW BEING DOWN OTHERWISE RUST FREE!
PLEASE SERIOUS CALLS ONLY, TRUCK HAS NOT BEEN DRIVEN IN A LONG TIME AND IS NOT REGISTERED BUT HAVE CLEAR TITLE.
IT HAS A STRONG CLUTCH AND IS ALL ORIGINAL RIGHT DOWN TO THE 6 CYLINDER ENGINE AND THE 3 SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION SHIFT ON THE COLUMN.
NOT MUCH NEEDED TO RESTORE, ALSO HAS BFG 31 X 10.5 X 15″ TIRES AND CHROME STEEL WHEELS FROM A 92 MODEL.

A 1955 GMC Truck appears to be running. I especially like the grill.

1955 GMC Truck
1955 GMC Truck
1955 GMC TRUCK
NEW 350 MOTOR, NEW TRANNY
DISC BRAKES, NEEDS A NEW PAINT JOB, AUTOMATIC
ASKING $8,300 OBO

Comparing the 1955 GMC to a 1955 Chevy truck for $5700, I still like the GMC’s grill more.

1855 Chevy Truck
1955 Chevy Truck
1955 CHEVY TRUCK short bed step side 3100. This truck has a 350 motor That runs strong with a brand new wiring harness it also has new Dual flow master exhaust system the cab coners have been cut out and replaced it has new tires all the way around this has alot of potential for a builder and has virtually no rust also has chrome grill it has the original trans 4 speed with granny it is 12volt. runs strong all glass, priced at 5,700 and is titled here in New mexico call Robert for further info or for more pics 9XX-XXX2 might consider trade on C5 Corvette, I dont respond to text messages if ad is still posted I still have it. Thanks and good day

The oldest truck I’ve seen on craigslist is a 1936 chevy pickup truck for $16,000.

1936 Chevy Pickup
1932 Chevy Pickup
2 owner chevy pickup truck runs and drives see pics the truck is very clean the paint and motor fan and battery are not reg the fan elc 12 volt battery trades welcom no junk please

There were quite a few 1970 Ford’s but a 1976 Ford F100 seemed like the nicest one. At 74K miles, seems hard to believe for $2500.

1976 Ford F100
1976 Ford F100
I am regretfully selling my 1976 Ford F100 pickup, my original plan was to fix it all up and make a nice street cruiser, I have yet to have been able to find the time or money to do so. The truck is as original as they come, the water pump and distributor (along with plugs and wires) are the most recent things done to it. It is a standard cab with a 6 foot bed, 2wd, 302 V8 and three speed on the tree. I was told I was the third owner and that the 74,XXX miles that are on it are original and that it has not been turned over. The truck runs great and fires up every time, just needs a good home. I am looking at getting $2500 o.b.o. So serious buyers and cash only (no payments). Respond to this by email or call me at XXX-XXXX, leave a message if I don’t pickup, and I can send more pics or answer any questions. Thanks

Lets All Panic About Nuclear Reactors!

Little Boy

The local TV news KOB would like everyone to know that UNM’s Nuclear Engineering Lab has a 1966 built nuclear reactor. Now panic.

It is a lesser known fact that UNM has a nuclear reactor on campus. Students use it for training. But in light of the threat of nuclear meltdown in Japan, some are wondering if it is even a good idea to have it.

It’s not a lesser know fact anymore since KOB is questioning if UNM should have one. Meanwhile New Mexico has a large number of military labs (maybe the most of any state) where nuclear bombs have been made for years (and who knows what other kinds of experimental weapons). New Mexico is the home of the Manhattan Project after all.

Meanwhile while everyone is panicking, they are buying out the local stock of potassium iodide.

Missing Person Looking For The Lost Dutchman Mine

Superstitions

People are still looking for the Lost Dutchman Mine in the Superstition Mountains in Apache Junction, Arizona. Including Jesse Capen who disappeared looking for it in January of 2010.

He had planned to return to Denver in time for Christmas, but he either walked away or was taken from his campsite, and his whereabouts remain a mystery. He could have been bitten by a rattlesnake, shot by another prospector or fallen and broken his leg and been devoured by a bear, Burnett said.
“Deputies suspect foul play may be involved because there is no sign of him,” she said. “Even if he would have been eaten by wild animals, there would be shoes and clothes left behind.”

Capen, who had never married, worked a graveyard shift as a bellhop at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel the past 11 years. For 10 years, he spent his free time studying the legend of the Lost Dutchman mine.
“This is beyond obsessed,” Burnett said. “He has more than 100 books and maps on the legend. This was like research for a Ph.D. This is a classic case of a man’s search for treasure.”

I’ve been camping a few times in the Superstition Mountains when I lived in Arizona as a kid. It’s hard to believe that a area relatively close to a major city, with today’s technology of Google Maps and GPS locators that someone could disappear so easily.

As far as I know, Jesse Capen has not been found.

Cows And Guns In Rio Rancho

Back in October, the local news station KRQE recently two stories about Rio Rancho. I like living in Rio Rancho, I like being on the edge of civilization and I will deal with the occasional scorpion, dust storm. Or cows.

When I moved here 15 years ago I used to drive around in the desert that is now Northern Meadows. There were cows then just like there are cows now.

Residents in Rio Rancho’s North Meadows say they don’t know what to do with a growing problem. A cattle herd has been traveling from the west ends of the city limits into neighborhoods causing car crashes and eating gardens at some homes.

Another thing I did when I moved here was to go out and shot guns at the end of Southern Blvd. Then there wasn’t a house in site but now that the area has developed, people, not me, are still out there shooting.

That’s because Sara–who asked News 13 not to use her real name because she fears retaliation–lives in an area that is a popular but illegal shooting range. She said she often hears nonstop gunfire, especially on weekends, from people shooting weapons in the desert near her home at the far west end of Southern Boulevard near 38th Street.

Having people guns near and at your house makes having a cow problem not so bad.

South Side Gate Replacement

Residential fencing in albuquerque and Rio Rancho used to be made of wood until the last 20 years or so. While they build fences of block now I have a older house and all of the fencing and gates are made of wood. For whatever reason a large amount of it has decomposed and fallen down mostly since I moved in.

Before new gate

The gate on the south side of the house is the worse and it’s also the primary access to the back yard with a vehicle. I decided it was time to get off my butt and replace it with not only a fence that isn’t falling but with one that has more privacy.

I didn’t go into this project with any detailed plans. I knew I wanted to bring the gate to be flush with the front of the house, the old gate sat back about 6 feet. I also wanted a short gate for people and a long gate for vehicles with a 5 foot fence section at the edge of the property.

First gate post put up

I started by adding a single post on the first day to get an idea of what I was doing. I dug a hole, leveled a 4×4 redwood post and anchored it with some quick setting cement. That was it for the day. The next day the City of Rio Rancho inspector came by and red tagged the house due to the old falling gate and “debris” they could see in my back yard.

I found the timing strange and I have to wonder if someone called or the inspector just saw the work I was doing and decided to complain.

Side fencing installed

It took another day to build the corner which consisted of the 5 foot fence section and tying into the old fence. The biggest difficultly was positioning the sections of 2x4s around a rather large yucca. The plant is nice looking but very pointy and I left quite a bit of blood on the plant.

Majority of the gate is done and I have some issues to address

The main part of the fence was completed 2 days after I started. I had to go back at least three times and redo the position slats since I screwed up the level. I know several ways not to level fence slats.

The continuation of this project will be to clean up the river rocks on the side and level the ground. I also need to continue with the 6 foot fence along the south side of the property.

Chandler Heart Attack Grill Spokesman Dies

From my home town of Chandler, Az. This story will probably make headlines due to the assumed irony. However it does not appear his death had anything to do with a heart attack.

River, who stood 6-foot-8 and weighed about 575 pounds, gained a measure of fame in the past year as spokesman for the Heart Attack Grill, a west Chandler restaurant that specializes in thick hamburgers and fries. He died on Tuesday at the age of 29.

The cause of death is currently unknown, but friends are speculating that it was the result of his contracting pneumonia after a bout with the flu.