Wrong Items Donated To Rio Rancho Goodwill

From the Rio Rancho Observer “Bullets, pipe donated to Goodwill

Someone donated bullets and a duffle bag holding smoking paraphernalia to Goodwill last week.
According to a Rio Rancho Police report, an officer went to Goodwill at Southern and Unser about 10:45 a.m. Feb. 12 after employees sorting through anonymous donations found a glass pipe in a black Adidas bag and various calibers of ammunition in other property. There were 50 .22-caliber rounds, three 12-gauge shotgun rounds, a .410-shotgun round and what appeared to be one .22-caliber rifle round.
The items were entered into evidence at RRPD.
About 3 p.m. the same day, the officer went back to Goodwill after dispatch was told a man claiming to own the Adidas bag was at the store. The man told the officer he’d just gotten out of the hospital and a friend told him his property had been dropped off at the store.
The store manager said there was no way to verify who left the bag in the donation trailer, and the officer couldn’t charge the man claiming to own the bag because he couldn’t verify the owner of the pipe, according to the release.

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Rio Rancho Police Save A Coyote

Coyote seen on the way to work

Photo is not of the actual coyote

A great story from the Rio Rancho Observer “Officers rescue entangled coyote for resident“.

The coyote was thrashing against the fence, and the wire was cutting into its leg. Marshall said officers are authorized to shoot animals if they need to, but she didn’t want to do the paperwork for discharging a firearm or decide whether the coyote lived or died.
“I just figured I had to try something,” she said.
Valdez found a metal pole; he and Marshall climbed over a low cinderblock fence and up an icy stone retaining wall to the coyote.
“They didn’t even bat an eyelash,” LoGuercio said.
Valdez used the pole to keep the coyote’s head down so it couldn’t bite as Marshall worked the wire free from its leg.
“I was surprised,” Marshall said. “It didn’t growl at us, nothing.”
Before long, the coyote was free and ran onto the mesa like it wasn’t injured, she said.

Didn’t want to do the paperwork? Right.

HP In Alpharetta Costs Rio Rancho Jobs

HP Facility in Rio Rancho, NM

In 2009 HP took the jobs from Colorado Springs to open a customer support center in Rio Rancho. HP is taking 200 of those jobs and moving them to Alpharetta, Georgia. From the Rio Rancho Observer “HP cutting 25% of local workforce“.

Hewlett-Packard is moving almost a quarter of its Rio Rancho positions to Georgia.
HP spokesman Michael Thacker said the corporation is moving about 200 local jobs in the Customer Solution Center to Alpharetta, Ga. The announcement was made Monday.
Rio Rancho employees may or may not move with their jobs, he said. HP will decide who moves and keeps their jobs, but Thacker said specifics weren’t available yet.
Mayor Tom Swisstack said the positions would be moved by Oct. 31.
“That’s a hard hit, a hard transition for the city,” he said. “Their average jobs paid about $50,000 a year.”

HP will have to pay the city as part of a clawback provision.

HP must pay a penalty each year it fails to meet its employment requirement from now until the end of the 15-year agreement. The size of the penalty is determined by multiplying the average shortfall throughout the year by the annual value of the incentives.
For example, if HP maintains its current level of 860 full-time equivalent employees this year, it will owe the city $53,715.08 next January.

HP will have to pay Rio Rancho roughly the cost of a yearly salary for one employee. I’m sure that will be covered by one of HP’s layoffs.

What’s bad for Rio Rancho is good for Alpharetta. At no time has HP actually created any new jobs.

Don't Hit A Cow In Rio Rancho

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There are too many issues with cows in northern Rio Rancho. It surprises me that the owners of the cows aren’t more concerned with where the cows are. If they don’t care about potential car accidents with someone being harmed or killed, I would expect they would be concerned about what is their lively hood. I’m afraid that someone will die before something is done about it.

This letter to the editor of the Rio Rancho observer “If you hit a cow, make sure you have NMLB phone number to verify owners” documents one persons attempt to hold someone accountable.

I want to share the following information with my fellow Rio Rancho residents. On Sept. 20, 2010, about 8 p.m., I slammed into a cow on Unser Boulevard near Progress Road.
In 2010, there were 10 accidents involving cows and, luckily, none of us was killed. I’ve spent the last 2 years working to hold someone accountable, including the City of Rio Rancho, to keep residents safe, but to no avail.
Also, I’ve also done lots of research to help us. I contacted the New Mexico Livestock Board (NMLB) after my incident and gave the NMLB administrator the cow’s ear tag number that the Rio Rancho police officer retrieved after my incident; the administrator told me it was a King Ranch cow and that the “family should be sued for negligence.”
I took the King Ranch brothers to court but the administrator testified that she never told me it was a King Ranch cow and that the cow’s ear tag is not the identifier. The case was dismissed on Sept. 20, 2012 with still no one held accountable.
If you or someone you know has an incident involving a cow, ask the officers to contact the NMLB at 841-6161 to identify the cow by its brand; the NMLB is the only entity that can identify cattle. Also, Rio Rancho is a “fence out” area meaning that cattle owners have the responsibility to keep their cattle fenced out of our highways.
We only have ourselves to help with the cow situations; let’s keep passing valuable information to each other.

No Hockey This Winter At The Santa Ann Star Center

The Santa Anna Star Center was built in Rio Rancho to primarily be a venue for the New Mexico Scorpions hockey team. Not only are the New Mexico Scorpions not playing there, the New Mexico Mustangs won’t be playing there either according the the Rio Rancho Observer “Mustangs ‘inactive’ for season“.

The New Mexico Mustangs, who called the Star Center home for the past two seasons of North American Hockey league competition, were officially “granted inactive status” by the NAHL and will not compete in the league in the 2012-13 season.

A ticket to a Mustangs’ game wasn’t exactly the hottest item in town: The team drew an average of 802 fans for each of its 29 home games in 2010-11 and then 721 fans for each of its 30 home games in the just-completed season.

The situation with the Santa Anna Star Center was covered by the New York Times in 2011. The company that convinced the city to build the center, Global Entrainment, went around the country getting a lot of cities to build similar arenas making promises that didn’t come true.

The Village At Rio Rancho Will Be Here Some Day

The Village At Rio Rancho, a Albuquerque Uptown style outdoor shopping center, is still coming soon. According to the Rio Rancho Observer the city planning and zoning was to approve the plan on January 24th (and they did) which would allow the developer to start work on the Cinemark movie theater.

Building a new movie theater so close to the recently built Premiere Cinemas is a mistake according to me. I’m more interested in having the rest of the complex built where I predict there will be an Apple Store.

Intel Gets A New Air Permit

KRQE reports:

RIO RANCHO, NM (KRQE) – Intel has cleared a major hurdle that could lead to a bigger plant in Rio Rancho with more jobs. The New Mexico Environment Department approved Intel’s request for new air permits.

“This sends a very positive sign that New Mexico is open for business,” Rio Rancho Economic Development Director Noreen Scott said.

Sources tell News 13 a multibillion dollar expansion is in the works that could add hundreds of jobs.

Intel would not confirm that plans are already on paper but released a statement to News 13 saying, “While Intel has not announced plans to expand its New Mexico facility, approval of Intel’s permit revision helps pre-position the site for future growth.”

The Rio Rancho Observer also has an article on the new permit and the equipment that could be installed.

The proposed modification consists of the installation of seven thermal oxidizers, 10 cooling towers, one boiler, three ammonia treatment systems and one bulk specialty solvent waste-treatment system. This equipment would be needed – and only installed – if Intel made the decision to expand its local facility, Davidson reiterated.

Meanwhile silica emission were tested and deemed to be safe.

Intel hopes the testing of silica emissions from its Rio Rancho plant will assuage fears of Corrales residents who say it made people sick.
A recent report by a Corrales-based task force formed to study silica emissions said sampling done in December revealed the stacks at the computer chip plant emitted 0.00050 pounds of crystalline silica per hour, or 1/55,000 the level considered safe by the Community Environmental Working Group. The Intel-sponsored group developed the level based on data from the state of California.

Some Corrales residents won’t be happy with either of these developments.