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Mar 31, 2017

Each year, this dedicated group volunteers thousands of hours serving other Sandoval County residents, primarily through one of three programs:

• Retired Senior Volunteer Program
• Senior Companions
• Foster Grandparents.

Jan 30, 2017
Mr. Rios has worked for Sandoval County for nearly 20 years, serving as director of community services and public works, respectively, before being named interim county manager in April 2011.
Oct 27, 2016

This meeting—like the previous one—is aimed at seeking joint solutions to issues that affect all county residents. Topics to be discussed include:

  • Public safety
  • Community health/mental Health
  • Infrastructure
  • Establishing priorities for the upcoming legislative session. 
Sep 16, 2016

Census data shows that 12.6 % of Sandoval County residents live in poverty. That’s not as large as the statewide rate of 21.3%, but it still means a fair number of county residents are in need when it comes to access to adequate nutrition. Representatives from the Roadrunner Food Bank brought this numbers to light during a presentation at the September 1, 2016 meeting of the Sandoval County Commission.


Feb 12, 2016
Joe Sierra, Rio Rancho market president for Century Bank, advised business owners seeking bank financing to start talking with bankers before submitting a loan application. “If you start talking to your bankers early, you can eliminate a lot of the hurdles,” he said.
Dec 22, 2015

Sandoval County Offices will be closed on Thursday, December 24, 2015 and Friday, December 25, 2015.
All offices will maintain normal business hours Monday, December 28 through Thursday, December 31, 2015. Offices will be closed on Friday, January 1, 2016.

Dec 17, 2015
The Sandoval County Landfill will have varying hours for the rest of the year to accommodate the holidays.
Dec 11, 2015
From Dec. 17 to 23, the intersection of Idalia and Camino Encantadas will be closed. The entrance to the county courthouse and administration building, which are just east of this intersection, will remain open.
Nov 20, 2015
For $15.00, you can purchase a cookbook with more than 300 recipes submitted by the same people who make blankets to comfort children in times of crisis. Proceeds from the sales of the “Quilters Cookbook” will be used to purchase materials for making more of those blankets.
Nov 18, 2015

The Sandoval County Treasurer’s Office is making it possible for property owners to save time, paper and money by opting to receive their tax bills electronically.


Nov 9, 2015
This DWI Awareness Day event will take place on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho. The program is scheduled to run from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, with a reception to follow.
Nov 9, 2015
Treasurer Laura M. Montoya will have Sandoval County Tax Researcher Liaisons visiting Senior/Community Centers throughout the county to assist with questions and payments of property taxes. They will be accepting property tax payments by cash, check, debit/credit cards and money order. In addition to the outreach services, the Treasurer has provided convenient methods of payment and locations during the November/December tax season.
Nov 4, 2015
The National Association of Counties (NACo) Live Healthy program offers all county residents the opportunity to save money with discounts on everyday prescriptions, dental and health services and procedures. Residents can save an average of 24%* off the retail price of prescription medicine and 5% to 50% on the cost of dental and health check-ups, cleanings, fillings, vision services, hearing aids, diabetes supplies, prepaid laboratory tests and more.
Nov 3, 2015

The Community Health Program will provide individuals and families the opportunity to work with trained professionals to review coverage options, find out if they qualify for financial assistance, and sign up or re-enroll for a plan that meets their needs.

Nov 2, 2015
The building, equipped with a full-service kitchen, cost $555,230 to build. The CDBG grant covered $460,745 of that cost, with the remainder coming from county funds.
Oct 30, 2015
The Sandoval County Treasurer’s Office has shown a steady increase in the amount of property taxes collected over the past five years. The overall collection rate has improved, thanks in part to a new emphasis on pursuing delinquent accounts before they are transferred to New Mexico Department of Taxation and Revenue’s Property Tax Division (PTD).
Oct 28, 2015
Following three hours of discussion, including breakout sessions on the five major topics, it became clear that all communities across Sandoval County have similar priorities.
Oct 28, 2015
The presentation was given by Community Partners, Inc., a Tucson, Ariz., company that has been contracted to help the county create a coordinated behavioral health care system within Bernalillo County.
Oct 12, 2015
The hearing will begin at 10:00 am in the County Commission Chambers on the third floor of the County Administration Building, 1500 Idalia Rd, in Bernalillo. Seniors 60 and older can arrange free transportation to the meeting by calling 505-867-7535.
Oct 12, 2015

Seven health council members will be completing their terms at the end of 2015, which is why new members are being sought. The council is particularly in need of members who understand the health care needs of underserved groups such as low-income residents, people dealing with mental health or substance issues, or Native American families.

Oct 9, 2015

The county commission issued a proclamation formally designating the period from Friday, October 23, 2015 to Friday, October 30, 2015 as Red Ribbon Week in Sandoval County. While all county residents are asked to support the campaign by wearing red ribbons, the county’s DWI Prevention Program staff will focus its education efforts on middle school and high school students

Oct 6, 2015

This meeting is designed for government leaders to seek joint solutions to issues that affect all county residents. 

Sep 16, 2015
The Sandoval County Fire Department created this 8-week program as a means of helping county residents understand how fire and emergency medical personnel go about their jobs.
Sep 14, 2015
At the state fair, as they do at many other community events, program representatives will answer questions about the voting process for all citizens. They also can assist citizens with voter registration.
Sep 2, 2015
Lieutenant Charlie Molinari and Assistant Chief Brian Culp of the Sandoval County Fire Department recently completed the first half of a two-year course of advanced officer training at the U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy.
Aug 27, 2015
The Sandoval County Fire Department was featured in a story on KRQE News 13 highlighting a new firefighting technique known as SLICERS. The key letter in the acronym, as the New 13 story notes, is the C, which stands for Cool from the safest location.
Aug 21, 2015
This two-day motorcycle trek through northern New Mexico is fundraiser for 4-H youth programs operated by the New Mexico Cooperative Extensive Service. The pre-race reception is scheduled from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm on Friday, August 28, 2015. Opening ceremonies kickoff at 7:30 am Saturday, August 29, 2015, with riders scheduled to their northward trek at 8:30 am.
Aug 11, 2015
In exchange for the free training and certification, class participants must agree to spend 4 to 6 hours per month volunteering to help conduct juvenile offender mediations for the first year after completing training. After gaining mediation experience, program participants will be able to market themselves as professional mediators and compete for paid assignments.
Aug 11, 2015
More than a dozen local employers will be there taking resumes, and possibly conducting onsite interviews, at a job fair co-sponsored by the Rio Rancho Regional Chamber of Commerce and New Mexico Workforce Connection.
Aug 10, 2015
This event will showcase New Mexico's highly acclaimed craft breweries, as well as some others from around the mountain west region.
Aug 7, 2015
“The entire team performed well, especially considering it was their first competition, and they were operating unfamiliar equipment,” said Public Works Director Tommy Mora. However, Cisneros stood out in the backhoe completion, besting all other operators to take first place.
Jul 27, 2015
The Native American Voting Rights Program was created to ensure that the county's Native American population has equal access to all phases of the electoral process. However, it doesn’t mean the program provides services solely to Native Americans.
Jul 23, 2015

The one-day workshop is scheduled for 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on Friday, July 31, 2015 at the Walatowa Visitor Center, 7413 Highway 4, Jemez Pueblo. 

Jul 16, 2015

From 10:00 am to 12:00 pm on that day, county residents will be to ask questions and raise issues they would like the Congresswoman to consider. 

Jul 8, 2015
“My decision to retire was not an easy one because I love my job,” Gutierrez said. “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve Sandoval County."
Jun 24, 2015

This could be called a Health and Well-Being fair, with experts on improving physical, mental, emotional, and financial health expected to be on hand.


Jun 19, 2015

This annual event truly offers events that appeal to folks of all ages.  It’s also offers the most fun a family can have without busting its budget.  A single adult can get a full-day pass for $5.00, with passes for youth 12 and under going for only $3.00. However, the best deal is a $25 family pass that buys entry for the entire fair if you pre-purchase. Family pass at the gate is $40.

Jun 15, 2015

The fireworks restrictions were requested by Sandoval County Fire Chief James Maxon, who said he wanted to take this precaution leading up to the Fourth of July holiday weekend, which traditionally is a time of heavy fireworks use. 

Jun 11, 2015
The program does not offer any job guarantees for veterans. However, it does ensure that hiring managers will see the applications of any veteran who meets the minimum qualifications for open positions.
Jun 5, 2015
Each year, Comcast funds scholarships for high-achieving students at Bernalillo High who plan to further their education.  The county commission then selects the winners and awards the scholarships.
Jun 1, 2015
The Sandoval Economic Alliance (SEA) is a private, not-for-profit economic development corporation established to strengthen and diversify the economic base of Rio Rancho and Sandoval County, New Mexico. The alliance will use proceeds from both events to support its efforts at creating jobs and improving the quality of life in Sandoval County.
May 15, 2015
Five top county officials are slated to provide updates on their operations, staring with County Manager Phillip Rios, who will describe some of the efforts the county commission has taken in recent years to help all Sandoval County communities grow and prosper.
May 13, 2015

“We don’t want to disclose the locations or the times of the checkpoints,” said Diane Irwin, executive administrator of the county’s DWI and Prevention Program, “but they will be in different parts of the county.”

May 13, 2015
La Cueva motorists are advised that Elk Trail Road will be closed to all through traffic at the Elk Trail Crossing to perform construction work within the roadway.
May 8, 2015

This is a chance for citizens to meet with law enforcement personnel in a relaxed atmosphere to learn more about how these agencies serve the community. It’s also a chance for anyone aspiring to be a law enforcement officer to talk with hiring officials from multiple agencies.

May 8, 2015

Each year, the county participates in this nationwide celebration that acknowledges the significant contributions that senior have made, and continue to make, to ensure a better life for future generations. That acknowledgement includes a proclamation issued by the Sandoval County at its May 7, 2015 meeting declaring May Older Americans Month throughout the county.

May 7, 2015

What does National Park status mean for this popular recreational area that the Yahoo! Travel website says is “practically made for the adventure traveler?”

To find out, you can attend one of three “listening sessions” the Park Service is hosting Monday through Wednesday, May 11 – 13 in Albuquerque, Jemez Springs and Los Alamos.

Apr 8, 2015
“I hope this outreach gives taxpayers another convenient option to make property tax payments while offering an opportunity for posing questions regarding taxes, exemptions and other matters that affect taxpayers,” stated Treasurer Montoya.
Apr 3, 2015
Citizens attending the April 16 open house will gain insight to nearly all county services. The tour will include an explanation of the services provided by each county department.  Citizens also will be able to tour the county’s newest fire station on Santa Ana Pueblo and the historic El Zócalo Visitors and Event Center in downtown Bernalillo.
Apr 3, 2015
Citizens attending the April 16 open house will gain insight to nearly all county services. The tour will include an explanation of the services provided by each county department.  Citizens also will be able to tour the county’s newest fire station on Santa Ana Pueblo and the historic El Zócalo Visitors and Event Center in downtown Bernalillo.
Mar 30, 2015

 The goal is encourage citizens to consciously take actions that reduce the risk of wildfires that have devastated communities across the Southwest in recent years. 

Mar 27, 2015
For 40 years Dr. Kozoll has provided medical treatment for the members of this community, but he has done many other things as well.  Whether it is transplanting and maintaining trees at the St Fancies of Assisi Park, building trails at the school, helping to design the park, and working on the Continental Divide Trail or writing grants for projects, he is always looking forward to the next project that will help the community.
Mar 13, 2015
the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department’s Property Tax Division has scheduled a property tax auction in Sandoval County on March 31, 2015 at 9:00 a.m.
Mar 12, 2015
Nurturing the leaders of tomorrow is the primary goal of 4-H clubs, and this past February a group of local 4-H members got a chance to see some of New Mexico’s current leaders in action during Youth Day at the state legislature.
Mar 9, 2015
The SYEP program allows eligible youth to earn money while gaining meaningful work experience, skills-oriented training, and career exposure. Youth from each of the County’s five commission districts will be selected to participate in the SYEP program.
Feb 19, 2015

Specialists from the Sandoval County Community Health program will be on hand to provide assistance to anyone who might have questions or need assistance applying for Medicaid. They also will assist anyone who might qualify for one of three programs that help low-income citizens pay the premiums, deductibles and co-payments associated with Medicare.

Feb 16, 2015
The Kitchen Creations course offers a roadmap for simple preparation of a variety of meals appropriate for people with diabetes.
Jan 9, 2015

The deputies—two veterans and one recent Law Enforcement Academy graduate—received special recognition at the January 8, 2015 meeting of the Sandoval County Commission.

Jan 7, 2015

The local event will be held from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Sandoval County Health Commons, 1500 Idalia Road, Building B, in Bernalillo. 

Jan 6, 2015
Six recently elected county officials took their oaths of office on December 31, 2014, and the next day began four-terms of serving the citizens of Sandoval County.