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Changes coming for Rio Rancho Journal

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The Journal is launching a new, weekly section and website, called Rio West, to replace the twice-a-week Rio Rancho Journal.

The new weekly section will be published on Saturdays, beginning next Saturday, April 6.

Today’s is the last edition of the Rio Rancho Journal.

The new Rio West, which will involve some collaboration with the Rio Rancho Observer, will feature stories covering Rio Rancho, Sandoval County, Albuquerque’s West Side and the North Valley.

The emphasis will be on in-depth stories and commentary. The section also will provide more opportunities for reader participation – from publishing readers’ comments on the editorial page to publishing reader-submitted photos to tracking down answers to reader-submitted questions regarding traffic woes.

In addition to news features and in-depth reporting, the section will recap the week’s news events and provide a glimpse of the week ahead.

Rio West also will continue to publish James Yodice’s coverage of prep sports and D’Val Westphal’s popular traffic column, as well as added emphasis on traffic and commuter news.

During the week, major breaking news will continue to be covered in the Albuquerque Journal – on page one and in its Metro and N.M. section.

But for a daily dose of local news, you will want to check out our new website – ABQjournal.com/riowest – a joint product of the Journal and Rio Rancho Observer newsrooms.

Meanwhile, the Observer will continue to publish Wednesdays and Sundays.

“It is readers and advertisers who will benefit from this improved editorial product – both in print and online,” said Journal editor Kent Walz. “We are excited about working with the Observer to provide the best coverage possible to Rio Rancho readers.”

“We also realize Rio Rancho residents have an interest in news affecting their West Side neighbors, such as commuting, so this product will serve that need as well.”
— This article appeared on page 30 of the Albuquerque Journal

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