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Jim Thompson/Journal
Students at Ernest Stapleton Elementary on the way to lunch walk by the “marble man” outside the art class and near the central office. When the Rio Rancho school district formed 20 years ago, the elementary was an all-portable campus inherited from the Albuquerque district.

RRPS celebrates, 20 years on

Spiders, snakes, nearly bare coffers, empty kitchens and more students than available space awaited …

Rosalie Rayburn/Journal
This cluster mailbox on Wheelers Peak in Rivers Edge III was one of several hit by vandals in recent days. Police said they also received reports of mailboxes being hit in Rivers Edge II.

Vandals target mailboxes

Police in Rio Rancho are warning residents not to put outgoing mail in streetside mailboxes after a rash of vandalism… more »


Summerfest swings West

Music, kids’ activities highlight party event

Galloping Grace Youth Ranch owner Max Wade accepts a $7,373 donation check from Albertsons store manager Josh Staples. Galloping Grace has a partnership with Albertsons to take outdated produce to feed animals on the ranch, whose mission is to educate children about farming. (Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal)

Albertsons’ gift helps out youth ranch

An unwelcome visit by vandals who made off with thousands of dollars in materials spurred a happy outcome for a Rio Rancho nonprofit that educates children about raising animals and crops.


Author describes doomed voyage

In the summer of 1879 the USS Jeannette sailed from San Francisco in search of the North Pole.