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A TV cameraman stands at the police perimeter near the scene of a fatal shooting Wednesday on Plata Drive. Investigators were still collecting evidence. (Rio Rancho Observer—ARGEN DUNCAN photo)

RR sees second homicide in 10 days

Police have identified several people of interest in the shooting death of a Rio Rancho man Wednesday.

Group has new economic strategy

The new Sandoval Economic Alliance finally puts the City of Rio Rancho and Sandoval County on the same page about economic development, Sandoval County Manager Phil Rios told young business leaders last week.

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, right, reads a statement in presenting a U.S. flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol to Ernest Garcia of Rio Rancho, second from left, a Vietnam veteran. The flag replaces one someone stole from his yard. Holding the new flag are Bob Gaps, left, and Marty Cantu. (Rio Rancho Observer—MIKE HARTRANFT photo)

Rep. Luján replaces vet’s stolen flag

A Rio Rancho veteran is thanking his congressman and the community for their show of support after an American flag he’d been given as a gift was stolen from the flag pole outside his home last weekend.

County commission changes schedule

The Sandoval County Commission will have a special meeting Thursday at 6 p.m. to discuss and approve the county’s final budget for fiscal year 2014-15.

Foreclosures up a bit

Foreclosure filings in Rio Rancho rose slightly last month, from about 40 in May to about 45 in June, after peaking this year at 120 in April, according to RealtyTrac, a real estate information company.