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Rio Rancho braces for Trump rally

Then-presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event in Albuquerque in May 2016. New Mexico law enforcement agencies are prepping for an upcoming Trump rally in Rio Rancho on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, three years after previous ones turned violent in Albuquerque. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

Thousands of people are expected to attend President Donald Trump’s rally at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho on Monday.

The rally begins at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 4 p.m. If you’re planning to attend the rally or to take part in one of the protests, here are a few things to know.

• Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis at

• Limited parking is available; lots in the City Center area will open at 6 a.m. Parking fee is $10 cash-only per vehicle and no overnight parking will be allowed.

• A designated “peaceful assembly area” will be set up across the street from the venue for protesters.

The president’s visit will also impact government services in Rio Rancho and Albuquerque.

All Rio Rancho city offices will be closed on Monday, in addition to police headquarters and municipal court. Rio Rancho Public Schools also called off classes for the day due to concerns that heavy traffic would disrupt student transportation. The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Government Center and other Bernalillo County offices in Downtown Albuquerque will also close at 2 p.m. Monday because of the president’s visit.

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