RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) – The City of Rio Rancho held its first city council meeting 40 years ago on Feb. 23, 1981. To celebrate its 40th year anniversary, the city is holding multiple virtual events and activities for residents to take part in.
Project Scrapbook will allow citizens to create a scrapbook page detailing their life in the City of Rio Rancho. Collect a scrapbook starter kit from Loma Colorado Main Library, Esther Bone Memorial Library, the Rio Rancho Aquatics Center, or M’tucci’s Moderno. Residents can complete their scrapbook page and return it to any location. All pages will be put in a physical and digital scrapbook.
Rio Rancho locals are also encouraged to share their stories through StoryCorps Connect, an app that allows users to upload audio recordings of interviews that will go on the Rio Rancho 40th anniversary archive page. Users can also facilitate interviews with someone from Rio Rancho who has a story of the city that they’d like to share.
Those looking to get out of the house and still abide by COVID-19 guidelines can participate in Rio Rancho Restaurant Bingo, developed by the city’s Business Community & Economic Recovery Task Force as a way for citizens to support Rio Rancho businesses during the pandemic. Residents can download a card, make a purchase at the establishments that are listed, take a photo of their receipt or of them at the business and upload them to the website. Every bingo will be entered in a drawing to receive a $25 gift card.
Rio Rancho Mayor Greggory Hull looked back on some of the major milestones the young community has hit. “It was really a meteoric rise, and as I look back and think about how we had this vision to become our own community, one of the big defining moments was when we became our own school district. That was a pretty amazing thing, but there have been so many amazing things that have happened over the years,” Hull said.
Another major event was when the University of New Mexico and CNM brought branch campuses to the city. In addition to education, Hull said it was always part of the vision to have a superior healthcare system which the city now boasts with two state of the art hospitals in the city. “There’s been so many things we’ve added to the community in a short period of time. When you think about the healthcare and quality of life up here, it’s been incredible.
Mayor Hull said residents can look forward to a park ribbon-cutting for their new amphitheater facility, a socially-distanced Fourth of July firework display, drive-in movies and a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony to kick of the holidays. More events will be announced on the City of Rio Rancho website and social media accounts.