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Mary is portrayed by Caitlin Davis, daughter of Sena and John Davis. Joseph is portrayed by Noah Baca, son of Annabelle and Jim Baca. Both families live in Corrales.  

Corrales Historical Society hosts tenth annual Las Posadas Celebration

The symbolic reenactment of the first Christmas Eve will be held at the historic Old San Ysidro Church, 966 Old Church Road across from Casa San Ysidro on December 22 at 7:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Corrales Historical Society, the tenth annual Las Posadas, translated into “The Inn,” is the story of Joseph and Mary journeying to Bethlehem and not finding a place to rest. An innkeeper lets them stay in the stable in the back of the inn where the Christ child is born. Mary will be portrayed by Caitlin Davis and Joseph by Noah Baca, both Corrales children.

The choir from Guadalupe Parish in the North Valley, along with Carlos and Vicki Otero, will lead the music. Coffee, apple juice, hot chocolate, and cookies will be served. Attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food to be distributed to needy families.

This celebration is free and open to the public.

Rio Rancho named as the state’s best location to raise kids

Rio Rancho has been named by BusinessWeek magazine as the State of New Mexico’s best place to raise kids in 2009.

“As a developing and growing community, I am pleased to see Rio Rancho earn this recognition,” said Mayor of Rio Rancho Tom Swisstack. “This ranking will only further motivate city leaders and community stakeholders to continue building Rio Rancho upon quality of life principles that directly benefit every member of our community.”

For BusinessWeek’s second annual list of best places to raise kids, they teamed with New York-based real estate analysis provider OnBoard Informatics to select a community from every state. Communities with fifty thousand residents and a median family income between $40,000 and $100,000 were used as a starting point to create this year’s list.

The list was then narrowed using weighted criteria such as school performance, number of schools, household expenditures, crime rates, air quality, job growth, family income, museums, parks, theaters, diversity, and other amenities. School performance and public safety were weighted the most heavily when assessing a community, followed by amenities and affordability.

To view the entire list, please visit BusinessWeek’s website at

This past April, Rio Rancho was recognized by Fortune Small Business magazine as one of the best places to live and launch a business in the United States. In addition, in 2005 and 2006, the city was listed by Money magazine as one of the one hundred best places to live in America.

Survey indicates high quality of life in Rio Rancho

The City of Rio Rancho has received the results of its citizen survey, and highlighting the data is the news that seventy-seven percent of respondents rated their quality of life in Rio Rancho as excellent or good.

The city’s survey was conducted as part of The National Citizen Survey (NCS). The NRS was developed to provide a statistically valid survey of resident opinions about community and services provided by local government.

For comparison purposes, Rio Rancho’s survey data was measured or benchmarked against the average rating from government jurisdictions in the NRC database where similar questions were asked. Rio Rancho’s survey results were noted as above, below, or similar to the benchmark. Most benchmark comparisons consisted of more than one hundred jurisdictions and their data. For example, when sixty-three percent responded that it is very likely they will remain in Rio Rancho for the next five years, this ranked above the benchmark when compared to responses in other communities when the same question was asked.

The city rated above the benchmark in a variety of areas, including:

  • Rio Rancho as a quality place to raise kids and retire
  • Community and personal public safety
  • Police and fire/EMS services
  • Public schools
  • Availability of affordable quality housing and a variety of housing options

 “This survey has helped verify the services and components of our community that are strong and the areas on which we need to focus,” said Mayor of Rio Rancho Tom Swisstack.

“I am pleased that we are already addressing areas indicated by citizens that need improvement by way of four recently created task forces: collaboration with the school district on new initiatives; forthcoming projects to the downtown City Center; and a March 2009 bond election that would initiate a citywide infrastructure program.”

This past July and August, twelve hundred households were randomly selected from Rio Rancho addresses provided by the United States Postal Service (USPS). Residents were asked to respond to a series of customized survey questions about Rio Rancho and mail back their responses for tabulation. The city conducted this survey to identify community strengths and weaknesses, establish benchmarks for tracking the quality of services provided to residents, and gain useful information for immediate and long-term planning.

Citizen survey result data is one of many inputs that are being used as part of the city’s ongoing strategic planning. The governing body will vote on the strategic plan in early 2009.






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