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Ann Rustebakke

Ann working with children in the old Placitas library

In loving memory of Ann Rustebakke

Ann Rustebakke passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home in Placitas, New Mexico, on the morning of September 30, 2017, at the age of 89. Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, on May 9, 1928, Ann is survived by her son Leif, her daughter Siri, and her grandaughter Tiana. She was definitely a Taurus.

Ann resided in Sandoval County since 1962. A warm, caring woman, she looked at the world with an open heart and mind and was a friend to many. She was politically active, gave freely of her time to numerous causes and contributed to many charitable concerns. She lived her life reseliently, joyously, deliberately, and on her own terms.

She worked with the Bernalillo School District and served on the board of the Bernalillo and Placitas libraries. She was the first editor of the Sandoval County Times-Independent, served for three years on the Sandoval County Planning and Zoning Commission, and worked for two years as Chief Appraiser in the county Assessor’s Office. She was also an appraiser for the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology.

Ann had an abiding respect for local wisdom and the natural world. She worked with many local organizations addressing water and agricultural issues. She was instrumental in getting the Bernalillo Farmer’s Market off the ground.

As a business owner, she operated the CCanyon Quarters in Jemez Springs for the American Youth Hostel. She also owned a unique landmark business—Chile Hill Emporium—sited near where the new bridge is being contructed on Highway 550 in Bernalillo. Her store specialized in Native American art, chile, and other New Mexico-related books and items.

She had a deep appreciation for all kinds of art and expressed herself artistically as a jewelry-maker. She was an avid collector with a keen eye for detail. And she was a good cook.

Ann was a longtime subscriber to the Placitas Artist Series, a member of the League of Wmen Voters, the AAUW, Friends of Placitas, the Sandoval County Historical Society, the Albuquerque Corral of Westerners, and a frequent contributor to the Signpost. She worked for ten years as a host for the Albuquerque Foreign Visitors Committee.

“Later, Mom. You had a good run. You touched many and you will be missed.”

—Leif Rustebakke

Sharing our blessings

—Nancy Hawks

Blessings Day is a community outreach project, a nonprofit under the umbrella (501-3c) of St. Vincent de Paul Society at Our Lady of Sorrows Church. This is our 17th year coming together as a community to share our blessings with those who struggle. We are working with Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, Casa Rosa Food Bank, San Antonio Mission, Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Jardineros de Placitas, and many businesses to help provide a box of food, a turkey, an outfit, and a toy for each of our families. We will be distributing children’s names for outfits at the Las Placitas Presbyterian Church and San Antonio Mission. Last year or community came together to help 136 families (over three hundred children). The most families we have had so far.

On November 17, at 9:00 a.m., we will be putting up an Angel Christmas tree at Our Lady of Sorrows Church vestibule filled with toy tags. Tags may be taken from the tree by those wishing to purchase a toy for one or more of our children. All gifts must be returned by December 3 with the tags attached.

If you have time to help us wrap toys, we will be wrapping on December 9 and 10 at the San Antonio Mission from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Paseo de San Antonio.

Reach Nancy at 771-4931 or if you want to help wrap or to help share your blessings with another family.

New Range Café opens near Cottonwood Mall

~Samantha Murrell

The Range Café celebrated its newest location on Oct. 18 with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The Range Café operates four other locations; the original is located in Bernalillo.

“We are looking to bring interest back to this side of the city,” said owner Matt DiGregory. “This side of town has been stagnant for a while, and we are looking forward to bringing in some growth. We have been wanting to expand to this area of the city for about 15 years.”

The new location is the first to have an outdoor patio; it also has a full liquor license. Locals see The Range Café as a local option in a land of fast food franchises. “People like to know they are going to a place that cares about what they serve and where it comes from,” said DiGregory. “Although each location has the same menu, all of them look different. We allow the restaurant to grow organically and each one gains its own personality.”

Over the last two and a half decades, the Range Cafe has expanded to over 450 employees in four locations with the fifth opening at Cottonwood Mall in September of 2017. Two additional restaurant concepts have sprouted under the Range Cafe's wings: Standard Diner and Freight House Kitchen + Tap. The Range also supports CASA Partners for Kids, a nonprofit advocacy group for children.

The newest addition to The Range is located at 10019 Coors NW near Cottonwood Mall.

Applications Sought for Rio Rancho Library Board

—Annemarie L. García, Communications and Information Manager, City of Rio Rancho

The City of Rio Rancho is seeking applicants interested in filling the upcoming vacant seats for Council Districts 2, 3, 6, and At-Large on its advisory Library Board of Trustees. The appointment term is three years.

The advisory board is responsible for providing recommendations related to the efficient and economical management and operation of Rio Rancho’s public library system. Board meetings take place on the second Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at the Loma Colorado Main Library.

Individuals interested in applying and serving as a volunteer on the board must submit an application form and résumé to the Office of the City Clerk. Those interested can apply via the city’s website,, or submit their documents to the Office of the City Clerk located inside Rio Rancho City Hall. Applications will be accepted until the seats are filled; however, those interested are encouraged to apply by November 30.
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