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Loma Colorado Main Library announces upcoming events

The Rio Rancho Public Library and the Local History Collection present Don Bullis, New Mexico author and historian, discussing “Rio Rancho: Its Place in New Mexico” on September 19 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The presentation will cover Rio Rancho, Corrales, Sandoval County, and Santa Ana County.

Mr. Bullis has written seven non-fiction books and two novels including New Mexico: A Biographical Dictionary, New Mexico and Politicians of the Past, and New Mexico’s Finest: Peace Officers Killed in the Line of Duty. The program is free and open to the public.

Following Mr. Bullis’s presentation, the first meeting of the Rio Rancho Historical Society will be held at 11:30 a.m. There will be an open discussion to determine public interest in forming the society and how the society will operate.

The original Rio Rancho Historical Society was begun as the Rio Rancho Historical Committee in 1998 by Glenda Mowry, Judge Richard Wiles, Homer Knearl, and other community members with a passion for history. The main goal of the committee was to work with Judge Wiles to complete his three-volume book entitled Rio Rancho, New Mexico: A Record of Progress. The original Society disbanded in 2007 following the deaths of Judge Wiles, Homer Knearl, and Glenda Mowry’s husband. The committee is interested in restarting the Rio Rancho Historical Society, giving those with an interest in history the opportunity to work together to ensure Rio Rancho’s past and present are preserved.

For more information, contact the Local History Librarian, Dawn Hite, at 891-5013, extension 3041 or email

Esther Bone announces September events

“Story Time with Story Lady and Song Lady,” a free program for children ages four through six, will begin registration on August 31 at the Esther Bone Memorial Library in Rio Rancho. This thirty-minute program of stories, songs, poetry, puppets, jokes, and finger plays will be held on Mondays at 1:00 p.m. beginning September 14. Registration may be done by phone or at the library and is ongoing. New participants may join the group at anytime.

On September 1 at 6:30 p.m., Rio Rancho author and teacher Mario Martinez will speak as part of the library’s New Mexico Author Series. Mr. Martinez was born and raised in New Mexico. Some of the research for his historical novel, Converso, was from oral histories given by his grandmothers and other family members. The story takes place in northern New Mexico in the 1870s and concerns two crypto-Jewish families and their relationship with a local priest.

Cowboy poet and musician Randy Huston from Las Vegas, New Mexico will perform at the library on September 15 at 6:30 p.m. This is a free show but tickets are required.

On September 17 at 6:30 p.m., the library presents Larry Marken, currently a docent at El Rancho de las Golondrinas Living History Museum, in a reenactment of Old Bill Williams, Mountain Man. Old Bill Williams was one of the most colorful, adventurous, and proficiently literate of the nineteenth century western mountain men.






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