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A flurry of flags placed in the ground at Vista Verde Cemetery to memorialize the nearly 3,000 people lost in the 9/11 terrorist attacks 17 years ago swayed as a crowd of local residents placed their hands over their hearts during a rendition of Taps last Tuesday.

ALBUQUERQUE —When Rio Rancho resident Douglas Rhodes prepares for a trip, the sky is literally the limit — or 14,000 feet to be exact.

JEMEZ PUEBLO — The ancient style of a northern Native American tribe’s drum beat echoes throughout the Jemez Pueblo valley during sacred ceremonies.

CORRALES — Every artist has a signature that defines his or her vision and interpretation of the surrounding world. What makes jewelry maker Carlos Sanchez’s work unique is he has never really seen a single piece he has created.

It is not uncommon for someone who is blind to have a Seeing Eye dog help compensate for their sight, but have you ever head of a Seeing Eye human help a blind dog?

BERNALILLO — When it comes to addiction, needles are usually the last thing those in recovery expect to aid with their rehabilitation.

CORRALES — A giant 15-foot guitar looms in the corner of a woodworking shop behind a music store off of the main drag in Corrales.

Cancer Support Now will host its first Rio Rancho breast cancer support meeting Tuesday at Community of Joy Lutheran Church, at Northern Boulevard and Saratoga Drive.

After 15 years on the editorial side of the newspaper business, Rio Rancho Observer editor Argen Marie Duncan is taking on a new role as editor/publisher.

The somber tone of patriotism accompanied a rendition of “Taps” as those in attendance at Rio Rancho’s Veterans Monument Park last Monday took time to reflect on and honor our service men and women.

Santa Ana – The sounds of laughter are accompanied by splashing at the Tamaya Horse Rehabilitation Program stables as kids of various ages help brush and wash nearly 67 horses during Wednesday’s Volunteer Day.

Michael Sanchez, owner of Cristy Records in Hilltop Plaza, was in a band called “Mike Sanchez and the Wild Bunch” in his rebellious youth, but he says he has always made it a priority to honor his mother through music.

If you could go back in time and erase a life-changing event — one that had you contemplating suicide — would you want to go back and do it again?

Who would have guessed that a small delegation from the Bemba tribe in Zambia, Africa, during a 9,000-mile trip to America, would include Rio Rancho on its itinerary?

Retirement was really not an option for former Rio Rancho Public Schools administrator Barbara Bruce, who “retired” from her last position, principal at Rio Rancho Elementary, in 2013, after almost two decades of working in RRPS.

A local veteran’s organization that prides itself on helping veterans re-assimilate at home is facing not having a home at all.

Where once upon a time Cibola Little League ballplayers had a four-diamond complex to play on and, several years later, soccer players had a pitch for their games, two sand volleyball courts now stand on Sundt Road.

Music and memories filled the cafeteria turned tea room at Meadowlark Senior Center in preparation for a screening of the Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night” movie in late March.