News Briefs: Rio Rancho police unveils new vehicle designs

Rio Rancho Police Department Vehicle

Rio Rancho police unveils new vehicle designs

RIO RANCHO (KRQE) – The Rio Rancho Police Department now has a new tool to help recruit officers. The department unveiled a new design on one of its vehicles. They say it demonstrates the variety of services they provide and points out the different opportunities for potential applicants. If you would like to check it out, the new vehicle will be at Saturday’s “Coffee with a Cop” event. For times and locations

Small rockslide breaks Durango rail

DURANGO, COLO. (KRQE) – A small rockslide broke the rail of the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, preventing it from making its daily trek to Silverton. According to the Durango Herald, the damaged track was discovered early Thursday. It’s unknown how long repairs will take, but there is a chance it could be back up and running as early as Saturday. The damage is bad news for the town’s residents, many of them merchants, who rely on tourism dollars from the train passengers.

Santa Fe Mayor wants water division to pay city

SANTA FE (KRQE) – The mayor of Santa Fe wants the water division to pay a certain amount of money to the city each year. The water division is overflowing with funds since raising rates for several years. It’s gained national attention for promoting low water use in New Mexico. Now, the mayor is proposing that the water division pay 12 percent of gross revenues to the city’s general fund instead of taxes. That comes to about $4.7 million this fiscal year starting in July. But some city councilors are calling the transfer a raid on the water division.

Group files appeal to stop Taos airport expansion

TAOS, N.M. (KRQE) – Those against the expansion of the Taos Regional Airport have once again filed an appeal to stop the project from taking off. Back in March the planning commission approved the construction permit allowing Taos to build a second runway to the airport. Supporters say it’ll modernize the airport and promote more economic development, but opponents say it’ll increase pollution and benefit only the town’s most wealthy residents. Next month opponents will once again make their case.

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