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   Rio Rancho Observer (Newspaper) - January 2, 1986, Rio Rancho, New Mexico                                BEST AVAILABLE COPY Buckle up or face fine SANTA Transportation Department Secriiary Patrick Vlontoya reminas New Mexicans that is ne effective date for New Mandatory Safety Belt Use Montoya stated that the law equires all scat occupants of passenger vehicles 10 wear safety A fine of less but not more than can result from Montoya that the purpose of the law is o decrease the number of deaths serious injuries that from traffic accidents In New has one of the highest per capita traffic fatality rates in the it is Montoya that New Mexicans comply with the not iacause of the possibility of a ticket and a but because using safety With the majority of drivers and front seat passengers belted Montoya noted the number of motor vehicle fatalities in this state can be reduced by at least lives a Saving 100 lives should be an important goal for all New Montoya since these lives can be family friends or The law was passed by the legislature during the first session this It was sponsored primarily by Senator Victor Marshall of Governor Voney Anaya signed the bill into law on April making New Mexico the sixth state in the nation to adopt a Mandatory Safety Beit Use Since then a xal of 18 states and the District of Columbia nave adpoted this type of Experience in New York the first state to pass a Mandatory Safety Belt s has shown a decrease in fatalities of approximately 25 seat belt law went into effect on 1 Decemoer aas a similardecrease cring a September to December phasein Momoya noted that the Mandatory Safety Bel Passenger Restraint law in effect since July 9 of eleven years old be properly secured ineit Chiicren under eleven must be secured w or pickup unless all seating positions Viontya concluded mat in the state too many lives Wearing safety he New comply with this impor aw is in addition to the requiring children under a cnild safety seat or by a riding in passenger Dipped with seat belts are ire needlessly because of prevent these deaths and he saiety FDR in news 50 years ago BUCKLE UP are words being heard throughout the city and state 1 was the effective date of a new state law requiring all drivers and front seat passengers wear seat Shown buckling up is City Councilor Mary who also teaches a drivers education program at Meadowlark Senior By Gary Herron Just as people arelookingforward to the new year and what it has lurking within its 12 Americans were looking forward 50 years ago to what 1936 had to The Depression was well behind them and the economy had been stead ily Haiie Selassie was selected as Time Man of the leadership role in Ethi opia and a common phrase in America Well h thats then Im Halie In 1935 there was just one man who rose out of murky obscurityand carried his country with him up and up into brilliant focus before a popeyed read the article in As the new year rolled other events were catching the publics Bruno Richard convicted of the 1932 kidnapping and slaying of the Lindbergh was on death row in Hew was later exe cuted in Alvin Public Enemy Number was being sought by lawmen in A grand jury was looking into the death by carbon monoxide of pretty actress Thema The GOP was asking for time for a reply to President Franklin Delano Roosevelts upcoming State of the Union Jim Jordan of Chi also known to radio listeners as Fibber was named the grand champion liar of the year by the Liars Club in Had you opened your newspaper 50 years ago you would have read that Stanford won its third consecutive Rose Bowl with a 70 shui out over Southern Methodist Texas Christian edged in she Sugar Bowl LSC whipped the Univer sity of in the Hula Bowl the East beat the in the EastWest game and the 1935 NFL the Detroit turned back a squad of N FL stars 330 in At the firstever Sun New Mexico State College tied Hardin 14i4 in the firstever Chili Bowl in Santa alumni teams from Michaels College and Santa Fe High School oueled to a 00 Notables born in 1936 comprise an allstar Turning 50 in 1986 will be Alan Ursula Jim Carol Glen Dick Charlie Bruce Troy Jamie Lou Gossett Jim Englebert John David Lou Bun Reynolds and Tom During Rose Coyle was named Miss America and FDR defeated Ail Landon for the The Now CONTINUED ON PAGE A2 ttl THE OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER OF THE CITY OF RIO NEW MEXICO 25 BEST AVAILABLE COPY Volume Number 3 SERVING THE COMMUNITIES OF RIO PARADISE TAYLOR LOS RANCHOS DE AND NORTHWEST ALBUQUERQUE January 1986 Bernalillo files suit against RR By Shannon Eubanks A second court case has been filed over recent annexation efforts of land at the intersection of NM528 and time Bernalillo against Rio The dispute started on 23 when Bernalillo annexed acres includ ing the land at the intersection of the two state highways at a meeting at A little after 8 that same morn Rio Rancho approved annexation of acres by petition from the major AMREP This annexation also included the land at the intersection of NM528 and Two weeks AMREP Southwest filed a suit against claiming that 1 Bernalillo did not have enough signatures of property owners in the proposed annexed area to a pprove the at which the annexation was approved was illegal because it violated the Open Meetings Act and was called as an emergency when such a situation did not exist and 3 the city of Bernalillo did not petition the state for approval of annexation of portions of NM528 and NM44 as required by state Last week Bernalillo filed documents in District claiming that Rio Ranchos annexation should be nulli fied because Bernalillos annexation was done Citing state in its noted that no municipality is allowed to annex territory within the boundary of another declare the Rio Rancho annexation null and Bernalillo also claims that Rio Ran chos meeting was invalid becasue it violated the state statues and Rio Ran chos own Comments were unavailable from Mayor Mike Foster of Mayor Richard Wiles of Rio Ran cho is waiting to see the actual docu ment before Wiles had stated earlier that he was not sure what effect the AMREP Bernalillo case would have on another propsed this time acres north of Rio Rancho along tion and Prices Dairy and along A public hearing on this larger annexation will be held today Thurs 2 at Haynes Recreation Cen Public safety trims response time By Shannon Eubanks RIO RANCHO A report released by Mayor Richard Wiles on the pub lic safety department shows a 37 per cent improvement in the response Compiled by thel it shows an average time minutes for 33 calls from the time a call came in until an emergency medical technician EMT was on the This compares with minutes average response time for 34calls in the two weeks right before the change to the department of public Of the 33 calls the department has handled since 11 when the depart ment was three were fire seven were for traffic accidents and 23 were for medical The department of public safety was I approved by city council after Mayor Wiles told the governing body that the city could not porvide liability coverage for its volunteer fire and rescue At the council many volun teers voiced their concerns and frustra tions about the new Since that several of the volunteers are still voluntarily responding to according to The new department allows for hired public safety officers as well as volun teers to work at emergency situatons such as accidents and medical Along with the new the council named Dencil Haycox Haycox has named Joe Edwards as commander of the Edwards had been elected in early December to be fire chief by the members of the Rio Rancho Fire and Rescue Don another was hired by Haycox as a sergeat at a Scott has a tremendous back ground in according to Scott and Edwards are serving as dualcommanders at emergency nine other public safety officers have been trained and passed testing as emergency medi cal Haycox noted that Scott had been hired into one of three positions added to the department last July at Haycoxs The public safety director said he is now reviewing two other applicants who have paramedic and firefighting additional personnel will probably still be needed but not because of the new Hay cox He cited that the national average for law enforcement officer to residents is supposed to be to 2 officers to The city of Rio Rancho with its rapid has 1 law enforcement officer for every We already needed more Haycox Now he will be looking for para firefighting and law enforce ment backgrounds before hiring Haycox said that the application forms to be used by persons wanting to volunteer to the city to help with emer gency situations such as fires or acci dents are nearly This application and a test will be used by Haycox to plan his training needs for his department and use a per son where he On another aspect of the new depart Haycox pointed out that there was no truth to suggestions that the city would start charging for ambulance the Sandoval Civitans are still busy collecting donations fora new ambulance for use by the public safety Kay president of the stressed that the club was actively pur suing She added that the club had just passed the She added that anyone still wishing to donate could contact her or mail it to Box 87152 in Rio MARK AND ANGEL RODERICK crafted this handsome tumbie weed snowman in front of their home on Domain Its guaranteed not to melt away but carries no such guarantee about leaving when it gets real Photo by Gary Herron Zander tosses his hat into council race Rapist sought by detective KiO RANCnG Donald Dongcs ana Rio tiancno Depart ment of Savety are seeking a man in connexion with the abduction rape sri in Rio on According to the inci aent occurrea ionui 9 that evening as she was getting her car in the Mesa Center parking after she As she wai to open her car she approached by the from and forced into her He then crave the cara few blocks awuy and rape Tne man is ucscribed as being six feet and 220 He IN ociween the ages of 25 and an and narea to have a Texas o southern He has curly hair and eyes and was wearing a cowboy hat a je time of the Anyone any information about the crime is urged to contact Conges at Rio Rancho resident Carl Zander has announced his intention to run for city councilor for the newly formed District in the first election of city councilors by district to be held March Zander became the second announced candidate for this In his announcement Zander I am a homeowner in this district and would like to represent our district in the betterment of and the protection of our needs as a very fast growing We need to take the precautions now while we still have the opportunity in our growing and formulative stages of growth to ensure that this growth is regulated not to deter but for the better ment of community as a placeto call our Zander Through the district elections your councilor should be available for you to present your views on any issue and those views should be considered in making decisions affect ing each of I feel that the councilors duty is to represent those in his district and not to force issues and decisions down the throats of the very people who elected I have no desire to advance in public and do not have any plans to use this as a stepping stone to higher Zander He our problems need to be faced in such a way that we are not just fixing the present but are lay ijjfo the grundwork for the future as well as taking care of the Over the last year 1 have heard a lot of talk about our obvious road prob and much has been written about but what have we really done We built a turn lane into Golf Course from Southern with an obvious potentially dangerous small center divider and made an attempt which failed misera bly to erect stop signs at Golf Course and Zander We have a very bad situation with just one major road leading to or from our We need to work immediately with the and yes even to expedite widening Golf and the imme diate need to provide another major highway into and out of our particularly our residential streets will not last forever without proper A small amount of time and money spent now will save millions of dollars eventually if they are allowed to We are not like Albuquerque with apparent unlimited funds to tear up and replace our streets several times in a short The candidate also Has anyone asked what our preferences areas to the current fire department staffing mess If elected I would seek out the views of the resi dents in my district to get a true Are we satisfied with a volunteer department If we lets keep it that way and fAt try to mix volunteers with the cross trained poice On the other if a majority should keep our police peronnel doing primarily police work and our fire wants a paid fire department lets volunteer or doing have it as a separate city department fire department Zander with appropriate paid I do believe that while cross training is valuable we CONTINUED iAGh A2 Courthouse too says jury By Gary Herron BERNALILLO Just as its prede cessor had reported two months the latest Sandoval County grand jury found the county courthouse to be too small and in dire need of The grand which returned nine indictments and one no bill during its said the courtroom facilites were The third floorcour troom has no handicap no pri soner holding area or courtroom facilites and no witness the report The second floor courtroom also lacks witness and prisoner is undersized and has no jury the report The grand jury also stated the court house is overcrowded and that security there is seriously lacking or non The grand jury was concerned that PAGE A21 nside todays OBSERVER Business Page A3 Readers letters Pags A4 Sports Page A6 Classifieds Page A9 Lifestyles Page B2 TV Listings Page B5   

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