Bee Smart

The Rio Rancho Regional Chamber of Commerce proudly announces the launch of the 2024 National Civics Bee®, an initiative aimed at encouraging more young Americans to engage in civics and contribute to their communities. Organized in partnership with The Civic Trust™ of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the competition in Rio Rancho will inspire middle schoolers to become better informed about American democracy, to engage respectfully and constructively in the community, and to build greater trust in others and institutions. 

Middle school students from public, private, charter, and home schools can take part in the first-round civics essay competition. A panel will review the 500-word essays, and the top 20 students will be selected to move on to the next round of competition: a live quiz event to test their civics knowledge. 

The Rio Rancho Regional Chamber of Commerce will host this event beginning at 5:00 pm on April 25, 2024, at the Rio Rancho Public School District Training Center located at 500 Laser Rd NE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124. The finalists and top winners will receive various prizes, including $500 cash for the first-place student. 

The deadline for student essay submissions is January 8th, 2024. For more info on the essay topic, competition rules and prizes, and to submit your essay, visit: 

Natural Gas Hearing 

The PRC hearing for the New Mexico Gas Company natural gas storage permit hearing is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 20 at 3 p.m. NMGCO has asked for approval to build a $180 million liquified natural gas storage facility in Rio Rancho. 

The hearing is to decide whether to grant NMGC a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity.  The following link will provide more information on how to contact the PRC. Either speak at the meeting in person or send in your comments using the provided links. 

Your comments at this meeting will inform the PRC in addition to the Hearing Examiners recommendations as they make their final decision for or against the gas company’s proposal to build the LNG plant. 

This meeting will be held in the Sandoval County Commission Chambers at 1500 Idalia Road, Building D, Bernalillo. Those who want to speak at this meeting must register by sending an email to, or by calling 505-490-7910. To be able to zoom into the meeting on November 20th, 2023, you have to register to get the link.

Light the Night

The Town of Bernalillo will ring in the holiday season with the annual Lighting of the Christmas Tree and the water tower on December 1, at 6 p.m. The event will have music and holiday vendors. It is a free event for the family.

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