Beautiful Rambling Home on 2.45 Acres in Corrales

Written by Mark T Fiedler - The Mark and Sheila Team
February 27th, 2016

5 BR / 3 BA / 5013 SQFT / 2 Car Gar / Workshop / Casita
Would you enjoy morning walks in rolling hills and woods? What if you could do that on your own Corrales property! This rambling ranch style home sits on 2.45 acres with dozens of trees. There’s a corral for your equine friends. Do guests visit often? There’s a 2 Bedroom, 600 SqFt Casita. Like to work on cars or projects? Then you’ll love the 1150 SqFt workshop. There’s room for 2-3 cars inside, a roll up door, and a heated and cooled living room/man cave with a fridge, toilet and shower. There’s an access road directly from Corrales Rd, and a spacious storage building. The rambling house was home for a local family for 25 years. In the last couple years they did several infrastructure upgrades, including the septic system, carpet, boiler, lighting, baths and more. Come experience it!

City Council Candidate Forum

Written by Mark T Fiedler - The Mark and Sheila Team
February 15th, 2016

On Feb 11, 2016 the 10 candidates for council districts 1, 4 and 6 took questions during a two-hour event at Rio Rancho High School. The forum was sponsored by the Rio Rancho Observer and the Albuquerque Journal. The video has been edited to cut the time, without (we think) losing anything significant. We hope this will provide an opportunity for Rio Rancho voters who were unable to attend this or the previous candidate forum to make an educated decision for the upcoming municipal election. Be sure to vote March 1st if you are eligible. There is a lot more on the ballot than just City Councilor choices, so even if you are not in district 1, 4 or 6, you should vote. You can find out more about the questions on the ballot at:

Rio Rancho Mayor Gregg Hull in the Duke City Dance Off

Written by Mark T Fiedler - The Mark and Sheila Team
February 21st, 2015

Who knew being Mayor of Rio Rancho, NM was such a multi-discipline endeavor… On Saturday Mayor Gregg Hull performed in the Duke City Dance Off competition as part of the 11th Annual Day of Dance. The event was sponsored by Lovelace Women’s Hospital at the Albuquerque Embassy Suites Hotel. With his partner, Charity Tafoya, a professional at the Arthur Murray studio in Rio Rancho, Mayor Hull performed a progressive two-step to the tune of Boot Scootin’ Bogie. How did he do? Judge for yourself…

Cabezon Neigborhood Christmas Lights

Written by Mark T Fiedler - The Mark and Sheila Team
December 21st, 2014

Three years ago, neighbors Shawn Novick and Craig Arroyo decided to run strings of Christmas lights from roof peak to roof peak across Reynosa Loop (in the Cabezon Subdivision of Rio Rancho, NM) as a novel decoration. Neighbors joined them, not only stepping up their house decorations but adding more strings of lights over the street. Their decorating has gotten some press, and now residents on neighboring streets have started doing it too. We have not seen this anywhere else in town, and we want to celebrate those in our community that go a little above and beyond in their efforts to make this a better or more interesting place to live.

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December 18th, 2014

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664 Nicklaus Dr SE Rio Rancho, NM

Written by Mark T Fiedler - The Mark and Sheila Team
December 15th, 2014

4BR 3 BA 2388 SQFT 2 Car Gar
Great 2 story floorplan. All Bedrooms are upstairs, with 2 Living Areas Downstairs. Conveniently located near schools and shopping. Lots of fresh paint throughout. Large Covered Patio Downstairs. Upstairs Porch is enclosed and heated, for an additional sitting area off 2 of the bedrooms. Home is in great condition. Come take a look!

Rio Rancho, NM Loma Colorado Main Library

Written by Mark T Fiedler - The Mark and Sheila Team
December 5th, 2014

The City of Rio Rancho has two libraries, the Loma Colorado Main Library and the Esther Bone Memorial Library. Both facilities way exceed the average community library as far as facilities, programs and materials available to check out. The Rio Rancho community continues to invest in upgrades and updates to its two libraries, and thousands of patrons are reaping the rewards every month.

6300 Vaughn Dr NE Rio Rancho

Written by Mark T Fiedler - The Mark and Sheila Team
October 10th, 2014

3 Bedrooms; 2 Bathrooms; 1515 Square Feet; 2 Car Garage

The home feels much larger than the measured square footage. The Master Bedroom is large, with two closets. The Master Bath is big too, with separate garden tub and shower. There are two living areas plus a dining room. The kitchen is efficient, surrounding the cook on all sides with counter space and storage. All the appliances are staying too! There’s newer carpet throughout and tile in the kitchen and baths. Be sure to tour this one in person! See more at:

Fenton Lake NM State Park Campground in Winter

Written by Mark T Fiedler - The Mark and Sheila Team
September 24th, 2014

We’ve visited Fenton Lake many times to paddle our kayak in circles around its perimeter. It’s good exercise, there’s a certain zen you get to experience gliding quietly just inches above the water with an expanse of blue sky above, and besides, you get to annoy the people fishing on the sides. This January was the first time we got to spend the night in the campground.
Fenton Lake State Park’s campground is open year round. In the winter most of their campground loops are blocked off. Only Loop D is accessible, but fortunately that one has electrical hookups (30 amp). There are just 6 spaces located in a shady grove of 50 ft tall pines trees. The picnic tables are all in the open, the roads are dirt and the pads are dirt covered with pine needles. There is a vault toilet nearby. Potable water faucets are at each site but are turned off in the winter. There is a working one near the lake, not far away.

With the elevation just under 8000 ft, temperatures peaked in the low 40’s and at night lows were in the teens. For years, Winter visitors to Fenton Lake have enjoyed ice fishing (although we can’t imagine it’s really about the fishing. It’s really about the drinking while waiting for the fish to do something.) When we visited however, although there was a solid layer of ice covering most of the lake, the perimeter was still liquid and there were many signs warning that geologic forces (read, volcanic) were warming the water and to stay the heck off the ice. There were patches of snow in the shade and on the north-facing slopes adjoining the lake. We visited on a weekday, and we were the only patrons in the campground, and only a few hardy souls visited the day use area.

During the summer this park is very busy, with fields of grass and flowers, a small creek feeding the lake, a playground, lots of campers, fishermen surrounding the lake, plus a few in small boats or these weird one-person pontoon things, and occasionally – a kayak. We will visit again in the summer and add another report when things are warm and green again. We wanted to visit during the winter since Fenton Lake State Park is one of the few year-round campgrounds in the area.

Pooch Plunge at Haynes Park

Written by Mark T Fiedler - The Mark and Sheila Team
September 12th, 2014

The annual “Pooch Plunge” is held each year in the outdoor pool at Haynes Park in Rio Rancho, NM. After the Summer swimming season is over, but before they close down the pool, the City’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department lets dog owners bring their pets to an event which is basically an aquatic dog park. The retrievers and spaniels loved it, repeatedly chasing floating tennis balls and frisbees. Even non typical water-friendly breeds like St. Bernards seemed to love it. A local pet food specialty store, Pet Food Gone Wild, organized a pet fair outside the pool area with dog related services and suppliers.

905 Benjamin Drive SE Rio Rancho

Written by Mark T Fiedler - The Mark and Sheila Team
September 2nd, 2014

3 Bedrooms; 2 Bathrooms; 1395 SF; 2 Car Garage

Located just a few blocks from Hwy 528, grocery stores and shopping, this home really shines! The glossy black tile kitchen backsplash extends to surround the dining room and laundry areas. This design statement continues into both baths, with black tile w/ white veins surrounding the master bath and tub and provides a strong accent in the hall bath as well. The stainless steel kitchen appliances, including a refrigerator, and a newer washer/dryer pair all convey. Additional upgrades include 6 panel doors throughout, a large pantry, custom kitchen cabinets, refrigerated A/C, an alarm system including exterior security cameras and a DVR to display and record the camera views, plus a finished garage with epoxied floor. The home will really grab you, so be sure to see it! See more at:

2472 Manzano Loop NE Rio Rancho

Written by Mark T Fiedler - The Mark and Sheila Team
August 28th, 2014

4 Bedrooms; 3 Bathrooms; 2208 SF; 2 Car Garage

New carpet, new hard flooring and lots of fresh paint throughout. Newer York Refrigerated A/C and Forced Air Furnace with Humidifier(2010). You’ll love the Wrap Around Covered Patio downstairs and the Covered View Deck upstairs off two of the bedrooms. There’s a Water Softener, six Ceiling Fans. Got some extra rolling stock? There’s easy back yard access. This home is clean, shiny and ready to move into! See more at:

6527 Desert Spirit Road NW Albuquerque

Written by Mark T Fiedler - The Mark and Sheila Team
August 23rd, 2014

2 or 3 Bedrooms; 2 Baths; 1401 SF; 2 Car Garage

Gorgeous Paul Allen energy efficient home built to Gold standard. With granite kitchen counters, modern black appliances, stacked stone accents, a tankless water heater, extra insulation and more, this home is hard to beat! The back yard has an extended patio and beautiful landscaping. The den/office could easily be converted to a third bedroom. There’s already a closet. All this home needs is a new owner! See more at:

548 Hermit Falls Dr SE Rio Rancho

Written by Mark T Fiedler - The Mark and Sheila Team
May 28th, 2014

3 Bedrooms; 2 Baths; 1886 SF; 2 Car Garage

This gorgeous Charter built home in the heart of High Resort Village is second to none. The kitchen has been transformed with silestone counter tops, stainless steel appliances plus a new sink and faucet. In the living room and hallways the flooring is bamboo wood. Everywhere else but the smaller bedrooms there’s beautiful custom ceramic tile. On cold winter nights you can enjoy the gas log fireplace in either the living room or master bedroom. Outside, have coffee on the brick and concrete patios and admire your flower garden. This home is special. Come take a look! – See more at:

Let’s plant a tree… or maybe a few thousand!

Written by Mark T Fiedler - The Mark and Sheila Team
April 19th, 2014

Sheila plants a tree
Mark & Sheila were among over 100 volunteers this weekend who, together planted several thousand pine tree seedlings within the 2011 Las Conchas Fire burn area, near Los Alamos. The planting area was near the Pajarito Trailhead, just a couple miles from the National Labs. Most volunteers used a “dibble tool” (a combination spike and shovel), to dig a wedge shaped hole deep enough t0 completely bury the seedling’s roots.


The fun part was that even when you found the perfect location to plant the little tree, (on the North side of a fallen log; in the shade of a rock; in a patch of fallen oak leaves; or near a tiny creek bed) most times you’d find a layer of solid rock just 4 or 5 inches below the surface. The tree couldn’t be buried deeply enough and would struggle to extend its roots downward.  We dug hundreds of holes to find good spots for the 40 seedlings we planted.  After 90 minutes on site, the cool, calm morning weather turned wet. The trees probably appreciated the rain, but we were soaked as we planted the last couple sacks of seedlings.

Members of the US Forest Service were there to ride herd on everybody, and supplied the hardhats, tools and the seedlings.

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