Archive for December, 2010

Video: Does it snow in New Mexico?

Written by Mark T Fiedler - The Mark and Sheila Team
December 18th, 2010

People who do not live in New Mexico often have expectations of an environment replete with cacti, sand dunes, camels and extreme heat. The fact is, although there is a wide variety of terrain and conditions in the state, Rio Rancho is located at around a mile in altitude, and the weather is pretty moderate. We do get snow, usually a couple to three times a year, but it most often disappears within hours to a day or so.

The storm that we filmed just a week before Christmas left about 8 inches of the white stuff on the ground. Because schools do not always have plows and other snow removal equipment, this little bit shut down schools for the day. Since there was no school, local kids did what kids do in snow – made snowmen, forts, and threw snowballs at each other. The next day the sun was out, the roads were dry, and there was still snow in the shadows, but very little elsewhere.

Video: Rio Rancho Luminaria Tour at Haynes Park

Written by Mark T Fiedler - The Mark and Sheila Team
December 17th, 2010

Right after the Rio Rancho Christmas Parade the Parks and Recreation Department sponsored a Luminaria Tour at Haynes Park. Over 12,000 real luminarias (a candle burning inside a paper bag with sand at the bottom) formed pathways throughout the darkened park, leading from one park shelter or band stand to the other. Snacks, drinks and music were everywhere, as were lighted holiday characters of all kinds. Santa and Mrs. Claus paid a short visit to the event, and chatted with a number of small children. At 7:00 pm, there was a wonderful fireworks display. I’ve visited Haynes park several times in past years for this event, and never get tired of the sight of the thousands of glowing luminarias lining the pathways and the curving hills of the park. Kudos to the city staff for continuing this great tradition.

Video: Rio Rancho Christmas Parade 2010

Written by Mark T Fiedler - The Mark and Sheila Team
December 15th, 2010

Another successful Rio Rancho Christmas Parade (officially the Winterfest Parade) has come and gone… The weather was great – not too cold and very little wind. Thousands of children and adults lined Southern Blvd. to watch bands, floats, and miscellaneous decorated vehicles go by. It was tough to decide who made more noise – the parade participants or the onlookers lining the streets. “Merry Christmas!” was the phrase of the night.

Bringing up the rear of the parade was a Rio Rancho Fire Department ladder truck, with Santa and Mrs. Claus waiving to the crowds from the top of the truck 

Video: 3804 Spyglass Loop SE Rio Rancho, NM

Written by Mark T Fiedler - The Mark and Sheila Team
December 9th, 2010


5 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, Approximately 2976 Sq Ft, 3 Car Garage

Beautiful and practical! 5 bedroom home with 4 bedrooms up and 1 large bedroom and bath downstairs. The back yard is just MADE for entertaining, with an in-ground pool, a large flagstone patio, and super views of the Sandia Mountains. There are granite kitchen counters, and LOTS of cabinets. You will LOVE the 180 degree view from the upstairs deck, or from several upstairs bedrooms. A great price for a lot of house!