The Village owns three buildings, the Village Hall at 6718 Rio Grande Boulevard, the Agri-Nature Center located at 4920 Rio Grande Boulevard, and the Alfredo Garcia Community Barn located just south of Village Hall on Rio Grande Boulevard. The present Village Hall complex was completed in 1983. Just south of the intersection of Green Valley Road and Rio Grande Boulevard, it occupies a little over 8,000 SF of space. Inside Village Hall lies the Warren J. Gray Hall named after a former mayor. In 1990, and again in the Fall of 1999, the building underwent remodeling, reflecting the growth of population and governmental services in the Village area. The Alfredo Garcia Community Barn is also named after a former mayor.
Immediately south of the Village Hall complex lies Hartnett Park, a fully developed facility comprising four acres. Harnett Park was named after the first Village mayor, Sam Hartnett. This park incorporates a playground, tennis courts, racquetball courts, and a jogging/pedestrian trail. At present, this is the only developed park within the Village limits.
Animal Control is provided by the Village of Los Ranchos and includes stray animal pickup. Please check the Village's home page often for found or rescued dogs and cats that need a home. Visit the Village's Animal Control page for additional information.
Law enforcement is provided by the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office. Within the incorporated limits of the Village, this is accomplished by virtue of a Joint Powers Agreement entered into annually between the Village and the County. Under this agreement, the Sheriff's Office provides deputies and is reimbursed by the Village. A specific number of deputies and a sergeant is assigned to the Village and they are regularly supplemented by other deputies in the North Area Command. A Sheriff's substation is located at 6900 4th Street (4th and Bledsoe). The non-emergency number for the Sheriff's Department is (505) 798-7000. Call 911 for all emergency calls and notify the dispatcher that you are located inside the Village of Los Ranchos.
The Village's Citizen Corps goal is to provide opportunities for people to participate in a range of measures to make their families, their homes, and their communities safer from the threats of crime, terrorism, and disasters of all kinds. It encourages citizens to engage in a number of activities to help prepare themselves and their communities. For more information about the Village's Citizen Corps, click here.
Reverse 911 System. The Bernalillo County Emergency Notification System can be used to send important messages to residents and businesses within the unincorporated areas of the county with the capability of sending thousands of messages in a very short time, based on the geographic location of an incident. Examples of emergency notifications may include: Evacuation notices due to emergency situations, such as fire, flood or other environmental hazard; Notifications of dangerous situations in your area, such as an environmental hazard, law enforcement investigation or other instance where you may be instructed to remain in your home. Notifications are not automatic and are sent at the direction of an incident commander or other managing authority of a situation. Click here then select the opt-in link at the top of the page to register your phone number.
Another free subscription based notification service that the Village uses is Nixle. Sign up at by clicking here and be sure to follow the Los Ranchos de Albuquerque NM Emergency Management feed. You can also search for other feeds from other organizations that you may want to follow such as the Bernalillo County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management feed.
Fire and Rescue
Fire protection in the Village is provided by the Bernalillo County Fire and Rescue Department. The Fire Department has a combination volunteer/career fire department, full-time paid firefighter/EMTs, 24-hours a day, year-around. The Bernalillo County Fire Station is located at 6697 Fourth Street NW and can be reached directly at (505) 314-0123. Call 911 for all emergency calls and notify the dispatcher that you are located inside the Village of Los Ranchos. For information on open burning, call the Bernalillo County Open Burning Advisory Hotline at (505) 468-7200. For the Bernalillo County Fire Department switchboard, call (505) 468-1310.
Gas is provided by the New Mexico Gas Company. They provide natural gas service to more than 500,000 New Mexico customers, including the Village of Los Ranchos. The New Mexico Gas Company maintains about 12,000 miles on natural gas pipelines across the state. Gas is delivered via the Alameda Station, near the Alameda bridge. A major substation is located at Paseo del Norte and Fourth Street. Their customer service center is available from 7:30 a.m to 6:00 p.m., weekdays, and can help with most issues with your account and gas service over the phone. The best times to call are Tuesdays through Thursdays, 9:30 am to 12:00 noon. For natural gas emergencies, emergency response service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by calling toll-free 888-NM-GAS-CO (888-664-2726). Their customer service number is (505) 697-3335. Their fax number is (505) 697-4494, their customer service email address is email@example.com, or visit them online at www.nmgasco.com.
Electricity is provided by PNM. PNM is the largest electricity provider in New Mexico, serving 500,000 customers statewide with a 46kV sub-transmission line along Second Street that provides electricity to the Village. PNM was founded in 1917 as the Albuquerque Gas and Electric Co. and has undergone several transformations, including name changes, in its history. It sold its natural gas utility to New Mexico Gas Company in 2009 and now gas and electric services are separate entities. For information on locations to make your payment or customer service hours of operation, click here. To report an electric emergency or a power outage, call (888) 342-5766 anytime of the day throughout the year. For customer service, call (505) 246-5700 or visit them online at www.pnm.com.
Water is provided by the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority (ABCWUA). The ABCWUA's water supply and operations goal is to provide a reliable, safe, affordable, and sustainable water supply by transitioning to renewable supplies and minimizing long term environmental impacts on the community and natural resources while ensuring the ability of the community to grow in a responsible manner. Their wastewater collection and operations goal is to provide reliable, safe and affordable wastewater collection, treatment and reuse systems to protect the health of the Middle Rio Grande Valley by safeguarding the regional watershed, minimizing environmental impacts, and returning quality water to the Rio Grande for downstream users. For ABCWUA's customer service, rebate information, to report outages and emergencies, and to report water waste, call their customer service at 505-842-WATR (9287). To visit them online, go to www.abcwua.org.
Ditch Rider Information: Lawrence Otero and Anthony Abeyta are the ditch riders for Los Ranchos. For properties west of Rio Grande Blvd. contact Anthony at 505-225-4402. For all other properties, contact Lawrence at 505-249-5205. Contact the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District (MRGCD) regarding irrigation water and/or your ditch rider, call 505-247-0234, or visit them online at www.mrgcd.com.
There is no dumping allowed of any kind in the Village of Los Ranchos. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) violations can carry heavy penalties and fines. Be a clean water advocate and report offenders by calling 505-344-6582 during work hours, Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office at 505-798-7000 after hours and weekends. Storm water runoff is our most common cause of water pollution. Unlike pollution from industry or sewage treatment facilities, which is caused by a discrete number of sources, storm water pollution is caused by daily activities of people everywhere. Rainwater and snowmelt run off streets, lawns, farms, construction, and industrial sites and pick up fertilizers, dirt, pesticides, oil and grease, and many other pollutants on the way to our river. Click here to read more about the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System and General Permit for Discharges from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems.
Trash and Recycling
Trash and recycling services are provided by Waste Management of New Mexico per a contract. For over 15 years, Waste Management has played the dual role of service provider and community member to residents of New Mexico. Though timely and efficient trash collection remains a top priority, Waste Management has also been proactive in efforts to promote recycling and community involvement. To view the recycling items accepted as well as the recycling calendar for the Village, click here. For their customer service, call (505) 892-1200 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. To visit Waste Management of New Mexico online, go to newmexico.wm.com.
Household Hazardous Waste Disposal
Typical household hazardous waste can be disposed of by dropping it off for free at Advanced Chemical Transport located at 6137 Edith Boulevard NE, 505-349-5220. Hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Closed on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Please remember to bring products in original labeled containers. If this is not possible, label the container with the contents. Do not mix different or unknown materials together. Check containers to make sure the lids are on tight. Pack leaking containers in a large container. User absorbent material such as cat litter or newspaper to absorb excess. For a list of acceptable materials, click here.
There is no dumping allowed of any kind in the Village of Los Ranchos. Please see the Water section above and refer to the EPA Storm Water Management section.
The Village is served by Albuquerque Public Schools (APS). There are two middle schools located in the Village - Taft Middle School and Taylor Middle School. There is also one elementary school in the Village - Los Ranchos Elementary. In addition, Alameda and Alvarado elementary school serve the area as well as Cibola High School, Valley High School, and Del Norte High School. Taft Middle School and Valley High School are side-by-side program sites. Valley High School, which serves the majority of the area, is home to the Valley Academy, a cooperative program designed to increase the percentage of its graduates that go on to colleges and universities. Valley was one of the first schools in the nation to adopt this program. In addition to these schools, the Village is home to Horizon Academy Charter School (grades K-9). Visit the Albuquerque Public Schools website for more information on area schools.
There are no libraries in the Village. The nearest library facility, the North Valley Library, is located just south of Los Ranchos Road on Second Street. This library offers access to the library's computer catalog and electronic information resources on the Internet. Special events include: storytelling, dramatic performances, puppet shows, musical presentations, and the Summer Reading Program. The library has recently received five computers from the Bill Gates Foundation, one of which is in Spanish. They are available to the public for internet access, word processing and children's games. Hours are 9:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 9:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M. on Wednesday, Fridays, and Saturdays. They are closed on Sunday and Monday. Their address is 7704 Second Street NW, (505) 897-8823. To visit their website, visit library.cabq.gov.
The Village does have two little free libraries. These are small newspaper stands that are open to the public and operate on a take-a-book-leave-a-book system. Please return books if you are unable to leave a book so that others can enjoy them. One little free library is located in front of the tennis courts at Hartnett Park (6718 Rio Grande Blvd. NW) and the other is located in font of the Bernalillo County Fire Department on 4th Street and Schulte (6697 4th Street NW).
There are no hospitals located within the immediate vicinity. However, there are two medical centers located nearby in Albuquerque - Lovelace West Side Medical Hospital (505) 727-2000, located at 10501 Golf Course Road NW, Lovelace Women's Hospital (505) 727-7800, located at 4701 Montgomery Boulevard NE, and Presbyterian Rust Medical Center (505) 253-7878, located at 2400 Unser SE in Rio Rancho. For emergencies, always call 911 and tell the dispatcher you are located in the Village of Los Ranchos.
In addition, residents have access to the large medical complexes located throughout the metropolitan area including Lovelace Medical Center, Presbyterian Hospital, and University of New Mexico Hospital (UNMH). UNMH is the only level one trauma center in the state. North Valley Public Health Center (505) 897-5700, is also located at 7704 Second Street.