Cooperative Extension Service Rio Arriba County

Due to us implementing various proactive measures of reducing the rate and risk of the community spread of COVID-19 all Rio Arriba County Extension Service IN PERSON programming has been postponed. We will continue to work diligently to share and generate useful content for our county and community members and will be available by telephone, voicemail, email and social media platforms. Please call: (505) 685-4523 or (575) 588-7423.

COVID 19 Announcements

COVID-19 Information Stay informed to stay well: The New Mexico Department of Health is the lead agency for the statewide COVID-19 response.

Stay Informed

  • Emergency Preparedness: Sheltering at Home
    It’s easy to think that disasters won’t happen in New Mexico. However, New Mexico is at risk for drought, wildfires, floods, flash floods, high winds, landslides, severe winter storms, severe thunderstorms, hail storms, tornadoes, and earthquakes. The more prepared you are before a disaster occurs, the less impact it will have on your life. In most cases during severe weather or a natural disaster, the safest action is to take shelter, generally at home.
  • Emergency Preparedness: Evacuation
    New Mexico is at risk for drought, wildfires, floods, flash floods, high winds, landslides, severe winter storms, severe thunderstorms, hail storms, tornadoes, and earthquakes. It’s easy to think disasters won’t happen. However, the more prepared you are before a disaster occurs, the less impact it will have on your life.
  • Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019: Messages for parents, school staff, and others working with children
    As public conversations around coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) increase, children may worry about themselves, their family, and friends getting ill with COVID-19. Parents, family members, school staff, and other trusted adults can play an important role in helping children make sense of what they hear in a way that is honest, accurate, and minimizes anxiety or fear. CDC has created guidance to help adults have conversations with children about COVID-19 and ways they can avoid getting and spreading the disease.
  • Resources for Supporting Children’s Emotional Well-being during the COVID-19 Pandemic
    Amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, everyday life has changed and will continue to change for most people in the United States, often with little notice. Children may struggle with significant adjustments to their routines (e.g., schools and child care closures, social distancing, home confinement), which may interfere with their sense of structure, predictability, and security.
  • Information For Individuals Experiencing Financial Hardship
    Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has declared a state of public health emergency in New Mexico as a result of the novel coronavirus disease (also known as COVID-19). In the midst of this unprecedented public health crisis, the negative impact to the economy has caused many individuals and families to suffer severe financial difficulties. The state and private companies have taken measures to mitigate financial hardship and the state is diligently working to identify additional sources of relief and to advocate for a full measure of federal support.
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Rio Arriba means "upper river," the Spanish designation for the region of the upper Rio Grande in New Mexico. The county was one of the seven original partidios under Spanish rule. Tierra Amarilla, the county seat, is near popular recreation areas. Much of the Jicarilla Apache Reservation is in Rio Arriba as well as San Juan and Santa Clara Pueblos. The Brazos, Chama, and Rio Grande rivers are important to the county for farming and recreation.

Contact Information

Rio Arriba County Extension Service
Physical: State Road 554 House #122-A Abiquiu, NM 87510
Mailing: HCR 77 Box 9
Abiquiu, NM 87510

Sub-Office - Tierra Amarilla
Physical: Rio Arriba County Complex Building
State Road 162-Building 149
Tierra Amarilla, NM 87575
Mailing: PO Box 135 Los Ojos, NM 87551
Phone: 505-685-4523 - Abiquiu/ 575-588-7423 - Tierra Amarilla
Fax: 505-685-4624 - Abiquiu/575-588-7427 - Tierra Amarilla
Email: RioArriba@nmsu.edu, losojos@nmsu.edu

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Rio Arriba County Commission
Tomas Campos, County Manager
Leo Marquez, Assistant County Manager
Commissioner James J. Martinez, Dist. I
Chairman Leo V. Jaramillo, Dist. II
Commissioner Danny J. Garcia, District III