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A Christmas Miracle

On September 1, Labor Day, 16-year-old Dylan and his 18-year-old brother, Dakota, were driving from Hatch back to their Albuquerque home…

sierra county

Farewells Top County

The Sierra County Commis-sion’s December 17 regular session included a number of important action items and reports, but also marked the final regular meeting for outgoing Commission Chairman Walter Armijo and Commis-sioner Bobby Allen…

City of Truth or Consequences

City Ok’s Solar Assignment

Postponing a decision during their December 9 meeting, Truth or Consequences City Commissioners convened for a special session Monday morning, December 15 to address the proposed assignment of future operation and maintenance of the city’s new solar energy farm…

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Old Fashioned Christmas In T-or-C

MainStreet Truth or Consequences will be hosting the 7th Annual Old-Fashioned Christmas on Friday night, December 12, from 6 to 9 p.m. in downtown Truth or Consequences…

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Floating Lights Parade &  Luminaria Beach Walk

Lago Rico, Inc., the operator of Elephant Butte Lake’s marinas and the historic Damsite Recreation Area is pleased to announce the return of the annual Floating Lights Parade to the waters of beautiful Elephant Butte Lake on Saturday December 13 at 6:30 p.m…

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Spaceport America Requesting Op Funding

When the New Mexico Legislature convenes Jan. 21 it will decide whether taxpayers will finance another $2.5 to $4 million to cover predicted shortfalls at Spaceport America (SA), following the October crash of a Virgin Galactic (VG) rocket…

Elephant Butte

Council Moves Elephant Days

With only one more regular session set to take place before the 2015 calendar year begins, Elephant Butte City Councilors took time to review and address the city’s holiday celebrations and ever-growing event schedule during their workshop and regular meeting Wednesday afternoon, December 3…

Police beat

New Orleans Murder Trial Witness Found Hiding In T-or-C

Truth or Consequences Police Detectives worked quickly this week to take a woman into custody on an outstanding warrant from Mississippi, after learning she was wanted for writing worthless checks and needed as a material witness in a murder trial in New Orleans…

Spaceport America

Kawasaki Films International Commercial At Spaceport

Spaceport America is best known for its space launch customers like NASA, SpaceX, UP Aerospace, and Virgin Galactic…

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EB State Park Receives Exemplary Award

New Mexico State Parks honored staff, volunteers and partners during its annual awards ceremony on November 13 in Elephant Butte. A total of 21 awards were given and five retirees honored…

ShopLocal

Supporting Those Who Keep Profits At Home Helps Everyone

As the Christmas holiday draws closer, this community has a bittersweet reminder of why supporting local businesses is so important…

Wolf

Wolf EIS Completed

After reviewing extensive public comments, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has completed its evaluation of proposed changes to its Mexican wolf reintroduction program in Arizona and New Mexico that will allow greater flexibility to conserve one of the nation’s rarest mammals and greater responsiveness to the needs of local communities in cases of problem wolf behavior…

Turkey

A Time For Giving A Helping Hand

The recipients of the dinners were elderly or disabled which were selected by the housing authority…

sierra county

County To Purchase Property

After holding closed-door discussions before the conclusion of their regular meeting Tuesday, November 18, Sierra County Commissioners reopened the public session and approved a motion to proceed with the purchase of property and facilities at 2501 South Broadway, currently occupied by Whitehead Chevrolet…

Health

Locals Named Among Healthiest Families In State

The “Top Healthy Families in New Mexico” were recognized and honored at the 3rd Annual New Mexico Healthy Family Award Banquet on Monday, November 17. When measuring family outcomes, New Mexico is often on the bottom of the lists…

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Small Group Making Big Difference

A team of AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) members will be working with AppleTree Education Center to create space for a community arts center and mentor area youth. The group of 11 young adults arrived November 2 and will be serving here until December 14…

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Delayed Honor Well Earned

As part of the New Mexico State Veterans Home’s Veterans Day ceremony, T-or-C School District Superintendent Dr. Craig Cummins, Hot Springs High School (HSHS) Principal Patti Nesbitt, School Board President Jay Johnson and School Board member Rita Ortiz joined to present a long overdue diploma to former HSHS student Porfirio G. Shaffer…

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Teens Invited To Participate In First Maze

Sierra Health Council is hosting the first ‘Teen Maze Sierra County’ on November 14-15 at the Civic Center, 400 W. Fourth Ave., for middle school and high school aged students…

Tourist

Visitors See Area As Top Destination For Annual Travelers

Harry and Nancy Trueblood aren’t representatives of any tourist bureaus in the state – but they have the potential to bring hundreds of people to spend their time and money here…

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Business Continues At Spaceport As VG Regroups For Future

Virgin Galactic’s (VG) SpaceShipTwo rocket crash last week will delay the launch of the space tourism business here until a new rocket can be completed – while other commercial and industrial space ventures at Spaceport America continue…

Sierra Vista Hospital

SVH Audit Shows Improvement

During their regular session Wednesday, November 5, Sierra Vista Hospital (SVH) Governing Board members were assured the facility is on-track toward a long stated goal of operational self-sufficiency. ..

Spaceport America

Thursday’s Launch  Becomes Third For NASA

New Mexico Spaceport Authority (NMSA) officials announced the launch this week of the third NASA “Flight Opportunities Program” rocket from Spaceport America…

Turtle

90-Million-Year-Old Turtle Discovered

In a second major archeological find for Sierra County this year, a Truth or Consequences man has found a 90-million-year-old fossilized turtle…

Racehorse

Local Horse Earns Superior Race Horse Status Award

Mr. Taka B has earned his “Superior Race Horse Status Award,” an achievement that is very hard to come by…

City of Truth or Consequences

Doorway Opened For Downtown Development

In separate actions at their October 14 session, Truth or Consequences City Commissioners endorsed two resolutions adopting the 2014 Metropolitan Redevelopment Area (MRA) Plan (#09 14/15) and approving the long discussed Downtown Master Plan (#08 14/15)…

Police beat

Three Charged After Dispute Over Crack Pipe Leads To Beating Of Pregnant Woman

Truth or Consequences Police were called to the 400 block of West Riverside Tuesday evening, October 14, in reference to a report of shots fired…

Elephant Butte

EB To Rename SR 195

In a unanimous vote, Elephant Butte City Councilors supported Mayor Eunice Kent’s nomination of former councilor and long time public official Patsy Barnett to serve as a city representative on the Sierra Joint Office on Aging’s (SJOA) board of directors…

Fair

See You At The Fair

2014 Sierra County Fair
Sierra County Fairgrounds
2953 South Broadway – Truth or Consequences…

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Exit 79 Bridge Repairs Begin

In an October 6 press release, the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) announced the pending start up of scheduled repairs to the bridge crossing I-25 at Exit 79 (North Date Street)…

Sierra-Grande

Sierra Grande Lodge Latest Partner With VG

Virgin Galactic, the privately funded space company owned by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group and Abu Dhabi’s aabar Investments PJS, announced this week that it has partnered with Ted Turner’s Sierra Grande Lodge and Spa as it continues to expand its New Mexico accommodation op-tions for future astronauts…

Sierra Vista Hospital

SVH Improving Amid Concerns

In what is becoming a consistent and welcome report, Sierra Vista Hospital (SVH) Governing Board members were once again told the facility’s finances are continuing to improve at their regular meeting Wednesday, October 1…

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T-or-C Endorses Software Upgrades

With a four to one majority vote, Truth or Consequences City Commissioners approved the acquisition of a new financial software system during a special board meeting Friday evening, September 26…

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PAN Files Restraining Order Against USFS

In an effort to keep the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) from fencing off riparian areas in the Lincoln and Santa Fe National Forests, The Sierra County based non-profit dedicated to pushing back on government overreach, Protect Americans Now (PAN), joined in filing a motion for a temporary restraining order…

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Two Vehicle Thefts, Burglary & Arson: Connected?

Truth or Consequences Police Detectives, working in conjunction with Sierra County Sheriff’s Deputies, arrested a man they believe may have used a stolen truck from Las Cruces to try to take an ATM from a Williamsburg gas station in the early morning hours of Monday, September 22…

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Sierra County Steer Named Top In State

Sierra County exhibitors recently brought home top honor from New Mexico State Fair…

Police beat

Woman Caught By Deputies Smoking Meth

Sierra County Sheriff’s Deputies were attempting to serve an arrest warrant on a woman at 501 Lucky on September 17 and ended up witnessing a different woman smoking meth…

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Flood Funds Pending As Rains Return

With the remnants of hurricane Odile poised to move through New Mexico, Sierra County Commissioners began their September 16 regular session with a report from King Industries vice-president Justin King…

Police beat

New Administrator At County Jail

Formally introduced to Sierra County residents during the County Commission’s regular meeting Tuesday, September 16, Virginia Lee is just now completing her first week at the helm of Sierra County’s much-beleaguered Detention Center facility…

City of Truth or Consequences

PUAB To Examine Solar Plans

Reemphasizing a previous request during T-or-C’s Public Utility Advisory Board’s (PUAB) September 15 meeting, community resident Ron Pacourek urged members to move forward with development of an ordinance …

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Successful Test Run

alling it “Another critical milestone on our path to operations from Spaceport America (SA),” Virgin Galactic (VG) pilots successfully completed a series of test flights at the facility Wednesday, Sept. 9…

Police beat

Deputies Stumble Across Meth Lab

A stolen electric meter and a trained eye led Sierra County Sheriff’s Deputies to discover a meth lab this week in Elephant Butte…

City of Truth or Consequences

MRA To Bolster T-or-C Renovations

While the Truth or Consequences City Commission’s September 9 regular session centered on a number of measures pertaining to development of the planned solar farm (see related story in this issue), board members also addressed a proposed Metropolitan Redevelopment Area (MRA) designation, which they were told could significantly improve funding…

Spaceport America

Appraisal Being Challenged

When the New Mexico Spaceport Authority (NMSA) meets Sept. 11 at 10 a.m. it will be discussing the percentage of a loan the body seeks to borrow from the New Mexico Finance Authority to build a visitor center here in Truth or Consequences (T-or-C)…

Elephant Butte

Elephant Days Celebration

With no preliminary workshop and only a few agenda items to address, members of the Elephant Butte City Council devoted a good portion of their September 3 regular meeting to a review of plans and remaining tasks associated with the upcoming Elephant Days city celebration.
Slated to formally kick off Friday evening, September 12, this year’s seventh annual event will feature a wide variety of events through Sunday, September 14, all focusing on the theme “Carnivale 2014 – Let the fun begin.”
While discussing efforts to prepare the city’s parade float and reviewed a number of planned activities, council members once again emphasized the need of additional volunteers. Mayor Eunice Kent said the city was looking to bolster the event volunteer ranks to ensure relief for all workers and that organizers would be very flexible, working in those who may only have an hour or two to share.
Anyone interested in assisting with the Elephant Days celebration is encouraged to stop by the city’s administrative offices, 103 Water Street, or to call 744-4892 for more information…

Smoke Monitor obtained for Area

Roadside Fire East of Cuchillo

Winston volunteer fireman, Jim Jones, came upon the scene of a roadside fire Tuesday, Sept. 2 at 1:15 p.m. Jones was on his way to Truth or Consequences …

Police beat

Arrested: Three Accused Of Having Sex With Inmates

Claims of guards having sexual relations with female inmates at the Sierra County Detention Center have resulted in the issuance of three additional arrest warrants…

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Sheriff’s Department Down 5

Sierra County officials are expressing concern about staffing at the Sheriff’s Department…

Sierra Vista Hospital

Encouraging News At SVH

During their August 27 regular session, members of the Sierra Vista Hospital (SVH) Governing Board reviewed financial statements for the month of July and learned the first month of the new fiscal year provided encouraging results…

EmerResponse-Bartoo

This Is A Test And Only A Test…

If there were an emergency at one of your work sites, would first responders know where to go? The answer to that question might surprise you, as Bartoo Sand and Gravel Company found out when they started making plans to conduct a simulated emergency at their crusher site…

Funding

Welcomed Boost

Surrounded by a host of City officials and Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) staff members, T-or-C Mayor Sandra Whitehead happily accepted $4.4 million certificate of obligation from US Department of Agriculture Rural Development’s (USDARD) State Director Terry Brunner (to her right) during a special ceremony at the WWTP Thursday morning August 21…

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School Board Eyes Upgrades For TCMS

With construction of new classrooms and facilities at Truth or Consequences Elementary School (TCES) near completion, and students set to move in this week, district school board members briefly focused attention on planned upgrades for T-or-C Middle School (TCMS) during their regular meeting August 14…

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Back To The Books

Students attending T-or-C Middle School dutifully filed from their busses toward their first period classrooms, fresh into the new school year Thursday morning, August 14….

Mexican Wolf

Emotional Comments Heard At Hearing On Wolves

The atmosphere in the hours leading up to Wednesday evening’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) hearing to accept public comments on the proposed expansion to the federal Mexican Gray Wolf recovery efforts seemed somewhat festive…

City of Truth or Consequences

Access, Correct And Progress, SJOA Director Steers Forward

After officially taking over the reins as Executive Director for the Sierra Joint Office on Aging (SJOA) on August 1, Tony MacRoberts has been focused on meeting local leaders and area seniors, establishing official inter-agency contacts, and overall obtaining a broader understanding of current issues and future challenges facing the organization…