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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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)…

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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…

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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 …

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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…

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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…

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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….

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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…

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Sexting With Minor Lands Two In Jail

Two local men have been arrested after the mother of a teenage girl found they had solicited photos from her daughter…

City of Truth or Consequences

$3.5 Million Spent On Recreation

Continuing what has become the group’s primary agenda item over the past several months, members of the Truth or Consequences Recreation Advisory Board again focused their discussion on the development of long-range plans at their August 4 meeting…

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EB Working On Increasing Tourism With Major Events

During their August 6 regular session, Elephant Butte City Councilors approved two measures which, if all goes as planned, will include two new major events on the community’s calendar…

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Williamsburg Addresses Silting

While recent attention has focused on flood remediation efforts in primarily rural areas of Sierra County, residents of the Village of Williamsburg have been eyeing the accumulation…

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Demolished

Contractors for the City of T-or-C effected demolition of this long-standing structure at the corner of East Third Avenue and Caballo Road Wednesday morning…

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10 Effected By Mass Casualty In Elephant Butte

On Saturday afternoon, July 26, area EMS crews responded to an emergency situation at Elephant Butte Lake, which involved a large group…

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Construction Delays Start Of School

We are excited and looking forward to the opening of the new Truth or Consequences Elementary School building, slated to be ready in early August. Due to the time required to move…

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Sink Hole Shuts Down Broadway

SINKHOLE REPAIR – New Mexico Department of Transportation crews were forced to halt through traffic along South Broadway Tuesday morning July 22…

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Budget, Boards Top City Meeting

Truth or Consequences City Commissioners addressed final budget issues and several advisory board appointments during their regular meeting July 22…

Court Proceedings

Murder Charge Dismissed Against 1 Chavez

The murder charge filed against Deann Chavez has been dismissed by the Seventh Judi-cial District Attorney’s office. Paperwork filed at the Sierra County Magistrate Court on July 14…

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Detention Troubles Front And Center

During their July 15 session, Sierra County Commissioners were confronted with a list problems and concerns relating to the Sierra County Detention Center and its operations…

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County Manager Selected

After conducting an executive session and reopening the July 15 regular meeting to the public, Sierra County Commissioners unanimously approved a motion selecting current McKinley Coun-ty Manager Bruce Swingle to fill the vacant position of Sierra County Manager…

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Jail Targeted In Civil Rights Suit

An Albuquerque law firm specializing in claims of wrongful imprisonment, or cases where civil rights have allegedly been violated by governmental agencies, has its sights set on the Sierra County jail…

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98K Visit EB Lake

phant Butte Lake State Park (EBLSP) Superintendent Kay Dunlap has been working with the facility…

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City Hears From Upset Seniors

One of the primary action items on the Truth or Consequences City Commis-sion’s July 8 regular meeting agenda was the review and…

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SAFE & SANE

Although persistent drought conditions prompted Sierra County Commis-sioners and area municipal leaders to once again enact tight restrictions on the sale and use of fireworks for the Fourth of July, a wide range of pyrotechnics are still available for purchase throughout the community.
Local stands are prohibited from selling designated aerial and ground audible devices, but are well stocked with enticing assortments of legal items to sure to enhance informal celebrations.
As always, area residents and visitors are encouraged to practice caution when engaging in the use of permitted fireworks. Everyone is also reminded that area law enforcement and fire department authorities will…

Sierra Vista Hospital

Rope Rescue Training

Sierra Vista Hospital EMS personnel spent some time recently practicing rope rescue off a bridge…

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Sierra County Among Lowest Paying NM Counties

The Southwest Office of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has released, County Employment and Wages in New Mexico –Fourth Quarter 2013. The report shows employment and wage levels for all 33 New Mexico counties, with special emphasis given to the largest county, Bernalillo…

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Feud Ends In Fatal Shooting

Feuding that spanned nearly three decades is said to have come to a fatal end when a man allegedly shot and killed another in the roadway of Las Palomas Canyon Road….

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City Sets Future Course

In addressing a series of action items during their June 24 regular meeting, T-or-C City Commissioners ensured development of a long-anticipated solar project, endorsed planned upgrades for the municipal airport, and forwarded a comprehensive study of the city’s electrical distribution system…

Sierra Vista Hospital

Hospital Improving Despite SCNP Lag

One of the primary action items on the Sierra Vista Hospital (SVH) Governing Board’s June 25 regular meeting agenda was the review and approval of the facility’s final budget for the 2014/2015 fiscal year…

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Rock Crawling Event To Bring Hundreds

Sierra County’s abundance of vast and rugged public land is bringing hundreds of adventure enthusiasts here during one week this fall to spend their time and money…

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T-or-C Commits To Fee Hike For WWTP Grant

By unanimous approval at the conclusion of a June 18 special meeting, T-or-C City Commissioners directed City Manager Juan Fuentes to begin taking administrative actions to fulfill mandates attached to a US Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant for proposed Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) renovations…

Elephant Butte Lake

Man Drowns At EB Lake

Life saving measures used Monday afternoon to revive a man pulled from the water of Elephant Butte Lake were to no avail, as the man passed away while being airlifted to University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque…

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Mammoth Fossil Found At EB Lake

Paleontologists with the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science are excavating the area around what appears to be a Stegomastodon fossil found by campers at Elephant Butte Lake last week…

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Flood Office Dissolution Approved

In a two to one vote, with commissioner Bobby Allen dissenting, Sierra County com-missioners approved a motion to dissolve the Office of Flood Commissioner, during a special meeting Tuesday afternoon, June 10…

Sierra Vista Hospital

SVH Offers Patient Portal

In compliance with the federal government’s Meaningful Use Initiative, all hospitals will soon be required to provide patients (and/or a patient-authorized user) access to his or her patient record electronically…

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ER Construction Imminent

Due to construction, walk-in patients must now access Sierra Vista Hospital’s (SVH) Emergency Department through the hospital’s main (front) entrance, which will remain open 24-hours each day…

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Virgin, Spaceport  Sign Key Agreement

Virgin Galactic, the privately funded space company owned by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, Abu Dhabi’s Aabar Investments PJS and Spaceport America announced today that they have signed a joint agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that helps clear the path for commercial flights of SpaceShipTwo…

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Two Charged For Causing Trouble At Jail

Two incidents at the Sierra County Detention Center have been handled by the Sierra County Sheriff’s Department and have resulted in the two troublemakers facing additional charges…

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Your Car Is Waiting…

By Hans Townsend The municipal airport finally got the courtesy car that, as Bobby Middleton, chairman of the Airport Advisory Board quipped, “we have been waiting for for 20 years!” …

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Undersheriff Resigns

Paul Montoya, undersheriff with the Sierra County Sheriff’s Department, presented a letter of resignation from that position…

Your Vote Counts

Primary Election Tuesday

Democratic and Republican voters will be setting the ballot for November, when they go to the polls in the June 3 party primary elections…