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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…

City of Truth or Consequences

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…


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…


98K Visit EB Lake

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

City of Truth or Consequences

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…



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…


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…

Police beat

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….

City of Truth or Consequences

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…


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…

City of Truth or Consequences

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…


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…

Sierra Vista Hospital Construction

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…

Spaceport America

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…

Police beat

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…

Police beat

Four Arrested For Child Abuse

The T-or-C Police Depart-ment has been working diligently on four separate cases that resulted in two men and two women with varying charges of child abuse…

Police beat

Accidental Shooting Sends One To SVH

A T-or-C man was charged with negligent discharge of a firearm after his .45 caliber firearm went off while he was cleaning the weapon and shot his girlfriend…

Sierra Vista Hospital

Hospital Aiming To Celebrate

In his first three weeks as Sierra Vista Hospital’s (SVH) new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Michael Zimmerman has undoubtedly focused on wide range of issues and tangible concerns…

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County Lets Manager Go

Commissioners re-opened the meeting to the public and in a unanimous vote approved a motion to terminate the contract with County Manager Mark Huntzinger…


Rule Changes Could Effect Marijuana Users

Drastic changes could be in store for the 158 people in Sierra County who have medical conditions that qualify them for a state-issued medical cannabis card.


County Use Of Food Stamps On The Rise

The use of food stamps in Sierra County increased during the recession, assisting families in stretching their food dollars, contributing to local spending and helping spark a national debate about the future of the federal nutrition program.

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Emotions Flood Meeting

Ragsdale Tenders Resignation After Serving 7+ Years

Police beat

Woman Killed In Crash

A 23-year old Hatch woman died in a single vehicle crash in the Elephant Butte area around 9:30 Sunday night.

Stamp Out Hunger

Help Stamp Out Hunger Saturday

Saturday will mark the 22nd anniversary of one of America’s great days of giving, the National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.


City Bus Program Set To Roll

Officials with the South Central Regional Transportation District announced a pilot public transportation program would begin service for Sierra County residents …..

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SVH New CEO Onboard

Sierra Vista Hospital’s new Chief Executive Officer Michael Zimmerman outlined some of his first impressions and overall goals for members of the facility’s governing board Wednesday afternoon..

Police beat

Police Warn Of Phone Scams

The T-or-C Police Department is asking the public to be aware of a high volume of telephone scams being made to residents in the area…


Pestak Retires

Sierra County Magistrate Court Judge Thomas G. Pestak formally declared his intent to retire after 20 years of service….

Police beat

Couple Arrested After Stabbing

T-or-C Police Officers arrested a man and woman following a domestic disturbance during which the man was stabbed and the woman threatened with a butcher knife. Police were flagged down in the area of Third and Ash Streets.

Fiesta 2014 Queen

Miss Fiesta Named

After Isabel Maldonado was named Miss Fiesta 2014 ….

Road Construction

I-25 Bridge Work Details Released

As previously reported, this summer’s project list for New Mexico Department of Transportation contractors will include renovations and upgrades to three regional bridges along Interstate 25.

Fiesta 2014

Fiesta Tribute Dinner Saturday

The Annual Fiesta Tribute Dinner honors the memory of Ralph Edwards, creator and host of the game show entitled Truth Or Consequences, the namesake of our town. The popular event is open to the public. The dinner will be held…

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County Poised To Move On Flood Repairs

With an April 16 endorsement by Sierra County Flood Director, the final processing of six major flood remediation projects is now proceeding. This action is anticipated to deliver approximately $3.5 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding to Sierra County’s coffers…

Fiesta 2013 Court

Fiesta Party Kicking Off

It’s almost Fiesta time and the Truth or Consequences Fiesta Board is gearing up with the first set of events planned for next weekend…

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Recreation Board Looks To Next Project

Although details concerning the operation of T-or-C’s Municipal Swimming Pool are still being worked out, the facility’s Feb. 21 opening marked the completion of a series of projects initiated by the City’s Recreation Advisory Board…..

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Is El Niño On The Way?

New Mexico: Jan/Feb 2014 was the driest since 1895. Amount of NM in extreme drought has increased six fold since January 1st….

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Road Projects Bolster Infrastructure

Motorists traveling in and about T-or-C, Elephant Butte and Sierra County over the upcoming weeks and months will undoubtedly be encountering at least one of the many roadway projects currently underway or set to begin in the very near future…..

Fiesta 2013 Court

11 Vie For Miss Fiesta

A total of 11 young ladies will be competing for the title of Miss Fiesta, ….

Spaceport America

What Kind Of Tourist Will Virgin Galactic Bring To Our Doorstep?

With Virgin Galactic now aiming for its first launch by the end of this year, there are some entrepreneurial opportunities currently available for Sierra County residents….

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What a Wreck

A local man was taken to Sierra Vista Hospital after he crashed his 2005 GMC Canyon pickup into a storage unit off of Third Street March 24…

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30 Days  Church Notifies AppleTree To Vacate Property

A local church this week instructed Appletree Child Development Center to vacate the premises at 1300 S. Broad-way in Truth or Consequences within the next 30 days, after negotiations betwe-en the school, church and the State Assembly of God Ministries failed this week.

Sierra Vista Hospital

CEO Selection Made, SVH Advances Development

After emerging from closed-door executive session discussion’s March 26, members of Sierra Vista Hospital’s (SVH) Governing Board reopened the afternoon’s regular public meeting and endorsed a measure aimed at bringing the search for a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to a close…