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Comment Time On Copper Flat Mine Project

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Copper Flat Copper Mine Project (Project), opening a 45-day public comment period…

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NMFA Gives Nod On New Hospital Funding 

During a November 19 meeting, board members with the New Mexico Finance Authority (NMFA) approved a $36 million funding request from Sierra Vista Hospital (SVH), opening the door for construction of a new clinic and hospital facility…

City of Truth or Consequences

Grants Dominate City

Truth or Consequences (T-or-C) City Commissioners finalized the acceptance of several important funding grants, while also endorsing applications for additional revenue during a special meeting Monday, November 23…

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The Bend Problem

The Truth or Consequences (T-or-C) Public Utility Advisory Board’s (PUAB) November 16 regular meeting was highlighted by reports from the city’s electric and wastewater department…

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County, EB Declare Status To Open Doors To Funding

After Sierra County Manager Bruce Swingle stressed the importance of opening doors to all available funding November 16, county commissioners unanimously approved resolution (No. 104-036)…

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Stolen Gun Case Leads To Arrests

The investigation into a stolen rifle led Sierra County Sheriff’s Deputies to arrest three individuals…

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Couple Found Dead In Garage

Two calls to Sierra County Regional Dispatch regarding a possible shooting in the 600 block of Wyona Wednesday, November 11 led T-or-C Police Officers to find two bodies in a garage…

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Latest Launch A Success

Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built, commercial spaceport, announced the successful launch this week of an UP Aerospace SpaceLoft™ rocket…

City of Truth or Consequences

T-or-C Endorses Alternative Energy Systems Ordinance

In a unanimous vote during their November 11 regular meeting, Truth or Consequences (T-or-C) city commissioners approved the adoption of Ordinance 664…

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Sierra County Sentinel Veteran Tribute 2015

This is a tribute to all local veterans. Thank you for your service!

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Man Found Guilty For Evading Police

A jury of his peers found Marcos Figueroa, of Truth or Consequences, guilty of evading police…

City of Truth or Consequences

City Eyes Business Incentives

At the urging of mayor pro-tem Steve Green Tuesday, October 27, Truth or Consequences (T-or-C) city commissioners approved a motion to begin studying options for a potential incentive package…

Sierra Vista Hospital

Boards Approve Loan Process For New Hospital

With Sierra Vista Hospital’s (SVH) new and impressive emergency room set to begin seeing patients November 2…

City of Truth or Consequences

New City Clerk On Board

Truth or Consequences (T-or-C) city manager Juan Fuen-tes announced the hiring of Renee Cantin…

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Discarded Savings Bonds Returned

Officer Blacklock of the Truth or Consequences Police Department responded to the Community Health Foundation Thrift Store on Oct. 17 at about 12:15 p.m. in regard to found property…

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EB Waits On JPA With County

After discussing a proposed joint powers agreement (JPA) with the Sierra County Detention Center during their October 21 regular session,..

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New County Leaders Share Plans For Growth

Sierra County Commissioners welcomed reports from newly hired Sierra Soil and Water Conservation Department (SSWCD) Director Toby Boone and Sierra County Extension Agent Josh Boyd during the board’s October 20 regular session…


Schools Pause Pool Planning

In a two to one vote during their October 8 regular meeting, the Truth or Consequences (T-or-C) District School board opted to postpone further discussions with the city of T-or-C regarding a proposed swimming pool project…

New Mexico State Parks

Off Road Event This Weekend

For the second year in a row hundreds of off-roading adventure enthusiasts are in Sierra County for the Annual Chile Challenge at Caballo Lake State Park…

City of Truth or Consequences

Commission Discusses Muni Course Needs

Truth or Consequences (T-or-C) city commissioners devoted a significant portion of their October 13 meeting to a review of the municipal golf course’s current conditions and ongoing needs. ..

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The Ultimate Open House

On October 3, Spaceport America hosted its first ever open house. The event was completely free to the public; however, there was limited registration for both the public and the media…


Sierra County Fair Celebrates 75 Years

Sierra County’s 4-H and FFA members, as well as businesses…

New Mexico State Parks

State Parks Seeking Public Comment On Rec Plan

The New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, State Parks Division, has released a draft of “Viva New Mexico…

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Teenager Charged In Fatal Shooting

New Mexico State Police (NMSP) have released information that show charges of murder and tampering with evidence have been filed against 15-year-old Quincy Calloway…

City of Truth or Consequences

City Moving Projects Forward

Truth or Consequences (T-or-C) City Commissioners en-dorsed six separate measures pertaining to ongoing or future water and wastewater division…

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Caught: Doing The Right Thing

On Sept. 28, 2015, at approximately 2:14 p.m., the Truth or Consequences Police Department received a telephone call from Syndey Weaver of Florence, Arizona.

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The People’s Voice Is Heard

Offering a very clear statement, voters participating in the City of Truth or Consequences’ (T-or-C) September 22 special election overwhelmingly denounced…

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Homicide Investigation Continues

While New Mexico State Police are still withholding all details on Sunday’s fatal shooting of a 31-year old T-or-C man…

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Torres Captured

Police reported this week that they stumbled upon Justin Torres in the Las Cruces area where he had reportedly wrecked a truck that belonged to a former fellow inmate.

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Local Man Escapes Jail

A former Sierra County man has missed two court appearances while on the run from law enforcement.

Spaceport America

‘Trip Of A Lifetime’

On September 15, a select group of sixth and seventh grade students from Truth or Consequences Middle School (TCMS) were chosen to visit Spaceport America.

Your Vote Counts

Election Tuesday

The City of Truth or Con-sequences’ special election centering on proposed Ordi-nance #665 will take place Tuesday, September 22.

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The Hazards Of Reading Meters

In consecutive presentations for the Truth or Consequences’ (T-or-C) City Commission September 8, representatives of the city’s water and electric divisions outlined a wide variety of hazards…

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Swim Lessons Begin At City Pool

The Sierra County Swim Team (SCST) will be commencing for the winter season beginning in September of this year. Tryouts for new swimmers…

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Early Vote Count

The City of Truth or Con-sequences’ (T-or-C) special election concerning proposed Ordinance #665 is less than two weeks away…

Your Vote Counts

Ballots Mounting

Early voting for the City of Truth or Consequences’ (T-or-C) September 22 special election formally began Wednesday…

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A Surprising Gusher

Crewmembers for the City of Truth or Consequences accidentally cracked open an underground water main…

Spaceport America

Spaceport For ARCA Launch Vehicle Testing

Spaceport America (SA) – the world’s first purpose-built, commercial spaceport – announced this week that ARCA Space Corporation has selected SA as the site for its space launch vehicle and high altitude autonomous aircraft testing.

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Municipalities Tapped For Inmate Medical Costs

During his report to the Sierra Vista Hosptial (SVH) Governing Board August 26, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mike Zimmerman relayed that a recent communication from…

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The Battle Over Lee Belle Johnson Center

Truth or Consequences citizens will decide the fate of the Lee Belle Johnson Center in coming weeks..,


Did I Do That?

A Ft. Bliss, Texas man had to have help pulling Dodge truck from Elephant Butte Lake Sunday, August 23…

City of Truth or Consequences

City/School Pool Concept Floated

Truth or Consequences (T-or-C) City Commissioners Kathy Clark and Jeff Richter outlined a proposal.

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City Addresses High Utility Bills

This week dozens of Truth or Consequences (T-or-C) residents were surprised when they checked their mail and utility bills with charges double or more the previous month’s bill.

Memorial Day Events Planned

Marinas Mauled By Wind

Elephant Butte Lake’s Marina del Sur sustained major damage from straight-line winds.

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City Weed & Water Rules

Due to the recent rainfall in Truth or Consequences, the mustard weeds have taken over many individual’s yard

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Construction Begins On New Field

It couldn’t have been better weather Saturday morning, August 8, as city employees, members of the Truth or Consequences Rotary Club and the Sierra County Youth Soccer Association (SCYSA), began construction of a new soccer field.

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Man Charged For Misconduct With Teenager

The parents of a teenage girl called police after they learned that a man had tried to talk their daughter into having sex with him.


Animal Control To Step Up Efforts

The Truth or Consequen-ces Police Department (TC-PD) will begin an aggressive proactive approach of identifying un-restrained animals within the communities of Truth or Consequences and the Village of Williamsburg.


EB Adopts ‘Red Lot’ Revisions

members of the Elephant Butte City Council adopted revisions pertaining to so-called “red lots” during their regular meeting August 5.

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Two Arrested In Meth Bust

A two-month investigation into methamphetamine trafficking in Sierra County resulted in the early Thursday morning arrest of two Williamsburg residents.

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Plane Crash Located Days Later

Officials with the Federal Aviation Admini-stration (FAA) and National Transpor-tation …

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Gatlin Takes Plea In Child Porn Case

A Truth or Conse-quences man has entered into a plea agreement with the state after his charges of sexual exploitation of a child…


School! Just Days Away

It’s amazing how quickly the summer ended and the new school year is already beginning next week

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Breaking Ground For Honored Veterans

For more than a decade, New Mexico State Veterans’ Home (NMSVH) Administrator Lori Montgomery and a host of both state and federal officials have diligently pursued…

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Szigeti To Chair PUAB

Addressing a scheduled reorganization toward the conclusion of the July 20 regular meeting, Truth or Consequences Public Utility Advisory Board (PUAB) Chairman Al Siffring…

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Area Cleaning Up After Storms

While we are delighted to have so much rain, the problem is that when it comes down too hard and fast we experience flooding.

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Fire Claims Woman’s Life

Family and friends are seeking donations to help a family that fell victim to a tragic fire Saturday.

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Alleged Sexual Misconduct Lands Man Behind Bars

Truth or Consequences Police have arrested a 23-year-old man after a youth he was charged with supervising and mentoring accused him of sexual assault.

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Ad Hoc Members File Complaints Against Local Publisher, Clerk

Members of a group opposed to the lease of the Lee Belle Johnson Center (LBJ) have recently filed complaints with the Secretary of State (SOS)…

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Local Man Dies In Single Vehicle Crash

State Police are indicating that driver fatigue is likely the cause of a single vehicle crash.

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Armory Transfer To City Official

In a special ceremony Wednesday morning, July 8, Truth or Consequences Mayor Sandra Whitehead and New Mexico National Guard…

Memorial Day Events Planned

142,000+ Visit Area Lakes

By the official count, Sierra County’s State Park facilities hosted a combined total of 142,625 visitors.


HSHS Classes Of The ’60s Reunion Planned

Events on Saturday also include a golf scramble at the golf course; tee time is 9 a.m. The golf scramble is open to the first 24 people that sign up.


Fenn Faces Multiple Charges, ‘Banned’ From Visitor’s Center

A Truth or Consequences man has been issued two trespass orders, as well as summonsed into T-or-C Municipal Court after his actions last week…

Memorial Day Events Planned

Move It Or Lose It

With a telephone call from Albuquerque-based Starfire Pyrotechnics last Wednesday…

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Alcohol Involved In Fatal Crash

Alcohol is being blamed for the fatal crash that took the life of a Stanley, New Mexico man Sunday morning, June 21. According to New Mexico State Police, Leo Martinez, 27, of Stanley, was driving east on State Road 51…

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City of Truth or Consequences

Commission Approves Wolf Ordinance

By a unanimous vote, Sierra County Commissioners sided with the rights of humans in future interactions with wolves and approved a new ordinance (15-004) detailing emergency procedures regarding such interactions during the board’s June 23 session…

Spaceport America

Spaceport Visitor Center Opens In Downtown T-or-C

Spaceport America – the world’s first purpose-built, commercial spaceport announced this week that the new Spaceport America Experience tour is open for visitors…


Park Improvements Coming

Although well-maintained and welcoming, Williamsburg’s “Highway 187 Park” doesn’t attract as many patrons as the facilities merit.

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Allegations Of Misconduct Land Man Behind Bars

A retired Marine and Truth or Consequences resident was arrested June 3 on charges of criminal sexual contact of a child, false imprisonment, and two counts of battery.

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Officer Hospitalized After Dog Attack

A Truth or Consequences Police Officer was hospitalized this week after being attacked by a pit bull/bull mastiff cross.

Sheriff's Truck in Deep Water

Socorro Vacates Monticello Road

During their regular meeting earlier this week, Socorro County Commis-sioners approved a motion to vacate…

City of Truth or Consequences

A Troubling Report

BAD PIPES – Some examples of the aging, rusted and many would likely say all-but useless

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Visitors Center Issues Reviewed

In a straightforward presentation during the June 9 meeting of the Truth or Consequen-ces City Commission…

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Sex Offender Arrested After Failing To Register, For Years

A convicted sex offender out of the state of Colorado has been picked up on charges that he failed to comply with sex offender registration requirements for the past two years…

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2 Cases: 1 Arrested, 2 Kids Taken Into State Custody

Two separate, unrelated child abuse cases have been investigated by the Truth or Consequences Police Department…


Rec Board Continues Their Facility Planning

Little League baseball season in full swing, the co-ed adult softball league is entering season-ending tournament play and both men and women’s adult softball leagues are poised to begin play…

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County Commission Votes To Vacate Road

Despite a Freeholders committee recommendation to leave an approximate one and a half mile portion of county road CO33 open for public use, Sierra County Commissioners rendered a majority decision May 27 to vacate the roadway…

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Local Man Found To Have Thousands Of Child Porn Pics

The swift action by the office of the attorney general as well as the Truth or Consequences Police Department has landed a 54-year-old T-or-C man behind bars on two counts of sexual exploitation of children, one a second degree felony and the other a fourth…


FGT Settles In AppleTree Lawsuit

A local church has dropped its lawsuit against an educational center once affiliated with it – and agreed to sell disputed property to the center after a two year court battle…

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X2nSat Partners With Spaceport

Global satellite communications solutions provider X2nSat has announced its decision…


Man Arrested After Rampage

Sierra County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to a Lakeshore Highlands residence in the early morning hours…


Elephant Butte Welcomes New Manager

After Elephant Butte Municipal Court Judge Terry Dalrymple presided…

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Group Seeks To Prevent Lease Of Lee Belle Johnson Center

It once served as the town’s police station, and also housed the municipal court for a time.

Sierra Vista Hospital

4wd Bolsters SVH EMS Fleet

Gathering for a special ceremony Tuesday morning, May 12, officials with Sierra Vista Hospital (SVH)…

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Local Inmates Affected By Luna County Detention Lock Down

Damage to a Luna County Detention Center telephone for the purpose of procuring weapons

Stocking The Butte

Volunteers released 20,000 largemouth bass-fry into Elephant Butte Lake…

New Elephant Butte Manager Named

After considering resumes from a host of hopeful applicants…

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Police Arrest Man For Waving Gun At Them

Police were called to a travel trailer near Third Ave. and Silver St….

Local Utility Scam Alert

The City of Truth or Conse-quences Police Department is advising residents in the area, as well as all of Sierra County, to be aware of a possible scam targeting Sierra Electric Co-Op and T-or-C utility customers…

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Man Admits To Stabbing Cousin, Mother

A man described as being diagnosed as schizophrenic and who had recently been discharged from a behavioral health facility…

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Small Fire Evacuates Hotel

Approximately 50 guests were evacuated from their hotel rooms around 2 a.m. Sunday morning, April 26, when a fire was reported…

Positives Mounting For Hospital

Beginning with a March financial report that SVH Finance Committee Chairman Warren Cross termed as “fabulous,”..


HSHS Envirothon Wins Third Championship

The local Envirothon team, “The Scat Cats,” won first place in the state competition held in Glorieta New Mexico this past weekend. ..

Practice Makes Perfect

Sierra County Emergency Management officials hosted a special emergency exercise at T-or-C’s Senior Center Friday afternoon, April 17…

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Fiesta Royalty

2015 Miss Fiesta Jennysue Kasiah, First Runner-Up Jesse Danielle Warne (left) and Second Runner-Up Cloyce Jo Bishop…

44 Dogs Taken From EB Home

Sierra Animal Shelter officials report that 26 of the 44 dogs collected from an Elephant Butte home…

Mealsite Hosts Drill Friday

The Sierra County Office of Emergency Management, in collaboration with local, state and federal responder agencies, will be conducting an emergency preparedness drill on Friday, April 17 in the area of the Senior Mealsite

Building Little League In T-or-C

“Well, James, I don’t know exactly what you’re wanting to write, but if I have any preference at all – if you can make it
more about the Little League than about me, it’s better.”

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Stolen Lumber Lands Man In Jail

Truth or Consequences Police were quick to respond to an
alarm call at Foxworth Galbraith Lumber Company in the early
morning hours of Saturday, April 4…

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Two Arrested For Taking Tires From Workplace

Two men, who worked in the same tire shop in Truth or
Consequences, have been arrested after the management of the
store reported the duo had taken tires out of the shop by placing
them on one of the men’s vehicle.

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5 Arrested, ‘Shutting Down Drug Ring’

A man, his wife, brother, cousin and a friend have all been arrested after a warrant was served at an Elephant Butte home late Thursday night, March 26.

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Wanted Man Runs From Police

A Truth or Consequences man, who was wanted on a warrant for failing to appear in court, ran from police Monday night, March 30. Sierra County Sheriff’s Deputies spotted a vehicle in Elephant Butte, known to be driven by Jacob Sprutles, who had an outstanding warrant. When officers attempted to stop the Ford Bronco, Sprutles attempted to drive off the roadway into a cleared area and turned off his headlights. However, he then turned his headlights back on and sped away, eventually getting on to I-25 at mile marker 89.

Let The Fun Begin

After many months of planning and efforts, contractors recently completed
construction of Elephant Butte’s first entrance monument

EB Moving Past Briley’s Resignation

Officials with the city of Elephant Butte acknowledged earlier this week the March 18 resignation of city manager Alan Briley, who had served the community in that capacity since November 2007.

ER Target Date Moving

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mike Zimmerman announced that the end-of-May target date for completion of the hospital’s new emergency room facility would be pushed back.

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BMX Project Rolling Along

With a supply of excess earth from the nearby solar farm project’s construction on hand, T-or-C City crewmembers have recently been busy fabricating a challenging BMX (Bicycle Moto-Cross) track adjacent to the Louis Armijo Sports Complex


Pool Offers Spring Break Bonus Swims

The city of Truth or Consequences Municipal Swimming Pool will be holding special sessions for kids while they are out of school during Spring Break, March 23-27…

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Energy Credit Programs Go To City Commission

Members of the Truth or Consequences Public Utility Advisory Board (PUAB) reviewed two proposed renewable energy credit programs during their March 16 meeting…

EB Approves Code Changes

After conducting a formal public hearing, which included no comments from community members…

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City Welcomes Peterson, Meets New Chief

Truth or Consequences City Commissioners successfully addressed a pressing concern as they filled their Position Three board vacancy at a special meeting Tuesday, March 10…

Poker Run To Benefit Wounded Warriors

The ‘Dueces and Chains’ poker run begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 14 at Elephant Butte Lake State Park..

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Miss Fiesta Contest A Go

Truth or Consequences City Commission-ers and community members in attendance at the board’s March 10 meeting were delivered a bombshell during the evening’s public comment session …

SVH Welcomes Orthopedics

Sierra Vista Hospital (SVH) is pleased to announce a new provider to the Specialty Clinic…


School District Food Bank Helping

Late last year, members of the Truth or Consequences District School Board approved the initiation of a food bank program. The program is aimed at providing nutritional aid for families of elementary school students in need of assistance…

EB Still Searching For A Name

During the City Council’s March 4 workshop, Elephant Butte Mayor Pro-Tem Kim Skinner affirmed that councilors would be making the final decision regarding a proposed name change for Highway 195…

Sheriff’s K-9 Program Looking For Help

Sierra County Sheriff’s Office Cpl. Clay Cheney considers his partner, Susie, to be one of the most important members of the law enforcement community…

Snowy Start

The past work week began with a reminder that winter has not quite given up the ghost, surprising many of Sierra County’s residents and visitors with up to two inches of snow Monday, February 23…

PARCC Protest Prompts Concerns

Students at Hot Springs High School have planned to walk out of classes Friday morning, February 27, in protest of mandated standardized tests. The tests are set to begin in earnest on Monday, March 2.
The student action is a move to express opposition to the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) tests…

School Board’s Eyes On Testing

During their February 12 meeting, members of the Truth or Consequences School Board received an update regarding the district’s
preparations for the coming semester’s round of standardized student tests…

County Opposes Wolf Program

In a unanimous vote, Sierra County Commissioners during their February 17 session approved a resolution (#103-065) establishing their opposition to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Wolf Recovery Program. ..

195: What Will We Call It?

Community resident Dallas Lipscomb shared a sample street sign featuring his suggestion for the new name of Elephant Butte’s adopted portion of Highway 195…

City of Truth or Consequences

City Orders Golf Course Pump Be Fixed

As part of their February 10 regular meeting agenda, Truth or Consequences City Commissioners returned to issues surrounding the municipal golf course’s irrigation system. After considering the available options, they unanimously …

Recognizing Centenarians

Aging and Long-Term Services Cabinet Secretary Gino Rinaldi is reminding New Mexicans that the Department recognizes anyone who is celebrating their 100th birthday with a Centenarian certificate signed by Governor Susana Martinez…

Deserving Praise

During a special ceremony February 10, T-or-C Mayor Sandra Whitehead presented T-or-C Volunteer Fire Department Chief Paul Tooley…

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Two Arrested After High Speed Chase With Police

Truth or Consequences Police were involved in a high-speed chase on Tuesday, February 3, with a man wanted for violating his probation…

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City Moves Toward Contract With FST

After receiving a number of public comments during a special meeting Tuesday evening, February 3, Truth or Consequences City Commissioners unanimously approved a motion…

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Commission Hears Status Of County

Over the past two weeks Sierra County leaders have met with state legislative representatives, and are planning more visits in the days ahead…

SVH ER Project Nears Mid Point

With the pouring of foundation concrete earlier this week, construction of Sierra Vista Hospital’s (SVH) new emergency room edged toward the project’s halfway mark…

Upscale Resort, Restaurant To Welcome Worldly Travelers

Media mogul Ted Turner is, literally, inviting the world to experience what residents in Sierra County have long cherished – the breathtaking scenery, outdoor adventure, and cultural, historical and geological wonders that are so abundant in the area…


School Election Tuesday

Sierra County voters are encouraged to participate in the Truth or Consequences District Schools Board Election, which focuses on the 2015 School Bond Issue, on Tuesday, February 3…

Saying Goodbye To Andy’s

Truth or Consequences residents joined with owners Andy and Susan Carr in saying goodbye to a long-standing city landmark Tuesday morning, January 20, as the former Andy and Susan’s Bar and Package was somewhat unceremoniously demolished…

It Could Cost More To Flush

In a unanimous vote of members in attendance at the January 20 regular meeting, the Truth or Consequences Public Utility Advisory Board (PUAB) supported a recommendation calling for a ten-percent customer rate increase for municipal wastewater services…

School Testing Poses Hurdles For Students

Among the agenda items addressed by members of the Truth or Consequences District School Board on January 15, was a brief review of recent revisions in the annual PARCC (the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) tests, which will soon be occupying the attention of area students…

Olivas Resigns From City Commission

With this move, Olivas stated that he would no longer be able to fulfill his obligations as a member of the city commission and was therefore, “with deep sadness,” submitting his resignation…

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Police Solve Burglaries, Make More Arrests

The Truth or Consequences Police Department has continued their investigation into burglaries in the area, and just this week made two arrests solving a case, and a third arrest while investigating a suspicious vehicle…

First Volunteer Dept. To Reach ISO Class II

New Mexico State Fire Marshal John Standefer commended T-or-C Fire Chief Paul Tooley (back) for his efforts in helping the City’s fire department to become…

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Four Arrested In Morning Raid

Joint efforts between law enforcement officers from five agencies resulted in the arrests of four individuals in Truth or Consequences Thursday morning, January 8…

EB Councilor Stagner Resigns

During reports at the outset of the Elephant Butte City Council January 7 meeting, second term councilor Sarah Stagner formally announced her intention to resign from the board following the January 21 session…

Developer Purchases ALCO Property

Like all business ventures, keeping a low-key profile until everything is signed and the ink dried is a good idea – but for a jobs-hungry town like Truth or Consequences…

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Affordable Solar Begins Tracking Installation

The city of Truth or Consequences has begun installation of its 1.8 MW solar tracking installation, after months of zoning…

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Chief Responds To Critics Re: Crime

In a special December 24 press conference, Truth or Consequences Police Department (TCPD) Chief Priscilla Mullins addressed a number of statements reportedly expressed through local social media outlets, which have criticized her department’s handling of recent property crimes…

Bill Seeks To Strip Spaceport Authority Of Some Power

A bill filed ahead of the 2015 New Mexico Legislative Session seeks to repeal the state Spaceport Authority’s (SA) power to issue bonds, as well as limit the use of proceeds of the county regional spaceport gross receipts tax…

Gross Receipts Tax Goes Up Jan. 1

With this year’s approval of the so-called ‘Hold Harmless’ bill by state legislators, and a subsequent measure by Sierra County Commissioners approving a related tax hike, area residents and businesses will see an increase in the county’s Gross Receipt Tax (GRT) rate, effective January 1, 2015…

First Official Action

After the newly elected candidates were sworn in Friday morning, December 19, they all took a moment to join efforts in cutting the celebratory cake…

SVH Addresses Helicopter Issues, Renews Contract

As part of his report to Sierra Vista Hospital (SVH) governing board members during their regular session De-cember 17, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mike Zimmer-man announced the completion of a new contract with Tri-State CareFlight..

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…

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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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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…

Kawasaki Films International Commercial At Spaceport

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

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…

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 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…

A Time For Giving A Helping Hand

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

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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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. ..

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…

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…

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)…

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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…

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…

See You At The Fair

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

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 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 …

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…

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 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…

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…

Sheriff’s Department Down 5

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

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…

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…

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…


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…

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….

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…

Police beat

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…

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…

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…


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…

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…

TCES Contruction 4x9

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

sierra county

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…

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…

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…

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…

Courtesy Car

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!” …

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…

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…

sierra county

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.

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 …..

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 ….

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…

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…..

Drought map

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….

Creating a path consruction

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, ….

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…

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.

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…


Teston’s Named Business Of The Year

SENTINEL Staff The Truth or Consequences/Sierra County Chamber of Commerce announced their business of the year on March 15 during their annual banquet. This year’s recipient of the traveling trophy was Milton Teston of Teston’s Chevron.

County Tends To Fire And Flood Issues

While significant focus was placed on the Sierra County Commission’s consideration of flood mitigation contracts, topping the board’s March 18 meeting’s action items was the initiation of fire restrictions for all unincorporated areas of Sierra County…

Schools Contract For Canine Sweeps

In a unanimous vote, members of the T-or-C District School Board approved a contract that will initiate a series of unannounced sweeps for drugs, alcohol and weapons …

More Charges Emerge From Jail Search

3 Detention Officers Included In New Charges

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Inmate Faces More Charges

One of the three inmates that was moved following the February 5 raid of the Sierra County Detention Center faces additional charges for his misconduct while at the local jail….

Candidates Sign Up For Primary

Tuesday, March 11 was sign-up day for major party candidates seeking posts in the November 4 State elections….

Lake Level Rising

With irrigation season yet to begin, residents and business owners surrounding Elephant Butte Lake are keeping a close eye on the reservoir’s steady rise…

Police beat

Two Arrested For Sex Crimes Against Minors

Two Truth or Consequences men, ages 27 and 28, have been arrested on unrelated sex crimes against children, following investigations by the Truth or Consequences (T-or-C) Police Department…

PILT True Source Of County Woe

County Manager Mark Huntzinger told governing board members how the State of New Mexico’s newly organized Safety Net Care Pool would now replace the former Sole Community Provider program…

City of Truth or Consequences

SJOA Concerns Voiced To City Commission


Police beat

Thieves Target Paseo del Rio Trail Signs

In a recent check of the Paseo del Rio Campground authorities from Elephant Butte Lake State Park found nine educational/interpretive signs had been removed from the facility’s river trail….

Hospital Eyeing Project Re-Bid

Sierra Vista Hospital governing board members have turned their attention towards the hospital’s pending construction of a new emergency room and central plant facility….

Jail Administrator’s Contract Terminated

Sierra County Commissioners voted unanimously to terminate the contract of Detention Center Administrator Curtis Cherry….

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Transforming Sierra County Into An Adventure Destination

As adventure tourism is the fastest growing segment in the tourism industry, Sierra County is poised for success with efforts coming together to transform the exisisting local ‘secret spots’ into adventure destinations for all.

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Creating A Path

As promised during a special public meeting last August, officials with the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) began a planned renovation of Date Street earlier this week….

Church Sues Educational Center

Church board seeks to nullify lease agreement for school building…

Joe Martinez

T-or-C Native Olympian Winner

Joe Martinez is a Hot Springs High graduate is a proud New Mexico Senior Olympian winner.

Police beat

Changes Being Made At Jail: Additional Charges Filed

A random search of the Sierra County Detention Center by facility staff members Friday, February 7, uncovered numerous items of contraband material in the possession of one female inmate…

Drugs Found In Jail During Sweep

Detention Officer Cited For Having Switchblade, Inmates Moved In Investigation….

Contest winners

T-or-C Inventor Winner In Contest

BBVA Compass announced February 5 the winners of its Great Ideas for Small Business contest on Facebook, awarding two $10,000 grand prizes to help a pair of budding businesses grow…

Pool Opening Eyed As Project Finally Finished

During the T-or-C Recreation Advisory Board’s regular meeting February 3, City Manager Juan Fuentes reported that the last details of the swimming pool enclosure project have been addressed…..

Proposed Site Of Public Service Complex

With legislative funding requests for construction of a community animal shelter now pending in Santa Fe, T-or-C City Manager Juan Fuentes introduced a plan to City Commissioners January 28, which would expand the project to include development of a “one-stop” Public Safety Complex…..

Police beat

Thieves Team Up In Shoplifting

Two women who allegedly joined shopping forces were arrested after they failed to pay for more than $950 worth of items from Wal-Mart Saturday, Jan. 25. Truth or Consequences Police officers were called to the store after a store manager…

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SARSD Supports Excess Fund Use

In a special meeting January 24, board members for the Spaceport America Regional Spaceport District defeated a motion aimed at redistributing excess Gross Receipt Tax ) funds the New Mexico Spaceport Authority utilizes for operational expenses when available….

Hospital CEO Search Stumbles

Faced with documented lapses in Open Meetings Act protocols, a draft of proposed revisions to the present Joint Powers Agreement (JPA) and numerous other points of disagreement, members of Sierra Vista Hospital’s (SVH) Governing Board postponed anticipated consideration of a potential Chief Executive Officer (CEO) candidate Friday, January 17. Board members agreed to reconvene for a special meeting Thursday afternoon, January 23 to both discuss the CEO position and formally consider the selection of a new CEO for the facility. ….

Is It Big Enough?

Amid a construction report, Superintendent Craig Cummins acknowledged the new facility would not include sufficient classroom space…

Police beat

1 Business, 2 Thefts, 4 Arrests

Two separate thefts from an Elephant Butte business in just two weeks have landed four local people in jail on charges of larceny and conspiracy…..

Efforts Made To Reintroduce Gila Trout To Stream

Anglers, property owners and others interested in the Animas Creek drainage system may want to attend a state Water Quality Control Commission meeting in Truth or Consequences at 10 a.m. February 19 to discuss the use of the piscicides to allow the reintroduction of Gila Trout….

Out With The Old, In With The New

T-or-C Solid Waste Department crewmembers initiated the first phase of the City’s new poly-cart collection program Thursday morning.

Commission Renews Leadership Posts

In their first regular session of the new year, Tuesday, January 14, Sierra County Commissioners addressed the election of leadership posts…

And The Race Is On…

After the deadline for candidate registration passed Tuesday, January 7, the list of candidates for the upcoming March 4 municipal elections was formally announced….

Hospital CEO Search Narrowed

Sierra Vista Hospital Governing Board members gathered for another special session Wednesday with the primary focus again directed toward the selection of a new CEO….

Pool Project ‘Wading’ On Details

City manager Juan Fuentes said the municipal swimming pool cover project requires the completion of several remaining tasks and admitted that he could not yet say when the initiative would be finalized…

Bill Pre-Filed To Take Our Tax Money

Legislators feel Spaceport Tax benefiting our schools should be shared statewide

SVH Hosting Student Art

Manzano Christian School invites everyone to attend a special student art show…..

Elephant Butte Dam overview

A Walk In The Park To Remember

Officials with Elephant Butte Lake State Park and the Bureau of Reclamation welcomed visitors for a chance to walk along the top of Elephant Butte Dam and to take in the State Park’s Luchini Nature Trail New Year’s Day ….

Walk Across The Dam Event Planned

Everyone Welcome To Walk 1/1/14

Locals Place In Junior Olympic Rifle Competition

Caleb Young and Felix Apodaca traveled to Albuquerque to compete in two matches Dec. 21…

Candidate Call For Elections

On March 4, 2014, area voters will be asked to select candidates to fill a number of expiring posts for Sierra County’s three municipalities.

Police beat

Man Arrested For Stealing From Work

An employee has been arrested on charges alleging he broke into the shop where he works and stole stereo equipment, a cell phone, some checks, and then sold the stereo. Truth or Consequences Police arrested Johnny Wilkins Jr., 35, of…

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County Objects To Funding Grabs

At their December 17 regular meeting, Sierra County Commissioners approved two separate resolutions and accompanying communications, which were aimed at halting proposed funding changes at the state and federal level. The first measure commissioners addressed pertained to proposed legislation being…

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Gifts For Giving Event Saturday

Sometimes in the hustle and bustle of Christmas we forget what Christmas is all about–the birth of Jesus, a gift to all mankind. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will host a “Gifts for Giving” afternoon for any and all children who…

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SVH CEO Resigns

Recently Appointed CEO Departs Hastly After Just 4 Months On The Job….

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Parents, Son Arrested In Possession Of Stolen ATV

The investigation into a stolen Polaris Ranger and an iPad from a construction site on Smith Road has led to the arrest of a 17-year-old boy and his parents….


How You Can Help Locally

Christmas will soon be upon us, but there’s still enough time to help make this holiday season brighter for many of the less fortunate members of our community…..

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Homeless Man Arrested For Murdering Friend

Drinking and enjoying a Thanksgiving feast ended in death at a homeless camp on the north end of Truth or Consequences last week

Pool Fee Proposed, On To Commission

The city’s Recreation Advisory Board endorsed a proposed fee schedule for the municipal swimming pool. ….


Snowbird Finds Adopted Family After A 62-Year Search

Last May. Cordelia Weber attended a meeting of the Sierra County Genealogy society and it opened the door to a 62-year search……

Legislative Committee Endorses Local School District Be Stripped Of Funding

Spaceport Tax Would Now Go To Benefit All Schools, Not Just Sierra, Doña Ana

City of Truth or Consequences

Hot Springs Drilling Moratorium Continues

The City Commissioners during their November 21 session extend the residential drilling moratorium encompassing the thermal spring’s district…..

Diamond Named Ag Volunteer Of The Year

New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau Annual Banquet awarded Sierra County resident, John Diamond, as the 2013 Ag Volunteer of the Year….

Behavior Rebuffed: Allen Avoids Censure

A reported verbal outburst by Sierra County Commissioner Bobby Allen, which apparently occurred at the county administrative office during the week of November 4, became a primary focus of concern during the commission’s regular meeting November 19….

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Flushing Drugs Doesn’t Save Woman From Arrest

New Mexico State Police served a search warrant on a Caballo Road residence arresting a 31-year-old woman on drug related charge …

Board Stands With Teachers On Testing Concerns

In a unanimous vote of the quorum of members in attendance at their November 14 regular session, the Truth or Consequences District Schools Board approved two resolutions, which directly responded to the New Mexico Public Education Department’s (PED) latest mandated requirements for high school graduation, student testing and teacher evaluations…..

Sierra County Third In Overdose Deaths

State Ranked Tops In Combating Prescription Drug Abuse

Veteran's Car Show

Car Show Drives Up Benefits To Veterans

$7,000 To NMSVH Residents Fund

Pool Fees Under Review

The Truth or Consequences Recreation Advisory Board devoted a majority of their November 4 regular session to the review of a proposed fee schedule for the municipal swimming pool….

City of Truth or Consequences

City Extends Halt On Drilling In HS District

City Commissioners unanimously approved a motion in support of an ordinance revision to extend the moratorium prohibiting the drilling of domestic wells…

Virgin Galactic Expects Delays

The estimated start date for launching commercial flights from New Mexico’s Spaceport America has again been pushed back…

T-or-C Man Saved Lives, Defined Valor

Truth or Consequences resident Thomas Wisdom downplays the role he played in the Battle of Kham Duc in Vietnam in 1968, saying “A medal don’t make a hero.”….

Police beat

TCPD Takes Drugs Off The Streets

Over 49 Pounds Turned In

Hospital Mil-Levy Passes

Sierra County voters overwhelmingly supported the re-establishment of a 2-mil property tax levy

Testing, PED Trying Teachers’ Patience

Recent attempts to standardize education from both the state and federal level have presented students with a seemingly ever-changing and increasing number of mandated evaluations, with questionable results….

Mayor John Mulcahy

Mayor Resigns

Mayor John Mulcahy has announced his decision to resign his post with the T-or-C City Commission effective December 1…

Airboat Enthusiasts Bring 2 Purple Heart Recipients Together

The half submerged airboat appeared that chilly morning like a skeleton rising just above the swift current of the Rio Grande, more than two miles upstream from Elephant Butte Lake….

City of Truth or Consequences

BLM: T-or-C Can Use Land For Non-Recreational Puposes

BLM officials have confirmed the existence of documents that verify a “Reverter Clause” in force when a land agreement with the City of Truth or Consequence from the 1930s expired in 1984….

Wolf Documentary

Wolves: In Government Clothing

California film producer, David Spade, recently visited Sierra County while filming his two-part documentary series “Wolves in Government Clothing.”…

School Board Eyes Student Testing

Is testing taking away from learning?

City of Truth or Consequences

BLM Officials Contradict Report Of ‘Cease & Desist’ Order To City

A report published this week in a local newspaper alleging a BLM official notified the City of T-or-C to “Cease and Desist” development of its Solid Waste Collection Center is not based on fact…

Albert Lyon

Lyon Honored With Center’s Name Change

Following a request by Sierra County Fair Board representative Hank Hopkins, Sierra County Commissioners unanimously approved a motion to rename the Sierra County Events Center as the Albert J. Lyon Events Center…

Lawsuit Settlement Vindicates Village

In an order issued October 4, Seventh Judicial District Court Judge Edmund Kase III acknowledged a satisfactory settlement was achieved and formally dismissed a complaint filed against the Village of Williamsburg…..

Area Vets Part Of History

Two Sierra County residents were among 28 Southern New Mexicans who served their country in wartime where part of a group that breached the barricades meant to keep the public away from the hallowed symbols of their service….

Government Shutdown Hits Home

The federal workers in Sierra County are bearing the brunt of the fallout from the federal government shutdown that began this week…

County Fair Festivities Kick Off Thursday

Once again a strong contingent of area residents have been gearing up, pruning up and in all other ways preparing to display their best for neighbors, friends and visitors at the annual county fair ….


Flood Damage Team Completes Assessments

Federal, state and local officials this past week conducted individual assessments of areas statewide that were damaged in the September flooding, including sites in Sierra County…..

Hospital OR Project Nears Completion

September 24, Chief Executive Officer Lauraleigh deWyre reported that the project to renovate the hospital’s Operating Room (OR) is nearing completion……

NMSVH Swimming Pool Closed

As most everyone in town knows, the New Mexico State Veterans’ Home building was built in 1936. Along with that construction was the awesome installation of their therapy pool…

Public Hearings On Wolf Proposals

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will host a public hearing next month to receive public comments in regards to wolfs in New Mexico….

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Sierra County Flooded

When weeklong rains culminated in a deluge on Friday, September 13, it left creeks roaring out of banks, people stranded along roads and low-lying drainages, and two people dead in Sierra County….

Sheriff  Baca Tells Commissioners To ‘Pound Sand”

While the Sierra County Commission’s September 17 regular meeting included a formal emergency declaration in response to the previous weekend’s flooding rains, and a full slate of other agenda items, the session was no doubt highlighted by a brief exchange of comments between commissioners and Sierra County Sheriff Joe Baca…..

Swimming Pool Almost Open

Workers for ESA Construction prepare to fasten the pool cover to one of the large generators….


Ash Canyon Closed

After heavy overnight rains filled Sierra County’s Ash Canyon and began undercutting the adjacent road surface Thursday morning…….

Local Reaction To Possible Forest Road Closures

Sierra County Sheriff Joe Baca said this week that he reiterates his pledge to not only not enforce potential road closures on the Gila National Forest….

Police beat

Woman Faces 19 Counts Of Forgery

A woman claiming she had performed her required community service hours for a second DWI arrest ….

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Man Charged In Stabbing

A domestic disturbance between a man and his girlfriend has landed the man in jail on two charges of aggravated battery and two charges of child abuse, in addition to battery on a household member following a September 4 fight…..

Helicopter Crash

Three Die in Helicopter Crash

A cause had yet to be determined as of press time September 5 in a helicopter crash that killed three people August 31….

Elephant Days Kicks Off

The City of Elephant Butte officially became New Mexico’s 101st incorporated community in 1998. Municipal leaders and community residents will mark the passing of the city’s 15th anniversary with this weekend’s annual “Elephant Days” celebration…

Events Celebrate Summer’s End

Over the coming weeks area visitors and citizens throughout the region will be invited to share in a number of local and regional events, which will be filling the final days of summer in celebration of harvests and community heritage.

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6 Arrested After UC Drug Buy

During an undercover operation, and area law enforcement agencies arrested six individuals on a variety of charges….

SVH Sees Positive Financial Up-Tick

Recent revisions of the state’s Sole Community Provider program have forced Sierra Vista Hospital (SVH) to accept an approximate $2 million reduction in annual support….

Proposal Includes All Of Sierra County For Wolf Reintroduction

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has announced two important moves recently concerning the Mexican Gray Wolf, both of which are relevant to Sierra County….

County Ok’s Costly Mil-Levy Election

By a unanimous vote August 20, Sierra County Commissioners approved scheduling an all-mail special election….

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NMSP Rescues Hiker in Gila

A hiker lost on the Gila National Forest was taken to the Truth or Consequences Municipal Airport on Monday…

School Board Ok’s Bond Sale

With construction and renovation efforts in full swing at Truth or Consequences Elementary School (TCES), members of the school board approved a motion August 8 to sell half of the bonds available to the district for the project…..

City of Truth or Consequences

City Extends Drilling Moratorium

In a unanimous decision, T-or-C City Commissioners endorsed a motion to extend the current drilling moratorium within the downtown’s thermal spring district until November 30….

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Learning Admid Progress

Students arriving for their first day of classes at the T-or-C Elementary School were cheerfully welcomed by faculty members and district officials, as well as by a flurry of ongoing construction activity.

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Kingston Area Threatened With Floods

Up to three inches of rain hit the Kingston area…..

Judge Denies Behavioral Health Appeal

On Monday, August 5, the 10th U.S. Court of Appeals dismissed an appeal by eight behavioral health providers seeking an order to stop the state from freezing Medicaid payments for mental health and substance abuse service….

Police beat

Impaired Driver Attempts Suicide

An attempted hanging by a DUI suspect who was in custody and being fingerprinted at the Truth or Consequences Police Station Thursday night, August 1 is still being investigated by the New Mexico State Police…

Rush Resigns

After alerting members of Sierra Vista Hospital’s (SVH) Governing Board of her intention to resign from the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) post during their executive session July 31, Domenica (“D”) Rush met with hospital department heads Thursday morning, August 1 and publicly announced her decision…..

Gov. Declares Emergency Due To Storms

Gov. Susana Martinez authorized the requests for assistance and responses for aid and assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency…..

State Audit Impacting Locals With Mental Health Concerns

A Truth or Consequences resident feels she and her autistic child have become one of the casualties of the New Mexico Human Services Department’s (HSD) efforts to root out Medicaid fraud, a process that has blocked funding for 15 behavioral-health providers statewide…….

Animas Creek

Black As Coffee

The residual impact of the summer’s catastrophic Silver Fire that ravaged the Black Range is now evident….

Police beat

Local Man Arrested For Having Sex With Child

A 32-year-old Williamsburg man was arrested on charges of criminal sexual penetration and criminal sexual contact of a minor….

Bill Sletton

T-or-C Designates Assistant City Manager

T-or-C Commissioners unanimously approved a measure that designated Development Coordinator Bill Slettom as Assistant City Manager…..

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Work Continues On Pool Project

Contractors were focused on pouring a new concrete foundation at the municipal swimming pool. ….

School Board Looks To Modify E-Media Rules

With the 2013-2014 school year set to begin on August 13, the T-or-C District School Board focused on a number of preparatory tasks during their regular meeting Thursday, July 11. Among the primary action items was a review and consideration of student and staff handbooks. As they moved to address this topic, board members discussed concerns raised earlier in the evening during public comment by Hot Springs High School (HSHS) Social Studies teacher Shara Montoya…..

MainStreet T-or-C Receives Accreditation

MainStreet Truth or Consequences has been designated as an accredited National Main Street Program for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center…

Robin & Library Poster

Library Celebrates 80th Birthday

The Truth or Consequences Public Library celebrated its 80th Anniversary with an open house Wednesday, July 10…..

City of Truth or Consequences

Weekend Storm Adds To Power Woes

While the rainfall has been welcomed by almost everyone, the passing storms included numerous lightning strikes and one well-placed bolt in the wee hours of Sunday morning, July 7 that was cited as the cause of a major power interruption for a large number of T-or-C electric customers…..

Police beat

Stolen Vehicle Recovered, Man Arrested

Motorists on I-25 witnessed a Truth or Consequences man speeding and passing on the shoulder as he drove a stolen truck from the US Forest Service in Socorro…

Storm Smashes Tri-City Area

A strong thunderstorm near Elephant Butte Lake Monday afternoon overturned campers —destroying at least one—and caused local flooding, though no injuries were reported. The unusually strong weather phenomenon also left damage in Truth or Consequences and Williamsburg……

Independence Day Events

After Mother Nature welcomed July’s arrival with some spectacular fireworks of her own, Sierra County residents quickly attended to storm cleanups in order to begin focusing on preparations for this weekend’s Independence Day celebrations……

Raising Children Among Wolves

While the Aspen female and her pups were denning near our property we suffered three confirmed cattle depredations…

City Nixes Name Change

Tthe board’s denial of a motion that sought to place a city name change referendum on the March 2014 election ballot figured prominently in the January 25 session….

Silver Fire Steadily Expands

With smoke from the Silver Fire blanketing Sierra County on nearly a daily basis for the past several weeks, area residents are quite aware of the conflagration’s unrelenting push through the nearby Gila Wilderness…..

SVH Absorbs Major Sole Provider Cuts

The primary focus of Sierra Vista Hospital Governing Board members during their June 26 regular meeting was squarely placed upon final resolutions emerging from a state and federal restructuring of the Sole Community Provider program and related Medicare funding…..

Kingston Evacuation Lifted

“We are pleased to announce that the evacuation order for the community of Kingston is lifted at noon today…..

PUAB Gets WWTP Funding Report

City Manager Juan Fuentes updated members of the Public Utility Advisory Board (PUAB) on efforts to obtain funding for planned wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) renovations….


Summertime School Work

With students away and summer break providing a short window of opportunity for major aspects of the scheduled renovations….

Fire Threatens Kingston

As of noon Thursday, June 13, official reports showed that the Silver Fire had engulfed more than 18,800 acres of the nearby Gila National Forest, and remained zero-percent contained….

Pool Project Begins

Contractors and city staff members were on hand at the T-or-C municipal swimming early Monday morning…

City of Truth or Consequences

City To Demolish Old Fire Station

In an evening session that saw commissioners focus considerable attention on city codes pertaining to dangerous buildings, board members agreed to first address the aging firehouse building, located at #1 Date Street in downtown T-or-C….

Pool Project Cleared To Begin

City Manager Juan Fuentes has confirmed that State Construction Industries Division (CID) permits have been issued to project contractors…..

Sheriff Baca Returns After 6 Month Absence

Six months have passed since Sierra County Sheriff Joe Baca, without public announcement or fanfare, departed the county he represents after he volunteered for a Captain’s Career Course with the New Mexico National Guard (NMNG) in Missouri. He returned this week…..

Pool Opening Delay Crowds City Meeting

At the outset of the Truth or Consequences City Commission’s regular meeting Mayor John Mulcahy stated he and the other board members shared the community’s disappointment regarding delays in the municipal swimming pool cover project…..

Police beat

Man Sentenced in 2012 Murder

In January of 2012, police were called to an Upson Street trailer home when a woman went to check on a friend and found blood on the floor of the house. Further investigation revealed that Justin Jordan, then 29, had texted the woman’s daughter saying he killed a man and was going to kill himself…..

SVH Eyes Funding Shake Up

The Sierra Vista Hospital (SVH) Governing Board endorsed the facility’s preliminary budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year during their May 29 regular session.

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TCPD Investigation Leads To Federal Arrest

The Truth or Consequences Police Department and a team of law enforcement officials from a variety of regional, state and federal agencies, served a federal search warrant and two federal arrest warrants at a T-or-C residence….

Rio Grande River

Irrigation Season Begins In Southern Valley

Almost a full month beyond the customary start of irrigation releases from Elephant Butte Dam, officials with the BOR opened the floodgates …..

Memorial Day Ceremonies Set

Memorial Day Monday members of community service organizations will be gathering for a series of special ceremonies to honor the men and women who have given their lives in service to our country’s armed forces….

Commission Urges Workable Trash Plan

Conflicting reports about Sierra County’s Solid Waste Advisory Board’s ongoing effort to deliver a cost-effective solid waste plan were addressed during the county commission’s regular session Tuesday, May 14….

City of Truth or Consequences

City Prepares To ‘Share’ Fiscal Pains

As they convened for their regular meeting Tuesday evening, May 14, Truth or Consequences City Commissioners said that the afternoon’s budget workshop and process of developing an interim budget for the coming fiscal year was less than a pleasant exercise….

Wolf Captured

Mexican wolf M1133 was captured by members of the Interagency Field Team (IFT) on Saturday, May 11, just east of the San Mateo Mountains in New Mexico…..

Wolf Spotted In Area

Sierra County residents have voiced many concerns over the years about the reintroduction of wolves into the neighboring Gila National Forest….

SVH Offers Free Health Fair Tuesday

A full slate of activities is scheduled the week of May 12-17 in honor of National Hospital Week. ….

Spaceport Signs On New Tenant

The state’s investment in Spaceport America in southern New Mexico is beginning to see results, with Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) signing a three-year lease to conduct the next phase of flight testing for its reusable rocket program….

Fiesta 2013 Court

Western Fiesta Fun Hits Town

After being treated to “an Evening in Paris,” those on hand for the 60th annual Miss Fiesta Contest at Ralph Edwards Auditorium Saturday, April 27 joined in a rousing applause as event co-hostess Cathy Vickers singled out Brittney Noel Harp as Miss Fiesta 2013….

SVH Moving Forward With Construction

Speaking to members of Sierra Vista Hospital’s (SVH) Joint Powers Commission (JPC) during a special meeting Tuesday evening, April 30, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) D. Rush said she had no other choice but to recommend a halt to the facility’s announced construction plans….

No Relief From Drought In Sight

April streamflow forecasts show a decline in parts of every Western state and most basins, according to USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) water and climate experts….

Hospital Weathers Funding Delay

Sierra Vista Hospital (SVH) Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Bret Goebel said in his March report that the facility had now operated for five months without receiving anticipated funding from the state’s Sole Community Provider program….

City of Truth or Consequences

City Commission OK’s Golf Course Upgrades

Among action items addressed by Truth or Consequences City Commissioners during their April 24 session was a request by members of the Golf Course Advisory Board.
The measure sought additional funding to construct new restrooms, a budget adjustment to address operational and maintenance concerns at the municipal golf course, as well as a revision to the times and rates for twilight play….

Fiesta 2013 practice

Miss Fiesta Saturday Evening

Participants in the 60th annual Miss Fiesta Contest were busy rehearsing dance steps and other coordinated actions on Wednesday, April 24 in preparation for this weekend’s event….

TMR Wants Elephant Butte To Acquire SdR

Turtleback Mountain Partners LLC (TMP) has asked the City of Elephant Butte to “acquire” the 18-hole championship Sierra del Rio Golf Course and Clubhouse. But officials with the city plan a long investigation, lots of public input and planning before…

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FS Preferred Plan Includes Closure Of More Miles

U.S. Forest Service (USFS) officials recently announced plans which involves closure of more than 1,000 miles of roads in the forest….

Pasture & Range Team

Pasture, Range Team Wins State

This year, at the 2013 New Mexico State Career Development Events, the Hot Springs FFA Chapter was honored to walk away with not only memories, but with banners and plaques….

Police beat

Two Students Arrested For Selling Pills At HSHS

The case of a girl who became ill at Hot Springs High School last week has resulted in the arrest of two fellow students who are said to have been selling prescription drugs…

Hawkins Case Goes Federal

State charges against Stephen Hawkins have been dismissed, as Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearm investigators have filed federal charges against the man in US District Court for being a felon in possession of firearms…..

Fiesta 2013

Fiesta Time Nears

The Truth or Consequences Fiesta celebrations kick off the weekend of May 3-5….

Turner Purchase Sierra Grande

Renowned businessman, conservationist and philanthropist Ted Turner is broadening his presence in the hospitality industry. Turner purchased the historic Sierra Grande Lodge and Spa in Truth or Consequences, NM, via a wholly owned entity….

Spaceport Bill Signed Without Local Participation

Sierra County officials and residents didn’t receive news of Gov. Susana Martinez’s visit to Sierra County on Tuesday, April 2 to sign the recently passed Expanded Informed Consent legislation until the event was concluded…..

Farm Bureau Nominates ‘Diamond In The Rough’

The Sierra County Farm and Livestock Bureau proudly selected April Romero of Cuchillo, NM as their “Diamond in the Rough” award nominee….

HSHS Cheerleaders 2013

HSHS Cheerleaders Bring Home State Championship

The Hot Springs High School (HSHS) Co-Ed Cheerleading Team returned home victorious with the State Championship trophy….

Easter Egg Huntiing

Easter Events Planned

A host of community organizations and area churches have been gearing up to offer local residents and visitors with a variety of special events and services for this coming Easter weekend….

Police beat

Local Man Arrested In Eddy County Rape Case

Truth or Consequences Police Officers and the Seventh Judicial District Attorney’s Office joined the efforts March 20 in arresting a T-or-C man who is wanted on charges related to an Eddy County rape of a six-year-old boy…

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Emergency Department Name Honors Rush

While members of Sierra Vista Hospital’s Joint Powers Commission did address a few items of regular business during their March 20 meeting, the session’s highlight was the board’s decision to dedicate the hospital’s soon-to-be-constructed Emergency Room facility in honor of the hospital’s Chief Executive Officer, Domenica “D” Rush…..

Record Smallmouth Bass Caught

Michael Torres of Arlington, Texas, hooked a new state record for small mouth bass at Elephant Butte Lake on Friday, March 15…

Police beat

Man Charged In Stabbing

A 23-year-old Truth or Consequences man has been arrested on charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon after an incident that sent his stepbrother to the hospital with a stab wound….

Consent Bill Goes To Governor

The long-awaited Space Flight Informed Consent Application bill has finally cleared both the House and Senate…

Kertesz Wins Vacant Seat, Voters Reject Ordinance

The Truth or Consequences special municipal election successfully resolved the city commission’s deadlock over the appointment of a replacement for the late Commissioner Freddie Torres, and also clearly established that community members did not support a proposed Citizens’ Initiative Ordinance, which aimed to curtail the city’s present solid waste management program.

Elephant Butte To Maximize Ad Dollars

Following a joint workshop with members of the city’s lodger’s tax board Thursday morning, March 14, Elephant Butte City Council members moved into a special regular session, wherein they unanimously approved two measures aimed at bolstering promotions for both the city and the community’s premier events….

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Pool Cover Edges Closer

In a brief announcement at the T-or-C Recreation Advisory Board March 4 meeting, city manager Juan Fuentes confirmed the city’s receipt of a $66,334.20 check from Arizon Structures, which is now safely on deposit and would ensure continuation of the pending municipal swimming pool enclosure project…..

Police beat

Two Arrested

The Truth or Consequences Police Department was notified last week of a male subject that had left the local Wal-Mart store with a big screen television, computer printer, and vehicle battery in a shopping cart without paying for the merchandise……

Special Election Tuesday

T-or-C voters go to the polls this coming Tuesday, March 12, for a special election that will name a replacement for late City Commissioner Freddie Torres and resolve the community’s stance regarding a Citizens’ Initiative, aimed at halting the city’s present solid waste management programs…..

Toomey Questions Toomey In Lawsuit

As testimony wound down in the litigious effort to force the City of Truth or Consequences “out of the trash business,” questioning this week turned to supporters of privatization of solid waste collection…

Miss Fiesta 2013 Contestants Sought

The annual Miss Fiesta Contest, sponsored by the Woman’s Club of Sierra County, is scheduled for 7 p.m., Saturday, April 27 and contestants are now being sought…..

Police beat

Police Offer Nixle Service

The New Mexico State Police has recently joined hundreds of police agencies throughout the country in subscribing to the Nixle Mass Communication System…..

Police beat

SEC Warns Of Scam

Sierra Electric is warning its customers about a phone scam in which a caller tells customers they are “scheduled for disconnect due to lack of payment.” The caller may then ask for payment over the phone using a credit card, debit card or prepaid gift card….

Local Teens Compete For BGCA Youth Of The Year

Selected among several outstanding youth, Brittney Harp and Jesse Warne, will compete against other Boys and Girls Club members for the New Mexico Youth of the Year title and a $1,000 college scholarship…


Among the most pressing issues was a need to assure the area’s firefighters and emergency responders were provided with accurate maps of rural county roads….

Temp Sheriff Appointed

In a special meeting Wednesday morning, February 13, Sierra County Commissioners voted two to nil in favor of appointing former sheriff, Charles (Charlie) S. Cox, as interim sheriff to serve in the absence of Sheriff Joe Baca….

Police beat

Young Woman Perishes In House Fire

The New Mexico State Fire Marshal’s Office has yet to officially determine the cause of the Feb. 8 fire, which resulted in extensive damage to the home of Bobby and Maggie Allen, located at 608 Charles St…..

Bond Approved, New School Board Set

With a final canvassing of the ballots set to confirm results Friday, February 8, the outcome of the February 5 school board election appears to be nonetheless clear.

Commission May Appoint Temporary Sheriff

Members of the Sierra County Board of Commissioners gather for a special meeting Wednesday morning, February 13…

Collection Center Suit Hearing Set

After being remanded from a federal court, a lawsuit filed by several Sierra County residents seeking declaratory and injunctive relief regarding the acquisition….

Police beat

Local Man Fugitive From Justice

A T-or-C man who was arrested with over 63 grams of methamphetamine …

School Election Tuesday

Sierra County voters go to the polls on Tuesday, February 5 to cast their ballots and help decide which of nine formal candidates will be elected to fill four vacant seats…

Santa Fe Sees Spaceport Support

Efforts to attract spaceflight businesses to Sierra County got a liftoff this week when the New Mexico Senate overwhelmingly approved expanded Informed Consent legislation….

Marijuana Plants

Local Medical Marijuana Sales Benefit County Seniors

“I spent 20 years with Time magazine, and now I look for stray calves and raise pot for charity. Hell of a thing,” said the cancer survivor and medical marijuana patient.


Early Water Study Results Optimistic

T-or-C City Commissioners assembled at Ralph Edwards Auditorium for a special workshop to receive preliminary findings from an ongoing study of the city’s geothermal aquifer…..

Agreement Reached In Spaceport Standoff

The future looks brighter for Spaceport America since legislators agreed this week to a compromise over limiting liability for manufacturers of spacecraft components….

City of Truth or Consequences

Two Vie For City Commission Seat

As the deadline for candidate registration passed at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 15, officials with the T-or-C City Clerk’s office reported that the March 12 special election to seat a replacement for the late Commissioner Freddie Torres will be a two-horse race…..

Spaceport Proponent Files Bill,  Prepared To Propel

Legislative bills filed ahead of the 2013 session include one extending Informed Consent measures for Spaceport America….

Police beat

Felon’s ‘Stash’ Of Firearms, Ammo Found

T-or-C Police report they have located ten additional firearms and more than 7,000 rounds of ammunition known to belong to Stephen Hawkins…..

Sheriff’s Military Training Catches County Off-Guard

The recent revelation that Sierra County Sheriff Joe Baca will be residing out-of-state for half of 2013 while undergoing training for the New Mexico National Guard (NMNG) apparently took those who write his paycheck totally by surprise….

Commission Divided On ‘Comments’ Resolution

The appearance of a proposed resolution seeking potential suspension of public comment on the regular meeting agenda prompted a large crowd of community residents to attend the January 9 session of the Truth or Consequences City Commission.

Police beat

Felon Charged For Having 24 Firearms

A T-or-C man who is still awaiting disposition of charges that he inappropriately touched a teenage girl finds himself back behind bars….

City of Truth or Consequences

City Mulls Colonia Status

During the Truth or Consequences City Commission’s first meeting of 2013, one topic of discussion will involve an effort to keep residents’ sewer usage rates from potentially tripling…

Informed Consent Likely To Be Hot Topic In Santa Fe

Legislators are in Santa Fe and pre-filing bills for the upcoming 60-day session, but nothing has been filed yet to extend Informed Consent laws for Spaceport America….


Local Auxiliary Member Wins National Award

Liz Foster, a valued member of American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Unit 44 of Elephant Butte, was recently presented with an ALA National award for “Best Overall Americanism Program”…

Airport Work Finished

The work at the Truth or Consequences Municipal Airport has been completed at a cost of $295,116. The City’s share was ….

Dog Owners Of Fatal ‘11 Mauling Sentenced

The husband-and-wife owners of four dogs that fatally attacked a Truth or Consequences woman in April 2011 received suspended sentences of ….

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Man In Jail For Child Porn

A 20-year old T-or-C man faces 18 felony charges after he allegedly viewed, downloaded and maintained child pornography on his computer…

Mulcahy Retained As Recall Fails

Although votes supporting the retention of T-or-C Mayor John Mulcahy were outpaced by those in favor of his recall, a final tally of ballots cast in the December 18 special election revealed the number of votes calling for the mayor’s ouster was insufficient, …..

Business Center Opening

Business Center Ready To Serve

A host of local dignitaries, community members and state officials gathered to formally open the new ‘Zelma Stone Small Business Center’ on Thursday…..

10 Seek School Board Positions

Ten candidates filed hoping to fill one of four available seats on the T-or-C District School Board in the upcoming February 5 school board election….

Funding Drop Drives Changes At HSHS

The T-or-C District School Board was confronted by a long line of parents, faculty members and students who expressed concern about proposed revisions in the 2013/2014 class scheduling at Hot Springs High School (HSHS)….

City of Truth or Consequences

City To Manage Growing Volume Of IPRA Requests

The Truth or Consequences City Commission’s approval this week of a new document-management system for the city clerk’s office is expected to greatly assist a beleaguered staff that has struggled with a growing volume of Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA) requests filed overwhelmingly by a handful of local activists….

Projects In Focus At Year End Session

Members of the T-or-C City Commission addressed several ongoing development projects…

County Stands Firm On Spaceport Road

Sierra County Commissioners clearly emphasized their position on the proposed construction of a southern access to Spaceport America…

Council Endorses Shed Ordinance

Members of the Elephant Butte City Council approved a revised ordinance restricting the placement of accessory buildings on residential properties and prohibiting the use of metal storage containers….

Police beat

TCPD Cracks Series Of Burglaries

A local man has been arrested in connection to a string of burglaries in the area the past month….


Illegal Dumping On The Rise

Truth or Consequences Solid Waste Director Leonard Carillo is drafting a letter to all permitted contractors in the city following the realization that about half of them are not using the city’s landfill….

SVH Eyes Looming Healthcare Changes

members of the Sierra Vista Hospital (SVH) Governing Board were alerted to some of the potential changes that are poised to rework the healthcare industry in New Mexico and throughout the nation as a whole….

Head On Crash Averted

A T-or-C resident was taken to Sierra Vista Hospital after her vehicle left the roadway Thursday afternoon, nearly striking a car and coming to rest with her sedan inside a pop-up camper trailer parked in an individual’s yard on East Third Avenue.

Police beat

Counterfeit Money Being Circulated

The Truth or Consequences Police Department has received four complaints in a period of three weeks of counterfeit currency being circulated throughout the community….

County Adopts Trash Ordinance

After months of community discussion, study and planning, Sierra County Commissioners formally adopted a new Solid Waste Management Ordinance….

Elephant Butte Road Work to Start

Road work will begin in Elephant Butte on Highways 195 and 171 beginning Friday…

City of Truth or Consequences

City Decisions Force Election

T-or-C City Commissioners confirmed that voters would soon be asked to render a final decision on two diverse matters…

Residents Upset About Caballo Fire Dept. Issues

Sierra County Commissioners have been met with an outpouring of concern about the recent dismissal of Caballo Volunteer Fire Department Chief Mary Bates…

Officers Recognized

Sierra County Sheriff Joe Baca formally recognized the actions of three of his department’s officers ……

Unofficial Code Enforcer Halts City Project

A T-or-C man known for his past attempts to selectively enforce building codes without authority was reportedly responsible for an unscheduled work stoppage at the city’s solid waste transfer station last week, and city officials say they are prepared to prevent him from future disruptions at the site….

Ongoing Concern

As Sierra County residents and recent visitors have no doubt observed, the water level at Elephant Butte Lake is extremely low….


Student Wins National Essay Contest

Sibley Brawley, of Hillsboro, NM, is the recipient of a National Award from the American Legion Auxiliary….

Your Vote Counts

Election Tuesday

Next Tuesday, November 6, Sierra County voters will be lining up with citizens throughout the country to cast their ballots in this year’s all-important general election…..

SVH Receives Clean Audit

This year’s review of Sierra Vista Hospital’s (SVH) financial records revealed no formal findings.

Police beat

Man Arrested For Trying To Have Sex With Minor

A Truth or Consequences man has been arrested on charges of criminal sexual contact of a minor and attempted criminal sexual penetration of a minor after he touched and propositioned a 16-year-old girl to have sex with him….

Solid Waste Ord approved

Workshop Fosters Compromise On Solid Waste Plan

Hoping to deliver a plan to fairly and effectively cope with a variety of changes in future management of the community’s solid waste, Sierra County Commissioners and members of the board’s appointed Citizens Solid Waste Task Force gathered for a special workshop session ….

City Approves Village Fire Dept. Takeover

T-or-C Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution affirming an agreement with the Village of Williamsburg for the T-or-C Volunteer Fire Department to assume the responsibility of providing fire services for Williamsburg residents…..

Police beat

Allegations Land Sex Offender Behind Bars

A Truth or Consequences man, who is already required to register as a sex offender, has been picked up on allegations that he had inappropriately touched ….


Good Time! Results Galore!

Evidently eager for their moment in the spotlight, this porky contingent hurried toward the Sierra County Fair arena….

EB Tax Hike Reminder

Elephant Butte City Manager Alan Briley issued a brief statement reminding property owners within the city to expect to see a significant increase on the new property tax bills…

County Trash Workshop Set

Sierra County Commissioners will convene for a special workshop Monday morning, October 22 to consider recent community input before taking action on a controversial Solid Waste Management ordinance.


It’s Fair Time

With festivities and competitions set to begin later in the evening, participants in the 72nd Sierra County Fair were busy Thursday morning, October 11 unloading hopeful entries and taking care….

County Nears Solid Waste Decision

Members of the Community Task Force, which was convened to review the Sierra County Administration’s recently proposed Solid Waste Management ordinance….

Governor Takes Stand On Wolf Predation

A Mexican gray wolf that had been evading capture for 64 days was caught Wednesday, a week after Governor Susana Martinez formerly asked the federal government to follow its own rules and remove an entire Mexican gray wolf pack from private land near….

Matthew 25 Food Pantry Makes Cuts

In a letter issued this week to First United Methodist Church’s (FUMC) Matthew 25 Food Pantry participants, Pastor Daniel Kowacich announced the program would be significantly narrowed in the coming weeks….

County Fair Next Week

Officials with the Sierra County Fair Association are now in the home stretch and gearing up for the 72nd Annual Sierra County Fair. ….

Police beat

Crash Claims Man’s Life

A Denver, Colorado man was killed as a result of a motorcycle crash Monday night, October 1 on I-25….

Welcome Center Site Selection: Take Two

While the September 25 press release by New Mexico Spaceport Authority (NMSA) officials announced their decision to go with their second choice and select property offered by Ashbaugh Construction for the future T-or-C Welcome Center, confirmation has been slow to follow…..


Mulcahy Recall Petition Certified

During their regular meeting Tuesday evening, September 25, T-or-C City Commissioners supported the certification of a petition seeking a recall election for Mayor John Mulcahy.

Got That Sinking Feeling

Steven Garcia, 51, of Truth or Consequences walked outside his residence in the area of Elm and Riverside about 4:30 Thursday afternoon, September 27 to find his red truck was gone…..

Police beat

Ugsang Girls Located

T-or-C Police continue to investigate the case in which a 15-year-old girl fled to California with her uncle and was eventually followed by her father and younger sister. …

PUAB Considers Drought Plan

The city’s Drought Contingency Plan was on the table for discussion at this week’s meeting of the public utility advisory board (PUAB) to allow time for review…

City of Truth or Consequences

City Selects Collection Center Contractor

The T-or-C City Commission unanimously agreed to award the construction contract for the city’s planned solid waste collection center….


City Endorses MOU For Trash Hauling

By a unanimous vote at their September 11 regular session, T-or-C City Commissioners approved a proposed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the South Central Solid Waste Authority (SCSWA), which establishes basic contract agreements for the firm to handle solid waste hauling services for the city’s future collection center…..

Fair Deadlines Approaching: Sat. Livestock Entries

This year’s Sierra County Fair is scheduled for October 11-14. The deadline to enter all livestock and horse is September 15. Those events will be held…..


Amber Alert Issued For Local Runaway

An amber alert has been issued for a 15-year-old Truth or Consequences girl…

Police beat

22 Arrested, 4 Still Sought

A multi-law enforcement agency effort has resulted in the arrest of 16 adults and six juveniles on a multitude of charges and warrant services. …

City Defends NMSA Land Sale

Following a closed-door executive session Tuesday morning, September 4, T-or-C Commissioners approved the submission of a formal response to New Mexico Economic Development Department…

Elephant Days Celebrates NM Birthday

Elephant Butte’s annual city celebration, “Elephant Days,” will kick off at 2 p.m. this Friday, September 7…

City of Truth or Consequences

NMSA Land Sale Being Reconsidered

New Mexico Economic Development De-partment (NMEDD) General Counsel Wade L. Jackson informed authorities he would agree to reconsider his previous determination regarding the New Mexico Spaceport Authority’s (NMSA) agreement to purchase property from the municipality for a future welcome center…..

Police beat

Embezzlement Case Leads To Drug Arrest

An investigation of embezzlement of change, money and a company credit card remains active while the main suspect faces charges of drug possession…..

SVH Board Ratifies Land Purchase

During the regular meeting of Sierra Vista Hospital’s (SVH) Governing Board Wednesday afternoon, August 29, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) D. Rush confirmed all details associated with hospital’s recent purchase of property surrounding the present facility have been completed……

City Defies Counsel’s Rejection Of NMSA Bid

In an August 21 statement, New Mexico Economic Development Department’s (NMEDD) General Counsel, Wade L. Jackson, upheld points raised in a formal August 2 protest and called for an immediate halt to the New Mexico Spaceport Authority’s (NMSA) agreement to purchase property from the City of T-or-C….

County Hits Pause On Solid Waste Plan

With more than 155 local residents and interested parties on hand, Sierra County Commissioners convened a formal public hearing into the administration’s proposed Solid Waste Ordinance (No.11-012), prior to their regular session Tuesday, August 21….

SVH GRT Approved

At the outset of the public hearing, commission chairman Walter Armijo noted the funding under consideration has been targeted to aid SVH since 1994 and said that approval of the measure would not seek any additional revenue from taxpayers….

City of Truth or Consequences

Vacancy Keeps City Deadlocked

The T-or-C Commission’s efforts to fill a board vacancy created by the recent passing of commissioner Freddie Torres stalled once again during their regular meeting Tuesday evening,….

Fire Department Closure Reaffirmed

After opening the session and hearing public comments, trustee Ron Hoskins entered a motion to formally close the village’s volunteer fire department for restructuring…..

School Gets Underway

These young ladies emerged from their bus smiling and all set to begin a new school year….

Trustees Close Village FD

In a surprising and unanimous action at their regular meeting Thursday, August 9, members of the Williamsburg Board of Trustees approved a motion to close the Village’s Volunteer Fire Department, effective immediately….

Village Audit Reveals Significant Problems

In a special meeting Tuesday, August 7, the Village of Williamsburg board of trustees voted to accept a recently completed audit for the 2009/2010 fiscal year, which ended on June 30, 2010. In compiling the detailed review, contracted auditor Charles L. Henry, CPA uncovered a number of concerning issues that resulted in 16 formal findings…..

Groundwater Ownership Case Shot Down By Court

A lawsuit that could have had unprecedented implications for western states water ownership, and that some say is an attempt by the federal government to take over state water rights, has been settled by the New Mexico Appeals Court….

Welcome Center Site Selected

New Mexico Spaceport Authority (NMSA) officials announced Wednesday, August 1 that a site for the Sierra County Spaceport Welcome Center in Truth or Consequences, NM …

Police beat

Drug Ring Busted, Another 4 Arrested

The ongoing efforts between the Truth or Consequences Police Department and Seventh Judicial District Attorney’s Office have lead to the arrest of four more individuals who were apparently working together to distribute a variety of drugs in the area……

City Accepts Solid Waste Funding

During a special meeting Monday, July 30, members of the T-or-C City Commission unanimously accepted an agreement with the New Mexico Environment Depart-ment (NMED), which will deliver a grant of approximately $400,000…..

Police beat

Undercover Stings Lead To Four Arrests

In two separate undercover investigations conducted by the T-or-C Police Department, four Truth or Consequences residents have been arrested….

Landfill Closure Delayed/Ordinance Published

With a strong contingent of community residents again on hand to voice their concerns, Sierra County Commissioners approved a motion to proceed with publication of a proposed solid waste ordinance…

Commission Divided Over Vacant Seat

While the T-or-C Commission’s July 24 regular meeting agenda included a number of action items, a disagreement over potential replacements for the late Commissioner Freddie Torres provided an emotionally charged highlight to the evening’s session……

four-h takes state

Sierra County Youth Are State 4-H Champions

Sierra County 4-H members brought home their second straight state championship ….

Burris Resigns

In a surprise move following a closed-door executive session at a special meeting of the T-or-C School Board Thursday evening, July 19, board members formally accepted the resignation of District Superintendent Tom Burris….

Adios Bluewaters

Crewmembers with Bartoo Sand & Gravel were hard at work early Tuesday morning, July 17, demolishing another well-recognized community establishment ….

Buckhorn Demolished

If the City of Truth or Consequences had a skyline comprised of its downtown buildings, it has forever been changed. The once hopping Buckhorn Bar on Main Street was demolished into a pile of rubble, hauled off, ….

City of Truth or Consequences

City Commission Agrees To Land Swap

At the outset of their regular meeting Tuesday, July 10, T-or-C City Commissioners agreed to move consideration of a proposed land exchange between the city and Heartland Mesas Partners (HMP) ….

SVH Project Hits Funding Hurdle

After hearing from contracted financial advisors, Sierra Vista Hospital’s (SVH) Joint Powers Commission (JPC) directed hospital staff to compile a request for proposals (RFP) for renovation of the facility’s central maintenance plant…

Hospital Land Purchase Approved

After conferring over details of a land purchase in a closed-door meeting on Thursday, July 5, members of Sierra Vista Hospital’s (SVH) Joint Powers Commission (JPC) reconvened into public session and unanimously supported the purchase of….

Police beat

Men Arrests for Aggravated Assault

Two T-or-C men were arrested after they were involved in a confrontation with another man on State Road 187 south of town, in which they allegedly threatened to kill the victim after pulling knives, an ax and ….

City Commissioner Torres Passes

Former T-or-C mayor and member of the current city commission, Freddie Torres passed away July 2, while undergoing …

City of Truth or Consequences

City Moves For Drilling Moratorium

Following up on a July 12 workshop discussion, T-or-C Mayor John Mulcahy gained the city commission’s full support of a proposed ordinance to halt the drilling of domestic water ……

County Postpones Action On Trash

Sierra County Commission Chairman Walter Armijo expressed his understanding of community concerns about a proposed solid waste rate schedule at the conclusion of a special workshop June 26. Saying it was the board’s duty to render what will undoubtedly be an unpopular decision, …

EB Animal Ordinance Revisions Looked At

Following up on their June 13 meeting, which brought national attention to the community’s debate over Blue, the community dog, members of the Elephant Butte City Council examined a number of proposed revisions to the city’s animal control ordinance…

Three Qualify for Rodeo Nationals

Three Go to National High School Rodeo Finals

Bryce Smith and Corley Henderson and Wyatt Lindsay have earned positions on the New Mexico high school rodeo team …

Alleged ‘Manipulation’ In Reintroduction of Wolves

On June 7 the activist organization filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Interior alleging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has permitted “political manipulation” to drive the decisions and actions in the Mexican Gray Wolf Reintroduction Program in New Mexico “severely compromising” ….

County To Talk Trash

A workshop focusing on a solid waste management concerns is scheduled to begin 8:30 a.m. …..

Fair Dates Announced

The 2012 Sierra County Fair begins on Thursday, October 11 and continues through Sunday, October 14 at the Sierra County Fairgrounds on South Broadway…..

Amid Blue Uproar, Wording Change Endorsed

The escalating debate concerning Blue, the “community dog,” that has fostered stark divisions among the City of Elephant Butte’s residents, dominated the attention of the city council…..

New Aid For Veterans

Colonel Joe Long, Director of the Veterans Business Outreach Center, outlined a new program for members of the T-or-C City Commission Tuesday evening,….

County Focuses On Solid Waste

With a standing-room only crowd in attendance, Sierra County Commissioners began their June 7 regular meeting by hearing a series of public comments, a majority of which were focused on proposed plans and concerns about future solid waste management and associated fees…..

Police beat

Police Dept. Cooperating With NMSP Investigation

T-or-C Police Chief Priscilla Mullins stated Wednesday, June 6 that her department is cooperating fully with the New Mexico State Police (NMSP) on an investigation involving one of the department’s officers….

Ashbaugh Named To School Board Vacancy

T-or-C school board members approved the appointment of John Ashbaugh to fill a vacant board position ….

Wildfire e-mails warnings available

Sign Up For Wildfire E-Mail Notifications

Governor Martinez unveiled a new e-mail system that will provide residents with information about wildfires …

Sierra Vista Hosptial Earth moving begins

SVH Hospital Progress In Action

Crews with Las Cruces-based Burns Construction were hard at work Thursday morning, May 31 focusing on the much-anticipated site development……

Primary Elections Tuesday

As with voters across New Mexico, those registered in Sierra County will have an opportunity to cast their ballots….

Police beat

Men Arrested For Burglary

Solving the disappearance of a former T-or-C resident, along with the burglary and suspect arson of a Las Palomas structure, has been quite the evolving…..

Smoke Blankets Area

Smoke Monitor Installed In T-or-C
As U.S. Forest Service (FS) officials on Thursday, May 24 sent in a Type I Firefighting Team to contain a 70,000 plus-acre fire burning in the Gila National Forest, the agency was installing a…..

Memorial Day Events Planned

Events Honor Memorial Day

Officials with the T-or-C Veterans’ Memorial Park and Museum will be hosting a small Memorial Day ceremony beginning ……

SVH Projects Proceed, Land Option Considered

Workers with Sierra Vista Hospital have begun clearing space to relocate the facility’s EMS heli-pad from its present location north of the main building to …

5 Apply For Open School Board Seat

A total of five local residents have applied to fill the empty seat on the Truth or Consequences Municipal School Board left vacant by the April 27 resignation of….

Have you seen one of these?

You should be seeing these markings on some sidewalks throughout town. If you see this, then you are walking…..

Rural Post Offices Ok, For Now

New Mexico lawmakers are applauding the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) reversal this week of plans to close rural offices across the state….

TCES Receives Grant For Summer Program

Truth or Consequences Elementary School (TCES) was recently awarded a grant for the summer of 2012. The grant allows the school to extend the school year by one month and provide an emphasis on……

Commission Denies Appeal

Despite emotional pleas from property owners and a handful of local residents, members of the T-or-C City Commission remained committed to the resolution they approved March 27 and unanimously agreed …..

Police beat

Man Shot In Break-In

By Frances Luna |SENTINEL
©Copyright 2012 Sierra County Sentinel
A Truth or Consequences man was taken to Sierra Vista Hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound after he was shot in a residence off County Road A007, along Cuchillo Creek…..

Fiesta 2012 Underway

By Chuck Wentworth | SENTINEL

With participants vying to best embrace this year’s theme of “100 Years of Southwestern Hospitality” the annual T-or-C Fiesta Parade …

Publicity for Area

During her report at the city council’s regular meeting May 2, Elephant Butte Mayor Pro-Tem Kim Skinner noted New Mexico magazine’s front-page focus on Sir Richard Branson …..

fire leaves family of five in need of help

Family Of Five Needs Help After Fire

By Frances Luna
©Copyright 2012 Sierra County Sentinel
A family of five lost everything they owned after their single wide mobile home caught fire. Items the family is need of are…..

The Buckhorn Bar, Main Street, Truth or Consequences NM

Buckhorn Status Causing Concern

During their regular meeting Tuesday evening, April 24, T-or-C Commission members learned that legal action aimed at securing the demolition of the old Buckhorn Bar, 307 Main Street, would not be completed……..

Police beat

Fight Leads To Felony Child Abuse Charges

By Frances Luna
A 21-year-old Truth or Consequences woman has been arrested on charges of battery and child abuse resulting in great bodily harm, a first degree felony, after she was involved in a fight at a wedding …….

Fletcher To Serve As Grand Marshall

By Destiny Mitchell and Sentinel Staff
Sherry Lane Fletcher has been a resident of T-or-C for the past 65 years. She attended elementary and high school here in Sierra County, but…

FFA Returns From States With Top Honors

Hot Springs High School FFA team members gathered together in Las Cruces last week for the state FFA judging competitions….

High Court Scuttles Challenge To Rep. Hamilton’s Campaign

By Etta Pettijohn | For The SENTINEL
The New Mexico Supreme Court has affirmed a decision by a lower court to allow seven-term Republican State Rep. Dianne Hamilton’s name to appear….

NMSA Plans Raising More Questions

By Chuck Wentworth | Sierra County SENTINEL
Members of the Sierra County Spaceport Community Council, New Mexico Spaceport Authority (NMSA) officials, concerned regional leaders and a strong contingent of local citizens gathered at Ralph Edwards Auditorium for a regular meeting Wednesday morning, April 11.

Eleven Compete for Miss Fiesta Crown

Eleven young ladies will compete for the title of Miss Fiesta Saturday evening at 7:00 in the Ralph Edwards Audium at the T-or-C Civic Center on West Fourth Street. This week’s Sierra County Senitnel features a special section featuring each young lady and her bio.

Man Survives RV Mishap

Las Palomas and Sierra Vista Ambulance personnel, along with Williamsburg Extrication, were called out around 1:30 p.m. Monday, April 9 to mile marker 68 on Interstate 25 in response to a motor home that had gone off the side of the road. Upon arrival, responders found that a large motor home towing another vehicle had gone over an embankment and an elderly man laying on the ground outside

Traveling across country on horseback

Pausing Along The Path

By Chuck Wentworth | SENTINEL Intrepid travelers Sue Hemming, Art Lamely and his horse, Big John, took a moment to document their stopover in T-or-C Wednesday afternoon, April 4. The couple has embraced what is truly an alternative lifestyle…

Man Charged with Assaulting Police

By Frances Luna | SENTINEL
Police were called to E. Third Ave. just before 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, after a man was reported to be lying in the street.
T-or-C Police Officer Paul Wolfe located the man, identified as Dan George, who appeared to be extremely intoxicated and swaying in an out of the lanes of traffic near Third and Elm.

Spray foam in Grandpa's House

This Is Not Your Grandpa’s House

By Jimmy Butler | For The SENTINEL|
Copyright(c)2012 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
There are many people across our state becoming more concerned about the lack, or misuse, of our natural resources. Two such local individuals that have gone straight to the front line in this fight are veteran Doug Lenberg Sr., 80, and Vincent Fiato, 90.

City Moves Forward To Demolish Buckhorn Bar

By Chuck Wentworth for the SENTINEL
By unanimous vote during their March 27 regular session, members of the T-or-C Commission approved a motion to move forward with condemnation proceedings for the old Buckhorn Saloon, located at 307 Main Street. City manager Juan Fuentes explained current property owners Jim and Bettie Brannon had been…

Racoon in the City

The Critters In Town

By Kacie Welty for THE SENTINEL
I lived in Dusty for 14 years and never did we have the problems with skunks, raccoons, squirrels and fox as we have now living in town. We moved to the Foch Street hill in July, and let me tell you, in the first three months living there we had city animal control help us trap three skunks and seven raccoons, along with two squirrels. Recently, one more raccoon was…

Coach Lee Retires

Saying Goodbye, Coach Lee Retires

by Jimmy Butler for THE SENTINEL
How do you say goodbye to someone like Coach Travis Lee? Well, lucky for us we don’t have to because he will still be around.

Police beat

Dog Attacks Officer

By Frances Luna | An American Bulldog was shot and killed after it attacked T-or C Police Officer Noah Pestak Sunday afternoon, March 18 in the 1200 block of Mercury. Officer Pestak had been advised of dogs reportedly chasing livestock…

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New Mayor for T or C

By Chuck Wentworth for the SENTINEL In what was no doubt a surprising move to many local residents, newly elected members of the T-or-C commission held firm to their campaigns for change and used a now realized majority vote to…

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Renfro Calls It A Day

T-or-C Mayor Pro-Tem Evelyn Renfro presided over her final session as a member of the city commission Tuesday evening. Renfro has chosen not to seek re-election, and at the adjournment of Tuesday’s meeting, closed the book on a long and…

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Sheriff's Truck in Deep Water

Not A Submarine

There are a lot of things wrong with this picture, beside the fact that this 2010 Ford F150 Sheriff’s Department unit being in the water. Corporal Marino and rookie Deputy Ohst were reportedly traveling in the northwest section of Sierra…

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New Look Police Car Is ‘Tiger Friendly’

The Truth or Consequences Police Department unveiled its “new look” paint scheme for the car assigned to the school’s Resource Officer on Thursday, February 16. The awesome new graphics the T-or-C Police car now sports are compliments of Desert Graphics…

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