Animal Shelter Nears Completion

Electric Division Director Bo Easley reported the completion of electrical work for Truth or Consequences’ (T-or-C) new community animal shelter during the Public Utility Advisory Board’s February 20 meeting.


School Security Studied As New Construction Begins

Discussions about school security, while not front and center in the presentation of the school district’s master facilities plan, found there way into the board-room nonetheless. The issue of enhanced school security, one of concern across the country and right here in Sierra County was addressed by board members and will be part of the final version of the master facilities plan when it is submitted for approval in April. The board, meeting in a working session followed by their regular monthly meeting Thursday, February 15 tackled a number of issues.


Local HUD Receives Grant To Promote Jobs, Housing

In an effort to help low-income residents become self-sufficient, The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $34.8 million to public housing authorities, public housing resident associations, Native American tribes, and non-profit organizations across the nation. The plan is to hire or retain service coordinators to help residents find jobs, educational opportunities, and achieve economic and housing in-dependence, including at total of$712,598 to New Mexico.


Ordinances, Golf Course Top City Meeting

With only statements of support offered during separate and formal public hearings, Truth or Consequences (T-or-C) City Commission members unanimously approved two proposed ordinance revisions during their February 14 regular meeting.
City attorney Jay Rubin introduced both ordinances, suggesting both were outdated and problematic. He went on to detail how language utilized in the present codes could impede enforcement efforts. Rubin further explained reasonings for the integration of current state statues to revise both sections of the code in question…


Big Man On Campus

One day shy of his first birthday, William Hernandez accompanied his father, trustee Guillermo (Spike) Hernandez, for a short visit to the Village of Williamsburg’s village hall February 8. At last report, William had just returned home on July 11, 2017, after being born premature and successfully emerging from months of intensive hospital care. Although he began life at a scant 1-pound 1-ounce, William has steadily improved and gained healthy weight. Following introductions to the board Thursday, he happily added a few more important calories by sharing a cupcake to celebrate his important milestone, as well as to recognize trustees William Frazier II and Mary Gagne, who also marked February birthdays last week.

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Caballo Man Arrested

Utilizing social media, police have once again nabbed an older man asking a younger girl for nude pictures.
The Sierra County Sheriff’s Department arrested Michael W. Johnson, 22, of Caballo, on February 12 at the Louis Armijo Park when he arrived to meet the 15-year old girl he had been messaging on social media.
Criminal charges against Johnson indicate that during conversations with whom he thought was a 15-year old girl, Johnson asked if she was confortable being with…


Ballfield Revamp Urged

After reaffirming a long-standing need to fully renovate and re-seed the Louis Armijo Sports Complex’s (LASC) “C-Field,” members of the Truth or Consequences (T-or-C) Parks and Recreation Board agreed to re-quest movement on the project February 5.
During his regular report covering department activity and needs, Parks and Recreation Manager O.J. Hechler said he had purchased grass seed and was looking to the board for direction as to when a proper effort might be initiated.


Reaching Out With Love

Amid construction of a new facility, a management changeover and what has become the most widespread flu season in recent memory, Sierra Vista Hospital (SVH) staff members have dug a little deeper and joined to share some Valentine’s Day love with a group of Sierra County’s most valued citizens. Spearheaded by patient activities director Gretchen Kruger, the effort engaged staff from


TCMS Cheer Winners In First Competition

Truth or Consequences Middle School Cheer team took their performance to Albuquerque and came home with the first place trophy for their middle school division. The Saturday, February 3 Spirit of Hope Challenge was the first ever competition entered by the team and they were a sensation, wi nning not only first place, but also rave reviews from judges and other coaches. For a first time entry, the team was not at all fazed by the big schools that sent teams, nor by the bright lights and plenty of spectators who were there to watch the event. Instead they performed their complicated and


Down, SVH Aims For Fiscal Fix

Despite a persistent downturn in hospital income over the first six months of the present fiscal cycle, Sierra Vista Hospital (SVH) authorities expressed confidence in recovery efforts and for plans in place to right the facility’s operational and fiscal standing.
In his financial report covering the month of December, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Dan Galles noted several improving factors, before confirming a net-loss of approximately $351,000 for the month…..


A Tall Work Order

Contractors were reportedly replacing an antenna unit atop the large communication tower located along North Kopra St. Monday, January 29. This high wire act was taking place while many in the community were experiencing cell phone issues and some may have connected the two. A check of the situation revealed that a fiber optic cable in Doña Ana County was severed and deemed to be responsible for service interruptions experienced in Sierra County. The cell tower maintenance was therefore not involved, but was nonetheless a spectacular operation to observe.

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Continued Erosion Presses Bridge Project

In a brief update January 23, Sierra County Flood Director Travis Atwell told county commissioners that continuing erosion along Cuchillo Negro Creek was now posing a threat to the NM 51 bridge. Because of this recent determination, Atwell said that state and federal authorities would soon be stepping up the pace and moving foward with planned renovations. over the past several years, adjacent bank erosion has been creeping toward neighboring residences and posed worrisome issues for an underground gas line.

Voters Halt T-or-C Plans

Thursday, January 25, a canvass of votes will confirm the results of the January 23 referendum regarding the City of Truth or Consequences (T-or-C) plans for the construction of a law enforcement complex at the former National Guard armory.
While a final count is required, a hand tally after the polls closed Tuesday rendered a clear majority opposed to the city’s plans. With a total of 527 voters participating, ballots supporting the initiative were convincingly outweighed by those cast in favor of halting the project.

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EB Council Looks At Drone Use

Although the Elephant Butte City Council’s January 24 special meeting included several actions, the afternoon’s liveliest discussion focused on the potential introduction of regulations to control operation of drones (“small-unmanned aircraft”), within the city.
Councilors were presented with a proposed ordinance (No.171), which was forwarded from the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) following an extensive review and discussion of the matter.
Board members were told a series of citizen complaints pertaining to suspicious operation of drones prompted the P&Z’s review.
Councilors acknowledged reports of drones flying at low levels around private residences and discussed how they might best address what could potentially be illegal activity.


Construction Rises, As SVH Joint Session Eyes Loan

Confirming a promise Layton Construction project manager Jake Kleiman delivered to the Sierra Vista Hospital (SVH) governing board earlier this month, crews were busy firming up the new hospital’s steel frame Wednesday, January 24. If all goes as scheduled, Layton officials plan to hold a special topping-out ceremony in the coming days to celebrate the milestone.
At that point, Kleiman indicated exterior construction would soon near completion and efforts would focus on development of the hospitals interior.


Quick Response By City Prevents Possible Disaster With Pipe Failure

With no formal action items on their January 16 regular meeting agenda, members of Truth or Consequences’ (T-or-C) Public Utility Advisory Board (PUAB) turned their primary attention toward a series of department reports. Perhaps the most important item addressed during the session, was Water/Wastewater Department Superintendent Jesus Salayandia’s report of a “scary” failure, involving a 10-inch cast iron pipe sewer pipe at the Clancy Street lift station.

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Lawsuit Filed Against Spa

The family of a man who drowned in a local spa in 2016 has filed a lawsuit in the 7th Judicial District Court in Truth or Consequences. The suit, filed Jan. 8, contends the death of Mark Burrows, 57, was the fourth death at the La Paloma Hot Springs and Spa in a five-year period, and that the business is not prepared for such emergencies. It also claims that pools with temperatures higher than 104 degrees violate national and state safety regulations, while acknowledging one cannot turn the temperature down on a natural hot spring.


EB City Manager Resigns

In a January 15 press release, Elephant Butte City Manager Yovanne Lucero announced that she had submitted a letter of resignation and would be officially stepping away from her post February 2.
During a brief interview January 17, Lucero confirmed the press release and said the city’s administrative staff had already initiated a formal search for her replacement…


New Interim CEO Welcomed At SVH

Sierra Vista Hospital (SVH) governing board members were introduced to David Faulkner, who Quorum Health Resources (QHR) authorities said had been selected to take over interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO) responsibilities for the facility.
Tom Dandridge, who has been handling the CEO post since QHR was contracted last September, had informed authorities of his desire to…

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Candidates Sign Up For March Muni Elections

Tuesday, January 9 was filing day for candidates seeking a post in the March 6 municipal elections. The following individuals formally registered, were duly certified and will now be drawing for official ballot positions Thursday, January 11.
•Destiny Dawn Mitchell
•Sophia Peron
•Sandra Whitehead
•Ron Fenn
•Joshua Adam Frankel
•John Coveny
•Gary William Woodcock
•Paul A. Baca


Citizen Comments Overtake Meeting

The Truth or Consequences (T-or-C) City Commission’s January 10 regular meeting was dominated by a string of public comments, which for the most part centered on a desire for continued infrastructure improvements and code enforcement efforts.
All told, 17 speakers addressed the board to express concerns. Aside from calls for the commission to place more emphasis on primary infrastructure, streets and aesthetic aspects of the community, a handful of residents directly expressed concerns and/or opposition to the proposed law enforcement complex. This issue, which will go before voters January 23, was later addressed in respective presentations offered…

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City Election Filing Date Tuesday

Candidates seeking municipal posts available for the cities of T-or-C, Elephant Butte and the Village of Williamsburg must file a formal declaration Tuesday, January 9.
•The City of T-or-C is accepting candidates for two available commission seats. The Position-One seat is currently held by mayor pro-tem Sandra Whitehead and the Position-Three seat is presently occupied by commissioner Joshua Frankel.
Further details regarding candidate declarations and the upcoming


Area Tour Given To State Officials

New Mexico Rep. (Dist. 38) Rebecca Dow, along with Neal Brown and local business owner Jake Forestner had the chance to show off the economic potential of Sierra County last month.
Members of the New Mexico Association of Commerce & Industry (ACI), CenturyLink, New Mexico Hospitality Association, Presbyterian Healthcare System, Taos Ski Valley, Public Service of New Mexico (PNM), Freeport-McMoRan, and several other state legislators toured..


Turtle Flies For New Year

New Year’s revelers gathered at T-or-C’s Healing Waters Plaza for the annual ascent of “Theresa Tortuga” (inset), denoting the transition to 2018, Sunday evening, December 31. A record number of participants joined for this year’s celebration, which began with a procession from the T-or-C Brewing Company that safely delivered Theresa to the plaza.Those on hand were fortified against the chilly night air with an ample supply of warming food and refreshments offered by Friends of the Carole Wheeler Dog Park and Doggies in the Desert. Local musical group …


WWTP Welcomes Big Improvements

The Truth or Consequences Wastewater Treatment Plant continues to move through a series of major upgrades and renovations as 2018 is set to arrive. Earlier this week, contracted crews with SmithCo Construction were focusing on the Phase-Two installation of two new concrete clarifiers. Wastewater Division Director Jesus Salayandia said this addition would greatly enhance the facility’s operational capacity. Salayandia also confirmed the full completion of Phase-One upgrades and looked forward to seeing the remaining improvements in place and operational within the not-too-distant future.

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Woman Crashes Into Buildings Arrested For Child Abuse, DUI

A 27-year-old mother of three faces her second set of abandonment or abuse of a child charges after an early Christmas Eve morning crash, where her young children were passengers in the SUV she crashed into a pillar between the Comfort Inn and Denny’s Restaurant.

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2 Co-Workers Arrested For Embezzlement

Two former employees of Lynn’s Landscaping have been charged with embezzlement and conspiracy to commit embezzlement after police believe they worked together to take equipment from their boss to use on side jobs, as well as charged items to his company account at a local hardware store for their own benefit. In November, Lynn Cramerer reported to the Sierra County Sheriff’s Department that he was missing…..

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Child Porn Found On School Mechanic’s Computer

A mechanic at the Truth or Consequences School District faces three counts of sexual exploitation of a child after officials discovered child pornography on his work computer.
T-or-C Police School Resource Officer Ted Ontiveros obtained an arrest warrant for 47-year-old Bryan R. Leibowitz of Elephant Butte on the three felony charges – one for possession, one for distribution and the last for manufacturing child pornography.


Spaceport Tours Return

Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport located in eastern Sierra County, New Mexico, announced this week the re-launch of the Spaceport America Experience Tour.
In partnership with Final Frontier Tours, space enthusiasts and visitors can now have a hands-on, fun experience inside a real commercial space launch facility.
“We are excited to welcome back visitors from around the world to Spaceport America and to New Mexico,” said Rosa Bañuelos, Spaceport America Business Development.

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PUAB To Restress ECA Plan

Following up a question from Public Utility Advisory Board (PUAB) Chairman George Szigeti regarding the implementation status of the approved Electric Cost Adjustment (ECA) December 18, city manager Juan Fuentes reminded members that city commissioners only approved a name change from the often maligned “Pass Through” charge appearing on monthly utility bills.

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Man Arrested, Charged With Sexual Assault

Truth or Consequences Police have arrested a 22-year-old T-or-C man after he pushed his way into a woman’s house and attempted to force himself upon her.
Charges have been filed against Jonathan Dunn, 22, of T-or-C, accusing him of aggravated burglary, attempted criminal sexual penetration and battery on a household member following the incident on December 7.

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Final YESCO Review Endorsed

Truth or Consequences (T-or-C) City Commissioners rendered a 3-to-2 decision in support of a motion to finalize a contract with Year-Out Energy Services C o m p a n y (YESCO) during the board’s December 13 session. This proposed con-tract would ensure the replacement of municipal water and electric meters with state-of-the-art digital equipment. Mayor Steve Green entered the motion directing…


Man Arrested For Sex, Pics With Teenager

A 21-year-old man has been arrested after he reportedly had sex with a young teenaged girl. Truth or Consequences Police became aware of the case Nov. 29; however, as the alleged crime took place outside the city limits, officers worked jointly with the Sierra County Sheriff’s Department to investigate the serious allegations.
A woman reported that a 13-year-old family member had engaged in sexual acts with Zackary Grimes, a T-or-C resident. The woman described to police how she had seen pictures of the girl and Grimes hugging with no clothes on just days earlier.


Comment On Area Wolf Release Deadline 12/26

Sierra County residents have just until Dec. 26 to comment on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) 2018 Mexican Gray Wolf release and translocation plan, which includes several releases into New Mexico, and at least one in Sierra County.
Seven New Mexico packs are being considered, including one in the San Mateos, along with five in Arizona.


Hillsboro Embraces Holiday Spirit

Hillsboro residents welcomed visitors, neighbors and friends to the community’s annual “Christmas in the Foothills” celebration Saturday, December 2. While most activities were centered around the community center, the downtown district was decked out proper with holiday cheer and local proprietors were out in force to welcome guests with a wide array of treats and treasures. Meanwhile, eager volunteers and vendors filled the community center with a seeming unending variety of handcrafted wares, art, and “just got to have it” gifts. The event also featured an ample supply of baked goods, refreshments and tasty snacks, ensuring patrons were happy and well-fortified for the holiday shopping fun.


Agencies Struggling To Find Permanent, Safe Homes

Christmas came a little early this year for William and Landon Johnson, as their grandparents legally adopted them both recently.
Having a permanent, loving home, however, is something many children will only dream about, but never get to experience.
Ten-year-old William and seven-year-old Landon had spent time off and on with the grandparents (now their parents). The New Mexico Children, Families, and Youth Department (CFYD) contacted the grandparents, asking if they would consider becoming the boys’ fulltime parents…

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City PUAB Votes Against YESCO

With a 2-to-1 vote November 20, members of Truth or Consequences’ (T-or-C) Public Utility Advisory Board (PUAB) rendered a majority decision against a proposed water/electric meter replacement program being forwarded by officials with Yearout Energy Services Company (YESCO).
This decision will present city commissioners with a recommendation to forego further consideration of the meter replacement plan.


SVH Approves QHR Contract

During a special meeting November 21, Sierra Vista Hospital (SVH) governing board members approved the proposed extension of its current management contract with Quorum Health Resources (QHR).
This measure will ensure the present management team will remain in place for a renewed contract term of two years.
The board’s decision to retain QHR indicates their search for a more permanent management team will likely be moved off the front burner, but it also assures

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Schools Show Improvement

The New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) released their 2017 report cards for 89 public school districts and 71 charter schools, academies and other specialized institutes. The T-or-C Municipal District earned a B in the state’s A through F grading system. After five years of hovering at the mid-point of C-grade, the district is on the road to improvement.
While none of our schools across the district were rated in the top five percent statewide, none were listed as in Focus, Priority or Strategic status. These are the lowest performing schools, statuses reserved for the lowest 10 percent of those in the report.

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Chief Alirez Retiring From TCPD

As reported in last week’s edition, Truth or Consequences Police Department (TCPD) Chief Lee Alirez told members of the Williamsburg board of trustees that he would be stepping down from his post at the end of this month.
Alirez said Captain Mike Apodaca would be taking over the department’s helm as interim chief and took a moment to express his appreciation for the opportunity to serve the residents of T-or-C and Williamsburg. The chief also expressed a heartfelt thanks to


EB Hospital Clinic To Close

Following an extensive closed-door executive session November 15, the Sierra Vista Hospital (SVH) governing board returned to their regular public
meeting and rendered decisions on several important issues.
•In response to numerous billing problems and other apparent concerns, board members approved a

SWCD Leads 5 County Brush Treatment

Beginning the week of Nov. 13, and continuing for approximately one week, the Sierra Soil and Water Conservation District, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management Las Cruces District and the Natural Resources Conservation Service, will treat up to approximately 11,000 acres of creosote bush. Treatments will occur on BLM, State Trust and private lands within Sierra, Doña Ana, Hidalgo, Luna and Otero counties in southwestern New Mexico where creosote densities have surpassed historic, naturally-occurring levels.
The objective of the treatments is to improve plant species diversity, which will benefit wildlife, rangeland and watershed health by reducing the density of creosote, and result in an increase of native grasses, forbs and other herbaceous vegetation.


Soccer Field On Target For 2018

During their regular meeting November 6, Truth or Consequences’ (T-or-C) parks and recreation advisory board members learned that efforts to complete the Louis Armijo Sports Complex soccer field were poised to begin. Since an earnest start earlier this year, this project has been on hold awaiting delivery of irrigation components and working through contractor scheduling issues.
Sierra County Youth Soccer Organization (SCYSO) president Rene Guaderrama was on hand for the…


New Manager: Barrera Returns To SEC

The Sierra Electric Cooperative (SEC) Board of Trustees announced earlier this week that they have hired Sierra County local Denise Barrera for the position of General Manager effective December 1, 2017. The Board of Trustees recognized Barrera’s ability to quickly understand concepts, identify and solve problems, implement operational efficiency and build a productive team of employees.
Barrera started her career in the rural electric cooperative industry at Sierra Electric Cooperative in 1979 as office manager. In 1987, she left SEC and spent the following 27 years employed at Cooperative Services Incorporated (CSI) and Columbus Electric Cooperative in Deming, NM. Throughout those years she gained the experience necessary to achieve leadership positions at both employers. Barrera held positions such as Manager of Customer Support, Finance Manager, IT Manager, Mapping Manager and Assistant General Manager.

Scoop The Loop

Do you miss the “Good Ol’ Days,” when a good time was watching all the spruced up cars cruising downtown on a Friday night? Come bask in the nostalgia with MainStreet Truth or Consequences during the Scoop the Loop event this Friday, Nov. 3 at 5:30 p.m. Vintage and classic vehicles will take to the streets of T-or-C to cruise the down-town loop of Main and Broad-way. Bring the kiddos to see what cars were like before power windows and unleaded gasoline.


Solid Rocket Motor Manufacturing/Test Facility Developed At Spaceport America

If predictions turn out to be accurate, 2018 could be the year Spaceport America (SA) could begin making positive headlines again.
Billionaire entrepreneur Richard Bran-son recently announced plans to launch his commercial spaceflight operations in 2018, after a four-year delay due to an unfortunate loss of his spacecraft during testing over the Mojave Desert.
And last week, UP Aerospace, another SA tenant, and Caroni Aerospace, announced a recently created state-of-the-art solid rocket motor manufacturing and testing facility at SA.


Gearing Up With New Leadership

Imagine an innocent child waking up on C h r i s t m a s morning with no presents to open, knowing their peers are experiencing the joy of seeing presents under the tree. Sadly, 13 mil-lion U.S. children live in poverty and face that sad possibility. According to child psychologists, mentoring is

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Meeting Set For SR 152 Bridge Replacement

The Federal Highway Administration ‐ Central Federal Lands Highway Division (FHWA‐CFLHD), in coordination with the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NM DOT), and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) will be hosting a series of public meetings in early November 2017 for the NM State Route 152 (NM 152) Bridge Replacement Project….


Walking Town Event

Officials with MainStreet Truth or Consequences (T-or-C), in association with AARP Real Possibilities, will be hosting two special walking tours of the city’s downtown business district, and everyone is invited to join in.
The walking tours will be led by mayor Steve Green and are anticipated to take about …

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Judge Steps Down Amidst Criminal Investigation

Sierra County Probate Judge Pamela Smith has resigned following allegations of fraud and tampering with official documents.
Due to the seriousness of the pending charges and criminal investigation by New Mexico State Police, a petition for immediate temporary suspension, without pay, was filed in the State Supreme Court by Judicial Standards Commission Executive Director and General Counsel, Randall Roybal.

Pestak Tapped To Fill Probate Post

Responding to the sudden resignation of Probate Judge Pam Smith amid a flurry of legal accusations, Sierra County Commissioners convened for a special meeting Wednesday morning, October 18. After considering a list of six proposed candidates, commissioners approved a motion to name former Sierra County Magistrate Court Judge Tom Pestak to fulfill Smith’s current term.


Fitness Center Inching Closer

The T-or-C Schools’ new fitness center and weight room is one step closer to reality. At their regular monthly meeting, Thursday, October 12, the school board voted to accept the bid from Mevaco LLC, a Las Cruces based construction firm to be the general contractors for the build. Money for the project is part of the bond issue approved in 2015. Ten firms were contacted and attended the pre-bid conference with only two submitting bids. Both bids the district received put the costs at more than

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City Pool To Close 10.15

After learning state health department officials told staff the J.A. Hodges municipal swimming pool would not pass an upcoming February inspection, Truth or Consequences (T-or-C) city commissioners agreed to move forward with a much-needed re-plastering project during the board’s October 11 regular meeting. To accommodate this work, commission members also agreed to an idea put forward by pool patrons; to close the facility for a temporary period. In addition to facilitating the re-plastering effort, it was suggested that closing the pool would help the city realize a savings in operational costs…


Mental Health Program Funded By County Coffers

Sierra County commissioners followed through on their promise to join with Sierra Vista Hospital (SVH) in the development of a community-wide mental health program during the board’s October 10 regular meeting. With a unanimous vote, commissioners approved the establishment of a Professional Services Agreement (PSA) with SVH.
Procurement Officer Jocelyn Holguin introduced the measure and noted designated support revenue ($70,000 annually) would be derived from the county’s established indigent fund.
County manager Bruce Swingle pointed out that the PSA establishes

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Police Find Wanted Man Hiding Between Mattresses

Sierra County Sheriff’s Deputies ended up arresting three individuals while trying to find another at a Mercury Street address Wednesday, Oct. 4.
According to charges filed in Sierra County Magistrate Court, deputies were attempting to locate Robert Barrett Jr., 26, who had just been released from custody within recent days on a plea agreement with the state. Barrett had been charged with possession of …


Fair Prep Work

Volunteers and organizational representatives from throughout the community took time out from their regular schedules to join in preparing for this weekend’s 77th annual Sierra County Fair. Gates open for visitors Thursday afternoon October 5, with the Breeding and Pygmy Goat Show set to kick off festivities at 5 p.m. Scheduled events and activities will continue throughout the weekend with gates opening at 8 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 9 a.m. Sunday

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Park, Rec Discuss Upgrades

With city manager Juan Fuentes on hand, The Truth or Consequences (T-or-C) Parks and Recreation Advisory Board utilized their October 2 regular meeting to review ongoing projects and to discuss plans to upgrade the Louis Armijo Sports Complex’s (LASC) softball field.

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EB Council Tidies Up Codes And Funds

In addition to standard reports and business items, Elephant Butte city councilors addressed the adoption of two ordinance revisions and several budget adjustments during their October 4 regular meeting.
The afternoon session also included discussion about animal control procedures and board approval of a meeting schedule change for the remainder of October and November.
After conducting public hearings, during which no statements of support or opposition were offered, city councilors voted unanimously to approve the adoption of Ordinance 169 and 170.

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City Settles With HSLD

Following a closed-door executive session, which was called amid the Truth or Consequences (T-or-C) City Commission’s September 27 regular meeting, board members issued a brief statement outlining a settlement agreement with Hot Spring Land Development (HSLD).
This measure would appear to close out years of litigation between HSLD and the city.
Commissioner Kathy Clark read a prepared statement, which first acknowledged that the city com-mission had approved a settlement with HSLD to de-annex property acquired in 2008.


Sea Of Hail

A Lakeshore Highlands woman found herself trapped in what looks like a sea of rocks during Mon- day’s storm, September 25. The woman reportedly attempted to drive her sedan across a water crossing between Rock Canyon and Long Point as the storm waters rushed for Elephant Butte Lake, however, the large amounts of hail had piled up making the area in passable. The woman was able to make it out of her vehicle safely, thanks to the help of neighbors who were in the area
at the time.


County Targets Mental Health

Prior to the September 19 regular meeting, Sierra County Commissioners convened a workshop to receive a presentation regarding a proposed community mental health initiative.
Introducing the issue, county manager Bruce Swingle pointed out a steady decline in mental health services at both the federal and state level. He acknowledged how over recent years this trend has prevented


School Board Votes Against Cummins Extension

Some executive sessions are more controversial than others. When the school board emerged from behind closed doors to resume the public meeting, Thursday, September 14 they took one action that has reverberated across the community. After calling the meeting back order the board voted 3-2, against extending for one year, the contract of school’s superintendent, Dr. Craig Cummins.
On the meeting agenda there were two items to be discussed in the executive session. One, discussion of pending or threatened litigation was removed when

Miss Fiesta Crowned State Fair Queen

Fair officials say they are pleased to report that the newly crowned New Mexico State Fair Queen for 2018 is Clara Rabenau of Sierra County.
Clara was crowned on Saturday, September 16 during the rodeo in Tingley Coliseum. She is the 17-year-old daughter of William and Loretta Rabenau.

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Law Complex Funding Approved

After reviewing details surrounding the proposed issuance of municipal revenue bonds to construct a new law enforcement complex September 13, Truth or Consequences (T-or-C) city commissioners joined in unanimous support of a motion to approve the measure (Ordinance No. 686). This action will now allow the sale of $2,188,146 in

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EB Aligns Gun Codes With State

After recognizing numerous inconsistencies relating to the possession and use of firearms September 9, Elephant Butte City Councilors approved a motion to repeal present municipal regulations outlined in Section 131.12 of the city’s codes.
Councilors noted the previously adopted measures included many confusing aspects, and agreed that the city’s residents would be better served in aligning municipal regulations with related codes already established by the State of New Mexico.


Residents Provide Rescue, Relief to Hurricane Victims

Watching the images on television of a newborn baby being floated to safety in a plastic tub, and nursing home residents sitting in waist deep water, is what Truth or Consequences resident Destiny Mitchell said moved her to act.
Across town, Chaz Glines, another Red Cross certified lifeguard, decided he couldn’t


Changes Made In SVH Leadership

During closed-door executive session discussions Wednesday, September 6, Sierra Vista Hospital’s (SVH) interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Donna Muder, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Steve Stewart and Executive Secretary Kathy Elverum all tendered their resignations, effective immediately.
This action prompted a direct response from the governing board once members resumed the afternoon’s regular public session.
Upon reconvening the…


Shooting Star To Rise Again

The city of Truth or Consequences, in cooperation with the newly forming Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter, is proud to announce a restoration effort to bring back to our Lockheed T-33 to a more dignified condition.
In 1943 the XP-80 was the top-secret project that called for a design and build of a jet fighter in 150 days. The designer, Kelly Johnson from Lockheed, and his team delivered ahead of schedule in 143 days. Kelly would go on to start “Skunkworks” and design and build the SR-71 and U-2. The T-33 was based on the Lockheed P-80/F-80 in which they stretched the fuselage three feet to accommodate a second tandem seat and flight controls.
The T-33 was the first jet trainer for pilots that were already qualified on propeller-driven aircraft. Almost all T-33s were assigned to …

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Schools To Be Honored By State PED

Two local schools in Sierra County will be honored at a ceremony to be held in T-or-C, Friday, September 8. The event will feature representatives of the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) who are traveling the state in what they have named the “Straight A Express.” This is a tour of the fifty school districts in the state tht have the most successful schools in the state. They are giving special recognition to those schools in New Mexico that achieved the highest mark of an “A” in the recent school grading by the


Community Offers Some Relief

Initiated by a local social media post and spurred on by a sincere desire to help those in need, a group of Sierra County residents and business owners teamed up to collect donations Wednesday morning, August 30. The online and word-of-mouth effort was soon welcoming a steady stream of area citizens, who were all eager to lend a helping hand to their Texas neighbors.
Recognizing that so many people in the affected area have lost all their possessions, volunteers focused first on collecting food and daily necessities, However, the group also welcomed donations of …


Construction Proceeds At SVH, Issues Persist

Amid continuing concerns about the management of Sierra Vista Hospital (SVH), governing board members rendered one major decision during their August 30 meeting with the facility’s Joint Powers Commission (JPC); development of the new hospital will move forward into major Phase-Two construction.
Governing board members unanimously approved a motion to proceed in securing subcontractor contracts, which Layton Construction Project Manager Jake Kleiman suggested was necessary to ensure construction would…


Educational Services Unite

Officials with New Mexico Workforce Connection joined with local dignitaries, Western New Mexico University (WMNU) representatives, State Representative Rebecca Dow and a host of other interested parties for an official ribbon cutting ceremony at Truth or Consequences’ (T-or-C) Gardner Learning Center Monday, August 28.
Hosted by the T-or-C and Sierra County Chamber of Commerce, this special event marked the start-up of

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School Grades In

The New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED), released its grades for all public schools statewide on Tuesday, August 22. Immediately on release there were statements from school districts and teachers groups around the state questioning the validity of the grades, and the methodology used to determine them. Still, this is the system given to the schools for determining their success in fulfilling …

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Winston Man Arrested For Child Abuse

Sheriff’s deputies were called to the Winston area in early August to take a report of two stolen solar panels from a water tank. The victim reported to Sierra County Sheriff’s Deputy Torres that she had gone to check the tank on …


Tiger Stadium Spruced Up For Season

Tiger Stadium is decked out in her Sunday best, or in this case, her Friday night best. All is now ready for the just begun Tiger football season. Saturday, August 26 the team, parents and family, boosters and a few stalwart athletes from the HSHS Tigers cheer team came out to give the place a major face-lift.
Gone is all the scraggily growth that was spreading across the hill side, and obscuring the twelve foot high letters in white stone spelling Tigers. Many truckloads of brush has been cut and hauled away, and the stonework lettering repainted.


Collective Bargaining Agreement Passes

After an epic two and a half hour executive session the school board came back in and took their seats. Calling the regular session back to order a motion was put forward, seconded and voted on, unanimously passing. “We have a contract,” said board president Jay Johnson. With those words, the room broke into applause. The school 2017-18 collective bargaining agreement had passed, days before school was scheduled to start…

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Getting The Word Out

Earlier this year, Truth or Consequences mayor Steve Green gained the city commission’s support to develop a relocation packet, which could be provided or mailed to potential community residents. With the assistance of city staff members and community volunteers, a selection of local brochures, pamphlets and

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Out Of Gas Driver Leads Police To Stolen Truck

A Kerrville, Texas man has been arrested on charges of taking a motor vehicle after he admitted to driving a pickup truck that was not his.
A truck driver called police Friday afternoon, August 11 when the driver of a white Ford pickup continually used hand gestures to the trucker and was following him for nearly 20 minutes. When New Mexico State Police stopped the white Ford they met


A New Home For TCPD

After reviewing several funding options August 9, Truth or Consequences (T-or-C) City Commissioners agreed to pursue a New Mexico Finance Authority (NMFA) loan offer and proceed with development of a Law Enforcement Complex on municipal property formerly housing the National Guard Armory.
George K. Baum & Company representative Mark Valenzuela presented commissioners with three primary funding options, the NMFA proposal, a dual proposal from BBVA Compass bank and an option to sell…

Little League Changes

Although the Truth or Consequences Parks and Recreation Advisory Board was unable to seat a quorum for their August 7 regular meeting, board chairman Dr. Greg D’Amour and vice-chair Destiny Mitchell informally accepted comments from citizens on hand for the evening session.
•Little league president Matt Felts (left) briefly outlined how the past season’s schedule began too late for local teams to effectively participate in post-season all-star competition. He also relayed how..


Womens Recovery Shelter Permit Ok’d

Following up on an item postponed during the board’s July 26 session, Truth or Consequences (T-or-C) city commissioners once again addressed a special permit request August 9. Local resident Phyllis Mecca is seeking to establish a women’s recovery program and shelter at the


Enviro Team Captures National Honors

The Scat Cats, our Envirothon Team came home from the July 23-29, North American competition after earning the third place overall. Let that sink in just a little. The Scat Cats, competing against 54 top teams from elite schools representing 45 states and seven Canadian provinces along with two teams from China, came in third place overall, not of the state, but the continent.


Jr. Lifeguard Prevents Drowning At City Pool

A Truth or Consequences boy who had just been certified after passing the Junior Lifeguard Program (JL) is being praised for his quick action, which prevented what could have become a drowning at the local swimming pool.
Eli Wilcox, 11, is one of 10 kids who were certified last week in the JL Program. Wilcox, who is also a member of…


EB Council Approves

After conducting a second public hearing August 1, Elephant Butte City Council members voted unanimously in support of a motion to approve a revised water and wastewater service fee increase.
With this action, fees and conditions outlined in the ordinance (No. 164) will now go into effect for the….

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Local 2017 PARCC Results Released

The state of New Mexico’s Public Education Department (PED) released the results of its 2017 PARCC Testing (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers). One of only five states, plus the District of Columbia, still using this controversial and widely discredited common core testing system, New Mexico seems unduly reluctant to follow the lead of at least 30 other states and drop these questionable tests.

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Falsely Obtaining Subsidies Lands Man Behind Bars

A 46-year-old Truth or Consequences man faces fraud charges after he lied to the local housing authority about his children living with him on an assistance form. T-or-C Housing Authority officials called the police department after obtaining a second assistance form from the mother of the children, who claimed they would be living with her on her assistance request form.

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City Holds On Shelter SCRDA

The Truth or Consequences (T-or-C) City Commission received an audit report and approved the final 2017/2018 Fiscal Year (FY) budget during their July 26 regular meeting. While members did vote on several other action items, they opted to postpone consideration of a controversial women’s recovery program shelter and set aside any immediate action pertaining to the city’s participation with the Sierra County Regional Dispatch Authority.


Storm Hits Hard

Violent winds from a passing storm whipped through Sierra County Wednesday afternoon July 19, kicking up dust and debris leaving a trail of damage in its wake.
First reports centered most of the apparent heavy damage in Truth or Consequences, where a post-storm tour found numerous fallen trees, broken limbs and roof damage to a several structures.

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SVH Construction Poised To Begin

Contractors unloaded several pieces of heavy equipment and began site preparation for first phase construction of Sierra Vista Hospital’s (SVH) new facilities Monday morning, July 17. The project’s initial phase will include relocation of the hospital’s helipad, construction of new parking facilities, as well as a variety of preliminary tasks that will pave the way for major construction in phase-two of the initiative. With equipment arriving the east side parking lot will be closed for at two weeks. Clinic patients are encouraged to use the front parking lot and a shuttle service will be provided to the clinic.

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Burglar Caught In Home

An observant neighbor is credited with calling police and reporting a burglar in a nearby vacant house in the 400 block of Oak St.
Truth or Consequences Police responded to the area of Fourth and Oak when a young man was seen on his skateboard with his jacket before leaving the items on the side of the road and entering the back yard of the vacant home on Saturday, July 11 just before 9 p.m.
When officers arrived they

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Park Priorities Discussed

With no formal action items on their July 10 agenda, members of the Truth or Consequences (T-or-C) Parks and Recreation Advisory Board devoted the session to a brief review of facility needs and yet to be completed projects.
Board chairman Dr. Greg D’Amour noted the intent was to compile a list for the city commission to review, in hopes that the new budget will allow for many of these items and issues to be attended to in the coming months.
D’Amour began by pointing to a past request for the


Miner Arrested

Being two feet away from the tunnel leading to a gold mine, 69-year-old Nicholas Fleming asked a potential investor for $500,000 to help him put his criminal proceedings behind him, pay off the 400 acres, 20 claims and secure the Plan of Operations with the BLM. The money would help Fleming get back on the mountain, get everything at the shop turned back on and finish the tunnel so they could begin pulling doar bars out.
Little did Fleming know that…


Hospital Strives To Steady Ship

In a special meeting of the Sierra Vista Hospital (SVH) Governing Board June 12, members reviewed a proposed final operational budget for the 2018 fiscal year (FY), and agreed to move forward with an independent examination of recent hospital financial transactions. While no action was taken regarding either issue, board members indicated they would be considering formal decisions on both during their upcoming regular meeting July 26….


EB Looks To Revise City Firearm Code

Following up on recommendations he forwarded during the Elephant Butte City Council’s June 21 regular meeting, municipal fire chief and code enforcement officer Toby Boone presented the board with three proposed ordinances July 5. The suggested code changes focused on firearm possession and use of weapons within the city, special fireworks permits and minor revisions to the Uniform Fire Code. Councilors ultimately agreed with the proposed revisions and directed staff to begin scheduling necessary public hearings for all three ordinances, which will likely come before the board for final approval in August.

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County To Receive $1.1 From Feds

Sierra County will receive $1,166,412 in Payments In Lieu of Taxes (PILT) this year, an increase of $7,418 over last year’s payments to the county. The U.S. Secretary of the Interior announced recently 32 New Mexico counties will receive a total of…

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Plan For Wolves Released

The federal agency responsible for recovering the endangered Mexican gray wolf this week released a draft revision to the Mexican Wolf Recovery Plan, after a federal judge ordered the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to develop an updated plan by November.
The plan was last updated in …

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Repeat Offender Arrested

New Mexico State Police served a search warrant at 860 West Sixth Ave. Friday morning, June 23, and arrested one person on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and drug paraphernalia.
Charges have been filed against Adrian Rea, 32, of Truth or Consequences, in Sierra County Magistrate Court following the execution of


Blue-Green Algae Found At 3 Sisters

New Mexico State Parks has issued a notice for the presence of blue- green algae at Three Sisters Cove, a small area within Elephant Butte Lake State Park.
State Parks is advising visitors who recreate at Three Sisters Cove of possible health risks associated with exposure to blue-green algae – a naturally occurring organism in lakes that can produce toxins but is short lived. As a precaution, State Parks is posting notices at Elephant Butte Lake State Park and distributing flyers to visitors. Please note that this is currently a small area and it will be posted clearly for visitors.


Hospital Boards Get Financial Update

Sierra Vista Hospital’s (SVH) governing board and Joint Powers Commission (JPC) met in separate sessions Wednesday, June 28, and the focus of both bodies was squarely upon financial concerns left in the wake of former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mike Zimmerman’s recent resignation…

Man Arrested For Refusing To Leave Visitor Center

A Truth or Consequences man has been arrested for being at the Spaceport Visitor Center, despite a specific trespass order implemented to prevent the man from visiting the city-owned building…

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EB Pauses On Rate Changes

After convening a public hearing June 21, which included numerous citizen comments questioning proposed increases in the city’s water and wastewater rates, Elephant Butte City Council members opted to postpone consideration of the related ordinance.
During the board’s regular session public works director Jesse Cole outlined the proposed ordinance (No. 164), which sought an…


Area Fires Bring In Smoke

Anyone glancing toward the Gila Wilderness this past week cannot help but to have seen the growing plumes of smoke, which in Sierra County is primarily associated with the Round Fire burning west of the Winston and Chloride communities…


County Absorbs Hefty Oversight For Retirees

In delivering her department report to Sierra County Commissioners June 13, human resources director Kristin Armijo said final expense figures presented to the board prior to their May 17 adoption of the Retiree Health Care Act and program did not include required interest payments.
While offering no immediate answer as to why the interest payments were not included…

Work Begins At Animal Shelter

T-or-C Police Chief Lee Alirez confirmed that construction of the community animal shelter broke ground this week and said the project was presently anticipated to take approximately four months to complete. Funding for this effort was caught up in the recent state budget crisis and temporarily placed on hold. When completed the modest metal structure…


MainStreet Finalist For National Grant

ArtPlace America announced that MainStreet Truth or Consequences is one of 70 finalists for the 2017 National Creative Placemaking Fund (NCPF). ArtPlace selected the 70 proposals from 987 applications, making MainStreet’s project one of just 7-percent of the projects across the country to make the cut.
ArtPlace’s National Creative Placemaking Fund is a highly competitive national program. Investing money in communities across the country in which artists, arts organizations, and arts and culture activity help drive…

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Lindsay Named HSHS Principal

As the year came to an end for T-or-C schools, the winds of change have been blowing. The first of several transitions came when word began to circulate through the halls that HSHS principal, Patti Nesbitt, would be resigning at the end of the school year. She was doing so in order to accept the position of principal in Capitan where she will head both the high school and middle school. This news followed on the heels of the long awaited retirement of Dr. Robert Vise from his position at Central, coordinating federal programs and student achievement for the district. Dr. Vise had made no secret of his plan to retire and move to California where he would be closer to family.
By graduation week there was one other very big change. As reported here in the Sentinel last week, T-or-C schools icon Hank Hopkins, announced his retirement from the position of director of human resources for the district. Even as the last of the diplomas passed into the hands of the graduating class of 2017, anyone paying attention in the community knew there were many significant changes coming. …

Issues surrounding the management of Sierra Vista Hospital (SVH) continued to mount, as the governing board's May 31 regular meeting culminated with the resignation of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mike Zimmerman. This development and a series of other internal matters prompted the governing board to roll up their sleeves for an extended executive session.

SVH CEO Resigns

Issues surrounding the management of Sierra Vista Hospital (SVH) continued to mount, as the governing board’s May 31 regular meeting culminated with the resignation of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mike Zimmerman.
This development and a series of other internal matters prompted the governing board to roll up their sleeves for an extended executive session.

Hopkins Hangs Up School Hat

There are many people in Sierra County who remember very well Hank Hopkins as their elementary school principal. Some remember him in that role and then saw their own children beginning their education at the school with Hopkins at the helm. Before he took on the job of Director of Human Resources for T-or-C schools…


WNMU To Reinstate Local Classes

Thanks to quick action by Rep. Rebecca Dow (R-Grant, Hidalgo and Sierra) community leaders and officials from Western New Mexico University (WNMU) convened and successfully found a way to maintain WNMU’s presence in Truth or Consequences., WNMU has agreed to continue offering classes at the Gardner Learning Center.
In April, WNMU announced plans to close satellite campuses in Gallup, Lordsburg and Truth or Consequences in response to recent budget cuts…


HSHS Celebrates Success, Graduation

The hardwood floor of the gym was covered, a stage set up at one end, and rows of chairs filled the room on Monday, May 22. Almost an hour before Baccalaureate was scheduled to begin, people were filing in. With their finals finished, a senior class trip to the Cliffs as a memory, the seniors were waiting for their entrance for a celebration of song, prayer and praise…


Simmering Issues Boil Over At SVH

You choose; suspicions about financial mishandling, worries about the substantial debt Sierra Vista Hospital (SVH) poses for the community, brinksmanship, politics, personal issues, or recent solar events? Whatever is driving present interactions between SVH’s Joint Powers Commission (JPC), governing board and administrative staff has yet to be revealed through the public discourse offered…


School Board Votes Against 4 Day Week

You could hear a pin drop. The room was just that silent. The school board had just voted. For a full minute or more people looked around. It seemed like no one outside the board knew what had happened. Finally a couple voices spoke up. “What just happened here?” The question was amplified by stirrings from a confused audience that was not at all sure what had just been proposed and passed by the board. …


County Approves Retiree Health Care

With a unanimous vote May 17, Sierra County Commissioners approved Ordinance #17-011 establishing a Retiree Health Care Act. With this action, the commission assured county employees, retirees, spouses and their dependants would begin receiving the added benefits and security July 1….


Village Welcomes New Trustees

After formally accepting the resignation of Trustee Wanpen Root during their May 11 regular meeting, the Village of Williamsburg Board of Trustees turned their attention to two new applicants and subsequently approved the appointment of both candidates with unanimous votes….


NMDOT Continue Date St. Focus

New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) officials convened a public meeting at T-or-C’s Hot Springs High School Wednesday, May 10 to review their most recent plans for the renovation Date Street’s northern business corridor. The NMDOT effort is primarily aimed at improving the dangerous intersections at New School Road and Smith Street, but also includes other upgrade plans from Ninth Avenue northward to the H.R. Ashbaugh Drive intersection near Walmart.

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School Threats Causing Big Concern

“Rumor and hear-say” of a possible planned attack on Hot Springs High School (HSHS) are said to be the cause of low attendance on Tuesday, May 9.
According to Truth or Consequences Police Chief Lee Alirez, HSHS faculty notified TCPD School Resource Officer Ted Ontiveros on May 8 of a rumor that …


Film Fest Kick Off

Now that everyone has had a few days to rest up from last weekend’s annual Fiesta celebration, Truth or Consequences (T-or-C) officials are primed to host this weekend’s annual Hot Springs Festival. This year’s gathering will feature three full days of activities, music and events, centering at Healing Waters Plaza, all assembled to create a focus on healing and wellness and of course, the city’s famous thermal waters.w…


Community Loads Up For Fee Free Day

Truth or Consequences (T-or-C) and Sierra County residents lined up to take advantage of the city solid waste division’s free clean up day Saturday, April 29. What has become a regular seasonal offering to community members, the event provides residents an opportunity to clear out garages and properly dispose of the clutter that just seems to accumulate throughout the winter months….


Parents Charged Over Student’s Absences

The parents of two Truth or Consequences Middle School students will face a judge regarding their children’s’ excessive absences as the end of the school year nears. Charges of violating the compulsory school attendance policy have been filed in Sierra County Magistrate Court against Rosaura Mota, 42, of Arrey; and Dawn Farner, 41, and her husband Steve Farner, 48, both of T-or-C…

Little Leage Ribbon Cutting

New T-Ball Field Open

T-or-C City Manager and Rotary Club President Juan Fuentes presided over the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new T-Ball field at Louis Armijo Sports Complex during Sierra County Little League’s opening day, Monday, May 1. The Elephant Butte and T-or-C Rotary Clubs helpped fund the expansion of the field, including the construction of dugouts and safety rails along the fencing.

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Animal Shelter Funds Green Lighted By FDA

Late Wednesday afternoon, April 26, Truth or Consequences (T-or-C) city manager Juan Fuentes confirmed that officials with the New Mexico Department of Finance Administration (DFA) have green-lighted the long anticipated community animal shelter project.
Prior to the notification, T-or-C officials were poised to move forward with construction, but were forced into a holding pattern when state authorities initiated a temporary funding freeze amid ongoing budget concerns…


Saturday: Free Clean Up Day County Wide

A spring cleanup day, sponsored by the city of Truth or Consequences, the city commission, and the recycling committee of the Bountiful Alliance will be offered to the public free of charge. The city is encouraging all residents to participate in the cleanup and is offering a “fee-free” day to take your residential waste to be disposed of….

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Man Faces Racketeering Charges + 73 Others

Bond has been set at $500,000 cash only for a 69-year-old Williamsburg man who faces 74 felony charges stemming from his alleged investment scam in Sierra County. In January of this year, the Sierra County Sheriff’s Department, assisted by agents from the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Bureau, detonated 40 pounds of explosives at …


Film Techs Hosting Barn Raising At Dog Park

The Film Technicians Union IATSE Local 480 is inviting the community to join them in a “Barn Raising” to install a fence around the new Off Leash Dog Park on Date Street, at the site of the Old Fire Station. The event is being this Saturday, April 22 starting at 9 a.m. They are looking not just for volunteers with construction skills but anyone who’s willing to put in a few hours to help the community ‘go to the dogs’.


Clerk Of The Year

Thursday morning, April 20, City of Truth or Consequences (T-or-C) authorities announced that City Clerk/Treasurer Renee Cantin had been selected as Clerk of the Year for the State of New Mexico. City Manager Juan Fuentes said Cantin is a person of…


Miss Fiesta 2017

Celebrating a festive “Cinco De Mayo” theme, ten young ladies from the local area joined to compete for the 2017 Miss Fiesta crown at the Truth or Consequences (T-or-C) Civic Center’s Ralph Edwards Auditorium Saturday, April 15. The evening’s climax saw judges select Clara Rabenau as Miss Fiesta 2017. Rabenau, who only moments before was…


Miss Fiesta 2017

Contestants for this Saturday’s Miss Fiesta Contest have spent the last week practicing new dance steps and getting everything else in line for the annual competition. Meanwhile, a team of volunteers has focused on coaching the young ladies and preparing T-or-C’s Ralph Edwards Auditorium for the big event. Look inside for contestant biographies and other details.


Easter Weekend Activities

•T-or-C’s First United Methodist Church will be hosting a countywide Easter service, beginning at noon Friday, April 14. The First United Methodist Church is located at 426 Austin Avenue and further information about the service may be obtained by phoning (575) 894-2553
*Church of the Butte congregation members will be gathering for a special Easter prayer walk, beginning at approximately 3 p.m. Friday afternoon, April 14. The procession will move from the church to the Elephant Butte City Hall. The Church of the Butte is located at 516 Butte Boulevard in Elephant Butte and further details may be available by phoning (575) 744-4487….


City Looks At Marketing

Faced with cutbacks in state tourism department funding, Truth or Consequences (T-or-C) city commissioners approved a proposed job description for an in-house Marketing/Tourism Coordinator during their April 11 regular meeting. …


EB Forwards SDR Activity

As has been reported, Elephant Butte City Councilors approved a series of action items during a March 29 special meeting, which affirmed the board’s decision to proceed with acquisition of the Sierra del Rio (SDR) golf course and facilities.
During the board’s April 5 regular meeting, councilors further approved a resolution (16/17 121), which formally established…


Where Wild Winds Blow

While the old saying promises that March will “go out like a lamb,” it seems the old lion wasn’t quite ready to let go of the month this year. A strong storm blew through Sierra County Friday, March 31, knocking down this large tree at the T-or-C Municipal Golf Course. As the relentless spring winds rattled nerves and tested lashings throughout the area, the storm also brought some much-welcomed rain and a solid dusting of snow to higher elevations of the county.


Large Water Systems Of The Year

Late last week, T-or-C administrative staff received a call from New Mexico Rural Water Association Wastewater Specialist Fred Bell, announcing that the city had been nominated and subsequently selected to receive their “Large Water Systems of the Year” award…

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SJOA Watching For Cutbacks

The state’s budget woes are already reverberating through one of Sierra County’s most vulnerable populations, its senior citizens.
Following a contentious 2017 legislative session that ended in March, Gov. Susana Martinez implemented a state hiring freeze and…


Out Of Line

T-or-C resident Ron Fenn interrupted city commission proceedings March 28 at the conclusion of the morning’s public comments session. Fenn raised his voice to complain that…


Workshop Clears The Water

Sierra County municipal leaders gathered for a special workshop Monday afternoon March 27. The special gathering was convened in order to better define issues and local goals relating to the future designation and maintenance of a minimum pool of water for Elephant Butte Lake.
Area leaders were joined by


4-Day School Week Trial Period Nears

Nearly 100 people were in attendance at the first public meeting seeking community input regarding the proposed 4-day school week plan. Many of those were school employees, though some of these also have children who attend school in the district. Input from parents not employed by the schools has so far been sparse.

Man Arrested On Drug Charge

A 64-year-old Truth or Consequences man has been arrested on charges of distribution of methamphetamine, tampering with evidence and possession of drug paraphernalia following a police raid at his home Monday evening by Sierra County Sheriffs Deputies.
Sierra County Undersheriff Dave Elston stated…

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PUAB Urges Pass-Through Changes

Late last year, Public Utility Advisory Board (PUAB) Chairman George Szigeti suggested members reexamine the “Pass-Through” charge, which regularly appears on electric customers’ bills…

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City Takes Action To Ensure Good Behavior

Apparently responding to a disruptive incident that occurred during the board’s February 28 session, members of the Truth or Consequences (T-or-C) City Commission unanimously approved a measure March 14, which calls upon citizens to abide by established rules of conduct during regular business meetings.
The action also included an agreement to bar local resident Ron Fenn from…

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Brewery Clears A Final Hurdle

After convening a formal public hearing during their March 14 regular meeting, and receiving no comments, members of the Truth or Consequences (T-or-C) City Commission moved on to unanimously endorse final adoption of Ordinance No. 677-16/17, effectively approving the Truth or Consequences Brewing Company’s proposal for economic development….

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EB Contracts With Sheriff’s Office For Law Enforcement

Among only a few action items on the Elephant Butte City Council’s March 15 meeting agenda, was a proposed Joint Powers Agreement (JPA) with the Sierra County Sheriff ‘s Department for law enforcement services.
City manager Yovanne Lucero introduced…


EB Town Hall Airs Out SDR Offer

Elephant Butte city councilors were joined by a large contingent of community residents for a special town hall meeting Wednesday afternoon, March 8. Filling the city’s community center to capacity, the crowd was on hand to learn more and to share their views about a proposal, which could allow the city to acquire the Sierra del Rio (SDR) golf course…

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Man Charged For Having Sex With Boy

T-or-C Police were handling a routine call when they stumbled upon allegations of a 45-year old man having sexual contact with a minor child for nearly a decade.
A child told police that Charles D. Thompson had sexually assaulted him, repeatedly over a number of years. During an interview with the minor, he told authorities that Thompson raped him probably 20 times in a number of encounters ranging over almost a decade…

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Watching The River Flow

Earlier this week, Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) authorities opened up the gates of Elephant Butte Dam, officially kicking off the 2017 irrigation season. While regulated to a trickle throughout the winter months, the river basin …


T-or-C Schools To Try 4 Day Week

The District Municipal School Board held a working meeting Wednesday, March 1 to hear presentations that looked at the option of a four-day school week for T-or-C Schools.

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T-or-C Citizens Air Views

Truth or Consequences (T-or-C) city commissioners and administrative staff welcomed community members for a special town hall forum, Monday, February 27. The two-hour gathering attracted a small but…

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Postmaster Apodaca

U.S. Postal Service officials from throughout the region joined with Sierra County postal workers and community members in applauding the appointment of Martina Apodaca as the 15th Postmaster for the..


County Censures Former Clerk

With a unanimous vote Tuesday, February 21, Sierra County Commissioners approved Resolution 105-078, formally censuring former county clerk Connie Greer. Board members took this action after agreeing Greer’s conduct prior to leaving office clearly violated the county’s established code of ethics…


TCPD Catch Criminals In The Act

Truth or Consequences Police have been kept busy taking numerous reports of burglaries in recent months. The great police work can be attributed to the arrest of two alleged burglars caught in the act this past week who broke into properties in the same area on East Third Ave…

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Gallagher Confirmed As Cabinet Secretary

The New Mexico State Senate voted unanimously on Wednesday, Feb. 22 to confirm Lynn Gallagher as Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH). Gallagher was appointed as…

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Police Recover Stolen Vehicles

Area law enforcement offices have arrested two individuals for possessing stolen vehicles in unrelated cases in just one week. Sierra County Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Torres was giving two individuals a ride to a Williamsburg residence in…

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Public Forum Set For City Budget

As the city moves forward in planning its 2016-2017 budget, Truth or Consequences will be looking at some hard financial challenges and choices. Every community in the state will feel the problem; T-or-C is not alone…

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EB Considering Offer To Save SDR

Aside from a number of standard business items, the Elephant Butte City Council’s February 15 regular meeting focused on a sole agenda item; an offer to assume ownership of the Sierra del Rio (SDR) golf course…

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County Awaiting Legislative Action

With the necessary gubernatorial signature, a number of bills have begun to emerge from this year’s state legislative session. Some of these measures will have direct effects upon area emergency services, schools and…

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A Clear Sign

In addition to other ongoing improvements in and about T-or-C’s Louis Armijo Sports Complex was the recent installation of a new sign clearly identifying the location of the Recreation Department offices. Although…

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More Road Upgrades Schedules

During his regular report at the Sierra County Commission’s January 25 meeting, Road Superintendent Nathan Gustin outlined several road improvement projects…

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State Taps Fire Fund

After noting proposed cuts to New Mexico’s Fire Protection Fund, Law Enforcement Protection Fund and Insurance Operations Fund outlined in House Bill 4 would be “one-time, non-recurring transfers,” Governor Susana Martinez stated she…

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School Board Election

The regular election to be held Tuesday, February 7 to elect four school board members will also include an SB9 Property Tax Millage Levy on all property across Sierra County. The two-mill levy will equate to $2 per thousand dollars of…

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Felon Found With Guns

A convicted felon from California has been arrested for being in possession of firearms after information was obtained during an investigation.

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It’s A Gusher

T-or-C­ Water­ Division ­crewmembers­ had­ their­ hands­ full­ coping with­ a­ major­ water­ line­ break­ at 499­ South­ Broadway­ Tuesday
morning, ­January­ 24.­The­ leak­ flooded ­several­ streets­ in­ the ­downtown­ area, ­reportedly­ resulting in­ a­ temporary­ loss­ of ­water­ service­ for ­many­ nearby­ businesses­ and ­residences.­

T-or-C Sets Table For Action

Truth or Consequences (T-or- C) City Commissioners addressed a lengthy agenda during their January 24 regular meeting. While finalizing several issues during the morning’s session, commissioners primarily set the table for a number of significant actions, which are now slated for board consideration in the coming weeks…

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County Eyes Legislative Cuts

Sierra County Commissioners attended to full agenda of regular business items and annual necessities January 25, but a recurring theme centered on pending and anticipated funding cuts emerging from the state legislative session in Santa Fe….

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Dow Takes Oath

The 53rd New Mexico Legislature was called into order Tuesday, Jan. 17, and all 70 representatives were present and immediately sworn in.
Soon after they promised…

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Charges Filed In Latest Bust

Charges have been filed against the two individuals found last week inside a motel room that was used to sell drugs in Truth or Consequences.
Seventh Judicial District Attorney Investigator RD Hays filed charges of…

Village Meeting

Village Approves Security Upgrade

With a unanimous vote Thursday, January 12, the Village of Williamsburg Board of Trustees supported a motion to proceed with the installation of cameras and other equipment necessary to better secure the village hall’s administrative offices….


Local Man Wounded In Border Attack

As the country prepares to swear in a new president – elected largely on a promise to secure the southern border with Mexico – a local man is fighting for his life following a violent border incident that witnesses are claiming was allegedly committed by illegal aliens.
Last Friday, Jan. 6….


Dog Park At The Gate

Last year, T-or-C city commissioners approved the use of this property as a primary site for a proposed community dog park. Earlier this week…


Keeping Downtown Beautiful

Thanks to a New Mexico Tourism Department Clean & Beautiful Grant, there are six new trash receptacles downtown. MainStreet Truth or Consequences collaborated with the city to write a grant to purchase….

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Management Firm Selected

With a unanimous vote January 4, the Sierra Vista Hospital (SVH) governing board endorsed a motion to approve a construc- tion management contract with Salt Lake City, Utah-based Layton Construction Company…


Vets’ Home Mgmt To Change Hands

The New Mexico Departments of Health (DOH) and Veterans Services (DVS) announced this week the proposed transfer of management from DOH to DVS to continue improving services to New Mexico’s veterans and their families.

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Turtle Ascension

A small but cheerful crowd of local residents and guests gathered at Truth or Consequences’ Healing Waters Plaza for the sec- ond annual New Year’s Eve Turtle Ascension, Saturday, December 31.

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Career Criminal Arrested In Burglary

A convicted burglar has been arrested once again…

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Ring In 2017 With Turtle Ascension

What are you doing New Year’s Eve?

SJOA Ready For 2017

Truth or Consequences’ (T-or-C) Senior Joint Office On Aging (SJOA) staff began…

School Board Election Ballot Set

Candidates had to declare their intentions on that date, and five people have entered the race for the four open seats…

Inmate Walks Away From Court

A 20-year-old Truth or Consequences man faces additional charges after he walked away from the Sierra County Magistrate Court on Monday, Dec. 19 while still in custody…

County Endorses Firearm Policy

Sierra County Commissioners voted in unanimous support a new policy allowing employees to carry concealed weapons while on duty…

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Guilty Verdict In Child Sex Abuse Case

It has been nearly two years since the original police report was made alleging misconduct….

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City Advances Special Tax District

Following up on a previous suggestion during the Truth or Consequences (T-or-C) City Commission’s December 13 regular meeting…


Talk Of Arena Upgrades

At the conclusion of a December 13 joint workshop, members of the Sierra County Commission and Truth or Consequences (T-or-C) City Commission agreed to consider a combined effort to fund the initiation of improvements for the city’s Punk Greer Memorial Rodeo Arena.


Conflicting Stories On Fundraiser Theft

The Truth or Consequences Police Department is currently investigating the theft of an unknown amount of money from a North Date business that was holding a fundraising event for the local Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots organization.

Light Up The Night

Elephant Butte City leaders welcomed community residents and guests with a burst of color at the annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony Monday evening, December 5. Relocated to space adjacent to the new city annex building at the Water Street and Warm Springs Boulevard intersection, this year’s festivities included a visit from Santa Claus, Christmas carols, tasty treats and refreshments, and a full helping of good cheer for all.


EB Council Bids Manager Farewell

Barring unforeseen circumstances, which could necessitate a special or emergency meeting of the Elephant Butte City Council, city manager Andrew Finzen participated in his final council session Wednesday afternoon, December 7. Finzen’s resignation was announced last week and he will be concluding his term as city manager on or about December 22.


EB Manager Resigns

Earlier this week, Elephant Butte City Manager Andrew Finzen announced his decision to accept a new post as the city manager for Goodland, Kansas. This move will allow Finzen to advance some of his personal career goals and will also bring him quite a bit closer to family and friends he left back
in South Dakota in 2015.


New Hospital Plans Reviewed

Sierra Vista Hospital (SVH) Governing Board members got their first glimpse of preliminary plans for new hospital facilities during the board’s November 30 regular meeting. Contracted de- sign team members with Albu- querque-based Design Group outlined an initial floor plan of the proposed two-story complex, which is tentatively set to break ground sometime before sum- mer 2017.


Bringing Cheer To Sierra County

There are a number of local Christmas charity drives and ini- tiatives ongoing throughout Sierra County. While the follow- ing have already announced de- tails about their holiday efforts, many other local churches, serv- icegroupsandcommunityorgan- izations also no doubt are gearing up to make this Christmas a bet- ter one for families and citizens throughout the county.

20 Years Of Giving

Members of the local Moose Family Center 2050 celebrate their 20th year of providing Thanksgiving food baskets to needy families in Sierra County this year…

State Cuts Impact T-or-C School Dist.

With the New Mexico State budget in a shambles, it was only a matter of time before our local schools felt the impact…

New City Recreation Manager

During his November 15 report to the Truth or Consequences (T-or-C) City Commission, city manager Juan Fuentes announced the hiring of Gloria Franke as the new Parks and Recreation Department Manager…

Woman Arrested For Forging Checks

Police have arrested a 50-year-old Elephant Butte woman after she forged three checks on an elderly woman’s closed bank account to obtain groceries and cash from a local grocery store.


County Firearms Policy Discussed

Prior to their November 15 regular session, Sierra County Commissioners convened a workshop to once again review proposed personnel policy revisions. The primary focus of this review centered on establishing the county’s position as to whether or not to allow employees to carry firearms into the workplace.

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Brewery Development

After receiving only supportive statements during the evening’s formal public hearing, Truth or Consequences (T-or-C) City Commissioners voted unanimously in favor of a motion to approve a Small Brewers License (with patio service) for the Truth or Consequences Brewing Company, 410 Broadway, during their November 15 regular meeting.

Republicans Trump Election

A clear mandate issued by the nation’s voters assured Donald J. Trump’s victory in the November 8 presidential election, and in doing so seemingly affirmed a majority desire to move away from past party standards on both sides of the aisle.


Recycling Committee Hosts Event

The Recycling Committee of the Bountiful Alliance is hosting a yard sale in honor of America Recycles Day. The sale is Saturday, November 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Recycling Building at the Waste Collection and Recycling Center, 601 Nadyne Court, Truth or Consequences.


20th Annual Auto Expo

The New Mexico State Veterans Home welcomed visitors and guests from far and wide to the 20th Annual Veterans’ Day Car Show Saturday, November 5. Cosponsored by MainStreet Truth or Consequences and area municipalities, this year’s gathering once again provided regional car lovers an opportunity to examine a unique collection of classic, custom and vintage automobiles. Despite overcast skies, families and serious car aficionados mingled about the grounds, meeting up with old friends, sharing stories, perusing vendor displays, and just had fun, as a line up classic music filled the air.

Early Voting Ends Saturday, Election Tuesday

Election Day 2016 is next Tuesday, November 8 and early in-person voting opportunities at the Sierra County Clerk’s Office, 100 North Date Street, will conclude at 6 p.m. Saturday, November 5…

Flawed Data: NM PED Failing In Teacher Evaluations

In late September the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) released its teacher evaluations to 21,000 teachers across the state…


USDA  Delivers $5.2M For WWTP

U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development (USDA-RD) State Director Terry Brunner delivered a plaque to Truth or Consequences (T-or-C) Mayor Steve Green, confirming a $5,230,400 loan/grant agreement..

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T-or-C and State Police assisted in blocking traffic at the stop light at Date and Third..

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City Okays Utility Discount Plan

T-or-C City Commissioners approved a motion to adopt Ordinance No. 674…

Halloween Events

Gearing up to hit the streets in celebration of Halloween 2016 next Monday evening…


SVH Secures GE Healthcare

Before delivering his monthly financial report to governing board members October 19, Sierra Vista Hospital’s (SVH) Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Steve Stewart announced what he termed as “wonderful news.”


Unveiling 100 Years Of Service

Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) authorities brought a month of special events to a close Wednesday, October 19,


PED Data Foul-Up Shows School Grades In Error

In August of this year the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) released its yearly grades of the individual schools throughout the state.

Man Shot To Death, Arrest Made

New Mexico State Police have charged a 65-year-old Truth or Consequences man in connection with the first murder of the year in T-or-C…

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TESTING TO BEGIN: City Water Meter Testing

The city of Truth or Consequences will be testing water meters beginning the third week of October…

2016 Election  Voting Underway

Voter registration for the November 8, 2016 General Election ended last Tuesday…

County Fair Next Week

The 76th Annual Sierra County Fair will kick off in earnest next Thursday afternoon, October 6.

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T-or-C Lease Errors Front & Center

A September 23 letter to Truth or Consequences (T-or-C) Mayor Steve Green from the Office of the State Auditor affirms that the city potentially violated established regulations in a series of recent lease agreements.


2 More Arrested On Drug Charges

The Sheriff’s Department, as a result of their ongoing drug investigation, arrested two long-time residents of Sierra County

Diamond Selected To Fill Seat

When the Truth or Consequences (T-or-C) Municipal Schools District’s Board of Education met in special session Tuesday, September 20, they faced a tough decision.

County Affirms Call For FS Inquiry

With a unanimous vote September 20, the Sierra County Commission approved Resolution No. 105-030. This measure followed through with the board’s previous decision to stand against the U.S. Forest Service’s (FS)

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Elephant Butte Talks Of Firehouse Fix-Up

Elephant Butte Fire Chief Toby Boone provided City Council members with a detailed update on the volunteer fire department’s status

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City Manager Contract Renewed

The Truth or Consequences (T-or-C) City Commission endorsed a motion to renew the contract of city manager Juan Fuentes during their regular meeting Tuesday, September 13.


School Board To Interview Candidates For Open Seat

Along with the usual business attended to by the Truth or Consequences (T-or-C) Municipal School Board when they met on Thursday, September 8, they got a step closer in filling the seat vacated when Rita Ortiz resigned last month.


Blown Arrester Causes Power Outage

Shortly after 9 a.m. on Monday, September 12, Sierra Electric Cooperative (SEC) members in Elephant Butte, Monticello, Cuchillo, Winston, Chloride and Poverty Creek lost power

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Bass Fingerlings Stocked At EB

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish recently stocked over 100,000 fingerling bass in Elephant Butte Lake and put another 80,000 in numerous lakes around the state.

Drowning Recorded

As of Thursday, September 8, New Mexico State Park (NMSP) officials confirmed that authorities had completed an active search, successfully recovering the body

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Labor Day Dip Cools Off Busy Summer

As anticipated, low lake levels at Elephant Butte Lake State Park (EBLSP) reduced visitor numbers for the 2016 Labor Day weekend. According to Park Superintendent Kay Dunlap, the preliminary tally was right at


EB Clinic Incident Spurs Upgrades

The August 16 arrest of a Williamsburg man for brandishing a firearm at the Sierra Vista Hospital (SVH) clinic in Elephant Butte

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Jury Deliberating: 16-Year Old Boy On Trial For Murder

Deliberations began Wednesday, Aug. 31 in the murder trial of 16-year-old Quincy Calloway,

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Damage Prompts Flood Declaration

In an emergency meeting Friday, August 26, Sierra County Commissioners unanimously approved Resolution No. 105-020 declaring that dangerous situations were present in numerous areas of the county

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‘Satan’ Stabbed By Scared Man

A report of a man yelling at vehicles at the stop light at Third and Date St. on Sunday took a quick turn when officers realized the man had been stabbed.


TCMS Gets A, HSHS Appealing F

The recently released 2016 Kids Count report, shows New Mexico schools overall have slipped in ranking and now have the dubious distinction of finishing dead last out of the fifty states.

Zika Vector In Sierra County

Thursday morning, August 25, officials with the New Mexico Department of Health issued a press release stating a species of mosquito

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Neighbor Caught Burglarizing Home

An observant man is to be thanked for catching a burglary suspect.

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State Taking On Area Water Issues

The Augustin Plains Ranch, LLC (APR) announced Aug. 16 that the New Mexico Office of the State Engineer (OSE)

Officer Killed During Traffic Stop

Friday, August 12 began like any other day in small town America. The final school bell rang and buses began to transport students home as the athletes stayed behind for practice and a planned football scrimmage later that night.

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Man Arrested At Pharmacy

A Wal-Mart pharmacy employee called police after determining that last week a prescription had been forged.

Meeting On Forest Service Monday

Please attend a public meeting sponsored by the Sierra County Commission on Monday, August 15 at 6 p.m.


Solution Sought For Intersection

With a unanimous vote August 9, Truth or Consequences (T-or-C) City Commissioners approved a resolution (No. O5 16/17) urging the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) to install a traffic light at the corner of New School Road and Date Street.

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EB Lake Levels To Drop

Extreme heat and a lack of rain over the last month are contributing to declining water levels at Elephant Butte Reservoir,


Storm Hits Hard

Tuesday afternoon drenched many portions of the community, while passing by others with nary a drop.

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Man Charged In Tuesday Shooting

A 28-year-old Sierra County man was rushed to the hospital Tuesday night

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City Approves $43m Budget

Reporting to the city commission July 26, Finance Director Melissa Torres confirmed that the 2016/2017 fiscal budget for the City of Truth or Consequences (T-or-C)


SVH Facing EMS Concerns

Sierra Vista Hospital (SVH) Governing Board members unanimously endorsed the facility’s 2017 budget during their regular meeting July 27.


Parents Charged For Kids Missing School

The parents of two local children have been charged after their kids have continually missed school, and must now appear

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Local 4-Hers Take First At State

The judging team from Sierra County 4-H traveled to the 2016 New Mexico State Conference on the campus of NMSU at Las Cruces.

Brothers Drown At Percha

A family outing at Percha Dam State Park turned tragic

Local Man Dies In I-25 Crash

A Sunday evening crash just after 6 p.m. on July 17 claimed the life of a 23-year-old Truth or Consequences man,

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Inspectors Report Confirms Ranchers Claim On Wolf Program Management

A July 11 report from the Department of the Interior’s Office of the Inspector General (IG) confirms what those living

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Water Dispute Could Be Headed To Supreme Court

A lawsuit filed by a former state Attorney General (AG) and gubernatorial candidate will likely end up before the U.S. Supreme Court,

Smoke Prompts Voluntary Evacuations In Poverty Creek

A flurry of wildfires ignited across the Gila National Forest and Black Range Mountains over the past week,


Stay Aware With Smokey The Bear

posed next to the recently installed Smokey Bear sign…

Memorial Day Events Planned

Holiday Crowds Top 140K

Sierra County’s State Park facilities saw a major influx of visitors over the entire week…


Woolf Recognized For Service On SSWCD Board

recently recognized Sierra County rancher, Ronnie Woolf…

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Fireworks ‘On The Island’ Saturday

The 2016 Elephant Butte Fireworks Extravaganza will begin lighting up the sky above Elephant Butte Lake

Beloved Blue Passes Away

It is with deep sadness that we announce that our beloved Blue has passed away.

Gila Road Closures Effective 7/1

The Travel Management Rule (TMR) will go into effect across four districts of the Gila National Forest on July 1, 2016.

Little League In Tournament Play

Monday’s game was the first Major Division matchup.


NMDOT Repave Project A Go

According to reports, Highway 51 will be resurfaced from the Date Street intersection to the Elephant Butte Dam,

City of Truth or Consequences

City Utility Billing Stabilized

Williams confirmed that the regular utility billing cycles were on track

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Boone Named EB Fire Chief

Toby Boone recited the oath of office June 15 and officially took over the reins…

Area Forest Service Travel Management Plan Introduced

accommodations were made for commissioners to receive a timely report from National Forest Service representatives…

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Sandcastle Competition Hits The Beach Of EB Lake

For the first time ever, Elephant Butte Lake will be home to castles…

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Environmental Organizations Ask To Intervene In Wolf Case

a lawsuit the state of New Mexico filed seeking to stop the release of Mexican gray wolves…

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T-or-C Celebrates 100th Year

The City of Truth or Consequences (T-or-C) will be celebrating its 100th anniversary this weekend…

Your Vote Counts

ELECTION RESULTS: Primary Sets November Ballot

With definitive results in almost all of the contested races included in the state’s June 7 party primary election…


Local Off-Season Team In Summer League Play

There’s a new game in town. Actually it’s an old game, but a new team.

EB Scripting New ATV-OHV Codes

Following a report from Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) committee member Rex Ploederer June 1,

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Holiday Visitor Numbers Soar

Aside from occasional bursts of southern New Mexico’s customary wind, the Memorial Day weekend provided Sierra County guests and residents with warm and sunny weather,

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Taylor Named Valedictorian At NM Law Enforcement Academy

“The Division is proud to have a leader and an all-round ranger joining the team at Elephant Butte Lake State Park,”

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3 Arrested In Attempted Burglary

Sierra County Regional Dispatch had received a call of an attempted burglary in progress,

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City Stretching Budget After State Cut

Truth or Consequences (T-or-C) City Commissioners unanimously approved the 2016/2017 preliminary municipal budget

Man Admits To Doing Meth While On Chase

Sierra County Sheriff’s Deputies attempted to stop a vehicle Monday evening, May 16, for erratic driving at Third Ave. and Date St.


County VFD’s Earn Praise As ISO Ratings Improve

The Sierra County Commission’s May 17 meeting agenda included a presentation from Fire Administrator Paul Tooley.


Congrats Class Of 2016

Congrats Class Of 2016

Free Clean Up May 21

The City of Truth or Consequences (T-or-C) will be kicking off a renewed citywide cleanup effort, by once again waiving fees for residential waste delivered to the city’s collection center Saturday, May 21…

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Hot Springs Festival 2016 This Weekend

A long list of local sponsors will be hosting what will truly be a revitalized Hot Springs Festival in Truth or Consequences, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 13, 14, and 15…

Woman Dies In Pre-Parade Incident

In a tragic accident Saturday morning, May 7, before the 67th annual Fiesta Parade began, a young Truth or Consequences woman lost her life after an equestrian incident in the area of Marshall and Tin…

T-or-C Fiesta Greets 67th Year

With renewed spirit and efforts from a host of eager volunteers, local businesses and public officials, the City of Truth or Consequences (T-or-C) is all geared up for this weekend’s 67th Annual Fiesta celebration.

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Working and Not Reporting It:

Woman Charged For Housing Program Fraud
An Elephant Butte woman has been charged with fraud after she failed to report income that would have affected her monthly stipend through the Housing Authority Voucher Program…

Goal Tending

For the past several weeks, crews with Accent Landscaping have been diligently focused on development of the City of Truth or Consequences’ (T-or-C) Healing Waters Plaza, located across Daniels Street from city hall, between Sims and McAdoo Streets…

City To Raze The Roof

Prompted by water damage to offices during the previous week’s rainstorms and citing safety concerns for administrative staff, members of the Truth or Consequences (T-or-C) City Commission unanimously agreed to move forward with a project to replace city hall’s roof…


Bond Sale Sets Course For SVH

With an anticipated vote to accept by Joint Powers Commission (JPC) members Thursday afternoon, April 28,…

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Complaints Against Local Appraiser Dismissed By State Board

The New Mexico Real Estate Appraisal Board (REAB) last week dismissed complaints filed by two local women against a real estate appraiser…

Film Stars To Appear During Fiesta Festival

The Truth or Consequences Film Fiesta has announced a few stars that will be making an appearance at the inaugural film festival coming to town over Fiesta weekend…

Earth Day Celebrations

Celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 23 at 219 Main Street in Truth or Consequences, from 1 to 5 p.m., with a recycled art fair and competition, complete with prizes for first, second and third place…

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Conviction Upheld In T-or-C 2011 Man’s Murder

An appeal of the conviction of the 2011 fatal shooting of Joe Darras in Eddy County by his life-long friend, Jess Carpenter, has been denied by the New Mexico Court of Appeals…

T-or-C Looks To Market Airport Asset

After once again postponing consideration of a proposed ordinance (No. 689 15/16) regarding utility department access to private property April 12, Truth or Consequences (T-or-C) City Commissioners moved on to address a few items remaining on the morning’s relatively short agenda…

Voters Rebuff School Tax

By a clear margin, Sierra County voters sided against the continuance of a two-mil property tax levy Tuesday, April 12…


Links Upgrade Showcased

Truth or Consequences’ authorities and municipal golf course officials joined to show off the facility’s most recent acquisitions Wednesday afternoon, April 6…


Jr. Miss Centennial Sarah Wyatt

Sarah Wyatt beamed with joy after being selected as Truth or Consequences’ (T-or-C) 2016 Junior Miss Centennial Saturday afternoon, April 2…

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Open Burn Ban In Effect

Truth or Consequences Fire Chief Paul Tooley has issued a notice of no open burning. Chief Tooley indicated that due to the lack of precipitation and windy conditions in the city of Truth or Consequences and the village of Williamsburg, he has put a restriction on all open burning in the city and village limits, as of Tuesday, April 5.

Schools Seek Tax Re-Do

With municipal elections capturing much of the community’s attention during the final weeks of February, the announcement of a special election called by the Truth or Consequences (T-or-C) School District has somewhat flown under the radar…


Jr. Miss Centennial Contest Saturday

The 2016 Truth or Consequences Junior Miss Centennial Contest, sponsored by the GFWC Hot Springs Woman’s Club, is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Saturday April 2 at the Boys and Girls Club, 122 Broadway, Truth or Consequences…

Capital Outlay Projects Not Approved By Gov.

Capital outlay requests from the cities of Truth or Consequences (T-or-C) and Elephant Butte, and Sierra County, have made their way through the legislative process, but some of the most critical were not funded this year…


PC Endorses Hospital Loan

In a majority vote Wednesday, March 23, with representatives from the village of Williamsburg abstaining, members of Sierra Vista Hospital’s (SVH) Joint Powers Commission (JPC) approved a motion directing the facility’s administration to proceed with acquisition of a New Mexico Finance Authority (NMFA) loan and with plans to construct a new hospital complex…


Miss Fiesta And Court

Miss Fiesta 2016 and her royal court assembled for the first time following the ever-spectacular and emotion filled Miss Fiesta Contest Saturday evening, March 19…


New Film Festival Fiesta Weekend

The inaugural Truth or Consequences Film Fiesta (TCFF) will be premiering at the historic El Cortez movie theater Friday, May 6 and continuing on through Sunday, May 8…

Wildfire e-mails warnings available

Fires Planned In Black Range District

Black Range Ranger District fire personnel are planning to conduct the Area 74 Prescribed Fire beginning in early April, and continuing through the spring as conditions allow…

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E-Leash Backlash In EB

A strong contingent of community residents turned out for the Elephant Butte City Council’s March 16 regular meeting and several utilized the board’s public comment session to share their concerns about the potential inclusion of electronic dog leashes (E-leashes) in the city’s animal control ordinance…

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Fire Chief Arrested For Embezzlement

Lloyd Candelaria, 47, has been arrested on charges of embezzling fuel…

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Steve Green Named T-or-C Mayor

At the outset of the Truth or Consequences (T-or-C) City Commission’s March 8 regular session, Sierra County Magistrate Judge Alan Brown…


Ready To Train

The Truth or Consequences (T-or-C) Volunteer Fire Department officially welcomed their new training facility…

To The Moon And Back – Twice!

Postal carrier Gary Michaliszyn recently passed a very prestigious milestone, literally, as he logged over one million miles in delivering Sierra County residents their mail, with no accidents…

Comment Period On Copper Flat Mine Project Extended

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has extended the public comment period another 30 days for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the Copper Flat Copper Mine Project…

Prayers Needed: Local Remains Hospitalized After Crash

Headed back to college Sunday night, February 28, Ramon “Gerardo” Garcia-Carrillo wrecked his 2006 Ford compact car….


Careflight Takes Flight From T-or-C

During the Sierra Vista Hospital (SVH) Governing Board’s February 24 regular meeting, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mike Zimmerman confirmed that officials with Tristate Careflight air ambulance service have opted to close their base of operations at the hospital…

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School Board, Teachers Examine Notebooks Students Could Receive

The Truth or Consequences Municipal School District Board of Education met in both working session and special session on Thursday, February 18. Under discussion were several agenda items with potentially huge implications for the district.


16 Competing For Miss Fiesta/Centennial

This years Miss Fiesta contestants are; …


Fatal Fire Under Investigation

The New Mexico State Fire Marshal’s office is investigating a fire that claimed a woman’s life Wednesday morning, February 17…

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County To Restructure DWI Program

Following closed-door executive session discussions Tuesday, February 16, Sierra County Commissioners reconvened the morning’s regular meeting and unanimously approved a motion authorizing County Manager Bruce Swingle to restructure the DWI Prevention Program…

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EB Honors LGRF Promise

The only regular action item on the Elephant Butte City Council’s February 17 agenda was a proposed resolution…

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Jury Deadlocked In Murder Trial

A Socorro jury deadlocked this week when trying to determine if the 2014 shooting death of Palomas Canyon resident Jeffrey Martin was in self-defense…

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Commission To Honor Tafoya

In response to a formal request from local resident Barry F. Stout during their February 9 regular meeting, the Truth or Consequences City Commission unanimously approved a motion to name the former National Guard Armory in honor of the late Rafael “Lee” Tafoya…

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Microbrewery To Open Downtown

In a unanimous vote February 9, the Truth or Consequences (T-or-C) City Commission approved a zoning waiver and in doing so, cleared the way for development of a microbrewery at 410 Broadway…


School Officials Turn In Used Needles, Arrests Made

Sierra County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to the Truth or Consequences Elementary School after three syringes were found in the kindergarten hallway…

Ball Field Work Planned

During their February 1 meeting, the Truth or Consequences (T-or-C) Parks and Recreation Board agreed to schedule a special public session, to discuss scheduling options around a planned reworking and reseeding of the Louis Armijo Sports Complex (LASC) baseball fields…

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EB Green Flags Golf Carts

After conducting a formal public hearing that rendered no major objections from participating community members February 3, the Elephant Butte City Council unanimously approved an ordinance (No. 158) allowing the operation of golf carts on city streets…


SVH Board Okays Construction Loan

In a majority 7 to 1 vote January 27, the Joint Powers Commission (JPC) for Sierra Vista Hospital (SVH) approved a motion to proceed with efforts to secure an approximate $37 million loan with the New Mexico Finance Authority (NMFA)…

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Commission Ends 26-Year Relationship With Attorney

After emerging from a closed-door executive session discussion January 26, Truth or Consequences (T-or-C) city commissioners voted in favor of accepting a bid for legal services from the Las Cruces-based firm of Holt Mynatt Martinez P.C…

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Public Comments Sought On Road Improvements

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Las Cruces District is seeking public comments on an environmental assessment (EA) that evaluates impacts to public lands in Doña Ana and Sierra counties for proposed county road improvements…

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Man Attempts Suicide After Suffocating Wife

A 64-year-old Arrey man is in custody on an open count of murder…

TEMP CLOSURE: BLM Working At Local Defense Site

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Las Cruces District Office announces the temporary closure of public land near Truth or Consequences, NM…


Village Gets High Marks

After years of navigating through tight financial straits, the village of Williamsburg’s board of trustees received a much-welcomed breath of fresh air with delivery of the 2014/2015 Fiscal Audit Thursday, January 14…


Drowning Victim Resuscitated At Pool

The quick actions of two lifeguards at the Truth or Consequences Municipal Swimming Pool are credited with saving a local man’s life Friday…

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Found Naked: Woman Making Point To Boyfriend

Multiple calls were made to the Sierra County Regional Dispatch Authority Tuesday morning, January 12, when a woman was reportedly walking down Warm Springs Boulevard in Elephant Butte, naked…

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Clearing EB’s Delta Channel Begins

Work to clear the Elephant Butte Delta Channel will begin Monday, January 18…


Consensus: SVH Must Grow To Survive

In a special public meeting Wednesday, January 6, members of Sierra Vista Hospital’s (SVH) Joint Powers Committee (JPC), governing board and community residents were told that plans for the construction and expansion of the facility were essential and necessary to ensure the hospital’s future viability…

24 Sign Up For Muni Elections

As of January 5 deadline, a total of 24 area residents filed formal declarations of candidacy with the cities of Truth or Consequences (T-or-C), Elephant Butte and the Village of Williamsburg…


Lucero Named Clerk Of The Year

Diona K. Lucero was chosen as the Region 2 Clerk of the Year…


First Day Hike At EB Lake Dam

Elephant Butte Lake State Park (EBLSP) authorities will be
kicking off the new year’s calendar by hosting two “First Day
Hikes” January 1, 2016…

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State Boosts City’s Plaza Funding

Earlier this week, Truth or Consequences (T-or-C) City
Manager Juan Fuentes confirmed the receipt of a much-welcomed
Christmas present…

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Tuesday Sign Up Day For Candidates In Muni Elections

This coming March 1, local voters will be
going to the polls to elect candidates for a
variety of positions with Sierra County’s
municipal governments…

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CHURCH FIRE: State Fire Marshal Investigating

The State Fire Marshal is investigating a church fire that took place on Sunday, Dec. 7…


St. Pauls To Provide Christmas Dinner

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will deliver Christ-mas dinner to the homebound and handicapped again this year on Friday, December 25…

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PUAB Supports Code Revision

During their final meeting of the year December 21, Truth or Consequences (T-or-C) Public Utility Advisory Board (PUAB) members approved a motion in favor of a proposed ordinance revising Chapter 14…

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Couple Arrested With Meth, Pot, Paraphernalia

Sierra County Sheriff’s Deputies are continuing their crack down on known drug users and pushers in the area, and have made yet another arrest; this time of a Truth or Consequences couple…

Delivery Truck Knocks Out Power

Just around the noon hour Thursday, December 17 a Shamrock Foods delivery truck clipped a power line adjacent to the T-or-C School District’s bus barn, briefly knocking power out along the city’s Riverside circuit…

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T-or-C Plaza Plans Complete

In a brief presentation for the Truth or Consequences (T-or-C) City Commission December 15, representatives of Albuquerque-based Morrow, Reardon, Wilkinson and Miller, LTD (MRWM) reviewed final designs for the much-anticipated Healing Waters Plaza…

Annual Floating Lights Parade Part Of Lake Event

Lago Rico and the Marinas of Elephant Butte Lake will hold their annual Floating Lights Parade on Saturday December 12 at 6:30 p.m…


Santa To Make Appearance At Downtown Event Friday

The City of Truth or Consequences (T-or-C) is welcoming everyone to join in the city’s annual Old Fashioned Christmas celebration this Friday evening, December 11…

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Man Charged For Sex With Underage Girl

A 22-year-old Truth or Consequences, NM man has been arrested on charges of criminal sexual penetration of a child and contributing to the delinquency of a minor after allegations that he had sex with a teenage girl earlier this year…

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Dirty Needle Land Mom, Grandma In Jail

Two women have been arrested after a young girl was accidentally poked with a dirty needle, infecting her and causing her to undergo several surgeries and spend time in the hospital…


EB Set To Roll On Road Project

In a unanimous vote of support December 2, Elephant Butte City Council members approved a motion to award the Phase-Three Rock Canyon Road improvement project…

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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…

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…

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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…

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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…


Sierra County Sentinel Veterans’ Tributes

These are tributes to our local veterans. There are not enough words for our thanks.

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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…

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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…

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…

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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…

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…

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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…

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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…

Memorial Day Events Planned

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.

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…

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.

‘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…

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…

A Surprising Gusher

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

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…

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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 …


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…


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…

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A Troubling Report

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

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…

X2nSat Partners With Spaceport

Global satellite communications solutions provider X2nSat has announced its decision…

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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.

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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.

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…

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…

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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…

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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…

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New Administrator At County Jail

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

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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…

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Deputies Stumble Across Meth Lab

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

City of Truth or Consequences

MRA To Bolster T-or-C Renovations

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

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 a number of planned activities…

Roadside Fire East of Cuchillo

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

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Arrested: Three Accused Of Having Sex With Inmates

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

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…

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Access, Correct And Progress, SJOA Director Steers Forward

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

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Sexting With Minor Lands Two In Jail

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

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$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…

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…

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Budget, Boards Top City Meeting

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

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…

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City Hears From Upset Seniors

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


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…

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Feud Ends In Fatal Shooting

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

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City Sets Future Course

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

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…

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

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

Man Drowns At EB Lake

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

Mammoth Fossil Found At EB Lake

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

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Flood Office Dissolution Approved

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

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…

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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…

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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…

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County Lets Manager Go

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

Rule Changes Could Effect Marijuana Users

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

County Use Of Food Stamps On The Rise

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

Emotions Flood Meeting

Ragsdale Tenders Resignation After Serving 7+ Years

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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..

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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….

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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…

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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…..

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Is El Niño On The Way?

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

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Road Projects Bolster Infrastructure

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

Fiesta 2013 Court

11 Vie For Miss Fiesta

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

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…

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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


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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.

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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….

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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…..

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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…

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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…..

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…..

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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…


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…..

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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….


Ash Canyon Closed

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

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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Kingston Area Threatened With Floods

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

Summertime School Work

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

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….

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…..

Ongoing Concern

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

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…

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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….

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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 …

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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…..

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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, ….

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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) ….

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….

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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 …

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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…..

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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….

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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…..

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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 …..

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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…..