NMDOT Continue Date St. Focus

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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.

Community Loads Up For Fee Free Day

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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.
T-or-C Mayor Pro-Tem Sandra Whitehead (inset) initiated the program during her tenure as mayor and continued to rally the cause, directing patrons toward the unloading platform early Saturday morning. As of Tuesday morning, solid waste division staff members reported that the event took in at least 161 individual loads on Saturday and were still ferrying in refuse from participating transfer stations throughout Sierra County.

Animal Shelter Funds Green Lighted By FDA

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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.
With this week’s endorsement from DFA officials, Fuentes said the promised funds would soon be in hand and construction of the new animal shelter would move forward as soon as possible.

Saturday: Free Clean Up Day County Wide

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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.
•All customers will be responsible for unloading their materials
•Be aware and courteous of wait times, as they may take longer than expected
•Customers will only be allowed to take one load of refuse
All commercial waste deliveries will be at regular disposal rates that day. All residential waste items will be accepted during this time at no charge.
Get with your neighbors and clean up your city and take those unwanted items to the Transfer/Recycling Center at 601 Nadyne Court for disposal on April 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Man Faces Racketeering Charges + 73 Others

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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 602 S. Broadway in Williamsburg. The ATF had received information about the 40 pounds of explosives being kept at the shop by Nicholas V. Fleming as part of his mining operation. In addition to the 40 pounds of explosives, blasting caps, dynamite, detonation cords and an improvised explosive device were also located at the shop.

Clerk Of The Year

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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 great integrity and professionalism. He offered his personal congratulations and expressed the city’s pride for Cantin being recognized by her peers with this honor. No doubt deserving of the title, Cantin established herself as valuable asset for the cities of Columbus and Alamogordo, before joining T-or-C’s administration in late 2015. She has also been recognized as a valuable team member of the New Mexico Municipal League, specializing in election processes and assisting in training for fellow municipal clerks.

Miss Fiesta 2017

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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 chosen by her fellow contestants as this year’s Miss Congeniality, was obviously surprised when her name was called and shed a few tears of joy on her way to center stage.
Rabenau graciously accepted the coveted title and heartfelt congratulations from her fellow competitors, as well as the traditional Miss Fiesta crown, sash and bouquet of flowers.
Joining with Rabenau to form the 2017 Miss Fiesta Royal Court will be Rayven Baca, who was selected as the event’s First Runner-up, and Karina Gonzalez, who took home Second Runner-up honors.

Miss Fiesta 2017

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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

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•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
•Elephant Butte Lake State Park will be hosting their Eighth Annual Easter Egg Hunt this Saturday morning, April 15. This year’s annual hunt will include more than 3,000 eggs and will be divided into four age categories. There will be two special “Prize Eggs” included for each age division. Regular park entrance fees will be in place. Further information is available by contacting Park Superintendent Kay Dunlap at (575) 744-5923.
•Church of the Butte will also be hosting a 7 a.m. sunrise service at the Turtleback Clubhouse Saturday morning, April 15, as well an Easter service at the Church of the Butte beginning at 10 a.m. Sunday morning, April 16. More details may be available by phoning (575) 744-4487
•Monticello’s Saint Ignacio Catholic Church will be offering Mass, Easter Sunday morning, April 16.
•The Elephant Butte Inn, 401 Butte Boulevard, will be hosting an Easter Egg Hunt for area youngsters this Sunday afternoon, beginning at 1 p.m. Candy and prizes will be included, contact the Elephant Butte Inn (575) 744-5431 for more information about the event.