Woman Crashes Into Buildings Arrested For Child Abuse, DUI

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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.
Britt E. (Marr) Diaz was sentenced to 364 days of unsupervised probation on May 4, 2017 for a July 2016 incident, which landed her behind bars on two charges of abandonment of a child. Through a plea deal with the Seventh Judicial District Attorney’s Office, Diaz pled no contest to one count; the second charge was dis-missed and she received a punishment of one year, less one day, of unsupervised probation.
Despite that sentence less than eight months ago, Diaz admitted to witnesses, paramedics and police that she had drank beer, smoked weed and taken sleeping pills before driving her newer model grey SUV.

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.
“We had been married one month when the CYFD contacted us,” said Don Johnson. Don, 61, is the father of a grown daughter, and his wife, Jody, 58, the mother of two grown sons.
And while Landon and William like gifts such as play station and Batman brands, they both said their best Christmas present is having a stable and loving home with Grandma and Pawpaw

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.

Bringing Cheer To Sierra County


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.
Hosted by MainStreet T-or-C, the Old Fashioned Christmas will center in the downtown business district and festivities will include bonfires, music, caroling, food, refreshments and fun for all.
This year’s event will kick off with a special parade, which organizers hope will become a regular feature of the annual celebration…

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.
The festivities kick off with a Christmas tree lighting at Evelyn Renfro Park. There will be pictures with Santa Claus at the Lee Belle Senior Recreation Center, along with the T-or-C Community Chorus and the Line Dancers.
Stores will be open for Christmas shopping, many offering discounts that night and throughout the holiday season for the “Shop MainStreet” promotion. Carolers, music, fire barrels, food and festivities can be found throughout the downtown area…