Walking Town Event

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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 30 minutes to complete. Participants will have the opportunity to learn more about the Downtown Walk initiative, as well as to check out the new sidewalk replacement project and to gain insight into future development plans.
•The first walk is set for Friday morning, October 27 and is scheduled to take off from the Healing Waters Plaza at 10 a.m.
•The second walk will be held Monday evening, October 30. This tour is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. and will also embark from the Healing Waters Plaza.

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.
With chairman Ken Lyon attending by telephone, board members addressed the issue at hand. Vice-chair Frances Luna presided over the session and introduced a list of individuals who had come forward, expressing interest in serving as probate judge. Included among the candidates were former probate Judge William Robinson, Truth or Consequences Mayor Pro-Tem Sandra Whitehead, attorney Tara Edgemond, area residents Bonnie Riley and Denise Addie-Villagomez, as well as Pestak, who also served a term as probate judge from 1994 to 1998.

Fitness Center Inching Closer

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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 what had been approved. Working with Wilson & Company Architects modifications were made in the original design to bring the costs down. These alterations were primarily cosmetic in nature, or involved substituting a less expensive material in some of the features. With those modifications the board voted to approve the proposal. The district is also looking at the possibility that the money can be found to pay for the plan in its entirety as originally designed. If that proves to be the case, then changes can be made at that time, during the construction phase. Construction is expected to begin this year.

Police Find Wanted Man Hiding Between Mattresses

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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 a controlled substance, resisting, evading or obstructing an officer, possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana among some traffic violations in September of 2016.
It was upon his release that Barrett was supposed to immediately report to the Adult Probation Officer. Instead he found himself once again in trouble with the law and the subject of an active arrest and hold warrant by the department of corrections.

Fair Prep Work

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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

Park, Rec Discuss Upgrades

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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.
POOL WORK PENDING
Offering a brief update on the J.A. Hodges municipal swimming pool, the city manager said efforts were underway to obtain specific quotes for a much-discussed resurfacing project. He said grants/projects coordinator Traci Burnett was in the process of securing estimates and stressed the present goal was to have firm cost projections in hand before the upcoming October 11 city commission meeting.

EB Council Tidies Up Codes And Funds

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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.
ORDINANCES ADOPTED
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.
•Ordinance 169 pertained to annual revisions in the State of New Mexico’s Uniform Traffic Code.
During her introduction of the measure, city manager Yovanne Lucero said this year’s changes appeared to focus on the introduction of regulations pertaining to the operation of ATVs and other off-road vehicles on state and community thoroughfares. She noted state regulations now set forth provisions for communities to follow Elephant Butte’s lead in allowing off-road riders to utilize city streets. Lucero said the code changes also permit communities to establish separate speed limits and other restrictions on the use of such vehicles if so desired.