T or C City Commission approves “Riverwalk” study, despite public opposition

by Kathleen Sloan | November 18, 2021
7 min read

More than a dozen residents spoke out yesterday against the “Riverwalk” economic development feasibility study during public comment at the Nov. 17 Truth or Consequences City Commission meeting—to no avail.

San Antonio's Riverwalk
Need to Know
Need to Know
Branson and team floating inside their rocketship during their July 2021 flight to near space

Analysis: Virgin Galactic may be close to taking off, but Spaceport remains earthbound, Part 1

by Kathleen Sloan | November 19, 2021
9 min read

The wealthy continue to reserve seats on VG spaceflights, but neither the state nor Sierra County will receive gross receipt taxes on hundreds of millions of dollars in ticket sales when regularly scheduled spaceflights begin here, thanks to one of several giveaway incentives approved by the state legislature in 2003 during spaceport advocate Bill Richardson’s first year as New Mexico governor.

Sierra County population and ethnicity changes from 2010 to 2020

Fewer people here means fewer dollars from federal and state government

by Debora Nicoll | November 15, 2021
4 min read

Release of the first set of U.S. Census data shows that Sierra County’s population has decreased slightly while becoming more racially diverse. But the impact on the county budget could be significant.

Jessie Moreno

Can Hatch green chiles outlast the climate crisis?

by Wufei Yu, High Country News | November 4, 2021
8 min read

Growers of New Mexico’s iconic crop wrestle with drought, water rights and labor shortages.

Culture
Culture
"Tenet" movie poster

Tenet

by Michael Young | November 5, 2021

If you are looking for an escapist spectacle (with the added attracting of a mind-bending plot), the latest entry from writer-director Christopher Nolan (“Memento,” “Inception,” “Intersteller”) will do the trick.

T or C Film Fiesta Poster

The Underappreciated Comic Genius of Anthony Michael Hall

by Michael Gursky | October 19, 2021

Anthony Michael Hall, the guest celebrity at this weekend’s Truth or Consequences Film Fiesta, is not simply a great actor. The author makes the case here that Hall, who appeared in such iconic teen comedies of the 1980s as “Sixteen Candles” and “The Breakfast Club,” was the funniest kid ever on film.

Orwell's Roses book cover

Reader at Large: October 8–29, 2021

by David Goodman | November 1, 2021

A digest of some of the best and most thought-provoking articles and books enjoyed by the author in the past several weeks

"Neo-Burlesque" book cover

Politically pointed nudity

by Rhonda Brittan | October 15, 2021

Truth or Consequences’s own Lynn Sally reveals how, in the hands of feminist performance artists, striptease can be used to disrupt, rather than reinforce, the social norms that police how women are expected—and thereby bound—to inhabit public space.

Opinions
Opinions
Frances Luna

The soft vigilantism of Frances Luna

by Diana Tittle | November 22, 2021

The Truth or Consequences City Commissioner used her other bully pulpit in the Sierra County Sentinel last Friday to call for local-government critics to be verbally assaulted in stores and on the street.

Ron Fenn

Sentinel’s unconscionable breach of journalism ethics

by Diana Tittle | October 29, 2021

Ron Fenn, candidate for the Truth or Consequences City Commission, was the only local candidate who submitted answers to the Sierra County Sentinel’s candidate’s questionnaire that the paper chose not to publish.

Photograph of a vacant commission seat

Why the wait?

by Rick Dumiak | October 13, 2021

A Truth or Consequences resident who has applied to be appointed to fill the vacant seat on the city commission raises a concern about the commission’s decision today not to make the appointment until after the upcoming municipal elections.

Randall Aragon headshot

Date of Aragon’s hiring in Texas corrected

by Sierra County Sun | September 27, 2021

The Sun erred in reporting on Friday that Truth or Consequences City Commissioner Randall Aragon knew in early July that he would be departing at the end of August for a law enforcement position in La Marque, Texas. The Sun has corrected its story and published his rebuttal and our apology here.

strawberry plants with flowers

Rooted: Our big move, Part 5

by June Jewell | October 18, 2021
6 min read

This is the concluding part of an occasional series of personal reflections by Jewell on the challenges and rewards of making a new life for herself and her family in Sierra County.

Of Recent Interest
Of Recent Interest
Shelly Harrison

Baca and Forrister almost squeeze in relative unknown to fill vacant city commission seat

by Kathleen Sloan | November 17, 2021
3 min read

The Truth or Consequences city commissioners’ vote today on the power play intended to seat Shelly Harrelson split, two for and two against. Instead the commission will go ahead with interviews of all five persons who submitted a letter of interest in filling the seat vacated by Randall Aragon at a special public meeting on Nov. 29

proposed riverfront bridge in T or C

“Riverwalk” economic feasibility study recommendations unveiled

by Diana Tittle | November 14, 2021
5 min read

Two years in the making and likely to be endorsed at Wednesday’s Truth or Consequences City Commission meeting, the study calls for a public investment of $12 million in outdoor recreational amenities on both sides of the Rio Grande. One third of the estimated cost would go toward the construction of a 46-foot-wide bridge spanning the river, potentially located at either Ralph Edwards or Rotary parks. Accommodating both vehicular traffic and recreational use, the bridge would also serve as a conduit to bring water and wastewater services to the east bank to enable, for good or ill, commercial and residential development.

Tyrone copper mine near Silver City

How the rise of copper reveals clean energy’s dark side

by Gitanjali Poonia, New Mexico in Depth | November 10, 2021
9 min read

The demand for copper is estimated to grow by 350 percent by 2050 because of its use in most forms of renewable energy. But the extraction of copper poses significant environmental risks to the communities near the mines.

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