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Swingle brings transparency and reality to T or C’s budgeting process: Part 3

by Kathleen Sloan | May 14, 2021
8 min read

In addition to contending with a $1.6 million deficit in the fiscal year 2021-2022 draft budget, new city manager Bruce Swingle informed the city commissioners that they must play a lead role in identifying departmental spending priorities and cuts. Here are summaries of their discussions of budgeting and policy issues facing the utility office, community service and fleet maintenance departments and the municipal golf course and animal shelter.

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Need to Know
Need to Know
U.S. Map of Annual Mean Temp Change in Normals

Report: Historic drought and record temps expected to continue

by Justin Schatz, The Paper | May 7, 2021
3 min read

New Mexico and the greater Southwest will see little reprieve from the historical megadrought.

Fiber optic cables

UPDATE: Broadband company working to win BLM construction permit for fiber optics network in southern Sierra County

by Debora Nicoll | May 6, 2021
5 min read

A subsidiary of Sacred Wind Communications, which is working in Sierra County to bring broadband to all residents south of Williamsburg, must notify and obtain right-of-way permission from 1,400 potential broadband customers before the Bureau of Land Management will grant a permit to begin construction of the necessary fiber optics network.

June's aspirational permaculture food forest

Our big move: Part 4

by June Jewell | May 6, 2021
7 min read

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. Part 4: The author’s aspirational permaculture food forest is beginning to take root.

Rio Bravo Fine Art Gallery logo

The Galleries of T or C

by Zia Gallery | May 11, 2021

Truth or Consequences has long been recognized for its lively art gallery scene. The two dozen-plus galleries listed here feature local as well as international artists.

mule deer reaching for octillo blossoms

Mule deer and ocotillo

by Donna Catterick | May 3, 2021

Last week’s heavy rains produced an infloresence of ocotillo throughout Sierra County, gladdening the hearts of man and beast alike.

Culture
Novelist William Faulkner accepting the Nobel Prise

Reader at Large: April 16–May 7, 2021

by David Goodman | May 10, 2021

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

Promising Young Woman movie poster

Promising Young Woman

by Michael Young | May 7, 2021

“Nomadland” took the 2020 Oscar for Best Picture, but this also-ran is perhaps the more intriguing movie. The Academy seems to have acknowledged that fact by awarding “Promising Young Woman” an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

Opinions
Opinions
cigarette smoke

Smoking lessons in the time of COVID

by Max Yeh | May 11, 2021

Have you ever caught the fragrance eminating from a newly lit cigarette, even outdoors? If you have, then you should be able to understand something that so many people in the country and in this county don’t seem able to understand: this is how COVID-19 is transmitted.

Checklist on clipboard

Welcome, Bruce!

by Diana Tittle | May 4, 2021

Now that you’ve had a couple days to settle in as city manager, please consider implementing these 10 doable fixes that will make the governance of the City of Truth or Consequences more transparent, responsive and effective.

Senate chambers in New Mexico Roundhouse

Lawmakers continue secret spending

by Majorie Childress, New Mexico In Depth | April 30, 2021

This year state lawmakers finally made their infrastructure spending public. But each chamber passed, as usual, its own “supplemental appropriations” bill that does not disclose the identities of the legislator(s) who sponsored each of the allocations in the bill and, too often, fails to make clear each allocation’s uses.

New Mexico built a spaceport—but will the payoff of space tourism ever come?  

by D. Jackson Warren | April 15, 2021

Two conflicting assessments of the Spaceport’s economic impact, released a year ago to little notice in Sierra County, are worth re-examining now as Virgin Galactic’s faces a potentially make-or-break moment with the rescheduled test flight of its rocketship from the Spaceport next month.

Location of south-side T or C wells and waste transfer station

T or C water/wastewater director responds to well field concerns in a rare public report to the city commission

by Kathleen Sloan | March 19, 2021
12 min read

Biofouling has “nothing to do with human-made waste or anything of the kind”: Second of a two-part series

Of Recent Interest
Of Recent Interest
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Swingle brings transparency and reality to T or C’s budgeting process: Part 2

by Kathleen Sloan | May 12, 2021
9 min read

In addition to contending with a $1.6 million deficit in the fiscal year 2021-2022 draft budget for Truth or Consequences, new city manager Bruce Swingle informed the city commissioners that they must play a lead role in identifying departmental spending priorities and cuts. Here are summaries of their discussions of budgeting and policy issues facing the police and fire departments and the municipal pool and airport.

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Third day on the job, Swingle brings transparency and reality to T or C’s budgeting process

by Kathleen Sloan | May 10, 2021
11 min read

In addition to contending with a $1.6 million deficit in the fiscal year 2021-2022 draft budget, new city manager Bruce Swingle informed the city commissioners that they must play a lead role in identifying departmental spending priorities and cuts and devising a plan within two years to end the practice of balancing the budget with transfers from utility fees.

Morris Madrid

Morris Madrid now CFO at Luna Community College

by Kathleen Sloan | May 7, 2021
2 min read

Former Truth or Consequences City Manager Morris Madrid has been hired as the community college’s “vice president of finance,” according to his LinkedIn profile. The college’s website identifies him as “chief financial officer.”

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