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T or C is again promoting a second, northern Spaceport visitors’ center, but is Spaceport America?

by Kathleen Sloan | October 19, 2020
5 min read

The Truth or Consequences City Commission passed a resolution expressing support for a spaceport visitors’ center located north, near Interstate 25, but the New Mexico Spaceport Authority—which would pay for it—says it currently has no plans to put one there.

TorCConcept for TorC's Spaceport visitor's center
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NM House candidate Karen C. Whitlock

Karen C. Whitlock responds to the Sun’s questions about Sierra Vista Hospital, Copper Flat mine and more

by Kathleen Sloan | October 20, 2020
6 min read

Although provided too late to be compared side by side with the answers of her Republican opponent for the New Mexico House seat in District 35, Whitlock’s responses are still of public interest.

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County commission approves ranking of proposed capital improvements with little public input and limited discussion

by Debora Nicoll | October 16, 2020
4 min read

Few details about the projects, which would cost nearly $6 million over four years, if funded, were provided citizens or commissioners.

Mims Lake fire

Fire and then flood show prevention could have mitigated extent of damage (Part 1)

by Kathleen Sloan | October 16, 2020
10 min read

This summer Truth or Consequences experienced two major disasters within 40 days—a fire and then a flood—which tested and revealed the area’s level of hazard preparedness.

Our two-part series examines the circumstances surrounding these emergencies and assesses lessons learned, starting today with the Mims Lake fire that began June 17 and ended June 20. Next Thursday, the second part of the series will provide a similar evaluation of the July 26 rain event and the infrastructure malfunction that contributed to extensive flooding in Williamsburg and western T or C.

Why watchdog journalism is disliked and essential

by Diana Tittle | October 16, 2020

Appreciation of the free press’s indispensable role as a bulwark of democracy and a check on government has never been universal. Now, with public mistrust of all media at a historic high, the Sun pledges to earn readers’ trust by adhering to the highest professional standards of accuracy, balance and fairness.

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Mystery bus on the Rio

by Shawn Fisher | October 16, 2020

Is it abandoned? Is it a camper? Is someone living there full time, as the slightly parted curtains suggest?

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“The sorry history of an elected commission”

by Kenneth W. Costello | October 16, 2020

An argument for voting yes on Constitutional Amendment 1

ballot language

The big fake out

by Steve Fischmann | October 16, 2020

An argument for voting no on Constitutional Amendment 1


Our big move

by June Jewell | October 16, 2020
5 min read

Why would a thirty-something couple with two pre-school kids leave affluent, green northern Virginia to start over in high-desert Truth or Consequences?

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