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“Spacepork” nickname borne out in investigation into wrongdoing by former Spaceport director Dan Hicks

by Kathleen Sloan | November 24, 2020
4 min read

According to a forensic audit released today, Hicks took advantage of the lack of board oversight to engage in questionable management practices ranging from excessive travels and padding his expense account to improper procurement procedures and pursuing his own business development vision, which was often at odds with the Spaceport’s stated mission.

headshot of Dan Hicks
Need to Know
Need to Know
Fiber optic cables

Broadband Network to Connect Underserved in Sierra County

by Kevin Robinson-Avila | November 23, 2020
3 min read

A $6.1 million federal grant will allow Sacred Wind Communications to deploy a 271-mile fiber-optic network to connect about 1,600 Sierra Countians who live in zones where 75 percent of residents lack access to high-speed broadband.

entrance to Truth or Consequences wastewater treatment plant

$50,000 wastewater asset management plan will ID future projects

by Kathleen Sloan | November 18, 2020
3 min read

The Truth or Consequences City Commission approved the acceptance of a $50,000 grant at the Nov. 18 meeting, which commits the city to creating an asset management plan, implementing the plan and appointing an asset management plan steering committee.

June Jewell's little boy and girl playing on the banks of the Rio Grande near the temporary dam in Truth or Consequences

Our big move: Part 2

by June Jewell | November 26, 2020
6 min read

Thanksgiving week seems like a good time for the Sun’s occasional blogger to take stock of the challenges and rewards of having uprooted her husband Nick and their two children—four-year-old Calvin and 21-month-old Daisy—to move Truth or Consequences last August to pursue her career as an artist.

portrait of Bernice Ende

Wonder Woman

by Rhonda Brittan | November 23, 2020

An intrepid equestrian explorer of the American landscape and character, Bernice Ende shares her inspiring story of self-sufficiency in the face of deprivation and openness to the beauty of the unexpected in a 2018 memoir that especially resonates in these times of hardship and isolation.

Man eating corn on the cob at the Post Office, Arrey, New Mexico

Man eating corn on the cob at the Post Office, Arrey, New Mexico

by Robert Galbraith | November 23, 2020

Is the man’s choice of dining spots merely quirky? The wealth of details in this image suggest a more interesting narrative.

editorial cartoon criticizing T or C city commission for being unresponsive to citizen petitions

Editorial Cartoon

by John Ofalltrades | November 23, 2020

Petition to Protect T or C’s Historic Downtown and Dark Skies

by a Collective of Concerned Citizens and Business Owners | November 18, 2020

The ongoing change-out of overhead lights downtown runs counter to the best interests of the city’s economic development, according to the petition’s signatories.

Of Recent Interest
Of Recent Interest
Billboard advertising Arrey Cafe and Baquera's Grocery, two county business that qualified for CARES grants

Sierra County to disburse nearly $300,000 in CARES funds to local small businesses soon

by Debora Nicoll | November 20, 2020
4 min read

Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act funds will be disbursed to local small businesses and nonprofit organizations in time for Christmas.

Security footage of George Floyd being detained by police

Civil Rights Commission recommends new state law stripping public employees of immunity against lawsuits

by Kathleen Sloan | November 19, 2020
7 min read

Sierra County Commission claims public coffers can’t afford this reform.

City government transparency grows more opaque in the age of the coronavirus

by Kathleen Sloan | November 9, 2020
4 min read

Truth or Consequences City Commissioner Randall Aragon complimented City Manager Morris Madrid on his written weekly reports at the Oct. 28 commission meeting, revealing there is a new back-room procedure that blocks sunshine on city activities.

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