T or C electrical transformer fixed, still needs to be replaced

by Kathleen Sloan | June 17, 2021
2 min read

The repair cost nearly $33,000, and the estimated price for replacing the aging transformer altogether could run as high as $1.5 million. The electric department’s other transformer is also a decade past its expected lifespan.

repaired transformer at the Riverside Drive substation
Need to Know
Need to Know
drawing of new build Southwestern home

Elephant Butte news roundup

by Kathleen Sloan | June 18, 2021
5 min read

News made at Wednesday’s Elephant Butte city council meeting: local housing starts are up, so is patronage at the municipal golf course, and raises for city councilors are in the works.

Sierra Vista Hospital emergency room entrance

Special hospital district petition fails

by Kathleen Sloan | June 16, 2021
3 min read

The petition drive that would have put the question of whether to form a special hospital district in Sierra County on the November ballot came up 119 signatures short.

Aerial view of the market at Ralph Ediwards Park

Welcome back: Sierra County Farmer’s Market returns to Ralph Edwards Park

by Diana Tittle with photography by Luis Rios and Nathan Maplesden | June 15, 2021
6 min read

A guide to the market’s 2021 season and its vendors of the freshest locally grown produce and fruits, free-range eggs, delectible baked goods, beautiful flowers and unique handmade crafts.

Culture
Culture
The Sun book cover

Reader at Large: June 5–June 18, 2021

by David Goodman | June 19, 2021

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

The Trial of the Chicago 7

by Michael Young | May 30, 2021

In time for Memorial Day reflection, a review of the 2020 film that dramatized the Nixon administration’s attempt to discredit the anti-Vietnam war movement by prosecuting some its most prominent leftist leaders.

Israeli police upholding recent ceasefire on the streets of an Israeli city

Reader at Large: May 22–June 4, 2021

by David Goodman | June 7, 2021

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

Cover to Alison Bechdel's new graphic memoir

Reader at Large: May 8-21, 2021

by David Goodman | May 24, 2021

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

Opinions
Opinions
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The continuing rise of nonprofit news

by Institute for Nonprofit News | June 18, 2021

The Institute for Nonprofit News published its 2021 report this week on the health of nonprofit civic news organizations. Here are its key findings about the state of this emerging field of journalism to which the Sierra County Sun proudly belongs.

Sun's editorial team at Farmer's Market

Come by and say hi

by Diana Tittle | June 10, 2021

Starting this Saturday, June 12, the Sun will host a table at the Sierra County Farmer’s Market at Ralph Edwards Park in Truth or Consequences.

Luis Rios at his desk

Why I want to be a reporter

by Luis Rios | June 4, 2021

In my high school’s Newspaper Club, I learned that journalism is different from the creative writing I enjoyed. That realization didn’t intimate me, but rather stirred my curiosity and drive to master fact-based reporting.

Enjoying the Rio Grande at Rotary Park

Wildlife trail or commercial development for Rotary Park?

by Haruhuani Spruce | May 31, 2021

Please, let us come together to prevent one more desecration. Please let us create, instead, a preserve for wildlife with access for people to the Rio Grande that will stand into the future to preserve the precious, irreplaceable quality of life that we are able to enjoy here.

oil worker at a produced water treatement facility near Malaga, NM

Back to the well

by Lindsay Fendt, Searchlight New Mexico | May 20, 2021
8 min read

Oil and gas funds everything from campaigns to government functions in New Mexico, complicating the state’s transition away from fossil fuels.

Of Recent Interest
Of Recent Interest
Sunshine laws graphic

T or C city commission violated Open Meetings Act in handling smart meter appeals and their actions must be reconsidered, AG determines

by Kathleen Sloan | June 14, 2021
5 min read

The AG’s Office determined that descriptions of agenda items involving the appeals either lacked the specificity required to adequately inform the public of the nature of the business to be discussed or to cover actions subsequently taken by the commission. As a result, the commission must reconsider an order denying the appeals and its imposition of a monthly $50 meter-reading fee on residents who wished to retain their analog meters.

Inspection of Public Records cartoon

Foundation for Open Government determines T or C’s fees to deliver requested electronic documents not allowed under state law

by Kathleen Sloan | June 11, 2021
2 min read

Truth or Consequences has recently begun to charge a fee of 25 cents per page to deliver electronic records requested under the Inspection of Public Records Act. FOG responded to a citizen request to determine the fee’s validity.

T or C police headquarters

T or C police news roundup

by Kathleen Sloan | June 1, 2021
7 min read

The Truth or Consequences city commission has approved a new taser policy, received a briefing on the selection process for the new police chief and discussed behind closed doors possible litigation involving two police officers.

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