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City Council considers adding Camino Seis to the Camino Cinco road improvement project

by Kathleen Sloan | October 26, 2020
4 min read

The decision about whether to proceed will be made at the November council meeting when more detailed financial information will be presented.

Camino Cinco with new paving and drainage improvements
Need to Know
Need to Know
graphic of United States made up of people to illustrate the 2020 Census

Sierra County Manager reports on U.S. Census count

by Kathleen Sloan | October 26, 2020
2 min read

Sierra County Manager Bruce Swingle fears that the U.S. Census Bureau’s overestimation of the number of residential units in the county will throw off the county’s apportionment of federal dollars.

Empty hallway at New Mexico State Veterans' Home

Faulty NMED data states New Mexico State Veterans’ Home has 54 employees with COVID-19

by Kathleen Sloan | October 23, 2020
3 min read

The New Mexico State Veterans’ Home in Truth or Consequences has two residents and four employees who have tested positive during the pandemic for COVID-19, according to Public Information Officer Breanna Anderson at the state Aging and Long-Term Services Department. But faulty data posted by the New Mexico Environmental Department reporting 54 veterans’ home employees…

Of Recent Interest
Of Recent Interest
Sierra County Administration building, 100 N. Date

Sierra County Regional Dispatch Authority will buy radio tower and radios to “improve range immensely”

by Debora Nicoll | October 23, 2020
3 min read

SCRDA’s current radios and headquarters in the county administration building at 100 N. Date St. are so outdated, the investment is needed, the county manager said, to protect the dispatch service’s operational integrity.

Graph of daily covid-19 cases in Sierra County over the course of the pandemic

Department of Health spokesperson explains “community spread” versus “hot spots” in COVID-19 contact tracing

by Kathleen Sloan | October 21, 2020
6 min read

Sierra County has recently experienced a spike in COVID-19 cases, which stood at 47 on Oct. 1 and at 76 on Oct. 20, a 62 percent increase in cases in three weeks. New Mexico Department of Health spokesperson David Morgan, in an email exchange on Oct. 14, said Sierra County has no known hot spots…

TorCConcept for TorC's Spaceport visitor's center

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.

Cantrell Dam, whose inadequate maintenance contributed to extensive flooding this summer

July 26 torrential downpour, Cantrell Dam’s malfunction (Part 2)

by Kathleen Sloan | October 22, 2020
10 min read

Cantrell Dam wasn’t on anyone’s radar until the midsummer deluge gave it importance. Its partial breach contributed to extensive flooding downstream in Williamsburg and western Truth or Consequences.

New Snow: A Prose Poem

by Isaac Eastvold | October 27, 2020

We have seen snow on Turtleback Mountain, but now with new eyes we see this great Chihuahuan desert carpeted with snow.  

Rio Grande spilling over rocks in T or C

Rio Grande, T or C

by Steven Lopez-Mull Sr. | October 26, 2020

Winter is coming.

ballot language

“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

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.

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