How are not-for-profit civic news organizations funding their newsgathering operations? Some still compete for traditional sources of revenue through the sale of advertising and subscriptions. The majority rely more heavily on private donations, business and corporate sponsorships and philanthropic grants. Sierra County Sun seeks to become self-sustaining by pursuing all these possible sources of funding. 

Like millions of Americans who make charitable donations to keep public-interest journalism alive in their communities, the following individuals and organizations made donations to the Sun during its first year of publishing on through its re-launch on October 16, 2020. We are especially indebted to those who stepped forward to contribute a minimum of $500 to the Campaign to Save the Sun after the (thankfully premature) announcement of our closing. Their belief in the importance of the Sun’s reporting to the wellbeing of Sierra County spurred them to take a chance on our ability to overcome revenue shortfalls if given adequate time to regroup. These generous citizens will be permanently acknowledged here as the Sun’s Founders.


Gifts of $5,000
Jim and Mary Anne Ciancia
Diana Tittle and Tom Hinson
Max Yeh and Anka Ewerbeck
Zia Gallery

Gifts of $1,000 to $2,500
Mary Cavett and Martin Mijal

Gifts of $500
Garland Bills
Robbin and Stan Brodsky
Deb Nicoll and Tony Mottino
Reality Based Marketing
Rio Bravo Fine Art Gallery
Harley Shaw and Patty Woodruff

2020-21 Donors

In keeping with our commitment to disclosing our funding sources (see the Sun’s Transparency Policy here), we will regularly update our donor list and archive each year’s entire list on our website.

Gifts of $500 to $1,000
Zia Gallery

Gifts of $251 to $499
David Amin Dawdy
Sandy Ficklin
Tom Hinson and Diana Tittle

Gifts of $100 to $250
303 Gallery
Carol and Jonathan Buchter
Isaac and Sharon Foley Eastvold
Véronique de Jaegher
Dennis Dooley and Kirste Carlson
Jan Haley and Gary Gritzbaugh
Barbara Hawley and David Goodman
Carol Ikard
Larry Mullenax
Sarah Lynne McMahon
Debora Nicoll
Barbara Pearlman and David Farrell
Yvonne Thorpe
William Thorpe (in honor of Ellen Evans)
Nichole Trushell and Steve Morgan
Haruhuani Spruce
Kim J. Visscher
Annie Whitney and David Webster

Gifts of $10 to $99
Tony Archuleta
Carolyn Cazares
Kenneth Chromic
James Davidson
Lydia Dixon
Sara Frothingham
Sandra S. Green
Mark Gresock
Sue and Marvin Gritter
Sally Hobensack and Ken Maynard
Peter A. Lawton
Susan Lea
Julia Masaoka
LaRena Miller
James Nelson
Jack Noel
Joey Perry
Terry and Chris O’Rourke
Kim Skinner
Rebecca Speakes
Jan Thedford
Robin Tuttle
Sharon Van Gelder
Dan Warren
William (Bill) West
Raquel Wiltbank-Mateo
Douglas Winquest
Kendall Wochnick

Fiscal Agent

The Sierra County Public-Interest Journalism Project serves as the Sierra County Sun’s fiscal agent. SCP-IJP was incorporated as a 501c3 in 2020 to promote public discourse and civic engagement in a southern New Mexico county. At present, its sole project is to raise funds to support the Sierra County Sun. SCP-IJP has no administrative expenses, as it is entirely volunteer-run. All the funds it raises are re-granted to the Sun with no conditions attached.


“Riverwalk” Presentation/Input Session

Truth or Consequence's riverfront

Thursday, June 24, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
City Commission Chambers
405 W. Third Street, Truth or Consequences

This is the first opportunity for the public to be briefed and comment on on the “Riverwalk” Economic Feasibility Study, commissioned two summers ago from Wilson & Company, civil engineers, by the City of Truth or Consequences. Not to be confused with the community-led “Turtleback Trails” planning effort, which is focused exclusively on improving recreational access and amenities along the riverfront, the Riverwalk study aims to identify possible opportunities for commercial real estate development at Rotary Park, Ralph Edwards Park and a proposed “recreational hub” at the existing Highway 51 tube and paddle launch.

To prepare to provide thoughtful comment, you may view a first draft of a “concept map” of the three proposed development zones, obtained by the Sun via an Inspection of Public Records Act request, and learn more about both the Wilson & Company study and the Turtleback Trails project in the Sun’s indepth report on both planning efforts, “Healthier and Wealthier: The “Turtleback Trails” Vision of Green Riverfront Development.



Free T’ai Ch’i Chih classes in June

t'ai ch'i graphic

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 a.m. sharp
Park next to municipal pool, Truth or Consequences

T’ai Ch’i Chih is a gentle, meditative movement. Classes of 35 to 40 minutes will improve body balance and quiet the mind. Each session will cover the opening moves, plus six to eight moves of the method (for 20 to 21 moves in total).

Volunteer class leader Carol Borsello has Medical Qigong Level II certification and 25 years of natural healing studies, including massage. Although she is not certified to teach TCC, she is eager to share her healthy hobby with others.

“Come try it out,” Borsello says. “Reinforce good balance and raise your energy level a notch or two!”

Tondo Rotondo: The Circle Show

Nolan Winkler's painting "World Without End, Amen"

June 12–August 15
Rio Bravo Fine Art Gallery, 110 N. Broadway
Truth or Consequences

Tondo (plural “tondi” or “tondos”) is a Renaissance term for a circular work of art. This exhibition features artists represented by Rio Bravo Fine Art, in conjunction with other guest artists from New Mexico and Puerto Rico, all of whom have created a variety of imaginative art using the circle as their starting point. There are paintings on circular canvases, sculptures that take the circle into the three-dimensional realm and photographs with a circular perspective. Illustrated here is Nolan Winkler’s “World Without End, Amen,” diameter 20 inches, one of the paintings in the exhibit.

The exhibition’s opening reception will take place on June 12, during Second Saturday Art Hop, from 6 to 9 p.m. Regular viewing hours are Wednesday through Saturday, from noon to 5 p.m.




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

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.

Reader Ron Fenn of Truth or Consequences commented: Thank you for informing on this important “right of the people” to know how our government is acting and spending our money.  Mr. Swingle needs to look at cutting costs (personnel) not penalizing residents to reduce the decades old budget deficits.

T or C still mum about problems with city’s water wells, despite only two of eight working properly

A legal ad in the Sierra County Sentinel’s May 21 edition was the first public notice and acknowledgment that two more wells in the city’s eight-well field are in trouble. Four others are offline, raising questions about the city’s water delivery capacity and the water department’s transparency about the health of the well field.

Reader William West of Truth or Consequences commented: If Wells 6 and 7 are leaking “liquid” or water with oil and metal filings, it seems possible, if not likely, we are drinking the same. If a property with a well is sold, the condition of the well water is part of the seller’s disclosure to the buyer. If T or C water is suspect, either because recent consumer confidence reports were not made public or there are capacity or quality problems with the water the city provides, should these concerns be a part of all property disclosures for sales in the city going forward?

It seems to me that fixing basic needs such as clean water, reliable electrical supply, effective stormwater handling and a transparent and aware city council should come before any consideration of “putting lipstick on a pig”-type projects such as the “Riverwalk.”


Wildlife trail or commercial development for Rotary Park?

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.

Reader Patty Kearney of Truth or Consequences commented: Residing in the neighborhood between downtown and Rotary Park, I would not like to see commercial development at Rotary Park. There would be traffic in our residential streets. And the run-off from pavement and/or construction into the river seems environmentally unsound. I have no idea what sort of commercial development is proposed, but I can’t imagine it getting past an environmental impact study—which there ought to be, of course, for anything that goes in that location. I agree with Dr. Spruce. Wetlands restoration and a hiking trail. Investment in projects that make this town more its true self, not something it isn’t, will help us thrive

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