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EDITORIAL
Kathleen Sloan, Sierra County Sun

Kathleen Sloan

Founder and Chief Reporter

Debora Nicoll

Reporter

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Tom Plant

Researcher

Linda King

Researcher

Tom Hinson, Editor, Photograph of the Week

Tom Hinson

Editor, Photograph of the Week

Ron Fenn, photographer for Sierra County Sun

Ron Fenn

Photographer

Board of Directors
MaryAlice Holmes, Sierra County Sun Board of Directors

MaryAlice Holmes

Member

John Johanek, Sierra County Sun

John Johanek

Vice President

Diana Tittle, Sierra County Sun

Diana Tittle

Secretary-Treasurer

Max Yeh, Sierra County Sun Board of Directors

Max Yeh

President

Community Advisors

The Sierra County Sun is committed to proactively seeking public input. We want Sierra Countians to have a say about our coverage. We also need ideas and advice about how to earn community support for our work. By regularly asking for feedback through the following three means, we are better able to serve the community’s news and information needs and to engage new readers and supporters.

Community Surveys

To guide its relaunch in October 2020, the Sun invited Sierra Countians to participate in two online community surveys, one for charter subscribers, the other for new or occasional readers. Among other helpful insights, the survey findings influenced the Sun’s decision to make its website free to all. The Sun intends to periodically update and roll out these surveys as they have proved to be an effective, efficient tool for taking the pulse of the community.

Community Forums

Held twice a year, the Sun’s community forums are opportunities for members of public to comment on the Sun’s editorial performance and business and fundraising operations.

Community Advisory Committee

The Sun’s Community Advisory Committee is comprised of members of the Campaign to Save the Sun Committee. After the Sun announced that it would cease publication in August 2020, this group of concerned citizens stepped forward to raise the necessary funds to keep the Sun in operation for another year.

Serving one-year terms, committee members meet quarterly with the Sun’s board and editorial principals. Their feedback and expertise inform planning to secure the future of public-interest journalism in Sierra County.

Community Advisory Committee

Robbin Brodsky
Stan Brodsky
Mary Cavett
Jim Ciancia
Mary Anne Ciancia
Anka Ewerbeck
David Farrell
Gary Gritzbaugh
Jan Haley
MaryAlice Holmes*
Tom Hinson
Durrae Johanek
John Johanek*
Lou McCall
Tracy McGowan
Martin Mijal
Steve Morgan
Barbara Pearlman
Haruhuani Spruce
Nichole Trushell
Max Yeh*

* Member of the Sierra County Sun’s Board of Directors

DON’T-MISS EVENT

“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.

 

 

HAVE YOU SEEN?

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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