When we last saw our heroine, she was mired in the existential angst of car shopping. Would she ever find the elusive perfect fit? Would the Bluetooth be as flawless as she hoped? What kind of interest rate would she be able to nail down? Read more

For this month’s Soil and Water column, we’re turning the spotlight to one of our conservation partners, Amelia Vogel and Jason Schilberg of Rocket Punch Farm in Belen. Read more

“…they are in shape like little woodchucks, and are the most noisy and inquisitive animals imaginable. They are never found singly, but always in towns of several hundred inhabitants; and these towns are found in all kinds of places where the country is flat and treeless.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt Read more

May is a special month as the whole month celebrates beef! Read more

There comes a time in a sports mom’s life when she realizes how much she misses going to practices, games, finding gloves and doing the dreaded stinky dirty laundry. I will never again complain about getting white baseball pants clean. Read more

May is a special month as the whole month celebrates beef! Read more

Here in New Mexico and around the nation we have been undergoing something called “bail reform” for many years. In fact, as early as 1966, our country has had an ongoing movement to reform bail, so it is nothing really new. Read more

If you learned from Lynda Garvin’s column in the News-Bulletin last week that “April Means Earth Day,” did you know that this special celebration started 51 years ago, on April 22, 1970? Read more

There comes a time when you just have to let things go — grudges, negative feelings, those billowy Hammer pants from the ’90s that you couldn’t pull off then and definitely can’t work now. Read more

In my sixth-grade homeroom class, I remember all the 20-odd students were required to take a personality quiz to find out how we best learned. Some students would learn best with their hands, some with art and pictures, but I was the only writer, driven by words to learn. Read more

“It is, then, to answer your question, ‘What enrichment, what peace of mind can I find in coming to know the things of this earth, which is my home?’” Read more

It has been a long year for New Mexico’s students, teachers, and families as we have all done our best to navigate the unfamiliar waters of a global pandemic. Finally, there is a light at the end of the tunnel — New Mexico Secretary of Education Ryan Stewart recently announced that schools s… Read more

Have you ever felt alone in a crowd, like you are isolated with your problems? Many of us were taught to be self-sufficient, suck it up, get our act together and get it done on our own so we can feel accomplished. Read more

Since sports returned on Saturday, March 13, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about our so-called return to normal when eventually the pandemic is completely over. Read more

“Somewhere to the eastward a wolf howled; lightly, questioningly. I knew the voice, for I had heard it many times before. It was George, sounding the wasteland for an echo from the missing members of his family.” Read more

As springtime begins to unfold with warmer temperatures ahead, we start to see the wonderful animals the winter has brought us. Baby chicks, turkeys, ducks and geese start to fill the feed stores. Read more

It is a timely truism that none of us can go through alone; we all need friends, family and partners to make the most out of the opportunities life puts before us. Read more

It’s February. If you are an avid vegetable gardener, you’ve already bought your seeds and have hundreds of seedlings growing indoors for your cool season spring and warm season vegetables. Read more

For the first time in more than four decades, House Bill 55 is poised to make New Mexico’s public infrastructure funding process transparent. House Bill 55 is a bipartisan bill sponsored by Reps. Matthew McQueen (D-Galisteo), Kelly Fajardo (R-Los Lunas) and Natalie Figueroa (D-Albuquerque), … Read more

I have fond memories of my ninth-grade civics class at Belen Junior High school taught by the late Boleslo Lovato, former mayor of Belen, back in my school year of 1980-81. Read more

Today is my first monthly column on the activities of the Valencia Soil and Water Conservation District and related natural-resource concerns. I joined the VSWCD staff as director in August 2020, and am glad to have this opportunity to reach out to the people the district serves. Read more

How many times have we pet parents felt our hearts sink after reading the description of a great house or apartment, only to see the words “No Pets” at the end? Read more

Throughout my time in education — as a teacher, a school leader and a superintendent — I’ve been driven by the personal values I learned growing up here in Valencia County. Read more

The New Year is officially here! The holidays of 2020 are finished and many of us have been ready for the fresh start 2021 has to offer. Read more

Lest we forget, and as we say good riddance to 2020, we should take time to remember the high points of this past year. Read more

In the early days of COVID-19, I’m sure we all remember the starkly-empty shelves that formerly held bleach, rubbing alcohol, soap, peroxide and disinfecting products of all kinds. Read more

In my back hallway, a lonely plant sits on the windowsill in its original plastic pot and foil wrapping. In spite of my neglect over the year, it continues to survive with lush green foliage. Read more

What do you think of when you hear the word “judge,” and how do you feel when you hear a person within your vicinity being referred to as “judge?” Read more

I don’t listen to music as much as I used to, say, three years ago, but I still happen to enjoy it when it’s on in the car or when I’m writing an article.  Read more

Many times I’ve had folks come into the Belen Art League and exclaim, “I never knew there were so many talented artists in Belen.” Read more

Making the most of life in these trying times can be difficult. We all want to go back to our normal lives pre-COVID-19, but for the safety and well-being of ourselves, our families, our friends and our community, we can’t and we shouldn’t. Read more

I am never out of ideas to write about in this column. The hardest part is choosing which one. Read more

Fall is officially here! Coming with the season are the cooler temperatures and cold moisture. We have recently received snow; and while there were great moisture components to our cold flurries, many of our plants may need extra attention for the cooler times ahead. Read more

It was more of a sensation than a sound that woke me up. A swelling of pressure, maybe mild pain. The feeling of what a bubble gum bubble popping might feel like. Not what it felt like to your mouth but what the bubble itself felt. Read more

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