And the walls came tumbling down.
Belen city officials are scrambling to put together an application for a federal grant that could fund the construction of the North Belen Interchange.
At first glance Porfirio Lopez, also known as Partner, seems fine.
The city of Belen is seeking $1.2 million to construct a replacement for a 70-year-old water tank beyond repairs and out of service for more than five years.
It stood vacant and boarded up for more than 30 years at the corner of north Second Street and Becker Avenue in Belen. The old Central Hotel, located along the Heart of Belen, was on its last brick of life.
With the blink of an eye, the Tomé Art Gallery will be full of colorful sugar skulls, remembrance altars and skeletons.
Belen city officials may remove a sign along Second Street restricting street parking to "residents only."
"Red rover, red rover send Mrs. Linda right over!" sang a group of fourth- through sixth-grade girls with their arms outstretched and hands linked together.
The Pueblitos Elementary School stands along N.M. 116 surrounded by homes with little remnants of its former life as a school house.
Belen's Family School is getting more than a high five for their academic efforts.
Belen's Family School was awarded about $500,000, on top of the school's $3 million set aside, to build their proposed building.
Belen Consolidated Schools is moving forward on their own with addressing ongoing problems with the transportation department's bus wash bay, which the district claims was not completed up to par.
The Belen Board of Education unanimously voted to pass a resolution in support for the library General Obligation Bond issue "B" on the November ballot.
Belen Schools Superintendent Ron Marquez had an extra skip in his walk and a smile on his face last week.
One Los Lunas program aims to hold small business owners' hands through the growing pains they face in the beginning years as a home-based business.
Belen Consolidated Schools hired a school financial consultant to assist in preparing the district's 2011-12 audit.
Giggles and laughter emanated from one room in Faith Family Church of the Nazarene.
The decision for incorporation of Rio Communities will now completely be in the hands of its citizens.
They're dancing to keep the Hispanic heritage alive in New Mexican children and teenagers, and this month Los Niños de Santa Fe will be hosting an Outreach Dance Camp in Valencia County.
The Belen High School Class of 2013 may have been 22 students smaller if Belen Schools administrators hadn't caught a misunderstanding of high school graduation requirements.