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200 acres destroyed by bosque blaze

Clara Garcia-News-Bulletin photo: A firefighter watches as a fire destroys part of the bosque on Friday. More than 90 fire personnel responded to the Pino Fire Friday afternoon, protecting more than a dozen structures in Southern Valencia County and Northern Socorro County. A Jarales brush truck was destroyed when the winds caught firefighters off guard. Two firefighters received minor injuries.

With more than 90 personnel and hundreds of acres on fire, the Pino Fire, which started in Bosque Friday afternoon, firefighters were able to protect more than a dozen structures threatened by flames.

Holding onto hope

Courtesy of the Lardner family: With the support of her family, friends and the community, Nicole Lardner, center, is making strides in recovering from a severe brain injury she sustained from a car accident in October. Pictured with Nicole is her sister, Michelle, left, and her mother, Janice, right.

While Nicole Lardner will never be who she was before, her family says she's making huge strides after a car accident nearly took her life almost six months ago.

OLB conserves one of five of its oil paintings

Clara Garcia-News-Bulletin photo: Rev. Stephen Schultz, pastor at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, stands next to “The Visitation,” an oil painting that is thought to be as old at the parish itself. The painting was conserved and will be on exhibit this summer at the New Mexico History Museum.

"It feels like Christmas," said Rev. Stephen Schultz, pastor of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, when one of five oil paintings the church owns was revealed Friday after being conserved for an upcoming exhibit.

Film festival to showcase ‘Little Hollywood’

News-Bulletin file photo: The movie, ‘Transcendence,’ staring Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman, was filmed in downtown Belen. The film will be released in theaters next month.

Where can you walk down the street and get a glimpse of stars such as Morgan Freeman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kevin Costner, Claire Daines or Forest Whitaker? In Hollywood, yes, but over the past several years, Belen has been the place where they all come to make their movies.

Grand jury indicts teen for killing

A 15-year-old teenager charged with killing his friend last month has been indicted by a Valencia County grand jury and could be sentenced as an adult if he's convicted.

Belen elects new mayor

Jerah Cordova Mayor-elect

Jerah Cordova has been elected to be the next mayor of the city of Belen. With 55 percent of the vote, the 30-year-old Hub City native, beat out Wayne Gallegos, who received 45 percent of the vote.

RC residents voice concerns of transparency

What began as a meeting about the effort to potentially disincorporate the city of Rio Communities grew into several residents and a city councilor airing frustrations about what they say is a lack of transparency with certain members of the current governing body.