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The Chavez Family

Chavez family photo: Tibo Chavez would bring his family to the Roundhouse. Tibo, when he was lieutenant governor, has his to oldest children, Chris and Reggie, sit on his desk, while their mother, Betty, looks on.

Tibo Chavez was many things to many people — a lawyer and a lawmaker, a herbalist and a historian, an author and an agriculturalist, a politician and a public servant.

Judge gives man 16 years for murder

A man who shot and killed his cousin five years ago wanted to be released from jail and be placed on house arrest, but instead, a district court judge sentenced him Tuesday to the maximum of 16 years in prison.

Belen, RC talking about police service

Protecting the residents of Rio Communities from crime without cutting into Belen's police coverage is the dilemma officials from both municipalities grappled with Tuesday at the first of several collaborative workshops.

Commission sends plan back to P&Z

Valencia County commissioners decided to take the advice of their legal counsel and sent a proposed land-use ordinance for parts of Tomé and Adelino back to the planning and zoning commission before taking action.

Grabbing for gross receipts taxes

Clara Garcia-News-Bulletin photo: Diana Cole, owner of Donut King for 13 years, has contributed her fair share of gross receipts taxes over the years as a longtime small business owner.

If you drive on public roads, depend on police and firefighters to respond in your time of need or simply expect your public library to be open, you may not worry about what pays for those services.

Fighting the fires

Clara Garcia-News-Bulletin photo: Valencia County Fire Chief Steven Gonzales says the amount of volunteers the county depends on has decreased over the year, making the need for more career firefighters more important.

Every day, there are public servants who help save people from fires, help put out fires and they go to sites where something bad happens, such as car accidents, structure fires, heart attacks, strokes and other events that might need attendance by firefighters.

Task force to look into Calico disappearance

Tara Calico Missing since Sept. 20, 1988

Two weeks after the 25th anniversary of Tara Calico's disappearance, Valencia County Sheriff Louis Burkhard has formed a task force of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to take another look at the case.

Revitalization focus of visit by MainStreet

In an effort to help revitalize downtown Belen, a resource team from the New Mexico MainStreet Program recently visited the Hub City to see what's here and to offer their expertise and guidance for the future.

Arrest made in double homicide

Clara Garcia-News-Bulletin photo: Jordan Hurd, 18, of Rio Communities, is being escorted by Valencia County Sheriff’s Deputy John Paul Gallegos to the Valencia County Detention Center Tuesday after being arrested for shooting and killing a father and daughter over the weekend.

An 18-year-old Rio Communities man is in custody on a $1 million bond for allegedly shooting and killing a father and daughter early Saturday morning in their Jarales home.