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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.

Fire-season flare-ups

Clara Garcia-News-Bulletin photo: Jesse Carrillo, a firefighter with the Rio Grande Estates Fire Department, races to stop flames from engulfing a shed Monday. Firefighters were able to contain the three-acre grass fire north of Belen off N.M. 314 within an hour or so, but flames did destroy at least three sheds. Fire officials are still unsure what caused the fire.

As the warmer-than-usual temperatures make it feel more like spring than winter, Valencia County fire officials are scrambling to try and contain what they are calling yet another early fire season.

A love that’s lasted a lifetime

More than 70 years ago, a "country lady" from Adelino married the guy down the road who, when they met, seemed to only be interested in "combing his hair in the sunshine."

Grand jury indicts man in DWI death

Jacob Williams Indicted

A man who police and prosecutors say was driving drunk last month, killing a father of three and injuring one of his daughters, has been indicted by a Valencia County grand jury.

Behind the bench

Submitted photo: District Court William Sanchez, who will officially retire at the end of the month, is the longest serving judge in Valencia County in recent history.

After more than two decades presiding in the 13th Judicial District Court, Judge William "Bill" Sanchez will soon hang up his robe and put down his gavel when he retires at the end of February.

Little Free Library offers families opportunities

With the city being less than a year old and services such as a library a long way down the road, one Rio Communities' resident is hoping his idea will help bring the community together while giving everyone the opportunity to read.

School resource officers ahead of the game

When the community hears about school shootings, such as the tragic incident in Roswell last month when two youngsters were shot by a fellow classmate, it's usually a school resource officer who is first to respond to the scene.