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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.

Campaign signs taken

As election season gets into full swing, one municipal judge candidate is feeling what dirty politics is like.

Suspects in counterfeit ring arrested

After a three-month investigation into counterfeit money being passed in numerous Belen businesses, police have arrested and charged two suspects and hope to make more arrests soon.

Man asks judge for lighter sentence

A man who has spent five months of his 18-year sentence for killing his family while drinking and driving asked a judge for a reduced sentence so he can participate in a prison treatment program.

Council hears pros and cons of crematory

The debate about whether a local funeral director should be able to build a crematorium on his property was heard by the city council Monday, but a final decision for a zone change won't be made until later this month.