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Learn CPR at local event on Saturday

It isn't often you get to save your best friend's life. But that's exactly what Marlene Naranjo, 64, did this spring when her friend, Mary Beth ElGouhary, collapsed at a senior center in Albuquerque.

Spending our money

Julia M. Dendinger-News-Bulletin photo:  Valencia County Purchasing Agent Mike Vinyard double checks the details of one of the many purchase orders that comes through his office on a daily basis. No matter the amount, all purchases made with public money are scrutinized and double checked by his department.

It could be argued that spending money is as easy as tripping over a rock. You grab something from the store, order from your favorite website and get free shipping or just pay the kid next door $20 to mow the lawn.

Commission to discuss jail next week

Work on the county jail is still on hold after Valencia County commissioners voted unanimously to wait for further budget analysis last week, saying that future costs for the facility might be more than the budget can handle.


Julia M. Dendinger-News-Bulletin photo: A changed man, Michael Armijo stands in front of the church he calls home — Calvary Chapel Rio Grande Valley. Now a certified chaplain, Armijo supports people working to overcome addiction and helps run the Belen church’s New Thirst addiction meetings. Armijo is part of a group working to establish the Valencia County Re-entry Network, a support system for men and women re-entering the community after being incarcerated.

(Editor's note: This is the ninth of a year-long monthly series about how alcohol and drug addiction affects the community and how those affected work to achieve a better life.)

Shooting for Sport

Submitted photo: RACHEL MARTIN, of Peralta, lines up her shot in the 3-position smallbore final at the 23rd Meeting of the Shooting Hopes air-rifle match held earlier this year in the Czech Republic. Martin earned a gold medal in the event.

It's been a year of winning for Rachel Martin. The 18-year-old air-rifle competitor has traveled the world and brought home medals, plaques and even a glass goblet.