Articles for the ‘La Vida’ Category

THE ROAD TO RECOVERY

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.)

Reading Room remembrances

Janis Marston-News-Bulletin photo: Judy Ricker inspects the names of her aunt and uncle’s visitors, each one logged in from 1946 through 1955, while they managed Belen’s Santa Fe Reading Room.

Judy Ricker's memories of the Harvey House Museum are a little more intimate than most. As a little girl, she lived in it, when it was the Santa Fe Reading Room.

THE ROAD TO RECOVERY

Julia M. Dendinger-News-Bulletin photo: The 13th Judicial District Courthouse in Los Lunas is the home of Valencia County’s Adult Drug Court. Participants meet every two weeks in front of a district court judge as they work through the 12-month program.

(Editor's note: This is the eighth 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.)

An act of courage leads to civil rights

Photos courtesy of Richard Melzer: The U.S. Post Office recently issued a commemorative stamp, above, with Rosa Parks’ image to celebrate the 100th anniversary of her birth.

(Editor's note: Richard Melzer is a member of the Belen Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Multicultural Commission. The national MLK Commission was created by the King family.)

Locals win at Fiber Arts Fiesta

Fiber to Finish Guild of Valencia County members brought home several awards at the recent Albuquerque Fiber Arts Fiesta. The festival held every other year at the Manuel Lujan Complex in the Expo New Mexico Fairgrounds.

History of helping

Julia M. Dendinger-News-Bulletin photo: A hat belonging to former New Mexico State Police Officer J.O. Jennings is part of the historic display about the Eastern Valencia County Citizens Patrol. Jennings was a training officer assigned to the EVCCP.

The 1970s might not seem like the wild, wild west, but for residents living on the eastern side of Valencia County, it might as well have been.

THE ROAD TO RECOVERY

Julia M. Dendinger-News-Bulletin photo: Yolanda Abeita and her son, Wayne, 15, proudly hold the eagle staff for the annual Indians in Sobriety Campout. The staff goes to a new host community. This year’s campout is the 27th year and will be held at Isleta Pueblo today through Sunday.

It will probably look like just an ordinary camping trip. Maybe larger than most but, to outsiders, the volleyball nets, fun walk/run and bingo, the gathering at Isleta Pueblo today through Sunday will most likely have all the hallmarks of a giant family reunion.

Fish Friendly

Deborah Fox-News-Bulletin photo: Meadow Lake resident Ken McKeighen recently started the Middle Rio Grande Aquarium Society for Valencia County fish, reptile and arachnid enthusiasts. The group meets at 6 p.m., every fourth Sunday of the month, at Peechi’s Pet Shop, 3515 N.M. 47.

Local aquarium enthusiasts can get together with other fish and reptile lovers by joining the Middle Rio Grande Aquarium Society in Los Lunas, led by fish expert Ken McKeighen.

Haunting at the Harvey House Museum

Submitted photo: Members of Purple Sage Paranormal recently investigated the Harvey House Museum in Belen. Pictured, from left, are Melissa Stephens, Margo Richardson, Rachell Atkinson and Roger Barton. Marlane Gabel-Barton is not pictured.

After hours of combing through the Harvey House Museum, members of a metro-area paranormal group say they might have found evidence that the building in downtown Belen is inhabited by more than just historic memorabilia.