Articles for the ‘La Vida’ Category


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.


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.

The road to recovery

Julia M. Dendinger-News-Bulletin photo: Told he would never walk again, Matthew Brant has beaten many odds in his life. Not only standing, but standing clean and sober for a year now, Brant is a graduate of the intensive outpatient program offered by Partners in Wellness at The Recovery and Wellness Center in Los Lunas.

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

UNM-Valencia announces the Class of 2013

The faculty and staff of the University of New Mexico-Valencia Campus announced the graduating Class of 2013. This year's class marks the largest graduating class in the history of the campus with 208 students receiving associate degrees and certificates.


News-Bulletin file photos: Summerfest is the premier car show in the village of Los Lunas. The car show begins Saturday and awards will be given at 2:30 p.m.

Save gas and enjoy free family fun at the three-day, 16th annual Los Lunas Summerfest at Heritage Park, Friday to Sunday, June 7-9.

Summertime fun in Valencia County

The city of Belen is hosting its summer recreation programs from 8 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, June 11 through Friday, July 19. Activities will be for children ages 5 to 13. Registration is $75 per child, which includes swimming every Friday, except July 5, all field trip admissions, arts and craft supplies and 88 hours of paid supervision..