For many reasons, we are thankful for Valencia County. We are grateful for the wonderful people who live here, for the hardworking business men and women, and for the continued loyalty and support of the Valencia County News-Bulletin. Read more

Art is a complicated and personal thing. Like beauty, it is often in the eye of the beholder, and it can stir strong emotions and create conversations. Read more

In newsrooms across the country the conversation is about safety concerns. I would imagine, though, that there is a niggling realization that some gallows humor just doesn’t seem as funny as it once was. Read more

Life is about adventures and the hundreds of graduating seniors at Belen, Los Lunas, Valencia, Century, Infinity and School of Dreams Academy are getting ready to step out into the world and find out what it’s all about. Read more

Our editor was recently told by a woman on social media that the Valencia County News-Bulletin should be ashamed for publishing an article about a county commissioner who was to be censured. Read more

Last week, hundreds, if not thousands, of parents, students, teachers, school staff and administrators, law enforcement and frankly, the entire county was on edge because of threats of violence made to Belen and Los Lunas high schools. Read more

There are many reasons to be thankful here in Valencia County. As our thoughts turn to Thanksgiving, we should all count our blessings. Here are a few reasons why we’re grateful: Read more

Less than a year ago, nearly everyone in Valencia County was mourning the death of VCSO Deputy Ryan Thomas. The community rallied together after he lost his life in December while responding to a call for service. Read more

On behalf of the students and teachers of Los Lunas Schools, Belen Consolidated Schools and School of Dreams Academy who will benefit from the Valencia County News-Bulletin’s first Back-to-School Supply Drive, we want to thank our community members who generously donated to the cause. Read more

As our own Valencia County commissioners attempt yet again to solve the solid waste puzzle, a phrase described by former president Ronald Reagan as the nine most terrifying words in the English language comes to mind: “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” Read more

While the kids are still enjoying their summer break, sleeping in and spending their days at the swimming pools, parents and teachers know that the beginning of school is just around the corner. Read more

For as long as we can remember, most city and county budgets throughout Valencia County have either been flat with no expected revenue increases or much worse — a budget in which layoffs is the only solution. Read more

When Rio Communities incorporated four years ago, it became its own city, with its own problems and city leaders had their vision of what it was to become. Read more

Recognizing that a representative government is dependent upon an informed electorate, the intent of the legislature in enacting the Inspection of Public Records Act is to ensure, and it is declared to be the public policy of this state, that all persons are entitled to the greatest possible… Read more

We are ever hopeful for improvement each new year. Some are looking forward to great strides in all areas of life with this new year, some are less optimistic. Read more

Several weeks ago, the Valencia High School girls softball team began doing acts of kindness around the county. For 24 days, the girls did nice things for people they knew and those they didn’t. Read more

Thank you. Two small words that cannot express the level of gratitude we, here, at the Valencia County News-Bulletin have for you, our readers, advertisers and community as a whole. Read more

We are proud and honored to sing the praises of a few good men and women in our community who have given of their time, their efforts and their hearts to make our community great. Read more

With the General Election quickly approaching, it will soon be time to cast a vote for the man or woman who will become the next president of the United States, your next senator and representative, your future county commissioner, county clerk and treasurer. Read more

Valencia County, especially the village of Los Lunas, is all abuzz right now with your company, Facebook, one of the most successful companies in the world, set to break ground in less than one month. Read more

It’s been an emotional couple of weeks in New Mexico as we laid to rest a fallen police officer in Hatch while trying to come to terms with the news that a 10-year-old girl was brutally murdered in Albuquerque. The loss of innocence is overwhelming. Read more

In an uncertain world, one thing that should be rock steady is our emergency services. Whenever 911 is dialed, there must be an answer. No one can argue otherwise. Read more

Our duty as journalists is to shed light on the good and the bad of the happenings here in Valencia County, whether it be crime, corruption, education, sports, politics and even the sweet lady next door. Read more

As the Class of 2016 put on their caps and gowns this week, walk across the stage to get their diplomas, they’re looking toward the future and hopefully challenging themselves to succeed. Read more

It’s been an odd few months here in Valencia County, and we’ve taken notice. Things seem a bit off when two different state departments have come in, without warning, and either handed down unwelcome edicts or have taken away much-needed services. Read more

The end to a dispute has to begin somewhere. Since 2006, the county hospital issue has been in near constant turmoil and litigation. Plans have come and gone, interest from providers, builders and financiers has waxed and waned. Read more

Closed-door budget talks and a failed effort to create a transparent ethics commission largely shaded the recent New Mexico Legislative session from sunlight, but 2016 did see two incremental victories for transparency. Read more

Next week, voters will go to the polls to elect new municipal mayors, city councilors and judges. They will also be voting on whether to fund building two different fire stations — a second station in Los Lunas and one in Belen. Read more

It was 50 years ago today that Daniel D. Fernandez, a local boy from Los Lunas, gave his life to save the lives of his fellow soldiers in Vietnam. He was a genuine war hero, the kind they make movies about. The kind they write books about. The kind who receives the Congressional Medal of Honor. Read more

If approved by voters, two school general obligation bonds will provide much needed improvements, upgrades and renovations to many schools in Valencia County. Read more

It’s important to recognize Veterans Day is set aside for people among us — our friends, neighbors and family members — who have served in the military with honor. Read more

Since time out of mind, elected officials have talked about cooperation. Whether it was to try to bring about peace in the Middle East or build a tunnel beneath the English Channel, the flag of cooperation has been waved high and often. Read more

For the past 20 years, since 1995, the Valencia County News-Bulletin has been highlighting the best of the best of Valencia County by naming a Citizen of the Year and honoring Unsung Heroes. Read more

Part of the charm of Valencia County is its quirky back roads. Often named for local families, sons and daughters, events and churches, many of our highways and byways curve this way and that, skirting agricultural fields or bisecting them, as convenience dictates. Read more

On what seemed like any other day last Thursday, word began to spread about the tragic news of America’s latest mass shooting massacre, this time in a small community college in rural Oregon, a community much like ours. Read more

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