Passion play

Julia M. Dendinger-News-Bulletin photo: Mother Mary cradles Jesus after he was taken down from the cross. Rebecca Granger and Chuck Kent portray, Mary and Jesus, respectively, two of the central characters in “Death of the Messiah.”

It is the story of one man's death and suffering. But it is also the story of the salvation of mankind. While the Passion Play recounts Jesus' last days, it's what comes after that is the message.

Rebuilding begins at thrift store

Eleven months after someone intentionally set fire to Adelante's Bargain Square, the local nonprofit agency is finally moving forward with rebuilding its Belen thrift store.

Governor announces Children Advocacy Center

Deborah Fox-News-Bulletin photo: Gov. Susana Martinez held a press conference at the Henry Perea Building in Los Lunas Friday to sign an executive order directing CYFD to establish a Valencia County Child Advocacy Center as one of her initiatives to end child abuse in New Mexico. She is joined by state Reps. Kelly Fajardo, Alonzo Baldonado, to her left, and Vickie Perea, to her right.

Hoping to reduce the number of child abuse cases in the state, Gov. Susana Martinez signed an executive order directing the Children Youth and Families Department to establish a Child Advocacy Center pilot program in Valencia County.

BF considers raising sewer rates in May

Starting in May, residents of Bosque Farms could see higher sewer bills. After several months of wrangling numbers, village councilors unanimously agreed to publish and consider the first substantial rate increase to sewer fees in nearly a decade.

200 acres destroyed by bosque blaze

Clara Garcia-News-Bulletin photo: A firefighter watches as a fire destroys part of the bosque on Friday. More than 90 fire personnel responded to the Pino Fire Friday afternoon, protecting more than a dozen structures in Southern Valencia County and Northern Socorro County. A Jarales brush truck was destroyed when the winds caught firefighters off guard. Two firefighters received minor injuries.

With more than 90 personnel and hundreds of acres on fire, the Pino Fire, which started in Bosque Friday afternoon, firefighters were able to protect more than a dozen structures threatened by flames.

LL council looks to increase GRT

Los Lunas village residents might see a rise in taxes on their purchases in 2015 when the village will be able to add a three-eighths of 1 percent sales tax to recoup revenue losses from the Hold Harmless Act.

Holding onto hope

Courtesy of the Lardner family: With the support of her family, friends and the community, Nicole Lardner, center, is making strides in recovering from a severe brain injury she sustained from a car accident in October. Pictured with Nicole is her sister, Michelle, left, and her mother, Janice, right.

While Nicole Lardner will never be who she was before, her family says she's making huge strides after a car accident nearly took her life almost six months ago.

OLB conserves one of five of its oil paintings

Clara Garcia-News-Bulletin photo: Rev. Stephen Schultz, pastor at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, stands next to “The Visitation,” an oil painting that is thought to be as old at the parish itself. The painting was conserved and will be on exhibit this summer at the New Mexico History Museum.

"It feels like Christmas," said Rev. Stephen Schultz, pastor of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, when one of five oil paintings the church owns was revealed Friday after being conserved for an upcoming exhibit.

Grand jury indicts teen for killing

A 15-year-old teenager charged with killing his friend last month has been indicted by a Valencia County grand jury and could be sentenced as an adult if he's convicted.