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  • 1. Classified 3C Editorials 4A Databank 2A Days gone by 2A Deaths 6A Caliente 1C Noticias 4B Record 6A Sports 1B INDEX News digest Independence Day celebration in Belen An All American Independence Day and Music Fest will be held on Saturday, June 27, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the Heart of Belen. A National Anthem contest will be held from 6 to 6:30 p.m. There is no entry fee. For more information, call Lenore Pena at 966-2742. Other entertainment includes the Rio Grande Community Band at 5:30 p.m., Junior Jazzercise performance at 6:30 p.m., Music by Red Wine at 7 p.m.and at 8:15 p.m., Lori’s Boardwalk Gymnastics performance at 7:45 p.m., and the National Anthem and fireworks at 9 p.m. Food will be sold throughout the event. Block party to be held at YDI in Los Lunas A block party will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, June 26, at 428 Los Lentes Road in Los Lunas. It’s spon- sored by Youth Development Inc. Face painting, food, skills tests, Guitar Hero, door prizes and a pie-eating contest will be featured. Skating competition is planned. For information, call Victoria, 352-3480, or Angela, 352-3478. Belen Art League holds sidewalk sale The Belen Art League will be hold- ing its annual sidewalk sale on Friday and Saturday, June 26 and 27, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of the building located at 509 Becker in Belen. DWI checkpoints in Bosque Farms, Isleta Numerous DWI checkpoints and sat- uration patrols will be conducted by both the Bosque Farms Police Department and the Isleta Police Department throughout the month of July. VHS Jazz Dance Team to hold car wash A carwash to benefit the Valencia High School Jazz Dance team will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 27, at Peralta Elementary School. A yard sale will be held, and hot dogs will be sold as well. Los Lunas parade applications available The Los Lunas Parks and Recreation Department is accepting applications for the 4th of July parade in Los Lunas. The parade will start at the Valencia “Y” at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 4. You can submit your entry online at loslu-, faxed to you, or you may want to pick one up at the Visitor’s Center, 3447 Lanbros Road. Call, 352- 3584, for information. SODA still accepting applications for fall School of Dreams Academy vacan- cies have been filling up quickly, but there are still a few openings available for grades 7, 8, and 9 for the upcoming school year. If you are interested, appli- cation forms are available online at or they can be picked up at the Valencia YDI office at 428 Los Lentes Ave. For information, call 352-3482. Serving Valencia County since 1910 Call us: 864-4472 I See Ceremony, Page 6A I See Arsenic, Page 6A I See Sentencing, Page 6A Julia M. Dendinger-News-Bulletin photos SPECIALIST ELIZABETH P. KRAMM salutes as the National Anthem is sung during a yellow ribbon ceremony for the New Mexico National Guard 515th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion. Kramm and 77 fellow soldiers are bound for Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. KAITLIN HORTON and her parents, Jenny and Michael, traveled up from Truth or Consequences to take part in the yellow ribbon ceremony held at the Heart of Belen on Saturday for the New Mexico National Guard 515th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion. Kaitlin’s uncle, Specialist Michael Harding, shipped out with the 515th and serves the battalion as a chaplain’s assistant. BY JULIA M. DENDINGER News-Bulletin Staff Writer BELEN People arrived early to the gazebo at the Heart of Belen Saturday morning. Armed with umbrellas and jackets against the cool drizzle, close to 50 people found a dry spot under the gazebo in preparation for Belen’s first ever yellow ribbon cer- emony nearly 90 minutes before the ceremony began. As the hour approached, the crowd swelled to over 200 people wanting to say goodbye to their family and friends in the New Mexico National Guard 515th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion (CSSB). American flags large and small fluttered in the breeze, and yellow ribbons adorned everything from suit jacket lapels to pony tails. The unit traveled to Camp Atterbury in Indiana earlier this week for further training before their final deployment to Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The 78 soldiers are expected to be overseas for at least 12 months. As the ceremony began, Cpt. Jason Peete noted that the battalion was following such glorious compa- ny as the “battling bastards of Bataan” into the service of their county. “The 515th will do its best to fol- Bid approved for arsenic treatment in Los Lunas BY MELISSA HUBBELL News-Bulletin Staff Writer LOS LUNAS It’s been eight years in the making, and the implementation of an arsenic treatment project is at the beginning of the end. The Los Lunas Village Council unani- mously approved a request for a bid award to RMCI, Inc. for $2,380,871 for arsenic treatment systems and buildings. The vil- lage went out to bid on June 9 and recieved seven bids. On January 23, 2001 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lowered the Arsenic Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) to 10 parts per billion (ppb). Previously, federal regula- tions regarding drinking water stated water systems could have up to 50 ppb of arsenic in the water. When the regulations changed, all four of Los Lunas’ water wells were below the Woman to serve prison sentence for vehicular homicides BY JULIA M. DENDINGER News-Bulletin Staff Writer Two years and one day after a drunk driver killed two men, a judge sentenced the driver to more than a decade behind bars. District Judge William Sanchez sen- tenced Rhonda Trujillo, 38, of Belen, to 23 years in prison for two counts of homicide by vehicle (DWI) and one count of child abuse, suspending nine of those years for a total of 14 years in prison. Sanchez determined that the two homicide counts were serious violent offenses, which added four years to the two six-year terms. The enhancement means that Trujillo will have to serve 85 percent of her sentence before she can be considered for parole. Trujillo plead no contest in April to Counterfeit bill used to pay water bill in Belen BY CLARA GARCIA News-Bulletin Staff Writer BELEN An alert Belen city water clerk discovered a counterfeit $100 bill in their till this week after she realized something odd about the currency. Belen Police Detective Sgt. Joe Portio said that an unknown person went into city hall on Tuesday and paid their water bill with a $100 bill. He said out of about 100 people that day that went into pay their utility bill, about 30 paid with cash. “One of the clerks, who actually used to work for a bank, was going through the money the next day to get the deposits ready, felt the bill,” Portio explained. “To me, or to any untrained person, it would just feel that it was a bill that got washed in the laundry.” The detective said the clerk, who has had training in detecting possible counterfeit curren- cy, investigated the bill further after noticing the odd texture. Portio said she lifted the bill up to the light and noticed the hologram on the right side. “In this case, the hologram was a picture of Abraham Lincoln, which is on the $5 bill and the bill in question is $100 bill with a picture of Benjamin Franklin,” Portio said. “That was the biggest clue that this was counterfeit. She veri- fied the rest of the money she had and turned it over to us.” Not only did the hologram raise flags, but also other markings on the bill itself made detectives determine that it was counterfeit. “At this point, we’re investigating six differ- ent counterfeit reports, which we’ve already incorporated the U.S. Secret Service to help,” Portio said. “This is the first one that the city of Belen has encountered as far as being a washed bill and being reprinted on the cloth material in which a legal tender is actually printed on. The rest have either been copied or made from a template.” Portio explained that whoever made the Clara Garcia-News-Bulletin photo THIS $100 BILL used to pay a water bill at Belen City Hall last week was discovered to be counterfeit. Belen police are asking that everyone, especially business owners, check all the currency they receive.I See Counterfeit, Page 3A Somber send off for soldiers MIDWEEK EDITION, JUNE 24, 2009 News-BulletinVALENCIA COUNTY High, 92 Low, 65 Vol. 99, No. 50 RELIGIOUS RETABLOS Matt Baca creates historic Spanish art ¡CALIENTE! I 1C WATER LOGGED Hurricane swimmers improve their times SPORTS I 1B LANDMARK LODGINGS Historic hotels offer legendary accomodations AMERICAN PROFILE I 9 Weather 50 centsCopyright © 2009,Valencia County News-Bulletin # #

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