Valencia County, NM

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Woman arrested and charged with bosque arson fires

LOS LUNAS — A Valencia County woman has been arrested and charged in connection with more than a dozen intentionally-set fires in the bosque north of the Los Lunas river bridge. Samantha Leyerly, 33, of Valencia County, was arrested on Tuesday, June 15, and booked into the Valencia County Detention...
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Cemetery fire in Socorro and Valencia counties

Story by Julia Dendinger, Valencia County News-Bulletin Assistant Editor | Jun 17, 2021 | News,. In triple-digit heat, fire crews from Valencia County and around the area battled a massive bosque fire over the weekend. Despite the weather, dense foliage along the river and highly flammable cotton dropping from the...
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CEMETERY FIRE: Hundreds of acres of bosque burn in weekend fire

In triple digit heat, fire crews from Valencia County and around the area battled a massive bosque fire over the weekend. Despite the weather, dense foliage along the river and highly-flammable cotton dropping from the cottonwoods, Valencia County Fire Department Assistant Chief Jaime Gonzales said crews held the blaze to 319 acres, the burn area size she first reported on Sunday, June 13, shortly after noon.
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Noticias (June 17)

Join the Belen Fire Department in celebrating its 100th anniversary from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, June 19. There will be hotdogs, popcorn, cotton candy and a bouncy house for the kids. The fire station is at 121 S. Fifth St. Open house at RGEFD. An open house and...
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Letters to the Editor (June 17)

I feel it is important to respond to the editorial that came out on the opinion page as “Our View” titled, “We expect more from our elected officials.”. I first want to thank our Valencia County News-Bulletin for always providing great, local coverage. Now, I would like to take the opportunity to provide my view on the June 9, 2021, publication of “Our View.”
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Fire south of Belen burns on both sides of Rio Grande

A fire that ignited Saturday afternoon south of Belen continues to burn along both sides of the Rio Grande, near the Valencia County/Socorro County line. Valencia County assistant Fire Chief Jaime Gonzales told Action 7 News that the fire has burned an estimated 100 acres, and has zero percent containment. The fire began on the west side of the Rio Grande and jumped over to the east side.
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Large bosque fire burning north of Veguita

UPDATE 4: (8 p.m., 6/13/21) As of 6:30 p.m., Sunday, June 13, Valencia County Fire Department Assistant Chief Jaime Gonzales is reporting the Cemetery Fire is 20 percent contained and fire personnel have kept the blaze to 319 acres. “Throughout the day, on the west side there was a lot...
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Crews trying to contain wildfire south of Belen

BELEN — A wildfire south of Belen that jumped the Rio Grande has residents preparing for a possible evacuation. Valencia County Fire Department officials say the blaze, which has burned nearly half a square mile, was at zero containment as of early Sunday. The fire was first reported Saturday afternoon...
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Bosque fire burns north of Veguita

A fire is burning in the bosque on both sides of the Rio Grande north of Veguita on Saturday. Valencia County Fire Department Assistant Chief Jaime Gonzales said the fire started on the east side of the river, jumped to the west side and is moving north. About 76 acres have been burned so far, Gonzales said, and there is no containment at this point.