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New library card designs
By: superuser
last updated: 04-25-2014
New summer hours Library releases new library card designs May 1.     The Farmington Public Library will release its new library card designs on Thursday, May 1. Eight different designs will be offered, each featuring a photograph taken by a local ...



Comrie-Picard visits Treadworks
By: superuser
last updated: 04-11-2014
Comrie-Picard visits Treadworks BFGoodrich performance team member ventures on 3,000-mile trip   Professional rally driver and BFGoodrich Performance Team Member Andrew Comrie-Picard faces one of his toughest challenges as he embarks on a 16-...



Week of the Young Child
By: superuser
last updated: 03-24-2014
Week of the Young Child SJC hosts week of activities to highlight needs of young children   The San Juan College Child and Family Development Center, in conjunction with the National Association for the Education of Young Children, will celebrate ...



San Juan College offers life-long learning in any subject
By: superuser
last updated: 02-28-2014
  San Juan College offers life-long learning in any subject Would you describe yourself as a lifelong learner?  Are you an aspiring author or artist?  Do you want to have fun while getting fit or develop new computer skills? San Juan Colle...



FMS begins March 3 New Mexico Standards Based Assessment
By: superuser
last updated: 02-25-2014
FMS begins March 3   New Mexico Standards Based Assessment   The Farmington Municipal Schools will begin assessing its students with the New Mexico Standards Based Assessment from March 3 to March 20, 2014.  All students in grades 3-8, H2 (se...



College hosts financial aid workshops
By: superuser
last updated: 01-31-2014
Are you planning to attend college in the fall of 2014?  Need help with your financial aid?  San Juan College, in conjunction with the FAFSA Free-for-All program, will host a series of free financial aid workshops, February, March, April and May to...



$500,000 Grant to support reading proficiency
By: superuser
last updated: 01-23-2014
$500,000 Grant to support reading proficiency Funding will aid professional development, reading intervention materials, after school tutoring and family involvement. FARMINGTON, Jan. 23, 2014 — Farmington Municipal Schools has received a $500,00...



DREAM THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM!
By: superuser
last updated: 01-08-2014
Audiences at the Farmington Civic Center soon will be able to share the delights of theatregoers all over the world in experiencing the Broadway musical interpretation of the world’s first modern novel, “Don Quixote of La Mancha.” “Man of ...



Pets of the week
By: superuser
last updated: 01-08-2014
  Snowey is a 3 year old white terrier mix.  She is full of personality and energy.  She loves to go on long walks.  She gets along great with other dogs. Lorena is a two year old female retriever mix.  She is great with other dogs and chi...



Governor debuts plan to streamline education process for nurses
By: superuser
last updated: 12-20-2013
Governor Susana Martinez introduced a plan to increase the health care workforce in order to address the shortage of doctors, nurses and nurse practitioners in 32 of 33 New Mexico counties. Martinez presented her Health Care Workforce Proposal to a ...



Thank you for your support
By: superuser
last updated: 12-20-2013
There just isn’t an easy way to say this, so we’re just going to blurt it out: This is the last issue of the Tri-City Tribune. In the last couple of weeks, we made the difficult decision to stop publishing our weekly newspaper. Based on a laggi...



Graduation qualification changes OK’d by board
By: superuser
last updated: 12-20-2013
Qualifications for student graduations were changed Dec. 12 by the Farmington Municipal School Board, which approved modifications to the graduation policy during its meeting. The change allows for students to “demonstrate competency in alternativ...



Capital projects outlined in FMS 5-year master plan
By: superuser
last updated: 12-20-2013
Three Farmington schools have been identified as priorities for replacement and renovation in the school district’s five-year Facilities Master Plan. The school board approved the 2014-19 plan during its Dec. 12 meeting, and agreed that Farmington...



Weather contributes to outage
By: superuser
last updated: 12-13-2013
A lockout at the Sullivan Substation left 1,600 residents without power for 45 minutes early Monday morning. The outage hit an area of north Farmington including Sunset Heights, North Butler Avenue, Cardon Robles and a few schools in those areas. T...



Commission OKs annexing roads into city
By: superuser
last updated: 12-13-2013
The city of Bloomfield is planning for an oil and gas boom that could come out of production efforts in the Mancos Shale. This is to be done by proposing to annex 6,775 acres of county land into the city limits. “Mancos Shale is going to take off ...



Local option vote passes in special election
By: superuser
last updated: 12-13-2013
San Juan County voters have approved a local option that allows beer and wine sales at restaurants in unincorporated areas of the county. Fisheads San Juan River Lodge in Navajo Dam spearheaded the effort to collect 1,944 signatures on a petition to...



N.M. Democrats in town Saturday
By: superuser
last updated: 12-13-2013
The state’s top Democrats will be in Farmington on Saturday, Dec. 14, as the San Juan County Democrats host the Democratic State Central Committee and Resolutions Committee meeting. It will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, in the Zia C...



County employees will have 24-hour online health care
By: superuser
last updated: 12-13-2013
San Juan County employees will receive a new health care benefit beginning in February when the county contracts with Stat Doctor. This service will allow county employees to access a virtual doctor 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the case of a...



Regional facility offers more room, better accommodations for animals
By: superuser
last updated: 12-13-2013
The highly anticipated Farmington Regional Animal Shelter opened Dec. 6 with room to house more than 300 cats and dogs. The 15,600 square foot facility, constructed by Jaynes Corporation, has indoor kennels to keep the animals warm during cold month...



Aztec Christmas Festival
By: superuser
last updated: 12-12-2013
The city of Aztec is be hosting Santa Claus during its annual Christmas Festival. Scheduled for Friday, Dec. 13, Santa will lead the town’s popular Main Avenue light parade and will be on hand for all the boys and girls later that evening at the to...



RiverReach says thanks with holiday celebration
By: superuser
last updated: 12-06-2013
The 16th annual RiverReach Foundation Riverglo will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, along the Animas River in Berg Park. “We do this to show an appreciation of the community for their support of what we do,” said Bob Lehmer, a member of the ...



Tri-city candidates preparing for March 4 election
By: superuser
last updated: 12-06-2013
The cities of Aztec, Bloomfield and Farmington and San Juan County have set a date for their regular elections to be held in the upcoming year. The regular municipal elections in Aztec, Bloomfield and Farmington will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tues...



FHS plays Goddard for state title Saturday
By: superuser
last updated: 12-06-2013
Hutchison Stadium at Farmington High School will be swarmed by a sea of residents dressed in green and black on Saturday, Dec. 7, to support the FHS Scorpion Football Team in their bid for the state championship title. The last time the FHS football...



Board to vote on graduation requirements changes on Dec. 12
By: superuser
last updated: 12-06-2013
The Farmington Municipal School Board could change the way students qualify for graduation with the adoption of a proposal to change graduation requirements within the district. The board heard the first reading of the policy during its Dec. 4 speci...



CYFD wants reintegration program at county
By: superuser
last updated: 11-29-2013
San Juan County Juvenile Services has served nearly 13,000 troubled youths in its 10 years of operation. The juvenile detention center and crisis shelter opened 10 years ago to provide San Juan and McKinley counties’ youth another option for incar...



New Regional Animal Shelter will open Dec. 6
By: superuser
last updated: 11-29-2013
After years of planning and designing the facility, the new Farmington Regional Animal Shelter will open to the public on Friday, Dec. 6 The new shelter is located at 133 Browning Parkway and its regular business hours will be from 11:30 a.m. to 5:3...



Analysts predict bigger bargains; shop local Saturday
By: superuser
last updated: 11-29-2013
Let the holiday shopping begin! Stores began their Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving morning this year, with door buster savings beginning as early as 6 a.m. on Thursday morning at K-Mart to 6 p.m. and sales beginning on turkey day at Wal-Mart. An...



Board requests more funds for building, remodeling elementary schools
By: superuser
last updated: 11-29-2013
The Farmington School Board is seeking additional funding from the state of New Mexico to replace a portion of Hermosa Middle School and fully replace Northeast Elementary School. During a Nov. 14 meeting, school board members approved an increase i...



BHP contributes $400,000 to 44 local projects
By: superuser
last updated: 11-22-2013
BHP Billiton continued its tradition of giving back to the community by awarding 44 local projects $400,000 in monetary contributions. The money was awarded during the annual Community Investment Fund Luncheon on Nov. 5 at the Courtyard by Marriott....



Arrest warrant issued, Willis fails to appear for status hearing
By: superuser
last updated: 11-22-2013
A bench warrant was issued just before noon Nov. 21 for alleged racketeer Bobby Willis. Magistrate Mark Hawkinson ordered Willis to appear in court for a status hearing in relation to multiple charges of embezzlement, racketeering and securities fra...



Master plan includes changes to Hermosa, Northeast
By: superuser
last updated: 11-22-2013
The amount of space in Farmington’s elementary school buildings is “significantly below” what the state of New Mexico recommends for adequate square footage based on the number of enrolled students. To prevent further overcrowding, the New Mex...



County discusses online medical services program
By: superuser
last updated: 11-22-2013
From the exam room to the chat room, Stat Doctors is providing online medical services for its clientele at a cost of $50 per visit. That was the message Dr. Alan Roga, founder of Stat Doctors, shared with the San Juan County Commission during its N...



Oil, gas industry part of listening session
By: superuser
last updated: 11-15-2013
Leaders in the oil and gas industry and area residents were invited to participate Nov. 13 in the first listening session of five to develop a statewide energy policy. Energy Secretary David Martin and Dr. Dan Fine, an energy expert hired by the sta...



Donald's dedication to friends, Farmington immeasurable
By: superuser
last updated: 11-15-2013
A woman, who worked tirelessly to make sure area veterans received recognition, died in Farmington on Veterans’ Day. Joyce Donald, 85, did so much more for this community than work on the city’s Veterans’ Park and bring the Healing Field of Fl...



Airport master plan pinpoints ways to increase services
By: superuser
last updated: 11-15-2013
The last airport master plan for the city of Farmington was drafted in the 1990s, but the city of Farmington has a new plan that should be finalized and sent to the FAA for approval. The Farmington City Council approved the new airport master plan d...



Animal control could soon be part of police department
By: superuser
last updated: 11-15-2013
Farmington animal control could soon move from the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department to the city’s police department – a move the police say is needed. The Farmington City Council had a public hearing Nov. 12 to hear from staff a...



Annexation Plan includes 55.84 acres west of city
By: superuser
last updated: 11-15-2013
The Farmington City Council agreed to move forward with the annexation of 55.84 acres located west of the city limits and north of U.S. Highway 64 during a Nov. 12 regular meeting. Before councilors agreed to move forward with the annexation process...



Event focuses on hunger, poverty issues facing many Americans
By: superuser
last updated: 11-15-2013
Each night in Farmington, more than 200 homeless children go to bed hungry. Hunger on a global scale is even greater as the world’s population becomes poorer and poorer. The San Juan College chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Succes...



Wastewater rate hike ordinance OK’d
By: superuser
last updated: 11-08-2013
In a split vote, the Farmington City Council decided to draft an ordinance seeking to raise wastewater utility rates in order to upgrade the wastewater treatment plant. The utility has been completing upgrades since 2000 as part of a three-phase pro...



Implementing drainage plan could cost $32 to more than $60M
By: superuser
last updated: 11-08-2013
The city of Farmington spent $3.7 million to clean up the havoc wreaked by the flooding of rain storms in 2010. An additional $2 million is expected to be spent to repair and clean up damage caused by heavy rains and flooding in August and September...



County Land Use Code put on backburner for now
By: superuser
last updated: 11-08-2013
A proposed code that would create zoning regulations within San Juan County was tabled indefinitely by the San Juan County Commission at the Nov. 5 regular meeting. Commissioner Jack Fortner moved to table the Land Use Development Code and Commissio...



Councilors question discriptions in city’s employment ad
By: superuser
last updated: 11-08-2013
The city of Farmington has contracted with Colin Baenziger and Associates, a municipal recruiting firm based in Wellington, Fla., to find the city’s new chief of police. The position opened in September when Chief Kyle Westall announced his retire...



Incumbent McCulloch to seek District 3 seat; Duckett, Mayeux will run in District 4
By: superuser
last updated: 11-08-2013
Lauren Seip Tri-City Tribune   City election season is approaching with candidates having to file their intent to seek office in early January. This has led those seeking office to get the jump on things and announce their candidacies. In th...



San Juan College hosts AstroFriday on Nov. 8
By: superuser
last updated: 11-08-2013
San Juan College will present AstroFriday on Nov. 8 at the Planetarium on the Farmington campus. The 30-minute film Toys in Space II will be shown at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. with a stargaze to follow at 8:30 p.m., weather permitting. Toys in Space II tak...



GreenPlay sought city residents’ input in creating parks ‘roadmap for future’
By: superuser
last updated: 11-01-2013
A plan for the city’s parks system is being developed by a private consulting firm that made a report to the City Council during its Oct. 22 meeting. GreenPlay LLC, is a Broomfield, Colo.-based company of former parks and recreation professionals ...



Willis’ former attorneys sue citing breach of contract
By: superuser
last updated: 11-01-2013
Former San Juan County businessman Bobby Willis is being sued by his former attorneys for breach of contract in three civil cases filed in New Mexico courts. The firm of Comeau, Maldegen, Templeman and Indall, LLP, or CMTI, filed the complaint Oct. ...



Councilor questions charges paid to shelter consultant
By: superuser
last updated: 11-01-2013
The Farmington Animal Shelter has been without a director for eight months, and in that time the shelter consultant cashed in on the absence. Marcy Eckhardt, owner of ProShelter, a consulting firm based in Durango, Colo., received $83,164.14 in 11 m...



FMS looks at ways to better serve students with this disability
By: superuser
last updated: 11-01-2013
The New Mexico State Legislature began recognizing dyslexia as a learning disability three years ago. That decision opened doors for school districts across the state to provide individualized education plans to these students. In Farmington, the di...



Mayor casts tie-breaking vote, passes new policy
By: superuser
last updated: 11-01-2013
Traffic at the intersection of Pinon Hills Boulevard and North Dustin Avenue has increased by 35 percent in the past two years. This has led Farmington’s traffic engineering consultant to recommend the placement of a traffic signal at the intersec...



Senator supports natural gas exports, exploration
By: superuser
last updated: 10-25-2013
U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., is speaking out about his support for natural gas exports and exportation. He brought his message to a meeting Oct. 21 with representatives from the oil and gas industry in the San Juan Basin. Udall not only met with ...



County middle schools get checks through General Mills program
By: superuser
last updated: 10-25-2013
Every elementary and middle school in San Juan County received a $1,000 check on Oct. 22 through the General Mills Box Tops for Education program. San Juan County CEO Kim Carpenter and wife, Krickitt, were on hand at Kirtland Elementary School to jo...



Stacie Voss takes helm on Dec. 3
By: superuser
last updated: 10-25-2013
An animal shelter director was named Oct. 22 and she will start work Dec. 3 at the newly constructed Farmington Regional Animal Shelter. Stacie Voss, of Omaha, Neb., accepted the position of Animal Welfare Director for the city of Farmington. She co...



Sandel pays for political phone survey on issues facing city
By: superuser
last updated: 10-25-2013
Telephones rang throughout Farmington the evening of Oct. 22, less than one hour before the start of the Farmington City Council meeting. It was a political poll asking the receiver about various city issues and whether they would vote for Mayor Tom...



Flights down 500 compared to 2012 stats
By: superuser
last updated: 10-18-2013
Flights at Farmington’s Four Corner’s Regional Airport are down 500 compared to 2012 numbers, and the only commercial airlines operating out of the facility has a pilot shortage. In addition to that, Airport Manager Todd Gressick tendered his re...



Candidate turns down post; update on Oct. 22 city agenda
By: superuser
last updated: 10-18-2013
The Farmington Animal Shelter is set to open later this month without a director at the helm. The man with whom the city was in negotiations for the position of director has decided to turn down the job. Bob Citrullo, who works for Atlanta Pet Resc...



Sandel won’t seek reelection to Farmington City Council
By: superuser
last updated: 10-18-2013
Farmington City Councilor Jason Sandel has decided he will not seek a third term as councilor for Farmington’s District 4. Sandel, who was first elected in 2006, enjoyed serving on the Council and representing the people of his hometown of Farming...



Council refers project to Planning, Zoning for feasibility report
By: superuser
last updated: 10-18-2013
Annexation was the topic of a Farmington City Council work session on Oct. 15 at city hall. The Council agreed to move three areas of the county forward for more study and ultimately annexation into the city limits, but much of the discussion was ab...



Curt Walters’ ties to Farmington led to art donation
By: superuser
last updated: 10-11-2013
Curt Walters is a world-renowned artist whose heartstrings remain tied to Farmington, where he grew up and graduated from high school. Walters, who resides in Sedona, Ariz., and has been called the “greatest living Grand Canyon artist,” still co...



9 percent electric utility rate hike OK’d for residential customers
By: superuser
last updated: 10-11-2013
The Farmington Electric Utility needs $100 million in upgrades over the next five years. It has upwards of $60 million in the bank to complete these projects, but the Farmington City Council voted Tuesday, Oct. 8, to increase residential rates by 9 ...



New research park to turn great ideas into profitable endeavors
By: superuser
last updated: 10-11-2013
Many of us do not have a clear definition of what a research park is, but Four Corners Innovations Inc. in a partnership with San Juan College has a full grasp of the concept and is on the way to developing much needed revenues for the college. Rese...



Increase spurs discussion on nation’s economy
By: superuser
last updated: 10-11-2013
The discussion about an electric utility rate increase on residential users turned into a debate when Councilor Mary Fischer and Mayor Tommy Roberts shared differing opinions on the Federal Government shutdown. Fischer said she couldn’t see the po...



Jaynes Corp. wins bid for new School of Energy
By: superuser
last updated: 10-11-2013
The San Juan College Board approved a notice of intent to hire a contractor to construct the School of Energy building on the northeast corner of the college’s main campus. At an Oct. 8 meeting, board members approved a recommendation to hire the ...



Council wants solutions to Pinon Hills traffic issue
By: superuser
last updated: 10-04-2013
The Farmington City Council tabled indefinitely a traffic signalization policy, but opted to move forward with the installation of a traffic light at the intersection of Pinon Hills Boulevard and North Dustin Avenue. Traffic engineering consultant N...



All of San Juan County to raise funds to fight cancer
By: superuser
last updated: 10-04-2013
Fall is here, which can only mean one thing, it’s time for the 3rd annual Get Pinked San Juan County celebration. Get Pinked is a month-long campaign each October that encourages the community to paint the county pink and raise awareness for cance...



Council talks in closed session about gift
By: superuser
last updated: 10-04-2013
San Juan County made a gesture of kindness – to give the city of Farmington the building where the city’s Crouch Mesa Community Center is operating. This gesture led the City Council to enter a closed executive session during its Oct. 1 meeting ...



Commission will evaluate feedback from public meeting
By: superuser
last updated: 10-04-2013
San Juan County Commissioners agreed to table the adoption of the Land Use Development Code and will revisit it during a Dec. 3 regular meeting. The proposed code would create zoning regulations within the county, excluding the municipalities and tr...



FMS, local agencies set meeting to discuss new drug, alcohol trends
By: superuser
last updated: 10-04-2013
From Boozy Bears to Mollies, the Farmington Municipal School District wants to inform local adults of new drug and alcohol trends by area youth. The school district, in cooperation with the Farmington Police Department, Juvenile Probation, Child Pro...



College presents contemporary art works of Marcus Cadman
By: superuser
last updated: 12-20-2013
The San Juan College Art Department will present the contemporary American Indian art of Marcus Cadman from Jan. 10 to Jan. 31 in the Henderson Fine Arts Center Art Gallery. The show, titled Game Changer: Contemporary Paintings & Sculptures of Ma...

Community grieves loss of well respected Code Talker
By: superuser
last updated: 12-20-2013
Wilfred Billey was an educator, hardworker, and a beloved resident in Farmington. He also was a World War II Navajo Code Talker and helped his country defeat the Japanese by using a Navajo code that was never deciphered.  Billey passed away on Dec....

New library card designs
last updated: 04-25-2014
New summer hours Library releases new library card designs May 1.     The Farmington Public Library will release its new library card designs on Thursday, May 1. Eight different designs will be offered, each featuring a photograph taken by a local ...


Comrie-Picard visits Treadworks
last updated: 04-11-2014
Comrie-Picard visits Treadworks BFGoodrich performance team member ventures on 3,000-mile trip   Professional rally driver and BFGoodrich Performance Team Member Andrew Comrie-Picard faces one of his toughest challenges as he embarks on a 16-...
Week of the Young Child
last updated: 03-24-2014
Week of the Young Child SJC hosts week of activities to highlight needs of young children   The San Juan College Child and Family Development Center, in conjunction with the National Association for the Education of Young Children, will celebrate ...
FMS begins March 3 New Mexico Standards Based Assessment
last updated: 02-28-2014
FMS begins March 3   New Mexico Standards Based Assessment   The Farmington Municipal Schools will begin assessing its students with the New Mexico Standards Based Assessment from March 3 to March 20, 2014.  All students in grades 3-8, H2 (se...
College hosts financial aid workshops
last updated: 01-31-2014
Are you planning to attend college in the fall of 2014?  Need help with your financial aid?  San Juan College, in conjunction with the FAFSA Free-for-All program, will host a series of free financial aid workshops, February, March, April and May to...
Accident kills two, injures infant
last updated: 12-06-2013
Two people are dead after a fatal car accident this morning. The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office responded to the head-on collision shortly after 6 a.m. Dec. 6 on U.S. 64 near County Road 6800. After investigating the incident it was determined t...

Aggies beat Lobos 67-61 at the Pit
By: superuser
last updated: 12-20-2013
Round 2 of the Rio Grande Rivalry goes to New Mexico State. The Aggies beat the Lobos 67-61 at the Pit on Tuesday night. “It’s not just another win,” said NMSU head coach Marvin Menzies. “It’s a big win.” The Lobos were without point gua...


About 17 tons of grapes arrive at Wines of the San Juan
By: superuser
last updated: 08-23-2013
Nearly 60 tons of grapes will be pressed during Wines of the San Juan Grape Crush Season, which marks the beginning of the winemaking process every year. The season begins in August and will go through September. “That’s when the grapes are pick...