April 15, 2024

By Kent Paterson

El Chuqueño

Momentous days riveted April in the southern New Mexico border communities of Sunland Park and neighboring Santa Teresa, where renewed controversy over water quality grips the public stage..

Dozens of people jammed the small Sunland Park City Council chambers April 5 in a town hall convened by City Councilor Alberto Jaramillo. Billed as the “Let’s Celebrate Our Hispano Heritage” event, the gathering heard city and utility company officials report on different municipal initiatives.

Befitting the small New Mexico city, the meeting was conducted in both Spanish and English, with some strenuous bouts of word searching over the translation of technical terms; some attendees insisted that Spanish should be used because that’s the language residents speak. ..