BEST HIGH SCHOOL COACH
Kevin Peña, Belen High School Football
A 1983 graduate of Belen High School, Kevin Peña took over as head coach for the school’s football program in July 2022. Peña has been with the program in various roles for 23 years.
1001 W. Delgado, Belen
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday
Fr. Clement Niggel
Father Clement Niggel has been the pastor at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church since June 2014.
Albert Aragon has been the principal at Valencia High School for five years, and has held positions in the Los Lunas Schools district since 2003.
Wolff Family Chiropractic
643 N.M. 314, Ste. 1, Los Lunas
Hours: 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday and Tuesday; 7-11 a.m., Wednesday; 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Thursday; 7 a.m. to 12 p.m., Friday
267 Courthouse Road, Ste. E, Los Lunas
Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
BEST FINANCIAL ADVISOR
511 W. Reinken Ave., Belen
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday
Chief Charles Cox, Belen Fire Department
Belen Fire Chief Charles Cox was appointed chief in October 2022, after volunteering and working full-time at the Belen Fire Department since 2014.
Richard Brower, Buckland Pharmacy
600 Dalies Ave., Belen
Hours: 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday-Friday; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday
BEST INSURANCE AGENT
1202 Main St. NE, Ste. B, Los Lunas
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday
Hessinger’s Plumbing, Heating and Cooling
40 Los Chapulines, Belen
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday; after-hours emergency services available
BEST PRIMARY CARE PROVIDER
Dr. Adolfo Sanchez, MD
703 Christopher Drive, Belen
Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday (Walk-in hours: 8-11 a.m. and 1:30-4 p.m.)
Dr. Florian Sanchez, DVM
1837 Camino Del Llano, Belen
Hours: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday
Dr. Roland Sanchez, DDS
704 S. Christopher Road, Belen
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., every other Friday
BEST REAL ESTATE AGENT
2601 Main St. SW, Los Lunas
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday; by appointment on Sunday
School of Dreams Academy agriculture teacher Shannon Watling has been teaching agriculture at SODA for the past seven years, and has grown their Future Farmers of America chapter into the largest in the county.
(photo by Shannan Bock)
BEST TATTOO ARTIST
Second Chances Tattoo, Los Lunas
231 Sandoval Road, St. A, Los Lunas
By appointment only
BEST POLICE OFFICER
Mario Vallejos, Belen Police Department
Mario Vallejos graduated from the police academy in 2017, and is the administrative and detective sergeant at the Belen Police Department.
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