The city of Belen celebrated National First Responders Day on Monday. During the ceremony, Art Garcia, center, the USDA Rural Development state director, announced the Belen Police Department received $602, 100 for 12 new police vehicles. The USDA also provided funding several years ago for a new fire truck.
Clara Garcia is the editor and publisher of the Valencia County News-Bulletin.
She is a native of the city of Belen, beginning her journalism career at the News-Bulletin in 1998 as the crime and courts reporter. During her time at the paper, Clara has won numerous awards for her writing, photography and typography and design both from the National Newspaper Association and the New Mexico Press Association.