Clara Garcia | News-Bulletin Photo
The 919th MP Co. New Mexico Army National Guard and the city of Belen hosted the Santa’s Stampede 5K run, walk, double time, below, on Sunday, Dec. 4. About 100 runners and walkers entered the race, which started at the Belen Community Center. Dominic Quintana, a sophomore at Albuquerque High School, won the race with a time of 17:27. Pat and Denise Contreras and their daughter, DamiAna Kerns, dressed up in holiday attire for the run.
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.