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The Government of Valencia County and its Officials are dedicated to its citizens to provide the best possible services and access to government resources at all times. We encourage and welcome any ideas and suggestions you may have to this website or any improvement to services provided by the county government. This site is not intended to be all inclusive of the services our departments provide.

Press Release

Vacant Seat New Mexico State Senate

District 39

The Valencia County Board of Commissioners is accepting letters of interest and resumes from individuals interested in being nominated to fill the remaining term in Senate District 39. Applications will be received in the County Manager's office located at 444 Luna Ave., Los Lunas, New Mexico, until 5:00 PM, Thursday, March 19, 2015. Applications will be accepted in person; via FAX; via e-mail; via-express delivery or via United States Postal Service.

District 39 includes an area in the Southeast corner of Valencia County (see attached map). This Senate District also includes portions of Lincoln County, Santa Fe County, Bernalillo County, San Miguel County and all of Torrance County. Applicants must be a resident within the District.

The Valencia County Board of Commissioners will hold a Special Meeting on Friday, March 20, 2015, at 3:00 PM in the Commission Chambers located at 444 Luna Ave, Los Lunas, New Mexico to consider the applicants and perhaps select a Nominee.

Nominees from all six counties will be considered by New Mexico Governor Suzanna Martinez. The Governor will make the final determination.


Click here for the entire press release (PDF)

Regularly scheduled meetings are held at the Valencia County Administration Offices located at 444 Luna Ave. Los Lunas, NM 87031 on generally the following schedule, unless publicly noticed otherwise:

BUSINESS MEETINGS occur on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 5:00 P.M.

PUBLIC HEARINGS occur on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 5:00 P.M.

Agendas are posted on the Valencia County website ( Officials/Commission Meetings), and at the Administration Offices, District Courthouse, Meadowlake Senior Center, Del Rio Senior Center or by calling 505-866-2014.


A quorum of the Board of Planning & Zoning Commissioners of Valencia County will attend a workshop on Thursday March 19, 2015 at 2:00 pm. The meeting will take place at the Valencia County Commission Chambers.  A schedule for the meeting may be obtained from the Planning & Zoning Office in the Valencia County Administration Building at 444 Luna Avenue, Los Lunas, NM.  For questions please call the Planning & Zoning Office at (505) 866-2050.

Planning & Zoning Commission Meetings will now be held on Tuesdays at 4:oo pm

Public Notice

Wood for public pick up

Wood piles of Salt Cedar, Russian Olive, and Siberian Elm trees will be available for public pick up at the Valencia County FD Bosque Thinning Project Site.

Middle Rio Grande Conservancy Patrol Officers will be in the area and have the gates open. No permits are needed during the open wood collection times.

WHEN: Thursdays and Fridays 9:00 AM -2:30 PM (weather permitting)

WHERE: Enter at North Gate next to 85 Jarales Rd and go North on Levee Rd to project site.

Click here for PDF flyer


Animal Cruelty poster

Valencia County, New Mexico—On January 6, 7 and 8 of 2015, the bodies of four badly mutilated dogs were found dumped at the Valencia County Transfer Station. All exhibited bite-type injuries consistent with being mauled by other dogs, and each was missing all or part of one leg, which had been severed with a knife. Dog #4 was found on 1/8, Dogs #1 & #2 were discovered on 1/6, and Dog #2 on 1/7/2015. The cause of death of Dog #4 was strangulation asphyxiation. Erik Tanner, Executive Director of Valencia County Animal Control, is investigating these cases as dog fighting-related and believes the dogs may have been used as “bait” dogs to train other dogs to fight. “No animal deserves to die this way.” expressed Tanner, “We are reaching out to the community for any information they can provide to solve these cruel and disturbing criminal cases.”


CALL TOLL FREE: 877-548-6263

Commissioner Aguilar

Commissioner Aguilar attending the National Forest Service dedication of the El Camino Rael at Tome Plaza

Free Straw available for doghouse insulation

Valencia County Animal Shelter has free straw available for people to put in their doghouses for insulation.

1209 Highway 314, S.W.

Valencia County FD Bosque Thinning Project
Project Start Date November 19, 2014

Who: Valencia County Fire Department; Valencia County Commission; Valencia County Manager; New Mexico State
Forestry; Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District

What: Valencia County Bosque Thinning Project Kickoff Ceremony

When: November 19, 2015 – 9:00 am

Where: South of Belen in Jarales, on the west side of the Rio Grande near the natural gas pipelines. Access via
gate just North of 85 Jarales Rd. It will be flagged in orange.

Media Alert Valencia County thinning project

Below is some good information for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday!

See more at 
Cooking fire safety outreach materials
Help convince community residents to cook safely by providing information about the cooking fire problem and steps they can take to prevent cooking fires.
Help prevent a turkey fryer fire!
Below are statistics and safety tips to share with community members about using a turkey fryer and why they can be dangerous.
Did you know?
Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires.
Frying food is the greatest risk of cooking fires.

  • Two-thirds (67 percent) of home cooking fires start when food or cooking materials catch on fire.
  • More than half (55 percent) of home cooking fire injuries happen when people try to fight the fire themselves.

Data snapshot: Thanksgiving Day Fires PDF 677 KB
Five dangers of deep frying a turkey:

  • Turkey fryers can easily tip over, spilling hot cooking oil over a large area.
  • An overfilled cooking pot will cause cooking oil to spill when the turkey is put in, and a partially frozen turkey will cause cooking oil to splatter when put in the pot.
  • Even a small amount of cooking oil spilling on a hot burner can cause a large fire.
  • Without thermostat controls, deep fryers can overheat oil to the point of starting a fire.
  • The sides of the cooking pot, lid and pot handles can get dangerously hot.

“Prevent a Turkey Fryer Fire” handout PDF 174 KB
Watch this video to see why using a fryer can be dangerous!
Outreach materials from the U.S. Fire Administration
Statistics to share
Based on 2006-2010 annual averages:

  • Unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in home cooking fires. 
  • Two-thirds (67%) of home cooking fires started with the ignition of food or other cooking materials.
  • Clothing was the item first ignited in less than 1% of these fires, but these incidents accounted for 16% of the cooking fire deaths.
  • Ranges accounted for the largest share (58%) of home cooking fire incidents. Ovens accounted for 16%.
  • Three of every five (57%) reported non-fatal home cooking fire injuries occurred when the victims tried to fight the fire themselves.
  • Frying poses the greatest risk of fire.
  • Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires.

Source: National Fire Protection Association

Danger of Turkey Fryers

2014 General Election Unofficial Results


Conejo will Open at 11:30AM on March 24,
Employees are in a mandatory training classes.

Beginning Sunday and Monday,
August 24 and 25,
Conejo Collection Center will be closed on Sundays and Mondays, and open Tuesday through Saturday,
8am to 3:45pm.

Call the site directly for
current status at 565-2256.
Closed Tuesday, September 2nd.


Conejo Transfer Station


Conejo Collection Center will be closed on Tuesday October 14, 2014 in observance of Columbus Day. It will reopen on Wednesday October 15, 2014 at 8AM.

Conejo Collection Center is experiencing multiple equipment breakdowns, and must shut down at different times each day. Until our equipment is safely and completely fixed, we can only take about half of the usual amount of trash every open day.  Please see the link below for other facilities that may be able to accept your trash.  Thank you for your patience.
PDF with maps available by clicking on this link

Planning and Zoning Agenda July 23, 2014



PURSUANT TO NMSA 1978 SECTION, 13-1-126.1 (2013)

Triadic Sole Source Notice (PDF)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:      Media Contact: David Morgan
January 23, 2014                                        Cell: (575) 649-0754

New Mexico Department of Health Reports More Flu Deaths This Season
Flu remains widespread in New Mexico

Click here for PDF

Please check the following websites for updates:


Sunday, March 29
is a BURN day

Is it ok to burn? Call 866-2040 M-F or 865-9130 on Weekends to find out.

Open Burning Rules

Valencia County Burn Ordinance

NM Environmental Burn Handout

Click here to download Living and Working with FIRE in Valencia County
Click here to download PDF guide

Valencia County, New Mexico Community Wildfire Protection Plan

Valencia County, New Mexico Community Wildfire Protection Plan PDF