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First Judicial District Court Judge Jason Lidyard said during a Nov. 1 hearing that he will convene a special grand jury that will solely investigate allegations made against the North Central Solid Waste Authority in a citizens petition submitted to the courts in June.

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Rio Arriba County officials discovered Thursday (11/7) that voters in Española and the village of Chama voted on the Alcoholic Beverages bond question, but only County residents living outside of incorporated areas were supposed to be allowed to vote.

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When Maggy Parra graduates, she plans on studying nursing at either Arizona State University or Colorado State University, with the hope of one day working as a fully-licensed registered nurse.

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Students from the University of New Mexico School of Law assembled Nov. 1 in the Plaza de Española to learn from fellow student Mara Yarbrough about a contaminant plume, which, at its deepest, extends 260 feet into the ground.

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A plan to create a community college tax district to serve students in five local school districts is now in jeopardy, because the question was missing from some of the ballots.

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A jury found Laura Seeds guilty of five of 12 counts of felony voter fraud Thursday in relation to her work on her husband Robert Seeds’ 2016 election campaign for an Española City Council District 4 seat.

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Youth reigned supreme during the 2019 Española School Board elections, with 28-year-old Jeremy Maestas and 20-year-old Brandon Bustos winning their respective districts.

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Rio Arriba County officials have accused an Española School Board member and a candidate of allegedly intimidating and coercing voters at a polling site. Now, the state Office of the Attorney General is investigating the allegations.

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Readers who pay close attention will notice that these calls took place Oct. 4 through 7. After the records were formally requested from the E911 dispatch center, the Rio Grande SUN had to wait for them to be redacted and returned. This is part of an ongoing records dispute with  Rio Arriba …

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As the Española School District continues working on an agreement for student resource officers (SROs) at its schools, state lawmakers met at Northern New Mexico College to discuss policing in schools and listen to experts in the field.

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About 10 anti-nuclear activists huddled around tables in the Taos Plaza Oct. 24 and counted out billions worth of fake dollars. The bills, decorated with an image of the atom bomb, represented proposed government spending on nuclear weapons. 

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The Rio Arriba County Board of Commissioners will have to send a recommendation for who it thinks should finish the late Sen. Carlos Cisneros’s term to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s office by Nov. 15.

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In a forum hosted by the local teachers’ union, candidates for the Española School Board discussed some of the main issues currently plaguing the Española School District, especially difficulty keeping teachers and students around.

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Former Española mayor Richard Lucero faces a new lawsuit alleging he repeatedly drugged and raped a second underage boy, whose account of a pattern of grooming and abuse bears stark similarities to another plaintiff who sued Lucero in July.

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A former campaign volunteer for Española City Councilor Robert Seeds took a plea deal Oct. 25, agreeing to testify in the upcoming voter fraud trial of Seeds’ wife, Laura Seeds.

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Readers who pay close attention will notice that these calls took place more than two weeks ago. After the records were formally requested from the E911 dispatch center, the Rio Grande SUN had to wait for them to be redacted and returned. This is part of an ongoing records dispute with  Rio …

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Española Pathways Shelter organizers received approval to operate in the former Aaron’s Furniture building at 628 N Riverside Dr. at the Española Planning and Zoning Commission’s Oct. 10 meeting, and now aims for a December opening.

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There were 167 new domestic violence cases filed with the Rio Arriba County Magistrate Court in 2018, up from the 145 cases filed the previous year, according to a report from the New Mexico Interpersonal Violence Data Central Repository.

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Rio Arriba County elected officials and management continue to reach out to voters to discuss the three general obligation bond questions totaling $30 million that will appear on the Nov. 5 ballot, but some voters say they have hesitation in voting yes on funding County road projects.

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The football field at Española Valley High School—which cost over $1 million dollars by the time it was finished—will have to undergo significant repairs because many parts of the field are inaccessible to people with disabilities.

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Española Police Department interim chief Roger Jimenez wants to open a dialogue with parents before formally entering a Memorandum of Understanding between his Department and the Española School District.

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When Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative District 5 Trustee Stanley Crawford asked Co-op Executive Assistant Laura Rendon Oct. 11 for the names of trustees and Co-op staff who made the decision to offer Bruce Duran a $50,000 settlement offer, he did not get any answers.

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Frustrated residents and increasingly impatient Española police officials will have to wait at least another two weeks for final word on Department leadership after the City Council pushed back the appointment of a police chief at its Tuesday meeting, based largely on 11th-hour input from Ci…

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The blotter makes its return this week, but readers who pay close attention will notice that these calls took place four weeks ago. After the records were formally requested from the E911 dispatch center, the Rio Grande SUN had to wait for them to be redacted and returned. Still, some of the…

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The Española City Council passed a resolution Oct. 8, which supports traditional agriculture and opposes genetically-engineered seeds and the persecution of local farmers that often accompanies them. The resolution is part of a broader effort by the New Mexico Food and Seed Sovereignty Allia…

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First Judicial District Court Judge Bryan Biedscheid ordered the New Mexico Department of Public Safety (DPS) to pay $28,000 in damages as well as attorney’s fees after finding the Department violated the Inspection of Public Records Act when employees refused to release records relating to …

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Española Police Department Sgt. Cody Martinez led a multi-agency pursuit to capture a local man which started and ended on Fairview Lane, but not before it tore through Ohkay Owingeh and Hernandez at speeds of nearly 90 mph.

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Early voting for school districts has begun and will run until Nov. 2. Voting sites, dates and times can be found at the Rio Arriba County website.

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Northern New Mexico College will be hosting a Community Day on Friday run by the nonprofit Service, Employment, Redevelopment (SER).

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The Rio Grande SUN settled a lawsuit with the New Mexico Department of Public Safety for its failure to follow the state’s Inspection of Public Records Act and for violating a 2007 settlement agreement, which outlined the way the Department was to correctly respond to record requests and how…

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Rio Arriba County Sheriff James Lujan raised yet another new reason for his decision to change a long-standing policy of releasing E911 Center dispatch logs to the media voluntarily was brought forward at the Oct. 2 911 Board Meeting.

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Following the high-profile arrest and tasing of an Española Valley High School student with special needs, Española School Disrict officials are finalizing an agreement with the Española Police Department to have two student resource officers (SRO’s) at its schools.

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The Española city government officially joined efforts to ensure a complete U.S. Census count in 2020, which is vital to securing funds from private entities as well as the state and federal government.

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As a result of failing to submit several budget reports on time, officials from McCurdy Charter School were called to present in front of the New Mexico Public Education Commission on Sept. 20.

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The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico filed a tort claim notice on behalf of Rio Grande SUN reporter Tabitha Clay for alleged civil rights violations by Rio Arriba County employees in the Sheriff’s Office, as well as by Sheriff James Lujan.

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A Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Office deputy sent a formal complaint to the County’s Human Resources director alleging she is being retaliated against by Sheriff’s Office employees and Sheriff James Lujan for reporting sexual harassment by her fellow deputies.

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Newly-released data show the distinctions between prescription opioid and heroin use, and how that has shaped public perceptions of the Española Valley and Rio Arriba County. And once the opioid crisis accelerated to become a national issue prior to the 2016 elections, Española became a scapegoat for the entire state’s drug problems.

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After one month in the classroom, Janan Talmadge already loves teaching children at Velarde Elementary.

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Rio Arriba County Sheriff James Lujan is the subject of another tort claim alleging that he spent part of his Fourth of July holiday screaming at a Chama man for flying a Mexican flag along with an American flag from the back of his truck.

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Over a month after it was originally due, the McCurdy Charter School Governance Board reviewed its end-of-year financial report on Sept. 18, although it did little to lessen the confusion surrounding the School’s finances.

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The early morning stillness of Española was interrupted by small explosions, likely flash-bang grenades or bean bag rounds, Sept. 17 as the FBI, DEA and other agencies took part in a statewide sweep arresting multiple members of the Syndicato de Nuevo Mexico gang, also known as SNM or the Sy…

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The police blotter is published to give readers an abridged look at criminal activity in their community and neighborhood. It is simply an illustration of what local law enforcement, funded by taxpayers, must deal with daily throughout the Española Valley.