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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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Rio Arriba County voters will have to decide the fate of six bond and mill levy questions in the upcoming November election.

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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. 

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Water scarcity driven by the climate crisis could aggravate longstanding problems in running acequia systems. But a new generation of parciantes sees an opportunity for collective action.

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Though the Española Public Library’s attendance numbers dipped in Fiscal Year 2019, staff continues to push a flood of events and programs to promote community engagement and keep the Library in the running for often-competitive state and federal funding.

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Local educator and activist Luis Torres asked the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission Sept. 18 to hold a public meeting for all member-owners of rural electric cooperatives that purchase their electricity from Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association to air their grievances abou…

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The following 23 people died of drug overdoses in Rio Arriba County in 2018. In each of these cases, the manner of death was listed as an accident by the Office of the Medical Investigator pathologist, who conducted the autopsy or wrote the autopsy report. Deaths where drugs were just a “con…

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As the rest of the nation has been focused on what is now being called the opioid epidemic, in Chimayó, Española and Rio Arriba County the battle has been raging for decades.

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Throughout the years as the Rio Grande SUN has compiled these lists, the conversations about substance use has shifted dynamically. Gone are the days where it was appropriate and acceptable to use terms like ”tecato” or “junkie” when referring to the people who live in Rio Arriba County.

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The records that the Rio Grande SUN's weekly Police Blotter relies on have been delayed due to Española/Rio Arriba E911 Board Director Sheriff James Lujan. The delay also means the actions of local law enforcement in recent days are unknown.

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Peter Romero, 71, rode his white 1985 Honda Goldwing motorcycle for the first time in at least five years this summer when he took a drive through Tierra Amarilla and then drove the eight miles from Chama to the New Mexico-Colorado state line.

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The Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s deputy who used a taser on a 15-year-old special education student may soon find himself wearing handcuffs now that New Mexico Office of the Attorney General has filed charges Monday, accusing him of child abuse and battery.

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Henrietta Trujillo, 63, of Corrales, tried to plead guilty to embezzlement of over $20,000 Monday, but First Judicial District Court Judge Jason Lidyard rejected the plea arrangement.

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Kit Carson Electric Cooperative Chief Executive Officer Luis Reyes stood in front of a large, nearly empty dirt lot Sept. 13 and spoke to a crowd of just under 100 people about the new 1.5 megawatt solar array that will soon generate electricity for Northern New Mexico College’s El Rito campus.

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Española Pathways Shelter overcame a major barrier to becoming the first homeless shelter in the city’s history Sept. 12, with the successful acquisition of a special use permit to operate a shelter at a prospective site on Calle Delgado on the West Side, but organizers say they are already …

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The Pueblo County District Attorney filed felony theft and embezzlement charges against former Española city manager David Valdez for alleged “financial improprieties” in his role as Colorado City Metropolitan District Manager, from which he resigned in 2018.

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Government officials from across New Mexico expressed grief and shock Tuesday at the death of Sen. Carlos Cisneros, D-Questa.

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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.

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Brittany Garcia, Mark Hice, Anton Martinez and Axel Zamarron will have to wait until 2020 to see if Rio Arriba County jurors will find them guilty of the October 2018 murder of Cameron Martinez, no relation. The defendants will also be facing their trials separately after prosecution and def…

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Akal Security’s parent organization distanced the massive Española-based firm from its longstanding ties with U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement last month in response to at least a year of internal backlash in the 3HO Sikh community to ICE’s human rights violations and family detenti…

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In the past year, McCurdy Charter School officials have consistently failed to submit on time budgetary reports to the state Public Education Department.

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The Rio Arriba County Board of Commissioners approved nine resolutions Aug. 27 to extend the amount of time Public Works Administrator Napoleon Garcia has to spend New Mexico Department of Transportation Local Government Road Fund money to build and repair roads across the County.

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Rio Arriba County Sheriff James Lujan has not completed the legally-required in-service or biennium training to maintain his certification as a law enforcement officer but has not faced any action from the Law Enforcement Academy, records show.

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The body of 5-year-old Renezmae Calzada was found Wednesday in the Rio Grande near Santa Clara Pueblo, according to two sources who participated in the search crew.

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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. 

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Northern Rio Arriba Electric Co-operative General Manager Abran Romero will be spending the foreseeable future behind bars after First Judicial District Court Judge Jason Lidyard ruled Tuesday he was too dangerous to be released into the community.

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Spañapalooza and Tewa Women United’s Environmental Health and Justice Program will join for the first time at noon Saturday for a hodgepodge event targeted at youth with something for everybody: The Bounce Back II: Regeneration Fest.

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The New Mexico Department of Transportation announced Aug. 21 the approval of nearly $50 million in road improvement funds for dozens of local governments.

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When Cipriano Vigil was eight years old, he taught himself to play guitar by sneaking out to dances with a pencil and paper and taking notes on how the guitar player moved his fingers.