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On its way to Washington, the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree passed through several Northern New Mexican communities last week—but not Española.

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Carmela DeVargas, of Servilleta, died Nov. 9 in the custody of the Santa Fe County Adult Correctional Facility, and her father says her death was preceded by mistreatment and medical neglect from jail staff.

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Alfonso Duran, an Española Valley resident who has long been involved in Rio Arriba County politics, is hoping that the U.S. and state of New Mexico will recognize Santa Cruz de la Cañada as a township instead of a land grant and, in the process, alter current landholdings.

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Readers who pay close attention will notice that these calls took place more than three 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  Ri…

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Rio Arriba County officials spent almost a year processing a records request from the Rio Grande SUN, releasing a full copy of the building plans for the new $10 million headquarters of the Jemez Mountain Electric Cooperative to the SUN nine months after the newspaper requested it. 

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Officials still are not sure why a question to use tax dollars to fund vocational programs at Northern New Mexico College was left off of voters’ ballots in Taos County.

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First Judicial District Court Judge Jason Lidyard denied a request by District Attorney Marco Serna’s office to recuse himself from Henrietta Trujillo’s Northern New Mexico College embezzlement case.

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The Santa Fe chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) plans to hold a free brake-light fixing clinic Nov. 23 in the O’ Reilly Auto Parts Store parking lot on North Riverside Drive.

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A jury found Laura Seeds guilty of five of 12 counts of felony voter fraud Nov. 7 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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A candidate for the Dulce School Board is considering contesting the results of the election after she lost by only one vote to her opponent.

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The late Richard Cook, one of the wealthiest men ever to have lived in the Valley, declared in a 1999 Rio Arriba County Commission meeting that Northern New Mexicans would not be able to make a living from the land in the future. He was trying to convince listeners that he should be allowed …

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Readers who pay close attention will notice that these calls took place Oct. 8 through 14. 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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The first time Eddie Maestas rode a steer, everything went black. He can remember getting on the steer, telling his friends he was ready for them to release the animal from the gate, and then nothing. For three or four years every time he rode everything went black.

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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.