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At the city of Española-run school supply drive and touch-a-truck on Aug. 4, Mormon missionaries and church members distributed backpacks, operated religious carnival games, and staffed an evangelizing booth in the Plaza de Española’s prime real estate just in front of the supply distribution area.

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About 70 community members attended a peace vigil to support the proposed Española Pathways Shelter Aug. 1 at a potential location for the homeless shelter on North Railroad Avenue.

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A former city of Española employee has filed a lawsuit against the city government claiming she faced retaliation and other mistreatment after she reported nearly $18,000 missing from the city’s utilities vault.

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Española Deputy Fire Chief Eric Tafoya found himself in the hot seat after the Española Firefighter Union IAFF Local 4399 filed a grievance alleging that he failed to follow the progressive discipline policy and favored some firefighters over others.

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Española Fire Department Deputy Chief Eric Tafoya is earning vacation time at a more than twice the city employee rate, but Human Resources Director Sally Baxter refused to provide an explanation for the compensation.

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Former Española mayor Richard Lucero is defending himself against allegations that he sexually assaulted a former Boy Scouts of America member and employee in the 1980s.

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In its first zoning appeal hearing since 2017, the Española City Council upheld the Planning and Zoning Commission’s denial of Commissioner Ed Hunter’s request for a special use permit to operate a powder coating business out of his property in the city’s residential zone.

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Despite a purported attempt to distance the 50th Española Valley Fiesta from celebration of Spanish Conquistador and war criminal Juan de Oñate, speakers at the festival skirted and outright denied historical Spanish atrocities against local Pueblo peoples.

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The Española City Council voted 7-1 to fire City Manager David Valdez at its Tuesday meeting amid two separate investigations into alleged theft from a city vault and discrepancies in his accounting in Colorado City, Colo., where he previously worked as district manager.

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Española Mayor Javier Sanchez railed against political schemes and outside interference in the search for a police chief, and said at the June 25 City Council meeting that he instructed City Attorney A.J. Salazar to investigate threatening and coercive texts and calls to city councilors.

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Española Mayor Javier Sanchez formally announced a plan to split the Police Department and the Fire Department at the June 11 city council meeting, although no one can say how the two departments became one in the first place.

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The Española Pathways Shelter is now able to receive donations, thanks to some assistance from the New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness. The Coalition will act as the fiscal agent for the soon-to-be Española shelter while it awaits designation as a registered nonprofit.

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Roger Jimenez was sworn in as interim chief of the Española Police Department after Mayor Javier Sanchez broke a tie vote in favor of his appointment at the June 11 City Council meeting.

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More than $18,500 was discovered missing from the City of Española’s utilities department April 12, but Española Police Department Officers were not assigned to the investigation until nearly two weeks later. Now, the Attorney General’s Office has taken over the investigation.

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The Española School District took on 11 additional distribution sites for the Summer Food Service Program this year after Rio Arriba County stopped participating due to fiscal issues.

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Española Police Department Deputy Chief Roger Jimenez was none too happy about Rio Arriba County Sheriff James Lujan speaking publicly in opposition to him being promoted to chief of police.

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The Española City Council refused to promote Deputy Police Chief Roger Jimenez as the leader of the city government’s Department of Public Safety.

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Rio Arriba County officials are in negotiations to purchase the building that formerly housed the Española Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

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Maribel Conde, 39, is a cook at Socorro’s Restaurant in Hernandez. She has been in the service industry for nine years since she started as a cook at Northern New Mexico College.

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After about three-and-a-half years of planning, bidding and public presentations, the city of Española and nonprofit Chicanos Por La Causa have withdrawn from a $1.4 million federal grant that was meant to fund the Food Hub project.

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By hiring the Blue Bus, officials from the Village of Angel Fire hope to expand public transportation and tourism throughout the ski resorts and recreational parks in the Enchanted Circle.

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The pilgrimage to El Santuario de Chimayó is an annual tradition in the Española Valley, and this year was no exception. Throughout the day, young and old made the trek to the Santuario. Some were walking as a symbol of faith, and others were walking in memory of loved ones they had lost in …

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The city of Española reduced its share of the amount of money that is paid into city firefighters’ retirement accounts, but never notified employees, according to a March letter sent to Española City Attorney A.J. Salazar.

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A panel with oversight authority of the city of Española’s water system has approved a plan to purchase a $113,000 nitrate filtration system to be installed on a city-owned well, with further commitments to buy a second system that would remove fluoride from a second well.

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Española Police Department interim chief David Osuna was officially sworn in for a two-month tenure at the April 9 city council meeting. He began work April 1 in the Department, following Louis Carlos’ abrupt retirement.

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The Española City Council approved unanimously City Clerk Melissa Velasquez’s request to purchase software to expedite and simplify city hall’s process for processing records.

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The Española Police Department has a new directive concerning the use of cellphones and social media. In a directive issued April 3 by interim chief David Osuna, all department employees were advised to use social media and technology wisely.

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The Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative Board of Trustees unanimously voted to approve a contract March 22 to hire a consulting firm to conduct a system-wide meter study.

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A series of public records requests made this year beginning in January revealed now-former Española police chief Louis Carlos, along with other members of the Department were not only sending non-work related messages on their city-issued cellphones, but that in an effort to hide these priv…

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The Española City Council, during its March 29 meeting, unanimously ratified Mayor Javier Sanchez’s choice for city manager. David Valdez, of Colorado City, Colo., moved into the position Monday.

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    The Española Police Department is yet again looking for a leader after department chief Louis Carlos, resigned Tuesday.

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The Española City Council will vote Thursday (3/28) to approve Mayor Javier Sanchez's appointment of David Valdez (center) as the new city manager. Valdez has worked the last 20 years for Colorado City Metroppolitan District, the last 10 as city manager. Colorado City is a 2,000 population d…

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New Mexico House District 41 Rep. Susan Herrera, D-Embudo, said she foresees a “Rio Arriba Renaissance” following the 2019 legislative session, which saw a $1 billion budget surplus and a Democratic-controlled House of Representatives that made it relatively easy for her to achieve her goals.

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Española officials say they did not notify the public until March 6 that the city’s drinking water contained high amounts of a dangerous chemical in November 2018 because they did not receive the test results in the mail.

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Officials in charge of Española’s drinking water system learned in November 2018 that the city’s drinking water was unsafe for infants and pregnant women, but failed to notify the public until more than three months later, which is a violation of federal environmental regulation.

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The Rio Arriba County Commission passed a resolution in support of a Senate bill that would allow the state’s Oil Conservation Division and Commission to penalize companies that break the Oil and Gas Act.

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The City of Española violated the Inspection of Public Records Act in three different ways when it decided to withhold public records requested by Charles Arasim in October 2017, First Judicial District Court Judge Jason Lidyard ruled Feb. 21.

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    Sen. John A. Sapien, District 9, (Bernalillo and Sandoval) has introduced a bill in the New Mexico Senate that would significantly change the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA) – requiring New Mexicans to pay substantially more for electronic copies of public records.

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