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This is the second entry in "Women of Distinction," a series of profiles being published weekly this summer about women who make a difference in Northern New Mexico communities.

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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years of planning, bidding and public presentations, the city of Española and nonprofit Chicanos Por La Causa have withdrawn from a $1.4 million federal grant that was meant to fund the Food Hub project.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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While a new federal rule requiring all hospitals to post prices online is a step toward transparency, a representative from a New Mexico hospital association and a national patient advocate organization agree it is not particularly helpful to patients.

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Española police have brought no panhandling cases before Municipal Judge Stephen Salazar for at least three months, and the Española City Council in December voted to decriminalize panhandling.

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Mark Basham will no longer be handling the city of Española’s prosecutions after he was charged with direct criminal contempt of court for allegedly showing up in the courtroom drunk.

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Fader, a donkey owned by Ron and Pat Rundstrom, of Aparejo Packing, was out Tuesday in front of Dandy's Burgers in San Pedro, encouraging voters to go blue. State results showed Fader had an inside line to the winners. For local results be sure to buy the SUN today.

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   New Mexico planners named the city of Española’s 2017 Comprehensive Plan, “Española: Beyond Boundaries,” the best comprehensive plan in the state for its attempt to actually address the needs of the Española Valley.

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   Hundreds of people from throughout the Valley spent more than seven hours Monday at the Santa Claran Hotel Casino to identify the root causes of conflict and violence, after the high-profile shooting of an Española Valley High School graduate and three other homicides since the new Españo…

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    A longtime administrator in the city of Española government is retiring at the end of October, and city leaders plan to overhaul the department he is leaving behind.

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City of Española officials during the previous administration wrote off more than $10,000 in unpaid water bills sent to the Cuatro Villas Mutual Domestic Water Association, and the Association still owes more than $11,000 on a second water account, city utility records show.

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    A plan to post armed guards on the Blue Bus in Northern New Mexico has come to a halt after the security contractor allegedly stopped communicating with the public transit agency.

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    New Mexico State Police arrested two additional suspects Tuesday in the shooting that claimed the life of Cameron Martinez and injured Angelyssa Montoya, Monica Cordova and Rudy Trujillo, Thursday, Oct. 4, on State Road 68 near the Ohkay Hotel Casino.

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