Española City Councilors during a Sept. 2 public safety meeting approved two Memorandums of Understanding between Española schools and the Española Rio Arriba Community Empowerment Program (Project RACE).

    One Memorandum is between the Española Public School District and Project RACE; the other is between McCurdy Charter School and Project RACE.

    The goal is to collaborate in the development of a program that is grant-funded through the New Mexico High Intensity Drug Trafficking Agency.

    The grant focuses on working to break the cycle of drug abuse in the schools in the Rio Arriba County area. The program targets at-risk youths, delinquency rates, graduation rates and poverty. The initiative seeks to provide an alternative to the cycle.

    Councilors voted to push the rest of the items on the agenda to the next meeting, which is tentatively set for Oct. 7.

    One of the items is an update by Police Chief Roger Jimenez on the proposed ordinance authorizing the operation of recreational off-highway vehicles and all-terrain vehicles on paved streets owned and controlled by the City of Española.

    Councilors also pushed the department updates from the municipal court, fire department, police department, the Project RACE and the Planning and Land Use Department until the next meeting.

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