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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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The Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative rejected a July 31 request from the Rio Grande SUN for a copy of its Power Purchase Agreement with solar company Cuba Jemez, LLC.

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The Colorado City Metropolitan District Board publicly acknowledged the alleged and concrete discrepancies around former district manager and former Española city manager David Valdez’s financial practices in the District for the first time Aug. 21, save for a brief open vote in June to turn…

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The New Mexico Office of the State Auditor sent a letter to Rio Arriba County Manager Tomas Campos asking for information about a November 2018 vehicle crash involving Public Works Building Maintenance Supervisor Jacob Montoya.

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The man accused of shooting another man in the face with a .22 caliber handgun Aug. 18 on El Caballo Quino Drive off of El Llano Road will stay in jail until trial after a ruling by First Judicial District Court Judge Jason Lidyard.

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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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A Tuesday afternoon shooting sent one man to the hospital and resulted in the arrest of another man accused of pulling the trigger.

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A KFC employee was robbed at gunpoint Monday when he left the store to take the deposit to the bank, Española Police Department Public Information Sgt. Jeremy Apodaca said.

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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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A letter written by an Albuquerque attorney states two members of the Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative Board of Trustees allegedly broke Co-op policies regarding employee confidentiality and sexual harassment.

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Former Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s deputy Joseph Aquino plans to file an charge of discrimination with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission after he said he was inequitably treated by the Office.

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A volunteer fire department member is alleging the Rio Arriba County fire marshal made a racist comment about Native Americans after the volunteer and fire marshal left a scene of a chimney fire.

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Former Española City Manager David Valdez used over $4,000 of his previous employer’s funds at casinos in 2015, according to credit card statements from the Colorado City Metropolitan District.

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Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeremy Barnes stopped and forced another driver to the ground in the median of U.S. Highway 285 in Hernandez July 8 after he said he saw the man drive dangerously. Barnes was off-duty at the time and in plain clothes.

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The city of Española had its first fatal shooting of the year Aug. 8 when a homeowner shot an armed intruder.

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Rio Arriba County Public Works Building Maintenance Supervisor Jacob Montoya crashed a County truck at the end of November 2018, but multiple County officials deny having any insurance documents or accident reports related to the crash, despite the County government paying nearly $5,000 to r…

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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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Law enforcement agencies including the Española Police Department, the New Mexico State Police and the Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Office served an early morning warrant Tuesday with support from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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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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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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The city of Española is facing a new lawsuit for an August 2017 incident where former Española Police Department officer Eric Gallant allegedly broke the arm of Jason Martinez, during an arrest over a possession charge.

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A first-of-its-kind AmeriCorps program in Rio Arriba County will train 15 people who are in recovery from substance abuse disorder to become certified peer support workers and use their lived experience to help others dealing with the disease.

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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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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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It has been over two months since Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeremy Barnes tased a 15-year-old special education student at Española Valley High School. His internal affairs investigation is on-going, but a review by his supervisors said his behavior might have made the student feel …

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Long after the votes were cast in the 2019 Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative elections, the balance of power between two competing factions on the Co-op Board of Trustees was still unclear. SUN Staff Writer Amanda Martinez was there every step of the way.

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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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Former Northern New Mexico College finance director Henrietta Trujillo was charged with embezzlement of over $20,000 by the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office in Santa Fe.

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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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One month after an Española Valley High School student was tased three times by Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jeremy Barnes, the top security official at Española School District was let go from his position.

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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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A hearing is expected in August on a petition filed in First Judicial District Court regarding a request for a grand jury investigation of the North Central Solid Waste Authority.

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