The Española city government officially joined efforts to ensure a complete U.S. Census count in 2020, which is vital to securing funds from private entities as well as the state and federal government.
The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico filed a tort claim notice on behalf of Rio Grande SUN reporter Tabitha Clay for alleged civil rights violations by Rio Arriba County employees in the Sheriff’s Office, as well as by Sheriff James Lujan.
A Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Office deputy sent a formal complaint to the County’s Human Resources director alleging she is being retaliated against by Sheriff’s Office employees and Sheriff James Lujan for reporting sexual harassment by her fellow deputies.
Newly-released data show the distinctions between prescription opioid and heroin use, and how that has shaped public perceptions of the Española Valley and Rio Arriba County. And once the opioid crisis accelerated to become a national issue prior to the 2016 elections, Española became a scapegoat for the entire state’s drug problems.
Water scarcity driven by the climate crisis could aggravate longstanding problems in running acequia systems. But a new generation of parciantes sees an opportunity for collective action.
Local educator and activist Luis Torres asked the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission Sept. 18 to hold a public meeting for all member-owners of rural electric cooperatives that purchase their electricity from Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association to air their grievances abou…
As the rest of the nation has been focused on what is now being called the opioid epidemic, in Chimayó, Española and Rio Arriba County the battle has been raging for decades.
Throughout the years as the Rio Grande SUN has compiled these lists, the conversations about substance use has shifted dynamically. Gone are the days where it was appropriate and acceptable to use terms like ”tecato” or “junkie” when referring to the people who live in Rio Arriba County.
The records that the Rio Grande SUN's weekly Police Blotter relies on have been delayed due to Española/Rio Arriba E911 Board Director Sheriff James Lujan. The delay also means the actions of local law enforcement in recent days are unknown.
Peter Romero, 71, rode his white 1985 Honda Goldwing motorcycle for the first time in at least five years this summer when he took a drive through Tierra Amarilla and then drove the eight miles from Chama to the New Mexico-Colorado state line.
The New Mexico Supreme Court issued an order Aug. 22 stating parts of House Bill 407, which was passed during this year’s legislative session and signed into law by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham April 3, are unconstitutional.
The Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative quietly settled a Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint in the United States District Court of New Mexico late last year.
Kit Carson Electric Cooperative Chief Executive Officer Luis Reyes stood in front of a large, nearly empty dirt lot Sept. 13 and spoke to a crowd of just under 100 people about the new 1.5 megawatt solar array that will soon generate electricity for Northern New Mexico College’s El Rito campus.
The Rio Arriba County Board of Commissioners approved nine resolutions Aug. 27 to extend the amount of time Public Works Administrator Napoleon Garcia has to spend New Mexico Department of Transportation Local Government Road Fund money to build and repair roads across the County.
When Cipriano Vigil was eight years old, he taught himself to play guitar by sneaking out to dances with a pencil and paper and taking notes on how the guitar player moved his fingers.
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.
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.
A group of seven people attended the Tuesday Rio Arriba Board of County Commissioners meeting to protest the name change of the County’s Española annex building to the Rio Arriba County Emilio Naranjo Building.
The New Mexico Oil Conservation Commission reversed a 2018 Commission decision that would have allowed Hilcorp Energy Company to double its number of wells in the San Juan Basin in Rio Arriba and San Juan counties.
New Mexico State Police arrested Northern Rio Arriba Electric Cooperative General Manager Abran Romero Aug. 17 in Velarde after an hourslong standoff.
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.
A Rio Arriba County volunteer firefighter wrote a letter to the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office alleging County Fire Marshal Carlos Esquibel does not meet state requirements to receive pension benefits as a volunteer firefighter.
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.
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…
The Rio Arriba Board of County Commissioners passed a resolution finalizing the language and dollar amounts for three bond questions voters will decide whether or not to approve in the upcoming Nov. 5 General Election.
A previous version of this story incorrectly reported that the Fryes’ attorney Lisa Cummings did not respond to Marcus Montoya's request for mediation. This version has been updated.
When Tiffani Archuleta walked onto the auction floor at the 66th Annual Rio Arriba County Fair, her large black grand champion County-bred steer did not want to cooperate.
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.
The two newest members of the Rio Arriba County Board of Commissioners drew lots to see who would extend his term by two years July 22 at the New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas has taken legal action against Rio Arriba County Sheriff James Lujan in Balderas’s pursuit to review a May 10 Taser incident involving Deputy Jeremy Barnes at Española Valley High School.
The Rio Arriba County Detention Center has been hit with another notice of tort claim, after Matthew Vigil who was an inmate at the jail, suffered a cardiac event and was severely brain damaged.
An empty pasture in Tierra Amarilla will soon be the site of a meat processing facility expected to bring eight jobs to the area over the next five years.
Seven months after Rep. Ben Ray Lujan sent two letters inquiring about a property in Santa Fe where radioactive detection equipment was made and radioactive material was stored, the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission has released a response that includes information about decommissi…
Prior to the 2018 Village of Chama election for mayor, Village Clerk Maggie Valdez reported that she received threatening text messages from an unknown telephone number.
About a mile up the road from Jack Trujillo’s property where he grows alfalfa and raises about 20 head of cattle is a gauge to measure how much water flows into La Puente Ditch.