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On its way to Washington, the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree passed through several Northern New Mexican communities last week—but not Española.

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Alfonso Duran, an Española Valley resident who has long been involved in Rio Arriba County politics, is hoping that the U.S. and state of New Mexico will recognize Santa Cruz de la Cañada as a township instead of a land grant and, in the process, alter current landholdings.

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Rio Arriba County officials spent almost a year processing a records request from the Rio Grande SUN, releasing a full copy of the building plans for the new $10 million headquarters of the Jemez Mountain Electric Cooperative to the SUN nine months after the newspaper requested it. 

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The late Richard Cook, one of the wealthiest men ever to have lived in the Valley, declared in a 1999 Rio Arriba County Commission meeting that Northern New Mexicans would not be able to make a living from the land in the future. He was trying to convince listeners that he should be allowed …

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The first time Eddie Maestas rode a steer, everything went black. He can remember getting on the steer, telling his friends he was ready for them to release the animal from the gate, and then nothing. For three or four years every time he rode everything went black.

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First Judicial District Court Judge Jason Lidyard said during a Nov. 1 hearing that he will convene a special grand jury that will solely investigate allegations made against the North Central Solid Waste Authority in a citizens petition submitted to the courts in June.

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Rio Arriba County officials discovered Thursday (11/7) that voters in Española and the village of Chama voted on the Alcoholic Beverages bond question, but only County residents living outside of incorporated areas were supposed to be allowed to vote.

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Students from the University of New Mexico School of Law assembled Nov. 1 in the Plaza de Española to learn from fellow student Mara Yarbrough about a contaminant plume, which, at its deepest, extends 260 feet into the ground.

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A plan to create a community college tax district to serve students in five local school districts is now in jeopardy, because the question was missing from some of the ballots.

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Youth reigned supreme during the 2019 Española School Board elections, with 28-year-old Jeremy Maestas and 20-year-old Brandon Bustos winning their respective districts.

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About 10 anti-nuclear activists huddled around tables in the Taos Plaza Oct. 24 and counted out billions worth of fake dollars. The bills, decorated with an image of the atom bomb, represented proposed government spending on nuclear weapons. 

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The Rio Arriba County Board of Commissioners will have to send a recommendation for who it thinks should finish the late Sen. Carlos Cisneros’s term to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s office by Nov. 15.

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Rio Arriba County elected officials and management continue to reach out to voters to discuss the three general obligation bond questions totaling $30 million that will appear on the Nov. 5 ballot, but some voters say they have hesitation in voting yes on funding County road projects.

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When Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative District 5 Trustee Stanley Crawford asked Co-op Executive Assistant Laura Rendon Oct. 11 for the names of trustees and Co-op staff who made the decision to offer Bruce Duran a $50,000 settlement offer, he did not get any answers.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The New Mexico Department of Transportation announced Aug. 21 the approval of nearly $50 million in road improvement funds for dozens of local governments.

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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.

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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 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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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.

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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.

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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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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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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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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials closed Abiquiú Lake Tuesday after they discovered a blue-green algae bloom in the reservoir, a press release states.

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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.

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The 6th Annual Abiquiú Equine Expo will include at least eight workshops and demonstrations ranging from saddle selection to packing a horse or mule for work.

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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.

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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.