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It was right after the fifth-period bell last October that Sebastian Montaño lay face down in the grass outside Alamogordo High School, screaming for his mother, as two police officers pinned him to the ground and thrust a Taser in his back.

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The New Mexico Attorney General is investigating and New Mexico Lt. Governor Howie Morales called for additional training for law enforcement after an article in last week’s Rio Grande SUN detailed how Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeremy Barnes used a Taser on a 15-year-old Española Va…

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An Española School District vehicle was stolen from the District Office on Hunter Street May 6, but none of the District’s employees noticed it was missing.

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Española Valley High School Assistant Principal Veronica Dean filed a report with the Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Office after an audit revealed over $53,000 of electronics were unaccounted for within the school.

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A 15-year-old special education student at Española Valley High School was tased by Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeremy Barnes on May 10, for allegedly failing to comply with a search.

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An Española Valley High School football player claimed he was sexually assaulted, but law enforcement was not notified until months after the initial complaint, a new report from Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Robert Vigil states.

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The Española School District Board approved April 17 on a 4-1 vote to extend Superintendent Bobbie Gutierrez’s contract through June 30, 2020, with the option for either party to cancel the contract by Jan. 31, 2020, if a new superintendent is hired.

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The Española School District Board approved April 17 on a 4-1 vote to extend Superintendent Bobbie Gutierrez’s contract through June 30, 2020, with the option for either party to cancel the contract by Jan. 31, 2020, if a new superintendent is hired.

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The final two students in the Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative Spanish Spelling Bee sparred for 27 rounds before a winner could be declared in the competition.

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    Four new Northern New Mexico College regents took the oath of office March 22, together representing current and former Northern students and leaders on the Board of Regents.

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   For five hours on Sunday, visitors to the Pueblo de Abiquiú Library and Cultural Center did something many people have not had the chance to do since elementary school: Listen to someone read them a story.

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While a bill to create a statewide Rural Library Endowment is headed to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s desk for her signature, the appropriation to start the endowment was gutted in the last days of the legislative session.

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Instead of focusing on what he was not able to accomplish during his first legislative session, District 40 Rep. Joseph Sanchez, D-Alcalde, said he is happy with what he was able to get done.

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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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It’s been over a year and no charges have been filed against Henrietta Trujillo. The former Northern New Mexico College finance director resigned her position in March 2017 and provided her supervisor with a box of evidence detailing how she allegedly kept over $200,00 from the College.

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The Northern New Mexico College Foundation will no longer have an executive director position until the Foundation can prove to College officials that it is upholding a prior agreement to provide as much scholarship money to students as it spends on salaries for its staff.

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Superintendent Michael Lovato has resigned from the Mesa Vista School District, according to a Feb. 6 letter sent via text to Mesa Vista School Board members, citing unethical conduct by certain members of the Board, among personal reasons.

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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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In 2017, Northern New Mexico College after years of fiscal mismanagement, embezzlement and every other kind of “-ment” received 66 separate findings from the Auditor, including 18 repeat findings.

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Punitive graduation requirements implemented under former Gov. Susanna Martinez can still affect school districts around the state, despite Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s bold executive order suspending the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test and lofty…

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With an expected $1.2 billion surplus, the 2019 New Mexico legislative session could prove to be quite the spectacle in regard to funding and overhauling programs that are in desperate need of a face lift, especially in education.

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Española School District Superintendent Bobbie Guttierez said the District began its ambitious focus on the development of a District-wide music and fine arts program in August 2018, spearheaded by Deputy Superintendent Denise Johnston.

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One in eight children experience ill-treatment. Of those, over half that are reported to law enforcement are screened out. Of those that are investigated, between 20 to 40 percent are actually substantiated, said Dr. Katherine Courtney, co-author of “Anna, Age Eight: The data-driven preventi…

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In O. Henry’s 1905 Christmas tale “The Gift of the Magi,” he focuses on a young married couple, who, like most fledgling couples, don’t have a cent to their names.

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At birth, the average size of a baby’s brain is about a quarter of the size of the average adult brain, according to First Things First, an early childhood development program in Arizona.

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Nothing can possibly be more adorable than a room full of kittens and puppies frolicking around and doing every possible YouTube worthy trick in the book.

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The Rio Grande SUN spent much of 2018 covering the Jicarilla Apache Nation, in the northwest reaches of Rio Arriba County. From external pressure from state education officials over failing schools, to internal conflict over embezzlement and nepotism, SUN reporters kept readers informed in a…

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The midterm elections, especially in the New Mexico race for governor, saw a battle waged over the best way to recruit and retain teachers.

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    A traditional student, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, is a post-secondary student entering college that is between the ages of 18 and 22 who enter the collegiate realm directly after high school.

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Los Niños Kindergarten School students came to the Española School District central office on Halloween for sweet treats.

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    It is a strange thing to see a jet black stretch limousine cruise down State Road 68 north toward Velarde.

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    While officials at Northern New Mexico College work to improve the college’s reputation, it is the work and recognition of its student body that will truly improve its image.

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    Homelessness is a very real, very present aspect of life in Española, so much so that it has become a fixture of sorts, part of the general scenery of the daily commute and therefore, easily dismissed.

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Pizza 9 GM works hard for franchise, donates locally

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An A a day keeps the New Mexico Public Education Department away, at least in the nightmarish way that prompts most district administrators out of a sound sleep at night.