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Elections for the Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative District 4 Board of Trustees seat will take place on June 21 at the Co-op offices in Hernandez. Incumbent Lucas Cordova is running against Patrick Herrera, a former Española School Board member.

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Maribel Conde, 39, is a cook at Socorro’s Restaurant in Hernandez. She has been in the service industry for nine years since she started as a cook at Northern New Mexico College.

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By hiring the Blue Bus, officials from the Village of Angel Fire hope to expand public transportation and tourism throughout the ski resorts and recreational parks in the Enchanted Circle.

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With nearly a quarter-million dollars at the ready, a coalition of public, private, nonprofit and church-based groups are seeking a location for a homeless shelter to be built in the city of Española.

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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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A bill that would have transferred the assessing authority for certain oil and gas pipelines from the state to county assessors failed March 8 to move past a hearing in the House Taxation and Revenue Committee.

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While some Democratic lawmakers on the New Mexico House Judiciary Committee have taken the position that voting is an inherent right held by all New Mexicans, they ultimately agreed that the right should not go beyond the walls of the Corrections Department.

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The House Local Government, Land Grants and Cultural Affairs Committee Tuesday tabled a house memorial to study tax distributions from Los Alamos National Laboratory to the surrounding areas.

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The Rio Arriba County Commission passed a resolution in support of a Senate bill that would allow the state’s Oil Conservation Division and Commission to penalize companies that break the Oil and Gas Act.

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Despite losing last year's Democratic primary, Debbie Rodella still has a place in the Roundhouse.

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A bill to allow member-owners of rural electric cooperatives to meet quorum requirements with mail-in and proxy ballots passed through a state legislative committee Jan. 31, with the support of 10 of its 12 members.

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District 22 Sen. Benny Shendo Jr., D-Bernalillo, McKinley, San Juan, Sandoval and Rio Arriba counties, has thus far sponsored two pieces of legislation, one that would allow the production of cannabis on tribal land and another proposing a moratorium on permits for fracking.

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In a legislative first, freshman Rep. Andrea Romero, D-46 Santa Fe, asked the Speaker of the New Mexico House of Representatives to table House Bill 437, the “Right to be Forgotten Act & Private Info,” amid public backlash from the media and First Amendment activists.

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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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A bill that would let people convicted of a felony retain their voting rights is making it’s way to the floor of the New Mexico House of Representatives.

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Freshman Rep. Christine Chandler, D-Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Sandoval and Santa Fe counties, planned to file a bill that would increase notification requirements before the New Mexico Office of the State Engineer can approve water rights leases.

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District 6 Sen. Carlos Cisneros, D-Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos counties, prefiled 12 bills for the 2019 New Mexico Legislative session.

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Three state lawmakers introduced a bill to create the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Womens Task Force. While the goal is to conduct a study into how to increase resources for reporting and identifying Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women throughout New Mexico, it does not address the imme…

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District 46 Rep. Andrea Romero, D-Santa Fe County, District 46, a freshman lawmaker, said she will be supporting any effort to transform the education system, including funding early childhood education, raising teacher pay and investing in education.

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Ahead of the 2019 New Mexico legislative session, counties, cities and government entities put in requests for Capital Outlay funding, and Rio Arriba County is no exception.

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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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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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    New Mexicans voted Nov. 6 overwhelmingly (75 percent) in favor of Constitutional Amendment 2, establishing an ethics commission to oversee the foxes in the hen house aka the Roundhouse. That message can’t get much clearer for those representing us in the state legislature.

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    Santa Fe – She was 3 years old when her father died in a car crash and 17 when her mother committed suicide. In between those bookends of loss, she lived with the man she refers to as “my evil stepfather.”

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    Even though Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed this year’s Capital Outlay budget, which would have mostly restored funding for public school buildings, local legislators were able to move money around in the Capital Outlay reauthorization that she signed.

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    During the 60-day legislative session that ended March 18, 278 bills passed, with 138 from the House and 140 from the Senate, including a balanced budget.

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    Media organizations, grassroots activists, many non-profits and some hardy citizens celebrated openness in government last week.

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    Even though the New Mexico Senate approved a measure that would allow Santa Fe County voters to decide whether the city of Española will continue being a part of their County, one senator said the local group pushing for the annexation may need to file a whole new petition.

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    With the 2017 legislative session slated to start Jan. 17, one senator representing Rio Arriba County already has three pieces of legislation pre-filed, while one representative said he plans to file bills that failed during the short 2016 session.

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    City of Española officials will enter a highly competitive environment inside the New Mexico State Capitol, in January, as they seek more than $2 million in Capital Outlay funding for local infrastructure projects.

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    It could soon become harder for government workers to file Whistleblower Protection Act claims and easier for law enforcement agencies to keep the proceeds from the property they seize.

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    We were disappointed to read the city of Española’s annual laundry list of wants from the state legislature in the upcoming long session in January.

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