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    Families in the town of Vallecitos and all across Northern New Mexico lost their jobs as a result of the Endangered Species Act, which protects, along with other species, the Mexican Spotted Owl. When I ran against Democrat Bill Richardson in 1990 for the Third Congressional District sea…

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    It’s National Newspaper Week, celebrated by none but the die-hard among us who still value local events and coverage, facts, the written word and regular delivery of a product that provides all.

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    I am very upset you published a cartoon saying the National Rifle Association is responsible for the mass shootings. That is left wing, fake news for certain.

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    We hope the Pojoaque School Board finds its moral compass and corrects the shoddy way in which it populates the Pojoaque Valley Schools Educational Foundation. Currently School Board Vice President Jeff Atencio serves as the Foundation Board’s president.

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(Editor's note: this is a corrected version of the editorial that appeared in print, which had Ray Smith's name wrong. It also stated the sheriff was not certified. His certification is held by the Rio Arriba County Commission, not the Law Enforcement Academy, as other law enforcement office…

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    We need Think New Mexico Executive Director Fred Nathan in the journalism business. He spanked the New Mexico Lottery Sept. 3 when he called out New Mexico Lottery Authority Board Chair Dan Salzwedel regarding the Board’s recent decision to give Lottery CEO David Barden a 26 percent pay raise.

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    To hear State Police talk about staffing, the District 7 office is understaffed, overworked and there are too many miles to patrol for such a small office. Listen to Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative Trustees and staff, they’re a great group of friendly people who just want to make th…

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I am honored and humbled by my selection as a 2019 CNN Hero, particularly in that it highlights Moving Arts Española and the complexity of my beautiful community.

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Many Northern New Mexicans were the recipients Aug. 15 of an exciting piece of junk mail. Our congressman won the healthy seniors award. The junk mail came courtesy of the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, located in Washington D.C. More about that organization later.

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    Our state senator finally surfaced this week after two months of silence, while media demanded his resignation. Richard Martinez said last week he won’t resign and will run for re-election. It’s Rio Arriba County and Martinez has held the seat almost two decades. He’ll probably win.

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    It’s infuriating to get those press releases from Kit Carson Electric Cooperative. They’re so informative, so uplifting, enlightening. They give you hope for a better future.

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    Rep. Ben Ray Lujan has not yet held a town hall meeting while on this most recent Congressional recess.

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    I have long supported law enforcement. They are the first line of defense for people against crime and violence.

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   “Climate Change Threatens World Food Supply” is the headline wake-up alarm being sounded by leading newspapers. It was prompted by the release of a summary report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, staffed by more than 100 experts from 52 countries.

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    It was a little jarring to read last week’s story on page A1 about children being invited to the city’s plaza to get a free school backpack. Unaware of the prerequisites to receive a backpack with school supplies, children found themselves in a circuitous brainwashing event that dragged …

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    I found it necessary to respond to the article “Fiesta Historians downplay Acoma Massacre” after reading the letter to the editor by Marcus Chino.

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    As long as the news stories fall his way, Rio Arriba County Sheriff James Lujan loves the press. Criticize one of his deputies for using a Taser on a high school student or another deputy for abusing a store manager, without cause, and he seeks ways to limit access to documents, reports,…

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    A very bad practice has become a standard driving habit almost overnight. Drivers now predictably run not only the end of a yellow light but the beginning of the red ones. I’m fearful whenever I stop at a yellow light that someone planning to plow through the intersection is going to rea…

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    What kind of people throw kittens onto the road to get rid of them? I passed three dead kittens in various states of dismemberment and death on U.S. 285/68 just around the corner from the Española shelter the morning of July 30.

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    Talk about the literal luck of the draw. Rio Arriba County Commissioner Leo Jaramillo had to draw straws with fellow Commissioner James Martinez to see who would get a two-year extension on his elected term.

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    Regarding the stupidity and ignorance of “historians” Roberto Valdez and Al Berrago, I am shocked (Rio Grande SUN, Fiesta Historians Downplay, July 18, 2019, page A1). I am amazed the SUN published such trash in the first place.

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    I would like to clarify Mr. Nick Naranjo’s paid advertisements in the Santa Fe New Mexican and Albuquerque Journal North, paid for by the members of Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative.

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    Why should we care about what’s going on at the Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative? The juice stays on, they are nice, and the rates are OK.

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    Breaking our tradition of opining on local topics, the recent U.S. Congressional vote on raising the minimum wage from $7.50 an hour to $15 must be addressed. Specifically, how did New Mexico legislators vote?

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    Thank you for printing the column from Harold Morgan (no relation) in the July 11 edition of the Rio Grande Sun. Indeed, it seems the thing U.S. Representative Ben Ray Lujan is good at is fund- raising. Yes, he has been alright in his elected position, but his true calling seems to be th…

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    It’s clear we won’t look for any sort of reconciliation between Hispanic and Native American history buffs anytime soon. The explosive remarks made by local history teacher Roberto Valdez and San Elizario (Texas) Historical District Director Al Borrego July 13 at the Española Valley Fies…

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    I’m not saying adults in our society shouldn’t be held responsible for their actions and behaviors. Most adults understand actions have consequences and most know the range of consequences expected for particular behaviors. Like driving drunk.

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    Many Rio Grande SUN readers and others will recall that about this same time last year I wrote an editorial urging all member/owners of Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative to refrain from attending the July annual meeting.

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    The general public missed an exciting, monumental event in December 2018. The Rio Arriba County Commission voted to rename the Rio Arriba County Complex Annex. The Rio Arriba County Emilio Naranjo Building.

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   I write in regard to the recent events at McCurdy Charter School, whereby the coach was fired and the football program discontinued.

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    Voter, please stop. Where is your line? Do you have a line? Have any of these recent events in our community crossed your line? What in the world could make you use your voice in a better way?

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    At last, a Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative trustee with a vision, not just a plan for enriching himself and his compadres at the expense of co-op members.

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    Los Sombras Siete continue to disenfranchise Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative member-owners. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, or heard it all, these guys come up with another move to crush representation of members, this time in District 6.

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    I am sad that as a community, we could not rise to the challenge of making necessary changes to our celebration by removing the figure of Juan de Oñate from the Española Valley Fiesta.

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    I want to urge members of the Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative to assert their shareholder status by voting in the current election.

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   With the upcoming Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative Board elections, this seems like a good time to relay my experiences with the current Board (and distinguishing from experiences with Jemez employees, which have always been positive).

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    This upcoming Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative election gives the member-owners a very real chance to take back the Co-op for the people it serves, rather than the entrenched and self-serving Board of Trustees.

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    I urge anyone interested in the preservation of our environment and the welfare of future generations in the Rio Arriba to support the Jemez Mountain Electric Cooperative candidates managed by “member-owner Luis Torres.”

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    A parting gift from then-Rio Arriba County commissioners Alex Naranjo and Barney Trujillo was to reclassify Napoleon Garcia from Public Works director to Public Works administrator. So what, you ask? It’s all in a name, or a title in this case.

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    The city of Española’s Planning and Zoning Commission was on the ball May 9 when it voted unanimously to deny Edward Hunter’s request for a use exception for a commercial building. We eye suspiciously Hunter’s request, since he’s on the Commission.

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    Lawyers may head back to court in the Yazzie/Martinez versus the state of New Mexico lawsuit. As school districts around the state cobble their budgets, many will find where the Lord giveth, so also does He taketh away.

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   Please let me save some of the candidates considering running for the House District 3 seat and the New Mexico Senate seat some time and trouble.

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