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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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    Rio Grande SUN cops and courts reporter Tabitha Clay brings us several stories this week detailing problems in the Española Police Department, an aggressive Rio Arriba County deputy and a Tierra Amarilla jail guard who apparently fell for the cliché bad boy and had inmates beat a man who…

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    Another great opportunity for Española and the Valley has been delivered, thanks to State Rep. Joseph Sanchez, D-Alcalde. During the recent legislative session Sanchez got $225,000 earmarked for a homeless shelter in Española.  

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    We’re a month into a high nitrate scare at one of the city of Española’s wells and Mayor Javier Sanchez and city officials seem more intent on spinning the story, than actually addressing the issue.

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    Human beings naturally fall into ruts. We’re creatures of habit. So it’s our nature to say, “We’ve always done it that way.”

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    The Family Dollar store in Alcalde is closing. I asked the clerk why. Was it because the Dollar General down the street? No, the answer was theft, pure and simple.

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    Kudos and thank you to the Santa Fe Reporter. The Santa Fe weekly dropped the hammer on the Santa Fe Police Department March 12 when it filed suit over police disciplinary records and complaints filed against four officers.

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Like many New Mexicans, I live  with felony convictions dating back decades. Slightly more than 20 years ago, an Albuquerque police officer arrested me for taking an end table off of my neighbor’s sun porch and charged me with residential burglary — a third degree felony. I pleaded guilty an…

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    The Española City Police Department has never been long on following its own policies. Every iteration of command structure enters touting high expectations, an overhaul of training, a shuffle of key positions and of course paint the cars and change the uniforms. We never understand thos…

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    Those profiting off our disastrous health care system continue to push patchwork bills and incremental change. But we don’t need more Band-Aids. We want real reform. We want Medicare for all.

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   I am pleased to learn Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham appointed Porter Swentzell, of Santa Clara, as a Northern New Mexico College regent. As a former faculty member (director of learning resources) at the University of New Mexico Northern New Mexico Branch College, in Santa Cruz, 1977, I str…

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I appreciate the opportunity to set the record straight regarding recent publications discussing a nitrate sample taken from one city well and the city's timeline to notify residents of the nitrate sampling results. A handful of media outlets recently published stories alleging that the city…

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    President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the New Deal – job creation and social programs that helped pull us out of the depression. This year, Sen. Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York, introduced the “Green New Deal” – a resolution to create econo…

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    Any discussion regarding the two bills moving through the legislature that would create an ethics commission must begin and end with stating 75 percent of New Mexicans voted for the Constitutional amendment in November 2018 that would create the commission.

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    I am writing to express my concern about the current New Mexico Public Education Department Anti-Bullying Policy. It maintains focus on the “perpetrator, bullying behavior, and the consequences related to the combination of the two.”

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It’s fitting that the final week of the state’s 60-day legislative session is Sunshine Week. This year we’ve seen more bills come from the House and Senate, from democrats and republicans, aimed at hiding public information.

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    In the past two years, two dogs accompanied by their owners on the Bureau of Land Management property adjacent to residences on Rio Arriba County Road 101 in Chimayó, were caught in game traps.

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    The Land of Enchantment’s job picture is very rosy, but employment growth is not a given. The truth is, we cannot take anything for granted, especially because of the new agenda we are seeing out of Santa Fe.

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   Where is the justice in this county? It has been over six months since my daughter Davina Archuleta was hit and killed by a vehicle.

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    In a shocking display of moral turpitude, the corporate gun lobby has teamed up with sheriffs across the state to protect guns over people. Because the New Mexico legislature has been advancing bills that would remove guns from domestic violence offenders, while they are under protective…

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   The root cause of problems that many customers, that is corporation shareholders, experience with the Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative and its Board of Trustees is the continued complete disregard by the Trustees of the concerns and needs of the corporation’s shareholders.

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    Regarding the ‘El Rito Man Dies in Rollover’ article in the Feb. 28 issue of the Rio Grande SUN, it was a coordinated first response by the New Mexico State Police, Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Office and both Abiquiú and El Rito volunteer fire departments.

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    The majority of people living in New Mexico believe in the sanctity of life. Government’s role, in fact its duty, is to protect the individual’s natural given right to life.

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    I am committed to empowering all children to lead healthy and active lives through effective health and physical education programs. Do the education leaders in our state feel the same way?

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   Extreme weather events have been giving us just a taste of things to come with regard to climate change, from the 120 degree heat wave in Australia, to -70 cold spells sweeping through the midwest in the polar vortex.

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    It’s a little difficult to become upset with State Sen. Richard Martinez, D-Rio Arriba, over his remark on the Senate floor about Rio Arriba County Sheriff James Lujan not getting his vehicles.

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    It’s become a perennial expectation that a senator or representative feels the need to tweak the lottery scholarship formula. They can’t stand to leave it alone.

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    Fred Nathan and the good people at Think New Mexico are again taking up the cause of exposing how denizens of the Roundhouse spend our tax money. Think New Mexico is a well-respected, non-partisan think tank that works year-round to champion causes for the public.

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   Hats off to Carmela Roybal and Miranda Lopez for speaking up about the violence problem in our community(ies) stemming from drug addiction, gangs and poverty. (Rio Grande SUN, “Sundevil Senior Pleads for Community to Address Violence Issue, Jan. 24, 2019, page B1)

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The Española Valley lost another great advocate last week. Brian Thompson died Jan. 29 at the age of 68. He was a truly community-focused man, always ready to help others and better Española.

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    We’re seeing some great work and ideas come out of Luis Torres’ and the Conservation Voters of New Mexico Education Fund, a group interested in renewable energy, among other political initiatives. Torres doesn’t own the group but he’s sure a driving force and a needed thorn in the side o…

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