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    Unless you were a fly on the wall at past board meetings, or good friends or family of a board member, you’re not going to know the chaos that’s occurred at La Tierra Montessori School over the past year. We know it’s dysfunctional and facing serious rebuilding and change.

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    As politicians, talking heads and mixed media continue to pronounce newspapers dead, a student newspaper at Northwestern University in Illinois tried to push that narrative along last week because of a missing backbone.

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    Conducting a smooth county-wide election is no small task. For a glimpse of how complicated an election can be just look at the many slightly different ballots the county clerk for each county must print for each election.

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    In a perfect world, certain local politicians would take notice of Laura Seeds’ trial for voter fraud. However, like almost every thief, many politicians maintain that mindset, “I won’t get caught.” Seeds surely had that thought more than once.

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    The competition to hire law enforcement officers throughout New Mexico is always pretty stiff. Agencies hold out carrots such as higher salaries, higher starting pay, sign on bonuses and promises of faster promotions.

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Voters have some difficult decisions to make Nov. 5 when it comes to how much they’d like to pay in property taxes and for what. The Española and Mesa Vista school districts both seek to renew a 2 mill levy tax. If passed, each district’s tax rates would remain unchanged in regard to this ta…

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    Attorney Blair Dunn in court Sept. 30, pretty much cleaned Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative ringleaders’ collective clock. Representing Bruce Duran, Dunn regained Duran’s seat on the Board of Trustees, sending George Rivera back to Pojoaque Pueblo politics.

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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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    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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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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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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    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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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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    Editor’s note: this editorial was published Sept. 27, 2018. Senate Bill 259 is now moving through the legislature. It would make secret all applicants to public positions. The “possible open door” referred to at the end of the editorial has already been opened.

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    We’ve got an idea to help save Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham some time and work. She can skip choosing new regents for Northern New Mexico College. Just move on to the next task on your list, governor.

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    New Mexico State Sen. Pat Woods, R-Curry, Quay and Union counties, is not looking out for residents of New Mexico who want to know what their government is doing. He’s clearly working for bureaucrats who don’t want to fill public records requests, turn those requests into a revenue strea…

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