2017 In The Valley: A Year In Review

by Staff Reporter / Dec 31, 2017 / comments

 

2017 In The Valley: A Year In Review

Staff Report

As we end the year we at the Valley Daily Post are taking a look back at some of the stories we covered this year. It’s surprising exactly how many things happened locally. 2017 saw many happy events, a few tragedies, and more than a few surprises.

Scroll down below to take a look at some of the events we covered this year.

January 2017

Happy 105th Birthday, New Mexico!

New Mexico became a state 105 years ago!
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Full Moon Rises Over the Sangres

A supermoon event lit up the night as the moon rose over the Sangre de Cristos.

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February 2017


Española Public School Board Election Results

The 2017 election resulted in a change of power and direction in our local schools. Click to read more...

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James H. Rodriguez Students Visit The Roundhouse. 

Local elementary school students and their teacher visit the state capitol to participate in the lawmaking process and meet state legislators. Click to read more...

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Española Police Help Rescue Taos Girl From Abductor

Strong cooperation between several law enforcement agencies brought a potentially tragic situation to a peaceful close when Española City Police successfully located a juvenile and took her abductor into custody. Click to read more...

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March 2017

Sundevils Get A New Home Football Field

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Police Donate To Feed Elderly Woman In Need

Local city police opened their own wallets to help fill the pantry of a local woman in need. Click to read more...

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Starbucks Announces They Are Coming To Española

In March the national coffee chain broke ground on a new store for Española. The coffee seller opened for business in September. Click to read more on this announcement...

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Business Profiles

Valley Daily Post profiles local businesses throughout the year, starting with Accu Copy. Click to read on...

 

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Governor Vetoes Minimum Wage Increase

After years of negotiation in the legislature, the state governing body finally passed a small minimum wage increase, only to see it vetoed by Gov. Martinez. Click to read more...

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April 2017

Community Comes Out To Give Blood To Those In Need

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New NM Chile License Plate Released & Becomes  A Big Hit

In an effort to head off Colorado from claiming they are the Chile state, New Mexico’s legislature and Governor rush to create a chile themed license plate that quickly becomes popular across New Mexico.

 

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Local Athlete Antoin Curtis Dominates Season In Triple Jump

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Española Icon Richard Cook Dies

Local Businessman and icon Richard Cook passed away at the age of  91.

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Weird Weather Hits Valley

An unusually cold and wet weather front is making itself felt throughout northern New Mexico as residents in the Valley woke up to snow.

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May 2017

Escalante’s Hailey Whitaker Earns Four Medals, Win 300-Meter Hurdles

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High School Graduations!

Scenes from the EVHS Graduation.

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Scenes From The Pojoaque HS Graduation

 

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June 2017

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Damian Herrera Arrested On Five Counts Of Murder

At approximately 3:30 p.m. Thursday, June 14, Rio Arriba County Sheriff's Department dispatch received a 911 call regarding a shooting that occurred at SR 111 Private Drive 1695, House # 1 in La Madera, Rio Arriba County.

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Rodeo Roundup: 2017 Rio Arriba Rodeo

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Breaking News: NNSA To Rebid Prime Management Contract For LANL

The Valley Daily Post has obtained a copy of an email issued by the director of NNSA's Office of Governmental Affairs. The email is alerting potential offerors of its intent to conduct a competition for the management and operating (M&O) follow-on contract for Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

 

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BIG Trout Below Abiquiu Dam

25-inch brown caught by our own George Morse! Read on...

 

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July 2017

First Lowrider Day, Española At The Plaza Convento

The first annual Low Rider Day event gathered last weekend on the Plaza in Española. Here are some scenes from the day...

 

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Rabid Bat Found In Rio Arriba County – Little Girl Receives Rabies Shots After Kissing The Bat

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City Mural Caption Causes Controversy

A new mural on the side of the Lucero Center Library draws admirers, and complaints over a factually inacurate caption. Read on for more on this story...

 

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2017 Rio Arriba County Fair Livestock Results

Local youth came together over the weekend at the Rio Arriba County Fair to show the livestock they raised over the past year and auction them off.

 

 

 

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August 2017

Pojoaque Hires New Athletic Director

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Local Girls Win Hoop It Up Tournament

Four local girls took first place in the 11-12 years old age group at the Hoop it up Tournament July 29-20 in Albuquerque.

 

 

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Pojoaque Elks Athlete Of The Week

Starting In August, the Valley Daily Post, in cooperation with Pojoaque Valley Schools Athletics began publishing the Pojoaque Elks Athlete of the Week.

 

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September 2017

Pete Domenici Died

Former New Mexico U.S. Senator Pete Domenici died Sept. 13 at the age of 85 at University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque.

 

 

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Northern New Mexico College’s High School Equivalency Program Ranked Best In Nation

Northern New Mexico College’s High School Equivalency Program (HEP) has been ranked the best in the nation for 2016, according to a newly released report by the Department of Education.

 

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Henry Valencia Dealership Opens In Pojoaque

Henry Valencia, Inc., one of northern New Mexico’s home-owned automobile dealerships opened the doors to the first car dealership in Pojoaque. 

 

 

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October 2017

Española Replaces Maes As Football Coach In Mid-Season

Española Valley High School football coach Jesus Maes was reassigned on Oct 9 and is no longer head football coach at Española. Read on for details...

 

 

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Al Hurricane, “The Godfather Of New Mexico Music” Dies At 81

Alberto Sanchez, better known to New Mexicans as ”Al Hurricane,” died Sun., Oct. 22nd, in Albuquerque after a battle with prostate cancer. Read on...

 

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November 2017

Pojoaque Take Second At State, Elkettes Place Sixth

It was not the ending that the Pojoaque Valley High School boys cross country team wanted at the Class 4A state cross country championships Nov. 4 at Rio Rancho High School. Read on...

 

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Peñasco Lady Panthers Repeat As State Champions: Mesa Vista Takes Second In Class A-2A, Mora Surprises In Third

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City Honors Chimayo Trading Post For 100 Years In Business

At a Nov. 14 meeting of the Española City Council, Mayor Alice Lucero issued a proclamation recognizing the Chimayo Trading Post for its 100th year of doing business in the Española Valley. 

 

 

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Ray Powell Ends Bid For Land Commissioner-Endorses Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard

A local legislator is tapped to run for statewide office. Read on...

 

 

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2017 Student Pledge Against Gun Violence at EVHS

Read on these students and their pledge to end violence...

 

 

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FBI: White Rock Bank Robbed

The FBI and Los Alamos Police Department are investigating an armed bank robbery that occurred Nov. 21 at Los Alamos National Bank in White Rock. Read on...

 

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Alleged Child Molester Teacher Reject Plea Deal

A northern New Mexico teacher accused of sexually assaulting school kids has walked away from another deal and will now go to trial. Former Fairview Elementary School teacher, Gary Gregor who has been indicted for raping and molesting two students between 2007 and 2008 declined a plea deal in a court hearing in Santa Fe District Court, this past November. Read on...

 

 

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Early College High School Will Open At NNMC In Fall 2018

A new high school option is coming to the Valley, starting in Sept. 2018. Read on about this November announcement...

 

 

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December 2017

Teen Birth Rate Declines In New Mexico By 60 Percent Over Nine Years

Good news for New Mexico's youth as teen pregnancy drops. Read on...

 

 

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State Education Dept. Threatens To Close Dulce Elementary & 3 Other Schools

Dulce area threatened by State with the closure of the only elementary school in the area. Read on...

 

 

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Española Bowling Team Knocking Pins Down

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Española Electric Light Parade Keeps “Best In State” Status

Biggest, brightest, best. Read on to learn why...

 

 

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Michelle Lujan Grisham Campaigns In Española

Read on to see this Governor candidate meet with her local supporters...

 

 

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Elkettes Take Title At Ben Lujan

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Thanks for joining us in 2017 and we wish you all a wonderful 2018!