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On behalf of the City Council, Administration, and Staff, it is my sincere pleasure to welcome you and to invite you to let us know how we can be of service. Española is quickly becoming the city at the center of it all in northern New Mexico. Rich in culture and history (Española was the first Capitol City in America), the city is also leading the way into the future on major issues including transportation, water planning, and more. Seated in the beautiful Española Valley between the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and Jemez Mountains, Española is a wonderful place to work, play, and to call home. Relax and enjoy your visit to our site, and let us know if we can be of help to you. We invite you to visit us and see just why there is so much to love about Española!
Mayor of the City of Española, Alice A. Lucero

McDonas to Give Benefit Concert on 18 February

San Francisco born pianist Thollem McDonas will be presenting his solo piano work, Meeting at the Parting Place, at the Mision Museum. Proceeds benefit the Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project. Thollem is currently in residency in northern New Mexico, working on a documentary about art and community. Please come at 7:15 PM to meet the composer and to enjoy the artwork at the museum. The concert will be from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM. Tickets are available at the door for $10 ($5 for seniors, students and artists).

City Hall Closed on President’s Day

In observation of President’s Day, please be advised that City Hall will be closed on Monday, February 15, 2016. Early voting for the upcoming election will not be available on this day. For more details, please click here.

List of Certified Candidates for Municipal Election

Here is a list of certified candidates for the March 1st Municipal Election:

  Municipal Judge -- 4 year term
  • Stephen S. Salazar

  District 1 City Councilor -- 4 year term
  • Dennis Tim Salazar
  • Joe T. Duran

  District 2 City Councilor -- 4 year term
  • Peggy Sue Martinez
  • Richard R. Martinez

  District 3 City Councilor -- 4 year term
  • Kenneth T. Borrego
  • Manuel J. Martinez
  • Christine V. Salazar

  District 4 City Councilor -- 4 year term
  • Cory J. Lewis
  • Robert J. Seeds

Absentee Voting by Mail or in Person

Any voter entitled to vote in the municipal election may cast an absentee ballot or vote in person in the City Clerk’s Office during regular business hours starting Wednesday, February 10, 2016. No excuse is required to vote with an absentee ballot. You may request an absentee ballot from the City Clerk’s Office. Any voter or organization may request the New Mexico absentee ballot application by mail, telephone, or in person. However, the information on the form may not be altered or re-arranged. You must complete the application on your own.

The city clerk must receive the New Mexico absentee ballot application no later than 5:00 pm on Friday (February 26, 2016) before the election. The city clerk must either mail the ballot or notify you with the reason why the application was not accepted within 24 hours of receipt of the application.

The city clerk must receive the federal absentee application by facsimile or scanned document no later than 5:00 pm on Friday (February 26, 2016) before the election.

If you apply for an absentee ballot and receive it, you must vote that ballot. You will not be issued another ballot if the original ballot is destroyed, discarded or delivered to the polls unvoted. You may also go to your polling place and vote on a paper ballot, in lieu of an absentee ballot on Election Day. You will be required to sign a sworn statement, under penalty of perjury, that you did not receive your absentee ballot. A member of your immediate family or your caregiver may hand-deliver your absentee ballot to the city clerk. An unrelated third party may not deliver another voter’s absentee ballot. Ballots must be returned to the city clerk or voter’s precinct before 7:00 pm on Election Day to be counted.

In order to request an absentee ballot by mail:
1. Download an Absentee Ballot Application by clicking here.
2. Mail your Absentee Ballot Application to the City Clerk’s Office, 405 N. Paseo de Oñate Española, NM 87532.

City Clerk’s Office will process your application and send you a ballot in the mail. You will then fill out the ballot and return to the clerk’s office no later than 7:00 PM on Election Day. If you are sent an absentee ballot in the mail you will not be allowed to vote at the polls on Election Day.

2016 Municipal Election Candidate Packet Available (Revised on 5 January)

The Candidate Packet for the regular 2016 Municipal election to be held on 1 March is available for view and download. This packet has been recently revised to correct an error in the district map. Please ensure you have the latest version. The packet provides general information on the municipal election and a calendar, instructions and forms for those candidate running for an elected position. Please note that the file is large and may download slowly. Click here to download the file.

For questions or more information please contact the City Clerk at 505.747.6019 or the Office of the City Clerk at 505-747.6039 or 505.747.6012.

City Enters into Partnership with CGI Communications

The City of Española has entered into a partnership with CGI Communications to offer four video productions that highlight the City’s offerings for visitors, re-locating, and economic development in Española. This is a great partnership that will benefit the city as a whole. The best part...NO tax dollars are being spent.

Important Information About Your Drinking Water

The City of Española Water System has levels of arsenic above Drinking Water Standards. Although it is not an emergency, our customers should know what is occurring and what the City is doing to correct this situation which was discovered during routine monitoring for the presence of drinking water contaminants. Please click here for more information or go to the Residents/Public Notices section.

City Submits EPA Notice of Intent

The City of Española submitted a Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) Notice of Intent (NOI) to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on 20 October 2015 for stormwater discharges associated with industrial activity. You can view the NOI at the Residents > Public Notices tab above or you may access the notice by clicking here.

City Ordinances Available On-Line

The city ordinances are available on-line via a link to the ecode360 website. This includes all legislation adopted through 14 January 2014. The ordinances are available by chapter or alphabetically. Additionally, the website features an extensive search capability. The ecode360 website has sign up and login options as well as a code purchase option but it is not necessary to sign up, login or make a purchase to view or print the code. The link to the city ordinances is found by clicking on the Residents tab above or you may access the ordinances by clicking here.

Emergency Kit Checklist

Are you prepared for an unexpected emergency? FEMA has a poster to help raise awareness and to provide a checklist as to the supplies you will need in the event of a disaster such as a fire or flood. To view the poster, visit the Public Safety page or click here.

Visit the Plaza de Española!

The Plaza de Española is the historical and cultural center of the city. Within easy walking distance are four attractions that serve to teach and demonstrate our heritage. The Mision Museum y Convento is a replica of the original mission built by the Spanish at the nearby San Gabriel settlement in 1598. The history of the area from ancient times is depicted on reredos (altar screens) produced by the finest regional artists (see image on right).

The Bond House Museum is a circa 1910 home listed on both the National and New Mexico Register of Historic Places. In addition to historic photographs and artifacts it is used to display the works of various local artists.

The Veteran’s Wall was completed in 2003 to honor the over 2,000 men and women from northern New Mexico who have served honorably in the military. The memorial includes a reflecting pool and the "Walk of Honor" and is adorned with over 100 rose bushes.

The Plaza Fountain is characteristic of fountains found in different areas throughout Spain. The arches over the fountain represent the architecture found at the Alhambra in Granada, Spain. These designs celebrate the Spanish influence in northern New Mexico.


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