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State Briefs 06-05-14

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Retired newspaper man Robert E. Trapp dies

ESPAÑOLA (AP) — A longtime northern New Mexico newspaperman known for being a steadfast champion of watchdog community journalism has died.
Robert E. Trapp spent nearly all of his journalism career with the weekly Rio Grande Sun in Española.
Son Robert B. Trapp, the Sun’s current managing editor, confirmed his father’s death Sunday at a Santa Fe hospital.
The son says his father ceased day-to-day management of the paper in 2000, but continued writing editorials and still held the titles of editor and publisher.
The elder Trapp and his wife, Ruth, founded the Sun in 1956, with another couple in 1956. The Trapps assumed full ownership in 1960.
Ruth Trapp died in January.
Other survivors include daughter Julie Ann Trapp of Santa Fe and son James Trapp of Buena Vista, Colorado.

Rodella investigated by feds

ESPAÑOLA (AP) — The Federal Bureau of Investigation searched the home of Rio Arriba County Sheriff Thomas Rodella on Wednesday — just hours after he lost his bid for re-election.
Agents carried out a search warrant on Rodella’s home Wednesday morning in connection with a federal investigation, FBI spokesman Frank Fisher said. Fisher declined to give any details.
The search of Rodella’s home is connected to the arrest in March of Michael Tafoya, Rio Arriba County Sheriff spokesman Jake Arnold said. He was arrested on charges of aggravated assault of a peace officer and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. No attorney is listed for Tafoya, 26.

Ride-sharing services
take different courses
ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Two major ride-sharing companies are taking different approaches when it comes to New Mexico regulatory processes for taxi services.
Both Uber Technlogies and Lyft Inc. began operating in Albuquerque in April but only Uber has filed with the state Public Regulation Commission for a permanent certificate to operate.