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Sorting out the real facts of the REAL ID Act

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One of the major accomplishments of the 2016 legislative session was the approval of a compromise to bring New Mexico into compliance with the federal REAL ID Act of 2005.  This means that you can keep using your driver’s license to board an airplane and that you’ll soon be able to resume using your license to enter military bases.

There’s been a lot of misinformation surrounding the compromise, but it really boils down to two things.

First, the legislation creates a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license that citizens and others in the country legally can get later this year.  No one will be required to get the new license and, even if you want one, you won’t have to get one...

Cash Cow still open for business

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Company making its way through Chapter 11 debt restructuring

Quick Cash, Inc, doing business as Cash Cow, remains open for business and things look bright once the restructuring and reorganization process plays itself out, officials said.

Tim Delgado, proprietor of Cash Cow, said the company filed the Chapter 11 debt restructuring plan in June 2015.

“We’re doing everything our secured and unsecured creditors want us to do,” Delgado said of the 12-year business. “We are still open for business.”

Delgado said Cash Cow’s automobile component remains open and cars at that business are for sale as usual. He said the auto part of the business is a separate entity from the...

Becenti-Aguilar working temporary Senate stint

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SANTA FE – Following through on a personal goal to serve the New Mexico public, former Public Regulation Commissioner Theresa Becenti-Aguilar now works an attendant to the Sergeant at Arms with the New Mexico Senate Office of the Chief Clerk at the Roundhouse. Becenti-Aguilar started the paid position Jan. 19 – the same day the state legislative session began. The job ends this week.

“My job is a temporary position,” Becenti-Aguilar said. “My future plan is to continue to serve in some capacity for my constituents. (Today), some of my constituents travel to Santa Fe and share their stories of how proud they are to see me continuing my work in a high and official capacity. I...

‘Teacher of the Month’ Duane Yazzie: Determined to help the struggling student succeed

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Fifth grade teacher, Duane Yazzie, from Tsehootsooi Intermediate Learning Center took it upon himself to give a batch of 18 students the patience and learning they needed to enhance their learning capabilities in reading and writing.

The students are fifth graders that are considered “ELL”, which stands for English Language Learners, which means that they are not proficient in using English, and need help with improving their reading and writing skills.

“I knew it is going to be a challenge,” he said. “I’ve had those nights that seemed like it was sleepless. Wondering, how much are they going to progress in a given time period? They know with me that my expectations...

Volunteer firefighter dies from injuries sustained during hit and run

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Ramsey James, 24, of Window Rock died Thursday evening at the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque from injuries sustained during an alleged hit and run Feb. 6. Cameron Smith, 18, of Gallup reportedly hit Smith with his black Ford pickup truck and fled the scene.

While on patrol, at about 1 am, Gallup Police Department Officer Timothy Hughte found the critically injured James in the middle of the road, across from El Charrito Restaurant, 2003 W. Highway 66.

Hughte said James had sustained serious head trauma and a leg injury.

While on scene, police received a message that one of Smith’s parents had called and said that he was involved in the accident and had been...

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