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President Begaye, Vice President Nez meet with U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

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WASHINGTON, D.C.—A veterans summit is in the works to bring together the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Navajo Veterans Affairs, congressional members, senators and most importantly, Navajo veterans seeking assistance.

The meeting is planned for autumn and will take place on the Navajo Nation, possibly during the Navajo Nation Fair.

That was the result of a July 8 meeting between Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye, Vice President Jonathan Nez and Stephanie Birdwell, Director of the Office of Tribal Government Relations for the VA.

The meeting took place at the VA headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Begaye focused on four key areas during the meeting: veterans...

State police warn of warrant fee scam

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The New Mexico State Police has received numerous reports from citizens advising they received a phone call and informed they had a warrant for their arrest and were required to pay over the phone a warrant fee to clear the arrest.  The return phone number of the caller in each instance was displayed as being a New Mexico State Police District office.

The New Mexico State Police wants the public to be aware any such requests are a scam and we are investigating these calls as a criminal matter.  The public should be aware neither the New Mexico State Police nor any other government or law enforcement agency would ever contact the public in such a manner and request money to be paid.

If...

NM Supreme Court to review copper rule

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SANTA FE –The state’s highest court will review New Mexico’s controversial guidelines to copper mines.

Opponents of the copper rule argue that it violates the state’s clean water laws, which say that groundwater with a present
or foreseeable future use must be protected from pollution. The copper rule, adopted in 2013, allows groundwater within a “capture zone” of a copper mine to be polluted above state- regulated levels.

Douglas Meiklejohn, an attorney for the four organizations and an individual asking for a legal review of the copper rule, notes that nine out of 10 New Mexicans get their drinking water from groundwater.

“This allows the writing off of an enormous...

AG forms Fraud Recovery Strike Force

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ALBUQUERQUE – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the creation of the Fraud Recovery Strike Force – a unit in his office charged with aggressively investigating and pursuing litigation to protect New Mexico consumers, New Mexico taxpayers and to recover public funds.

“The Fraud Recovery Strike Force will investigate and litigate in the public interest, support legislation and aggressively pursue damages, and recover public funds,” Balderas said. “The unit’s priorities are to recover funds for the state’s treasury from people and companies who cheat the public, and to protect New Mexico’s economy and vulnerable consumer populations from abusive business...

More than 900 overdoses reversed in 2014

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The New Mexico Department of Health announced July 15 that more than 900 opioid overdose reversals were reported in 2014 due to the use of the drug naloxone. That’s almost a 29 percent increase in reversals from 2013. The Department of Health has been working with various partners and agencies to increase access and availability of naloxone in New Mexico as part of a multi-pronged approach to reduce overdose deaths in New Mexico.

“Overdose deaths impact just about every family in New Mexico in one way or another. Addiction is a complex public health issue that requires the collaborative efforts of many agencies, stakeholders, and individuals,” Department of Health Cabinet...

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