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Waters of the U.S. Rule Blocked Nationwide

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SANTA FE — The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Oct. 9 ruling applying a nationwide stay of the Environmental Protection Agency’s and Army Corps of Engineer’s Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule affirms the success already achieved by the New Mexico Environment Department, Office of the State Engineer, and 12 other Rocky Mountain coalition states in halting the implementation of the WOTUS rule, while the rule’s serious deficiencies are litigated.

The federal appeals court in Ohio ruled that delaying implementation of the WOTUS rule nationwide, while litigation proceeds, would not threaten “imminent injury” to the nation’s waterways and is appropriate given the “facially...

Committee approved meth, suicide and domestic violence prevention initiatives

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz.—Members of the Naabik’iyátí’ Committee last Thursday, unanimously approved three separate legislations supporting grant applications submitted to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that would fund methamphetamine, suicide, and domestic violence prevention initiatives on the Navajo Nation for a five-year cycle.

Council Delegate Walter Phelps (Cameron, Coalmine Canyon, Leupp, Tolani Lake, Tsidi To ii) sponsored Legislation No. 0312-15, supporting the Winslow Indian Health Care Center’s grant application through Indian Health Services for approximately $175,000.

Although the center is located a few miles off of the Navajo Nation, it is...

‘We are celebrating, not protesting anything’

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While America took a day off to celebrate the so-called founding day of Christopher Columbus, Mervyn Tilden, an local activist, took part in coordinating the “Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2015” event held at the Gallup’s Cultural Center on Oct.12.

Approximately 20 supporters joined him as they spoke historically about the significance of the day.

“There should be called a federal holiday called, ‘Indigenous Peoples’ Day’ and that’s why we went out and we showed the world that we have a voice still and we will not celebrate or honor anyone that has processed genocide, allowed the killing of our people, the plunder of our resources.,” he said. “We are here to say, we...

Former bail bondsman busted for trafficking

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A five month long, joint investigation between McKinley County Sheriff's Office and the F.B.I. resulted in the arrest of former bail bondsman Billie Cotton. MCSO lead narcotics investigator Pat Salazar said the the arrest and search warrants were served at Cotton's home on 404 Zane St. 6:45 am Monday morning.

"We found six stolen firearms and three altered firearms," he said.

Salazar said the altered firearms were immediately taken into evidence, but adding a silencer or altering a gun to make it to fire faster are common modifications.

Cotton, 58, was booked into the McKinley County Adult Detention Center for trafficking and federal gun charges. He's currently being held in federal...

BREAKING NEWS: Woman's body found in field

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Gallup Police Department responded to a call about a woman found unconscious in a field, north of Magic Car Wash on West Jefferson Avenue Wednesday morning. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

An official from the Office of the Medical Investigator arrived on scene to investigate the death. GPD Capt. and spokesman Rick White said based on the preliminary investigation, it appears that that no foul play was involved and she died sometime during that night.

The Native American woman was sleeping on a tarp and was covered with a blanket when a woman from a nearby homeless encampment discovered her body. Police arrived on the scene, shortly before 7:30 am.

White said the woman had no...

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