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UNM-Gallup CEO finalists announced

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Interim Provost Craig White announced Sept. 27 five finalists for the Chief Executive Officer position for the UNM Gallup branch campus.

“I am delighted that we had such great interest in this important position,” he said, in a press release. “Our Gallup campus is incredibly important to the overall mission to UNM...

SCAM ALERT: AG warns New Mexicans of ‘Jury Duty Scams’

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SANTA FE – Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a Scam Alert Sept. 27, regarding scammers who are calling people in the Santa Fe-area threatening to jail or fine them $2,000 for failure to report to jury duty.

The jury duty scam may be familiar to people in other parts of the state as the Office of the Attorney General has had previous reports from Bernalillo and Doña Ana Counties, but the scam appears to have resurfaced in the Santa Fe-area. Attorney General Balderas’ statewide Scam Alert was issued today to urge New Mexicans to be on guard for this scam and protect themselves from financial harm.

“The courts do not call people to notify them of fines or warrants,” ...

Task force meets to address uranium contamination

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The McKinley Uranium Blue Ribbon Task Force, held a meeting to hear from community leaders in their continuing efforts to bring awareness on uranium and the health effects in people’s lives.

Organizers for the task force amassed proponents at the Gallup Community Center, who have fought for years against the uranium industry.

“We started having conversations about how this is going to impact our lands, water,” said Talia Boyd, organizer for the task force. “Our decision makers could formally recognize the need for these studies.”

At the center of the Thursday meeting was a proposed moratorium on uranium presented to the McKinley County Commission in January.  The...

High speed telecom service for Navajo Nation approved by PRC

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Commissioner Lovejoy said tech to benefit rural areas

SANTA FE – During a public meeting Sept. 27, Dist. 4 Public Regulation Commissioner Lynda Lovejoy motioned to approve Sacred Wind’s petition for a variance to use the New Mexico Universal Service Fund for solar powered units to provide voice and Internet service to homes without electricity on Navajo Lands.

“The new technology Sacred Wind proposes will provide enough solar energy to power up   a fixed wireless subscriber antenna, a voice/broadband modem, a computer and at least one desk lamp,” Lovejoy said.  No less than 150 homes of residents who live in the most rural Navajo areas in New Mexico will benefit...

Narcotics task force arrest four in Gamerco

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By Tom Hartsock

Sun Correspondent

The Region One Narcotics Task Force, utilizing five police officers from the Gallup Police Department, and one agent from the McKinley County Sheriff's Office swept through a residence at 907 Cascade on Sept. 28, and arrested four people involved in the drug trade.

The operation is the end result of a month-long investigation.

The Sheriff's Office in particular is very concerned about the increase in drug use in the county.

As Undersheriff Paul Lucero said, "Tell everyone that if they are going to deal drugs in McKinley County, we'll be knocking on their door."

Arrested in the raid today was Vernon Lasiloo with a state warrant in his name, and three...

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