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Navajo Man from Gallup sentenced to prison for making false statements to the FBI

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ALBUQUERQUE – Bronson Tony, 45, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Gallup was sentenced Feb. 22 in Santa Fe federal court to a six-month term of imprisonment followed by one year of supervised release for making false statements to the FBI.

Tony was charged in a felony information filed...

Feral horse hunt canceled in lieu of alternate considerations

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WINDOW ROCK – The growing population of feral horses on the Navajo Nation is a problem that cannot be ignored, but it will not be resolved with a horse hunt, President Russell Begaye said.

“We understand the concerns of the people,” Begaye said. “We know the issue of horses is an emotional one with strong feelings on all sides. My administration will not condone a horse hunt for controlling the overpopulation of feral horses. But we do need to implement a management plan to preserve and protect Navajo land for future generations.”

The president’s statement comes on the heels of a 2018 Horse Hunt Proclamation issued last week by the Navajo Department of Fish...

Farmington Regional Animal Shelter hits 5,000 public spay and neuters

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FARMINGTON, N.M. – On Feb. 26,  the Farmington Regional Animal Shelter completed their 5,000th public spay and neuter through a program started in 2014 – and just in time for the Humane Society’s 24th annual World Spay Day. There has been a 22 percent decrease in animal intakes at the regional animal shelter over the past 10 years, and the live release rate has increased from 30 percent to 70 percent in the same time period. According to national statistics, this success is directly related to the pet spay and neuter program.

Almost twice as many animals are turned into animals shelters nationally than are adopted each year leading to suffering and euthanasia for...

Solar farm prepares to flip the ‘on’ switch

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City on track to save $1 million over the next 25 years

The city’s new solar power project is in the final phases of testing, and is slated to go live in the next several weeks. Once operational, the site will generate roughly 10 percent of Gallup’s power. The solar farm will be located on city-owned property south of Interstate 40, between the pending Allison Road interchange and Muñoz exit.

The project, two years in the making, began from a city request for proposals in 2015. The firm selected for the job was and is Standard Solar Inc. The company also owns and operates the endless rows of solar panels that now obscure a once barren field.

According to an article on the...

AG Balderas announces Roswell murderer to stay in prison

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ROSWELL, N.M. – On Feb. 19, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the New Mexico Supreme Court agreed with the Office of the Attorney General Criminal Appeals Division and affirmed the convictions of Steven Lee Lucero for the 2014 brutal murder of Isaiah Sanchez in Roswell.

The defendant set into motion a methodical plan to rob the defendant that ended in the murder of the victim and the ultimate theft of just $15 from the victim’s wallet.

Balderas released the following statement:

“Keeping the most violent, dangerous offenders behind bars in New Mexico is our priority. I am thankful to the Fifth Judicial District Attorney’s Office and the Roswell Police Department...

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