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Millions for tribal prevention programs

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Funds allocated for suicide, domestic violence and drugs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Oct. 7, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that several New Mexico Tribes and organizations will be receiving a total of $4.4 million over five years, for prevention programs.

The money will be used to prevent suicide, fight...

EPA cherry-picked data, according to joint Congressional hearing

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SANTA FE – At a joint Congressional Hearing for Natural Resources and Oversight & Government Reform, New Mexico Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn clarified numerous discrepancies from testimony made earlier in the day by the Environmental Protection Agency. This included the agency’s summary-level, cherry-picked data that sought to downplay the severity of the Gold King Mine spill.

Flynn testified that the EPA neglected to include a key contaminant, arsenic, among the data supplied. Nor did EPA include total metals, just dissolved metals, which skirted a health comparison with Safe Drinking Water Act levels. It also downplayed the severity of the spill. EPA inappropriately presented...

Duran’s preliminary hearing set for December

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SANTA FE— New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran’s attorney was granted some extra time in the criminal case against her client on Oct. 8.

First Judicial District Court Judge Glenn Ellington granted an extension for Duran’s attorney Erlinda Johnson after she asked the court for another 60 days to comb through documents related to the case.

Johnson has not yet responded to New Mexico Political Report‘s requests for comment. A spokesman for the Attorney General said the office would not be releasing a statement regarding the extension, but did say the office would proceed with business as usual.

Spokesman James Hallinan told the New Mexico Political Report, “the Office of...

‘Patriotic Meeting Place’

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$1.5 million grant to combat human trafficking

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DOJ grant will expand AG’s efforts

LAS CRUCES––As part of his commitment to combat human trafficking, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Oct. 8 the award of $1.5 million in federal grant funding to combat human trafficking in New Mexico.

The collaborative grants will fund efforts across New Mexico to fight human trafficking, provide services for victims and expand research.

New Mexico is one of 16 sites selected for an anti-trafficking task force award, receiving $1.5 million to support law enforcement efforts and victims’ services for the next three years.

“Human trafficking, modern-day slavery, is not someone else’s problem; it’s happening across...

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