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Navajo VP leads in primary

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Navajo Vice-President Jonathan Nez, who came out on top of all the pre-election polls, had no problem coming in first in the Navajo Nation primary for tribal president Aug. 28.

He won more chapters than all of the other 17 candidates combined, getting 14,105 votes, according to the unofficial totals.

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Eighteen candidates run for Navajo Nation President

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TSAILE, Ariz. — Since July, presidential candidate forums, moderated by various media groups, have been held across the Navajo Nation.

The fifth and final forum was held on the main campus of Diné College on Aug. 20.

The candidates, by order on the ballot are Benny Bahe, President Russell Begaye, Tom Chee, Vice President Jonathan Nez, Calvin Lee Jr., Joe Shirley Jr., Vincent H. Yazzie, Rex Lee Jim, Norman Patrick Brown, Trudie Jackson, Shawn Redd, Alton Joe Shepherd, Emily Ellison, Tom Tso, Kevin Cody, Hope MacDonald Lonetree, Nick X. Taylor, and Dineh Benally.

All of the candidates running for president were in attendance for the final forum, with the exception of Redd.


Council approves contract award bid to Infosend for bill print services

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The current provider for the City of Gallup’s utility bill print services is DataPrint, and the city is not under a contract to remain with them. On March 31, the city elected to use Infosend as the new bill print service provider.

Infosend’s front and back in full color will cost $68,376 per year to process 11,000 bills per month, which also includes the use of additional bill styles and appearances not currently available to the city.

These changes in style will lead to a more layman approach to billing, Jon DeYoung, assistant city manager, said during the meeting.

“[The] visuals and wordings [will] help the customers understand the billing,” DeYoung said.

The existing...

U.S. action toward migrants along border ignites moral showdown across the nation

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Tornillo, Texas, is a desert town east of El Paso, just 89 miles from Las Cruces. Fewer than 2,000 residents were recorded living there in the 2010 Census. But it hosts a port of entry across the U.S.-Mexico border—one that exposes the increasingly urgent moral battle over migration and human rights.

Last week, the Trump administration announced a new facility at the port of entry to temporarily hold immigrant children separated from their parents.

According to a story in the Texas Tribune, HHS is erecting tents in Tornillo for the children and teens. Reporter Bob Moore, former editor of the El Paso Times, noted that while the federal government uses the name Tornillo Land...

Pearce poll puts him within 2 points of Lujan Grisham

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Steve Pearce’s campaign released an internal poll showing he trails Michelle Lujan Grisham by two percentage points.

The campaign touted the results, saying they show the race is within the margin of error and so essentially tied.

The poll, conducted by The Tarrance Group, showed Lujan Grisham with the support of 47 percent of registered voters and Pearce with the support of 45 percent.

Pearce does not have a primary opponent, while Lujan Grisham is facing two Democrats in June’s primary.

“Michelle Lujan Grisham starts this race with significant structural advantages, including national headwinds, yet her inherent weakness with voters and Steve Pearce’s underlying strengths...

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