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No crystal ball for NM revenue projections

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The amount of money expected to come into New Mexico’s coffers this year looks better than previous estimates, but with several caveats.

At the beginning of the year, dipping oil and gas prices put the state’s projected surplus lower than previously expected levels.

But now, new projections show $136 million more...

The hidden treasures of Navajo land

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CHURCH ROCK – The month of May is when the U.S. including the Navajo Nation, celebrates travel and tourism.

The tribal Division of Economic Development Tourism Department held a Navajo Nation Tourism Appreciation Week from May 4-8.

The tourism appreciation week was kicked off with a “Hiking the Trail” event at the Red Rock State Park, which is about 19 miles east of Gallup, on May 8.

The trail was actually two hikes that both started at the Red Rock State Park in the morning.

The first one, which was estimated to be about three hours, ascended to a red sandstone monolith called Church Rock.

The second hike, which was about two-hours, went up to the top of Pyramid...

Momentum grows for renewable electricity standard legislation

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WASHINGTON - A bill introduced by U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) to create a national Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) received an important hearing May 19 in the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

The bill, S. 1264, would create jobs, save consumers money, and reduce pollution. In an effort to diversify the United States’ energy sources and lead in clean energy production, the bill would require utilities to generate 30 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources by 2030.

The hearing was a key step forward in order for the bill to receive a vote by the committee later this year.

“This legislation builds on the...

President Begaye meets with ASU leadership, attends American Indian convocation

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TEMPE—On May 15, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye spent the day in Tempe for several key meetings and scheduled convocations at Arizona State University.

Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice President Policy Advisor Dr. Peterson Zah and Attorney General Ethel Branch joined President Begaye for the events.

Throughout the day, the common thread during the discussions was the need for educated Navajo professionals, especially CPAs, nurses and attorneys.

ASU Office of the President

The first meeting was with Michael Crow, ASU President. Because he was on travel, Crow sent representatives to the meeting.

The top management at the university provided an update on the...

Navajo Nation Council approves ethics violation bill

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WINDOW ROCK – During a Navajo Nation Council Special Session on Tuesday, members unanimously approved Legislation No. 0063-15, which will amend Title II provisions in the Ethics in Navajo Government Law and the Navajo Nation Election Code, if signed into law.

According to the legislation, it states that candidates who run for “public elective offices should not have any outstanding ethics judgments, including orders for restitution to the Navajo Nation pursuant to the Navajo Ethics in Government Law,” and ensure that candidates running for office do not have any outstanding ethics violations before serving in an elected office.

If elected officials are in violation of the Ethics...

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