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President Begaye disputes Medicaid policy

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Policy imposes work requirements for insurance eligibility

WASHINGTON D.C. — President Russell Begaye took a hard stance against a Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services policy that imposes work requirements on individuals as a condition of eligibility for health insurance Nov. 15.

The CMS in January unveiled a...

President Begaye signs historic land agreement

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Secures hundreds of thousands of acres in Eastern Navajo Agency

ALBUQUERQUE – President Russell Begaye joined New Mexico State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn Nov. 16 to close on a historic land exchange that solidifies hundreds of thousands of acres of checkerboard land within the Navajo Nation’s Eastern Agency.

For decades, Navajo people living in the Eastern Navajo Agency have faced unresolved obstacles when seeking rights of ways and accessing culturally significant State Trust Land.

“Lands in the Eastern Agency are checkerboard with private, county, state and allotted land, which makes it difficult to work on roads and to install power and water lines,” Begaye said...

UPDATE: Dead body found along I-40

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UPDATE: Two men charged for I-40 homicide

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As a New Mexico Department of Transportation road crew worked along the I-40 corridor the afternoon of Nov. 20, with the scenic Hogbacks in the backdrop, they stumbled upon a grisly discovery near the shoulder.

Near mile-marker 24, south of the eastbound lanes, laid the body of man, who has been identified as Gary Bennett, 46, of Pinedale, N.M.

Gallup Police Department officers arrived at the scene shortly after 1 pm, and diverted traffic to Highway 66 as detectives combed the scene looking for clues into the man’s death, which they deemed suspicious.

Around 6:30 pm the same day, the Gallup Police Department received an...

FBI offers $1,000 reward in Carlsbad bank robbery

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Staff Reports

The FBI and Carlsbad Police Department are looking for an individual who robbed a bank on Friday morning.

The unidentified person wore a mask, a white hooded sweatshirt with the words "American Eagle" on it, a dark ski cap, sunglasses, and black gloves.

At approximately 9:07 am, the suspect entered Western Commerce Bank, 501 North Canal St., displayed a handgun, and demanded money from a teller.

The teller handed over an undisclosed amount of money to the suspect, who left the bank.

Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to contact the FBI at (505) 889-1300, or Crime Stoppers of Eddy County, anonymously, at (844) 786-7227

The FBI may pay a reward of up...

FBI releases photos of getaway vehicle used in Albuquerque bank robbery

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Staff Reports

The FBI is releasing photos of a getaway vehicle used in an August bank robbery in Albuquerque in the hopes somebody will come forward with information to help solve this crime.

The suspect is believed to have fled in a gray Chevrolet SUV with a yellow New Mexico license tag.

A man wearing a red baseball cap and red shirt robbed U.S. Bank, 2015 Eubank Blvd. NE., at approximately 4:49 pm on Aug. 15.

The suspect was described as a white male in his mid-20s, approximately 5'7" to 5'8" tall, with a thin build.

He wore a red baseball cap turned backwards, sunglasses, a long-sleeve red shirt, dark pants, and dark shoes.

Photos of the suspect and vehicle are attached.

The...

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