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‘Indigenous’ Blues Master

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Mato Nanji of the band Indigenous performs for his loyal fans at the El Morro Theatre in Gallup April 1.

Photo Credit: NativeStars

Begaye called for EPA to testify on Gold King Mine

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz.– Navajo President Russell Begaye applauded Senator John McCain’s call for the Senate Indian Affairs Committee to issue a subpoena to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy to appear at the Committee’s upcoming field hearing in Phoenix, Arizona.

“The Gold King Mine spill culturally and economically devastated Navajo communities along the San Juan River, and the federal government’s failed response to this crisis is a public health, natural resources and economic disaster. The Navajo people have suffered due to the reckless actions of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other responsible parties.”

“To make matters...

Gallup Police Department: Bandits make off with cigs, pipes, cash

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The Gallup Police Department is looking for the culprits who robbed a west side gas station of cigarettes, pipes and an undisclosed amount of cash.

On March 24 at about 6:24 am, Officer Jesse Diaz was dispatched to 3120 W. Historic Highway 66 in connection to a burglary of a gas station and convenience store called Gallup Store. Upon arrival at the station, Diaz discovered that the front glass window of the business was shattered.

Diaz noted in the police report that an owner of Gallup said there were 12 pipes and scales taken from the glass display case closet to the front door of the store. Two of the missing pipes were valued at $59 and $69 apiece, Diaz wrote in the report. “The...

Gallup OK’s Behavioral Health Zone, Ford Canyon construction award

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The Gallup City Council unanimously approved a Behavioral Health Investment Zone Funding agreement April 4, an agreement that includes various entities. The approval was done at a special meeting which included a $200,000-plus construction contract award for improvement work to be done at the Ford Canyon Senior Center.

“This moves both of those matters forward,” Mayor Jackie McKinney afterward.

The city, along with McKinley County, Na’nizhoozhi, the Northwest New Mexico Council of Governments and Rehoboth McKinley Christian Hospital and Behavioral Health Services Providers applied for a state Behavioral Health Investment Zone designation and annual funding in the amount of...

Balderas clears final two behavioral health providers

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No fraud found in any of the 15 providers audited

SANTA FE – In a letter sent to legislators this morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas cleared Pathways and TeamBuilders, the remaining providers in the Behavioral Health Investigation, of fraud.

Upon taking office in 2015, Attorney General Balderas released the PCG audit in its entirety with minimal redactions, and made it a priority to complete the 12 pending behavioral health investigations to bring transparency and accountability to the process.

The PCG audit and the Human Services Department alleged there was $36 million in overbilling by the providers. In its separate investigation, based on the allegations of the PCG and...

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