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Leaked immigration court official’s directive could violate rules that protect families from deportation

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A high-ranking immigration court official has issued a requirement to judges in New York City that deportation cases involving families “MUST BE COMPLETED WITHIN 365 DAYS,” according to documents obtained by Reveal. The order may violate due process, as well as long-standing rules that protect families from deportation...

Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan FY2021-2025 summary

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Year 1:

County Detention Center                                                                          $900,000

Manuelito Canyon Bridge and Road Improvements                         $3 million

Bridges - County-wide                                                                               $8.65 million

Williams Acres Water System Improvements                                    $3.75 million

County Road 43 - Superman Canyon...

New Mexico health dept. reports eight cases of severe lung disease associated with vaping

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SANTA FE, NM – The New Mexico Department of Health reports the number of cases it’s investigating of severe lung disease associated with vaping and e-cigarette use in the state has risen to eight. All eight New Mexico residents have required hospitalization following the development of respiratory symptoms such as cough and difficulty breathing. Five of them required intensive care during their hospitalizations.
The patients range from 17 to 46 years of age and reside in three counties, Santa Fe, Los Alamos and Bernalillo. Five of the eight patients are male. All of patients who have been interviewed regarding vaping behavior reported the use of vape cartridges containing Tetra hydro...

Former Tsayatoh Chapter Accounts specialist pleads guilty to 16 counts of fraud

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WINDOW ROCK, NAVAJO NATION – The Office of the Prosecutor, through the White Collar Crime Unit, announces that former Tsayatoh Chapter Accounts Maintenance Specialist, Roberta Silversmith, pleaded guilty to sixteen counts of fraud. The maximum penalty for a single violation of fraud is 365 days’ imprisonment and/or a fine of $5,000.

On March 22, the Navajo Nation filed sixteen criminal complaints charging Silversmith with fraud. The Navajo Nation detailed in the criminal complaints that Defendant Silversmith, while serving as the Tsayatoh Chapter AMS, devised a scheme where she issued sixteen checks to her son who never worked at the chapter between June 2016 and Jan. 2017. She then...

Navajo Nation to seek prosecution for illegal trash dumping

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BLACK MESA, Ariz. – The Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency announced Aug. 23 that its Criminal Enforcement Department is working to address a case of illegal trash dumping in the community of Black Mesa, Ariz., which is in violation of the Navajo Nation Solid Waste Act, and will seek prosecution of the perpetrators.

Navajo Nation EPA Executive Director Oliver Whaley stated that a report of illegal dumping was recently made to the EPA’s Western Navajo Agency office by local residents, which was then investigated. The Navajo Nation EPA has since cleaned up the illegal dumping site, which consisted of household debris and garbage. While cleaning up the site, the officials...

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