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Convicted child predator kept behind bars

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Albuquerque – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the successful prosecution of Francisco Saucedo, for charges related to sexual exploitation of children Nov. 2.

The New Mexico Office of the Attorney General secured multiple convictions against Saucedo, ensuring that he will stay behind bars for up to...

President Begaye encourages Navajo athletes at the Indian National Finals rodeo

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LAS VEGAS — Rodeo opens the doors to education and career opportunities, President Russell Begaye told a crowd of Navajo qualifiers Friday at the 43rd annual Indian National Finals Rodeo.

For the second year in a row, the Office of the President hosted a luncheon reception for Navajo contestants and their families at the South Point Arena and Equestrian Center.

More than 75 Navajo athletes and fans took a break from rodeo events to celebrate their culture and exchange words of encouragement.

“It takes a lot of time and commitment to get to this level,” Begaye told athletes. “We’re behind you, cheering for you. You make our Nation proud.”


Diocese aims for full transparency, invites AG to view files

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Seeks to help protect children and victims of sex-abuse scandals

Following an inquiry from New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas Sept. 5 requesting documents and records, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Gallup invited Balderas and Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich to review files relevant to investigations into clergy sexual abuse.

In the wake of an August Pennsylvania grand jury report, the AG’s office began to investigate all three Catholic dioceses in New Mexico — Gallup, Las Cruces and Santa Fe — for material related to priest-abuse allegations.

The August report showed that more than 300 priests in Pennsylvania sexually abused more than 1,000 children over...

RMCHCS program educates community on freezing deaths

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City approves adjustments for DETOX, SHELTER programs

Visitors to the downtown area and shoppers at the Safeway and Albertsons plazas lately may have noticed flyers urging folks to call Metro Dispatch or 911 if they see someone in danger of freezing to death.

The flyers are part of an annual freezing prevention program enacted by Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services.

RMCHCS, along with the Zuni and Navajo Tribal authorities, Gallup Indian Medical Center and numerous county services, have joined forces to create awareness about Navajo Nation and Gallup residents who are in danger of freezing to death.

“The goal of the project is to get the awareness out,” RMCHCS...

DOH reports Salmonella associated with ground beef

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Proper hygiene prevents Salmonella infection

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the United States Department of Agriculture on a multi-state cluster of Salmonella infections linked to ground beef.

Since late August, NMDOH has identified 30 New Mexico residents that were diagnosed with Salmonella after preparing ground beef at home. Illness duration has averaged 13 days and 27 percent of patients were hospitalized.

“Salmonella infection can be a very serious and sometimes deadly illness,” Department of Health Secretary Lynn Gallagher said. “Cross-contamination from raw meats to counter tops...

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