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State senator gets DWI conviction

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Resigns chair positions, continues as senator

SANTA FE – Following his conviction for DWI, Senator Richard Martinez, D-Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Sandoval, Santa Fe, resigned his positions as Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Co-Chair of the Courts, Corrections and Justice Interim Committee.

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Public comment hearing announced

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San Juan Generating Station abandonment

SANTA FE - Chairperson Theresa Becenti-Aguilar has announced plans to give her constituents the chance to voice their opinions about abandonment of the San Juan Generating Station when the Public Regulation Commission holds a Public Comment Hearing on the case.

The Public Comment Hearing will begin at 4 pm, Jan. 6 at San Juan College in the Henderson Fine Arts Building, Rm. 9008 at 4601 College Blvd., Farmington.

Comments will be limited to three (3) minutes per person.

Comments mailed to the PRC at P.O. Box 1269, Santa Fe, NM 87504 will also be taken into consideration by the PRC.

Please include San Juan Generating Station Abandonment case...

November unemployment numbers unchanged from October

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Rates lower than November 2018

The Office of N.M. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham released the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for November 2019 on Dec. 20. The rate of 4.8 percent was unchanged from October and down from the 5.0 percent rate of November 2018. The national unemployment rate in November was 3.5 percent, down from 3.6 percent in October 2019 and down from 3.7 percent in November 2018.

Total nonagricultural payroll employment grew by 16,200 jobs, or 1.9 percent, between November 2018 and November 2019. Gains came from both the public and the private sector. The private sector was up 15,100 jobs, or 2.3 percent. The public sector was up 1,100 jobs, or 0.6 percent...

Navajo woman appointed to bench

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DOJ legal staff candidate confirmed as district court judge

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - Navajo Nation Department of Justice (DOJ) attorney candidate, Neomi M. Gilmore, has been confirmed by the Navajo Nation Council as a district court judge Dec. 19. A 2014 graduate of the University of  Idaho College of Law, Ms. Gilmore is Navajo and Ute. She is Nooda’i dine, born for Bit’ahnii, her maternal grandparents are To’dich’ii’nii and her paternal grandparents are To’aheedliinii.  She is originally from Bahastl’ah (Twin Lakes, N.M.).

She completed the American Indian Law Center’s Pre-Law Summer Institute in 2010, and graduated with her B.A. in Sociology, with a minor in Political...

Environmental Justice lawyer named ‘Lawyer of the year’

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MAIN FOCUS URANIUM MINING IMPACT, CLEANUP IN NAVAJO COMMUNITIES

ALBUQUERQUE - The Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law section of the New Mexico Bar Association has named New Mexico Environmental Law Center Staff Attorney Eric Jantz, as “Lawyer of the Year.”

Jantz has been with the Law Center for 18 years and focuses mainly on uranium mining impacts and cleanup in the primarily Navajo communities in Cibola and McKinley counties, and on air quality issues in Albuquerque’s South Valley. He has worked with front-line communities to prevent re-starting uranium mining on Mt. Taylor and worked closely with McKinley County residents to demand that the County Commission...

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