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AG sues Trump to properly compensate state for coal extractions

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ALBUQUERQUE – Attorney General Hector Balderas joined with the Attorneys General of California, Washington, and New York to file a challenge in federal district court in Montana May 10 in response to the Trump Administration’s decision to resume federal coal leasing without completing the required environmental impact statement as required by the National Environmental Policy Act.

“Yet again, President Trump is breaking the law and New Mexicans stand to pay the price for his illegal actions,” Balderas said. “New Mexico taxpayers must be properly compensated for coal produced in our state, and a big part of that compensation should be for the environmental impact that directly...

Native activists’ meetup to discuss racism

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Gallup Express employee honored by NMTA

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Madelyn Barney of Twin Lakes to travel to Detroit to fry bigger fish

Sometimes, if you work hard enough an award is in the works for what you do.

That’s the storyline behind a New Mexico Transit Association honor won by Madelyn Barney of Twin Lakes. Barney has worked as a bus driver at Gallup Express for a little more than six months.

“I was so surprised that I won,” a beaming Barney recently said. “It is an honor to get this award.”

Tommy Mims, the executive director at Gallup Express, said Barney competed in the annual NMTA Bus Road-Eo in Rio Rancho at the end of March. There were hundreds of contestants from around the state at the affair, Mims said.

“She won first...

Steamboat man sentenced to 120 months for manslaughter

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PHOENIX – On May 9, D’Juan Manuel Pizarro, 27, of Steamboat, Ariz., and a member of the Navajo Nation, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge David G. Campbell to 120 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release.  Pizarro had previously pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter.

On June 4, 2016, Pizarro stabbed the victim, also an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, to death.  The incident occurred on the Navajo Nation Indian Reservation.   

The investigation in this case was conducted by the Navajo Nation Department of Public Safety and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The prosecution was handled by Christina Covault, Assistant U.S. Attorney...

Partners in bolstering Economic Development

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