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As court knocks down methane rule stay, industry and regulators eye the Permian Basin

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A federal court has thwarted plans by the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to suspend an Obama-era rule tracking and cutting methane pollution from the oil and gas industry.

Last month, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt suspended his agency’s implementation of the rule, which was opposed by the...

Husband arrested for allegedly murdering wife

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A Zuni man that claimed a medicine woman led him to the location of his wife’s body was arrested June 29, on first degree murder and tampering with evidence charges.

According to police interviews listed in the affidavit for arrest warrant, Javin Pablito allegedly killed his wife Mary Pablito on May 13, 2016. The two reportedly got into an argument as they traveled in their white 2015 Jeep Altitude. That argument turned deadly for the wife and mother of five children.

Her body was discovered three days later at the intersection of Allison Road and Maloney Avenue, on the south side of the retaining wall. She was 31.

It took some time for Gallup Police Department to unravel the...

Suspect at large in double homicide investigation

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SANDERS, Ariz. – Apache County Sheriff’s Office personnel responded to a home on Del Rio Road in Sanders, Ariz., after receiving a request for a welfare check at about 7:54 p.m. on July 1. Family members were concerned after several phone calls went unanswered to the elderly couple who resides at the home.

Deputies made force entry into the home after making observations and discovering a bedroom window appearing to be damaged by gunfire. Deputies discovered Robert Sorensen, age 81, and Martha Sorensen, age 75, deceased inside the home from apparent gunshot wounds.

Based on investigative leads and witness accounts, Garry B. Wilckens, 51, has been identified as a person of...

AG Balderas announces Tiguex Park double murderer to stay in prison

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ALBUQUERQUE - Attorney General Hector Balderas announced July 5 that the Supreme Court of New Mexico agreed with the Office of the Attorney General’s Criminal Appeals Division and affirmed Carlos Carrillo’s convictions for the 2011 murders of Christopher Kinney and Lyndsey Frost.

The victims were found shot to death in their truck near Tiguex Park in Albuquerque. The Supreme Court affirmed the admission of testimony from an employee of Cricket showing a record of 83 cell phone calls between the defendant and Kinney in the hours before the shooting and evidence showing the location of every cell phone tower in Albuquerque.

The Court also held that testimony regarding how cell...

Red Rock man pleads guilty to assaulting federal officer

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ALBUQUERQUE – Michael Nakai, 33, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Red Rock, Ariz., pled guilty today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to assaulting a federal officer.

Nakai was charged by criminal complaint in Oct. 2016, with assaulting a tribal police officer of the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety who was commissioned as a Special Law Enforcement Officer by the BIA’s Office of Justice Services.  According to the complaint, Nakai assaulted the officer by kicking the officer in the face following a traffic stop.  Nakai subsequently was indicted on Nov. 15, 2016, and was charged with assaulting a federal officer on Oct. 9, 2016, in San Juan County...

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