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July 16, 2019 marked the 40th year since the worst radioactive “accident” in United States history which happened at the United Nuclear Corporation’s Northeast Church Rock, N.M. uranium mine site on July 16, 1979 when over 1,100 tons of solid radioactive mill waste and more than 94 million gallons of acidic radioactive...

Letter to the Editor: PERA fiduciary duties

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Over the past few years the PERA Board has spun out of control and neglected its fiduciary duties. Various news outlets have documented the inability of the Trustees to get down to business and address the serious deficiencies identified with the long-term solvency. Budgets have not been submitted in accordance with State law and correspondence to the Trustees from the State Auditor states “This failure to act to submit the budget by the statutory date was reckless or negligent, or both, and coupled with the Board’s lack of focus on its fiduciary responsibilities, puts retirees and future generations of retirees at risk. The Board’s behavior is unacceptable and harms the fund’s...

Letter to the Editor: Nuclear waste remains active concern in McKinley County

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Editor,

If Holtec International has its way, high-level radioactive waste (“spent fuel”) from Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant in New York and almost 100 other reactor sites in the U.S. would be transported on America’s highways and brought to southern New Mexico for “interim storage” although in my own view, this is a false narrative that is countered by the example of the Yucca Mountain repository and the site(s) will be permanent.

Permanent because the spent fuel will have to be moved again if another repository site is found. The Yucca Mountain project began in 1982 after the passage of the Nuclear Waste Policy Act that requires “the establishment of a deep geologic...

Letter to the Editor

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Editor,

The Indigenous Peoples Commission, established on March 13, 2018 by the Gallup City Council under Ordinance # C2018-5, met for a work session on June 12, 2019 to approve Public Comments for the Healing Forum Report that was developed for the Gallup community, a “Community Perception Survey” and other items that impact the native population locally and regionally.

The City Ordinance reads: “The membership shall consist of not more than five voting members and one ex-officio, non-voting member appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council. The ex-officio member shall be a city employee or official. Voting members shall be residents of New Mexico with three...

Letter to the Editor: Dead dog carcass update

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Editor,

On Monday, April 29, 2019, I observed a dog that was killed in the middle of the bridge that leads to the Navajo reservation on Highway 566, an 11-mile-long state road that begins its southern terminus at NM 118 and Historic U.S. Route 66 in Church Rock, and the northern terminus is at the end of state maintenance by the Church Rock Mine.

I reported it to the City of Gallup, McKinley County Roads Management Department, the Navajo Nation Department of Transportation (the NN DOT phone line was “out of service”), and the NM Department of Transportation.

Ironically, the McKinley County Roads Management Department and the Navajo Nation Department of Transportation were having a...

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