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Body found in Gamerco

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Investigation underway

In the early afternoon on Dec. 27, around 2:14 pm on the day leading up to the New Year, McKinley County Sheriff’s officers found an unattended body on Country Road 1.

The body was reported by a man, 44, from Gallup, who discovered a decomposing leg while walking with his dogs around Rock...


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Latanya Livingston

Dec. 26, 6:35 pm

1st DWI

McKinley County Sheriff’s Sgt. Tammy S. Houghtaling was responding to an anonymous tip about an intoxicated driver who had staggered into her vehicle with a young child in tow, according to the police report. Houghtaling located the reported car on Highway 602 and Skeets Road, where she encountered Livingston, 25, with a child in the backseat.

Livingston was unable to give the child’s age when Houghtaling asked, first telling the officer seven months, then six, then “maybe about a year,” according to the report. The child was only wearing a tank-top shirt and no jacket, despite the winter temperatures outside.


Diné College names James McKenzie director of Navajo Language Institute

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TSAILE, Ariz. — Diné College’s commitment to maintaining and revitalizing the Navajo language continues, and college officials hope the hiring of a Navajo Language Immersion Institute Director will strengthen that progress.

James McKenzie, who previously served as Navajo Language Development Coordinator at the College, assumed the new role Dec. 18.  McKenzie brings to the job more than five years of experience with Navajo language immersion efforts and said he’s eager to create community partnerships and improve success with Navajo language initiatives.

“I’m humbled and excited at the new opportunity,” McKenzie said. “While I will have some new duties, I will still...

Balderas reaches $45 million settlement with PHH

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Approximately 265 New Mexico homeowners will receive payments

ALBUQUERQUE – Attorney General Hector Balderas, 48 other state attorneys general, the District of Columbia and over 45 state mortgage regulators reached a $45 million settlement with New Jersey based mortgage lender and servicer PHH Mortgage Corporation.

Approximately 265 New Mexico homeowners will receive payments thanks to the settlement.

The settlement resolves allegations that PHH, the nation’s ninth largest non-bank residential mortgage servicer, improperly serviced mortgage loans from Jan. 1, 2009 through Dec. 31, 2012. The agreement requires PHH to adhere to comprehensive mortgage servicing standards, conduct...

Navajo Nation Council overrides Begaye veto

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WINDOW ROCK – With a vote of 22-0, the 23rd Navajo Nation Council unanimously supported an override of President Russell Begaye’s veto of the Navajo Nation Veterans Trust Fund Income Act, during a special session held on Dec. 22. The Council approved the Veterans Trust Fund Income Act during the Fall Council Session in October. Begaye subsequently vetoed the resolution on Nov. 6, which is subject to override pursuant to Title II of the Navajo Nation Code.

Council Delegate Tom Chee (Shiprock), who sponsored the override legislation as well as the legislation approved by the Council in October, has previously explained that the intent of the bill is to clarify specific definitions...

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