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$1.5 million grant to combat human trafficking

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DOJ grant will expand AG’s efforts

LAS CRUCES––As part of his commitment to combat human trafficking, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Oct. 8 the award of $1.5 million in federal grant funding to combat human trafficking in New Mexico.

The collaborative grants will fund efforts across New Mexico to fight human trafficking, provide services for victims and expand research.

New Mexico is one of 16 sites selected for an anti-trafficking task force award, receiving $1.5 million to support law enforcement efforts and victims’ services for the next three years.

“Human trafficking, modern-day slavery, is not someone else’s problem; it’s happening across...

*Body found on Gallup's south side

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By Babette Herrmann

Sun Editor

Gallup Police Department Capt. Rick White said officers were dispatched late Tuesday morning "in reference to a person down and out" outside the front entrance to All Star Janitorial Supply on 61 S. Hwy 602 Oct. 6.

Officer Kelsey Francisco was the first on the scene and found the unconscious man shirtless and lying on his back. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

When asked if this death could be related to exposure, White said that it's too early to speculate on the cause.

Temperatures dipped into the high 40s and low 50s early Tuesday morning, and it had also rained in the area. The man died sometime during the early morning hours, White...

A second chance: Giving Inmates Hope

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No matter what they did, or how much time they have to serve, once released, McKinley County Adult Detention Center’s former inmates must overcome obstacles and consciously change patterns to avoid what landed them in jail in the first place.

While incarcerated, some don’t want help or feign it. But, the local jail does give inmates choices via self-help styled groups and classes. Some are secular, others religious-based.

These type of programs work on reducing recidivism, and the stereotypical notion that jails are breeding grounds for trouble. A place where inmates spend their days in a cell marking their time on the wall one slash at a time, or exploring ways to get into even...

Emergency preparedness budget approved by commission

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McKinley County Board of Commi­ssioners gave the Office of Emergency Management the green light to receive the Hazardous Material Emergency Preparedness Grant that will help them to prepare for large scale disasters.

The $95,200 HMEP grant enables the OEM to conduct and prepare for a hazardous materials disaster in the city of Gallup and around McKinley County.

“This grant allows us to conduct hazardous materials exercises and prepare for a hazardous disaster in the city and around the county,” Dimas said.

The HMEP grant is from the Department of Homeland Security and is split 80/20; 80 percent coming from the Federal Government and 20 percent tapped from county, local...

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