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Man arrested twice within six days for DWI

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New Mexico State Police officers are out in force this holiday season, we encourage everyone to not drink and drive, and arrive safely.
On Dec. 14, around 12:05 pm New Mexico State Police Officer Toadacheenie made a traffic stop for a registration violation. The violation occurred on U.S. 64 near mile post...

Accident claims the lives of two Tsaile residents

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ALCOHOL APPEARS TO BE A FACTOR IN CRASHStaff ReportsKIRTLAND – On the start of Christmas Eve, at about 1:46 am, New Mexico State Police were notified of a crash near the intersection of U.S. 64 milepost 42 and County Road 6500 in Kirtland, N.M.  The crash involved a Commercial Motor Vehicle and a sport utility vehicle with multiple occupants.

Officers arrived on scene and learned that the 2018 Kenworth CMV was approaching a red light at the intersection and had begun to slow. The CMV was struck from behind by a 2016 Buick Sport utility vehicle traveling west, in the same direction.  Indicators at the scene show no signs of skid marks or braking prior to the impact.

The driver of the...

RMCH CEO faces heat over finances

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Raises, equipment costs, and a helicopter pad among 2016 expenses

A remodeled helicopter landing pad, staff raises, a new wellness center and new radiology and MRI equipment accounted for significant spending in 2016 at the Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services’ hospital on Red Rock Drive.

Hospital CEO David Conejo discussed 2016 spending among other financial concerns with the McKinley County Board of Commissioners Dec. 12.

Conejo first defended increases to staff pay.

“Raises had not been given to employees in seven years,” Conejo said. “None of the salaries have been adjusted.”

Previous to the raise, nurses were paid $20 an hour. Their rate of pay...

Beloved elections director, husband, father passes on

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Rick Palochak remembered

If you ever frequent the McKinley County Courthouse area, you may have recognized the tall lanky man with glasses, outside on a break, catching a quick smoke and some fresh air. If you crossed his path, he may have said hello to you, or given you a nod if you knew him.

He was the director of the Bureau of Elections, and possessed an obvious sternness, as many supervisors do. But when he spoke, he was at the ready to help answer any questions (yes, even from a reporter), and with a warm smile. He would go out of his way to get the documentation that was necessary to craft a solid election story.

This man was Rick Palochak, and he passed away the early morning...

Erratic Driving results in fatal Friday night car crash

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YATAHEY – New information on the fatal car crash that claimed the life of Cree Oceana Silver, 27, of Pinon, Ariz. was made available available by the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office.

The single car crash occurred on Dec. 15 at the intersection of U.S. Route 491 and State Highway 264 in Yatahey.

MCSO Lt. Eric Jim was on highway patrol on the southbound lane of 491 at roughly 6:50 pm when his radar registered a dark passenger car speeding at about 100 mph, according to his written police report.

Jim slowed down and pulled into the median. A New Mexico State Police unit with flashing emergency lights was already in pursuit of the vehicle. Jim turned around onto the northbound lane...

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