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Laguna man sentenced for second degree murder

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ALBUQUERQUE – Jeffrey Antonio, 36, an enrolled member and resident of Laguna Pueblo, N.M., was sentenced June 21 in federal court in Albuquerque to 20 years of imprisonment for his second-degree murder conviction.  Antonio will serve a three-year term of supervised release after completing his prison sentence.


Senior center’s vehicle stolen, later recovered

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THOREAU – The McKinley County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a brawl-in at the Thoreau Senior Citizen Center during which a vehicle belonging to the organization was stolen.

Deputy J. Bowman said he was dispatched to the center about 6:49 a.m. on June 13 after officials at the center came to work and noticed that their garage door was open. They found some sensor lights damaged. Nothing was missing from the building but the organization’s Ford Explorer was gone.

Bowman found a window on the north end of the garage that had been opened about 8 inches, enough to allow a thin person to enter. Officials at the center said that whoever broke in found the keys to the car in the...

President Begay approves $3 million in construction contracts

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WINDOW ROCK—President Russell Begaye on Monday signed seven contracts totaling more than $3 million to fund new construction projects, as well as appraisals and assessments of other projects across the Navajo Nation.

The contracts, which come with a total price tag of $3,052,309, will help fund a variety of projects benefiting the Navajo people.

“When we spend Navajo dollars, we’re looking for projects that directly benefit the people while also keeping an eye on the future,” President Begaye said.

The contracts include:

$2.4 million with Showlow Construction for a parking lot and access road at the Little Colorado River Tribal Park.

$447,620 with Arrow Indian...

Vanderwagen man pleads guilty to child sex crime charge

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ALBUQUERQUE – Ronald George, 47, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Vanderwagen, N.M., pled guilty June 15 in federal court in Albuquerque to an abusive sexual contact charge.

George entered the guilty plea under a plea agreement that recommends that he be sentenced to a term of imprisonment within the range of 78 to 97 months followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.  George will be required to register as a sex offender after completing his prison sentence.

George was arrested on April 18, 2017, on an indictment charging him with sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12 years between Feb. 4, 2014 and Sept. 21, 2015, on the...

U.S. action toward migrants along border ignites moral showdown across the nation

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Tornillo, Texas, is a desert town east of El Paso, just 89 miles from Las Cruces. Fewer than 2,000 residents were recorded living there in the 2010 Census. But it hosts a port of entry across the U.S.-Mexico border—one that exposes the increasingly urgent moral battle over migration and human rights.

Last week, the Trump administration announced a new facility at the port of entry to temporarily hold immigrant children separated from their parents.

According to a story in the Texas Tribune, HHS is erecting tents in Tornillo for the children and teens. Reporter Bob Moore, former editor of the El Paso Times, noted that while the federal government uses the name Tornillo Land...

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