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Local writers pen book on Gallup’s notable denizens

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Gallup Independent Elizabeth Hardin-Burrola didn’t set out to write the book, “Legendary Locals of Gallup.”

Instead, it came about like one of those things that fall into place and blossom given the right opportunity – by happenstance, one could say.

Hardin-Burrola was approached by Arcadia Publishing, based out...

AG: Cash your ‘National Mortgage Settlement’ checks now

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ALBUQUEQUE – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Aug. 10 that 192 New Mexico homeowners still need to cash their National Mortgage Settlement checks, and that a letter was sent to them on July 28, 2017 from Rust Consulting, Inc. instructing them how to request a new check if they did not previously receive one. Checks must be cashed, or a new check must be requested, before August 25, 2017or the funds will be transferred to the State of New Mexico.

“It’s important that New Mexico homeowners receive the money they are entitled to from the National Mortgage Settlement before those funds are transferred to the state as unclaimed property,” Balderas said...

Church Rock man sentenced to 18 years for child sex abuse conviction

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ALBUQUERQUE – Patrick Begay, 43, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Churchrock, N.M., was sentenced Aug. 8 in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to 216 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for his conviction on an abusive sexual contact charge. Begay will also be required to register as a sex offender.

Begay was arrested in Nov. 2016, on a four-count indictment charging him with sexually abusing a child under the age of 12 years from Nov. 2013 through Dec. 2015, and engaging in sexual contact with a child under the age of 12 years on Jan. 6, 2016. Begay committed the offenses on the Navajo Indian Reservation in McKinley County, N.M.


Zuni Pueblo woman pleads guilty to manslaughter charge

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ALBUQUERQUE – Bree Lynn Coonsis, 25, a member and resident of Zuni Pueblo, N.M., pled guilty Aug. 9 in federal court in Albuquerque, to a voluntary manslaughter charge. Coonsis entered the guilty plea under a plea agreement that recommends that she be sentenced to an eight-year term of imprisonment followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court

Coonsis was arrested on May 10, on a criminal complaint charging her with killing a woman on the Zuni Pueblo on April 29, in McKinley County. According to the criminal complaint, Coonsis killed the victim by hitting the victim with her car while Coonsis was driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor or...

Southwest Indian Foundation honors Navy Seabees

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