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Police investigating reports of northside gunshots

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The silence on the northside of Gallup was disrupted for multiple residents early on Oct. 14.

Gallup Police Capt. Erin Toadlena-Pablo told the Sun a number of calls came into the police department about 12:40 am, stating multiple gunshots were heard near Pershing Avenue.

Gallup officers were dispatched to the...

Nez presents tribal priorities to candidates Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

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PHOENIX, Ariz. – Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez was among several Arizona tribal leaders who met with presidential candidate Joe Biden and vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris, during a visit held at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Ariz. to discuss tribal priorities and the Biden-Harris Plan for Tribal Nations, which was made available to the public on Oct. 8. Cindy McCain, wife of late U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona, was also in attendance.

“Today’s meeting sends a message to all of Indian Country that the Biden-Harris team is ready to work together with all tribes, including the Navajo Nation. As the first people of this country, we have to let our voices be heard at...

‘Out of the mouths of babes’

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New Mexico Ethics Watch essay contest winners share their thoughts

In a ZOOM event Sept. 17 hosted by New Mexico Ethics Watch, N. M. Secy. Of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver, OLÉ NM Executive Director Andrea Serrano, and the Campaign Legal Center’s Trevor Potter weighed in on everything from ensuring the validity of the upcoming election, to making sure mail-in votes are counted, to when results will be finalized, and voter suppression in our state.

Oliver talked about the election process and mail-in ballots.

“From the very highest level of the postal service – Postmaster General DeJoy and his senior staff, down to the local and regional officials here in New Mexico, we have...

First Prize Essay New Mexico Ethics Watch

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Means to an End

By Elijah Nix
Volcano Vista High School - senior

In 1945, the United States dropped two atomic bombs on Japan, bringing a swift end to WWII. This action, however, came at a cost: many thousands of Japanese citizens died from the explosion, and many more died from radiation poisoning. Today, we are still left with the questions, “Was that the right move? Were the means justified by the end?” Regardless of any answer, there is no way to judge without a standard by which to make that judgement.

If we are to determine means that truly justify the end, we must gather all information on the subject, define who or what defines correct ethics, and conclude what a true end...

Did she jump or was she pushed?

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Judge agrees to step down

The Judicial Standards Commission for the State of New Mexico filed a petition Aug. 28 to accept the permanent retirement of McKinley County Eleventh District Court magistrate April J. Silversmith.

An agreement was reached with Silversmith in lieu of disciplinary proceedings for ten allegations in a Notice of Investigation dated Feb. 20, 2019.

Among the 10 allegations listed on the notice of investigation were two that involved Silversmith’s family. The petition said Silversmith failed to recuse herself from two traffic cases for her niece, Chelsey Thomas, and involved herself in cases connected with her son, Stephen Silversmith, and in a matter in which...

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